The best cycle path in Singapore

Feel the breeze while you bike down the shoreline of East Coast Park in central Singapore, observing Singaporeans practicing t’ai chi along the way. Start early, before it gets too warm, and fuel up on the best old-school breakfast: kaya toast (bread slathered with coconut-milk custard and butter), thick coffee, and two soft-boiled eggs with soy sauce and white pepper at Chin Mee Chin Confectionery. It’s the last of a dying breed of kopitiams (coffee shops), and it’s been in the same spot for 80 years. Pick up your wheels at 12 Cycle and pedal west toward Marina Bay. Out at sea, the endless line of cargo ships waiting to pull into port serves as a stately escort on your ride. Soon you’ll see the arc of a bridge that links the park to Marina Barrage, a dam built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, topped with a spiraling green roof. Inside, a small gallery details the city-state’s efforts at environmental and water conservation, and on the rooftop, you can watch kite-fliers and couples taking their wedding photos with one of Singapore’s most thrilling views as a backdrop.

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