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Hattie Lloyd 08/06/18


The Best Things To Do In Singapore

The Best Things To Do In Singapore

Main image: Gardens By The Bay | Credit: Kai Lehmann/Flickr

Singapore claims as its national symbol the mythical Merlion…

Which may seem more than a little fishy.

But something else it can claim is a mind-boggling array of unusual, picturesque and unique things to see and do, from taking in panoramic views next to an infinity pool 57 floors high; to free concerts on a floating stage; a grand temple containing one of Buddha’s teeth; a chorus of illuminated trees; and a café themed around an egg with an existential crisis.

Behold, the best things to do in Singapore…


PS You can explore all of our favourite restaurants, bars, hotels, and things to do in our full Singapore City Guide


TAKE A STROLL THROUGH THE BOTANIC GARDENS AS THE SUN SETS
Tanglin | Free/$

Botanic Gardens - things to do in Singapore

Their suspended treetop nets are an excellent place to take a book. VIEW MORE INFO

…THEN SEE A FREE CONCERT ON THE LAKE THERE
Tanglin | Free

Grab a Singapore Sling and street food from the gardens’ highly-rated restaurants. VIEW MORE INFO

WATCH A LATE NIGHT FILM AT THE SCREENING ROOM
Chinatown | $

Then discuss it over cocktails on their roof bar. VIEW MORE INFO

CREATE A BANQUET IN A HAWKER CENTRE
Across Singapore | $

Hawker centres - things to do in Singapore

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Satay By The Bay and Gluttons are both very good places to start. VIEW MORE INFO

VISIT THE ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM
Downtown Core | $$

Showcasing everything from Indonesian shadow puppets to coral-encrusted pottery from a 9th century shipwreck. VIEW MORE INFO

WATCH THE MARINA LIGHT SHOW
Marina Bay | Free

Featuring lasers, LEDs, and projections onto giant fountains of water. VIEW MORE INFO

THEN TOUR THE MARINA BY BUMBOAT
Marina Bay | $

Marina boat cruise - things to do in Singapore

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Go in the evening, when the skyline’s all lit up. VIEW MORE INFO

WATCH TREES GET LIT AT THE GARDENS BY THE BAY LIGHT SHOW
Downtown Core | Free

It’s epic. Get a drink at the bar on top of the main tree afterwards. VIEW MORE INFO

INTERACT WITH DIGITAL ARTWORK AT THE ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM
Downtown Core | $$

It’s from Japanese creatives teamLab, and it’s nuts. VIEW MORE INFO

ADMIRE THE TRADITIONAL PERANAKAN SHOPHOUSES
Geylang, Chinatown | Free

Peranakan Shophouses - things to do in Singapore

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Joo Chiat and Koon Seng are the roads to look for. VIEW MORE INFO

GO VINTAGE SHOPPING ON HAJI LANE
Kampong Glam | $+

And drop by Selfie Coffee for… a selfie coffee. VIEW MORE INFO

THEN VISIT THE GILDED MASJID SULTAN
Kampong Glam | Free

It’s open to visitors Mon-Sat, except during prayers. VIEW MORE INFO

SOAK UP POLITICALLY-POWERED ART AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY
Downtown Core | $$

Smoke and Mirrors - things to do in Singapore

Then soak up the skyline at their rooftop bar, Smoke & Mirrors. VIEW MORE INFO

ORDER SINGAPORE SLINGS AT THEIR BIRTHPLACE, THE RAFFLES HOTEL BAR
Downtown Core | $$

It’s currently closed for renovation, but there is a pop up version open for the semi-authentic experience. VIEW MORE INFO

LEARN ABOUT SINGAPORE’S HISTORY AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM
Bras Basah | $$

Don’t miss another teamLab installation in the Glass Rotunda. VIEW MORE INFO

READ COOL BOOKS, DRINK TEA AT LOOKSEE
Kampong Glam | $

Looksee - things to do in Singapore

It’s like Disneyland for millennials. VIEW MORE INFO

TAKE THE HERITAGE AFTERNOON TEA AT THE FULLERTON BAY HOTEL
Marina Bay | $$$

A bottomless feast of all Singapore’s classic dishes, only bite-sized (and therefore fancy). VIEW MORE INFO

TAKE THE CABLE CAR ACROSS TO THE TOP OF SENTOSA ISLAND
Sentosa | $$

And luge your way back down the slopes. VIEW MORE INFO

THEN SPEND THE AFTERNOON AT TANJONG BEACH CLUB
Sentosa | Free

Tanjong Beach Club - things to do in Singapore

And watch the sunset on the beach. VIEW MORE INFO

GO STARGAZING IN A PROPER OBSERVATORY
Jurong East | Free

They’ll let you on all the big telescopes…for free. VIEW MORE INFO

SPOT ELEPHANTS, FLAMINGOS AND TAPIRS AT THE NIGHT SAFARI
Upper Seletar Reservoir | $$$

Make sure you catch one of the big shows while you’re there. VIEW MORE INFO

DRINK COCKTAILS WITH A VIEW AT CÉ LA VI
Marina Bay | $$

Ce La Vi - things to do in Singapore

The infinity pool may only be for hotel guests, but you can soak up the Marina Bay Sands’ views with a cocktail instead. Which is better. VIEW MORE INFO

PLAY BOARD GAMES WITH BOTTOMLESS SNACKS TILL 6AM AT THE MIND CAFÉ
Dhoby Ghaut | $$

So many games. So much time. VIEW MORE INFO

GET LOST IN ONE OF SINGAPORE’S GIANT SHOPPING MALLS
Across Singapore | $-$$$$

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands have their own canal, with sampan boats. VIEW MORE INFO

VISIT CHIJMES, AN UPMARKET FOOD HALL IN A CONVERTED CONVENT SCHOOL
Downtown Core | $$$

Chijmes - things to do in Singapore

Get a different course in each restaurant. VIEW MORE INFO

EXPLORE THE MACRITCHIE RESERVOIR
MacRitchie Reservoir | Free

The treetop walk is something special. VIEW MORE INFO

GO ON A COCKTAIL CRAWL UP CLUB STREET
Chinatown | $$

Operation Dagger - best bars in Singapore

We have some ideas right here… VIEW MORE INFO

FIND OUT WHAT FESTIVAL IS ON CURRENTLY
Across Singapore | $

Singapore loves a celebration, from the Singapore Cocktail Festival to everybody’s favourite, Iron Ore Week. VIEW MORE INFO

TRY TO WORK OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HAW PAR VILLA
Pasir Panjang | Free

Haw Par Villa - things to do in Singapore

They have a fun late opening for the “Journeys To Hell”. VIEW MORE INFO

FIND YOUR ZEN AT THE CHINESE AND JAPANESE GARDENS ON THE LAKE
Jurong | Free

They also have a Live Turtle and Tortoise museum. VIEW MORE INFO

SEE ONE OF BUDDHA’S TEETH IN THE CITY’S FINEST BUDDHIST TEMPLE
Chinatown | Free

Buddha's Tooth Relic Temple - things to do in Singapore

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Don’t miss the garden and giant prayer wheel pagoda on the roof. VIEW MORE INFO

BONE UP ON SINGAPORE’S OCCUPIED YEARS AT BATTLEBOX
Bras Basah | $$

A guided tour through Singapore’s war story, in a former bunker. VIEW MORE INFO

EAT A TRADITIONAL SINGAPOREAN BREAKFAST
Across Singapore | $

Kaya (coconut jam) and butter on toast, served with soy-drenched, soft-boiled egg and a hot kopi (coffee with evaporated milk).

…THEN DRINK A TRADITIONAL SINGAPOREAN BREAKFAST
Telok Ayer | $$

Bitters and Love - things to do in Singapore

At quirky cocktail den, Bitters & Love. VIEW MORE INFO

TAKE IN THE VIEW FROM THE ION SKY TOWER
Orchard Road | Spend $20SGD in the mall for admission

It’s absolutely ok. VIEW MORE INFO

GO TO A CAFÉ THEMED AROUND A LAZY EGG
Downtown Core | $$

Gudetama cafe - things to do in Singapore

His name is Gudetama, and he’s a Japanese egg character in a perpetual state of existential angst. VIEW MORE INFO

EXPLORE A PHOTO GALLERY HOUSED IN SHIPPING CONTAINERS
Rochor | $

Then process it all in the Mikkeller craft beer bar. VIEW MORE INFO

HAVE YOUR FORTUNE TOLD AT EMPLOYEES ONLY
Chinatown | $$

Then drink cocktails in the hidden bar behind. VIEW MORE INFO

TAKE A STROLL THROUGH LITTLE INDIA
Little India | Free

Chye Seng Huat Hardware - things to do in Singapore

And wind up at Chye Seng Huat Hardware, a third-wave coffee house in a converted art deco hardware store. VIEW MORE INFO

SEE FREE CONCERTS, THEATRE AND ART BY THE BAY
Esplanade | Free

There’s something on pretty much daily from about 7-8pm. VIEW MORE INFO

GRAB A FRIENDS-PUCCINO (REALLY) AT THE RECREATED CENTRAL PERK CAFE
Clarke Quay | $$

Could it be any more surreal?  VIEW MORE INFO

MARVEL AT THE STATUES OF SRI VEERAMAKALIAMMAN TEMPLE
Little India | Free

Sri Veeramakaliamman temple - things to do in Singapore

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To say they’re impressive would be an understatement. VIEW MORE INFO

TAKE A DAY TRIP TO PULAU UBIN
Pulau Ubin | $

A beautiful rural island that’s perfect for biking around. VIEW MORE INFO

LEARN ALL ABOUT PERANAKAN (STRAITS-BORN CHINESE) HERITAGE
Bras Basah | $

Peranakan Museum - best things to do in Singapore

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The Peranakan Museum’s wrapped up in a beautiful old building to boot. VIEW MORE INFO

PS Planning a trip to Singapore? Then you’ll need our full Singapore City Guide

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