Things to do in Singapore
A city reaching for the stars, Singapore is spoilt with rooftop bars, impressive views and plenty of action for thrill seekers and shoppers alike. Aside from the eating, shopping and nightlife, Singapore offers a healthy range of thrill-seeking and cultural pursuits. With so much green space there are plenty of outdoor activities, beaches to be walked along and beautiful botanic gardens to admire. Like to geek out? Hit up TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle at Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park. Festivals are also a big drawcard in Singapore; one highlight being Laneway Music Festival - the Australian festival launched in Singapore in 2011 and has been going strong every January ever since.
Arts aficionados will be delighted to know that there are dozens of museums and art galleries in Singapore. There’s even a month-long arts festival every year featuring 75 acts from all over the world. Arty Singapore aims to push the artistic envelope with innovative and experimental performances in various mediums.
Not to be forgotten are the food festivals, which Singapore naturally excels at. Gourmands come in droves for the World Gourmet Summit in April where the general public and food and drink professionals alike can come together to explore the latest trends in the culinary world.
Aside from the flashy malls, there are some quality flea markets and vintage shops to rummage through in Singapore too. The famous nightclub, Zouk, lets you in their doors in the daytime for their market Zouk’s Flea & Easy (see what they did there) where you’ll find the crème de la crème of Singapore’s fashion-forwards handpicking the best pre-loved threads. The MAAD market (Market of Artists and Designers) is the place for budding creatives to showcase their wares – expect to find cutting-edge handmade fashion, art and jewellery. For a concentration of vintage, head to Haji Lane for small boutiques packed with great local finds – keep an eye out for potential treasure troves at stores Rusty Buttons and Ohsofickle. After your vintage binge, pull up a stool for a shisha session – yes, they even do Turkish well here.
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Singapore's fave fun destination is chock-a-block full of theme parks, attractions and museums. There's also a natural side to this playground isle with plenty of greenery to hike around and beaches to laze on.
For a bird's eye view of the city-state, do a loop on the Singapore Flyer, the local version of the London Eye. From your capsule you'll be able to spy the skyline and then descend to enjoy rides, hawker food and unique sightseeing tours.
Sitting atop the luxury Marina Bay Sands Singapore hotel is the SkyPark attraction with an observation deck, casino, shopping, gardens, celeb-chef restaurants and that famous infinity pool, all at a lofty 57 storeys up.
Ranked as one of the top 10 clubs in the world, Singapore's Zouk Nightclub is a must-do experience for scenesters and dancefloor fiends. There's technically 4 nightclubs in one plus an annual music festival, ZoukOut, held on Sentosa Island.
The world's first nocturnal zoo lets you walk on the wild side of Singapore by tram safari through 7 geographical zones. You'll get to see plenty of big cats native to Southeast Asia plus traditional game animals at NIght Safari Singapore.