We spill the beans on where to take foreign friends searching for a real dose of Singapore.
Hectic tour arrangements, sightseeing on someone else’s itinerary… travelling in big groups is not for everyone. Sometimes, it’s far more convenient and enjoyable to hit the road on your own. And what better destination to take a solo trip at than Singapore?
If you’re concerned about safety, you’ll be well at ease to know that Singapore’s one of the safest cities to travel alone in — with its well-lit streets and safe public transport systems, commuting after hours won’t be an issue for the solo traveller.
For the urbanites
Looking for a spot of retail therapy? Visit the famed Orchard Road for the most iconic Singaporean shopping experience. Shop on your own pace, without having to wait for anyone.
If you want a second opinion on that shirt you’ve just tried on, opt for Robinsons Orchard’s personalised shopper service. Whether you’re looking for a wardrobe overhaul or hunting for a specific gift, you can rely on the expertise of the personal shoppers to pick out something perfect.
Then, put on that new outfit for a night out on the town. Don’t worry about having to drink or party alone — join the Singapore Pub Crawl to get acquainted with new people while exploring Singapore’s best drinking spots. After all, what better way to make friends than over a round of drinks? Then, hop on a historic bumboat and sail past some of Singapore’s most iconic sights on the Singapore River Cruise. You can even catch the Laser Show Cruise, which will give you a unique vantage point of the Marina Bay Sands lights show. Plus, enjoy a complimentary bottle of Singapore Sling while cruising along the river.
For the adventurous
Spend some of your me-time in the tranquillity of MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore’s oldest reservoir. Learn more about Singapore’s past by browsing the information boards along the reservoir’s walking trails while enjoying the lush scenery.
Alternatively, clock in a good cardio workout and meet new people by joining a bike tour. Discover some of Singapore’s hidden treasures in Chinatown, Haji Lane and more as you cycle through the city’s streets. A friendly local guide will lead you through carefully designed routes, where you can explore the city’s quieter streets and visit lesser-known hangout spots frequented by locals.
For the art lovers
Uncover the gems of Singapore’s literary scene at BooksActually, a local independent bookstore stocked with local reads and vintage knick-knacks. Be charmed by its homely décor, and browse the carefully curated selection of books and magazines. The bookstore holds small performances from time to time, such as poetry readings and musician showcases, so be sure to look out for those!
Take some time to visit one of Singapore’s museums, such as the Singapore Art Museum or the more unconventional MINT Museum of Toys. Meander through the rooms and corridors of artwork and exhibitions on your own time, or sign up for a group museum tour (check out the Singapore Art Museum’s guided tour programmes) if you fancy some company.
For a little R&R
Swing by the Duxton Hill neighbourhood and wander through the neighbourhood’s quaint and charming shop houses. You can also spend a quiet afternoon with coffee and a good book in hand at any of the cosy cafes in the area. We recommend Flor Patisserie or Group Therapy.
Alternatively, soothe your mind and soul with your spa treatment of choice. Head to Sentosa island’s W Hotel’s AWAY Spa, where you can pick from an array of massages, scrubs, and more. For a fresh, intriguing twist on relaxation, visit Palm Avenue Float Club. The float centre offers guests the chance to float in a sensory deprivation tank, where you can free your mind from distractions and leave your worries behind.