From late night supper to shopping past midnight and market-tripping, there’s loads to do in Singapore, even when the rest of the city goes to sleep.
6.30pm: Merlion Park
At dusk, head to the Merlion Park, which is situated across from the Marina Bay Sands®. Spend some time admiring the Singaporean icon—the half-lion, half-fish creature called the Merlion—and don’t forget to snap photos of it against the backdrop of the bay area.
7.30pm: Gardens by the Bay
After that, go to the nearby Gardens by the Bay for the dazzling Garden Rhapsody light and sound show at the Supertree Grove. This free spectacle takes place daily at 7.45pm and 8.45pm. While you’re there, marvel at the sky-high Supertrees (tree-like vertical gardens) that tower over the stunning green venue.
9pm: Lau Pa Sat
From one (visual) feast to another, make a beeline for Lau Pa Sat for supper and check out the Festival Market—an outdoor dining area that comes to life after 7pm with countless vendors selling satay (grilled skewered meat) and other delights like barbecued chicken wings. Order a round of Tiger Beer to wash all that goodness down!
Wee hours of the morning
11pm: Gmax @ Clarke Quay
With the night still young, kick things off with an adrenaline-pumping ride on the Gmax. The reverse bungee reaches a height of 50 metres at a speed of about 120km/h. This is definitely not for the weak-hearted!
12am: Clarke Quay/Newton/Kampong Glam
All that action got you hungry? Head to Clarke Quay (and even consider walking over to Boat Quay) for restaurants and bars like Highlander (single malt specialists) and Senor Taco (hello, tacos and margaritas!), or you could head to Newton Food Centre for local delights like sambal stingray (grilled stingray served with spicy chilli paste) and orh luak (fried oyster omelette). Need another option? There’s also Haji Lane and Arab Street in the historic Kampong Glam district, where the streets are lined with late-night eateries and bars like Blujaz Cafe.
3am: Mustafa Centre @ Little India
Should you find yourself in the mood to get some shopping done, you’ll be glad to know that Mustafa Centre in Little India is open 24 hours, seven days a week. This mega complex sells just about everything you can think of, from jewellery to electronics.
7am: The Roti Prata House @ Upper Thomson Road
After a full night out, there’s no better way to welcome the break of dawn than to enjoy a hearty breakfast, Singapore-style. The Roti Prata House on Upper Thomson Road is open from 7am onwards Sundays through Thursdays, and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Try roti prata (South Indian flatbread) in a variety of flavours—you could have it plain with a side of fiery curry (or sugar, if you prefer), or filled with a layer of cheese and button mushrooms. Over the year, dessert versions of roti prata have also been developed—you can now savour this delicious flatbread with fruits, ice cream or even drenched in chocolate syrup.
8.30am: Tekka Centre
Take a post-breakfast stroll and explore Singapore’s wet markets. Tekka Centre is a great choice and is where many locals go to shop for affordable fresh produce like vegetables and seafood. Definitely a different side of Singapore that’s worth experiencing!
Now that you’re all ready to explore the city from dusk to dawn, you can see a different side of Singapore. Need more late-night activity ideas? Check out this article by The Smart Local—it may be for couples, but you can surely find something fun to do no matter who you’re with.