If you're in the Telok Blangah area, look up. See the waterfront where the cable cars high above leave the mainland for Sentosa?

That's HarbourFront, a bustling precinct where Singaporeans and visitors alike come to eat, shop, work and play, thanks to Singapore's largest mall, VivoCity, and its neighbour HarbourFront Centre.

Lots to do

Itching for some retail fun? There are a tonne of big labels, high-street brands and quirky gift shops for you and your wallet.

If you fancy Italian, are pining for sashimi or just want a good Chinese soup, sate your stomach with the many eateries here.

Getting away

If you’re booked for a cruise, head to the Singapore Cruise Centre. A $14-million revamp in 2012 means the place is spanking new and efficient, without the travel stress.

Next to the cruise terminal is the Regional Ferry Terminal, for your island jaunts. This is where the ferries connect with the Indonesian Riau Islands, such as Batam.

Big plans for the area are also afoot, with the just-launched Sentosa HarbourFront Precinct that combines the best of HarbourFront attractions with those across the water.