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101 best things to do in Singapore

The crème de la crème of what Singapore has to offer – we present our top 101 things to do in the Lion City

Written by
Time Out Singapore editors
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Welcome to the Time Out Do List where we handpick the best things to do in Singapore. 

Singapore may be one of the smallest cities in the world but there are plenty of major attractions to hit up, sights to see, grounds to explore, and under-the-radar spots to discover in this modern city. Take a couple of days off to play tourist and smell the roses at Gardens by the Bay, brace yourself for the tallest dual rollercoasters at Universal Studios Singapore, and get cultured on the rich history of Singapore and its people at the museums. Not sure where to start? Leave it to us to show you the best events in town, as well as 101 things to do, see, eat, drink, shop, and have fun.

OCTOBER 2021: We've refreshed the list with new kids on the block and old-time favourites that have us coming back for more. Currently, we're enjoying modern French cuisine at Odette, which broke into the top 10 of the World's Best Restaurants List, browsing through unique wares at Supermama, and having a sweet, sweet time at the newly-opened Museum of Ice Cream – all while practising safety guidelines. While social gathering and dining-in group sizes remain limited, most venues are still open for business during the Stabilisation Phase of Singapore's reopening plans. 

 

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You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world, or take a look at our list of the 50 best things to do in the world right now.

Things to do

  • Property
  • Changi 

What is it? This majestic dome is home to the tallest indoor waterfall – standing at 40-metres-tall – and over 280 dining and retail outlets, as well as entertainment areas.

Why go? Satiate your appetite at various dining options from the comfort food of A&W and Shake Shack to the local favourites of Violet Oon and Jumbo Seafood. Then shop till you drop at the first Pokémon Center to open outside Japan, the largest Nike store in Singapore, and more – all with the stunning waterfall as the backdrop.

Don't miss: While the hourly light and sound show at the HSBC Rain Vortex remains temporarily suspended, you can unleash your inner kid at the Canopy Park which features six-and-a-half-metre-tall slides, whimsical gardens, hedge mazes, and giant nets to bounce and walk on. There's also the Changi Experience Studio featuring a number of interactive games that illustrate the work it takes to get Changi Airport working like clockwork. 

  • Things to do
  • Marina Bay

What is it? A Singapore icon, this majestic, gargantuan gardens is a sight to behold. Surrounded by exotic foliage, it's home to various outdoor and indoor gardens.

Why go? The outdoor Heritage Gardens spotlights the country's rich history through plants, while the indoor Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, and Floral Fantasy feature themed displays of colourful blooms from all around the world. The main stars, however, are the colossal Supertrees. For panoramic vistas of the gardens, head up to the new Supertree Observatory.

Don’t miss: Take note that the Flower Dome and the outdoor gardens are open now, while the Cloud Forest, OCBC Skyway, Supertree Observatory, and Floral Fantasy remain closed until further notice. However, when things are up and running again, you might not want to miss out the Garden Rhapsody light and music performances which take centre stage in the evenings at Supertree Grove, set a different theme each month.

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  • Things to do
  • Sentosa

What is it? Zip down fast lanes at the Skyline Luge Sentosa and then enjoy the views of the Singapore skyline and South China Sea as you ride up the four-seater chairlift

Why go? Bring the whole fambam and your adventurous friend group for a leisure race down four thrilling luge tracks – choose from the Dragon, Jungle, Kupu Kupu and Expedition trail. Each trail has specially designed features such as hairpin corners, exhilarating tunnels, and exciting downhill slopes as they speed through lush tropical forests in Sentosa.

Don't miss: On Friday and Saturday nights from August 20 to September 18, do the whole experience under the evening lights with Night Luge. There will also be a complimentary New Zealand Natural ice cream for every purchase for the 4 Luge & 4 Skyride Night Luge. 

  • Things to do
  • Marina Bay

What is it? Considered as one of Singapore’s most iconic structures, the stunning hotel features three floor-to-ceiling windowed towers, ascending at 200-metres high.

Why go? Besides having the chance to live the high life, the Marina Bay Sands also houses some of the city’s top restaurants and bars for guests to wine and dine while basking in a bird’s eye view of Singapore. Alternatively, you can snap stunning pictures while taking a dip in the rooftop infinity pool.

Don’t miss: Only hotel guests are allowed access to the rooftop pool, so book yourself a room pronto.

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Seek out quirky finds and street art at Haji Lane
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5. Seek out quirky finds and street art at Haji Lane

What is it? A narrow lane in the Bras Basah-Bugis district filled with indie shops, hole-in-the-wall cafes, hip bars and graffiti art lining its walls.

Why go? Haji Lane is the original hipster hideout in the city. It’s lined with colourful shophouses occupied by independent boutiques carrying unique goods that you can’t find anywhere else in Singapore. Home to a spree of charming cafes and watering holes, Haji Lane comes to life in the evenings with people heading down to grab some grub along with a drink, or two, for a chilled night out with friends.

Don’t miss: Go on a wall crawl for eye-catching murals, street art, and Singapore's first outdoor art gallery – Gelam Gallery.

  • Things to do
  • Mandai

What is it? One of the world’s first ‘open concept’ zoos and home to more than 2,500 animals from across the globe.

Why go? Immerse yourself in the wild, surrounded with over 300 species of animals, including the exotic white tiger and Hamadryas baboon, living in landscaped enclosures spread across the 28-hectare piece of land. Don’t worry about getting hungry, the Singapore Zoo’s Ah Meng Restaurant serves up a generous buffet spread of Western and local delights for you to satisfy those hunger pangs before moving on the next exhibit.

Don’t miss: The highlight has to be the orangutans, which make their daily appearance between 9.30am to 10am. They’re friendly, well-trained, and always up for a photo op. While Jungle Breakfast with the orangutans is currently suspended, you can still admire the majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

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  • Things to do
  • Mandai

What is it? A river-themed wildlife park that’s hailed as the world’s biggest freshwater aquarium with over 5,000 animals.

Why go? River Safari is the ideal outdoor spot for the entire family. Hop on a boat or take a walk and come face-to-face with creatures from the greatest rivers in the world including the Amazon and the Nile. Plus, say hi to giant pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia. Maximise your trip by visiting next door neighbours Singapore Zoo, and Jurong Bird Park, all within the same vicinity. The Night Safari remains closed for now.

Don’t miss: Get up to 25% savings when you purchase the 2-Park Admission package, allowing you admission to River Safari and either one of its next-door neighbours. That’s a whole day sorted.

  • Things to do
  • Jurong East

What is it? A 36-kilometre trail that cuts across the island, linking Coney Island in the northeast with Jurong Lake Gardens in the west.

Why go? If you're feeling ambitious, this challenging trek can be conquered in a day (or less if you choose to cycle). But nonetheless, it covers some of the best parks and nature reserves in Singapore like Bukit Batok Nature Park and Hindhede where you can witness the majestic granite quarry, the waterside views at MacRitchie Reservoir and Punggol Waterway Park and the rustic wildness of Coney Island.

Don't miss: Pit stop-wise, if you're going to be passing through Adam Road, a visit to the hawker centre is a must.

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  • Sport and fitness
  • Kallang

What is it? A massive enclosure that hosts a myriad of sporting events including the HSBC Rugby Sevens and the International Champions Cup, as well as arena concerts at its 55,000 seat National Stadium.

Why go? It has everything from an Olympic-sized pool, a sheltered running track, a water sports centre, a sports library, and more for you to get your fitness on. It also hosts various sports programmes and mass exercise sessions like Zumba and yoga for free. However, these programmes are currently temporarily suspended.

Don't miss: Check out the adjoining three-storey mall complete with a rooftop water park and even a vertical playground for climbing enthusiasts called Kallang Wave – named after the classic crowd gesture seen at football matches during Singapore’s footballing heydays. 

  • Travel
  • Changi 

What is it? A world-class airport that has been crowned Skytrax's Best Airport in the World for eight years in a row – need we say more?

Why go? Boasting four award-winning terminals, Changi airport isn’t solely for landing and takeoff. With a myriad of retail and dining offerings, as well as entertainment hubs for both the young and old, it’s hard to resist spending hours and hours here.

Don’t miss: The attractions might remain closed for now, but once they're up and running, you won't want to miss the giant indoor slide, butterfly sanctuary, and rooftop pool (yes, you read that right).

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  • Things to do
  • Rochor

What is it? The Kallang River is the longest river in Singapore. It stretches for 10-kilometres from the Lower Pierce Reservoir to the Kallang Basin. 

Why go? It used to be home to the sea nomads who lived on boats in the Kallang Basin and pledged allegiance to Temenggong Abdul Rahman of the Johor-Riau Sultanate. Today, you'll find canoes and dragon-boats instead. 

Don't miss: Catch a glimpse of Singapore's royal family – the otters. They're a busy bunch – swimming, eating and being photographed. Try spotting them at Kallang River, next to the MRT station where the Bishan clan usually hangs out.

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • Central Water Catchment

What is it? Singapore’s oldest and most popular nature park with lush rainforest bordering the country’s first reservoir and the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

Why go? MacRitchie Reservoir is a haven for joggers, families and weekend strollers with trails around the reservoir ranging from three to 11-kilometres in length, from easy treks to ambitious hikes that can go up to five hours long for a round trip. One of the highlights of the reserve is the TreeTop Walk which features a 250-metre suspension bridge connecting the two highest points of the nature reserve, offering panoramic views across the treetops.

Don’t miss: It's also a sanctuary for a type of monkey that is native in Southeast Asia – the crab-eating macaque. While it's friendly by nature, you're encouraged not to feed them. The nature reserve also has turtles and other jungle creatures crawling around.

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  • Attractions
  • Beaches
  • Marine Parade

What is it? East Coast Park stretches along the east coast of Singapore from Changi Airport (great for plane watching the A380), past the numerous restaurants at East Coast Seafood Centre to Fort Road. 

Why go? There are dedicated cycle and walking paths, bicycle and rollerblade hire stalls, a skate park, and barbecue and camping areas.

Don't miss: Hate camping but love the outdoors? Try glamping at East Coast Park. With the sea at your feet, fairy lights, wine and balloons, the romantic experience courtesy of Glamping Society is one for the love birds.

  • Things to do
  • Serangoon

What is it? The last remaining village cluster on mainland Singapore.

Why go? It gives you a glimpse of the city's kampong past including the humble abodes of the yesteryears that still stand.

Don't miss: Take a walk through the small village and get transported back to a time when life was simpler in Singapore. But remember to be respectful as these are people's homes after all. 

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  • Things to do
  • Pulau Ubin

What is it? An offshore island lush with greenery and one of Singapore’s last surviving kampongs.

Why go? Head over to the wilder side of life and take a trip back to the past as Pulau Ubin allows you to you to experience the essence of what Singapore was like in the 1960s. The island is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with 1,020-hectares of gravel roads, lush forests and abundant wildlife. Make sure you check out the southeastern end of Ubin for the island’s main attraction: Chek Jawa.

Don’t miss: The wetlands and its rich ecosystem are best seen during low tide, so keep your eyes peeled for vibrant sea critters like the peacock anemone as you stroll down the boardwalk.

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • City Hall

What is it? Located on the seventh storey of Funan is an 18,000-square-foot Food Garden where you can find more than 50 types of fruits and vegetables including mushrooms, edible flowers, okra, basil, mint, watermelon, lemongrass and passionfruit.

Why go? Take a breather from the retail jungle of Funan and step out (and up) to the Urban Farm operated by Edible Garden City – which has long championed the grow-your-own-food movement in Singapore. 

Don't miss: The urban farm is also open to the public (one of the few) and is a space where visitors can learn how vegetables are produced and harvested.

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  • Things to do
  • Lim Chu Kang

What is it? A wetland reserve of mangrove swamps, ponds, and home to 140 species of birds and a diversity of local wildlife.

Why go? Whether you’re a nature lover or simply looking for a change of scenery for your weekend walk, you can choose between three nature trails to soak up the views of the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Look out for the mudskippers, monkeys, and climbing crabs on the mangrove boardwalks.

Don’t miss: The early bird catches the worm. Head down to the observation hides at the crack of dawn for some bird watching. Binoculars are available to rent if you haven’t got one.

  • Things to do
  • Sentosa

What is it? One of the world's largest aquariums, housing over 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species, across 50 different habitats. It also has the title of the largest collection of manta rays in captivity.

Why go? Indulge in an immersive experience and be among other underwater creatures including nurse sharks, hammerhead sharks, eels, clownfish, giant octopuses, bottlenose dolphins, and seahorses. However, note that all shows, public feeding sessions and character meet-and-greet are unavailable until further notice.

Don't Miss: Savour the freshest Mediterranean-Californian cuisine with a breathtaking, front-row seat to the massive undersea habitat at Ocean Restaurant.

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  • Things to do
  • Southern Islands

What is it? St John’s Island is the go-to for friendly felines, with one sleuthing around almost all the landmarks that dot the island. 

Why go? Other than cat-watching (not that you need to do anything else), you can feel the sand in between your toes, take a refreshing dip in the sea, or visit the Sisters' Islands Marine Park Public Gallery to check out Singapore's efforts in preserving our marine biodiversity.

Don't miss: To get the island, just board a boat at the current discounted price of $15 (usual price is $18 per person). You can book your tickets online in advance. The ferry departs from Marina South Pier for St John's Island then Kusu Island, before returning to Marina South Pier. Take note: during the ninth lunar month, ferry services to the island will halt for the Kusu pilgrimage.

  • Things to do
  • Lim Chu Kang

What is it? A goat-only farm established in 1988 with about 800 goats of various breeds.

Why go? Take a break from the hustle and bustle, and instead, surround yourself with the animals here at Hay Dairies. Chewing only on hay shipped directly from the US, as well special feed flown from Australia, it’s no surprise that Hay Dairies’ goat milk tastes better than most off-the-shelf brands. You can even get the chance to bring home a few bottles to try for yourself at the end of the day.

Don’t miss: While milking, feeding, and petting sessions remain temporarily unavailable, you can still walk along the sheltered pathway to view the goat from a distance and purchase goat milk from the farm.

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  • Things to do
  • Pasir Ris

What is it? Home to about 700 stray and rescued dogs and cats, Animal Lovers League is one to look out for when it comes to adopting.

Why go? Stressing on its no-kill policy, the project houses the animals until they are rehomed – even if it takes forever.

Don't miss: If you can't adopt one, volunteer to care for the shelter animals.

  • Things to do
  • Sentosa

What is it? The obligatory tourist spot featuring Singapore’s iconic Merlion mascot that has water sprouting from its mouth into the river.

Why go? Featuring the mythical creature of a lion with the body of a fish, Merlion Park is one of Singapore’s national landmark and tourist attractions. It is visited by approximately one million visitors each year. Standing in all its glory at a height of nearly 9-metres tall, it’s a must-have shot to capture in Singapore.

Don’t miss: The park makes a good vantage point to witness the sunset and sunrise behind the Marina Bay Sands.

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  • Things to do
  • Yishun

What is it? Open 24/7, this scenic multi-recreational park in Yishun makes the perfect sanctuary for nature lovers.

Why go? ORTO is the largest prawning facility in Singapore. The space has a total of 10 ponds inhabited by big head prawns and yabbies among others. Embrace the thrill of catching your very own fresh batch of seafood with friends and families. Kids can also try their hand in longkang fishing.

Don’t miss: While you’re at it, barbecue your catch at the available electric grills at no extra cost. However, do note that Longkang Fishing is only open during the weekends, while the rest of the ponds are open daily.

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  • Jurong East

What is it? Deemed as the largest nature wonderland in the heartlands, Jurong Lake Gardens is Singapore's latest national garden, spanning a whopping 90-hectares.

Why go? The gardens include Lakeside Garden, Chinese and Japanese Gardens, and Garden Promenade – previously known as Jurong Lake Gardens West, Jurong Lake Gardens Central, and Garden Promenade respectively. The grounds are specially landscaped and designed for families and the community to come together to play, learn, and bond.

Don't miss: Take a walk on the bridge by the waters, chill out in hammocks overlooking the pagodas, or unleash your inner kid at the obstacle course and playground.

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  • Art
  • Buona Vista

What is it? An estate filled with monochromatic colonial houses.

Why go? The blocks of walk-up apartments and semi-detached houses were built in the '40s and previously used by non-commissioned British officers and soldiers. Today, the houses are mostly residential, with a small enclave of artists who use them as studio space.

Don't miss: Head to the picturesque neighbourhood for a quiet stroll and then wander into Colbar – short for ‘colonial bar’ – that was once a canteen for the British Army. With its vintage photographs and décor, the diner is a relic from the past that invites guests to step back through time.

  • Things to do
  • Marina Bay

What is it? Built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, the massive green space attracts couples and families all year round thanks to its breathtaking 360-degree view of the bay area. 

Why go? Back in the good old kampong days, children entertained themselves with homemade kites fashioned from scraps they found littered around the compound. Relive those days by taking your own FOC DIY kite up to Marina Barrage and watch it take flight.

Don't miss: Besides flying kites, the park is a popular venue for a picnic, yoga, jogging, and sunset watching – and there are even a few restaurants nearby.

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  • Things to do
  • Sentosa

What is it? The internationally renowned waxwork museum that has finally set up camp at Imbiah Lookout at Sentosa.

Why go? Rub shoulders with A-listers – sort of – and take some selfies with the figures of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, and their Hollywood friends. Aside from international superstars such as Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, visitors can also strike a pose next to local heroes and celebs too, including Jack Neo and Gurmit Singh.

Don't miss: Another feature to look out for when you head on over is the indoor boat ride, called Spirit of Singapore, which is unique to its Singapore outpost. It features some of our native plants, models of attractions, and glimpses of local culture, such as a re-enactment of a traditional Chinese opera. 

  • Things to do
  • Kent Ridge

What is it? A themed park filled with multi-coloured statues depicting scenes from Chinese history and mythology.

Why go? The stuff of nightmares, this little park of horrors features statues and dioramas that are painted in bright, gaudy colours making it look more menacing than it should. One thing’s for sure, you will probably never see anywhere else like it.

Don’t miss: Responsible for childhood nightmares since its opening in 1937, the infamous Ten Courts of Hell features small-scale tableaux show human sinners being punished in multiple methods in gory and graphic detail.

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  • Things to do

What is it? It’s not only the city's largest cemetery – more than 100,000 traditional Chinese graves including the 600-square-metre grave of 19th-century business supremo Ong Sam Leong – but also one of its oldest, with the first grave dating back to 1833.

Why go? Buried here are many Singaporeans whose names are literally part of the city today – names like Chew Boon Lay, Tan Kheam Hock, and Chew Joo Chiat.

Don’t miss: The cemetery has also become one of the city’s prime spots for birdwatchers and nature lovers, with the graves watched over by 90 resident and migrant species of birds. Almost a quarter of Singapore’s threatened bird species call it home, including the likes of the critically endangered white-bellied woodpecker.

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Food and drink

  • Restaurants
  • City Hall
  • price 3 of 4

What is it? Co-owned by chef Julien Royer of JAAN fame, this internationally lauded restaurant dishes out modern French cuisine in the cultured surrounds of National Gallery Singapore. 

Why go? It's a three-starred fine-dining stalwart in Singapore that in 2021, came out eighth on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list, also making it the best restaurant in Asia. Inspired by his grandmother Odette, chef-owner Julien Royer infuses the menu with heart and sophistication. 

Don't miss: Whether you select the brisk four-course lunch menu ($88) or a full-blown eight-course dinner menu ($268), one thing's for sure is that you'll be treated to a curated dining experience that is tailored to the very last detail – from appetiser to dessert.

  • Restaurants
  • Swedish
  • Outram

What is it? Sweden’s first three-Michelin-starred restaurant is Chef Björn Frantzén first international outpost.

Why go? It looks like a dreamy Swedish home with porcelain mushrooms, kitchen paraphernalia and food sketches lining its walls alongside cosy couches and wing chairs looking into an open kitchen.

Don't miss: With a price tag of $450 per person, the menu comes complete with contemporary dishes with Nordic elements and a hint of Japanese influence – think chawanmushi with all the trimmings of uni, ikura and horseradish-glazed unagi.

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  • Restaurants
  • Tanglin
  • price 3 of 4

What is it? The world’s only Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant.

Why go? Chef-owner Malcolm Lee tells the story of Peranakan heritage through the dishes served and the experience created, redefining classic Peranakan dishes into an inspired and elevated form.

Don't miss: Dining here is a communal affair. Opt for Lee’s Taste of Candlenut menu which starts from $58 for lunch and $78 for dinner. It comes with homemade kueh pie tee, beef rendang, ikan chuan chuan, sambal udang, babi buah keluak, and of course, homemade nyonya kueh.

  • Restaurants
  • Tanjong Pagar

What is it? Chef Rishi Naleendra's next restaurant superstar after his modern Australian resto Cheek Bistro and Michelin-starred Cheek by Jowl, which opened and closed in 2019 respectively.

Why go? Set menus are priced from $78 during lunch and $198 for dinner, and showcase progressive dishes that take inspiration from Australia, Japan, Sri Lanka, and other parts of the world.

Don't miss: The best seats in the house are by the counter overlooking the open kitchen, where you and your date can watch as the chefs sautée, grill and plate dishes like betel-leaf wrapped oysters, lamb saddle and young jackfruit as well as a stout and liquorice bun that’ll have you licking your fingers and lips clean.

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  • Restaurants
  • Hawker
  • Raffles Place

What is it? Whether you’re on a hunt on the city’s best street art or hungry for an assortment of noodle dishes, look no further than the two-storied Amoy Street Food Centre.

Why go? It is decked with wall art that reflects its heritage, as well as a smorgasbord of hawker choices, from spicy Thai dishes and hearty congee to delicious pasta and traditional nasi padang. 

Don't miss: Michelin-approved A Noodle Story for a local spin on Japanese ramen is a must-try. For some rice, pair it with deep-fried, smashed chicken and spicy sambal from Rayyan's Waroeng Penyet. Han Kee Fish Soup is a top favourite too with its generous servings of sliced fish in deliciously fragrant broth. And you can't leave without grabbing some curry puffs from the J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff stall.

Maxwell Food Centre
  • Restaurants
  • Hawker
  • Raffles Place

What is it? This vast hawker centre stands at the heart of Tanjong Pagar, perfect for the wandering tourist or hungry CBD worker who needs a place to fuel up. 

Why go? Home to a plethora of food stalls that champions different local fare – from flavourful Hainanese chicken rice and nasi lemak to wholesome porridge and mee pok – Maxwell Food Centre is a one-stop-shop for the best of Singapore's colourful food scene. 

Don't miss Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice’s signature dish —even Michelin-starred heavyweight Gordon Ramsay and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain were impressed with its take on our national dish. For something less intense, check out Zhen Zhen Porridge where its steaming hot bowls of chicken and fish porridge topped with ginger shreds will leave you satisfied for cheap.

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  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • Raffles Place

What is it? A contemporary Indian restaurant with creative yet satisfyingly delicious plates inspired by chef-owner Murugan Thevar's travels around South Asia, his Penang heritage, and his time working in Singapore.

Why go? Hit up Thevar for Indian dishes with a modern twist.

Don't miss: The star of the show is the Iberico pork belly ($38) best served with a plate of berry pulao ($12). 

  • Restaurants
  • City Hall

What is it? Think of this as Singapore’s savviest zi char restaurant. Despite its rural Pulau Ubin beginnings in 1986, this wok shop’s kept up with the times. 

Why go? Head to New Ubin Seafood for chilli crab and other updated zi char sharing plates.

Don't miss: Unlikely bestsellers include the US Black Angus ribeye ($17/100g) and Carabinero prawn sashimi ($22/prawn). Other notable mentions include this Sri Lankan crabs ($53/500g and $72/800g), and the traditional Chinese-style steamed fish ($8.50/100g).

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  • Restaurants
  • Hawker
  • Geylang

What is it? The stall is popular for its gula Melaka-filled steamed rice flour cakes topped with grated coconut.

Why go? Try the Netflix Street Food-approved sweet treats.

Don't miss: As the pillowy rice cake itself crumbles gently in our mouths, the richness of the viscous gula Melaka within comes to the forefront. The putu piring ($2.50 per pack of five) is best eaten piping hot.

  • Clubs
  • Chinatown

What is it? Smith Street Taps offers craft beer in a casual way with its pop-up kopitiam space in Chinatown Complex.

Why go? The bare-bones stall can dispense up to five fresh brews at any given time.

Don't miss: While creatures of habit will find comfort in the more commercial offerings like Sapporo and wheaty Weihenstephaner on tap, the thirsty craft beer fan will appreciate the roster of rarer, more experimental pours with the likes of Brewdog’s MashTag and Libertine Black. Note that the menu rotates to offer drinkers different variety.

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  • Restaurants
  • Hawker
  • Toa Payoh

What is it? A laksa joint that's popular with the heartland working crowd.

Why go? The bright orange laksa broth comes topped with slices of fried fishcake, tofu puffs, prawns, blood cockles and a generous dash of Vietnamese coriander. But what makes it stand out from other places that hawk this iconic local dish is the chilli.

Don't miss: Get up early and join the queue at Lik Ming Laksa for a sinfully decadent breakfast ($3).

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  • Restaurants
  • Malay
  • Rochor

What is it? This Michelin Bib Gourmand-listed Malay eatery serves favourites like tahu telor, Sundanese grilled chicken and beef rendang.

Why go? No visit to Kampong Glam is complete without a plate of glorious nasi padang. Like any other mixed rice stall, you get to choose whichever dishes you want and face the consequences at the cash register after. 

Don't miss: If you're feeling adventurous, try the lemak siput sedut (sea snails in a rich coconut broth). And if you’re really frugal with your choices, a plate can set you back less than $10.

  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Chinatown

What is it? There are over 30 different varieties of mooncakes available, ranging from the typical Cantonese bakes to those that follow traditional Teochew recipes.

Why go? The signature is the da lao bing, a Teochew-style flaky pastry is filled with green or red bean paste. There are also the white sesame mooncakes as well as other bakes like the la gao (black glutinous rice cake) that are getting increasingly difficult to find.

Don't miss: Sample tau sar piah and other time-honoured
bakes from Poh Guan Cake House.

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Rochor

What is it? The new kid on the block, Mother Dough is a force to be reckoned with when we're talking about the best croissants in Singapore.

Why go? Bite into its flaky croissants and freshly baked
sourdough loaves.

Don't miss: Besides the crowd favourite and fast-selling almond croissants ($4.20), take some time to give their other freshly baked goods a try. From the chocolate pound cake ($4/slice) to a simple baguette, everything here is baked to perfection. 

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Bedok

What is it? If we had to choose one national dish for Singapore that you have to try while you're here, it has to be our chilli crab. It’s sweet, savoury, tangy and spicy all in one bite and is best mopped up with deep-fried mantou (bun).

Why go? Jumbo Seafood is one of the best places to get elbow-deep into a plate of chilli crab. Not only do you get to enjoy the sea breeze, but the seafood is absolutely stellar as well.

Don't miss: The chilli crab, of course (from $88/kg). But if you're up for something even spicier, the black pepper crabs are as much of a local favourite. Not a fan of spice? Crabs tossed in creamy salted egg yolk sauce is another uniquely Singaporean offering that's equally delicious.

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  • Restaurants
  • Hawker
  • Geylang

What is it? Try the king of fruits renown for its pungent smell and creamy flesh in the middle of Singapore's infamous red-light district.

Why go? No trip to Singapore is complete without conquering the king. It's a great tale to tell back home and who knows, you actually might like it.

Don’t miss:
 Try the best of the best, the coveted Mao Shan Wang durian. Prized for its soft flesh and bittersweet taste, this durian doesn't come cheap but is definitely worth the extra coin.

  • Restaurants
  • Hawker
  • Chinatown

What is it? The cheapest Michelin-starred meal you can get in the world – just be prepared to queue for at least two hours.

Why go? Michelin and local-approved food for less than $5. Chinatown Complex is also home to plenty of other superstar local dishes and even a craft beer shop where you can get your ales on draft.

Don’t miss: 
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).

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  • Things to do
  • Lim Chu Kang

What is it? An organic countryside farm way out in Kranji that's the brainchild of Ivy Singh, the straight-talking former president of Netball Singapore.

Why go? Learn more about local produce by going on a tour of the farm and find out more about the history of food at the Bollywood Food Museum. Kranji Countryside is also home to other local farms such as Jurong Frog Farm and Hay Dairies so feel free to spend the day on a farm-hopping expedition.

Don't miss: Tuck into organic vegetables grown on-site at Poison Ivy Bistro. Don't be shocked by the colour of the nasi lemak here – it's naturally died with butterfly blue pea flower that they grow onsite.

  • Restaurants
  • Singaporean
  • City Hall

What is it? Now that you're acquainted with the local produce you can find on the island, try them in a Michelin-starred meal at Labyrinth. The modern Singaporean restaurant is housed in the Esplanade and whips up creations like quail satay and soy beancurd with bird's nest.

Why go? Chef Han Li Guang elevates local food to a whole new level and champions what Singapore is all about in his cooking. Creative, playful, and packed with flavour – the food at Labyrinth top class.

Don't miss: The Labyrinth rojak. A part of Labyrinth's tasting menu, this Singaporean staple gets an upgrade with herbs from Edible Garden City, cempedak sorbet and a natural stingless bee honey that has a natural tang that mimics the taste of assam. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Geylang

What is it? A traditional Peranakan restaurant that's been doling out local classics like ayam buah keluak and itek tim for years. It's a favourite among families and it's not uncommon to see three to four generations sitting together at a table here.

Why go? You've come to the right place for an authentic taste of Peranakan food. For those unfamiliar with Peranakan culture, a trip to Katong is the perfect place to start. 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.

Don't miss: They do all the classics right here. We're talking beef rendang, ayam buah keluak, sambal goreng, chap chye and more.

  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • Yishun

What is it? Home to franken-pratas like the Murtaburger and Prata Alfredo, it is arguably the best place on the list for the most unconventional prata.

Why go? For that late-night prata craving – it's one of the few prata places that's opened until midnight. There's also plenty of other Indian and Malay options on the menu too.

Don't miss: The mega Murtaburger ($7.90) of course that is prata stuffed with a burger patty and lots of cheese. Prata Blaster ($5) is a take on eggs benedict but the bread is replaced with crispy prata, as well as the Umami 50 ($8.90), an egg prata with luncheon meat, cheese, chicken floss and mayo. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinatown

What is it? An old-school breakfast institution that's been serving the quintessential Singaporean breakfast of kopi, kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs since 1939.

Why go? For a taste of nostalgia that you won't find at chains like Killiney Kopitiam or Toast Box.

Don't miss: A robust cup of kopi pulled the traditional way through a sock, crisp and fluffy kaya butter bread and perfectly cooked soft-boiled eggs best topped with a dash of pepper and soy sauce (from $4.90).

  • Restaurants
  • Chinatown

What is it? One of the few dim sum spots in town with the authentic pushcart experience and, to match, decor plucked straight out of the ’60s. Little old ladies flock to your table, hawking baskets filled with liu sha bao ($4.70) and xiao long bao ($4.50) and your card to track your orders.

Why go? The experience of pushing through other hungry diners to snap up piping hot morsels of dim sum can't be beaten. Plus, ordering way too much is part of the experience here, so check your self-control at the door.

Don't miss: Reliable favourites include char siew sou ($4.50) and oversized har gao ($4.50) stuffed with whole shrimp.

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  • Restaurants
  • Hawker
  • Tiong Bahru

What is it? First known as Seng Poh Market, the newly renovated Tiong Bahru Market is a sprawling two-storey complex that retains much of its timeless appeal. The ground floor is a hubbub of frenetic bargaining activity on most mornings, with market and retail stalls selling anything from dried goods to ornamental fish and cheap clothes. Upstairs, the food haven is a spacious, breezy affair.

Why go? High ceilings, well-spaced-out tables and an alfresco area spell good news for even the fussiest of hawker centre eaters. From the famous shui kuih to prawn noodles, you never have to worry about not having enough choices here.

Don't miss: The chwee kueh from Jian Bo Shui Kueh is legendary and has endured for over 50 years despite the surfeit of similarly-named imposters masquerading as the real deal. This breakfast staple of oily rice cakes and fried chye poh is simple, sinful and addictive. 

 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Tanjong Pagar

What is it? Placed on the number one spot of Asia's 50 Best Bars in 2020, Jigger and Pony shines a spotlight on uncommon based spirits you don't usually find in our local bars.

Why go? Start your spirituous adventure with the Williams Cooler ($23) that highlights two pear brandies: the French Vedrenne Poire Williams and the Italian Capovilla Pere Williams alongside jasmine orris liqueur to bump up the fruity drink's floral notes.

Don't miss: Fans of spirit-forward cocktails will prefer the Barley Manhattan ($23), a twist on the classic blended with Tsukushi Kuro Barley Shochu and Maker’s Mark Bourbon. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Tanjong Pagar

What is it? With a focus on all things regional – everything from its spirits, music and furniture is sourced from around these parts – Native pushes the boundaries of what an Asian bar should and can be.

Why go? The cocktails are as delicious as they are inventive. There's a sour and spicy kimchi and strawberry cocktail, a Peranakan-inspired tipple made with local goat's milk as well as a showcase of Singaporean spirits and mead.

Don't miss: The pineapple arrack ($23). The only cocktail that's been on Native's menu since day one. It's one that both whisky and rum lovers will enjoy but it's different enough to make you do a double take.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Kallang

What is it? Local coffee roasters Papa Palheta helped pioneer the third-wave coffee scene in Singapore, particularly with the opening of their uber-popular café-retail complex, Chye Seng Huat Hardware (becoming one of the first joints to plant a flag in the hipster 'hood of Jalan Besar). 

Why go? Its house blends are roasted directly in the complex from single origin beans; there's also a retail wall with grinders and brew contraptions to release flavour from the beans.

Don't miss: While their hot coffees are great, there's something about Singapore's balmy climes that make cold brews all the more satisfying. There's the black ($7.50) made with Ethiopia suke quto beans, white ($8.50) brewed with a throwback blend and the nitro ($8.50), a malty black coffee infused with nitrogen.

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  • Restaurants
  • Malay
  • Rochor

What is it? Zam Zam – its name refers to ‘holy water’ in Arabic – has been an institution in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood since the Kerala-born Abdul Kadir opened the restaurant there in 1908. The recipes have largely remained unchanged.

Why go? Zam Zam has been serving up its briyani (from $6) and murtabak (from $5) for well over a century, so you can be pretty much assured of getting the legit stuff.

Don't miss: Go for the mutton murtabak with a side of fish curry. It’s crispy on the edges and has more folds than an origami crane, within which you’ll find layers of onions, eggs and meat. If it’s briyani you’re after, Zam Zam makes its version Hyderabadi dum style: the meat is cooked together with the orange-flecked basmati, which makes the rice that much more fragrant. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Orchard

What is it? Manhattan Bar at Regent Singapore is a portal to New York City where ladies are decorated in pearls and gentlemen dressed to the nines.

Why go? The menu takes you through the ages of NYC, from the 1520s to the 1970s, and recreates iconic drinks of the era. It also houses a large collection of American whiskeys if you're a bourbon connoisseur. While it's no longer number one in Asia's 50 Best Bars this year, Manhattan Bar at Regent Singapore has enjoyed its time at the top spot for two years in a row – 2017 and 2018.

Don't miss: The classic Manhattan ($25). Made with Michter’s US1 Straight Rye, house cherry brandy, Mancino Rosso vermouth, and angostura bitters, this cocktail is the bar's signature for a reason.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Rochor
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? With over 1,000 bottles of gin available, Atlas has the most diverse collection of the spirit in the world. It's definitely a shrine all gin lovers should make a pilgrimage to.

Why go? Not a fan of gin? That's still no reason not to visit. The grand art deco-inspired bar looks exactly like a European hotel lobby of the era is a spectacle in itself – with magnificent champagne-hued tapestries line the ceiling, intricate gold and bronze balconies surround the space. It also offers an extensive food, tea, coffee and non-alcoholic menu for the teetotalers.

Don't miss: For an introduction to what the bar can do, get The Atlas Martini ($24), a blend of gin, Ambrato vermouth, orange bitters, champagne vinegar and pomelo.

Shopping

  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • City Hall

What is it? After three years of redevelopment, the mall formerly known as Funan DigitaLife Mall is starting a new chapter. It is now home to a variety of more than 190 brands clustered around the themes of tech, craft, play, fit, chic and taste.

Why go? Keeping it modern, industrial-chic is the aesthetic of the mall with many vibrant corners and spaces within the mall like the Tree of Life, the Kinetic Wall, a seven-storey green wall and even an urban farm operated by Edible Garden City on the rooftop.

Don't miss: Flex your climbing skills at the largest indoor climbing facility in the middle of Funan.

  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • Orchard

What is it? It claims to be the ‘centre of gravity’ in the Singapore retail scene – and with jaw-dropping frontage, cutting-edge design, and more than 300 stores, it makes a good case.

Why go? There’s ION Sky, a double-storey observation deck on the top two floors, an art gallery that boasts 4000-square-foot of art space, as well as restaurants and shops that houses designer brands such as Cartier, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, and Prada.

Don't miss: Get a bird’s eye view of the city from ION Sky in Orchard Road. Soak in the sight of the whole shopping belt punctuated by pockets of green.

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  • Shopping
  • Lifestyle
  • Orchard

What is it? Loud, proud and local, the newly-opened Design Orchard features a fresh selection of Singaporean designers and makers.

Why go? Over 60 brands calling the two-and-a-half-storey space home. Shop activewear from Kydra, home accessories from Onlewo, quirky knick-knacks from Pew Pew Patches, swimwear from Pinksalt, skincare from Pera and more.

Don’t miss: Take a break at its rooftop garden which offers a birds-eye view of Orchard Road amongst lush greens.

  • Shopping
  • Grocery stores
  • Chinatown

What is it? The Social Space is a one-stop destination for sustainable lifestyle products. You can even grab a bite and get your nails done while you’re at it.

Why go? All items sold at The Social Space are fair trade and sustainably sourced, and the shop itself employs the disadvantaged in the community.

Don’t miss: The Refillery is decked out with at least ten dispensers filled with eco-friendly dishwashing and laundry liquids as well as shampoos and soaps.

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  • Shopping
  • Art, craft and hobbies
  • Bukit Timah

What is it? This atelier offers luxurious paper and leather accessories in the form of notebooks, card-holders, greeting cards and the like, and provides services for customisation.

Why go? Against the tides of time and digitalisation, Bynd Artisan continues its 70-year legacy of painstakingly hand-designed and crafted products. They make for a classy gift if you want to impress a friend or colleague.

Don’t miss: Bynd Artisan’s designer collaboration series features works from the likes of Ministry of Design and Olivia Lee.

  • Shopping
  • Music and entertainment
  • Marine Parade

What is it? A laidback record store in Joo Chiat.

Why go? Besides offering stacks of records for music aficionados to browse through, the laidback store also invites customers to enjoy a cuppa specialty joe and craft beers while copping merch and accessories from your favourite artists, bands and cult streetwear brands.

Don’t miss: Go crate-digging and you might even find a rare release. While it's suspended, for now, it's also known to host impromptu vinyl sessions and free introductory workshops to vinyl DJ-ing.

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  • Shopping
  • Gifts and souvenirs
  • Rochor

What is it? If you’re looking for the latest designer fragrance, you won’t find it at SIFR Aromatics. What you will find are gorgeous, uniquely shaped bottles that house a myriad of scents, all lovingly handmade by owner Johari Kazura.

Why go? Far from your ordinary, run-of-the-mill perfumery, the shop offers a unique, customised approach where a range of ingredients are presented and used to get the right scent.

Don't miss: With a wide range of original perfume ‘recipes’ collected over the years, Kazura now has perfumes he’s perfected for people to buy off the shelf. He’s branched out into creating his own moisturisers and aromatherapy mixes too.

  • Shopping
  • Tanglin

What is it? An art gallery-styled multi-label store and the fourth Dover Street Market outlet in the world after London, Tokyo and New York.

Why go? For all the hypebeasts – and hypebaes – out there, Dover Street Market stocks a wide array of fashion statements from cult streetwear and designer brands like of Comme des Garçons, Moncler, Simone Rocha and Balenciaga.

Don’t miss: Get your cameras ready and snap some cool pictures for the ‘gram. Housed in a converted army barracks with high ceilings, black cage-like grills as racks and a colourful ‘cashier’ hut, the space is as much a shopping paradise as it is a gallery dedicated to the art of fashion.

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Pick up unique souvenirs at Supermama
  • Shopping
  • Boutiques
  • Rochor

What is it? If you're looking for the perfect place to pick up thought, one-of-a-kind gifts for that special someone (or yourself), look no further than Supermama. 

Why go? This minimalist husband-and-wife co-owned souvenier shop stocks painstakingly handmade items – think asymmetrical bowls, dimpled cups and handpainted plates inspired by modern Singapore culture. It's just the right touch of local flavour for a souvenir. 

Don't miss Most items are available in limited quantities, so your best bet's to pop in and find out what's in stock. 

  • Shopping
  • Music and entertainment
  • Rochor

What is it? A music lifestyle and record store in Singapore labeled as one of the ‘world’s best record shops’ by UK vinyl lifestyle website The Vinyl Factory.

Why go? Enter into Hear Records and be awed by the wall lined with a vast, specially curated selection of records handpicked specifically by the owner Nick Tan. Expand your collection and dig through crates upon crates of 10,000 used vinyl and 5,000 new ones with weekly additions to keep things fresh.

Don’t miss: Here’s a tip: sign up for Tan’s monthly newsletter for special updates on the crates he hauls back from Japan, the UK, and the US.

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  • Shopping
  • Bookshops
  • Chinatown

What is it? A bookstore, event and café space – all in one.

Why go: The Moon is a whimsical space that brings you into the library of your favourite chronicles with a wide variety of genres from modern literature to illustrated cooking books and thought-provoking non-fiction reads for you to browse through.

Don’t miss: With its warm lighting, wood furniture and comfy plush cushions sprawled across the reading room on the third floor, The Moon is the newest and coolest spot for an afternoon read with a cup of coffee in hand.

  • Shopping
  • Vintage shops
  • Raffles Place

What is it? Championing the sustainable movement in Singapore, The Fashion Pulpit is a physical store where you can swap preloved clothes and accessories, and even buy them.

Why go? Their collection is vast – you can find both high street and designer pieces in the mix and prices are kept affordable.

Don’t miss: Sign up to be a 'swapper' and enjoy benefits like racking up those swap points for an incredible item and joining in on the fun events.  

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  • Shopping
  • Orchard

What is it? A floor-wide multi-label store carrying over 100 international brands at Orchard’s luxury shopping destination, Scotts Square.

Why go? Occupying the entire second floor, Peddar on Scotts is a fashionista’s haven. Shop till you drop with its premium mix of fashion, footwear, handbags and accessories for men, women and kids. Snap up limited edition collections by luxury and contemporary designers such as Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang, Gianvito Rossi and many more.

Don’t miss: Product releases and previews are often first launched here, so keep an eye on their socials for the latest updates.

  • Things to do
  • Raffles Place

What is it? Formed by a group of Singaporean clay artists, this rustic hideaway is replete with local flavor and history.

Why go? Be sure to visit this cultural gem and feed the 'Dragon' – an elongated kiln that 'eats' and 'breaths' fire - before rumored urban redevelopment projects reclaim this humble pottery abode.

Don't miss: If you have time, sit in for a session and craft your own piece.

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  • Shopping
  • Toa Payoh

What is it? Don’t expect a furniture boutique. This cosy, industrial store is home to antiques and second-hand furniture – great for injecting a little eclecticism into your home.

Why go? This sprawling Tai Seng store is neatly (and tightly) packed with a wide range of styles from vintage rosewood to mid-century and the occasional upcycled item – these are sourced from hotels, show flats, defunct furniture shops and the like. Prices range from $15 for a lamp to $3,000 for a plaster statue of Stamford Raffles.

Don’t miss: Spend a good few hours sniffing out the hidden gems here. Put your bargaining skills to the test. If you succeed, you might even score your loot at a much cheaper price.

  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • Jurong East

What is it? Singapore’s largest outlet shopping mall located in Jurong East.

Why go? Everyone loves shopping, especially more so when everything is perpetually forever on sale. With over 90 brands such as Adidas, Club 21, Charles and Keith, and Coach selling off their past season’s collections at a fraction of the price, head on a shopping spree this weekend and get the best bang for your buck.

Don’t miss: Prices are slashed up to 80 percent off all year round and based on a first-come-first-serve basis where products are no longer replenished once they’re all sold. A word of advice: snag that piece you’ve got your eye on immediately because it won’t be there the next time you visit the store.

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  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • Kallang

What is it: Despite being known as Little India’s seven-storey shopping mall that's open ‘round the clock, it has reduced its opening hours from 9.30am to 11.30pm daily during Phase 2.

Why go? It has a chock-full of offerings – from groceries to electronics and apparel to quirky paraphernalia at affordable prices – that are bound to delight all intrepid bargain hunters looking for a good deal.

Don’t miss: Skip the weekend crowds and head down during weekday afternoons for a breezy shop. Also, a word of warning: your bags will be cable tied upon entering, so carry a small crossbody bag or a tote to avoid getting your phone and wallet stuck in the bag.

  • Things to do
  • Markets and fairs
  • Rochor

What is it? Home to one of the best wet markets in town with a greater offering of halal-slaughtered meats than most, the pasar’s adjoining food centre has become a hawker institution offering great grub from a range of cuisines. 

Why go? Great things are always said about the biryani at Tekka Centre, and tangled in vicious rivalry are the plates offered by Yakader (#01-259) and Allauddin (#01-229).

Don't miss: Set an alarm and get up early to do some grocery shopping at Tekka Market. It has great butcheries and a vegetable stall that plays salsa music.

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  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • Raffles Place

What is it? The Brutalist structure is home to many great Thai restaurants, a supermarket with Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian products and occult stores.

Why go? The 16-storey building was hailed an architectural and cultural marvel once. Over the years, and a lot of paint coats later, its future is still uncertain.

Don’t miss: The best time to explore Golden Mile Complex is at night when the place is bustling with activity. Take the chance to check out this monolith, and then get a plate of pad thai after.

Get spiritual at Fu Lu Shou Complex
  • Things to do
  • Rochor

What is it? A centre in Bugis full of other spiritual readers and healers.

Why go? Here's where you can get an aura reading, go crystal shopping and even purchase a ‘white magic’ amulet to guide you to love and success.

Don't miss: Kang Li Mineral Kingdom has been providing their services for geomancy, feng shui, crystal healing and aura reading. Remember to book for a session online as it can get pretty busy and packed, plus consultations can take over an hour.   

Arts and culture

  • Art
  • City Hall

What is it? An art museum in the heart of Singapore that holds an extensive collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art.

Why go? Home to the former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings, the National Gallery Singapore is a result of combining the two structures. This beautifully restored space is now a whole new monument with over 8,000 works of art reflecting the heritage and art history of Singapore and surrounding regions lining its walls. There are various exhibitions taking place on a rotational basis to keep the visuals fresh.

Don’t miss: Download a digital map of the gallery on your mobile devices for easy navigation in the art wonderland. The entry is currently free until July 31.

  • Art
  • Marina Bay

What is it? A lotus-shaped museum located within the Marina Bay Sands showcasing high-tech artworks that seamlessly weaves art, science, design, architecture and technology.

Why go? Observe how the two seemingly contrasting entities – art and science – come together in the world’s first ArtScience Museum. 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.

Don’t miss: Its permanent exhibition Future World is a mind-bender – it takes visitors on an interactive journey of lights, digital art, and magic. Together with digital art installations by teamLab, it features over 170,000 LED lights that change colours, as well as an 8-metre-tall digital waterfall where water particles tumble down logs in accordance with the laws of physics.

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Explore the past at National Museum of Singapore
  • Things to do
  • City Hall

What is it? The largest museum in the city, it comprises two main galleries – the National Museum of Singapore History Gallery and Modern Colony Gallery – that takes you back to Singapore's past.

Why go? The Singapore History Gallery, which traces the history of Singapore from its beginnings in the 14th century to the present day, and the Singapore Living Galleries, which focus on four lifestyle themes – food, fashion, film and photography. It’s also worth a visit just for the building, an imposing neoclassical structure, complemented by modern glass additions.

Don’t miss: Look out for film screenings, massive art installations and more at its lush outdoors.

  • Things to do
  • City Hall

What is it? One of Singapore's largest and most impressive museums with seven galleries showcasing more than 2,000 artefacts from the civilisations of China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia.

Why go? 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.

Don’t miss: Grab a colourful activity booklet at the museum which comes complete with stickers and postcards, and follow the trails to discover how the different faiths and beliefs were spread across Asia through religious art.

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  • Museums
  • Natural history
  • Kent Ridge

What is it? The museum houses a collection of rare sauropod dinosaur fossils and a million zoological specimens belonging to at least 10,000 species. 

Why go? A dinosaur fossil, a sperm whale skeleton, the only specimen of the largest species of turtle ever recorded, and an Asian Brown Flycatcher specimen collected by the famed British naturalist Alfred Wallace himself – these are just some of the highlights you’ll see here.

Don’t miss: Surrounding the museum are four gardens such as the Phylogenetic garden, which charts the evolution of plants and habitats. The other gardens – themed after mangroves, swamps, and dryland forests – feature plants that are unique to these habitats.

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  • Rochor

What is it? This 160-year-old building used to be the royal seat and palace of the last Sultan of Singapore but now houses the rich heritage of Singapore’s Malay community with six permanent galleries spanning two levels of the centre.

Why go? Learn all about Kampong Glam’s glory days as a booming port town before Raffles landed in 1819.

Don’t miss: Explore Singapore's significance in the maritime world with Seekor Singa, Seorang Putera, dan Sebingkai Cermin: Reflecting and Refracting Singapura. Go back in time and watch it all unveiled through the lens of various Malay world perspectives and indigenous material culture, juxtaposed against European colonial sources.

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  • Things to do
  • Cultural centres
  • Tanjong Pagar

What is it? New to the cultural scene, the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) first opened doors in 2017.

Why go? The centre teams up with arts and cultural groups and community partners around the city to showcase the rich Chinese culture through engaging exhibitions, performances, workshops, and more.

Don’t miss: Its inaugural permanent exhibition Singapo人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture which debuted in March this year. Explore what it means to be uniquely Chinese Singaporean through five specially curated interactive zones that spotlight elements that shaped the distinctive Chinese Singaporean identity – from food, language, and traditions to popular culture and music.

  • Museums
  • Rochor

What is it? With a glowing glass façade inspired by stepwells that are commonly found in South Asia, the Indian Heritage Centre is a museum with a wealth of artifacts dotted around its five galleries.

Why go? 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.

Don’t miss: Navigate through the special exhibition, From the Coromandel Coast to the Straits - Revisiting Our Tamil Heritage, for a collection of narratives that recount the experiences of Tamil diasporas in Southeast Asia and Singapore from pre-modern to contemporary times.

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  • Art
  • Rochor

What is it? Singapore’s first outdoor gallery located along the back alleys of Muscat Street.

Why go? Two parallel walls burst with a kaleidoscope of colour thanks to over 30 Instagram-worthy works by artists from the region and beyond.

Don’t miss: Admire the pop culture-dominated creation by multi-disciplinary artist PrettyFreakyFantasy or take a snap of a bold, terrestrial piece by graphic designer Liyana Farzana before exiting to Baghdad Street.

  • Things to do
  • Literary events
  • Rochor

What is it? With a central borrowing library, reference library, and a digital library in tow, the National Library which also happens to be the city's biggest aims to be more than just a place for book-reading.

Why go? Showered with architectural awards before it even opened, the building is designed as two towers, linked by walkways and walled almost entirely with glass. The spacious reference section on the upper floors offers great views of the city. There are some small exhibition spaces, and it also houses the Drama Centre, which regularly showcases local productions.

Don’t miss: Head to level 11 for its latest permanent exhibition, The News Gallery: Beyond Headlines. The exhibition is divided into five zones and features original copies of Singapore's earliest newspapers – even those from the 1820s – and a fun, fake news-busting game for the whole family.

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  • Shopping
  • Grocery stores
  • Bukit Timah

What is it? An ideal nook for a meal, a shop, and some art – all in a relaxed atmosphere.

Why go? You can dine with a selection of mouthwatering delicacies, and shop produce from all around the world, while examining the stunning works of art by local and international artists that line its walls.

Don't miss: The space at Cluny Court has reopened with local painter Faris Heizer's first solo exhibition, Passengers. Marvel at seven of his masterpieces featuring caricatured figures that draws attention to the artificiality of his painting's narratives, with the figures existing in an abject reality ruled by its own logic and boundaries.

Entertainment

  • Attractions
  • Theme parks
  • Tanglin

What is it? This New York Instagram sensation will make you go pink with delight. The first to land in Singapore, and Asia, this 60,000 square foot property at 100 Loewen Road will transport you to a surreal world of scrumptious sights, sounds and of course, lots of tasty ice cream. 

Why go? It's a wonderland of 14 never-before-seen attractions and free-flow ice cream. The young and young at heart can spend hours checking out ice cream-inspired installations and activities with a good dose of local flavour – take the Potong ice cream stop for example. 

Don't miss Swim in a sea of colourful sprinkles at the largest MOIC Sprinkle Pool ever. And don't miss the opportunity to try a bevy of delectable ice cream flavours. Our favourites are the Pulut Hitam Potong ice cream and Taro Milk Tea ice cream sandwich.  

  • Things to do
  • Games and hobbies
  • Raffles Place

What is it? Holey Moley is a whimsical playground in Clark Quay where you can drink, feast, and also enjoy a competitive (or not) game of mini-golf.

Why go? Whether it's for a fun first date or for an epic office party, Holey Moley is the perfect setting if you're looking to have fun, get a little competitive, and of course wind down (or party on!) with the sharing platters and massive cocktails.

Don’t miss: While the themed mini-golf courses are closed off, for now, you can still savour the sweet and savoury flavours of the menu against the neon-lit backdrop.

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Get your adrenaline pumping at Universal Studios Singapore
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92. Get your adrenaline pumping at Universal Studios Singapore

What is it? At the heart of the State of Fun – aka Sentosa – is a massive theme park featuring seven themed zones, and over 25 rides and attractions for families and thrill-seekers.

Why go? The perfect getaway for adrenaline junkies, USS prides itself for having the world’s tallest dueling rollercoasters, an indoor thrill ride, a 3D Transformers experience, and a soaking white water rafting that ends in a hair-raising drop. There are also kid-friendly attractions for the young and faint-hearted like a Shrek 4D cinematic experience, a train trip through Sesame Street, and the canopy flyer for an aerial view of Jurassic Park.

Don’t miss: While its signature live performances, award-winning stage shows, and spectacular firework displays are temporarily suspended, you'll still be able to meet-and-greet movie characters such as the lovable Minions and Sesame Street gang.

Skydive (almost) at iFly
Photograph: iFly Singapore

93. Skydive (almost) at iFly

What is it? The world’s largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel.

Why go? Providing the safest and most-accurate free-fall simulation possible, feel the rush of skydiving a few metres off the ground without actually jumping out of a plane. It’s a steal for all adrenaline-junkies, replicating free-falling conditions from a real skydive at 12,000-feet to 3,000-feet at a fraction of the cost of a tandem jump. Everyone is welcomed, from first-timers, pro-flyers, and even corporate team bonding sessions.

Don’t miss: Packages start at $89 for first-timers aged seven and above. Book online for even better rates for two skydives.

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  • Things to do
  • Jurong East

What is it? Singapore's first indoor snow centre that delivers snow experience all year round.

Why go? Gather the family, squeeze into matching winter gear – don't worry, these are available for rent – and experience the cold and icy snow at Snow City. 

Don't miss: Slide down a 60-metre snow slope, take photos with life-sized snow sculptures in the artic playground, or get toasty in an igloo home. For something more thrilling, strap into a bumper car and drift on ice.

  • Sport and fitness
  • Parachuting and skydiving
  • Sentosa

What is it? Great for adrenaline-junkies, it's Singapore's first and only bungee jump that's right over Siloso Beach.

Why go? Besides the bungee, there are also other high-element activities including a giant swing where you link arms to 'fly'.

Don't miss: For something less thrilling, soak up the views of Sentosa from the famous skydeck with a complimentary drink or ice cream when you purchase tickets at $15 during this period. The reopening promotion also applies to the bungee ($49) and giant swing ($49 per person or $99 for a group of three).

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  • Sport and fitness
  • Leisure centres
  • Kallang

What is it? It's the world's first indoor suspended net playground.

Why go? Occupying the mall atrium space between different floors in City Plaza Mall, be prepared to explore the multiple play areas where you can crawl through a maze, climb to the top and try out the slides – or just hang out on the suspended nets.

Don't miss: During its reopening period, the suspended ball pit is replaced with an inflatable goal post and a large inflatable ball, which is an activity more compatible with safe distancing. 

  • Clubs
  • Sentosa

What is it? A top-notch restaurant, bar and club decked with plush daybeds and a pool by the sunkissed Sentosa beach.

Why go? Not only does it serve laid-back chill and all-around good vibes to work up a tan by the sea, Tanjong Beach Club also serves refined plates inspired by coastal cuisines from around the world and innovative cocktails for a tropical wind down. Come night time, it turns into a nightlife playground where you can rave the night away to a blaring mix of Balearic house, beach boogie and sunshine soul.

Don’t miss: Make a splash at the pool for that refreshing cool-down. Plus, stay to catch the sunset by the beach. Reservations are strongly encouraged to enter Tanjong Beach Club.

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  • Cinemas
  • Independent
  • Kallang

What is it? An alternative cinema decked with bean bags and retro seats, all housed in the historic Golden Theatre atop the Golden Mile Tower.

Why go? The Projector screens a selection of flicks such as cult favourites, arthouse, documentary, foreign and local, as well as new releases that aren’t screened anywhere else in the city.

Don’t miss: Look out for its special-themed nights as well as exclusive showcases. Tickets tend to sell out fast, so best book 'em in advance before it's too late.

  • Theatre
  • Public and national theatres
  • City Hall

What is it? A cinema where long-time movie fans and a new generation of audiences are able to discover and appreciate a curated mix of acclaimed classic and contemporary Asian films in its true cinematic experience.

Why go? Housed in the restored National Archives of Singapore building, the wheelchair accessible, 134-seater theatre has 4K digital and 35mm film format projections for all your viewing pleasure.

Don't miss: Relive the magic of Singapore's golden era in film. Presented by the Asian Film Archive, the old films are repaired, digitised and screened with subtitles so that they can be enjoyed by a wider audience. Past screenings include the thriller Sumpah Orang Minyak starring P. Ramlee and the epic duel of Hang Jebat.

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  • Things to do
  • City Hall

What is it? This is not your average arcade, so don't come expecting the conventional Daytona gaming machines. Instead, Melbourne's Zero Latency brings a whole new dimension with virtual reality (VR) added into the equation.

Why go? With nerve-wracking storylines and scenarios, the games are bound to get your blood pulsating in no time. You'll be equipped with only a controller and a headset with 2K resolution for the ultimate VR experience.

Don't miss: Square up with zombie baddies and evil robots, or solve physics-based puzzles in a dystopian world. Zero Latency currently only accepts online bookings.

Knead your stress away at g.Spa
  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Geylang

What is it? Closest to a public bath in the city, this independent spa complex mirrors that of a Chinese hot springs resort, complete with facilities like a hot pool, sauna, showers, and comfy couches with personal TV screens.

Why go? At this 24-hour spa, it’s all about treating yourself. Start off by sweating it out at the sauna. Then pencil in therapeutic deep-tissue massage session to keep the stress at bay. Also, make sure to take a dip in the hot and cool pools.

Don’t miss: Try the Gateway to Vitality treatment, a deep-tissue massage that uses Shiatsu-style techniques, along with the option to select oil for a smoother, more relaxing treatment or non-oil for a more direct pressure-point massage. The treatment also includes free roam of the spa’s facilities and buffet spread.

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