• What to do in Singapore

Our guide on the best things to do in Singapore

No matter how long you spend in Singapore, you won’t ever be short of things to do. In Singapore’s downtown neighbourhoods you’ll find bustling markets, art galleries, and independent designers. Shopping is known as the national sport of Singaporeans, with shopping districts and dedicated malls for all budgets and interests. With all of these districts linked by high-speed (and low cost) public transport you really can pack a lot into one day.

Singapore has well-earned the nickname of ‘Garden City’. In recent years a trend of ‘green’ skyscrapers has seen glass and steel give way to towering living ecosystems. Beyond the city centre you’ll find protected reserves with canopy walkways, scenic nature trails, and abundant flora and fauna, as well as a wealth of public parks and reserves island-wide. The crown jewel of Singapore’s green scene is the Singapore Botanic Gardens – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with the iconic Gardens by the Bay, and smaller Chinese and Japanese Gardens also warranting a dedicated visit.

The food scene needs no introduction. Singapore’s legendary hawker centres can be found in every neighbourhood, serving up the world’s best cheap eats 24/7. For contrast, enjoy one of the city’s many high-class dining destinations, with some 44 Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from across the island. First-hand food experiences include an array of cooking classes and passionately guided food walks.

No matter when you plan to come the tropical heat means it is often best to get out early to avoid long queues and the highest temperatures of the day. A good plan is to start by visiting outdoor attractions like Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo or Botanic Gardens, and then head indoors, perhaps an air-conditioned mall such as Ngee Ann City, until temperatures are more tolerable.

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Best activities in Singapore

Although your visit to Singapore will likely be fairly short we guarantee that you’ll never run out exhilarating things to do. We’ve picked our just a few of our favourites below.

Roast Duck With Caviar, Singapore

Food & Drink

Dining – high-end

As one of the world’s wealthiest cities you’ll find no shortage of high-end and fine dining options. Those staying in the best hotels will find a plethora of restaurants onsite, usually covering the full spectrum of international cuisines. The Mandarin Orchard and Marina Bay Sands alone have two Michelin-starred restaurants apiece. A total of 44 restaurants in the city-state carry Michelin stars, with Odette (in the National Gallery) and Les Amis (in the Shaw Centre) both carrying three stars.

Char Kway Teow, Singapore

Food & Drink

Dining – budget

Singapore’s biggest selling point however is that you don’t need to be a high-end diner to experience the world’s best cuisines. The city is renowned as one of the world’s great budget dining destinations. Hawker centres – food courts with a wide array of stalls catering to the city’s pan-Asian tastes – are a foodie paradise. Some of our specialists’ happiest travel memories have been spent in these places – just ask your consultant for recommendations! Cafes, convenience stores, bars, and neighbourhood restaurants are also great places to pick up exotic cuisine at bargain prices.

Orchard Rd, Singapore



A ‘shopper’s paradise’ doesn’t really do it justice. Whatever you’re looking for – fashion, electronics, fabrics, food, furniture – Singapore has it and has it in abundance! The variety of shopping on offer here – from Orchard Road’s luxury malls catering to the island’s uber-wealthy, down to the bustling markets of Bugis, Chinatown, and Kampong Glam – is what really sets Singapore apart. If you’ve a particular gift or souvenir in mind please let our specialists know and they can advise on where best to start.

Singapore Zoo

Nature & Wildlife

Wildlife parks

Among Singapore’s many attractions are excellent wildlife parks and zoos. The famous Singapore Night Safari is a nocturnal zoo that opens only after dark, offering a unique glimpse of over 100 species of elusive nocturnal animals, including the endangered Malayan tiger. The neighbouring Singapore Zoo, and Jurong Bird Park out on the west coast wetlands, are also both well worth a visit. The island’s numerous nature reserves provide opportunities to see endemic flora and fauna in an untouched environment.

Chinatown, Singapore


Walking Tours

The best way to discover downtown Singapore’s myriad neighbourhoods is on a guided walking tour. A range of immersive tours are available covering diverse topics such as markets, colonialism, or war history, or focusing on distinct districts such as Chinatown, Little India, or Arab Street. Walks are on a shared basis as standard but can be arranged on a private basis, and thus tailored specifically to your interests, if so wished.

St John Island, Singapore

Nature & Wildlife

Outlying islands

Get beyond Singapore’s ‘main island’ to explore its outlying islets, some home to tiny fishing village populations, while others are totally uninhabited and offer a glimpse of Singapore’s natural state just a century or two ago. These tours can be arranged by exclusive and elegant yacht, and include visits to marine parks, jungle walks, and isolated island temples.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Nature & Wildlife

Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s top attraction, and now an icon of the city, Gardens by the Bay is home to the famous Supertrees, where science meets nature. The up to 16 stories high structures feature over 160,000 species of flora and fauna and after dark they come to life with incredible sound and light displays. The park also hosts massive seashell-shaped glasshouses, hundreds of plants and trees, and a skywalk.

National Orchid Garden, Singapore

Nature & Wildlife

National Orchid Garden

Located inside the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the National Orchid Garden houses more than 60,000 orchid plants with over 1,000 species and more than 2,000 hybrids. The fauna is magnificently displayed in four separate seasonal zones; winter featuring whites and blues, spring filled with bright yellows, golds and creams; vibrant reds and pinks in the summer zone; and autumn showcasing earthy hues.

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