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A guide to walking in Singapore

Routes to take, what to wear, and where to eat – all within the country.

  • Guide to walking


    With plenty of manicured sights and no shortage of local wildlife – hello, otters, monitor lizards and friends – and birds, there's a lot going on at this Unesco World Heritage site. An entire round around the gardens is about 6km – although multiple winding routes can easily add to that number. We're fond of the ones that go past the two lakes and the tree-covered rainforest trail. And, unlike most other routes, it's possible to go one big round to end up right where you started here, so driving down is a possibility. There’s parking at Jacob-Ballas Children's Garden, National Orchid Garden and Cluny Court.

    BITES: There are several eateries within the gardens. Head to Bee's Knees at The Garage or Halia for breakfast and casual bistro fare. Botanico serves Asian-inspired European plates. And Corner House is one of the rare fine dining restaurants that allows you to wear bermudas so long as you have covered shoes.

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Gear up

Inject a little style into your trips. Z Zegna has a range of activewear that comes in different styles such as a sweatshirt made from heat-regulating Techmerino or #UseTheExisting bermuda shorts produced from recycled cotton. Mr Porter also has options, like the sturdy Yosemite Belted Cordura Shorts that combines mountaineering chic with streetwear.

Walk well

Remember to do some light stretching before embarking on your journey. Proper posture also reduces the strain on your body, so keep your chin parallel to the ground, step heel to toe and avoid shuffling. A pair of thick, cushioned socks also go a long way to preventing blisters.

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