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.
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 lapis, a steamed butter-and-egg-based layer cake too laborious to make on your own.
The fine, jewel-box Asian Civilisations Museum was opened in a colonial-era riverfront structure.
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 butterflies that roam free among hanging plants, including carnivorous pitcher plants, and palm trees—there’s even a waterfall.
Stop at this Singaporean chain store for Asian-inspired apparel with a modern twist, plus beautifully crafted accessories like pendants, bracelets, and necklaces fashioned from glass beads, jade, and topaz.
The Esplanade complex is called the Durian Building for its resemblance to the spiny-skinned fruit. Smells better, though.
Expect sensory overload at this free multimedia zone packed wall to wall with the latest in entertainment: a LAN gaming room, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles, and music booths equipped with built-in speakers and TVs showing music videos.
A seemingly endless selection of cartoon-adorned items includes quirky collectibles (you can’t miss the Voodoo Minis, plush dolls with mummy-style wrappings) and silly accessories (socks for your cell, plush toilet roll holders), plus stationery, confectionary, and clothing.
The city's surprisingly vibrant and edgy (!) club.
The small Peranakan Museum, devoted to the fusion cultures of Singapore, was installed in a disused middle school.
Travelers with a minimum five-hour layover can journey into the city on one of two free stopover tours. The Colonial Excursion retraces Singapore’s storied past via a walk along the landmark-rimmed Singapore River.
Orchids are Singapore’s national flower, and this shop’s three locations sell them in a variety of hues and hybrids. Look for the rare maroon dendrobium among the more usual whites, pinks, and purples.
A Singapore mainstay since its opening in 1991, Zouk is a magnet for the local “in crowd.” The club, located in a renovated warehouse on Jiak Kim Street, is actually a complex of four venues: the main Zouk room, designed with whitewashed walls and a multilevel dance floor; Phuture, which includes
Changi’s two theaters play the latest blockbusters and cable TV movies around the clock, with up to 10 screenings daily. And the upholstered armchairs are cushier than plane seating. Check for schedules posted outside the theaters.