10 things to do in Singapore for explorers, foodies and socialisers
by Kelly Felstead / 2018-11-20 10:53:03
Rich in heritage and proudly encompassing a multitude of cultures and nationalities, the cosmopolitan city of Singapore is a treat like no other.
Whether you are an explorer, foodie or socialiser, Singapore has an array of fascinating and fun experiences waiting for you. Here are some of our favourites in the city and beyond.
Go back in time and discover how Singapore used to look 50 years ago. Just a 10-minute boat ride from the mainland, the best way to explore the island is by renting a bicycle to discover its rich ecosystem. The star attraction is Chek Jawa, an area with extensive marine wildlife, including sea hares, octopuses and starfishes.
With culture bursting out on to the streets and the fragrant smells of traditional cuisine, this corner of the city is a must-visit. You will find cultural-harmony at its strongest; Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, is situated here, alongside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Jamae Mosque.
A tiny lane hidden in the heart of the historical Arab Quarter, this gem is home to an eclectic mix of heritage stores, independent boutiques and craft shops – go see it for yourself.
Gardens by the Bay
Singapore's best green space overlooking Marina Bay, this futuristic park offers an impressive skywalk over the gardens, over-sized seashell-shaped greenhouses and hundreds of trees and plants to discover. It is a fantastic day out for adults and children. Make sure you stay for the Garden Rhapsody Lightshow; it is a must-visit.
If you are passionate about food, Singapore is where the foodies meet. Tuck into delicacies such as Hainanese chicken rice, considered one of Singapore's national dish, and Laksa, a distinctive coconut-based noodle soup that will tickle your tastebuds. To get a real flavour for the destination's culinary delights, opt for a food tour after dark where you can take to the streets to uncover some tantalising local cuisine – it is highly recommended.
Dine al fresco at one of the many restaurants at the lively Clarke Quay. The historic riverside area is a buzzing destination for foodies.
Michelin star cuisine
Indulge in some top cuisine at one of Singapore's Michelin star restaurants. Thirty-nine restaurants received the sought-after grading in 2018, so there is plenty of choice around the city. Alternatively, Singapore is also home to 50 Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants too; no wonder it is considered a foodies' paradise.
This hip and trendy district is a favourite haunt for local artists, creatives and cultural lovers due to its abundance of indie boutiques, cafes and iconic wall murals.
Singapore Grand Prix
Enjoy one of the most highly anticipated events on the sporting calendar – the Singapore Grand Prix in September. Although the racing is the highlight, you can also join in with live music performances and virtual reality simulations as the Formula 1 season comes to town.
If you enjoy meeting new people, Singapore boasts plenty of bars and clubs to dance the night away. Choose from trendy rooftop bars offering superb views over the city, such as 1-Altitude, to hidden cocktail bars where you can unwind and disappear from the world.