Even though Singapore is quite westernized and English is the primary language spoken in business establishments, it can provide culture shocks to people that travel here for the first time. The language can be an eye opener as local people here speak a mix of English and Malay or Cantonese which is called Singlish and may be difficult to understand the first time you hear it.
Food courts for expats – As eating in restaurants is an expensive endeavor in this city, people prefer to eat out in food courts at shopping malls and other public places. There are several European restaurants here offering a mix of Italian, Mexican and also American style food options along with different fast food chains. Expats brave enough to try out local food can start with both vegetarian and non vegetarian options which may be a little spicy for Europeans as it contains local spices. The local markets still have roadside cobblers who repair shoes sitting on the roadside as you enjoy fried chicken feet or hot dimsums.