Expat celebrity chefs are opening splashy places in Singapore's megaresorts, but locals are buzzing about restaurants and boutiques in the prewar shop-houses around the quiet corner of Chinatown known as Ann Siang Hill.
Eat & Drink in Singapore
In less than a year, this patisserie (pronounced "cakey") has become a can't-miss stop. Must try: Champagne mousse with strawberries.
Stall 43 among the Maxwell Food Centre's 100-plus vendors makes the best Hainanese-style "scissor-cut rice"chopped up pork chops and chicken wings doused in gravy and served over rice.
Of the half-dozen new rooftop bars that opened last year, this lounge on top of the chic Club Hotel has quickly become the favorite for its resident DJs and awesome cocktails. Must try: Mojito.
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Courtesy of The Little Drom Store
The Little Dröm Shop, an art gallery and independent publisher, sells limited-edition picture books and whimsical vintage knickknacks like porcelain bowls decorated with kids playing ping-pong.
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