With its bright city lights and bustling nightlife, Singapore has long joined the ranks of the cities that never sleep. Make the best of your nights in the city even after the sun goes down with these attractions.
See the skyline
What’s an evening in Singapore without a view of the city’s stunning skyline? Take in the best sights when you stroll down the Marina Bay waterfront. Or, head to Gardens by the Bay and marvel at the towering Supertrees. Take your experience to new heights at the top of one of these towering structures, where you’ll have an unmatched vantage point of the Gardens and the city skyline.
Take a tour
Then, hitch a ride on a traditional trishaw and explore Singapore through the Trishaw Night Tour, which takes you through the vibrant streets of Chinatown. These trishaws are a common sight in the area after sundown, some of these traditional vehicles are even decked out with boomboxes and neon lights. If you’re craving a gastronomic journey through the city, sign yourself up for the Geylang Night Food Tour and have your share of turtle soup, dim sum (bite-sized portions of food served in steamer baskets or small plates) and durian in a bustling neighbourhood.
Shop till you drop
If you’re looking for some evening shopping deals, Mustafa Centre’s got you sorted. The 24-hour department store stocks all sorts of products at ridiculously low prices—the only challenge is navigating your way around the megastore. Pro tip: if you’re short on Singapore dollars, you can snag a great deal at the currency exchange counter here. For more sweet sales, head to Chinatown Night Market, which stretches over four streets and promises a vibrant retail experience. Browse the stalls and pick up affordable trinkets such as retro clocks, vintage china and other Singaporean souvenirs.
Take a walk on the wild side
If you’re itching for some adventure, opt for an unconventional zoological experience at the Night Safari, the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals. Hop on a guided tram ride that will take you through all the geographical zones in the park, or take a trek down the park’s walking trails to get up close and personal with giant flying squirrels or wallabies. The Night Safari is open till midnight daily.
Or prawn. Try out a favourite late-night social activity in Singapore, prawning. Grab a couple of your best pals and join the crowds at Hai Bin Prawning—all outlets are open 24 hours a day—where you can sip on beers while you fish for prawns in their ponds. Then, heap your night’s catch on any of the available barbecue pits for a fresh meal.
Go cosmic bowling
Strap those bowling shoes on and head to Orchid Bowl for some cosmic bowling. Score a strike with glow-in-the-dark bowling lanes and pins, while you jam to dance tunes cranked through state-of-the-art sound systems. Cosmic bowling happens from 10pm till closing time at all Orchid Bowl outlets on Friday and Saturday nights. You can also get an extra dose of cosmic bowling on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8pm till midnight at Orchid Bowl @ The Chevrons.
Party it up
Head to the Clarke Quay and Boat Quay districts if you’re looking for a lively night out. Dance the night away at clubs such as Attica, frequented by locals for its ladies’ night deals, or Canvas, a creative art space by day and lounge-slash-club by night. Grab a drink at cool kid on the block 28 Hong Kong Street, or opt for an evening of elegance with boutique French dry ciders, champagnes and wines at O Comptoir.
Join the supper club
After a night out, you’ve got to refuel. In Singapore there’s always a late-night supper joint for whatever kind of grub you’re craving. Head to Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant for dim sum (bite-sized portions of food served in steamer baskets or on small plates), Ameen Makan House for Indian cuisine such as tandoori chicken (a dish of chicken marinated in yogurt and prepared in a clay oven) and cheese naan (flatbread baked with cheese), or 2am:dessertbar for an array of sweet treats by local confectionery guru Janice Wong.
Pamper yourself after a long day
Unwind after a long day at 24-hour spas such as Le Spa or Natureland, or Rule of Thumb, which is open till 4am daily. Enjoy foot and body massages or opt for traditional treatments like gua sha (a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to stimulate blood flow and healing) and tui na (Chinese massage therapy), which will leave you feeling relaxed and ready for a good night’s sleep.
Get up bright and early
The early bird catches the worm, and in this case, the freshest groceries. Witness local wet market veterans in action at Tekka Wet Market (open from 6.30am to 5pm daily), as they haggle for meat and vegetables in a multitude of languages. Or swing by Senoko Fishery Port (open Tuesday to Sunday, from 2am to 6am) for wholesale fresh seafood and to experience the market’s unique frenetic buzz.