Singapore’s neighbourhoods have their own personalities thanks to their individual blends of history and culture. In Chinatown, you can visit historic temples and mosques before getting lost in colourful stores and kicking back in rooftop bars. Little India has a vibrant, bohemian flavour with a kaleidoscope of colours and the smell of incense in the air. Here you can visit Hindu and Chinese temples and wander past flower garland vendors and store owners preparing food on the street.
Katong and Joo Chiat are the best places to experience Singapore’s distinctive Peranakan culture, a hybrid of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Portuguese and Dutch heritage. Walk along Koon Seng Road to see pre-war Peranakan architecture, shop for intricately painted ceramic and beaded slippers and dine on one of the world’s first fusion foods.
Other top ‘hoods’ include the Malay enclave and Singapore’s oldest urban quarter, Kampong Glam, the arts and heritage district of Bras Basah.Bugis and the modern luxury of Marina Bay.