Singapore Design Guide

Singapore is a city commonly perceived as a green city offering first class food and services like any other developed country. The cultural side of Singapore is hardly explored by tourists. There are many ethnic groups residing in Singapore, but mainly Malaysian and Malayalam apart from Chinese and English speaking.  We had a great time exploring the cultural side of Singapore visiting street markets, cafes and watching street art. Here is a guide to neighbourhoods offering extraordinary coffee and shops by local makers.


Chinatown Heritage Centre makes a great stop to learn about the history and development of the neighbourhood. Food Street is where you can find Chinese food at its best among a festive ambience. There are many teahouses and dim sum restaurants in the area as well. There are also many religious landmarks in this Chinatown like the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, which apparently contains a tooth of Buddha.

Kampong Glam

This Malay-Muslim quarter breathes its ethnicity with its major landmark, the Sultan Mosque, and a Malay Heritage Center and Arab Street, where one can shop for Persian carpets, batiks, stones, and much more. It would be impossible to label Kampong Glam a Muslim Quarter without several shisha smoking spots that are easily found.

Little India

Smells of spices, sounds of bicycle bells, and sights of jasmine flowers all fill the ambience of Little India. There are heaps of stalls selling massage oils, incense, and gold, but the nearby gem is the Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour emporium of knick knacks, decor, electronics, spices, textiles, and much more. For a glimpse in Hinduism, a trip to the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is highly recommended.

Design shops and cafes

Monocle shop 

Bynd Artisans 

Chye Seng Huat Coffee 

Strangelets design store 

Woods in the books in Tiong Bahru

Plain Vanilla Bakery 

Kinokuniya Bookstore 

Oriole Coffee and bar

koi plus tea

The populous cafe

Nylon Coffee Roasters

Nanyang old coffee house 

Bao Yuan Trading for vintage 

Kapoc Design store 

Red dot fine art gallery

Bars, clubs and dining

Clark Quay 

Keong Saik Road 

club street

Must do

 Walk at night on Anderson bridge from Merlion to Victoria Theatre

-Street food at Telok Ayer market

4 hours in Singapore

Shopping at Marina Bay Sands and walk in gardens by the bay

Other famous cafes 

Common Man 

Forty hands 

Toby's estate 

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