I’m back again with a really requested post: My Singapore travelogue. I thought I’d do this travel diary in a different way where instead of sharing my entire day by itinerary, I’ll be listing my absolute must do’s. These are places that I visited and had a great time! However, this was my first time in Singapore and I am sure there are tons of other places that are not mentioned in this list. Nonetheless, if you’re in Singapore for 4-5 days, enjoy these and I’m sure you’ll have a blast 🙂
1. Nightlife: Clark Quay (Pronounced as claa-key)
One of my favorite places that I visited 2 times over my short trip in Singapore was Clark Quay. It’s a historical riverside quay in Singapore that houses over 5 blocks of restored warehouses that house a ginormous number of nightclubs and restaurants. There are also moored Chinese junks (tongkangs) that have been refurbished into floating pubs and restaurants. Whether you want to go for a romantic dinner with your partner, a fun meal & drinks with family or a fun night out with friends, this place has you covered. From my experience here, I did notice that the food was pretty decent but nothing to really to crazy over. In my opinion, this place is definitely more for its ambience as its so happening with tons of people, lit up bars, live music and of course the river side! We tried a vietnamese restaurant called Little Saigon and had a really wonderful experience. Though the food could have been much better, the cocktails were absolutely amazing. If you’re going to Clark Quay over the weekend, be prepared to wait substantially for a table at some of the popular places.
2. Luxury and high street & budget shopping:
Orchard Road, Marina Bay Sands & Bugis Street
It’s no secret that Singapore is shopping paradise. If you have some money to spend are in the mood for getting your hands on some of the best luxury fashion, Singapore is the place for you. Since there’s a mall every 200 meters and it can get a bit overwhelming for any tourist, you can start your shopping extravaganza at the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, ION Orchard and Paragon Shopping Centre.Marina Bay These three malls will not only leave you speechless for their fabulous and grandeur architecture, but also provide you with some of the best luxury shopping you could ask for. ION Orchard is very well located and is convinient place to start your day since it’s right on Ochard Road. Paragon Shopping Centre is a beautiful mall that is dominated by luxury shops but you will find a few high street stores at all. There are also tons of options to eat in the foodcourt so you won’t be hungry through the day at all! Marina Bay Sands should be kept for the evening time since it’s at the Bay front is absolutely stunning at night.The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, seven “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, a skating rink, and the world’s largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. Enjoy an evening of shopping, a luxurious dinner and then hit the casino for a night to remember! When it comes to high street shopping, you can check out Bugis Junction with stores such as Bershka,Pull & Bear, Sephora etc! Right across Bugis Junction mall is Bugis Street which is the largest street shopping destination in Singapore. You will be able to find all the latest trends in fashion at really competitive prices and haggling is really easy too. However, do keep in mind that the garments aren’t really available in multiple sizes so if you’re looking for a slightly larger size, you may need to hunt a little! Nonetheless, its definitely worth checking out since it offers a nice break from the malls!
Marina Bay Sands
3. Eat at Din Tai Fung
If you’re in Singapore, one restaurant that you just HAVE to try out is Din Tai Fung. Though it’s a michelin star restaurant, it’s very well priced/fairly affordable. We visisted this restaurant two times in this trip and even though I would have loved to try out every single dish on the menu, my dietary restrictions didn’t let me. However, what I did try was simply out of the world. For me, the egg fried rice stole the show through and through. It sounds like such a simple dish but trust me when I say that it’s the best you’ll ever have. From the leafy fresh greens to the delicious dimsums, I don’t have a single complaint or flaw that I can pick on.
4.Exploring communities and neighbourhoods:
China Town and Little India
Singapore is very well known for it’s high rises landscape, modern architecture and a metropolitan vibe. Two parts of Singapore that will offer you a very different yet charming perspective are China Town and Little India. Both these neighbourhoods/areas are ethnic enclaves that will teleport you to China and India respectively. Chinatown is a sharp contrast to the rest of the city, with low rise buildings and culture bursting out onto the streets, from the fragrant smells of traditional cuisine to the bold red and gold tones that run through the neighbourhood. There are ornate Chinese, Buddhist and Hindu temples, museums galore and plenty of opportunities to soak up the bustling streets lined with old shophouses. In Chinatown, we enjoyed a lovely chinese meal at Spring Court restaurant that was established in 1929. It’s Singapore old family run restaurant which offers some amazing Singaporean Chinese cuisine. Little India, on the other hand is also one of Singapore’s most vibrant historic districts. As you walk down Serangoon Road and neighbouring streets, you can explore their mix of Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches. It really does feel that you’re walking somewhere in the Southern part of India with the aroma of temple flowers and fragrance of spices that tell of the aura of a culture.When it comes to feed, you just can’t go wrong with a classic traditional south indian meal. We just had a snack – Idli & Vada and I can confidently say that it was amongst the best I have ever had. Packed with flavour and texture, the food spelled out authenticity without any fuss.
Spring Court Restaurant: China Town
Vada- Sambar at a local South India restaurant in Little India
5. Universal Studios, Sentosa
Universal Studios has to be one of the most exciting places to visit in Singapore. Though most people, especially families with children visit Sentosa island for an overnight trip or more, we decided to just check out Universal studios that’s a part of the island. Sentosa however has a lot more to offer than just Universal Studios and if you want to experience it all, you will need a couple of days there. Universal Studios, that has it’s counterpart in LA needs no introduction. No matter what age you are, you just have to visit this “world” in itself. From the magnificent sets, arrchitecturr and grandeur to the spine chilling rides, you will have a blast! I am a rollercoaster junkie so this was just the place for me to sit back and have some fun! It can get really humid in Singapore, so make sure you are well hydrated and be prepared for hours of walking! Though there are numerous cafes and pitstops for you to be refreshed, since the area in itself is so huge, walking is inevitable.
So these were my top 5 must do’s in Singapore! I am so sure that there are so many things that I missed out on this short trip and hence I would love to visit again. However, if you’re planning a trip with friends or family, I am so sure this post will help you 🙂 For any questions, make sure to follow me on Instagram and ask away! <3