Holidays are about accumulating happy memories – not holiday debt – so here at 9Honey Travel we created the ‘$100 helpline’ for Aussie holidaymakers who know good value when they see it, and want to get the most out of a destination. Our mission: to find you the best and most unique travel experiences of a particular region for under $100.
Singapore is a city of extremes: you can blow your house deposit on a $32,000 cocktail, or eat Michelin-starred food for just $2.
Often dubbed the most expensive country in Southeast Asia, we’re here to show you a fantastic time in Singapore without breaking the bank.
You might have to pass on the cocktail with edible gold flakes, but we promise you won’t miss out on any of the fun.
Dine inside a futuristic supertree
The futuristic supertree grove made up of plant-grown skeletal structures has become an icon of Singapore. What most people don’t know is that one of the supertrees is home to a fabulous restaurant and rooftop bar. Yes, that’s right, you can dine inside one of these architectural icons at Indochine.
With a minimum spend of $80 and a fairly priced menu, you can easily eat a three-course meal for under $100. The menu was designed to share, so order a selection of their Asian fusion dishes, among them king salmon sashimi, crabmeat paper rolls and lemongrass-marinated chicken.
After dinner, make your way up to the rooftop bar to witness the daily light show when these extraordinary tree-like structures light up under a star-studded sky.
Price: $80 per person for 3-4 dishes
High tea and tour of an award-winning Peranakan collection
Few cities juxtapose the old and new quite like Singapore, where futuristic skyscrapers lie side by side with perfectly preserved Peranakan architecture.
Delve deep into Singapore’s past at the Intan, a private museum and treasure-trove for Peranakan artefacts. Owner, Alvin Yapp, has been collecting artefacts from Penang, Malacca and China for decades and has opened up his private collection to the public. To step inside his home, is to journey deep into the heart of Singapore’s heritage.
Yapp offers intimate hour-long tours that wind up with high tea and a selection of traditional plates. Visits must be booked in advance and are by appointment only.
Price: $60 per person for an hour-long tour
Hawker-hop at the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant
Forget fine dining in Singapore and make a beeline for the authentic hawker stalls instead. This is no ordinary street food; these locals are whipping up Michelin-starred classics for only a few dollars.
Hawker Chan is a must – the pint-sized chef of the same name revolutionised the classic soya sauce chicken with his award-winning version. Now touted as the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world, everyone can sample his Hong Kong style chicken and rice for a cool $2 (he expanded to Melbourne late last year, but you can’t beat a visit to the original stall).
On the same day, Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle was awarded its Michelin star, cementing Singaporean street food on the world map. Shuffling the noodles from bowl to bowl and coating them in a spicy sauce, the chef makes it look so easy, but there’s real complexity in the layers of flavours. Grins are guaranteed as you slurp on thickly coated egg noodles, tangy wonton dumplings and tender pork.
End your culinary tour on a high by sampling Singaporean ramen, dreamt up by the guys behind A Noodle Story. Braised pork, Hong Kong-style wonton and crispy potato-wrapped prawn are carefully arranged on a bed of chilli-coated noodles to create an outstanding dish. Priced at just $7, this is bang for your buck.
Price: $15 per person for 3 dishes