Central Singapore: The best things to eat, do and see

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Carousellers Share

We all know central Singapore for Orchard Road, but as the fellow Carousellers who live in the area would have you know, there are many more intricacies to this place beyond the usual suspects.

Find street after street of tantalizing food options, quirky furniture stores, some of the cheapest massages in Singapore and more:


River Valley

“Having been on River Valley for more than 30 years, our furniture shophouse (278 River Valley Road) has become quite a stop-over for many in the Carousell community!” – @g278rv

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The first time I tried Xin Cuisine was at Singapore Tatler’s event last year, and so I was delighted to try their CNY menu, hosted by @eatigo_sg and @holidayinnsgatrium.🤩 • Among the dishes I tried, I was impressed by Xin’s Home-style Roast Duck with Tea Leaves, with its crispy skin and tender meat.😋👍 I also loved the Stir Fried Wagyu Cubes with Longan and Black Pepper. The beef cubes were flavourful and juicy. • For dessert, we were served Mango Pomelo Sago with Dragon Fruit and Deep Fried Nian Gao, which was an unexpected and refreshing combination to me. Highly recommended! • Xin Cuisine’s CNY menu starts at $188++ for 2pax, up to $3796++ for 10 pax. Xin Cuisine is not available at Eatigo during CNY, but you can get up to 50% discount if you book via Eatigo on other days. • • Join Eatigo’s CNY Angpao Draw from now till 28 Jan 2019, and stand a chance to win up to $1000 worth of prizes. Good luck!🍀🍀 • Thanks to @eatigo_sg and @holidayinnsgatrium for having me, and to @sgnomster for extending the invite. • • #food #instafood #instagood #igfood #chinesefood #foodie #foodies #delicious #dinewithflorence #foodphotography #foodlover #foodbeast #foodporn #foodstagram #foodgasm #cny #cny2019

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“Xin Cuisine at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium is such an underrated dim sum restaurant. Tip: Make a reservation on Eatigo to get 50% off, even at peak mealtimes!” – @lootsnboots_


Beauty World


“Spoilt for choice where food is concerned, with Cheong Chin Nam Street and Lorong Kilat within reach!” – @cmleow

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Is this the #stairwaytoheaven? #godrays

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“Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is constantly being upgraded with safer routes and new boardwalks. It’s hike-friendly even for super unfit people like me!” – @rycyndy



“You get really experienced local uncles and aunties to give you a good foot massage at only $18!” – @lily68goodbuy

“Many famous places are located here: the Tiong Bahru Market, the Tooth Relic Temple and the train playground.” – @carolfynn



“There are quite a few durian stalls along Balestier Road, but Combat Durian is the best in my opinion. Fun fact: They actually wanted to call themselves “Come Back Durian” but it was a typo HAHAHA!” – @plzbuymyshit

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Time to DUMP all the negativity & jiayou for the week ahead! 💪💪💪 . Be sure to eat these Real Food's Steamed Dumplings ($10.80 for 8pcs) while they are hot! 😍😍😍 Beneath the thin dumpling skin lies a blend of over 10 ingredients – juicy mushrooms, chopped carrots, coriander, crunchy turnip, celery, french bean, soft tofu etc. Don’t worry about any unpleasant vegetable taste at all – the earthy flavours of the mushrooms were definitely more overpowering (in a good way). 😉 . Drizzled with organic sesame oil and tamari, the dumplings sure carried a fragrance that was pretty alluring. 😋 Texture-wise, this would not lose out to their meaty counterparts – chewy & crunchy with a firm bite. Enjoyed this a lot – a must-try here! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 . Too bad they ran out of the gyoza style – pan-fried till golden brown & served with balsamic vinegar & ginger slices. 🤤 Perhaps next time!

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“For more health-conscious people, there’s also choices of ‘green’ makan places, such as QQRiceRoll, The Real Food and SaladStop!” – @stvffs

“There’s literally everything you want in the malls around the area (United Square, Novena Square, Square 2, and now, Royal Square).” – @thelittlebookshop.


Tanjong Pagar

“Tonkotsu Keisune Ramen at Orchid Hotel! They have free flow eggs and the best ramen ever, only at $9.90++!” – @queenisme

“You can access the Sky Garden at Level 50 of Pinnacle@ Duxton, either by visiting your friends who stay here or paying via Ezlink $6 for the one-time access.” – @richardkan76


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