Return to Singapore

Return to Singapore

It had been 9 years since my first trip to Singapore and I was thrilled to be back. I love the vibe and different cultural influences of this beautiful island.

Capitol Kempinski Hotel 

We decided to splurge on some luxury on this trip and booked a heritage room at the Capitol Kempinski hotel. The hotel is housed in the neoclassical-style Capitol Building (1933) and Venetian Renaissance-style Stamford House (1904). Our room was in the Capitol Building and included a beautiful glass-enclosed balcony. The entire hotel was beautiful, and the service was impeccable. The breakfast was among the best I’ve ever experienced and the hotel bar offered a great selection of cocktails. The room was spacious and the bed comfortable. A big plus for the separate shower room and bathtub. We also visited the hotel pool, and although the pool area was small it was a relaxing and refreshing oasis. We happened to be visiting during the “Lady in Red” weekend, so we saw several of the iconic ladies at the hotel. I can wholeheartedly recommend the Capitol Kempinksi to anyone visiting Singapore.

The Capitol Kempinski hotel
I found the hotel architecture beautiful
Our hotel room
Bathroom with both a tub and separate shower room
The Capitol Theater right next to the hotel

Visiting Chijmes

On our first night we had dinner at the Coriander Leaf at Chijmes so before dinner we headed out to explore the area and have a drink. We ate at Chijmes nine years ago too and it was great to see how the area had developed. Now we ended up at The Single Cask for drinks, which proved an excellent choice. We kicked off dinner with some muhammara, labneh, and plain naan. For my main, I opted for falafel, tahini yoghurt sauce, and harissa salsa and hubby had Persian beef kebab, butter rice, roasted tomatoes, and sumac. The food was perfect and after dinner we strolled around a bit before heading back to the hotel.

At Chijmes
Light art at Chijmes
The church at Chijmes is impressive
A tasty whisky cocktail before dinner
The Single Cask has an impressive store
Chef’s greeting at the Coriander Leaf
Muhammara, labneh, and naan
Persian beef kebab
The grounds at Chijmes
Our hotel by night

Cultural food tour

On Sunday morning it was time for a Cultural & Food Experience of Chinese, Indian & Malay Quarters. Before the tour, we had a quick breakfast at the hotel but ate sparingly not to ruin the experience. The tour started in Little India, where we toured the area and an indoor market and then had some lovely Indian food. Next up was Chinatown and a hawker center. We visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, death street (Sago Lane), the former brothel street, etc. Then we headed to Kampong Glam known as the Muslim quarter. We explored the area and had some delicious gelato. Our final stop was outside the Sultan Mosque.

The tour was a small group tour, and we had the best guide. He was very knowledgeable and told interesting stories. There was more than enough food and it was delicious. I recommend this tour to anybody interested in food and culture. 

At the food market in Little India
Time to try some Indian food
Part of the food we were served at the hawker center
Inside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
The temple is very decorative
Yummy gelato
Street art in Kapong Glam
The Sultan Mosque
More street art depicting historic life in Kampong Glam

Hotel tour and dinner in Kampong Glam

That same afternoon we also took a tour of the hotel and surrounding area. This was a free tour offered by the hotel to its residents. The tour ended with a free signature cocktail at the hotel bar. We learned many interesting facts about the hotel and building’s history. The complementary drink was nice and a great touch. We had no dinner reservation for Sunday but ended up heading back to Kampong Glam and found a nice spot for dinner. 

Kampong Glam at night
Dolmas to start
Turkish kebab
Good night Kampong Glam

More Singapore shenanigans to follow.

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