Singapore Trip 2013 (496)Singapore is full of tourist traps, and even if you’ve visited many times before it doesn’t get old to visit them. However, if you want to escape the crowds or you just want to see something new, then discovering Singapore’s hidden gems is essential.

Sneak in to Operation Dagger

At 7 Ann Siang Hill, there is a vampire-esque symbol near a door. This is Operation Dagger. Through the door is a dark corridor, a stairwell and finally a labyrinth of bottles with hand-written labels. Above you hangs a thousand lightbulbs, and you may just feel like a filmic blood-sucker with their own cult. With unique cocktails and bar snacks, Operation Dagger is a must-do bar experience. While the cocktails might not all be incredible, a couple, namely Gomashio and Hot and Cold, are beautifully done.

Experiment at Afterglow

Afterglow is a raw vegan café on the Keong Saik Road, but despite this it is a huge success. With a rather hipster décor – think vintage bikes and indie magazines on the wall – impeccable service, and an eco-friendly, sustainable menu consisting of soups, salads, mains and desserts. You can also choose from small batch wines, craft beer and whiskeys for something to drink, along with an extensive juice selection too. Go for the Drag-Pom Salad (dragonfruit, pomegranate avocado and macadamia nuts) and the Deconstructed Sushi Bowl.

Relax at Chye Seng Huat Hardware

With an industrial façade, this place looks like a run down hardware shop, but in actual fact, it serves some of the best coffee in Singapore. With an in-house baker, as well as ‘tummy-fillers’ or lunch style items, you can fill up on beautiful cakes and food here too. Head to 150 Tyrwhitt Road and keep a keen eye out for the name – all the places on this road look very similar and you might just miss it!

Explore Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru is a residential estate, but one of the coolest that Singapore has to offer. With fashion boutiques, indie bookstores and a wealth of restaurants and cafes – if you’re a foodie then you simply must go. From hole-in-the-wall Korean street food to unique Japanese dining, you could spend so much time simply eating! Stand outs include PoTeaTo – a potato based eatery, PS Café Petit –t



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