Posted August 25, 2009 by Jamie Moore
Among Singapore's modern skyscrapers there are some great down-to-earth places to relax and rejuvenate. Retreat to a funky boutique hotel, loosen up with a tamarind-infused beer, or indulge in Asian comfort food at the city's delicious version of a food court.
One Florence Close: The price is definitely right at this boutique hotel, and so is the funky decor. Colorful designer linens cover the beds and abstract art lines the wall. Grab a bottomless cup of coffee or tea, hang out in the cozy living room, or email friends with in-room Wi-Fi. This hotel haven is steps away from sushi, a bakery famous for its waffles, and a Javanese masseuse (a perfect indulgence after a day of Singapore sightseeing). Pamper yourself for as little as roughly $61 per night (depending on exchange rate).
The Archipelago Brewery: Spice up your life at the first commercial brewery in Singapore. Award-winning brewmaster, Fal Allen, serves handcrafted beer with a "Far East" flavor. Get your taste buds hoppin' with the tamarind-and ginger-infused Traveller's Wheat. Or put some zest into your love life with the lemon-and-coriander Saison Sayang (Season of Love). Can't decide? Ask for a free sample. Maybe you'll discover you're really a pandan-leaves-and-calamansi-lime beer kind of person.
East Coast Lagoon Food Village (1220 East Coast Parkway): Pack your appetite and a few coins for a visit to this beachside food court bursting with flavor and unbelievable prices. Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian, and Chinese cuisines are blended to create Pacific-Rim fusion at its best. Try a bowl of spicy Singapore noodles. Move on to pepper crab, cereal prawns, curry puffs, or Kiam Chye Ah (salted vegetable duck soup). Dessert choices include banana fritters, or a traditional Chendol made with coconut milk, red beans, and shaved ice.
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