Who says layovers have to be boring? Enjoy what Singapore has to offer in 24 hours with this one-day itinerary full of amazing sights and activities.
Start your day with lots of culture and history and make your way down to Chinatown, one of Singapore’s key cultural precincts.
Step inside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, named after the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic. Designed by the temple’s Chief Abbot Venerable Shi Fa Zhao and consultants, the temple houses sacred Buddha artefacts and intriguing relics.
12pm: (Local) food galore
You can’t leave Singapore without trying the local food at a hawker centre. If you only have time for one place, make sure it’s Maxwell Food Centre, which is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Chinatown. Pop by for lunch and choose from options like chicken rice and sliced fish bee hoon (rice noodles). Then, quench your thirst with a refreshing glass of sugarcane juice from any of its countless drink stalls.
2pm: Shop till you drop
The world-famous Orchard Road is home to a number of high-end brands (Patek Philippe, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton) as well as outlets like In Good Company––a multi-label fashion store that carries plenty of local labels––all of which can be found within ION Orchard.
There’s also TANGS, a departmental store which retails homegrown designers like Aijek (a clothing line featuring effortless pieces made from sustainable fabrics), jewellery brand Saught, and cool local multi-label boutique K+ Curatorial Space at Scotts Square.
3.30pm: Tea time
Feeling peckish after all that shopping? Indulge yourself in afternoon tea at Raffles Hotel. This elegant, colonial-style building is a historical structure worth visiting, and––if you’re tied for time––there’s no better way to revel in its glory than to sit down for perfectly executed light bites and a fine cuppa, English-style at the Tiffin Room.
Here you can tuck into a range of finger sandwiches such as salmon with cream cheese, egg with mayonnaise and chives, as well as sweet English cakes such as strawberry pistachio tartlets served on an elegant three-tier stand.
5.30pm: A walk in the park
After that divine midday treat, walk it all off and spend some time exploring Singapore’s green spaces to see a stunning array of flora and escape from the urban jungle.
Gardens by the Bay is a marvellous 101-hectare garden that comprises three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden.
One of its most prominent features is the Supertrees––futuristic-looking vertical gardens between nine and 16 storeys tall that house highlights like the 128-metre long aerial walkway that links up two of the Supertrees, giving you unbeatable views of the city. You’ll also find the world's tallest indoor waterfall in the Cloud Forest.
End the evening with a bang and enjoy a sumptuous dinner (and heady cocktails) with a view.
Marina Bay Sands® is the hotspot for celebrity chef restaurants and lots of swanky dining establishments (Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda, CUT by Wolfgang Puck––just to name a few). It’s also the perfect place to go for panoramic views of the Lion City––head on up to rooftop nightclub CÉ LA VI on the 57th floor to have a smashing good time (and don’t forget your camera).