What To Do In Singapore: Five Days In The City
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Dec 20 2014

What To Do In Singapore: Highlights From Five Days In The City

Have you ever heard that one day in Singapore is enough? Well whoever said that to you has no idea what they missed. Are you wondering what to do in Singapore? We spent five days in the city country and we can’t wait to get back to experience all the attractions and neighborhoods we couldn’t squeeze in. If you can, spend more time in this amazing place! There are so many things to do, eat and see that we guarantee you won’t get bored. Here is what you can do with four days in Singapore.

1. Shopping on Orchard Street

Singapore is famous for its abundance of shopping options. Head up to Orchard Street and spend as long as you like (you could take days if you wanted) to shop to your heart’s content in high-end designer stores, international chains and local boutiques. The malls and shops that line this famous street are great for window shopping and people watching as well.

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2. Singapore Art Museum

Take advantage of free admission on Friday evenings to see this cultural center. Modern art fanatics will love the chic displays. Check their website for an exhibition schedule and don’t miss the chance to see work from emerging Asian artists.

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3. Shopping and more at Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands must be one of the most famous hotels and resorts in the world. Its iconic cruise ship-like roof perched on three massive towers can be seen from anywhere on the bay. Underneath this impressive structure lies a maze of malls, a casino, an ice skating rink, a small river and more.

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4. Water Display on the Bay

At night, in front of a row of trendy bars, a magnificent light display called Wonder Full is projected on fountains shooting out of the bay. The entire area is lit up at night making it quite the spectacle. Grab a seat on the steps by the water and enjoy the show which includes such effects as bubbles, fire, laser lights and orchestras. The show starts nightly at 8 and 9:30 p.m.

5. Get a City Pass

There are some amazing activities in Singapore that you can do for free, but the paid options can add up fast. Look into a City Pass to get a bundle of tickets, tours and a hop-on/hop-off bus at a great deal.

6. Night Safari

The Night Safari is an incredible and unique way to get up close to wild animals. An open-sided tram takes you through animal enclosures while nocturnal cattle, deer and other animals glance up from eating to see what you want. Some are so close that you could almost touch them (but don’t). Part of the safari takes you through a walking path that gets you just as close to other creatures like the Flying Fox, otters and bears.

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7. Gardens by the Bay

Another impressive structure in Singapore are the “super trees” in Gardens by the Bay. The huge gardens are free to enter, but two glass domes require tickets. If you only pick one, choose the flower dome where giant Baobab trees from Africa are located. Take your time exploring the gardens and look around for giant hedges trimmed into elephants, exotic flowers and birds.

8. Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are located a ways out of the city, but a taxi from the financial district only cost of about XX. The trip is well worth it. The gardens are free except for the Orchid Garden with costs S$5 to enter. The variety of flowers in this section is amazing and we were blown away by how beautiful some of the species are. Most dining options on the property are expensive, but there are a couple places with prepared sandwiches, snacks and drinks that make for a great picnic.

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9. Bugis Street Market

This market is packed with clothes, food, gadgets and souvenirs. Don’t expect a lot of room to move between the booths, this place is packed! If you’re in the market for some cheap sunglasses, vintage clothing or handbags you’ll have plenty of options here.

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10. Asian Civilizations Museum

This museum has a great display introducing the history of the Singapore River. It is a great way to learn about the country and the region that surrounds it. Explore everything from pottery to weapons and read about societies you have never even heard of.  


Where to Eat and Drink

Eating and drinking in Singapore could take up all your time. There are so many options and so many cuisines that there is no way you’re going to try them all. We received lots of recommendations from locals who were all eager to share their favorite spots and we tried as many as we could. Here are a few of our culinary highlights from our few days in Singapore.

1. The Library speakeasy

Located in a trendy looking tailor in Chinatown is a secret bar called “The Library.” You’ll need a password to enter, or be able to think quickly on your feet. If you can get past the “tailor” on duty guarding the door in red suspenders, this small bar is a really fun way to get a unique and tasty cocktail.

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2. Drinks at the W Hotel on Sentosa

Unfortunately, we only made it to Sentosa at night, but we enjoyed it just the same. The bar at the W Hotel was filled with sharply dressed guests enjoying some local music.

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3. Kaya on toast

That weird grainy green spread you see on toast with a huge chunk of butter? Try it! Kaya and butter on toast served with a soft boiled egg is the number one iconic breakfast of Singapore. I had to take the butter off my second slice, but kaya is actually really tasty! We tried it at Toast Junction (a chain with several locations) where you can even buy it in cute jars to take home.

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4. Bread and Hearth Bakery and Cafe

The fact that it is incredibly hard to find decent bread and baked goods in Thailand may have influenced us a bit, but this little bakery in Chinatown was delicious! They had huge croissants, bagel sandwiches and great coffee. Plus, it was pretty cheap and it’s in a fun neighborhood.

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5. Komala Vilas

If you like Indian food (and you should) get to Little India while you’re in Singapore. We visited Komala Vilas, an entirely vegetarian restaurant, and tried the dosa. The thing is a couple of feet long and just delicious! We told some where we were headed and were met with words of approval. This spot seems to be a local favorite and we don’t wonder why.

6. Hawker Food Stalls

For a variety of choice and a cheap meal you can’t miss the Hawker food stalls located around Singapore. You’ll find every cuisine you can think of, smoothies, shaved ice and coffee. Your entire meal should cost you about $4 and it will be one of the best you have while in Singapore.

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7. Lunch at Table

If you’re looking for an upscale but affordable spot for Indian food, visit Table in Naumi Hotel. Modern decor will greet you at the door and the quiet restaurant is an enjoyable place for a laid back lunch. The desserts are to die for.


Do you have any other highlights? What did we miss during our trip?

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Evanne Allen

Evanne co-founded Poplar Travels after quitting her job in Washington, D.C. She got itchy feet at a young age and has never lost the urge to explore the planet. A previous museum employee, she is apt to drag travel partners into several cultural institutions anywhere she goes. She wishes she could speak every language and loves meeting new people.

  • If you’re up for places that are about an hour from the city, visit the Kranji Countryside farms. The shuttle bus takes you from Kranji station to a mangrove forest, vegetable farms, a goat ranch and a frog nursery for $3, and you can hop on and off. Time is running out though as the whole area will become a training ground in a few years.

    January 23, 2015 at 11:01 pm

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