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Singapore is a country based on a small island. This multi-cultural cosmopolitan still manages to mix old architecture with modern new buildings. It’s a great spot for hip travellers, with lots of charm packed into a small space.
ROBERTSON QUAY, SINGAPORE
In the past, this area was a warehouse district and harbour. But today, it has been upgraded to a high end neighborhood with stylish restaurants, cafes and cool shopping boutiques. As a bonus it’s close to the water and surrounded by trees. At night, the space is dotted with lights. Compared to Singapore’s two other popular spots ‘Clarke Quay’ and ‘Boat Quay’, Robertson Quay is more chilled out and calm. The colourful Art Bridge was painted 55 different shades by Pacita Abad a Filipina artist. Nearby is the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, as well as different galleries, institutes and paper mills. Keep walking and pass under a tunnel to ‘Robertson Walk’, a spot filled with restaurants and shops in a Mediterranean style.
More Info : It’s easiest to get a taxi here, or you can get a boat from Boat Quay or Clarke Quay.
Despite its short length, this street is full of museums and galleries. You can also see the ‘Freemasons’ Hall’ which might sound familiar to anyone who has read ‘The Da Vinci Code’. The building houses Sinagpore’s permanent chapter of the organisation. There is also the Singapore Philatelic Museum, a stamp museum where you can drop a letter in their special postbox and get a unique seal. Walk further and you’ll find beautiful colonial buildings. Among them is The Substation, Singapore’s first independent contemporary arts centre. A hidden secret is in the alley to the side of the building, which is decorated with beautiful graffiti works.
There isn’t a teen in Singapore who doesn’t know Haji Lane. This small alley is packed with clothing stores that carry outstanding designs. Here, young designers compete to show off their skills and the clothes can easily rival new styles from Tokyo. What makes this lane unique is that the shops are all in pre-war buildings that have been repainted in bright colours, though a few shops might go for a clean monotone look. You can also spy some great graffiti art on the walls, a perfect spot for people who like to take photos.
More Info : Take the MRT to Bugis station and walk along Victoria Street until you reach an intersection at Raffles Hospital. Turn onto Ophir Road, then take a left to North Bridge Road, the second left is Haji Lane.