The places you must go while in town
Save yourself the hassle of planning your family vacation to Singapore – we’ve got you covered with this exciting itinerary.
What to see, food to eat, things to do, experiences that can’t be missed – here’s a guide to the best of Singapore, and it’s definitely fit for all ages.
Skyline Luge Sentosa
Visit the State of Fun
Dubbed the ‘State of Fun’, Sentosa is guaranteed to be a huge playground for the whole family. There’s something for everyone on this popular island resort located south of Singapore and it’s highly recommended that you dedicate the entire day to exploring the place.
Begin with a visit to 1 Universal Studios Singapore. The movie-themed entertainment park is peppered with thrilling rides based on blockbuster flicks like Transformers and Jurassic Park. Wander around the seven different zones and get a family portrait taken with some familiar characters like the adorable Minions from Despicable Me.
For lunch, hit up 2 Tanjong Beach Club for delicious bites like a lobster bun and, for the kids, fish and chips. You can either laze around by the pool daybeds after that satisfying lunch, or choose between the 3 Port of Lost Wonder – a water park for children aged 12 and below – or the 4 Skyline Luge, a part go-cart, part-toboggan action ride that’s great for all ages.
Come dinnertime, take a bus to 5 Quayside Isle over at Sentosa Cove for a dizzying array of dining options. Greek food from Mykonos On The Bay, Italian pizzas from SolePomodoro, seafood creations from Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro – get the family to take their pick.
Photo by Marklin Ang
Go for a ride
Pop by the 6 Singapore Flyer to enjoy 360-degree views of the city skyline from 165 metres above ground. The sight of the Lion City in the morning certainly is stunning from this giant ferris wheel – a perfect start to everyone’s day.
After that, head to the Art Science Museum™ at the 7 Marina Bay Sands®. A tip: try and visit on a Friday as up to four chlidren under the age of 12 get to enter the museum for free with every adult ticket purchased. Aside from the main exhibitions, you can also sign up for interactive guided tours which provide fun, hands-on learning experiences for the whole family.
Then, make your way across the bay to the Marina Bay Sands® for its slew of celebrity chef restaurants that you can pick from. For healthy and delicious vegetarian dishes head to Pita Pan. The restaurant’s Red Shakshuka – two poached eggs in a rich, spicy sauce of tomatoes, peppers and onions – comes highly recommended. After lunch, we recommend you continue your retail frenzy at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands®. It holds a collection of luxury labels: Brands such as Bottega Veneta, Chaumet, Parmigiani Fleurier and Roger Dubuis have also created limited edition items that are exclusively sold here.
Looking to catch your breath afterwards? Then make your way to the historic Singapore River for another enjoyable experience onboard a traditional bumboat with the 8 Singapore River Cruise. Sit back and take in the scenic views of the Marina Bay area as the boat cruises by.
Explore the vibrant precincts
Split the day between Chinatown, Little India, and Tiong Bahru – three of Singapore’s popular neighbourhoods.
In the morning, explore Chinatown on foot and drop by spots like 9 Maxwell Food Centre for the breakfast staple of kaya (coconut jam) toast, soft-boiled eggs, and kopi (traditional local coffee), and visit places like the majestic 10 Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Museum for a slice of history and culture.
During the afternoon, hit up the bustling Little India. Think of it as a twist of what you know, but given a spin that is uniquely Singaporean. Hankering for a taste of home? Then a meal at Little India is a must. 11 The Banana Leaf Apolo is an excellent choice for this and their fish head curry is to die for. Check out the beautiful 12 Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple which is certainly picture-perfect and shop at the little specialty stores in the area. Unique finds can be found on almost every corner so do a bit of poking around to see what’s available.
But if you want something totally offbeat, why not visit Tiong Bahru. This hip neighbourhood is lined with rows of quaint shop houses selling books, clothes and records. The residential estate is also jam-packed with the heritage-rich places that offer a slice of traditional Singapore. At the heart of the neighbourhood is 13 Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre, where you’ll find famous local fare like chwee kueh (steamed rice cakes topped with preserved radish) as well as fresh produce.
Photo by Tan Kay Chin
Into the wild
Get up close and personal with heaps of animals at three wildlife parks – the River Safari, Singapore Zoo, and Night Safari.
Start your day at the 14 River Safari . This is the region's first river-themed zoo and here, creatures like manatees and the jaguar call the place home. Of course, a must-see is the giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the Giant Panda Forest, and don’t skip the Amazon River Quest – an easy 10-minute boat ride where you'll see animals like the Brazilian tapir and the giant anteater.
As afternoon approaches, hop on over to the nearby 15 Singapore Zoo for more wild fun. An award-winning 28-hectare park, the Zoo is divided into 11 zones. Enter the Fragile Forest for an intriguing rainforest experience, roam into the Primate Kingdom to observe our closest relatives, or pay a visit to the Land Down Under and marvel at kangaroos in the Australian Zone. There’s also the Rainforest Kidzworld, where the young ones can have a good time in the water play area, ride a wild animal carousel, and learn all about farmyard animals.
Last but not least – the 16 Night Safari. A world first, this attraction's dedicated to nocturnal animals like wallabies and spotted hyenas. You could walk around to explore the various regions and zones, but the best way to see the park is on wheels – go on the 35-minute tram ride and take a journey through geographical zones, such as Equatorial Africa and the Indo-Malayan Region. Swing by the Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant for your dinner where you can enjoy Singapore’s all-time favourite dishes like chilli crab, chicken rice and ice kachang in a rustic alfresco setting.
Time to shop
Your visit to Singapore won’t be complete without getting some shopping done. Kick things off with an excursion to Orchard Road – Singapore’s most famous shopping district. From international fashion brands at 17 Robinsons and local labels at 18 TANGS to value shopping at 19 *SCAPE, you’ll find everything here.
Speaking of value shopping, if you love bargaining for a good deal, hit up other areas like 20 Bugis and Haji Lane in the afternoon. Located near each other, these two districts are known for their trendy stores and indie outlets that sell chic outfits, vintage finds, quirky knick-knacks, and more.
Dinner time’s here and the Dempsey enclave is a must-visit. At this hotspot, you could have chilli crab at 21 JUMBO Seafood, prettily-plated Modern European delights at 22 The White Rabbit, or fiery Indian fare at 23 Samy's curry – the choice is yours.
Wrap it up with a duty-free shopping spree at 24 Changi Airport. Luxury goods, perfume and cologne, candy and chocolates – pick them up either for yourself or the folks back home as souvenirs.
To help you get the most out of your trip, Mastercard card holders can take advantage of a variety of exciting deals including, stay at a participating hotel for 2 nights and get the 3rd night free, 1-for-1 dining offers and exclusive attraction day pass packages. To find out more about the ongoing Mastercard deals, visit http://www.yoursingapore.com/en_in/deals.html.