Suzanne offers a beautiful insight into the Singapore street art scene from her recent trip, along with husband Michael, a photographer who documented through his lenses the fascinating trip.
Singapore is worth staying for some days, but it is also one oft the best stop overs you can get. Michael and I came from Raja Ampat, from the pristine an amazing paradise for divers and spent three wonderful days in singapore. We stayed there before for nearly one week, so we knew the best walks and neighborhoods. As last time we decided to stay in chinatown, „the scarlet hotel“ was a wonderful place to relax between our tours.
The first time I saw the restored warehouses in chinatown I was a little bit disappointed, because they really looked over refurbished.In little india you can find more original warehouses, which have shops in the ground floor and flats in the second floor like in former times. Chinatown has a very relaxed atmosphere, but the artificial idyll is overlapt from the sky scrapers which represent the modern singapore. And you also can find a little bit france in chinatown. At „Merci Marcel“ at club street we had the best croissants outside from paris, and at „Nicolas“ in the teck lim road you will find yourself in a real french kitchen.
We were strolling around to find the new works of street art in the city, most time by taxi because of the heat. It was february 2020 and the taxidrivers had the funkiest masks you could find. It were the first weeks of covid 19. Sometimes it was not so easy to find the walls with the murals, and sometimes the taxidrivers did not really believe that we want to go to the specified addresses. It really took us time to find the fantastic Alex Face mural… and surprise, surprise we finally found it at the backdoor of a small townhouse, the art porters gallery. Also exciting to visit.
An extraordinary cool neighborhood for hunting great street art is around Haji Lane and Arab Street. You can start with a drink and delicious ceviche at „Piedra Negra“. Haji Lane is a really place of pilgrimage for street art lovers and instagrammers. Next to it in victoria street the visitor will find the astonishing shopping carts of Ernest Zacharevic and some other works of the artist. The quarter is full of amazing artworks. Among many others you will also find the great murals of Didier „Jaba“ Mathieu and Ceno 2.
In the evening you shouldn’t miss to visit the marina bay botanical garden. It is an experience in opulent vegetation. The evening we were there we had a special performance with light and italian opera. Yes this is kitschy but on the other side … some cool neighborhoods beyond the hustle and bustle of the financial district.
Suzanne Bäumler lives in Germany with photographer Michael Harker who recently published the street art book titled: ”Icons Of Street Art”.