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.
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.
Singapore Changi Airport is the world’s seventh busiest airport, servicing more than 100 international airlines and providing flights to 210 cities worldwide.
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 quirky home furnishings and pieces from local fashion designers like Grace Tan and Aiwei.
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.
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.
Dour Brahman priests perform their time-honored devotions to the destroyer goddess Kali at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.
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.