101 best things to do in Singapore

A guide to the best things to do and attractions in Singapore

Food and drink
Restaurants

Food and drink

From streetside hawker fare to Michelin-starred meals, explore Singapore through your taste buds

Nightlife
Nightlife

Nightlife

There are more interesting things to do after dark than ordering a Singapore Sling

Shopping
Shopping

Shopping

We are the region's best shopping destination after all

Arts and culture
Art

Arts and culture

The top arts and culture experiences in the city

Sightseeing
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Sightseeing

The sights and the attractions you shouldn't miss

Food and drink

Lick your fingers
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Lick your fingers

At Fruits Top 1 Department Stall Ah, the king of fruits. Geylang, the city’s infamous red light district, is home to plenty of roadside stalls hawking durians– but with plenty of crooks looking to swindle you out of a quick buck, it’s best to stick to places that have built up a solid reputation like Fruits Top 1 Department Store.

Dig into plates of chicken rice
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Dig into plates of chicken rice

At Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle Navigating the maze that is Chinatown Food Complex is a bit of a task. But a tell-tale sign that you’ve found Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle is the long queue that weaves its way through the entire hawker centre. It'll take you 2 to 3 hours to get to the front of the queue. Once you do, though, the process is swift. The star of the show is the soya sauce chicken ($7-$14). And don't be afraid to pile on juicy and moreish char siew, too. The stall also serves up roasted pork rice ($2.50), pork ribs rice ($3) and dumpling noodles ($3). Vegetable dishes include bean sprouts ($3-$4) and leafy greens cooked in oyster sauce ($4-$5).

Frolick in a farm
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Frolick in a farm

At Bollywood Veggies This organic countryside farm way out in Kranji is the brainchild of Ivy Singh, the straight-talking former president of Netball Singapore. Take a tour of the farm, tuck into organic vegetables grown on-site at Poison Ivy Bistro, learn about the history of food at the Bollywood Food Museum and do much more when you make the trek to this ulu destination.

Go Mod-Sin
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Go Mod-Sin

At Restaurant Labyrinth We love that Singapore never stops reinventing herself – and that applies to our food too. Labyrinth is a modern Singaporean restaurant housed in the beautiful Esplanade and it whips up dishes like chilli crab with Japanese soft shell crab and bak chor mee with Hokkaido scallops.

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Dabble in heritage
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Dabble in heritage

At Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant For those unfamiliar with Peranakan culture, throw yourself into the deep end by making a trip to Katong. From the colourful shophouses rich in heritage that line the street to the array of Peranakan restaurants that call the area home, Katong provides a feast for all your senses. We adore Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant for classic dishes like ayam buah keluak and itek tim. It had to make our list.

Sup on prata
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Sup on prata

At Springleaf Prata Place It’s dark. Most of the stalls in the city have shuttered for the night. Where do the hungry night owls go? Why, Springleaf Prata Place, of course. Open ‘til midnight, this late night joint is a favourite among supper seekers looking to get their hands on greasy, sinful plates of prata slathered in curry.  

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Nightlife

Dance in the moonlight
Clubs

Dance in the moonlight

At Tanjong Beach Club Shoes on? Shoes off – because at this nightlife playground footwear is totally optional. Sink your toes into Sentosa beach’s soft sand and transport yourself to the cool shores of Ibiza as you rave the night away to a blaring mix of Balearic house, beach boogie and sunshine soul. Oh, and we definitely recommend modelling your cutest swimwear.

Hang with the cool cats
Music

Hang with the cool cats

At Blu Jaz Café Witness pianist Aya Sekine’s intense key-smashing or treat your ears to Singaporean jazz stalwart Alemay Fernandez soulful croonings at Blujaz Café. Decked out in vibrant bohemian-inspired décor, the popular live music spot sits at the corner of Bali Lane in the Kampong Glam district and draws a crowd of young and old.

Party all night
Clubs

Party all night

At Zouk Zouk’s no stranger to all you party animals. Whether you jam to trance, techno or hip-hop, this nightlife institution’s got your back. Making its shiny new digs at Clarke Quay, the world-class club spans across two floors featuring a main dance room and Phuture, which pumps out smooth R&B tunes. For a mix of deep house and nu-disco beats, make your way up to its luxe lounge Capital.

Get our indie film fix
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Get our indie film fix

At The Projector Housed in the historic Golden Theatre, The Projector screens a selection of flicks such as cult favourites, arthouse, documentary, foreign and local. Look out for its special themed nights that are presented alongside homegrown drag collective The Glory Hoes, bringing together a series of queer films with glamourous disco after-parties to boot.

Have cocktails on cloud nine
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Have cocktails on cloud nine

At Lavo Perch yourself on this Italian restaurant-cum-rooftop bar for a killer view of our city skyline. Set 57 storeys above the ground, Lavo’s where you can sip on cocktails and tuck into heavenly plates of pasta and brick oven pizza up in the clouds. Then shimmy over to the outdoor bar and terrace where DJs dish out anthems ‘til 2am.

Listen to the city's best buskers
Bars and pubs

Listen to the city's best buskers

At Going Om Forget Orchard Road, Haji Lane has its own pool of Ed Sheeran wannabes that fill the air with their acoustic renditions of Top 40 hits. Between Tuesday and Sunday nights, settle yourself at alfresco café Going Om and be accompanied by street performers as they belt out tunes.

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Shopping

Browse emerging brands
Shopping

Browse emerging brands

At Kapok Taking its name from the majestic emergent tree of the rainforest, Kapok is a quirky retail addition to the National Design Centre. Explore over 100 up-and-coming and cult international brands.

Step out in style
Shopping

Step out in style

At Pedder on Scotts Your eyes won’t go hungry in this shoe and accessories haven, where a coveted pair of red sole Christian Louboutins are next to Gianvito Rossi’s signature stilettos. Spanning the entire second floor of luxury shopping destination Scotts Square, Pedder on Scotts is one for the fashionistas.

Achieve the hypebeast aesthetic
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Achieve the hypebeast aesthetic

At Dover Street Market Hypebeasts and baes worth their salt ought to pay a visit to Dover Street Market – it’s the fourth in the world after London, Tokyo and New York. It stocks a wide array of designer brands, ranging from Comme des Garçons and The Row to Anti Social Social Club and Paccbet.

Go outlet shopping
Shopping

Go outlet shopping

At IMM Not keen on paying full price for sporting gear or designer threads? No problem, there are plenty of deals to score at IMM, Singapore’s largest outlet mall, where over 90 brands such as Adidas and Club 21 park their past season’s collections.

Pick up local goodies
Shopping

Pick up local goodies

At Naiise This homegrown lifestyle store champions Singapore-designed products and, boy, are there lots to choose from. Naiise stocks over 1,000 brands selling cute stationery, household items, local books, unique touristy souvenirs and more across its six outlets. READ ALSO The best souvenir shops in Singapore

Crate digging
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Crate digging

At Hear Records Hear Records is where you go to get lost in crates of vinyl – there are over 10,000 used ones and 5,000 new ones with weekly additions to keep things fresh. Needless to say, a vast, curated selection of records, all handpicked by owner Nick Tan, line the walls too.

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Arts and culture

Appreciate art and history
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Appreciate art and history

At Asian Civilisations Museum One of Singapore's largest and most impressive museums, the Asian Civilisations Museum has seven galleries showcasing more than 2,000 artefacts from the civilisations of China, South-East Asia, South Asia and West Asia. The first floor of galleries charts the story of trade across the region, while the second floor presents systems of faith and belief and the third features materials and design used in Chinese ceramics from the Han to the Qing dynasty.

Take a secret tour
Music

Take a secret tour

At Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay The iconic durian-looking arts centre opens its doors to visitors who are eager to have a closer look at the world-class space. Uncover how the concert hall is engineered to keep out even the slightest external noise and vibration. Be amazed at how the hall, which has hosted renowned musicians from all around the globe, can be adjusted to mimic the acoustics of a tiny room or a large cathedral.

Zoom into the future
Art

Zoom into the future

At Artscience Museum Art and science blend seamlessly in the form of high-tech pieces at the Future World exhibition. Observe how the two seemingly contrasting entities come together in the world’s first Artscience Museum at MBS. Open your mind to the futuristic sphere of cutting-edge interactive installations and explore how art and science shape the world that we live in.

Get familiar with local art
Art

Get familiar with local art

At Singapore Art Museum Formerly a Catholic boys’ school, the intimate building that now houses the Singapore Art Museum features a number of small, unusual and hidden gallery spaces scattered throughout the building – many of which house longrunning exhibitions showcasing their impressive collection of South-East Asian contemporary art, including a number of notable ‘pioneer’ works.

Learn more about Indian culture
Museums

Learn more about Indian culture

At Indian Heritage Centre With a glowing glass façade inspired by stepwells that are commonly found in South Asia, the Indian Heritage Centre has a wealth of artifacts dotted around its five galleries. It documents and explores the history and culture of Indians, especially in relation to Singapore, all the way from the 1st century to the present day.

Become a homebody
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Become a homebody

At The Intan Once you step into The Intan, chances are you won’t ever want to leave. The private Peranakan home-museum in Joo Chiat gives visitors a taste of old-world Peranakan charm during its Tea Tour, which touches on Peranakan history, culture and even embroidery craft.

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Fitness, spa and beauty

Get an old-school blowout (with a glass of wine)
Health and beauty

Get an old-school blowout (with a glass of wine)

At Blow+Bar Booking in for a hair blowout to get a bouncy, volumised finish has been all the rage for those looking for star-worthy bombshell hair. The concept at Blow+Bar is pretty simple: pick from a menu of final looks from the salon’s iPad, get a treatment to solve certain hair woes, add on extras like a manicure or a trim and then select a drink – the unique selling point here is a complimentary glass of wine to complete the indulgent experience.

Take the leap
Sport and fitness

Take the leap

At AJ Hackett Sentosa You don't have to hop on a plane to a bungee jump anymore. Take the plunge at AJ Hackett Sentosa, Singapore's first and only bungee jump that's right over Siloso Beach. Dive head first or backflip your way over the edge – whatever you like.  Besides the bungee, there are also other high-element activities for the thrill-seekers among you, including a giant swing that requires partners to link arms as you 'fly', a vertical skywalk where you 'walk' (facedown, mind you) down the side of the tower down to ground level, a sky bridge where you attempt to overcome your fear of height and vertigo, and a top swing where you freefall from 47m above ground. 

Get a late-night garden massage
Health and beauty

Get a late-night garden massage

At Aramsa Garden Spa Aramsa’s unusual location in the middle of suburban Bishan Park means that it is surrounded by nature and feels a million miles from the concrete jungle of the city centre. Individual spa suites are linked via resort-style covered walkways; some also boast sunken bathtubs in private gardens. The best part is that on Friday and Saturday nights, they extend service hours until midnight.

Scale new heights
Sport and fitness

Scale new heights

At Boulder Movement My arms are sore and my thighs are quivering. Yet I can’t let go. Not unless I want to free fall three metres or so on to the, admittedly, cushy crash pad below – but I’m too chicken to do that. I’m two-thirds through a bouldering problem in Boulder Movement ($30/single entry, $148/month) and, despite the aches, I can already see the appeal of this sport. Bouldering is very much like indoor rock climbing, except the former is stripped down to its raw essentials – there are no ropes and harnesses involved. All you need is a good pair of climbing shoes, a bag of chalk, some fundamental techniques and a whole lot of guts to take on a bouldering problem (the path a climber has to take in order to complete the climb). Conveniently located in the CBD, Boulder Movement is the newest entry into the burgeoning climbing gym scene in Singapore. Founded by climbing enthusiasts Jansen Ko, Lwee Jia Wei and Joe Fu, the gym positions itself as a beginner-friendly bouldering-only facility with over 30 metres of wall, lengthwise. The walls are no higher than four metres –which sounds short, but trust me, it’s certainly high enough to experience the thrill of climbing without any safety gears. Bouldering problems are categorised by different climbing abilities: white tags BM1-6 are for beginners, blue tags BM6-16 for intermediates and red tags BM17-25 are for the advanced – a section of the wall is refreshed every two weeks so you’ll never get bored. First-timers can join a Basics of Boulder

Unknot kinks and fill your belly
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Unknot kinks and fill your belly

At g.spa Who doesn’t want free food with their massage? While the design may border on gaudy, g.spa Fitness and Recreation Hub makes up for it with a surprisingly solid Penang kway teow and laksa. If you’ve got time to kill, or you’re looking to relieve stress before a long haul (it’s only 20 minutes away from the airport), jump in and out of the hot and cold pools, or sweat it out in this integrated wellness centre’s sauna. If you’re feeling more decadent, there’s a four-hand synchronised massage that hits just the right spots.

Get sweet
Health and beauty

Get sweet

At Sugar(ed) Sugaring is an ancient Middle Eastern hair removal technique that uses a warm, thick paste made from sugar, lemon juice and water. It claims to be a sweeter deal compared to waxing: its all-natural ingredients don’t adhere to live skin cells, which minimises – if not completely eliminates – the formation of dreaded ingrown hair. It's simpler than it sounds: a warm, honey-coloured paste, imported from the US, is applied in the opposite direction of hair growth before it’s stripped off in the reverse direction. This removes the hair from follicle with the bulb intact. It’s almost like waxing, except with sugar paste. The price here is pretty reasonable too, a Brazilian sets you back $60 (first-timers only), while underarms go at $25 and $45 for lower legs. 

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Sightseeing

Walk on the wild side
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Walk on the wild side

At River Safari Yes, the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park are all excellent attractions in their own right but we love the lesser known River Safari. The river-themed wildlife park walks you through the greatest rivers in the world including the Amazon and the Nile. Plus, say hi to giant pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia.

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Feast on chilli crab
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Feast on chilli crab

At Jumbo Seafood There’s nothing quite like getting elbow-deep into a plate of chilli crab. It’s sweet, savoury, tangy and spicy all in one bite and is best mopped up with a deep-fried mantou. Have it at a neighbourhood zi char joint or at Jumbo Seafood, of course.

Go back to nature
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Go back to nature

 At Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve The wetland reserve of mangrove swamps, ponds and secondary forest is home to 140 species of birds. Thousands of egrets, sandpipers and plovers pass through in winter, but plenty of local species (kingfishers, herons, bitterns) are visible all year round. Early morning is the best time for birdwatching; there are observation hides, and you can rent binoculars. There are three nature trails (3-7km/2-4 miles long), and you can also spot mudskippers, monkeys and climbing crabs on the mangrove boardwalks.

Snap THE Singapore Instagram pic
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Snap THE Singapore Instagram pic

At Marina Bay Sands You’ve seen the photos on Instagram – the gorgeous sunset glow against a bird’s-eye view of Singapore. Only hotel guests get access to the rooftop pool, so book yourself a room ASAP.

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Get lost in transit

Get lost in transit

At Changi Airport We’re so proud of our airport – it’s the best in the world! Boasting four award-winning terminals, Changi Airport’s the place to be. Ride down a giant indoor slide, explore a butterfly sanctuary and go for a quick swim in its rooftop pool (yes, you read that right). Just make sure you don’t miss your flight.

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Scream your heart out
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Scream your heart out

At Universal Studios Singapore You’re in for a full day of fun and heart-racing adventure at Universal Studios Singapore. Let your feet dangle off the world’s tallest duelling roller coasters, protect the Allspark from the Decepticons and get soaked on a white water rafting experience that ends in a hair-raising drop.

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