Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

by Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Mr Rajkumar Rajagopal is Chef Concierge of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. He loves the fact his hotel is a luxurious tropical oasis, set amid sprawling, lush, green grounds and wide-open spaces. His hotel also has the advantage of being centrally located, yet still tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. Come on an insider’s tour of the city’s best, including bartenders who, in Rajkumar’s experience, somehow always manage to come up with a cocktail that’s more mind-blowing than the last…

Most popular request…

Guests of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore like to know more about our heartlands, our culture, how and where Singaporeans dwell and live. Hence, we have created a ‘Bespoke Heartland Tour’ just for hotel guests. This exclusive walking tour takes them to the historical Toa Payoh Estate to see and feel our diverse community living in harmony through the following stops: Singapore’s first MRT Station; Singapore’s first air-conditioned bus terminal; The first local supermarket; The first neighbourhood police post; and the Housing and Development hub and gallery, to view public housing plans. The tour also takes them to an Indian temple in Little India, the Chinese Heritage Centre in Chinatown and finally, a Kway Guan Huat popiah (traditional fresh spring rolls) -making and tasting in Joo Chiat which guests really enjoy. This tour takes about four hours and is recommended be taken in the morning.

The Chef Concierge’s favourite place to enjoy a day off: Pulau Ubin – which reminds him of Singapore 50 years ago.


Favourite locale when enjoying a day off…

Pulau Ubin is my favourite locale as it reminds me of Singapore 50 years ago. There is cycling in the lush greenery, a granite quarry, Shek Java (mangroves), and kampongs (village), and an awesome typical Chinese seafood by the beachside.

Best coffee: Ya Kun Kaya.





Best coffee in Singapore…

One and only Ya Kun Kaya: toast, half-boiled eggs, and coffee.

Where we must go for lunch in Singapore…

Best lunch: Roasted Chicken rice in Sinn Ji Hainanese Chicken Rice.

Roasted Chicken rice in Sinn Ji Hainanese Chicken Rice The recipes in this restaurant have been improved to give customers a juicy and succulent roasted chicken. The roasted chicken skin is slightly crispy, which is a nice surprise. The rice is also more fragrant and when eaten with the chicken, the umami taste really comes out.

It’s a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what we should do…  

Visit Gardens By The Bay.

Must do: MacRitchie tree-top walk.




An absolute must-do or must-see before leaving Singapore…

Visit The National Gallery and try the MacRitchie tree-top walk.

What he loves about the hotel…

What I love about Shangri-La hotel, Singapore, is that it is truly a luxurious tropical oasis that has the advantage of being centrally located yet still tucked away from the bustle, set on sprawling ground, wide open spaces and lush greenery. We take pride in creating memorable and awesome experiences for our guests.

Must see: Singapore’s Botanic Gardens.

Anything else we should know about when visiting Singapore…

  • A morning walk in Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s first UNESCO heritage site, and just a 15-minute walk from the hotel.
  • Eat like a local and check out Tiong Bahru, Singapore’s hot, new, hipster neighbourhood that’s filled with cool shops, restaurants, bars and restored shophouses.
  • Try chili crab — Crabs that are boiled and stir-fried in a semi-thick delectable tomato and chili sauce and goes well with fried mantou bun.

    Must eat: Chili Crab.

  • Night out – In Haji Lane in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood is a tucked-away alley that holds a collection of narrow shophouses that have been converted into hip shops that fashionistas will love. Have a cocktail in Maison Ikkoku – the bartenders here somehow manage to come up with a cocktail that’s more mind-blowing than the last.


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