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Kara's has the most consistantly delicious cupcakes in SF. Gluten-free options too!
An incredibly spiritual place for Tibetan Buddhists, but also for tourists as well.
Spectacular views from the outside of the museum. Interesting exhibits inside as well.
Toast Box had only one cafe when when I lived in Singapore half a decade ago, so it's pretty crazy to come across the number of outlets populating the city nowadays-- it seems easier to find a Toast Box than Ya Kun!
Over the course of our stay, we checked out Toast Box twice and Ya Kun once to get our kaya toast fix. I still can't decide which I prefer, though I think Ya Kun's kaya is a little smoother and less sweet. That said, both had way too much unmelted butter for me- I prefer my kaya toast without. The other items in the breakfast set are standard-- half boiled eggs (though slightly annoying that you have to crack them yourself!), teh tarik or kopi. All pretty filling and tasty.
On one visit we tried the thick toast with peanut butter and another toast with pork floss, both of which turned out to be significantly less exciting than they sounded. One bright spot was the laksa- spicy with a good coconut flavor and rat tail noodles-- definitely recommended.
I've eaten a lot of chicken rice my day, but never alongside steamboat, which was a foreign idea to me. Apparently Purvis Street is the place to go for this, with Yet Con being one of two well known chicken rice/steamboat joints.
This place is so old school that I almost felt like I was in Malaysia (which I love)! Chicken rice? Check. Good. Steamboat with all the usuals? Check. Good too. On top of this, we also tried the offal and hainanese style pork cutlet in gravy. Admittedly, a massive lunch for three, but we somehow managed to put it all away.
All of the above recommended. Yet Con makes a good alternative to the usual chicken rice stalls a la Tian Tian.
While neither the Novotel nor Clarke Quay would have been my first choice for a stay in Singapore, my cousin's corporate rate was just too good to pass up. And we were happily surprised at how wonderfully everything worked out!
The hotel itself is pretty nondescript as chains often are, but our room was spacious, quiet, and had entirely modern furnishings. The hotel is pretty much in Clarke Quay and so there were a plethora of restaurants and bars nearby (including a Starbucks next door), though a decent breakfast was harder to come across (Central Mall across the street has a branch of Ya Kun). The location is central to most of the city and the MRT is also handy. Wifi charges are expensive, which really was the only annoyance, but it is offered for free in the lobby.
The Novotel is a good choice for those on a budget and we also found Clarke Quay to be a nice, centrally located alternative to Orchard Road.