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.
Terminal 1’s Ambassador Hotel opens its Balinese-style rooftop pool to nonguests. The onetime $14 access fee is good for an unlimited amount of time and includes a complimentary soft drink at the bar and use of towels, toiletries, and shower facilities.
Located at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, Damai Spa combines Chinese, Malay, Indian, and European techniques to create an immersive, healing experience. Named after the Malay and Indonesian word for “peace,” the spa provides a tranquil, nature-inspired environment.
Dour Brahman priests perform their time-honored devotions to the destroyer goddess Kali at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.
Occupying three adjacent shops on Temple Street, this spacious kitchen supply store sells tableware, utensils, and foodservice products to Singapore’s top restaurants and hotels, as well as amateur chefs.
This tropical-themed retreat with straw furniture also has full spa services, plenty of napping corners, and “slumberettes”—small rooms with single beds (soothing music and aromatherapy optional). The bar serves up fruity drinks in hurricane glasses.
Sure you'll find all the Asian market essentials at this circular 1950's building, but the real reason to visit is the second-floor hawker center with more than 80 mouthwatering stalls.
Billed as a “lifestyle concept store,” Eggthree sells an unusual selection of clothing, accessories, house wares, and gift items. One of four Singaporean locations, this Chinatown branch is only a three-minute walk from trendy Ann Siang Hill.
The gallery features emerging Asian artists.
This well-equipped public lounge has free Internet stations, LCD televisions with cable, and a “kiddie corner” television tuned into the Cartoon Channel. Or, pull up a sleek purple armchair and gaze out onto the runway.
Cabanas surrounding the Fullerton Bay Hotel’s pool, stellar views of the cityscape—no wonder throngs line up to get in.
Surrounded by the many dining and nightlife venues of Chinatown, Union Restaurant & Bar is located in a traditional shophouse on bustling Club Street.
The dark wood and chiffon screen niche at this 2,700-square-foot spa is the perfect antidote to traveler’s fatigue, offering massages in seven techniques (Javanese, Balinese, Swedish), along with facials, manicures, and pedicures. Treatments from $50.
Hovering 900 feet above the city, this three-story establishment includes a sports bar, a restaurant, and an alfresco cocktail hot spot.
This Hong Kong–born souvenir shop brims with eclectic finds from the Far East and beyond. Browse the racks for embroidered kimonos or colorful cheongsam (a high-collared traditional dress).