Chinese medicine shops, fortune tellers, souvenir stalls, and new hotels line the streets of Chinatown. This bustling neighborhood is one of the best places in Singapore for authentic food. Head to the restaurants along the revamped Boat Quay, the stalls and shophouse restaurants of Chinatown Food Street or Maxwell Food Center, and the revamped Lau Pa Sat food center for portions of Hainanese chicken rice and Malay laksa prawn noodle curry.
Don't worry about eating too much, as walking it off is easy in this intriguing area. A rebuilding project may have knocked down one-too-many shophouses, but many have been restored. You can see these especially around Neil Road and Duxton Hill in the Tanjong Pagar quarter, also home to many cool bars and shops. Don’t miss the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, crammed with thousands of Buddha figurines, and its own museum and roof garden. Like Little India, Chinatown’s charm lies in its history – and free neighborhood-wide Wi-Fi.