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Your comprehensive guide to the best events and things to do in Singapore

Six behind-the-scenes tours to check out in Singapore
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Six behind-the-scenes tours to check out in Singapore

Sign up for one of these behind-the-scenes tours for  an insider look that few have seen

Best hotels for a staycation in Singapore
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Best hotels for a staycation in Singapore

Feel like taking a short break without leaving the island? Let the Time Out Singapore team show you around the best hotels for the job

Top 10 things to do in Singapore in May
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Top 10 things to do in Singapore in May

Star Wars Day celebrations, treasures from Korea's last dynasty and Mother's Day treats

Where to watch the sunrise in Singapore
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Where to watch the sunrise in Singapore

There are 365 (sometimes 366) days a year to watch the sunrise. So gather your friends, loved ones or pet and head out to these eight spots in Singapore. Don't forget to pack your camera and tripod as well

Guide to Pasir Ris and Changi
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Guide to Pasir Ris and Changi

Take a one-way (MRT) trip to the far east – you’ll find more than chalets and droves of army boys

Where to splash your cash in Singapore
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Where to splash your cash in Singapore

Blasé about bubbly and too chi-chi for caviar? Here are the most over-the-top experiences money can buy

Upcoming events

DBS Marina Regatta 2017
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DBS Marina Regatta 2017

Singapore’s biggest water sports festival returns for four days of competition, play and retail. Hit up the pop-up urban beach for a slew of dragonboat races, outdoor yoga, flea market or chill by the hammocks as you sip on beers and coconut cocktails served by reknowned Bali beach club, Potato Head Folk. Love the reality show Wipeout? Here's your chance to live the dream as you take on the challenge and blaze your way through nine inflatable water obstacles sprawled across the Bay. Stay cool under its five-metre tall dome, and stick around 'till evening for an exclusive pre-party to ULTRA, featuring upcoming regional DJs and acts. 

The Lo and Behold Group Festival
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The Lo and Behold Group Festival

Singapore’s hippest hospitality group launches its inaugural ‘festival’ across its many outlets – think Black Swan, OverEasy and Tanjong Beach Club – for a month’s worth of parties, feasts and more. There are nostalgic DJ nights to cocktail workshops to dining promotions, so check out www.tlbgfest.com for the deets.

Mexican Film Festival
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Mexican Film Festival

Curated by The Projector, in partnership with The Embassy of Mexico, this year's Mexican Film Festival presents five recent films that span the genres of thriller, romance and dark comedy. The films are Desierto by Jonas Cuaron, You'll Know What to do With Me by Katina Medina Mora, Bleak Street by Arturo Ripstein, Güeros by Alonso Ruizpalacios and Mr Pig by Diego Luna. The latter's a film of a pig farmer and his estranged daughter as they travel through Mexico attempting to sell off their prized pig. Mexican films will also be shown at @SCAPE, presented by Singapore Film Society. Shows include Cantinflas, a comedy by Sebastian del Amo, and El Jeremias, a story about a young genius and his struggles growing up.

Geylang Serai Bazaar 2017
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Geylang Serai Bazaar 2017

Brace yourselves for the heat – and a grease feast – as you flock to the annual food market to binge on Ramly burgers, otah-otah and other sinful street snacks (err, candyfloss burritos and 'rainbow planet' ice cream buns, anybody?). Keep an eye out for massive Instagram-worthy installations inspired by the Malay culture and heritage, including a 4.4m-tall wau display, planted along the stretch. There's also plenty of activities held in conjunction with the market, such as free movie screenings, gigs, a pop-up museum and a heritage race, where participants can learn more about Hari Raya celebrations as they dash around the precinct. The bazaar spans around the Geylang Serai market, Joo Chiat Complex and along Haig Road, from May 25 to June 24. The official light-up ceremony is on May 20.

NParks Concert Series in the Park: Rockestra
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NParks Concert Series in the Park: Rockestra

Kick back at this family affair and spread across the greens as homegrown acts like Dru Chen, Jack and Rai, and 53A serenade you with #throwback ditties from the ’60s to the ’90s.

Children's Biennale
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Children's Biennale

The inaugural Children's Biennale features ten interactive art showcases in collaboration with artists from Singapore and around the world. Immerse your little ones in teamLab's 'Homogenizing and Transforming World' exhibit that allows them to experience a digital and multi-sensory world wlthout physical boundaries. Then make for photographer Robert Zhao's showcase of 39 animals, plants and environments that have been manipulated by humans – a lesson for kids on the issues of morality and ethics. 

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Co-working spaces in Singapore
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Co-working spaces in Singapore

Working from home not cutting it for you? Try one of these co-working spaces instead

Best farms in Singapore
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Best farms in Singapore

Farms? What farms? The Little Red Dot is as famous for its agriculture industry as Jamaica is for bobsledding. But even though less than 1 percent of our land area is dedicated to farming activities, there’s an impressive variety of farms in Singapore. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly activity on the weekend or a getaway from the hustle and bustle, pick any of these for a breath of fresh air. 

Where to go for quiz nights in Singapore
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Where to go for quiz nights in Singapore

We put our useless trivia skills to the test at these pub quizzes in the city

Best museums in Singapore
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Best museums in Singapore

There’s a lot more diversity than you’d reckon when it comes to museums in Singapore. Besides the usual arts-focused spaces, we’ve rounded up a broad spectrum of other funky collections: toys, optical illusions and more

Ten Instagram-worthy places to snap that perfect #ootd
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Ten Instagram-worthy places to snap that perfect #ootd

If you didn't take a picture, did it even really happen? Don't waste that good outfit and your perfect brow day, here are the top spots in Singapore to take an OOTD picture, with tips curated from the best photographers and style bloggers on Instagram

Best hotels with hourly rates
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Best hotels with hourly rates

We all know it can be hard to get some privacy at home, particularly if you've got helicopter parents who insist on open doors whenever your significant other is around. Even behind closed doors, you might have a squeaky mattress that gives you away, or perhaps you just want a change of scenery. Whatever the reason (we're not judging), your neighbourhood Hotel 81 or Fragrance Hotel is the place to go if you need a room for a few hours without burning a hole in your wallet. And with nearly 44 branches combined, there is indeed one in almost every neighbourhood in Singapore (though, of course, you'll find the largest concentration of them around Geylang). Here we check in to a few branches to see how they stack up.

City guides & stories

Guide to Pasir Ris and Changi
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Guide to Pasir Ris and Changi

Take a one-way (MRT) trip to the far east – you’ll find more than chalets and droves of army boys. Hit up Pasir Ris and Changi for a walk through nature as you explore the mangroves or chug down refreshing brews by the seaside. We round up where to hang out and what to do while you're in these two quaint neighbourhoods.

Guide to Tai Seng
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Guide to Tai Seng

Once a dusty industrial estate, Tai Seng now shines with cafés, shops and even an art gallery. Make a trip down to this neighbourhood for venerable char siew, go crate-digging and shop for vintage furniture. Read our guide to discover the things to do while you're in the 'hood. 

Guide to Coronation
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Guide to Coronation

Believe it or not, there's actually more to Coronation than the Botanic Gardens and ginormous mansions. Located within the Bukit Timah neighbourhood, the area is home to a number of restaurants, cafés and shops. Here's a cheat sheet on things to do while you're in the 'hood. 

City stories: Rochor Centre
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City stories: Rochor Centre

Goodbye, yellow-bricked HDB flat. Come September, the iconic Rochor Centre – in red, blue and green stripes, too – will be the latest casualty claimed in the name of development. From its ashes will rise the North-South Corridor, a 21.5-kilometre expressway slated for construction in 2017 that will have a dedicated lane for express buses as well as pedestrian and cycling paths. Touché, LTA. Built in 1977, Rochor Centre was originally white with red bricks – it was painted over during upgrading works in the early ’90s – and comprises both residential and commercial properties. Apartments stack atop three storeys of kopitiams, offices and heartland-esque stores that hawk hardware, handphone accessories and traditional confectionary. And in a rare feature in today’s HDB estates, Rochor Centre’s ‘void deck’ can be found on the fourth level, similar to the one in Bras Basah Complex. Before Rochor Centre breathes its last, head over to capture these vibrant blocks on camera. Go late in the afternoon for the best light – and set aside a few minutes to grab a bench on the ground floor to watch residents bustling around. If you’re keen to explore deeper into the estate, make your way to the void deck at Block 4. There, you can view Community Quilts, a photography project by Ivan Tan, Juliana Tan and Samuel He. It’s a series of eight vertical panels, each a superimposition of three to four photographs, depicting various neighbourhoods and everyday scenes of city life.  RIP, Ro

City stories: Jurong Fishery Port
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City stories: Jurong Fishery Port

It's one in the morning, and the air hangs with a dank stench. Men clad in rubber boots (and not much else) are hurriedly dragging pomfret, squid, lobster and other types of seafood around a warehouse-like space. At this ungodly hour, Jurong Fishery Port is just starting to get busy. The Port opened in 1969 as a docking base for foreign fishing vessels, as well as a huge wholesale fish market (about 20 basketball courts huge) that houses more than 100 lots for the trawls to be auctioned off. The Port is open all day and night – except Mondays between 2 to 6am – but the action peaks at around 3am. That's when the boats are unloading their catch and throngs of hawkers, chefs and wet market stall owners are buying in bulk. Yes, you can pick up a red snapper or two, some still flapping in their styrofoam boxes, for dinner. But even if you don't intend to, there's plenty of sights and sounds – not to mention smells – to check out, too. Jurong Fishery Port is at Fishery Port Rd.

City stories: Singapore at dusk
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City stories: Singapore at dusk

There’s an old-timey rule in photography – if you can accept rules in photography – that says the best time to roam the streets for photographs is in the ‘Golden Hour’: an hour after sunrise or before sunset. Hefting the iPhone 6 Plus, whose size demands two hands to take a photograph, I went around my neighbourhood in Kembangan, scouting out Singaporeans during this so-called golden hour. After a few days spent revisiting the same areas (MRT station, park connectors, small parks), dawn and dusk seem less like twins and more like funhouse mirrors. Same light, completely different moods. The early morning is crowded yet silent. But an hour to sunset, grown-up feet shuffling home from work are joined by the smaller feet of children – wantonly zooming down park trails on tiny scooters or pounding hard concrete to chase after a football. For the adults (and one particular feline I chanced upon) who’ve had a hard day’s work, they can finally put up their feet up and snooze on a park bench as the sun fades under the horizon.

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Free things to do in Singapore
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Free things to do in Singapore

If there’s one word we Singaporeans love more than ‘discount’, it’s ‘free’. And despite Singapore being among the top in various ‘most expensive city’ lists, there are plenty of free things to do around the island. Now we're adding one more to the list of free things in Singapore: every first Tuesday of the month, Time Out Singapore is distributed free in the evenings at MRT stations around the CBD. We also regularly have giveaways on our contest page where you can win staycations, dining vouchers and more. Here, we list the best free things you can do around the city. 

Singapore’s best parks for picnics
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Singapore’s best parks for picnics

After spending many a sweaty hour trekking around various parks, here's our list of the best spots to picnic at in Singapore. These places don't require you to travel to the middle of nowhere, they're scenic, they have some shade and decent patches of grass, and most importantly, they're located near the toilets (but not too near). So pack your basket, pick up your mat, and head to these parks for some fun in the sun.

Things to do in Singapore at 3am
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Things to do in Singapore at 3am

Besides supper and bar-hopping, there’s plenty to do in the wee hours here, from shopping for flowers to practising your dribble. Move aside, New York – we’re a city that doesn’t sleep, too

The best spas in Singapore
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The best spas in Singapore

Your ultimate guide to the swankiest spas in Singapore – all tried and tested by Time Out Singapore

Best free water parks in Singapore
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Best free water parks in Singapore

Singapore's weather can get quite hot, so cool down with the whole family at these aqua playgrounds around the island. We've checked out where to go for the best sprinklers, bubblers and water fountains that are great for kids, and adults, too. Best of all, as they are in public spaces, they come free of charge (no admission fees). 

Guide to Singapore's offshore islands
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Guide to Singapore's offshore islands

Lush flora and diverse fauna beckon from Singapore’s offshore islands – we heed the call and check them out

101 things to do in Singapore

Food and Drink
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Food and Drink

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

Nightlife
Bars and pubs

Nightlife

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

Shopping
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Shopping

We are the region's best shopping destination after all

Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture

The top arts and culture experiences in the city

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