Just when you thought that we’ve exhausted all 50 reasons why we love Singapore, the team at Time Out Singapore brings you a list of experiences that might just be the very definition of Uniquely Singapore. Because, hey, there’s always room for some local appreciation right?Whether you’re fresh off the boat or a local who can’t stop lamenting about the banality of life in the Lion City, you’ve come to the right place.
Shopping in Singapore doesn't necessarily have to be an expensive affair. There are plenty of cool indie boutiques to check out if you're looking to pick up some cute trinkets and random knick-knacks and a number of second-hand vintage stores to pick up some preloved goodies. But if you pride yourself as a real bargain hunter, check out these budget shopping haunts that'll satisfy even the pickiest shopper.
Bust out your cameras – the Marina Bay precinct is looking a lil brighter than usual this month as it lights up for the annual sustainable light art festival, i Light
There are plenty of things to do in Singapore so we understand that you might've overlooked a couple of lesser-known attractions. Sure you've stepped foot into Gardens by the Bay or Sentosa at least once, but have you been to a museum filled with musical boxes or a gallery featuring a collection of vintage cameras? Or what about a park that houses more than 3,000 species of creepy crawlies? If you haven't checked the following attractions off your list yet then it's time to play tourist and pay them a visit.
Beautiful might not be the first word that comes to your mind when someone mentions HDB flats. But given over 80% of Singapore's population live in HDB flats, you can only imagine the variety of blocks dotted across our island. Some are blah but on the other hand, there are some that are downright stunning and photogenic. Whip out your camera – we did the legwork and trawled Instagram for the most Instagrammable HDBs in Singapore that'll have your followers wondering if you're really still in Singapore.
Be prepared to empty your pockets because you're gonna want to book tickets to these upcoming concerts
Get your lickers ready and prepare for a brain freeze. Here are the city's best ice cream shops.
There's more to this city than meets the eye. In between our shiny skyscrapers and towering metal cranes, there are plenty of Insta-worthy urban artworks that simply take our breath away. From the graffiti that’s hidden in plain sight to pieces that lurk away in the backstreets, we pick seven of our favourite murals and let you know where to find them.
It's time to go green – and no, we're not talking about Earth Hour (we'll save that for another day). From annual parades and Irish-themed parties to casual beer sesh, here's a roundup of the best events around town to celebrate St Patrick's Day.
From the creators of your favourite street party Urban Ventures, comes the inaugural and Singapore's first-ever Urban Design Festival. Held over five days and in conjunction with Singapore Design Week, the design festival features a two-day summit and public art installations. The programme closes off with the ninth edition of Urban Ventures at Keong Saik with plenty of live performances and F&B booths.
It’s been 25 years and Disney on Ice is still as magical as ever. Don’t miss Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the gang as they celebrate the show’s silver jubilee with a spectacular performance of song and dance – all that on ice, of course. Expect characters like the Frozen sisters Anna and Elsa, and appearances by Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde of Zootopia. The performance features 50 world-class skaters, 14 of your favourite Disney tales and more than 200 costumes.
How good are you at thinking on your feet? Put your wits to the test at the second edition of Singapore Improv Festival. As its name suggests, all the stories presented are completely unscripted and created on the spot based off audience suggestions and the performers’ own creativity. Expect a medley of international improv troupes along with local groups such as Les Musicables and The Latecomers.
Bust out your cameras – the Marina Bay precinct is looking a lil brighter than usual this month as it lights up for the annual sustainable light art festival, i Light. Spanning three weeks this year’s showcase – which extends from Marina Bay to Esplanade Park – displays over 20 installations that use energy-saving lighting and environmentally friendly materials, and four festival zones.
Screening five of Denmark's top films at The Projector, the annual Danish Film Festival is back and looks into the lives of distinguished Danish creative figures like architect Bjarke Ingels and Børge Mogensen in Big Time and Børge Mogensen: Designs for Life. Others include Bugs, which charts two chefs' journey around the globe to discover edible insects, How Are You a documentary on artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, and biopic Olafur Eliasson: Space is Progress.
Let your child live out their Superhero dreams as they take part in this unique inclusive arts festival. Aimed at empowering children regardless of ability, young ones will be able to play and mingle with each other via an exciting array of activities – storytelling, arts and craft, music and so much more. Let your child find their inner roar at the drama ensemble workshop or get crafty with block printing. For a more immersive experience, we’d recommend signing up for the 3-day long arts camp.
Dive into the world of sharks and other wonderful marine creatures at the National Geographic’s first ever Ocean Record Breakers exhibition. Meet the sand tiger shark – the aquarium’s newest resident known for its rows of ragged teeth and vicious appearance – and learn how to capture stunning aquarium photos from the pros. Sign the little ones for a full-day workshop which features guided tours, exclusive documentary screenings and interactive activities in both the S.E.A Aquarium and the revamped Maritime Experiential Museum.
Ann Siang Road is home to restored shophouses that house clan associations, restaurants, bars and niche boutiques.
Singapore's infamous redlight district is the place to go your craving for the king of fruits and good food at any hour of the night.
Located within Bukit Timah, the area is home to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and plenty of restaurants, cafés and shops.
Head to this ulu neighbourhood and check out the revamped Seletar Aerospace Park – chilling to live music or do some plane-spotting.
Hike up Windsor Nature Park and fuel up on prata, burgers, coffee and more at this stretch on Upper Thomson Road.
Travel to the east for this neighbourhood that’s brimming with cafés, playgrounds and endless sporting activities.