With the next WBN conference in Singapore and just around the corner, we decided it would be a great idea to compile a list of all the wonderful things to do in our majestic city. Here’s our top 8 things to do during your stay in the Lion City. What are you waiting for, read on lah?
1. Chinatown Street Market
Immerse yourself into Singapore’s Chinese culture and history. Here you will enjoy a mix of museums, heritage sites, shopping and food stalls. Recently renovated in 2013, the market now has a new roof and cooling system, making it a perfect all day destination, whatever the weather. Be sure to stop by Food Street for cheap, tasty, authentic local food.
Hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm daily
Address: Pagoda Street and surrounding roads
Hours: 11.00am – 11.00pm daily
Address: 335 Smith Street
2. National Gallery Singapore
National Gallery Singapore is a brand new visual arts museum which exhibits the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Housed within two iconic national monuments, former Supreme Court and City Hall, they have been restored and transformed into an exciting venue in the heart of the Civic District. Explore the historic buildings and galleries with a guided tour led by curators and specialists offering insights into specific areas of interest, from art history to architecture. Visit the gallery website to see all upcoming events.
10.00am – 7pm Sunday – Thursday and Public Holidays
10.00am – 10.00pm Friday – Saturday and Eve of Public Holidays
Address: 1 St. Andrew Road
3. City in a Garden
Singapore has earned its ‘garden city’ moniker for good reason, it is a city filled with parks and greenery. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find a plethora of flora and foliage lining the streets. Singapore’s journey to become a Garden City began in 1963, when founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew launched a tree-planting campaign. It was his vision to cultivate greenery and soften the harshness of the metropolis. As the country continues to urbanise, it is moving towards becoming a City in a Garden. At the top of your must visits, be sure to include Singapore Botanic Gardens, a tropical garden that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. For a super-sized garden experience, head to Gardens by the Bay to view the gigantic ‘supertree’ vertical gardens and the cool conservatories.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Hours: 5.00am – 12.00am daily
Address: 1 Cluny Road
Gardens by the bay
Tickets from $15.00
Hours: Ourdoor gardens 5.00am – 2.00am, Conservatories 9.00am – 9.00pm
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive
4. Food and Nightlife
Whether you would like to chill out or dance the night away, Singapore transforms itself at dusk, from a business hub to a buzzing network of bars and nightclubs. Favourable areas for nightlife in the city include Clarkequay, Marina Bay and Dempsey Hill.
Clarkequay is the place to be for evening drinks, it is the party hub Singapore is really famous for. Set amongst a picturesque body of water and the CBD skyline, you will find a vast selection of bars, restaurants, retails stores, river cruises and recreation outlets. Hot spots include Bar Cocoon or Bamboo Bar at The Forbidden City, Lunar Fusion Bar, Bar Opiume, Attica and Canvas.
Marina Bay has something for everyone. Explore a mixture of restaurants, events, activities, high-speed racing, blockbuster concerts, star-studded parties, pop-up stores and more. Hot spots include Marina Bay Sands Sky Park, the Casino, Merlion (iconic statue), Singapore flyer (worlds largest observation wheel), Marina Bay Golf Course, Esplanade (theatre) and Wonder Full at Marina Bay Sands (award winning light show).
Dempsey Hill is a hidden gem, the dining enclave is always buzzing and full of great food options. Whether you’re in the mood for some evening cocktails or a degustation dinner, there are so many options. Hot spots include Chopsuey Café, The Disgruntled Chef, Jones the Grocer, La Ventana, Long Beach Seafood, Samy’s Curry, The Green Door, Open Farm Community, Portico Prime, PS Café, Red Dot Brewhouse, Roadhouse and The White Rabbit.
Whether you are into riding roller coasters, skydiving indoors or looking for something exciting for the kids to do, there is no shortage of fun activities to experience in Singapore. Exciting must see activities to do include Universal Studios (world-class theme park), Adventure Cove Waterpark and S.E.A Aquarium, Science Centre Singapore, Singapore Zoo and the night safari.
From luxury boutiques to the street side flea markets, whatever your budget is, shopping doesn’t get much better than this. Brace yourself for a premier shopping experience like no other with a variety of shopping districts all around Singapore.
Orchard Road is well known as the best place to shop. It spans 2.2km of international luxury brands and home-grown labels.
Robinsons and Tangs are the go to department stores for local designers.
Marina Bay Sands combines luxury retail with absolutely breathtaking views. If you are an avid shopper, be sure to book an appointment with the Personal Shopper service for a customised shopping experience and have first-hand access to the newest designer collections launching in Southeast Asia.
7. Peranakan Museum
Get to know Singapore’s vibrant Peranakan community and history at this top notch museum, filled with fine artefacts and fun exhibits. Various aspects of this hybrid Southeast Asian culture are made up of Chinese, Malay and Indian elements and are bought to life here through the interactive and multimedia exhibits. Upcoming exhibitions and the event calendar can be found on the website.
Tickets: From $6.00
Hours: 10.00am – 7.00pm daily, 10.00am – 9.00am Friday
Address: 39 Armenian Street
8. Singapore Sports Hub
The Singapore Sports Hub is a state-of-the-art, fully integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub that host sporting and entertainment events. The new 55,000 capacity National Stadium is Singapore’s largest all-weather sports and events venue. The hub features world class facilities like an Olympic-sized aquatic centre, arena, water-sports centre, sports museum, sports library and the Kallang wave mall. Past events include the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, One Direction, WWE, WTA and the International Tennis League. Visit the website for all upcoming events.
There’s not many places on Earth where people converge the way they do in Singapore. From tourists to transients to citizens, this progressive island, also known as the red dot, is the gateway to South East Asia.