Before our trip to Bali, Julian and I lived in Geneva, in a 30m squared studio, which I also used as an office. We went from strict and punctual Switzerland to chaotic Asia. We went from being mostly inside somewhere to being outdoors constantly. That truly meant taking a big fresh breath, which gave us a sense of freedom.
After a month in Bali, discovering rice terraces, sunrises, and sunsets, we hopped on a plane to spend three days in one of the most business/financial cities in Asia, Singapore (just before moving on to the Philippines). We had the impression of being back in a futuristic version of Geneva. It only took us two hours to go from the real jungle to the concrete jungle!
Although we felt the cultural shock and the absence of ecological development, we managed to enjoy our stay there. I am happy to let you discover our favorite vegetarian (but not exclusively) restaurants through the photos below, as well as the details about my ethical and sustainable outfit and our activities in Singapore…The best is at the end!
Vegetarian or not, where to eat?
We were recommended by a local to go to the Telok Ayer Market. Situated in a historic building in the city center, this local food market could somewhat be compared to the market in Barcelona, La Boquería. Unfortunately, this rather popular and crowded market, full of internationals, did not quite correspond to our likes and needs food wise, and from an eco-friendly point of view. If you’re like me, and you stand against single-use plastics, but you still want to go through the experience of the market without creating waste, I recommend thinking of bringing your own reusable utensils. By this, I mean your reusable bottle to avoid using plastic cups, your own container to avoid plastic plates, and your own cutlery, so you could ask them to serve you in them. Basically, be prepared!
In terms food, you’ll find loads to choose from, mainly Indian and Asian food. Therefore, most of the plates are based on some kind of meat. Not so much choice for vegetarians, unfortunately.
So for us vegetarians, I recommend Fill a Pita (middle eastern vegetarian/vegan food where we had lunch once) and Whole Earth (Peranakan-Thai vegetarian restaurant) where we had dinner. It might be a good idea to reserve a table for this last one.
If you keep scrolling, you’ll see us at My Awesome Café, which we accidentally ran into as we were actually on our way to Whole Earth. As usual, it was the interior design which caught my eye and attention. We took a look at the menu out of curiosity (which mostly contains salads, sandwiches, platters and lots of choices for vegetarians), and then we were welcomed by the owner, Franck Hardy, an enthusiastic French man who told us the story about his restaurant.
My Awesome Café was originally a medical clinic that was left abandoned. It is of bad luck for most Asians to create a business where there was a hospital, but this obviously does not apply to Franck, the Frenchy! Restaurant by day, bar-pub by night, this place has a different air from the rest of Singapore. And as I mentioned, it is its interior design that caught my attention. The place was completely renovated in an industrial style and entirely decorated and furnished with used furniture and elements like vintage plates and glasses. The tables (below) are old school desks from the 70’s, or the table we had lunch was actually a solid wooden door.
My Awesome Café uses plastic straws, so don’t forget to ask your drink without straws and have your own reusable straws like we do! (See the photo below).
What a great pleasure to bite off a fresh, crunchy, homemade baguette!
The concept of reuse goes beyond and applies to the business cards. Franck gets them by cutting off cardboard from the packaging of the products he receives like tea boxes (see the photo below). Genious, right?! I think I’m going to start doing that!
Ethical & Sustainable Outfit | long-term traveling and tropical temperatures
If you are going to be travelling for a long period, I advise you to mostly take timeless pieces of more neutral colors, like this black, linen pair of trousers, these vegan, beige sandals and this gray handbag, that you could endlessly mix and match with different tops like I’ve done in this post, in this article or also in this other one here. I chose to wear this dusty pink blouse in Singapore (currently on sale!) which is made of organic cotton crepe. This really light fabric was ideal for the hot and humid streets of the city. My straw boater hat is from a little hat boutique that you could find in Kaysersber, Alsace.
We took a short tour through the Chinese neighborhood, just before going to the botanic garden. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to visit Little India, which was recommended to us a few times, but only after we had already left the city.