5 Healthy Days in Singapore8 min read
Our next stop on our healthy days trip? The island city-state of Singapore.
This bustling city isn’t only a major financial and trading hub—it’s also filled with a rich culture that can trace its roots to areas all over the eastern hemisphere. Whether you want to shop for the best designer clothes or electronics, visit a sacred ancient Chinese temple, or enjoy some of the best cuisine in Asia, there’s something to do for all ages and interests.
Since you won’t run out of activities, it’s a good thing you don’t have to travel far to go from place to place. But the best and fastest way to get around is by using their public transportation system, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), as well as street cabs and boat taxis.
So here you have it, your healthy guide to Singapore:
- Breakfast: Start the day at the popular breakfast spot, Ya Kun Kaya Toast, which specializes in exactly what the name implies. Toast. Try the toast with peanut butter and a side of soft-boiled eggs for a healthy protein-filled breakfast that’ll keep you energized until lunch.
- Workout: Head over to Ananda Marga Yoga for a rejuvenating, muscle-strengthening stretch. You may want to look up classes in advance.
- Lunch: Refuel at the local bistro, Broth. Try the spinach and Portobello mushroom salad—or go for the steak if you’re really hungry.
- Mind/Body Balance: Even if you’re not a tea enthusiast, you’ll still appreciate a trip to the Yixing Xuan Teahouse. Learn the history of tea making, as well as its influence on Chinese culture. You can even brew your own tea and enjoy some delicious dim sum.
- Must-See Attraction: Kwan Im Temple is one of the oldest Chinese Temples in Singapore. Many people go to pray to for peace and comfort from Kwan Im, the Goddess of Mercy.
- Dinner: Enjoy a fusion of Eastern and Western cuisines at Doc Cheng’s, such as the Salt and Pepper Soft Shell crab or the Mirin and Soya Glazed Quail.
- Breakfast: Cedele prides itself in making only the freshest food that both your body and taste buds will love. They even have vegetarian, gluten-free, and low-carb options.
- Workout: Go for a jog around Telok Kurau Park, after you let your stomach digest breakfast, of course.
- Lunch: Feast on a hearty salad at the Letoile Café.
- Mind/Body Balance: Located in Little India is an intricately decorated mosque, the Abdul Gaffoor Mosque. Inside you can find a family tree that traces the lineage of the Muslim prophets. As a holy place of worship, be sure to keep your legs covered and remove your shoes before you enter.
- Must-See Attraction: The Singapore Art Museum has one of the largest collections of 20th century Southeast Asian art. They also hold temporary exhibits from modern artists, including Gao Xingjian.
- Dinner: Take a peek inside the fishbowl windows located along the kitchen walls at Din Tai Fung and watch the chefs at Din Tai Fung work their cooking magic. Since the dumplings have a great reputation in and of themselves, share a small order with your travel partner and go healthy for your main course.
- Breakfast: We don’t have to tell you what The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf specializes in, but we will say there are plenty of beverages to choose from that won’t disappoint. Their customers also rave about their delicious breakfast sandwiches.
- Workout: Pasir Ris Park is the third-largest park in Singapore, and features a maze garden, playgrounds, and sea fishing for kids. You can also rent bicycles, rollerblades, or kayaks—so you can choose how you want to explore the park!
- Lunch: Take a cable car ride over to Sentosa Island and stop for some grilled seafood at Coastes.
- Mind/Body Balance: You’ll appreciate a mid-trip siesta to Spa Botanica, Singapore’s first indoor/outdoor spa.
- Must-See Attraction: Singapore is known for having a particular unique history, thanks to a blend of influencers including the Malays, the Chinese, the English, and the Dutch. Learn more about the city’s rich history at the museum, Images of Singapore.
- Dinner: Try the seafood paella or one of the many other Spanish-influenced dishes at Serenity.
- Breakfast: Enjoy some scrambled eggs or an omelet and coffee at Han’s.
- Workout: Discover the local sea life during a scuba diving trip with Gill Divers.
- Lunch: Halia, which is located in the Ginger Garden of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, features an incredible ambiance that almost compares to their delectable menu.
- Mind/Body Balance: Explore the beautiful flora featured in the rest of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
- Must-See Attraction: The Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel—yes, it’s even bigger than the London Eye. Take a ride to the top and enjoy views of the Singapore River, Sentosa Island, and even parts of Malaysia and Indonesia. If you’re less of a thrill-seeker, you can also get a similar view at the top of the Carlsberg Sky Tower—minus being suspended in a small car in the air.
- Dinner: The dishes at Xi Yan, owned by celebrity chef Jacy Yu, blends the flavors of Cantonese, Sichuan, Thai, and Japanese influences. Seating is very limited—so be sure to book in advance.
- Breakfast: If you’ve never had green eggs and ham, Epicurious is definitely the place to bring this childhood dream to life. If you’re not as curious as some of the other patrons, don’t worry—there are plenty of other breakfast items to choose from as well.
- Mind/Body Balance: The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is the largest in Singapore, and features various trails, boardwalks, and even kayak rentals.
- Lunch: While you may be tempted to overindulge at Sakura International Buffet Restaurant, stick to the deliciously fresh sushi.
- Workout: Snow City freezes liquid nitrogen to create snow, providing an indoor ski resort in the city of Singapore! Whether you tube, ski, or have snow fights, this wintry wonderland is fun for all ages.
- Must-See Attraction: Stroll through the Japanese and Chinese Gardens, which have been designed to reflect each unique culture.
- Dinner: Celebrate another great trip with delicious Thai food at Thanying. Just try to stay away from the dessert buffet, if you can.