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.
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).
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.
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.
Each floor of this glass-enclosed mall is designed to showcase its 100 high-end shops.
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.
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.