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Keith Png: My Singapore


Stylist and fashion designer Keith Png has worked with high-profile Asian stars such as singer Stephanie Sun and actresses Ziyi Zhang and Lin Chi Ling. He introduces his favourite spots around Singapore and shares what he loves about the island city

Stephie Tan ,

Where were you born?

I am proud to be born and bred in Singapore!

Where do you live?

St Michael.

What’s best about your neighbourhood?

It’s super quiet and I have a great view from my balcony. Staring out of my balcony clears my mind of clutter and relaxes me.

What are your favourite Singapore stores?

I like Blackmarket as it stocks great local designer labels; Black Jack and Club 21 for my favourite streetwear designers; and, and, of course, Hide & Seek, because I and my team will only put things in the store that we love and would use personally.

And your favourite restaurants?

Saboten in Parco for the pork cutlet, I love it. Porn’s Thai food on Liang Seah Street serves authentic Thai food. And Imperial Treasure serves my favourite dim sum.

Do you have a favourite local cafe?

Papa Palheta is quiet and its no-nonsense style is my top choice. I like the idea that it takes tips only; the drinks have no prices.

Any recommendations for dishes to try?

Any local delights from the hawker centres. I am a kampung boy at heart! I love our local zi char stores and am a frequent patron.

Where do you take out-of-town friends?

Little India. It’s interesting and colourful, with many nooks and crannies to explore and we can have a nice cup of teh-tarik and some prata before heading to Mustafa Centre for some late night shopping.

Where do you like to celebrate?

The Zouk club or the Zsofi tapas bar on Dunlop Street.

What’s the best building in Singapore?

Marina Bay Sands for its breathtaking view.

And the best museum?

The Red Dot Design Museum; I love things that are well-designed and carefully thought out.

Which Singaporean do you most admire?

Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. Without him, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Any secret spots you don’t want out-of-towners to know about?

Truffs on Telok Ayer Street for the richest, most delicious truffles in Singapore.

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