Luxury Shopping and Malay Cuisine: A Local’s Guide to Singapore

Welcome to Locals Only. In this series, we’re tapping notable locals in the style space to share a tight list of their top recommendations of what to see, eat, and shop in their home city. They’ll share off-the-radar recs that you won’t find in your average guidebook, resulting in digestible mini guides revealing where the city’s most fashionable residents are actually hanging out.

If you’ve ever considered a trip to Southeast Asia, you’ve probably typed “Singapore travel guide” into your Google search bar and been met with a series of articles extolling the city as its seen in the 2018 blockbuster film Crazy Rich Asians. While the city is certainly the backdrop that highlights the lifestyle of Singapore’s über-wealthy, chatting with a local about where to actually go when you visit reveals a different side of things.

We’ve tapped one of its most stylish and in-the-know natives for all the best that the city has to offer. Stacey Chia is a Singapore-born, New York–based journalist turned publicist who’s currently at the helm of the Parisian luxury secondhand platform Vestiaire Collective. Here, Chia is curating a Singapore travel guide exclusively for Who What Wear. She shared her favorite spots in the Southeast Asian capital, including the ultimate luxury shopping destination, where to find the best Malaysian cuisine, her favorite museum, and more. 

Singapore city guide

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