Whether it’s a Singapore kopi (traditional local coffee) or an Australian flat white, coffee drinking is ingrained in the culture of both countries.
Australian pâtissier extraordinaire Anna Polyviou has teamed up with Singapore’s award-winning Tanglin Gin distillery to produce the Honey Bean Coffee Gin Liqueur, made with Singapore honey, Australian macadamia nuts and the best coffee beans available.
One of the best ways to enjoy this delicious beverage is as an Easy Beezy Espresso martini – which just requires it to be shaken with ice. While you’re savouring your drink, be sure to check out recommendations for some of Singapore’s most popular attractions, courtesy of Anna Polyviou and Bradley Young, Director of Operations at Tanglin Gin.
Don’t want to just drink this liqueur? Then have a crack at Anna’s original recipes, which use it as a key ingredient.
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Anna’s Food Recommendations
2am: Dessert Bar
Everyone knows that Singapore is a haven for foodies and there’s nothing better than a nightcap at the famous 2am: dessert bar. This Singapore institution is such a unique concept, as it redefines your high tea experience creating Insta-worthy desserts and drinks in a beautiful bar setting.
My good friend Janice Wong is the talented brains behind 2am: dessert bar, and is one of Singapore’s most famous pastry chefs. Her magical and unique flavours make her bar a must-visit venue the next time you are in Singapore.
If you’re looking for authentic Singapore street food, look no further than the iconic hawker centres in Singapore, which are scattered across the city. What I love about them is that there’s so much variety on offer, that the hardest part is choosing what to try first! From savoury to sweet, Singapore hawker centres are the ultimate home to good food at an affordable price, and capture a key part of the Singapore way of life.
I love visiting the Old Airport Road hawker centre in particular, as the variety of cuisine on offer is incredible! I was sitting in among the locals so I knew I was onto a good thing. It’s hard to recommend just one dish but the Toa Payoh Rojak (sweet and savoury salad of vegetables, fruits and dough fritters) was really fresh and tasty! It’s essentially a salad with cucumber, pineapple, jicama, bean sprouts, deep-fried tofu puffs, topped with ground peanuts and a zingy dressing.
Singapore is home to incredible Michelin-starred offerings, and while you’re here, you have to visit Odette – it’s French fine dining at its best, and also located in the beautiful historical National Gallery Singapore.
Anna’s Must-see Attractions
For those that are looking for total relaxation and downtime, Sentosa island is the perfect spot. You can chill out and soak up the sun at the many beach clubs or relax by exploring the island’s nature walks. Jet-blading’s also an option if you want a hit of adrenaline-pumping fun.
The island is also an amazing destination for families, with great attractions like Universal Studios Singapore and the S.E.A. Aquarium which are guaranteed to keep the kids (and kids at heart) entertained for hours.
Singapore Cable Car
The best way to see Singapore is from above! When visiting Singapore, you simply can’t miss the Singapore Cable Car that sweeps across to Sentosa island, giving you one of the best aerial views of the city.
Linking Harbourfront to Mount Faber and Sentosa island, the Cable Car Sky Network is a great way to travel across from the mainland, connecting you to a number of popular attractions and experiences. The Sentosa Line, in particular, takes you towards all of Sentosa island’s attractions like the Mega Adventure Park and Siloso Beach.
Gardens by the Bay
It’s not a trip to Singapore without a visit to the beautiful Gardens by the Bay. With breath-taking gardens and that incredible 30-metre indoor waterfall, it’s well and truly one of Singapore’s most spectacular attractions. With over 1.5 million plants, this iconic attraction adds to the beauty of the ‘City in Nature.’
While you’re there, be sure to visit the Sun Pavilion, which showcases some of the most incredible desert-like landscapes.
Raffles Hotel is an iconic hotel and attraction in Singapore and such a popular hotspot for Aussie travellers. The Long Bar within Raffles is a must visit. When there, be sure to try the famous Singapore Sling and the free peanuts – it’s customary to just crush the shells and leave them on the floor of the bar.
Marina Bay Sands
If we’re talking iconic, the Marina Bay Sands is a popular landmark and an attraction to add to your bucket list the next time you visit Singapore. If you get the opportunity to stay, be sure to visit the rooftop where you can cool off in the Infinity Pool, while taking in the beautiful city skyline.
Also, make sure you visit the ArtScience Museum which is right next door. The exhibitions here are really cool, especially Future World, which merges design, science and technology and leaves you totally mesmerised!
Other than eating, shopping is one of my favourite things to do when travelling, and you can’t go past Orchard Road – one of Singapore’s oldest and most vibrant shopping areas.
Stretched out across the area are many shopping centres which house both local and international brands and is a great spot to get your dose of retail therapy. I recommend ION Orchard, where you’ll find international labels and cool eating places. If you’re after local brands, Design Orchard is definitely the place to visit.
I love spending a full day shopping and then finishing off at Manhattan Bar, which has consistently been ranked among the top of Asia’s Top 50 Best Bars.
Henderson Waves Bridge
For those that love being outdoors, the Henderson Waves bridge is definitely the place for you! The long winding bridge which mimics the shape of a wave is a great spot to take in Singapore’s beautiful garden surroundings. As dusk falls, it’s also illuminated by LED lights which is a stunning effect.
Hall of Fame
Urban street art is something I grew up with and love to see in every country I travel to. The newly-opened Hall of Fame in Kampong Gelam is dedicated to street art and is a must-visit. Spanning Bali Lane and Ophir Road, the space is inspired by the area’s role in reigniting the local street art scene. The Hall of Fame is not only incredibly Instagrammable but a place where appreciation for street art thrives.
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The first time you come here is quite the experience, and is something you will need to see for yourself: the impressive three-storey high art deco interior houses over a thousand gin labels, and just transports you back to Paris in the 1930s while you’re still in tropical Singapore!
There’s also a fantastic menu on hand by head bartender Jesse Vida and his team – and probably one of the reasons why Atlas Bar is consistently included as one of the World's 50 Best Bars!
Ever had a cocktail from a cup made out of oysters with a straw made from lotus stems? This is the go-to bar for that and other similar unique experiences where craftsmanship is meticulous.
Singapore star bartender, Vijay Mudaliar, has a strong commitment to zero waste and the use of local and regional produce. He and his team at Native do not leave anything up to chance and will amaze every time with cocktails that truly showcase the best local and native ingredients of Singapore…which is probably why Native consistently makes the annual list of the World’s 50 Best Bars.
I may be slightly biased as this cocktail bar is co-owned by Tanglin Gin – but in my opinion this is one of the best bars in Singapore. Oriental Elixir is a hidden and unexpected gem in one of Singapore's most lively streets, Haji Lane.
There is no menu, so if you like the cocktail you’re served up (and trust me, you will!), savour it because the bartender made it just once, especially for you.
You’ll also be completely spoiled for choice with the full range of Tanglin Gin on offer – which naturally includes the Honey Bean Coffee Gin Liqueur.
The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar
I love coming to Dempsey Hill to relax and indulge in the lush greenery that makes Singapore so famous as a garden city.
The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar is one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in Singapore – this is where you can just sit back, relax and enjoy signature contemporary Asian-inspired European dishes, specially curated by acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Tucked away in the midst of Chinatown on the third floor of a shophouse, you’ll have to knock on the door of this hidden bar and hope someone will let you in!
Sago House makes it feel like you’re entering another world – one’s that filled with old hip-hop tunes and the best cocktails from industry veteran Jay Gray and his team.
Inspired by his time at the Bulletin Place bar in Sydney, the menu features six classic styles of cocktails with different flavours each week, depending on available ingredients.