The first thought that comes to mind when Nara is mentioned is deers. Lots and lots of deers.
Nara is famous for its free-roaming Sika deer which can be found wandering around the city. There are at least 1200 of these nimble creatures in Nara and they are tame enough for people to pet and feed them.
However, did you know that the Nara deer used to be deemed as sacred? These graceful creatures were once revered and considered to be divine messengers of the gods. They were so enshrined that anyone found to have killed a deer of Nara were to face the death penalty.
The deers these days are no longer considered as sacred, but they still continue to be protected as national treasures. The city loves their deer so much that there are even signs reminding people to give way to them when they cross the road!
Nara is the perfect blend of both the past and present, making it a great place to make a day trip. If you’re new to the city and are clueless on what to add into your itinerary, here is a guide on what you can see, eat and do there.
Hailing all the way from Taipei, the famed Ningxia Night Market has, at long last, arrived on our shores. The critically acclaimed Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival has recreated a mini version of the bustling night market — a popular spot among locals and tourists for Taiwanese delicacies — which will span across Siloso Beach and Siloso Point from 16 January to 9 February 2020 (excluding 20 – 22 Jan).
Coined ‘the stomach of Taipei’, Ningxia Night Market Singapore will be offering a diverse range of mouthwatering Taiwanese street food such as Flaming Beef Cubes, Scallion Pancake and Taiwanese Oden. Locals can look forward to feast on an assortment of Taiwan’s exquisite delicacies in our very own Lion City as we will be featuring more than 30 vendors and chefs from the original market itself.
Here are 12 Taiwanese street food and drinks at Ningxia Night Market Singapore that you should not miss out on. So, put your new year dieting resolutions on hold, bring your family and friends down, and get ready to stuff yourself silly with snacks!
Crab lovers, it’s time to shell-abrate! Imagine this: juicy, meaty crabs slathered in luscious, rich sauce, sizable claws glistening in the light! If that sounds like a glorious meal, consider this alternative: replace that fun-sized mud crab – however big you’re envisioning it, this is gonna be a lot bigger – with the literal king of crustaceans, the Alaskan Red King Crab.
Crab-tivated? We are too. To usher in 2020, No Signboard Seafood at Esplanade is looking to make waves with an exciting menu revamp and a brand new look. Renowned for its extravagant array of crab dishes, this overhaul is set to elevate things to the next level of opulence.
Settling for no less than the best, No Signboard Seafood is featuring the enormous Alaskan Red King Crab in its signature dishes. Thought we were chitin’ you with the aforementioned scenario? At No Signboard Seafood, that dream is now a reality.
Dessert aficionados, prepare your sweet tooths for a spanking new dessert spot in town on 21 October 2019, Monday!
Now Bakery stemmed from a common passion for fluffy, creamy roll cakes and they put plenty of love into each and every one their bakes. Each decadent roll cake is meticulously handcrafted using only the finest ingredients that are imported from Taiwan and Japan, so you know that you’ll only be getting the best roll cakes.
They have 3 different cake series with an extensive variety of flavours so even if you’re a picky eater, fret not as there is something for everyone!
In celebration of their new outlet at Capitol Piazza, they will be having an opening promotion from 21 October to 27 October 2019, where their roll cakes will be going for 50% off. Additionally, on 21 & 22 October 2019, they will be giving away 50 pieces of roll cakes for free from 11.30am onwards.
The coffee scene in Singapore has been thriving, especially with the entrance of many third-wave cafés. And it doesn’t show signs of stopping any time soon. This is good news for coffee aficionados as this means that there’s always a new place to get your caffeine fix.
Previously known as Dancing Goat Specialty Coffee, this coffee shop is not exactly new but it has since been rebranded as Narrative Coffee Stand.
Located on the ground floor of Bras Basah Complex, the coffee shop sports a Kinfolk-esque interior with some bar seats and communal seating. READ ON
Known for their beautiful hand-crafted tea selections and their freshly-baked, Instagram-worthy baked goods is Chinese lifestyle cafe, Nayuki. Pioneering the concept of pairing delightful cheese teas with baked goods, Nayuki has made its rounds across the various social media platforms for reigniting the tea-drinking culture amongst tea fans in Singapore!
Successfully launching their very first overseas outlet at VivoCity with BreadTalk Group, Nayuki has announced the opening of their second and third outlets. Its second opening will be at the revamped Funan on 28 June 2019, and the third opening will be at Takashimaya Shopping Centre on 12 July 2019.
To celebrate their new openings, Nayuki will be launching two new products that you will fall head over heels in love with: Supreme Cheese Mixed Berries drink (S$8.50)—only available in July—and Magic Mango Mystique bread (S$6.80)! That’s not all, though, because Nayuki has prepared some opening special promotions for their respective new outlets!
The Korean food scene in Singapore has been on the rise over the last couple of years. This is not a surprise for many of us since Korea has been riding on the tidal wave of Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, and we all love Korean products.
Nipong Naepong has been on our little red dot for over a year now, satisfying the cravings of numerous Korean food enthusiasts with scrumptious Chinese-Korean cuisine. As Singapore’s first “ppong” specialty restaurant, the restaurant has seamlessly fused flavours inspired from around the world with impeccable flair.
For the uninitiated, jjamppong (ppong in short) is a Korean noodle dish typically served with spicy meat and/or seafood.
If you have been wanting to try jjamppong from all the K-Dramas you have been watching, drop by Nipong Naepong today! Two different amazing deals await, too!
There’s a famous saying: don’t judge a book by its cover.
And this café encapsulates this famous quote perfectly. Namelaka Patisserie is a hidden gem in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, that serves up unique, fruit-themed French pastries that will make you do a double take before digging in.
Namelaka is a novelty you have to visit when in Kuala Lumpur. Their desserts aren’t just “for-the-gram”, but also super delicious and not too sweet. It’s pretty quiet there too so it’s a perfect place to get a cup of coffee while enjoying their pastry on a lazy afternoon.