Singapore is an amazing city. A wondrous modern landscape tucked inside a jungle. Awe-inspiring buildings as well as beautiful gardens. Best of all there is amazing food and activities around every corner. I am always finding an excuse to have an extended stop over and explore this incredible city state. After 4 trips to Singapore here are my top things to see, eat and drink in Singapore.
See the Gardens by the Bay
Singapore is famous for its love of nature and its efforts to maintain a beautiful city. Visit Gardens By the Bay and you’ll see how each conservatory encompasses Singapore’s goal to build a ‘City in a Garden’. My ultimate favourite was the Cloud Forest, with the Flower dome and The Supertree Grove both close second.
The standard Adult ticket price for the Flower Dome & the Cloud Forest is $28 and the Sky Walk is $8 . Other attractions are free!
18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore – 5 am- 2 am
See the ArtScience Museum
ArtScience Museum is a museum located within the integrated resort of Marina Bay Sands in the Downtown Core of the Central Area in Singapore. ArtScience Museum explores creative processes at the heart of art, science, technology and culture, and their roles in shaping society.
All exhibit access Adult ticket $38
6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore – 10 am – 7 pm
See Orchard Avenue
This is the fancy district of Singapore and definitely worth a gander. There’s always so much going on here and it’s perhaps one of the brightest parts of the city. Just a little heads up though – this is absolutely 1%er-ville – the shops here are expensive and understandably so as Singapore has the highest density of millionaires in the world (in US$s too – something like 20% – 25% of Singaporeans are millionaires). But it’s a great place for some people watching and window shopping.
See China Town
Enjoy this energetic enclave in Singapore by wandering the streets, shopping at the markets, trying out the food courts, and checking out the temples. I love all the lanterns that are strung through the streets in front and in between of the colorful colonial shop houses. Makes for some great photos. I also like Keong Saik Road, a bit on the outskirts of Chinatown, where this old red light district has turned into a vibrant street full of pretty boutique hotels and trendy restaurants.
See the Best View of Singapore
One of the most iconic looking hotels in the world with one of the most iconic pools. If you can afford it stay a night at the Marina Bay Sands and experience the worlds highest infinity pool with the best view of the city. Not staying at the Marina Bay Sands hotel but still want an epic view? You can purchase tickets to the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck up to one month in advance. You can also go for drinks at the bar at the top without buying an observation deck ticket.
10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore
Observation Deck: $23, 9:30 am – 10 pm
Laser Show: daily at 8 pm & 9:30 pm
Eat the Worlds Cheapest Michelin Starred Meal
Singapore’s Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, the humble hawker stall now home to the world’s cheapest Michelin-star meal, is the only place you can try Chan Hon Meng’s iconic $2 chicken rice dish. C’mon how often can you eat food that good for that cheap! It would be rude not to.
Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, 335 Smith St, Singapore
Eat Breakfast with Orang Utans
Have you ever had breakfast with an orang utan? The Singapore Zoo is the only place in the world where you can have breakfast with not one but an entire family of orang utans! Oh and the breakfast is pretty good too! You get to indulge in a hearty breakfast spread that includes international and local favourites, tropical fruits and juices, and plenty of fresh air and greenery and enjoy it all with these incredible animals.
Ah Meng Restaurant, Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 9 am – 10.30 am daily
Adult tickets are $35 ( zoo entry not included)
Eat in Little India
If you liked China Town then check out Little India… especially if you are hungry. This is my “go to” spot when I’m were unsure of what to eat. I really enjoyed the food court right outside the Little India MRT station and left with a happy belly after every meal here. You can also explore the temples of the area, Sri Veeramakaliamman, Sri Srinivasa Perumal, and Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temples. Don’t forget to check out the ornate Sultan Mosque nearby either! Don’t forget your camera.
Drink a Singapore Sling
If you’ve made it all the way to Singapore, you must try the Singapore Sling. The Long Bar, located on the first floor of the legendary Raffles Hotel, is known as the birthplace of the world-famous cocktail. An exotic concoction with over 100 years of history, the Singapore Sling is a gin-based drink that was created by a bartender of the Raffles Hotel circa 1915. Although the pretty pink drink will set you back S$27, you’ll enjoy your cocktail and toss peanut shells on the floor as you immerse yourself in a bit of Singaporean history. Check out the incredible Raffles Hotel building while you are there. It’s a beauty.
1 Beach Rd, Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Drink all night in Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is now a restaurant, bar, and nightlife hot spot, but it once was an important commercial area of Singapore situated right on the river. The area has been revamped and the historical buildings now are painted with pretty pops of color. But don’t bother visiting during the day. Clarke Quay is a nightlife hub full of restaurants and bars.
3 River Valley Rd, Singapore
Drink on one of the best rooftop bars
Potato Head Folk is one of my favourite bars to drink at. Yes it is a high end cocktail bar, but its more casual and fun than a lot of the other where I feel like I will never fit in! As we’ve seen in other cocktail lounges in town, slick branding or a big name doesn’t guarantee that things will be done right, but Potato Head Folk manages it with fun and flamboyance, even while juggling split personalities: burger joint Three Buns occupies the first two floors, artsy cocktail club Studio 1939 is nestled on the third, and a twinkle-lit tiki bar operates on the building’s lovely open-air rooftop. I recommend working your way up the building!
*All prices in Singapore Dollars
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