Editor’s Note: We understand that even as travelling is on pause now and the world is staying home, the following article may inspire you to visit Singapore next when the situation has improved and travel is made possible again. Meanwhile, please stay safe. Singapore awaits your next visit.
Whether you’re a food lover looking to broaden your culinary horizons, an artist in search of inspiration or a party enthusiast looking for meaningful social interaction, you’re bound to find an experience here in Singapore to ignite the senses and fulfil your passion.
1. Hike above the city
Explorers looking to attune themselves to nature should certainly pay a visit to The Southern Ridges, a ten-kilometre network of ridges, pathways and bridges elevated above the city skyline. The hiking route is a favourite haunt of avid birdwatchers and nature lovers, and visitors can expect to see up to 43 species of birds.
The Southern Ridges. Henderson Road, Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore 099203.
2. Explore Singapore’s natural heritage
Lose yourself on Pulau Ubin, an unspoilt island sanctuary teeming with native flora and fauna, and a haven for explorers. Accessible by bumboat from Changi Point Jetty, Pulau Ubin is also home to Chek Jawa, a 100-hectare wetland that comprises numerous ecosystems and rare wildlife species.
Pulau Ubin. Changi Point Ferry Terminal. 51 Lor Bekukong, Singapore 499172.
3. Be inspired by art
Formerly Singapore’s Supreme Court Building and City Hall, the National Gallery Singapore is a visual arts institution that is home to an extensive collection of modern Singaporean and Southeast Asian Art. Visiting artists and creative trailblazers can expect to be inspired by the works on display at this 64,000-square-metre art space.
National Gallery Singapore. 1 St Andrew’s Road #01-01, Singapore 178957.
Mon-Thu & Sat 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-9pm.
4. Get in on the action
Push the limits of your fearlessness at Sentosa, where a host of adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities await you. The island is home to iFly Singapore—the world’s largest vertical wind tunnel for skydiving—and Mega Adventure Park - Singapore, with its 75-metre-high zipline.
Vertigo-inducing thrills can also be found at AJ Hackett Sentosa, which houses a 47-metre Bungy Tower and a 42-metre vertical skywalk.
iFly Singapore. 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01, Singapore 099010. +65 6571 0000.
Mon-Tue & Thu-Fri 10am-11.30pm, noon-7.30pm, 8-9.30pm; Sat & Sun 10-11.30am, noon-5.30pm, 6-9.30pm.
Mega Adventure Park – Singapore. 10A Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099008. +65 67223785.
AJ Hackett Sentosa. 30 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099011. +65 6911 3070.
Mon-Thu 1-7pm; Fri 1-8pm; Sat & Sun noon-8pm.
5. Make new friends in the neighbourhood
From bookbinding business Bynd Artisan at Chip Bee Gardens to veteran local musicians at Wala Wala, Holland Village has always been home to passionate individuals and exciting new business. Take a walk around the neighbourhood, chat with its denizens, and uncover the many stories that this artistic enclave has to offer.
Bynd Artisan. 44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-54, Singapore 278116. +65 6475 1680.
Mon-Fri noon-9pm; Sat-Sun 10am-9pm.
Wala Wala Café Bar. 31 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277689. +65 6462 4288.
Mon-Thu 4pm-1am; Fri 4pm-2am; Sat 3pm-2am; Sun 3pm-1am.
6. Ignite your taste buds at a hawker centre
Singapore’s food tradition has always centred on fusion and harmony between diverse cultures. Broaden your culinary horizons by sampling the island’s array of multi-ethnic street food at a local hawker centre—we recommend visiting Lau Pa Sat and Amoy Street Food Centre. The latter houses Michelin Bib Gourmand-listed stall A Noodle Story, one of many award-winning food choices around the island.
Lau Pa Sat. 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582.
Daily 24 hours. (Individual stalls may vary)
Amoy Street Food Centre. 7 Maxwell Rd, Singapore 069111.
Daily 24 hours. (Individual stalls may vary)
7. Sample world-class cocktails
Some of the world’s boldest and most innovative bartenders call our island home, with Singapore clinching 12 spots in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018.
The art-deco inspired ATLAS, underground speakeasy Operation Dagger, and the aptly-named NATIVE—where bartender Vijay Mudaliar whips up cocktails with locally-foraged ingredients—are just some great places to grab a drink.
ATLAS. Parkview Square. 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778. +65 6396 6466.
Mon-Thu 10-1am; Fri 10pm-2am; Sat 3pm-2am.
Operation Dagger. 7 Ann Siang Hill #B1-01, Singapore 069791. +65 6438 4057.
NATIVE. 52 Amoy Street, Singapore 069878. +65 8869 6520.
8. Seek thrills with the family
Thrill-seeking families who want to push the limits of adventure have endless options to indulge in on our sunny island. We recommend a visit to Universal Studios Singapore. With 24 movie-themed rides and a host of family-friendly activities, you can be sure that the fun and excitement never ceases at this world-class theme park.
Alternatively, take a walk on the wild side at the Night Safari, where you’ll come face-to-face with over 2,500 nocturnal animals.
Universal Studios Singapore. 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269.
Daily 10am. (Closing times vary).
Night Safari. 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826.
9. Hunt for inspired curios
Swing by Kampong Gelam if you’re in the mood for a spot of treasure-hunting. The district is a tantalising blend of Malay heritage and innovative new establishments. Of particular note is Haji Lane, where quirky boutiques sit shoulder to shoulder with traditional wares like Persian carpets and kebaya (traditional nonya dress) dresses.
10. Peruse world-class brands
Towering over the Marina Bay skyline, Marina Bay Sands® is home to some of the finest consumer brands that the world has on offer. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands® boasts world-class brands for discerning shoppers, from Cartier and Bvlgari to Patek Phillipes and Limited Edt.
Marina Bay Sands®. 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956.