If you are planning out a itinerary for Singapore, I’m pretty sure you would have come across the Gardens By The Bay as a spot for sightseeing. I wanted to share with you my little experience of visiting the Gardens, and also show you the great food I had whilst I was there. The Gardens By The Bay is located next to Marina Bay MRT station (10 minute walk or 3 minutes via their shuttle bus). We actually got lost in the beginning as I have originally tried to search for this location directly on Google Maps, which took me to a completely different location. Once I though something was wrong, I went back to their official website to find the right location. Luckily, we were only 3 train stations away.
If you don’t know already, Gardens By The Bay is an attraction that was built to promote a massive green environment of Singapore, with a great push on environmental conservation. There are 4 main parts to the Gardens: the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Supertree Grove and the Gardens.
The Flower Dome is a large dome building that consists of many flowers and plants inside (as you’d imagine). But the dome itself is extremely large and is like an actual garden. When I visited, it was peak hour so it was extremely crowded. But I’d imagine on a quiet day, you will be enjoying your time by relaxing on the benches, taking photographs with no rush, and just enjoying the environment.
The Cloud Forest is a similar dome-shaped building that has a tall structure inside with a massive waterfall as you walk in. This building is more focused on conservation, and also has a theatre to explain about global warming. You can enjoy your time here by climbing up the structure and walking downwards whilst glazing over the massive waterfall (a great opportunity for selfies!).
The rest of the garden consists of international gardens - such as the Indian garden, Malaysian garden, Chinese garden etc. You can hop-on their shuttle service directly from the Marina Bay MRT station to within the main entrance of the park for $3.00 per adult. Once you hop-off, you are free to wonder around to your pace. One of the other great things to do here is to eat in their restaurant area which is kind of like a food court, but not really at the same time. It’s basically another building where each restaurant is sitting side by side next to each other under the same roof.
As we were starving after getting lost when looking for the right MRT station, we decided to have some lunch here. Along the restaurant area, you can find all sorts of cuisines, from Chinese, Western and of course, Singaporean. On this day, we decided to head into the Hill Street Coffee Shop and ordered a Nasi Lemak. Nasi Lemak, originally a Malaysian dish, is a rice dish with a hot spicy sauce, fried chicken, peanuts, sliced cucumber and some other garnishes. Our dish also came with a pork cracker. As we were extremely hungry, we were already salivating before the dish arrived. However, when it did arrived, we were amazed by the presentation of the dish with its generosity of the size of chicken piece.
I’ve had my first taste of Nasi Lemak on my flight to Singapore (Scoot) and that was tasteful dish without the chicken piece and garnishes. This dish brings it to the ultimate level and really brings you the traditional aroma of the samba sauce. It’s a definite try when you do visit the Gardens By The Bay. Though I haven’t tried the other restaurants, all their menus looked very appetising too so there shouldn’t be a miss in terms of choice. Overall, the Gardens By The Bay is probably much more beautiful during the night time when you can see the light ups of the Supertree Grove. However, taking a stroll through the daytime in the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome is also a nice option. It’s a great location to stop by when visiting Singapore - especially when you think it’s time to relax for a bit after all the shopping!
Gardens By The Bay
Access: Alight from Bayfront MRT station via Circle Line and take Exit B, approximately a 3-4 minute walk to the entrance.
Hill Street Coffee Shop
Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Access: Alight from Bayfront MRT station via Circle Line and take Exit B, approximately a 3-4 minute walk to the entrance of the Gardens By The Bay. Another 15 minute walk or 5 minutes via shuttle bus to restaurant
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