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Photograph: Daniel Iskandar
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48 hours in Singapore – the best unique things to do in our little red dot

When you’re in town for the F1, these are five fun activities that makes Singapore the ideal launching pad for your next great adventure

Time Out Singapore in partnership with Pelago
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If all you’ve got is 48 hours in Singapore, whether it’s because you’re in town for the F1 Grand Prix Singapore or you’re cramming in fun activities over the weekend, this is the perfect itinerary for anyone who’s short on time. Travellers can easily book tickets to the electrifying night race on Pelago – it’s the authorised overseas ticketing partner for F1. But make the most of it and also enjoy other adrenaline-packed days in our sunny city. To explore our little red dot like you never have before, these are the top five unique things to do in Singapore during the F1 weekend. 

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Admire rare Perankan relics at The Intan
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Admire rare Perankan relics at The Intan

Hidden in an unassuming stretch of terraces along Joo Chiat Terrace is The Intan, Singapore’s Peranakan private home museum – it houses an impressive collection of Peranakan antiques. Hang out and learn more about the history and culture with Alvin, the museum’s owner, who has spent over 30 years curating Peranakan treasures. Here, he shares his passion on Perankan culture, while educating the public with interesting tales. 

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Since Peranakan culture is deeply rooted in all how Singapore is today, regardless of how modern our skyscraper city appears, this is one rare tour that offers an insider’s glimpse into the days of yore. This pre-war conservation house is steeped in rich history, and Alvin is more than happy to share his passion with us. He’s an excellent storyteller too – you can expect interesting tales on Peranakan traditions of the past, such as the well-loved Nyona kebaya and hand-embroidered beaded slippers.

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Stroll in and you’ll immediately be surrounded by rare Peranakan antiques and relics. You’ll also get to sip on tea and savour some traditional Nonya snacks at the end of the tour. 

Book a Perankan experience at The Intan here.

Set sail on a luxury superyacht around Sentosa
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Set sail on a luxury superyacht around Sentosa

There's no better way to experience Singapore than tucking into a delectable four-course dinner while on a cruise. A luxury superyacht might not be your regular weekend activity of choice, but there’s every reason to splurge on this. While setting sail on a luxury superyacht like The Royal Albatross is already a unique experience in itself, there’ll also be plenty of live entertainment and sweeping skyline views. With white sails billowing in the wind and the salty sea breeze in your hair, this makes for a memorable evening.

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The chefs on the superyacht are equally talented, and are trained in a wide variety of different gastronomies. As proven, by the four-course dinner which came beautifully plated featuring the likes of smoked duck breast, baked Chilean sea bass, and white truffle cheesecake. It’s also the ideal time to enjoy a glass of wine, before you dance the night away with live music or enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the open upper deck with someone special. For sure, it’s an experience like no other.

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Whip up a plate of handmade crab tagliatelle
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Whip up a plate of handmade crab tagliatelle

If you’re looking for a unique date idea to shake things up with your partner, a cooking class might just be the thing for you. Learn to make your own pasta at Secret Pasta Club’s Fresh Handmade Pasta Workshop – it’s held on the breezy rooftop of a 1960s shophouse along East Coast Road. At this hands-on class where they will teach you everything you need to know to make pasta – from kneading the fresh pasta dough to shaping it into perfect noodles.

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Roll up your sleeves and get down to making your handmade pasta – as our friendly pasta-making guide quipped, it’s practically the culinary version of the pottery wheel scene in Hollywood hit Ghost. While we opted for the squid ink tagliatelle, there is also a choice of the classic egg dough pappardelle. And since it’s held in a leafy rooftop garden, you’ll even get to pick fresh herbs for garnish. 

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This pasta making class is beginner-friendly, so don’t be afraid to sign up. It makes for a simple meal you can whip up in a flash after knocking off from work or for an easy gathering.

 

Book a handmade pasta workshop here.

Let rage take over at The Fragment Room
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Let rage take over at The Fragment Room

Speaking of activities that get your adrenaline pumping, consider this one. Rage rooms are equal parts entertainment and…self-care. At The Fragment Room, Singapore’s very first rage room, it’s where you’ll be fully suited up in coveralls, helmets, and welding gloves. All this, so you can use blunt objects to destroy any pent-up rage. Pick up your weapon of choice and bash the absolute expletives out.

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You’ll instantly feel better, and many even describe it as satisfying – since you’ll be smashing items like laptops, ceramics, and even discarded furniture into smithereens. Come alone or bring your wrecking crew, and smash things with no consequences. To amp your frustration levels to an all-time high, connect your phone via Bluetooth and swing it like you mean it to your favourite jams.

 

Book your rage room at The Fragment Room here.

Drink but don’t drive, with a vintage Vespa sidecar tour around Singapore
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Drink but don’t drive, with a vintage Vespa sidecar tour around Singapore

This unique sidecar tour makes for an unforgettable traipse through some of Singapore’s hottest bars. Race to bars and knock back shots or sip on elegant cocktails after witnessing the night race. The best part? You wouldn’t have to worry about racking up steep cab fares or trudging drunkenly by the sidewalks. 

 

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Explore the best of Singapore with Pelago
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Explore the best of Singapore with Pelago

Local explorer or far-flung traveller – we all know there’s plenty to do in Singapore. From immersing yourself in local culture to treating yourself to memorable dining experiences, we can spend all our time exploring this bustling city. But since there’s so much to do, it might get confusing when all you have is a pithy 48 hours. 

That’s when travel experiences platform Pelago comes in handy. It falls under our trusty Singapore Airlines, providing a thoughtfully curated list of one-of-a-kind experiences. In a way, it’s extending the quality SIA service from the skies to the ground. If you’re a KrisFlyer member, you can also easily earn or redeem activities and experiences simply by using your KrisFlyer Miles. The next time you’re keen on making crab tagliatelle from scratch or delving into Perankan history, this is exactly where you should be booking your next experience. 

Time Out readers keen on booking these activities on Pelago can get 20 percent off from Sep 28 to Oct 5* with code TIMEOUTRACEON.

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