What's Singapore really like when you travel like a native

Actor Maanvi Gagroo explores local boutiques in Singapore to understand what the city has to offer.

Harper's Bazaar India

I first visited Singapore a couple of years ago, and I immediately fell in love with it. I have been there many times since. In fact, even while travelling to other Southeast Asian countries, I try to take a flight with a layover in Singapore. My sister also lives there, so it’s nice to have a family in a city that you love so much.


What’s amazing about it is that it offers something for everyone, whether you enjoy shopping, are a foodie, or like sightseeing. The city offers both world cuisine and Michelin-starred street food...and what’s not to love about that? Lau Pa Sat is a haven for street food and is a great blend of striking architecture local delicacies. I would also recommend trying out Bacha Coffee, a gorgeous Moroccan-themed coffee boutique.

The Bacha Coffee

Some of Singapore’s star attractions include East Coast Park and Beach—I love going there for a walk. Clarke Quay and 1-Altitude bar are two of my favourite places to experience the thriving nightlife of the city. And finally, there’s Sentosa island, which may sound run-of-the-mill, but falls under the category of must-visit places.

Do Try: Going for the TreeTop Walk was one of the best decisions I made. If you love the great outdoors, this lush trail will make you very, very happy. It isn’t the most-adventurous thing one can do, but it sure leaves you exhilarated.

Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam

My Tip: Instead of shopping for brands one can find the world over, I love exploring local boutiques to understand what the city has to offer. My favourite is Bugis Street because it offers the best of street shopping. For luxury brands, visitOrchard Street.

Compiled by: Meghna Sharma