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Discover how East meets West, nature and urban beauty intertwine, and the past meets present, with this guide to Singapore’s most iconic attractions.
Day 1: Urban nature, modern marvels
Gardens by the Bay
More than just a bustling metropolis, Singapore is a city where bold new passions are just waiting to be uncovered. Begin your discovery of our city’s most popular attractions at Gardens by the Bay. This 101-hectare space of verdant greenery comprises three massive cooled conservatories filled with natural splendour. You’ll be able to spend most of the day marvelling at the rare flora on display at the Flower Dome, exploring the mist-filled landscape of Cloud Forest, and marvelling at the majesty of the garden’s Supertrees. Be sure to scale Cloud Mountain for unforgettable views, and snap a photo or two atop the OCBC Skyway.
Marina Bay Sands®
In the evening, take a stroll along the waterfront to Marina Bay Sands®. This integrated resort is filled with attractions for discerning visitors, ranging from sky-high party spots to luxury shopping opportunities. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands® houses a trove of global brands and luxury labels—from Alexander McQueen to Audemars Piguet—while the party never ends at clubs like MARQUEE Singapore and CÉ LA VI. Opportunities to sample world-class fare abound at Marina Bay Sands, with the steaks at CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Japanese delicacies at KOMA Singapore and Western fare at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street kitchen.
If you’re an art enthusiast, you’ll want to make a beeline for the ArtScience Museum™. This beloved establishment blurs the lines between artistry and technology, with exhibitions like Future World: Where Art Meets Science. To feed your Instagram, take a stroll over to Merlion Park, where you can snap photos of our city’s most famous icon.
Day 2: Thrills and Spills at Sentosa
Tanjong Beach Club
Sun, sand and surf await you on your second day in Singapore. Located off our city’s southern shore, the island resort of Sentosa is famous for its white beaches, family-friendly attractions and action-packed offerings. Each of the island’s three beaches possesses its own unique charms, from tranquil Tanjong Beach to the hustle and bustle of Siloso Beach. We suggest soaking up the sun rays with a cocktail in hand at Tanjong Beach Club.
Universal Studios Singapore
Spend the rest of the day experiencing the magic of the movies at Universal Studios Singapore. This theme park is home to a host of exhilarating rides, spread across seven movie-themed districts.
S.E.A. Aquarium™ at Resorts World™ Sentosa
Alternatively, embark on an odyssey beneath the waves at S.E.A. Aquarium™—You’ll find 100,000 creatures from the deep within the glass walls of the aquariums here. Witness the majesty of apex predators at the Shark Seas Habitat, or be immersed in the beauty of the depths at the Open Ocean Habitat.
Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove
If you’re feeling peckish, be sure to drop by Quayside Isle. This tranquil waterfront spot is home to a range of cuisines, from the authentic Greek fare at Mykonos on the Bay to the fusion Chinese food served by Blue-Lotus Chinese Grill House.
As dusk falls over our city, take a walk on the wild side at the Night Safari. The world’s first-ever park for nocturnal animals holds over 130 different species, from the Malayan tiger to the Indian rhinoceros. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with these wondrous creatures by embarking on one of four walk trails. If you’re feeling a little tired from the day’s activities, we recommend taking the Guided Tram Ride instead. This 35-minute experience will take you across all seven of the wildlife park’s distinct habitats.
Day 3: Culture and Heritage in historical precincts
National Museum of Singapore
Singapore’s rich colonial history and bright future intertwine in the Civic District, where museums and colonial buildings sit alongside skyscrapers and modern shopping malls. Spend the early part of the day exploring our city’s culture and heritage at the National Museum of Singapore. Our nation’s history comes to vivid life at this grand old dame of local museum, and its exhibitions are bound to enchant and inform in equal measure. Uncover the world of shamanic Southeast Asian beliefs at the Magic and Menace exhibition, or learn about our nation’s past at the Singapore History Gallery. If you’re looking for a souvenir, be sure to check out the quirky, art-inspired wares at the Museum Label, the establishment’s retail brand.
National Gallery Singapore
In the afternoon, pay a visit to the National Gallery Singapore, where you’ll find art from all across the globe. Housed in twin buildings that were once our county’s City Hall and Supreme Court, this world-class institution boasts to over 8,000 works of art from Singapore and across the region.
The Lion City’s reputation as a retail paradise finds full expression at Orchard Road, our island’s most famous shopping belt. You’ll be able to spend most of the evening treasure-hunting at the many malls along this bustling retail stretch. Global brands and fashionable threads abound at malls like ION Orchard and Wisma Atria, while luxury brands can be found at The Heeren and Mandarin Gallery. Orchard Road is also home to a trove of world-class restaurants, including Michelin-worthy establishments like bení, Les Amis and Alma by Juan Amador.
Peruse lovingly-crafted local wares at Design Orchard, or hunt for the latest gadgets at The Apple Store. Thirsty visitors should make their way to Emerald Hill. This charming neighbourhood is home to a handful of bustling watering holes that serve up ice-cold beer and live music acts.
Day 4: Hip meets heritage
With its lantern-festooned streets, hip boutiques and age-old temples, Chinatown is a tantalising blend of old and new. To immerse yourself in Singapore’s rich culture, take a stroll down South Bridge Road. Masjid Jamae, Sri Mariamman Temple, and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum all possess striking architecture and fascinating insights, and are testament to Singapore’s religious diversity.
Chinatown Heritage Centre
Alternatively, pay a visit to the Chinatown Heritage Centre. Located within three beautifully-restored shophouses on Pagoda Street, the space’s galleries boast multisensory exhibits that showcase the lives of Chinatown’s earliest residents.
Chinatown Complex Food Centre
Break for lunch at Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore’s largest hawker centre. The establishment is home to over 260 food vendors, as well as Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, the world’s most affordable Michelin meal.
Lim Chee Guan
Before leaving the district, be sure to bring back a taste of Singapore. The bak kwa (barbequed meat slices) from Lim Chee Guan and spices from Anthony the Spice Maker both make for great edible souvenirs.
You’ll want to time your visit to this historic neighbourhood just as the sun sets. The golden-domed Sultan Mosque—Kampong Gelam’s most striking landmark—makes for a beautiful photo opportunity at dusk. Gregarious travellers will find ample opportunity to socialise by embarking on a bar hop along Haji Lane. This narrow street is home to a whole range of hip watering holes and buzzing bars, from the New Age-themed Going Om to the live performance venue Blu Jaz Café.
Day 5: Peranakan delights and rich culture
With its rainbow-hued heritage shophouses, cool cafes and modern boutiques, Joo Chiat/Katong is one of Singapore’s liveliest districts. The neighbourhood is famous for being a trove of all things Peranakan*, with eateries, shops and architecture bearing the culture’s striking influence. Indulge in a piping hot bowl of Katong laksa (spicy coconut milk-based noodle soup), sample Peranakan kueh (bite-sized snacks or desserts) at Kim Choo Kueh Chang and shop for intricate nonya garb at Rumah Bebe.
*The term is an Indonesian/Malay word that means “local born”, which generally refers to people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.
Spend the rest of your day in the district of Bras Basah. Bugis, is a vibrant arts and culture district in the heart of Singapore. You’ll be able to bargain hunt at Bugis Street, discover our region’s rich art and culture at the Singapore Art Museum or spend a quiet hour or two at Fort Canning Park or the Armenian Church.
There are dining opportunities aplenty in the neighbourhood, but we recommend dinner and a cocktail at Loof. This charming rooftop bar takes inspiration from the nostalgia of Singapore’s past and serves up both delightful cocktails and delectable comfort food.
Day 6: Lush green spaces
Singapore Botanic Gardens
While most modern metropolises are urban sprawls, Singapore has a reputation for being a city in a garden, with green spaces and parks dotting the entire island. Spend the day amidst nature and tranquillity at Singapore Botanic Gardens. This UNESCO heritage site is filled with beautiful flora, including over 600,000 orchid plants at the National Orchid Garden. To learn more about this 161-year-old garden, drop by the Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum. This beautifully-conserved colonial building will clue you in on the space’s long and colourful history.
The Halia Restaurant
Peckish nature lovers can break for lunch at The Halia—located amidst the one-hectare Ginger Garden. The restaurant specialises in Western fare, and you’ll be able to indulge in a variety of pastries, salads and brunch staples.
The Southern Ridges
In the evening, take a stroll along The Southern Ridges. This lush, 10-kilometre-long stretch is popular among local bird-watchers and nature enthusiasts and connects some of Singapore’s most beautiful green spaces, like Mount Faber Park, Labrador Nature Reserve and Hort Park. Henderson Waves—a pedestrian bridge suspended 36 metres above the ground—is a great place to kick back and relax if you’re feeling tired. Time your visit around dusk and you’ll be treated to some spectacular sunset views.
Day 7: Jewel Changi Airport
Spend your last day in Singapore exploring the aptly-named Jewel Changi before jetting off. Easily accessible from all of Changi Airport’s terminals, this scintillating space boasts awe-inspiring spectacle, world-class retail and delicious food galore. The centrepiece at Jewel Changi is undoubtedly the HSBC Rain Vortex—the world’s largest indoor waterfall. Surrounded by the terraced Shiseido Forest Valley, this marvel of modern engineering is a great place to relax and unwind. Families looking to romp with their children can head to the Canopy Park, where they can lose themselves amidst the twists and turns of the Mirror Maze, jump for joy with the Manulife Sky Nets – Bouncing and admire the artistic beauty of the Discovery Slides. Before embarking on flight, you can sate your cravings for Peranakan fare at Violet Oon Singapore, or visit Tiger Street Lab for hawker delicacies and an ice-cold mug of local beer.
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