As part of its enhanced weekend staycation programme, The Westin Singapore is launching the 90-minute Makan Trail, conceived, curated and led by local food blogger Maureen Ow, better known as Miss Tam Chiak. The complimentary walking tour through the Marina Bay neighbourhood offers hotel guests a quick introduction to local delicacies in the vicinity of the Starwood property, and it will be held every Sunday at 10am, starting from October 2.
Taking advantage of The Westin Singapore’s proximity to the heart of Chinatown, the tour makes three stops in the area, and has guests starting brunch with chai tow kway at Lau Pa Sat and ending with kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs and char kway teow at Amoy Street Food Centre.
In between, there’s a stop for nyonya kueh at the newly opened Chong Wen Ge Café, on the first site of what has evolved to become Chongfu Primary School. The cosy eatery is tucked away in a corner next to the Thian Hock Keng Temple, and it shares a space with the Peranakan Tiles Gallery and sits under the Singapore Music Box Museum. And staying true to its Peranakan heritage, the café interiors and tabletops are tricked out with ceramic tiles bearing a variety of floral motifs.
Though the Makan Trail is intended for tourists and visitors from abroad, locals will still enjoy sampling the authentic flavours of Singapore and getting food recommendations from Miss Tam Chiak herself. Seeing the Central Business District emptied out on weekends can be rather refreshing, as is the experience of being a tourist in your own country, even if it’s just for under two hours.