For first time visitors, I would recommend you starting your tour with the landmark Sultan Mosque to explore the colourful streets and sights.
Then move on to find vibrant shops, restaurants and indie cafes along Haji Lane, Arab Street, Baghdad Street and Bussorah Street, and these have become favourite places for people to take their #ootd Instagram shots.
In terms of food, you can find local delicacies such as Nasi Padang (such as the Michelin-recommended Hjh Maimunah Restaurant and Catering), Nasi Lemak (SoulFood Catering), Malay kueh and coffeeshops for a fragrant cup of teh tarik.
- Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro
257 Beach Road, Singapore 199539
Tel: +65 6396 9096
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
For Swedish Food, Pastries and Those Delicious Meatballs
Established for over 10 years in Singapore, Fika is one of the few places which offers Halal and hearty Scandinavian fare and desserts in a relaxed bright environment.
“My meatballs are the best Halal ones you will find in Singapore”, co-owner Tasneem Noor could be right.
She opened this Nordic-inspired café as an extension of her love for Scandinavian things, and it is a great place for a gathering with friends and family.
I enjoyed the all-beef Swedish Meatballs ($19) of home-made beef meatballs with baby potatoes, served with lingonberry jam drizzled with creamy homemade sauce.
If you have room for more, do try the Korvstroganoff ($15) which is a creamy tomato-based chicken sausage stew service with sautéed seasonal vegetables and rice; Pytt i Panna ($19.90) which is Swedish Hash made of potatoes with sautéed diced black angus beef cubes; and Toast Skagen ($18) – a cold salmon roe and fresh water shrimp open-faced sandwich on toasted artisan bread.