Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, & River Safari
For a dose of wildlife, head over to Singapore's world class parks. Feed giraffes and have breakfast with orangutans at Singapore Zoo. Get up close with flying squirrels and dangling bats at the world's first nocturnal zoo - the Night Safari. Or sail down the Amazon River at the River Safari, the latest addition to the trio of wildlife parks located in close proximity to each other.
Marina Bay Sands Skypark & Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay houses a diverse range of rare plant species from around the world. Marvel at the flora and fauna and escape the Singapore heat at two fascinating air-conditioned conservatories; the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. End the day with the best view in Singapore with a champagne in hand at the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark.
Resorts World Sentosa
Traverse through your favourite movie fantasy worlds at Universal Studios Singapore, with rides to excite both the young and young at heart. There are 24 attractions here, 18 of which are specially adapted for the park.
For those who love the water, head over to Adventure Cove Water Park. Rocket yourself out of Southeast Asia's first hydro-magnetic water coaster or paddle down the Lazy River. Or go 'under the sea' as you watch exotic marine life glide above and past you at the S.E.A. Aquarium.
Other Parts of Sentosa - Luge & Siloso Beach
Bask in the sun or relax with a tipple or two against the alluring sunset at Siloso Beach. Thrill seekers can get their adrenaline fix at the family-friendly Sentosa Luge and Skyride. Hop onto a chairlift to reach the race tracks and ride a luge around exciting hairpin bends over two courses.
Asian Civilisations Museum
Discover the roots of pan-Asian civilisation at Singapore's most diverse museum. On display are over 1,300 artefacts, spread over 11 beautifully curated galleries, each revealing a snippet of the continent's rich history and heritage. If you have time, embark on a revealing exploration of Singapore's past at the permanent Singapore River exhibition.
Chinatown & Ann Siang Hill
A place where opium and gambling dens once reigned is now reborn as a national heritage site. What remains are colourful rows of shophouses, upgraded but preserved, and streets filled with stories lost in time. Drop by Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore's oldest Hindu temple, curiously located smack in the middle of Chinatown.
Ann Siang Hill, famed for chic boutiques, restored heritage terraces and bustling pubs, sits just a few streets away.
Named after the Gelam tree, which once grew in abundance in this region, Kampong Glam is an area with rich Muslim-Arab heritage. This district extends to the famed Arab Street and Haji Lane, streets well-known for their textile and indie labels respectively.
No trip to Kampong Glam is complete without visiting the monumental Sultan Mosque, a religious establishment with close to 200 years of history.
A series of refurbishments have given Dempsey Hill a new lease of life. The abandoned barracks have been transformed into an area filled with lush greenery and rustic charm. A sophisticated crowd will have their pick of more than 50 unique food and lifestyle stores. This upmarket dining enclave is just a 5-minute escape from the city.
Katong's distinctive charm can be traced back to its Peranakan roots. Stories of the Straits Chinese community in Singapore are told through an evocative mix of multi-coloured shophouses, quaint workshops and hidden temples. Pop over to Joo Chiat, the food enclave of the East, and intrigue your tastebuds with local delights.
A once sleepy housing estate has been transformed into hipster central. A leisurely amble along Tiong Bahru will uncover a beautiful marriage of new and old. A smattering of chic cafes and quaint stores are juxtaposed against pre-war residential dwellings and wet markets.
Chilli crabs & seafood
Chilli Crab is the quintessential Singaporean dish every visitor has to try. Sample sensational local offerings from the time-honoured Long Beach Seafood Restaurant at Dempsey Hill, the traditional No Signboard Seafood Restaurant at Geylang and the scenic Jumbo Seafood along the Singapore River at Clarke Quay.
Whichever seafood joint you choose, be sure to complement your meal with mantous - crisply fried buns that go delectably well with the chilli crab gravy.
Specialty restaurants in Duxton & Tanjong Pagar
This quaint, cobblestoned district is home to a glut of specialty restaurants housed in repurposed conservation shophouses. Try the innovative dining concepts at Tippling Club, exotic Russian cuisine at Buyan and get your lobster fix at Pince & Pints. With the diverse restaurants on offer here, there's sure to be at least one to suit your tastebuds.
Authentic Chinese Restaurants
Steamed dumplings, or xiao long baos, are not native to Singapore but a local trinity of Chinese cuisine - Crystal Jade, Imperial Treasure and Michelin-starred Din Tai Fung - make award-winning renditions of them. These little packages of steamed goodness filled with pork and broth will leave you satisfied with every mouthful. For majestic views with your Cantonese cuisine, head to the 60th storey of the iconic UOB plaza and enjoy a memorable feast at Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant.
Local fare at Maxwell Hawker Centre
For an authentic taste of Singapore street food, head to Maxwell Hawker Centre, a short walk from Chinatown. This pilgrimage site for foodies has been given the nod from international culinary maestros Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, arguably the most famous Chicken Rice stall in Singapore, can be found here.
Enjoy long, lazy Sunday afternoons with Champagne brunch at Edge, part of Pan Pacific Singapore. An unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot washes down a smorgasbord of Pacific cuisine in this culinary feast for the senses. Elsewhere, enjoy a range of Asia Pacific favourites during Champagne brunch in the contemporary surroundings of Lime at PARKROYAL on Pickering.
Forget the menu and let the bartenders surprise you at these bespoke cocktail bars. Jigger and Pony makes a safe bet with a well-stocked alcohol inventory, while Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall provides local creations and a tinge of nostalgia. Party through the night with Fordham & Grand's special supper menus till late.
Enjoy spectacular views of Singapore at the city's best rooftop bars. Two worth visiting include the world's highest al fresco bar, 1-Altitude atop the 63rd floor of UOB Plaza, and Kinki, a rooftop Japanese Bar with bags of urban attitude and an enticing array of eastern-inspired cocktails.
Irish bars & Sports Bars
Irish bars attract the sporting crowd for the right reasons - traditional Irish booze, hearty pub grub, and a great atmosphere. Cheer with fellow fans as you soak up the action during local and international sporting seasons. Top picks include Molly Malone's, The Penny Black and Muddy Murphy's.
Breweries & beer bars
Singapore has made its mark in the global beer scene with the recognition of Tiger Beer. But besides this world-famous local brew, Singapore also has plenty of big shiny vats dedicated to producing fresh, delicious golden nectars. Microbreweries like LeVel 33 and Brewerkz offer beers on site with great views from above and along the river respectively.
Luxury goods shopping at MBS Shoppes
This sprawling three-storey luxury mall contains a mix of premium international brands like Gucci, Prada, Chanel and more. The biggest Louis Vuitton boutique outside Paris is housed in a Crystal Pavilion that floats outside The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
High Street Shopping & Orchard Road
Orchard Road is Singapore's retail therapy haven. This 2.2 kilometre prime shopping belt is home to an avalanche of malls ranging from discounted teenage fashion to high-street brands and luxury boutiques.
Start from the 660,000 square foot, 400-store ION Orchard and make way your way through the maze of malls, passing through Ngee Ann City before reaching 313 Somerset. If your credit card doesn't feel damaged enough, cross the street and head back the other way.
Ann Siang Hill
The colourful shophouses, old window shutters and streetlamps at Ann Siang are reminiscent of the area's history and tradition. The old stomping grounds of traditional Chinese clan associations now host an assortment of unconventional shops like vintage clothing outlets and retro toy stores, making it an interesting stop for a day of shopping.
Fashion enthusiasts in search of bespoke labels congregate at Haji Lane, a colourful strip in the heart of Kampong Glam. Clothing pieces here are hipster-approved and are mostly one-of-a-kind. Hip cafes have also sprouted along the lane, adding vibrancy to its past splendour. By nightfall, watch the street transform into a pop-up dining area right before your eyes.
PARKROYAL on Pickering
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