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Cynthia Chua: My Singapore

City Guide

Where were you born?

Where do you live?
North-east of the island at the weekend and in the city during the week.

What’s best about your neighbourhood?
I love the lush greenery and century-old trees in the north-east.

What are your favourite stores?
Stranglet for homeware on Telok Ayer Street, Books Actually on Club Street, Black Market boutique on Jalan Pisang and Déjà Vu Vintage on Raffles Boulevard.

What are your favourite restaurants?
Tippling Club on Dempsey Road for the signature food and cocktail pairing. For Japanese food, I like Goto on Ann Siang Road.

Do you have a favourite local café?
Kith Cafè on Rodyk Street and Papa Palheta on Bukit Timah Road serve excellent coffee, which is hard to find in Singapore.

Any recommendations for dishes to try?
You must try the local food. Wanton noodles from Little India, the fresh spring rolls (pohpiah) at Newton Circus and the succulent chilli crabs at Long Beach are a must.

Where do you take out-of-town friends?
Mustafa in Little India for the experience.
Where do you like to celebrate?
Aoki on Scotts Road for Japanese haute cuisine.

Do you have a favourite walk?
The Telok Ayer Bridge, suspended across the treetops, offers a rare view of the city. You can see the vegetation and it makes you feel as if you are walking on clouds.

What’s the best building?
The MICA building, which houses the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, marries history and art.

What do you think is the best museum?
The recently refurbished National Museum of Singapore offers year-round activities, from the annual Night Festival to film screenings and performances.

Which Singaporean do you most admire?
Christina Ong, for being a lifestyle purveyor and visionary.

Any secret spots you don’t want out-of-towners to know about?
The charming roti prata place in my suburb.

Any advice for visitors?
Look for the vibrant, sub-culture hangouts burgeoning in the city.



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