Top 10 Things To Do In Singapore

Small enough to feel intimate yet big enough to retain a degree of mystery, Singapore is a place I love discovering again and again.” – Ria de Jong, Lonely Planet.

Top 10 Singapore Traditional Souvenirs
Top 10 Singapore Local Dishes To Eat
Top 10 Singapore Popular Tours
Top 10 Singapore Places To See
Top 10 Singapore Where To Drink
Top 10 Singapore Where To Shop
Top 10 Singapore Family Friendly Activities
Top 10 Singapore Hospitals

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1. Accessories from Little India – Find saris (traditional South Asian garment) and lavish accessories from row of shophouses, affordable clothes, or anything you can think of from one-stop department store.

Where to buy: Little India Arcade at 48 Serangoon Road, Tekka Centre at 665 Buffalo Road, Mustafa Centre Dept Store at 145 Syed Alwi Road

2. Cheongsams from Chinatown – Find cheongsam (traditional Chinese women silk dress) or off-the-rack clothing selections from Chinatown shops.

Where to buy: People’s Park ComplexChinatown PointYue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium

3. Batik material from Arab Street – Browse the many libraries of batik materials along Arab Street, where fabric ranges from machine-printed to hand-stamped.

Where to buy: Toko Aljunied, Batik Emporium, Bian Swee Hin & Co at Arab Street

4. Peranakan gifts from Katong – Find Peranakan gifts (Peranakan – people of Straits-born Chinese or Malay descent) preserved in antique stores and colourful shophouses. Get a kebaya (a long-sleeved blouse incorporating Malay and Chinese influences), classic Peranakan artefacts, or bespoke Peranakan-inspired jewellery crafted by Singapore designer Choo Yilin.

Where to buy: Katong Antique House at 208 East Coast Road, Choo Yilin at 331 Joo Chiat Road (appointment only) or Mandarin Gallery

5. Old-school Singaporean tableware – Get some old-school Singaporean tableware such as glass mugs (those used to serve up iced milo or Tiger Beer in hawker centres), porcelain kopi (coffee) cups and saucers, and enamel bowls embellished with intricate illustrations.

Where to buy: Hai Seng Porcelain at 4 Sago Lane, or BooksActually at 9 Yong Siak Street

6. Five stones set – Get this traditional game set played by Singaporean children back in the kampong (village community houses that Singaporeans lived in in the past) days. It is a simple game of dexterity and coordination where the goal is to successfully toss and catch the ‘stones’. It has five small triangular cloth-bags filled with sand or rice, and these cloth-bags often come in a plethora of patterns and colours.

Where to buy: Mint Museum of Toys at 26 Seah Street

7. RISIS orchids – Get your own natural elegance of Singapore’s national flower in brooches, necklaces, plaques and more. Bring home one of these gold and palladium-plated orchids that exude luxury while uniquely embodying Singapore’s beauty.

Where to buy: RISIS stores at Gardens by the Bay, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Suntec City Mall, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Changi Airport Terminal 3, and more

8. Eu Yan Sang – One of the largest Traditional Chinese Medicine groups in Southeast Asia, Eu Yan Sang has a selection of over 300 nourishing healthcare products and supplements for you to choose from.

Where to buy: Eu Yan Sang stores at Bugis Junction, all Changi Airport terminals, Chinatown Point, ION Orchard, VivoCity, and more

9. Chop Wah On – Get a whiff of Singapore’s most established medicated oil brand Chop Wah On. All Chop Wah On products are made with traditional remedies (for travel fatigue, protect complexion, and more) and have been manufactured in the business’s very own factory since 1916.

Where to buy: Chop Wah On at 34 Upper Cross Street

10. Tiger Balm – Get this great pain-relief solution and classically local souvenir. Tiger Balm has been a household name in Singapore since the 1920s, and this trusty herbal formulation pain rub is a medicine cabinet regular of many locals.

Where to buy: Any GuardianWatsons or Unity pharmacies island-wide

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1. Chicken Rice – Singapore’s national dish. This delectable dish can be found at almost every dining spot, from hawker centers to high-end restaurants

2. Chili Crab – Comes with tangy gravy that seeps into the succulent flesh of the stir-fried crab.

3. Fish Head – This spicy dish is a scintillating stew of curry cooked with vegetables and of course, the whole head of a fish.

4. Fried Carrot Cake Contrary to its name, there’s nary a tinge of orange in the local fried carrot cake, a flavourful dish that comes in the monochrome colours of black or white.

5. Hokkien Prawn Mee – This simple dish of stir-fried noodles boasts a rich prawn stock that keeps fans coming back for more.

6. Kaya Toast – This simple dish is the ultimate comfort food for those with a sweet tooth, offering the right mix of crunch and sugar rush.

7. Laksa – The laksa broth offers the right balance of spice and coconut milk, a distinctive noodle soup that will tickle the tastebuds.

8. Nasi Lemak – It’s the savoury and creamy rice that carries this dish, with spicy sambal to give it that extra zing.

9. Rojak – Dark and sticky, the salad may not look very appealing at first; but tuck into this culinary marvel and you’ll be amazed by the delicious mix of sweet and savoury.

10. Roti Prata – This Indian specialty is pleasing to the palate and the eye. Watch the prata-maker stretch the dough by slapping and swinging it in one skilful motion.

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1. Sentosa Island Tour – Sentosa is a man-made island just a short distance from downtown Singapore, home to a fantastic variety of fun attractions. Among the multitude of things to see and do here are several tropical beaches with soft powdery sand, a fun cable car ride, exciting luge ride, and SEA Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world and home to over 800 species of sea creatures. Explore more and book Singapore tours.

2. Universal Studios Singapore – Universal Stuidios is a world famous amuseument park and quite simply a movie-lover’s dream come true. Ride the roller coasters, meet your favourite movie characters, and dine out in super fun restaurants. Talking donkeys, death-defying stunts, fascinating shows and the most colourful, fun place. Explore more and book Singapore tours.

3. Singapore City Tour – Explore the city-state’s colourful and impressive history and witness its vibrant and energetic daily life on this Singapore City Tour. Sights include the famous Botanical Gardens and the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore, the magnificent Sri Mariamman Temple. You will also get to see the iconic Merlion statue, the symbol of the city, a family friendly museum and an amazing viewpoint over Marina Bay Sands. Explore more and book Singapore tours.

4. Gardens By The Bay, Marina Bay Sands & River Cruise Tour – This cruise around Marina Bay takes in several of Singapore’s most popular attractions, including Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands and Clarke Quay. This is one of the best ways to see Singapore’s blend of old and new worlds from a unique perspective. Included in the tour is a delicious lunch at a prominent restaurant located in Singapore’s finest hotel. Explore more and book Singapore tours.

5. Singapore Night Safari Experience – Singapore’s celebrated and humane Night Safari is home to over 1,200 animals – most of which are nocturnal – affording you the opportunity to observe them in a natural setting. You’ll be able to see over 110 exotic species in the safari’s 40 hectares of secondary jungle with the Seletar Reservoir providing a beautiful backdrop. Explore more and book Singapore tours.

6. Singapore Attractions Pass – See and do more while in Singapore with the See Singapore Attractions Pass. Combining value and convenience, the pass lasts five days and offers several benefits and grants you access to participating attractions, including the Singapore Flyer, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Underwater World Singapore, The Original Singapore Walks®, Singapore River Cruises and many more. Explore more and book Singapore tours.

7. Singapore Night Tour – Evenings are when certain areas of downtown Singapore come to life with mesmeric colours and street-life. Retrace the historic route with this 3.5-hr night tour, starting at the Raffles Landing site at the mouth of the Singapore River, then climb aboard a traditional bumboat for a picturesque ride up the river to Clarke Quay. Visit the settlement of the original seafarers to the island at Bugis Village, before arriving at the Raffles Hotel. Explore more and book Singapore tours.

8. Chinatown Food Testing & Walking Adventure – Chinatown is an intriguing district of Singapore at any time of day or night with a historical charm and amazing street food. This tour takes you on a walking tour of this bustling area, stopping at street food stalls and local restaurants, generations-old tea shops and traditional shops. Explore more and book Singapore tours.

9. Singapore Zoo – Take a walk on the side at Singapore Zoo, where you’ll find over 2,500 animals from all over the world residing in habitats virtually similar to their own – from the African Savannah to the frozen tundra of Siberia. A definite highlight at this fantastic zoo is the “Animal Show Time” with specially trained sea lions and snakes. Explore more and book Singapore tours.

10. LEGOLAND Malaysia Tour with Transfer – 30 million lego bricks were used to build this theme park! Located in the southern Malaysian city of Johor Bahru just over the border from Singapore, the journey takes little over one hour to arrive at this family friendly theme park of interactive attractions and wonders of the world recreated in miniature Lego form. This is an entertaining family theme park with transport to and from your hotel. Explore more and book Singapore tours.

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1. Marina Bay Sandshas established itself as one of Singapore’s most versatile attractions, you can enjoy a luxury stay at their 55-storey hotel, shop till you drop at TheShoppes, as well to enjoy art and culture as well at ArtScience Museum.

2. Resort World SentosaSingapore’s integrated resort, offering key attractions including theme parks, hotels, spa, casino, and meeting & incentive venues. Check out Universal Studio, Adventure Cove Waterpark and S.E.A Aquarium here

3. Helix Bridgethe longest pedestrian bridge in Singapore and serves as a link way between Marina Centre and the Bayfront area. Its unique form is modelled after the double helix DNA, symbolising “life and continuity, renewal and growth”.

4. Singapore Flyera giant Ferris wheel with 360 degree city views in Singapore. Described by its operators as an observation wheel, and panorama that stretches to parts of Malaysia and Indonesia on a clear day.

5. Singapore Zoos:

  • Singapore ZooEnter the world’s best rainforest zoo and discover the wonders of wildlife.
  • River SafariExplore Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park.
  • Night SafariEmbark on a fascinating journey through the world’s very first wildlife night park.
  • Jurong Bird ParkCome up close with the feathered residents of Asia’s largest bird paradise.

6. Singapore Museums, Galleries, Theatres:

  • National Museum of Singapore – it’s the oldest museum and a progressive showcase of country’s history and culture.
  • Asian Civilisations Museum – house in historical building by the Singapore River, this museum tells the stories of Asian civilisations through their collections.
  • MINT Museum of Toys – This toy museum will delight both adults and kids with the vast collection of vintage toys and memorabilia from around the world.
  • Singapore Philatelic Museum – The Singapore Philatelic Museum offers windows into Singapore and the world through stamps.
  • Singapore City Gallery – the City Gallery  tells the story of city’s physical transformation.
  • Old Supreme Court – from dispensing justice to displaying art, it has a new role as the National Gallery Singapore
  • Esplanade Theatres on the Bay – this boldly designed performing arts centre has become a memorable part of Singapore skyline.

7. Popular Heritage Structures:

  • Raffles Statue – The sculpture depicts Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of modern Singapore. Two status exist, at the Raffles Landing Site and Empress Place.
  • Raffles Singapore – old yet refined colonial’s style complex filled with hotel, high end restaurants, luxury retail shops and place to enjoy great memories.
  • CHIJMS – old cathedral looking building, functioned as a school, or a lifestyle and entertainment complex, filled with popular eateries and hang out place, during the weekend there are some music performances.
  • Old Parliament House – also known as The Arts House, the oldest surviving colonial structure.
  • The Istanawhich means ‘palace’ in Malay, is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. The iconic venue is where the President receives and entertains state guests, and is also home to the Prime Minister’s office.
  • The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – 5 star hotel known for its stately seat overlooking Singapore River, showing its rich history.
  • Haw Par Villa — more than 1,000 statues and 150 dioramas based on famous Chinese historical personalities, mythology and folklore are distributed throughout the park. 
  • Lau Pa Sat – the grande dame of markets in Singapore, striking architecture and local food into one heady experience.

8. Garden, Parks & Trails:

  • Gardens by the Bay – the lush and beautiful 101 hectares Gardens by the Bay is full of sleekly sculptured bio domes – marvels of architecture, design and engineering.
  • HortPark – 9-hectare park located in the southwestern part of Singapore. It is billed as the first one-stop gardening lifestyle hub in Asia
  • McRitchie Reservoir – A 12-hectare green haven bordering the country’s first reservoir, is highly visited by nature lovers and sports enthusiasts
  • Botanical Garden – 158-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping district. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Merlion Park – where you can see Singapore’s national icon, the mythical Merlion with the head of a lion and the body of a fish.
  • Henderson Waves – lust jungle is broken up with a seriously creative twist in the fantastic form of the Henderson Waves bridge.
  • Marina Barrage – the innovative facility not only supplies water to Singaporeans and help alleviate floods but also doubles up as a place for family fun, running and cycling.

9. Historical Places of Worship:

  • Hajjah Fatimah Mosque – this will captivate you with its intriguing blend of cross cultural architectural influences
  • Maghain Aboth Synagogue – is a gem in more ways than one, providing both a snapshot of history and glimpse into a rich culture.
  • Hong San See Temple – restored by expert craftsmen from China, it’s been brought back to its full glory.

10. War Memorials:

  • Civilian War Memorial – commemorates civilian victims of Japanese occupation, located in Beach Road.
  • Old Ford Factory – holds an archive of memories about Japanese occupation.
  • The Cenotaph – honours heroes during World War I & II, in Esplanade Park.
  • Lim Bo Seng Memorial – honours one of the heroes from World War II, at Esplanade Park.
  • Changi Museum – shows emotional exploration of Japanese wartime.
  • Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall – tribute to Chinese revolutionary leader Dr Sun Yat Sen.
  • Reflections at Bukit Chandu – relives Battle of Pasir Panjang, one of the fiercest battle agains Japanese during World War II,
  • Kranji War Memorial – honours the men and women from the Commonwealth who died in the line of duty during World War II
  • Japanese Cemetery Park – located in Hougang, this is the largest Japanese cemetery in Southeast Asia and the burial ground of early Japanese community.
  • Dalhousie Obelisk – a famous architectural landmark in Singapore, located at Empress Place.

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1. Crazy Elephant bar to listen to the blues or Cuba Libre Café & Bar for Latin music.

2. Boomarang Bistro & Bar and Hero’s for sport enthusiasts and be serenaded by local bands and singers, at Boat Quay

3. Melbourne-style pub Prince of Wales and restaurant-bar Draft & Craft, which specialises in craft beers.

4. Chic rooftop bar Southbridge for romantic evening. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Singapore skyline, while pairing your cocktails with oysters.

5. Oxwell & Co, which offers British-style bar staples for cocktails. Also, Operation Dagger, a cosy underground and try their specially invented drinks made with fresh produce from Oxwell & Co’s garden.

6. For a hearty meal, head to PS.Café or try Gem Bar, which is known for its chunky gourmet burgers.

7. For bespoke and crafted drinks, Nutmeg and Clove for bespoke cocktails,  Japanese-style bar Cache for whiskey, sake and craft beer. Also, IZY Dining and Bar does small plates and has an extensive sake menu.

8. Bar hop along Marina Bay stretch – Post Bar & Lantern Bar at the Fullerton Hotel, Kinki Rooftop Bar1919 Restaurant & The Rooftop BarOvereasy and The Pelican.

9. Zip up to the tallest rooftop bars in the Marina Bay vicinity. Favourites include Cé La ViFlight Bar & Lounge at Marina Bay Sands, as well as 1-Altitude and LeVel 33. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world!

10. Enjoy Holland Village for their live music performance and international ambiance. Try Wala Wala Café Bar, restaurant-bar PARKStarker and Baden Restaurant & Pub for German-style beers and bites; Cambodian and Vietnamese-cuisine at restaurant-bar Cafe Siem Reap by Indochine.

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1. Stroll down Orchard Road (spanning almost 2.2km), with malls like ION OrchardParagonOrchard Gateway, Nge Ann City – lauded as one of the best places to shop in Singapore. Also, check out multi-label heritage department stores, RobinsonsTANGS and Takashimaya.

2. For luxury retail with stunning views, visit The Shoppes at the iconic Marina Bay Sands integrated resort. It has more than 170 luxury and premium brands – such as the world’s first Louis Vuitton Island Maison, Bottega Veneta, Chaumet, Roger Dubuis, Saint Laurent and more.

3. Try these collection of shopping malls just a short walk away in the Marina Bay precinct, such as Marina SquareMillenia WalkRaffles City Shopping Centre and Suntec City.

4. Largest malls in Singapore, VivoCity, suitable for the whole family, open-air spaces for waterfront strolls, and find an array of amenities that are kid-friendly. Also, next to VivoCity, HarbourFront Centre, a vibrant 3-storey retail destination that offers an array of retail options.

5. Experience one-of-a-kind shopping at Resorts World™ Sentosa with over 45 retail outlets offering international brands and lifestyle creations to collectibles and must-buy items. Stores include Canali, Damiani (a Canadian high-end jeweller), Hershey’s flagship store and Candylicious.

6. If you are a fan of flea markets and local designs, try Boutique Fairs, held twice a year – in March and November – local designers showcasing a high-end mix of fashion, décor and children’s wear; China Square Central Weekend Flea MarketFleawhereMAADPublic GardenZouk Flea & Easy.

7. The colourful streets of Bugis (Bugis Junction, Bugis Village, Bugis Plus) provides thrift shops and Korean-centric stores; its neighbouring areas, Haji Lane, littered with stylish boutique outlets  (such as Mondays Off and Soon Lee); and culture-rich Arab Street, Royal Fabrics, Jamal Kazura Aromatics.

8. Make your way to Little India and navigate your way through the busy streets to find traditional clothing and accessories at City Square Mall. Go to Mustafa Centre (massive stores complex for anything you can think of, opens 24 hours a day)

9. Feeling like the heartlanders, go to Tiong Bahru area, you’ll find clusters of indie stores and trendy boutiques such as Strangelets, BooksActuallyCurated Records. Alternatively, go to Tampines area for Tampines 1Century Square, and Tampines Mall.  Punggol area for Waterway Point. Jurong are for JEM, West Gate.

10. Lastly, if you are a fan of outlet stores and you’re on a budget, check out City Plaza (can get half price cause most shops here supply some of Singapore’s biggest boutique online stores, like Refash), IMM at Jurong has over 80 outlet stores and Queensway Shopping Centre for sporting goods with countless rows of stores selling sneakers and apparel from past seasons and collections.

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1. Visit a dairy farm – Hay Dairies has over 1,000 goats of different breeds, such as Alpine goats from Minnesota. Swing by before 10.30am to catch the milking process. Explore more and book Singapore family activities.

2. For feline (cat) lovers – Cuddle up to a clowder of 13 adorable kitties – lovingly-rescued by owners Sue Lynn and Sam at cat café Neko No Niwa. The cosy spot is also bestowed with a great view of the Singapore River, and serves yummy ice cream cookies. Explore more and book Singapore family activities.

3. Spend a day in Pulau Ubin – Hop on a bumboat at Changi Point Ferry Terminal and head to the neighbouring island of Pulau Ubin. Explore the island on a rented bike, admire abundant wildlife at Chek Jawa Wetlands, and step back in time to spot Singapore’s last remaining kampongs (Malay hamlets or villages). Explore more and book Singapore family activities.

4. Be amazed at Science – visit KidsSTOP Science Centre, an area comprises of a whopping 17 zones and feature areas, each with a different theme that takes children through scientific, make-believe Fantasy-land, and others for them to imagine, experience, discover and dream. Explore more and book Singapore family activities.

5. Walk on the wild side – Get up close and personal with fascinating nocturnal animals on a guided tram at the world’s first Night Safari. Keep your eyes open for free-range animals wandering around the park! Explore more and book Singapore family activities.

6. Kickstart your career – Suitable for those aged four to fourteen, Kidzania is a new educational theme park that lets children experience over 80 different real-life scenarios, including working in a replica newsroom as a journalist. Explore more and book Singapore family activities.

7. Take the fun offshore – Experience island life at Sentosa Island and visit world-class entertainment options like Madame Tussauds and the Merlion. Explore more and book Singapore family activities.

8. Be one with nature – Good news for young families! Children under the age of three enjoy free admission at the conservatories. After which, the little ones get to run free and play at Gardens by the Bay’s Children’s Garden. Explore more and book Singapore family activities.

9. Reach for the sky – Marvel at the panoramic views of Marina Bay, the Central Business District and beyond from the world’s second-tallest Ferris wheel, Singapore Flyer. Explore more and book Singapore family activities.

10. Set sail – Jump on board a remodelled WWII Vietnamese war craft and explore Singapore on land and sea with DUCKtours. Explore more and book Singapore family activities.

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1. Mount Elizabeth Hospital and Medical Centre – known colloquially as Mount E, is a 345-bed private hospital in Singapore operated by Parkway Health.

2. Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital and Specialist Centre – a 333-bed healthcare private hospital facility in Singapore that opened in 2012.

3. Gleneagles Hospital and Medical Centre – a 270-bed private hospital on Napier Road. It provides medical and surgical services & multi-disciplinary team of specialists.

4. Mount Alvernia Hospital and Medical Centre – a 304-bed general acute care hospital with tertiary medical capabilities and two multi-disciplinary medical specialist centres.

5. Thomson Medical Centre – a 190-bed private hospital located at Thomson Road in Singapore. The hospital specialises in gynaecology and in vitro fertilisation.

6. National University Hospital – a 1,200-bed tertiary hospital and major referral centre for a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and dental facilities.

7. Singapore General Hospital – Singapore’s oldest and largest acute tertiary hospital and national referral centre. It has 1,400 beds and 5000 staffs (of them, 500 specialists)

8. KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital – formerly known as “Kandang Kerbau Hospital”, is the largest hospital specialising in healthcare for women and children in Singapore.

9. Tan Tock Seng Hospital – an acute tertiary care hospital with specialty centres in rehabilitation medicine and communicable diseases. TTSH is the second largest hospital in Singapore after the Singapore General Hospital.

10. Jurong Community Hospital – a 400-bed community hospital in Jurong East, Delivering post-acute and rehabilitative care to the west of Singapore.

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