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Things to do in Singapore

Though the city isn't especially strong on art museums and other cultural institutions, when you visit Singapore there are still plenty of urban distractions to keep you occupied. If you make it to all the other stops in our Singapore travel guide, take a day trip to neighboring Sentosa Island and hit the beach.

  • Orchard Road. For many Singapore travel means one thing: shopping. Here you'll find many of the best boutiques and department stores in Asia.
  • Singapore Zoo. One of the world's outstanding zoos and conservation centers, even travelers without kids in tow will want to see the rainforest exhibits when they visit Singapore.
  • Raffles Hotel. The colonial atmosphere of the days when the British ruled Singapore live on at the legendary Raffles.
  • Night Market. Of Singapore's many night markets, Bugis Street is one of the most popular. Stalls sell souvenirs, street food, and fresh juices to locals and tourists.
  • Botanic Gardens. For more than 150 years, the Botanic Gardens have provided an oasis of green in bustling Singapore, while also being an important research center from the British era to the present day.
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  • 1-Altitude

    Hovering 900 feet above the city, this three-story establishment includes a sports bar, a restaurant, and an alfresco cocktail hot spot. More
  • Amazing Grace

    This Hong Kong–born souvenir shop brims with eclectic finds from the Far East and beyond. Browse the racks for embroidered kimonos or colorful cheo... More
  • Asian Civilisations Museum

    The fine, jewel-box Asian Civilisations Museum was opened in a colonial-era riverfront structure. More
  • Asylum

    Owned by the eponymous design studio, Asylum is a high-end clothing store on Ann Siang Hill. The two-story space originally housed an inventory of ... More
  • Bee Cheng Hiang

    With branches all over Asia, Bee Cheng Hiang—the region’s top purveyor of barbecue meats—has finally hit Changi Airport. Dried sausages, sold by th... More
  • Butterfly Garden

    Stop along Changi’s Nature Trail for a breath of fresh air. This tropical garden near the koi pond in Terminal 3 is home to 47 species of butterfli... More
  • Darlene Ravin

    Years as agent: 14. Other specialties: Southeast Asia, North Africa, Luxury, Cruises. Consulting fee: From $100. More
  • Diane Embree

    Years as agent: 36. Specialties: Indonesia. Consulting fee: Varies. More
  • Eggthree

    Billed as a “lifestyle concept store,” Eggthree sells an unusual selection of clothing, accessories, house wares, and gift items. One of four Singa... More
  • Entertainment Deck

    Expect sensory overload at this free multimedia zone packed wall to wall with the latest in entertainment: a LAN gaming room, Xbox 360 and Playstat... More
  • Esplanade Complex

    The Esplanade complex is called the Durian Building for its resemblance to the spiny-skinned fruit. Smells better, though. More
  • KedaiKueKue

    The sweetly packaged cakes and crackers on sale here make great gifts, and the Indonesian delicacies taste as good as they look. Don’t miss the kue... More
  • Lantern, Singapore

    Cabanas surrounding the Fullerton Bay Hotel’s pool, stellar views of the cityscape—no wonder throngs line up to get in. More
  • Madame Butterfly

    Stop at this Singaporean chain store for Asian-inspired apparel with a modern twist, plus beautifully crafted accessories like pendants, bracelets,... More
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