A paradise of multiculturalism and cuisine, Singapore is a blend of East and West, old and new, natural and man-made and, above all, food and drinks
Singapore’s diversity ensures that its dining options are second to none. Demand and heightened tastes and expectations have given rise to myriad choices, ranging from hawker fare to fine dining. Visitors can pair their activities with explorations of the Singapore’s foodie trails to experience the city-state’s cultural melting pot. Singapore is a well-connected city so visitors can range far and wide without any concern that they’ll end up stranded. Pair your trips to world-class landmarks like Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa with chow-downs in the ethnic precincts of Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India.
To enjoy the lush greenery for which the Garden City is known, head to the northern tip of the island. Explore Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve – where you may cross paths with monitor lizards and migratory birds – and seek out farms and organic restaurants in the nearby Kranji countryside.
Things to do
Dine and panache
Top eateries Restaurant Ember opens in new window and Restaurant André opens in new window are located in the heritage district bounded by Keong Saik Rd and Bukit Pasoh Rd. For quality, casual dining, try Imperial Treasure Windows of Hong Kong opens in new window and The House of Robert Timms opens in new window. And for local favourites, Old Airport Road Food Centre and Chomp Chomp Food Centre are the places to go.
Estate of the art
Just 10 minutes by car from Orchard Road, Singapore’s oldest housing estate opens in new window retains its old-school flavour thanks to the presence of hip boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Follow the well-kept residential walkways and wander into the area’s speciality shops. Seek out Plain Vanilla Bakery opens in new window for bespoke cupcakes and Ting Heng Seafood Restaurant opens in new window for the quintessential zi char (Singaporean stir-fry) and steamboat meal.
The 25m-high TreeTop Walk opens in new window – a free-standing suspension bridge – is the towering highlight of MacRitchie Nature Reserve. The walk, which is suitable for people of all ages, stretches for 250m and offers a panoramic view of the forest canopy.
Hit the museum trail and make stops at the Singapore Art Museum opens in new window, the National Museum of Singapore opens in new window, the Peranakan Museum opens in new window, and the Singapore Philatelic Museum opens in new window. The 3-Day Museum Pass opens in new window grants you unlimited access to these local landmarks (individual: SGD $20; family of five or fewer: SGD $50).
Take a trip to the Night Safari opens in new window, the world’s first nocturnal zoo. This award-winning park encompasses seven zones that visitors can experience via a guided tram ride. Marvel at the indoor exhibits and hit the walking trails to experience the nighttime world of over 1,000 safari animals.
Travel time 20 minutes
Taxi Approx SGD $22
Bus Board bus 36 at Changi Airport Passengers Terminal 2 to city centre. The bus departs every 7-10 minutes; fare is SGD $1.80 (adult), SGD $0.60 (child). The journey takes an hour.
Train Runs every 5-10 minutes, fare is SGD $1.75 (adult), SGD $0.60 (child). The journey to the city centre takes 50 minutes.Back to top
When to go
Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate. The monsoon season runs from December to March and the hottest months are from April to July. There’s little variation in temperature, but the city experiences different types of precipitation throughout the year.
There are many free-for-all traditional festivals on the Singapore events calendar. Admire the Chinese New Year lantern displays at the River Hongbao carnival, observe the colourful Hindu procession, Thaipusam and watch Kampong Glam come alive during Hari Raya Haji. There are also a number of world-class events to choose from. These include the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix and the dusk-to-dawn dance-music festival that is ZoukOut.Back to top
Singapore has a high-frequency bus opens in new window and train opens in new window network covering a near-comprehensive range of routes. The Singapore Tourist Pass opens in new window facilitates affordable, unlimited travel on bus and train services – the pass is available in one-, two-, or three-day options.Back to top