Singapore is a melting pot of culture with a futuristic skyline, clean streets and lush, green gardens. It’s also paving the way for sustainability with many eco-friendly hotels and eateries scattered across the Little Red Dot.
Now that Singapore is fully open to vaccinated visitors, why not make your next visit an eco foray into the metropolis? Here are some of our suggestions for a greener visit:
WHERE TO STAY
PARKROYAL on Pickering
The PARKROYAL on Pickering is straight out of a sci-fi movie with its facade of greenery and glass. Aside from its zero-energy sky garden, waterfalls, and pools, the hotel has motion sensors to save electricity, whilst boasting a seasonal, plant-based menu.
PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering St, Singapore 058289
Oasia Hotel Downtown
It’s hard to miss Oasia Hotel Downtown as it’s much like its name: an oasis right by the Tanjong Pagar MRT in downtown Singapore. The 27-storey building is covered by a vertical garden with contrasting glass panels – they also have a chilled water system to cool its enclosed space.
Oasia Hotel Downtown, 100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079333
Where to Eat
Most restaurants strive to find the best cut and the most uniform produce, but at Kausmo, the focus is more on making sure nothing goes to waste. Combining European techniques with Asian influences, the fusion restaurant is co-founded by chef Lisa Tang and Kuah Chew Shian who came together with a mission to promote thoughtful and conscientious living. Don’t miss their six-course Carte Blanche menu!
Kausmo, 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre, #03-07, Singapore 228208
The Living Café
Known as the pioneer of the raw food movement in Singapore, The Living Café opened in 2011 and serves food without any dairy, red meat, refined sugar, preservatives, artificial additives, or refined oils. Their menu is western-focused with a full breakfast, lunch, desserts, and fresh juice and smoothie menu.
The Living Café, 779 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore
For a romantic farm-to-table experience, the Summerhouse has a French dining room and garden domes tucked away in the Seletar countryside. It’s part of a garden and farming collective serving French cuisine, and they even have an edible garden. Note: Advance booking is required for the garden domes.
The Summerhouse, 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
Where to Drink
Mission Juice’s ethos is to help others achieve happy, healthy living through a balanced diet and building strong immunity. This is through their high quality, natural cold-pressed juice without any hidden additives, syrups, or ice dilution. All juices are made-to-order only and available by delivery island-wide.
Mission Juice, 12 Gopeng St, Singapore 078877
Graft is a eco-friendly bar that’s a joint venture between Jekyll and Hyde and the Mandala Group. Here, you’ll find plenty of edible plants and herbs in their food and drinks served in innovative upcycled glasses. The sustainable bar allows customers to pull the drink of their choice by hand, including a series of cocktails, beers, and mocktails on draft.
Graft, 76 Neil Road, Singapore, 088840
Where to Shop
Trove of Gaia
Inspired by the zero-waste stores she saw in France, beauty blogger June Fong (@JuneduJour) decided to open one of her own in Singapore in 2017. Their selection of quality green products aims to promote a sustainable lifestyle with a promise to plant one tree with every order. To visit their showroom, you’ll need to make an appointment, but there will be tea waiting for you.
Trove of Gaia, 158 Kallang Way, #08-13A, Performance Building, Singapore 349245
Dustybunny Vintage was established in 2004 with a carefully curated line of dresses, bags, jewelry, and shoes from around the world. Here, you’ll find brand names like Chanel and Hermès, but they also have their own clothing label inspired by years of curating and selling vintage garments. An appointment is required to visit.
Dustbunny Vintage, 2A Keong Saik Road Singapore, Singapore 089110
What to See
Tampines Eco Green
While the manicured lawns of the Singapore Botanical Garden are picture-perfect, the natural state of the Tampines Eco Green makes for a different experience altogether. With minimum man-made structures in the park that can be hiked in two hours, it’s an amazing place to spot wildlife including the Blue-capped Cordon-blue and the Asian Golden Weaver.
Take a Farm Tour
Yes, Singapore has its own farms! Visit the Jurong Frog Farm to learn the ins and outs of raising American Bullfrogs from a farm that has been doing it since the ’70s. If you like goat milk, Hay Dairies Goat Farm is the only goat farm in Singapore with 800 goats. And if all you want is a good old-fashioned farm tour to get out in nature or educate your little one, Bollywood Veggies is a great choice.
See also: 8Shades’ Eco Travel Guide to Bangkok
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