57 Things To Do in Singapore

Singapore is an island city-state in Southeast Asia. Back in 2015 it received the title of ‘top country to visit’ from Lonely Planet and today it boasts a tropical climate, a multicultural population and the long list of things to do in Singapore will shock any tourist visiting the city. The sheer volume of activities, places to visit and things to try can be overwhelming, so to help you out we’ve put together this post containing a whopping 57 things to do in Singapore.

57 things to do in Singapore

I have a confession to make:

I never considered Singapore to be much more than a stopover destination, albeit one with a fantastic airport in which to spend a few hours on the way to Australia.

But I couldn’t have been more wrong. After three days exploring some of the city-state’s most famous sights, sounds and flavours, I left disappointed. Not because there wasn’t enough to see, but because I’d simply not had enough time to try everything that Singapore has to offer.

It’s easy to see why Lonely Planet has named it the , and there’s no better time for Singapore to be awarded such a title, as this year it celebrates 50 years of independence. So whether you have several hours or several days to discover this destination, you’ll leave knowing, as I now do, that you’ll be back for more.

Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are some of the most essential things to do in Singapore.

EAT

Singapore is well known for its cuisine, with everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to local eateries to choose from, this is one city that will please food-lovers from across the world. With a huge variety of options to choose from when it comes to eating out, one of the best things to do in Singapore (to really experience the city) is to try a meal in as many restaurants as you can while you’re there. Here are our best suggestions for places to eat in while you’re in Singapore:

1. Dine with locals at a Hawker Centre

2. Splurge on a meal at , created by the chef with the most Michelin stars in the world

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3. Taste as many different kinds of satay as you can to find your favourite (satay challenge, anyone?)

4. Start your day with a traditional kaya toast breakfast. WARNING: not for those who like their eggs well cooked

5. Taste Chinese, Indian and Malaysian flavours in one dish, such as fish head curry

6. Unwrap a nyonya-style bak zhang, a sticky rice dumpling filled with sweet meat and wrapped in bamboo leaves

7. Cool down with ice kacang, a local dessert that comes complete with shaved ice, jelly, red beans and sweet corn

8. Taste (but don’t smell) a durian

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9. Crack open a chilli crab, one of Singapore’s National dishes (and named by CNN as one of the )

DRINK

Drinking in Singapore is normally hailed as the biggest no-no for travellers simply due to the perceived cost of alcohol in the Asian city. However, Singapore has a hugely diverse nightlife with a range of bars, pubs, and clubs to choose from which does make drinking in Singapore on a budget possible – you just have to know where to go! We don’t want you to completely rule out the idea of drinking as one of the things to do in Singapore so we’ve put together a little list of the best places to go for a refreshing drink while you’re in the city:

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10. Sip a famous Singapore Sling at the iconic

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11. Enjoy a refreshing jug of Tiger beer with your meal

12. Visit , a microbrewery along picturesque Clarke Quay

13. Sip a craft coffee at , whose website oozes creativity

14. Discover a hidden bar, like The Library, which you can only access with a password (hint: find it on )

EXPLORE

With so much to do and see in Singapore, the chances are that you’ll do a lot of travelling within the city as you move from place to place. While you’re travelling to your next attraction, incorporate one of Singapore’s many transport systems into your journey to make it a fully immersive experience. See the sights from the comfort of a river cruise, get to know the area on foot with a guided walk or travel like a local on the underground train system.

 

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15. Cruise along the Singapore River and into Marina Bay on a traditional Bumboat

16. Be whisked from the city to the beach on the Sentosa Express monorail

17. Hail a taxi. Cabs are cheap in Singapore (especially coming from London)

18. Hop on a Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour for an overview of the city at your own pace

19. Get a unique perspective from a local guide with

20. Enjoy a cycle-powered trishaw ride past some of Singapore’s most colourful sights

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21. Feel like a local on the MRT, the city’s fast and clean underground train system

SHOP

One of the top things to do in Singapore is to go shopping and this city has more than its fair share of malls and markets. Whether you’re looking for luxury products or authentic gifts, Singapore has it all and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to shop while you’re in Singapore:

 

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22. Find unique treasures in the boutiques that line Haji Lane

23. Stock up on silks and other fabrics for tailor-made clothes on Arab Street

24. Head to Orchard Road or Chinatown to order your custom made garments

25. Uncover pre-loved treasures at Dark Horse Vintage

26. Marvel at the modern wonder that is ION Orchard mall

27. Indulge in endless retail therapy along Orchard Street

28. Bring home souvenirs for friends and family from Bugis Street Market

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29. Splash out on luxury goods at Louis Vuitton Island Maison, a floating concept store in Marina Bay

VIEWS

When it comes to visiting a city, there is no better way to take it all in than by admiring it from up above where you can see a stunning panoramic view. Singapore’s skyline is no exception to this rule, which is why heading up to one of the many viewpoints over the city is one of the best things to do in Singapore.

30. Catch the cable car from Sentosa Island to Faber Peak for breathtaking views over the city

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31. Sip a cocktail at the world’s highest al fresco bar,

32. Journey 56 floors up the iconic Marina Bay Sands building to the

34. Spend half an hour in a pod on the Singapore Flyer to take in the views at a leisurely pace

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35. Hang out in the treetops of Singapore’s Supertrees Grove

CULTURE

The cultural diversity in Singapore is incredibly rich, which makes it particularly interesting to tourists. With everything from museums to street art to explore, discovering the culture in this city is something that everyone should make time to do while visiting Singapore.

36. Understand the unique Chinese-Malay culture known as Peranakan at the Peranakan Museum

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37. Absorb the kaleidoscope of colours at the entrance of the Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple

38. Stop to appreciate the many public sculptures that line Singapore’s streets

39. See the inside of an iconic building (and get a culture fix) at the

40. Make a wish at UNESCO-awarded Thian Hock Keng (AKA Temple of Heavenly Bliss)

41. Enjoy vibrant colours of street art adorning walls across the city

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42. Peer up at the row of black discs surrounding the golden dome of Sultan Mosque in Kampong Glam. The discs are actually soy sauce bottles, a tribute to the poor locals who sold bottles like these to help pay for the refurbishment of the mosque

SIGHTS

There are so many places to visit and things to do in Singapore that you’ll probably find yourself overwhelmed with choice. To help you out, we’ve narrowed down your decision to four of the best sights to see in Singapore:

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43. Take a photo with the part lion, part fish Merlion statue (and look for the Merlion cub hiding in the background)

44. Pay homage to the founder of Singapore at the Raffles statue

45. Cross Helix Bridge, designed to represent DNA

46. Take in the nightly Wonder Full light and water show that illuminates Marina Bay

ENTERTAINMENT

Singapore might be small but it still has a number of entertainment venues set up for travellers to enjoy and over the years the city has really worked hard to establish itself as an entertainment destination. Now, as with any good city, there are plenty of things to do in Singapore that have been created to give you somewhere to go for a fun-filled day out. From a Universal Studios Centre to a Waterpark, Singapore really is a city that has it all.

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47. Get an adrenalin rush on one of the rides at Universal Studios on Sentosa Island

48. Skydive without a parachute at iFly, an indoor skydiving experience

49. Cool down without having to hide in a mall at Adventure Cove Waterpark

NATURE

Nature and cities don’t generally go hand-in-hand but if you’re looking to escape the metropolis for a few hours then there are still a few things to do in Singapore that will make it difficult to believe that you’re still in the city. Whether you’re looking to walk, run, or simply step away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a little while, Singapore has plenty of green spaces and natural hideaways that you can head to for a few hours of tranquility.

 

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50. Feel the sand between your toes at one of the beaches on Sentosa Island

51. Escape the city to a bygone era on the electricity-free island of Pulau Ubin

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52. Walk in the clouds at the top of the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at

53. Enjoy some peace and tranquility in Singapore’s 156-year-old Botanic Gardens

FLYING HOME

There comes a time when every traveller has to say a sad goodbye to the city that they’ve spent time exploring but Singapore won’t let its visitors go without a spectacular finale. One of the greatest things about visiting this Asian city is that, even as you wait in the airport, you can still find a wide array of things to do in Singapore.

54. Eliminate any pre-flight stress by strolling through the butterfly house in

55. Chill out by the airport’s rooftop pool

56. Catch a film at a 24/7 cinema (there’s one in each terminal)

57. Treat your weary feet to a free foot massage in one of the h chairs dotted throughout the airport

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Have you visited Singapore? What else would you add to this list?

Elle Croft

Elle Croft is a London-based travel blogger who is equally happy exploring the city she lives in as venturing to far-flung destinations.She's a firm believer in stylish travel, and will always look for a twist on the traditional. Luckily for her, London offers unusual experiences in abundance. When Elle's not travelling or blogging over at A Bird in the Hand you can usually find her, coffee in one hand and camera in another, strolling the beautiful streets of the city she calls home.



SHOWHIDE Comments (20)
  1. I used to be so skeptical about Singapore. I thought it would be really boring compared to other Southeast Asian cities. But after visiting during a quick visa run I realized how wrong I was! Singapore is awesome. And as you’ve laid out here there are so many things to do. And I agree, eating is a must. That country has some killer food 🙂

    1. I was the same. I visited in 2012 and planned to stay for 3 nights but ended up staying for 10 nights we loved it so much! Lots of people thought we were crazy but there was so much to see and do.

  2. Great list! And I have to say, I’ve done pretty well crossing these items off! 🙂 However, I must admit, I don’t mind the smell of durian one bit! (Yes, I’m one of those weird people who absolutely loves durian!)

  3. It’s great to have such an exhaustive list! One of my best friends is from Singapore and whilst he’s taught me all about the history, culture, etc. tourist hotspots isn’t his strong point!

  4. Highly impressed with this list Elle! I’m a born and bred Singaporean and I struggle when people ask me what there is to do in Singapore (probably like Rebecca’s friend up post). And you didn’t even touch on obvious places like the Zoo and Night Safari! Thanks for this! Will definitely point to this the next time someone asks 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Michelle, it’s great to hear that from a local! I hope this comes in handy when you have visitors to your beautiful city! x

  5. What a great list, lovely to show how much Singapore has to offer! I spent just shy of a week there and left with still so much to see and do, its definitely so much more than a stop over. Also had the best ever afternoon tea there, and it wasn’t at Raffles! 😉

  6. I lived in Singapore 2010-2011 and I’m surprised to see how much it’s evolved in just four years! Especially to see that someone finally broke the satay record (my friends actually tried to beat it once)!

  7. I went to Singapore 6 years ago and wasn’t that impressed! I didn’t do much and actually ended up going the cinema twice just to escape the heat (cinema was air conditioned) I feel like I owe the city a second chance though.

    1. Such a shame that you didn’t really enjoy Singapore, Terry. I hope you find yourself back there one day, because there really is a lot to see and do (although the heat can be pretty intense!)

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