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.
Dive into the fascinating world of Italian contemporary art at The Parkview Museum's latest offering. Presenting artworks from the 60s to today, the exhibition showcases pieces from influential Italian artists – Aldo Mondino, Mario Schifano and Roberto Barni among others – and charts the development of artistic movements that sprouted on the scene.
Artists with disabilities take centre stage at this inaugural performing arts festival. The three-day-long showcase is an extraordinary celebration of the senses. Expect a multimedia concert featuring dance troupes and a festival village offering film screenings and more.
After more than a decade later, Grammy-award winning act Tinawiren finally returns to our shores to bring a spectacular spellbinding set that combines Tuareg folk with blues and rock. Influenced by the likes of music icons Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, the Saharan outfit is ready to perform hypnotising old-time favourites like Toumast Tincha and Cler Achel alongside tracks from the band's latest album Elwan.
The American civil rights movement, the European refugee crisis and Brexit – these are just some of the important topics in modern history to discuss in this series of special documentary screenings. It features Singapore premieres of critically acclaimed films including Raoul Peck's eye-opener I Am Not Your Negro and Syrian filmmaker Ziad Kalthoum's heartwrenching Taste of Cement.
We all know that first impressions count, but Nustudios Film Productions sheds new light on this overused cliché. First Time features a collection of captivating self-produced short films – among them, a lethal duo finds themselves locked in a mutual thirst for vengeance, a woman’s remembrance of the past births new meaning for her present, and a helpless child quietly observes an escalating family spat. If that wasn’t enough to intrigue you, there's also going to be an interactive post-screening dialogue with selected directors.
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.
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.