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.
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.
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.
If you’re living in Ang Mo Kio, be prepared for an epic arts invasion coming to an open carpark or town centre near you. Held over three weekends, from March 8 to 25, Arts in Your Neighbourhood is a family-friendly bi-annual arts festival that aims to bring dance, music, theatre and visuals arts to the heartlands. And this edition puts the spotlight on the north-east estate of Ang Mo Kio. Expect an immersive theatre performance by Cake Theatrical Productions, Lopelab’s nomadic art caravan offering interactive art installations and film screenings, a neighbourhood photography trail and more – all inspired by the town’s history. The initiative also presents French street performance outfit Demain on Change Tout, who will be performing at various venues across the island including Bedok Town Square and Our Tampines Hub. The roving spectacle, The Birdman and his Chimera Orchestra, features a 3.5m-tall puppet – that’s described as a cross between an ostrich and a man – alongside musicians and an acrobat.
The adorable zoo-inspired inflatable park that took over The Float @ Marina Bay last year is back with even more lovable colourful creatures that’ll delight both the young and old. Expect 15 massive bouncing zones featuring animals such as gorillas, rhinos, hedgehogs and even imaginary ones like the Yeti. But wait, that’s not all. There’s even a majestic 19m-tall rainbow unicorn (that’s about four and a half double-deck buses stacked on top of one another!) to slide down from.
There's more to this iconic neighbourhood than just rows of colourful and picturesque Peranakan shophouses. Lined with chic bars and eateries, Emerald Hill was formerly a nutmeg plantation site and this art walkabout by OH! Open House brings you around the precinct to uncover tales and its history during the colonial era. Sign up for its walking tours – that's a total of three 30-minute tours and an exhibition – which lets you peek into various residents' homes to witness art installations and performances by 18 artists, including Singaporean producer Tan Kheng Hua, photographer Lenne Chai and South Korean artist Ju-Ae Park, among others.
Forget a true love’s kiss, happy endings and all that jazz. In Andsoforth’s latest pop-up theatrical dining series aptly named Adventures in Grimmsneyland (no, not Disneyland), fall into the wicked and raunchy side of the fairytale world where your princesses and princes are maybe not who they seem. Step through Mirror Mirror and roleplay as villagers, farmers or bystanders as you embark on a whimsical adventure. While you watch the story unfold, appetising dishes inspired by each fairytale are whipped up and served. And of course, in true Andsoforth fashion, the event’s location a secret so you’d wanna sign up to get all the deets.
The first in a series of three art exhibitions that celebrate empowerment of people with special needs through arts, Hail, Chinese Culture! shines the spotlight on three local artists: Chng Seok Tin, Teresa Tan and Lee Mun Choong. Taking inspiration from Chinese culture, each artist has created a piece based on their individual style – and if any of the works resonate with you, it’s available for purchase.
On display at Artscience Museum are more than 200 works from prominent streets artists from around the globe, including Banksy, Futura 2000 and Shepard Fairey. Featuring paintings, installations and video archives, the exhibition looks back at the history of graffiti and how its changed over the decades.
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.
Named after Hugh Holland (a popular Dutch architect and actor) this laidback neighbourhood is popular with both locals and expats.
Travel to the east for this neighbourhood that’s brimming with cafés, playgrounds and endless sporting activities.