Spark my wanderlust: 5 Places in Singapore that can satisfy your wanderlust
The year’s only just begun, and we’re already itching for a holiday. Just because you can’t get on a plane, doesn’t mean you can’t getaway! Here are five things in Singapore that will let visitors globe-trot in a single destination and transport locals around the world without leaving home.
Can’t make it out to the majestic Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in Surrey, England? You can also learn about botany, appreciate embedded art sculptures and kick off your heels at music festivals right here in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay!
From seed to sip
While we can’t offer adventure seekers the thrill of scrambling up Mount Kinabalu, the Singapore Jazz Festival* is comparable to the world famous Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival. And with the Third Wave coffee movement in Singapore is at its peak – with cafes such as Common Man Coffee Roasters serving some serious single-origin brews from Kenya, Guatemala and Java – local coffee lovers can get the benefit of beans sourced from neighbouring Sabah.
*The Singapore Jazz Festival has been running for 3 years since its inauguration. Check them out for upcoming updates.
Running for Ramen
Missing slurp-worthy ramen from Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and up north in Hokkaido? Satiate your tastebuds at the famous ramen purveyors at Liang Court and Central Clarke Quay – only a stone’s throw away from Studio M!
Singapore has a world-class zoo where some of our beloved animals – such as the late Ah Meng the orangutan – are treated like family. Similarly, you’ll find a number of elephant orphanages and conservation camps in Sri Lanka that sees native elephants like members of their own too.
The newly opened National Gallery Singapore, housed in the former Supreme Court Building and City Hall, boasts a unique collection of local and art from around the region dating as far back as the 19th century. As the rays of the sun permeate through the glass panels of the freshly minted gallery, you can’t help feeling you’ve been transported to the Louvre in Paris, France, home to a legendary collection of stunning masterpieces, including the most elusive portrait in the world, the Mona Lisa.