"Cities that you fall in love with are never about the attractions or famous sites. Almost always, it's serendipitous episodes with the locals, warmth and kind gestures experienced and places where there are many layers to peel away and discover."
A few that come to mind: Cape Town, Melbourne, Singapore, Taipei, San Francisco, Chicago, Bangkok, Paris, New York, Shanghai.
Maxwell Food CentreMaxwell in my opinion is top if not near the top of the list. It's centrally located, has a great spread, great food, bustling. Old Airport Road Food Centre not bad as well. As is Chomp Chomp Food... See More
Chinatown Food Street a little sterile for true locals looking for great food, but I am sure a great choice for first time visitors. See http://chinatownfoodstreet.sg/ or http://danielfooddiary.com/2014/03/07/chinatownfoodstreet/ . Chomp... See More
You & Singapore are going to be a match made in heaven. Let's see, where do we start? For the unavoidables that everyone will suggest you try: 1. Hainanese Chicken Rice (Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice) 2. Chilli Crab (look no further than... See More
CYC The Custom Shop is by far the most famous and reputable one. But it is also at Raffles Hotel. Which also means it is about $120 - $180 but well worth the money. Quality fabrics and exquisite details. I had most of my work shirts and shirts for wedding... See More
Hey Catherine! Some great answers there. NYC is my fav city to go solo. And at first I was quite challenged to think of Singapore. But here goes: Accommodations: 1. There are many backpacker's inn to meet other young travelers. I've never stayed... See More
South Africa. Too many gorgeous breathtaking landscapes for sunset peekaboo. Drove down the Garden Route National Park and had too many. But the best was up atop table mountain. Great friends, towards the end of the best vacation... See More
You've some awesome suggestions by others here, so in not repeating the obvious like laksa, otah, here are some awesome others to try. 1. Sugarcane juice (any hawker centre in Chinatown). Price $1.50 - $2.00 2. Crispy curry puff Killiney Rd.... See More
For authenticity, I second those suggested by others especially Muthu's Curry and Samy's Curry Restaurant. But the one truly memorable Indian restaurant I had the pleasure of dining at during my days in the corporate world... See More
By the way, I absolutely love this question. Because it's one I ask when I explore new lands and have signals that I have reached a new stage with the city and am ready to peel the layers and dig deep. Also, I must qualify that there's a personal vested interest.... See More