It’s been said that all Singaporeans are foodies at heart. Fashion entrepreneur, Savina Chai is no exception. The intrepid traveller and founder of womenswear label, Eight Slate fondly cherishes her mornings spent at the hawker centre, tucking into a hearty breakfast of eggs, kopi and kaya on toast. A certified Singaporean indeed! A peek at her very flawless Instagram account tells us that she is also fond of luscious overflowing brunches and the minimal aesthetic that’s all the rage right now. Intrigued yet? Read on for her personal pick of brunch spots, local boutiques and chill hangouts in Singapore!
Singapore is a vibrant, fast-paced city with rich culture, dynamic people and delicious food. The streets are always busy, the people are driven, hardworking and warm towards one another.
Favourite thing about Singapore…
I love that we are a multi-racial country. It means that we are always supportive of one another, welcoming to everyone and most of all, diverse and yet unique in our own special way.
Least favourite thing about Singapore…
The weather… We have an eternal Summer due to the geographical location of our city, which is a downer for me because I love to dress according to the seasons.
Fun fact about the locals…
We are the fastest walkers with the fastest walking speed.
Best time to visit…
August. It is a cooler time of the year, which might not make a great difference if you live in a 4-season climate but it does not exceed 31 degrees (celsius) in the afternoon.
Must know local tidbit…
You must try our tropical fruits – durian, jackfruit, mangosteen etc.
What to pack…
SUNBLOCK, and I cannot stress how important it is to use a good hydrating sunblock that does not make your face shiny with facial oil but keeps the skin hydrated at the same time.
SINGAPORE BLACK BOOK
Gardens By The Bay – It is the core of our garden city with amazing garden sculptures and the most beautiful plants and exotic flowers.
Universal Studios – Every holiday or getaway is not made complete without a trip to an amusement park right? This takes you away for the day as it’s enchanting, thrilling and makes an exciting trip for the family.
Orchard Road – For the city girl like myself, Orchard Road is the best place to shop with everything and anything laid out along the same stretch of road. From departmental stores featuring local designers to big luxury designer houses, you will be shopping for hours to come.
Tiong Bahru – is a heartland that features many interesting cafes, Chinese restaurants and shophouses if you’re a foodie like me.
The Ritz-Carlton has the most amazing and beautiful marble toilet overlooking the whole of Marina Bay. Boutique hotels like The Club at Ann Siang and Lloyd’s Inn are affordable places nestled in the heart of Singapore. The interesting décor and design make them both Instagram-worthy stays.
I like multi-label boutiques such as Revolte x SheShops at Raffles City Shopping Centre, which features up and coming digital fashion labels, established local designers as well as Asian designers. Other stores include Robinsons at Heeren which curates great local labels.
Check out hawkers centres like Bedok 85 for minced meat noodles, Newton Circus or Maxwell Food Centre for seafood and a variety of local favourites. For restaurants, Margarita’s at East Coast is my favourite Mexican restaurant. With rich flavours and interesting textures in its foods, I always accompany it with their signature Margarita.
I love to visit our ArtScience Museum for different art installations, perfect for couples. I also like clubs like Kyo and Zouk for a night out with my girlfriends.
You can’t leave Singapore without…
Supporting local labels which can be found around Orchard. They are mostly in multi-label departmental stores or boutiques.