Smoking in the street, less than 16 ft from some hotels will cost you a fine of ?500! Never throw your chewing gum on the floor, particularly considering that it is hardly even tolerated in your mouth! Drug trafficking is punishable by death. A drug test may be made upon entering the country: a person who tests positive may be accused of consuming drugs on the territory.
Singapore is unquestionably the hallmark of Asian gastronomy, it therefore has an incredible amount of restaurants serving a great variety of specialities at reasonable prices. From Chinese cuisine (Cantonese, Hokkian, Sichuan, Teochow), fish and crustaceans, vegetarian cuisine, Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian, Nyonya, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Burmese, Taiwanese, Italian or French cuisine, there is something for all tastes and budgets, from the simple eating house to the refined restaurants of luxury hotels. If you want to have a quick bite while still enjoying a variety of Asian delights, you must go to a "Hawker Centre". Hawkers used to peddle their wares by setting up and selling their specialities on the pavement and sitting on stools with small tables. In these centres, a single dish costs between S and S. Whatever you do, be sure to make time to stop off at the Long Bar on the first floor of the Raffles to try the famous Singapore Sling cocktail; this is the only place in Singapore where you can throw things on the floor, more precisely peanut shells!
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Singapore is a major shopping destination, although you won't get as good deals as you would have in the past. From works of art, antiques and handicraft, to electronics, perfume, clothes, watches and cameras, you will find everything that you can think of in the various districts of the city and in the vast lobbies of Changi airport. Generally, department stores and shopping centres are open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, or 9:30 pm. At the Muslim shopping centre Mustapha in the district of Little India, you will find absolutely everything: jewels, clothes, electronics, food, etc., but no cigarettes, alcohol or pork! For top brands, go to Orchard Road, the city's main street, where you will find the local Hard Rock Café, as well as Armani, Cartier, Vuitton and Chanel! The best deals are to be found during the Great Singapore Sale in June and July.