Singapore is a city fuelled by passion and pride. Around every corner, incredible experiences are being crafted, cooked, painted, designed, grown or built by locals who share a common trait: passion. You will be empowered to do what you love in this city of limitless possibilities.
Whether you are an explorer, foodie or socialiser, Singapore has an array of fascinating and fun experiences waiting for you. In this blog, we are sharing with you our top 10 favourite things to do in the city and beyond.
FOR THE EXPLORERS
Just a ten-minute boat ride from mainland Singapore, Pulau Ubin is like a whole new world! Once you arrive, you will feel like you have gone back in time to old Singapore. The beautiful and tranquil island has an extensive marine wildlife, a visit to Chek Jawa Wetlands is perfect for those wanting to explore and meet some of the local residents. There are plenty of bicycle trails through the lush surroundings of Pulau Ubin, rent a bike and discover the island’s rich ecosystem and traditional houses.
With culture bursting onto the streets and the fragrant smells of traditional cuisine, this corner of the city is a must-visit. Make sure you pay a visit to Sri Mariamman Temple, this is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Also in this part of town you will find the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Jamae Mosque – ideally located next door to each other.
Hidden within the heart of Singapore’s historical Arab Quarter, Haji Lane is full of beautiful boutiques, craft shops, heritage stores, cafes and bars! Many consider Haji Lane to be the hip and indie neighbourhood, with its brightly coloured shops all along the street which will draw you in from the moment you arrive. Visit the famous Selfie Coffee café, holding true to its promise each cup is topped with your best selfie!
Gardens by the Bay
This futuristic park offers the best green space to overlook Marina Bay, with an array of activities for both adults and children. Take an impressive skywalk over the gardens and over-sized seashell-shaped greenhouses, which have hundreds of trees and plants to discover inside! Don’t miss the Garden Rhapsody Lightshow while you’re here – this free show takes place nightly, at 7:45pm and 8:45pm in Supertree Grove.
One of the hippest and trendy districts, Tiong Bahru is the perfect place for those seeking local culture. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your next work of art or want to simply wander and appreciate the creative flair, the friendly locals will welcome you.
FOR THE FOODIES
Street food heaven
If you’re a foodie, you’ve come to the right place! Everything and anything are available in Singapore. We recommend you tuck into delicacies such as Hainanese chicken rice, considered one of Singapore’s national dishes, and Laksa; a distinctive coconut-based noodle soup that will tickle your taste buds. If you are eager to learn about the local cuisine and tantalise your senses, try out an after-dark food tour where you will take to the streets and be shown where the locals dine.
As well as hosting some of Singapore’s best nightlife scenes and historic riverside area, Clarke Quay has a wonderful selection of restaurants right on the water’s edge. Here you can dine al fresco and soak up the lively atmosphere around you. It is bliss!
Michelin star cuisine
Many know Singapore for its top Michelin starred establishments. Thirty-nine restaurants received the sought-after grading in 2018 so there is plenty of choice, if you would like to treat yourself. On the list of must try dishes that have been awarded Michelin stars are Tai Hwa’s Pork Noodle or Hawker Chan’s Soya Sauce Chicken.
FOR THE SOCIALISERS
Not only is Singapore famed for its food scene, but socialising is a big way of life and Singapore’s cocktail bars are home to some amazing talent. From trendy rooftop bars with incredible city views (1-Altitude is a favourite of ours) to five bars listed by The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 including Asia’s Best Bar (Manhattan). If you want to relax and unwind after a long day of exploring, head to one of these.
Grand Prix Season Singapore
Every September, the most highly anticipated event of the year arrives – Grand Prix Season Singapore. Of course, the highlight is the racing but there are plenty more fun and games to join in with too, including live music performances and virtual reality simulations Be sure to book your visit to Singapore quickly if you wish to visit during the Formula 1 as it can be busier than other times of the year.