Day 1: Go out and play

Adam Road food centre
1. Adam Road Food Centre

Morning

For breakfast, feast like a king on nasi lemak (a Malay coconut rice dish) from Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak at Adam Road Food Centre. Each plate comes with a generous helping of fragrant basmati rice infused with coconut milk, that’s meant to be mixed with copious amounts of sweet and spicy sambal (chilli sauce). The kids will love the juicy fried chicken wings, while the adults should try the otah (spicy grilled fish paste), ikan kuning (yellowstripe scad) and bergedil (potato patty) for the full local experience.

Adam Road Food Centre
2 Adam Road
Singapore 289876
Open 24 hours daily

Singapore Botanic Gardens
2. Singapore Botanic Gardens

Afternoon

The family is in for a day of fun at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, conveniently located across the road from Adam Road Food Centre. The only tropical garden to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 158-year-old landmark is home to Michelin-starred ‘gastro-botanica’ restaurant Corner House, the National Orchid Garden, which houses more than 1000 species of orchids, and the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden (where admission is free). The latter has play areas, tree-houses and a maze to keep the young ones entertained while the older folks can unwind in the shade of a gazebo to the tune of birds chirping.

Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road
Singapore 259569
Open daily 5am-midnight

Restaurants
3. Orchard Road

Evening

From Botanic Gardens, you’ll be a stone’s throw away from Orchard Road, Singapore’s glamorous shopping belt. Drop the kids off at BOUNCE Singapore, an indoor trampoline park, while you spend time clocking in some much-deserved R&R or treating yourself to an uninterrupted fine dining meal. Orchard Road is home to a fleet of Michelin-starred restaurants, including Béni for French food reinterpreted with Japanese sensibilities, and Les Amis, one of Singapore’s oldest fine dining establishments.

BOUNCE Singapore
Cathay Cineleisure
8 Grange Road, #09-01
Singapore 239695
Tel: +65 6816 2879
Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 9am-10pm

Béni
Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road, #02-37b 
Singapore 238897
Tel: +65 9159 3177
Mon-Sat 12-3pm and 7-10pm

Les Amis
Shaw Centre
1 Scotts Road, #01-16
Singapore 228208
Tel: +65 6733 2225
Mon-Thu 12-1.45pm and 7-9pm, Fri-Sun 12-1.45pm and 6.30-9pm

Day 2: Appreciate local heritage

Northbridge road
4 North Bridge Road

Morning

Start the day right by dining at one (or more) of Singapore’s oldest restaurants. Singapore Zam Zam has had its roots in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood since 1908 while Victory Restaurant opened next door just two years later. Both are known for their murtabak (stuffed pan-fried dough), a hearty dish stuffed with layers of onions, egg and meat, and served with a side of fish curry that’s best washed down with a cup of teh tarik (pulled milk tea).

Singapore Zam Zam
697-699 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198675
Tel: +65 6298 6320
Open daily 7am-11pm

Victory Restaurant
701 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198677
Tel: +65 6298 6955
Open daily 7am-11pm

Kampong Glam
5 Kampong Glam

Afternoon

Take a stroll along Arab Street, sifting through trinkets, perfume and leather goods at shophouses that line the street. Stop by the historic Sultan Mosque, an iconic landmark in Kampong Glam with its magnificent golden domes. Interested in learning more about the local Malay culture? Immerse yourself in Malay history by visiting the Malay Heritage Centre—it’ll be an educational experience for both young and old.

Sultan Mosque
3 Muscat Street
Singapore 198833
Tel: +65 6293 4405
Mon-Thu, Sat & Sun 10am-12pm and 2-4pm, Fri 2.30-4pm

Malay Heritage Centre
85 Sultan Gate
Singapore 198501
Tel: +65 6391 0450
Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

City Hall
6 City Hall

Evening

As the sun sets, make your way to CHIJMES, a former Catholic convent school that’s been converted into a bustling dining enclave. Enjoy live music with a beer in hand, while the kiddos play hide-and-seek near the lawn. Alternatively, head indoors to Marina Square for a casual family meal and some shopping in the massive mall—within it, you’ll also find a mini playground equipped with slides and rockers for the children, and the cartoon-themed Pororo Park.

CHIJMES
30 Victoria Street
Singapore 187996
Mon-Fri 8-3am, Sat & Sun 8.30-4am

Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard
Singapore 039594
Open daily 10am-10pm

Day 3: Spend a day by the waterfront

East Coast Lagoon
7 East Coast Lagoon Food Village

Morning

You’ve covered the city; why not head east? Grab a big breakfast at East Coast Lagoon Food Village to fuel up for a full day of activities. The Lagoon has every Singaporean dish you could possibly imagine, such as char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles) and wanton mee (egg noodles with barbecued pork and dumplings).

East Coast Lagoon Food Village
1220 East Coast Park
Singapore 468960
Open daily 10.30am-11pm

Singapore Wake Park
8 Singapore Wake Park

Afternoon

There’s plenty to see and do at East Coast Park, and the best way to get from one end to the other is by bike. Rent a family bicycle (from SGD 30 per hour) that fits up to three adults and two kids, then take in the vibrant hues of the sea and sky as you cruise along. To amp up the action, hit up Singapore Wake Park for a heart-racing experience. The little ones can start out with the beginner cable-ski course, while the grandparents relax at Coastal Rhythm, a café and bar within the Wake Park premises.

Singapore Wake Park
1206A East Coast Parkway
Singapore 449891
Tel: +65 6636 4266
Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat & Sun 9am-10pm

9 Marina Bay Sands

Evening

No trip to Singapore is complete without catching the Wonder Full light and water show at Marina Bay Sands®. Watch the waterfront come to life in a dizzying array of pyrotechnics, neon lasers and water fountains that take you on an audiovisual journey of Singapore’s history. After the show, bask in the sights and sounds along the promenade to round off your evening.

Marina Bay Sands® (MBS)
10 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018956

Wonder Full (showtimes)
Event Plaza at the Promenade, MBS
Mon-Thu, Sun 8pm, 9.30pm
Fri & Sat 8pm, 9.30pm, 11pm