July 10 is the last day of operations for Sungei Road Thieves Market
After more than 80 years, Singapore's last free hawking zone will come to a close on July 10 to make way for future residential developments. Since 2011, the size of the market has been halved to facilitate the construction of Jalan Besar MRT. Busiest on Sundays, the ambience of unregulated disarray is an enjoyable antidote to the Lion City’s much-too organised malls. Vintage lovers can expect to trawl for vinyl records, electronics and second-hand clothing.
Family Value Staycation at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore
With busy schedules and school programmes, planning a holiday with the family isn’t easy. So enjoy a staycation instead. Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet is close enough to provide the conveniences of shopping and visiting nearby attractions. Superior Room Rooms with a connection A single room isn’t enough to cater to the whole family. As part of the Family Value Staycation, book a hotel room and get the adjacent room at 50 percent off. You can access both rooms via a connecting door, ideal for getting the grandparents to look after your kids while you’re on a date night. Staycation fun Once you’ve checked in, take the family for a splashing good time at the pool. Then head to the garden, where fruits such as bananas, pomegranates and passion fruit are grown for use in Hotel Jen Tanglin’s restaurant and bar. In the morning, gather the brood for a complimentary breakfast at J65. Choose from local and international breakfast dishes such as nasi lemak, cereal and fresh fruit – there’s even an egg station serving up omelettes á la minute. Explore the neighbourhood Let your children explore the great outdoors at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which is a hop and skip away from the hotel. Venture deeper to the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, where the kids can run riot exploring the treehouse, suspension bridge and the water play areas. During your stay, enjoy free parking at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore, which conn
FLOW: The Story of KoFlow
Part musical theatre and part hip hop gig, FLOW: The Story of KoFlow tells the story of the local turntablist’s journey to one of the city’s best-known DJs. Featuring the musician’s original works and brand new tracks, the concert will also see appearances by homegrown acts like rapper Shigga Shay, b-boy crew Radikal Forze and RnB singer Vandetta.
Headlined by K-pop sensation Jessica Jung, this year's edition of SHINE festival also sees a slew of local acts, including The Sam Willows, Sezairi, ShiGGa Shay and more. Hop along the road between Ngee Ann City to *SCAPE and indulge in various activities. Make like Picasso at its Digital Canvas tunnel or try your hand at beating the pros at an online gaming battle. And, psst, we heard there are food trucks lined up along the stretch to keep your tum happy, too.
Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow
She’s famed for her iconic polka dots and pumpkin motifs – and you’ll get to admire an extensive collection of Yayoi Kasuma’s works with over 120 paintings, installations, videos and sculptures on display alongside the Japanese artist’s experiential infinity mirror rooms. It all comes together in an examination of the societal and personal challenges that Kusama’s overcome to create an impact in the world of art.
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition
Go back in time to post-Edwardian England and relive your favourite moments from Downton Abbey as it debuts its first-ever exhibition on our shores. See locations from the Emmy award-winning show come to life as you take a peek into the Great Hall, Lady Mary’s bedroom, Carson's pantry and even Mrs Patmore’s chaotic kitchen. Fans can get up-close with official artefacts such as the bell board used in the servants’ dining room and the telegrams sent to Lord Grantham. That’s not all – on display are more than 50 costumes worn by the cast, including Lady Mary's and Edith’s wedding dresses, and never before seen clips featuring characters like Lord and Lady Grantham.
Explore Singapore's best
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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).