As one of Asia’s most chaotic cities, there’s never a dull moment in Singapore. This sprawling metropolis is packed full of sights, sounds, and smells, enough to keep you entertained for days on end. What’s more, flights to Singapore are frequent and cheap, making it one of the most accessible cities on the continent. These things to do in Singapore will help you to get to know the city better.
1. National Museum of Singapore
Visiting a city’s top museums is one of the best places to start when getting to know a new place. The National Museum of Singapore will take you through the history of this fascinating city, plus connect you with a wide range of changing exhibits. The museum is set in an absolutely breath-taking building – a giant, gleaming white palace that was first built back at the end of the 19th century.
2. Visit a hawker centre
Street food is a big deal in Singapore, and any foodie visiting the city should miss sampling lots of tasty treats while you’re here. The local name for a centre where a range of food stalls can be found is a ‘hawker centre’ and these are the best places to find an array of delicious bites. There will be lots to choose from in these centres, so come hungry and make sure you try lots of different stalls.
3. Singapore Botanical Gardens
Singapore’s Botanical Gardens have been running for over 150 years, and they are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With lots of beautiful plant life on shows and trails running all through the gardens, this makes for a pleasant and relaxing afternoon out in the city.
Volunteers run tours of the Botanical Gardens for free each Saturday – the English tours are run on the second and third Saturday of each month. They run four times a day and offer you a unique insight into what can be found in the gardens.
4. Ride the Singapore flyer
It might be a little touristy, but the Singapore Flyer – a giant ferries wheel on the city’s waterfront – is nonetheless one of the most fun things to do in Singapore. The wheel is 165 metres high, making it the largest in Asia and one of the most impressive in the world.
Hop on the wheel to look out across the city and watch life go by. The last ride sets off at 10pm, which means you can catch panoramas across Singapore at sunset or even by night, another spectacular time to get a bird’s eye view.
5. Visit off-beat neighborhoods
Singapore might feel like a concrete jungle, but if you dig a little deeper there are unusual parts to be found here. Tiong Bahru has been on the radar as one of Singapore’s coolest neighborhoods for a while now, playing host to lots of hip little cafés and indie shops.
If you like street art, don’t miss Haji Lane, a colourful enclave in Singapore’s Kampong Glam district that’s home to boutique clothing stores and even more cute cafés. It’s these little nooks in Singapore that will give you an insight into what it’s like to live here.
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