Singapore Travel Guide
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.
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.
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.
Located inside Changi Airport in Terminal 2’s Departure/Transit Lounge, the Green Market is a casual eatery serving contemporary Japanese cuisine. The dining room is stylish and inviting, with a hardwood floor, dome-shaped light fixtures, and bright green wall art.
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.
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.
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 the link, hang above a counter displaying an array of the house specialty: the jerky-like bakkwa.
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.
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.
Each floor of this glass-enclosed mall is designed to showcase its 100 high-end shops.
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.
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.
Singapore’s Post Bar, in the iconic Fullerton Hotel, lends its swank style to its airport outpost. Behind an onyx bar, black-clad bartenders shake up zany twists of the classics like the Gold Sling, a Goldschlager-doused version of the national cocktail made with gin, brandy, and Benedictine.
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