There are numerous must-do-blogs about Singapore already. Of course, we also want to put in our two pennies worth.
We stayed 4 days and here are our tips on how to spend them.
Singapore is every food lover’s heaven. The culinary experience from many cultures is remarkable. Whether you look for Cantonese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian but also for Swiss cuisine, you’ll always find a place. Wo loved these restaurants/eateries.
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle (Hawker Chan)
Yes, it’s the World famous fast food restaurant in Singapore’s China Town, the first ever with a Michelin Star. Today, the original stall still exists, but there is also a dine-in. The prices in the dine-in are a little higher, but you’ll have more comfort.
Regardless of which one you choose, be prepared for a long queue. We lined up around 11 am and got in at around 12.30 pm. It’s worth the wait though, as the soya sauce chicken and BBQ pork truly are outstanding.
Dine-In: 78 Smith St, Singapore 058972
Stall: 335 Smith St, Singapore 058972
Definitely not the fanciest Thai place in Singapore is located on the second floor of Orchard Towers in the Orchard Road. The whole building is rather dodgy, and several “massage salons” also reside there. Hence the food is good and cheap – a welcomed change to the shiny malls of the Orchard Road.
400 Orchard Road Orchard Towers, Singapore 238875
The place offers delicious dumplings of every colour and taste imaginable. It is a franchise with many locations in Singapore.
The branch in ION Orchard mall has a terrace, where you can watch the busy life on Orchard Road during your meal.
2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Din Tai Fung
Another dumpling paradise, but you should also try their Hot & Sour Soup. There are several locations of this small restaurant chain, for example in the Marina Bay Sands.
2 Bayfront Avenue, #B2-63 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
While in Singapore, you shouldn’t miss the “traditional” Chilly crab. You’ll get the best at Longbeach Seafood. Make a reservation, take a cab/Uber to Dempsey Hill and enjoy.
25 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249670
If you miss some European meals on your Asia trip, Huber’s butchery’s bistro is the place to be. You’ll also need a taxi/Uber to reach the location on 22 Dempsey Road.
2. Gardens by the Bay
It seems everything in Singapore is giant.
The skywalk connecting the Supertrees and Supertree Grove was one of our highlights in Gardens by the Bay. 50 meters above the ground, you can catch a glimpse of the gigantic greenhouses.
In the Cloud Forest, you will experience how clouds are formed. Walk your way up to the top of rainforest and admire the floral diversity.
In the Flower Dome, you’ll find plants from all around the World. There is also a changing exhibition. We visited close to Christmas. Not even in Germany, you will see so many Nutcrackers and poinsettia plans in one place.
A word of advice: As you can find plants from every climatic zone in the Dome, and the Forest simulates real cloud-making, it’s cold inside. Take a scarf or a light sweater.
3. Swimming in the Marina Bay Sands infinity pool
Swimming high above the rooftops of Singapore is a unique experience. The “never-ending” pool is located on the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. It is the highest and the longest hotel pool in the World.
The access is restricted to hotel guests though. If you think, you can sneak in anyway, you can’t. The entrance is guarded, and there are automatic turnstiles, where you have to slide your hotel key card to get in.
Thus, if you want to enjoy the pool, you need to book at least one night in Marina Bay Sands.
Check for last minute fares. We booked a regular city view room only a few hours in advance and got a free upgrade to a premium gardens view room on the 37th floor! If possible, get a late 1 pm checkout so you can enjoy the pool the whole morning. It never hurts to ask if an upgrade is available.
A word of advice: Try getting up early to get some early-bird alone time with the spectacular city view.
Singaporean nightlife offers endless opportunities. For a street full of bars head to Club Street.
In Drinks&Co you can buy your own bottle of wine or spirit, and if you don’t finish it, they’ll store it for you until your next visit. That way, you can start and end your vacation in Asia with the same bottle.
81 Club St, Singapore 069449
A Cucumber Drink at Operation Dagger will get you back on your feet when you feel a little sleepy for the first time during your party night.
7 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069791
Don’t miss the classics – Singapore Sling.
Your guide book will probably send you to the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel, the birthplace of Singapore Sling. To be honest, it isn’t the best in town, and you’ll be spending around S$30 on a pre-mixed drink. On the other hand, the architecture is unique, and it is probably the only place in Singapore, where “littering is permitted.” At each table, you’ll find a bag of peanuts, and you can just toss the shells on the floor.
1 Beach Rd, Singapur 189673
And of course, the Cè LA VI SkyBar on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands will make your Singapore nightlife experience complete. The view is phenomenal. Drinks are a bit pricier (compared to other bars in Singapore), but the bar is opened to the public. Consider spending the money rather on a drink than on an elevator ride to the Observation Deck one floor below the bar.
1 Bayfront Ave, Singapur 018971
Singapore’s Zoo offers a lovely habitat without cages and fences for all kind of animals, from Comodo Dragons to very rare white tigers.
However, our highlight were little orang-utans swinging freely above your head. Unbelievable!
Real Zoo enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the night and river safari. But it might be too much for one day, as the Zoo is huge.
The Zoo is a little outside of CBD. Taking a cab or Uber is probably the most convenient way how to get there.
A word of advice: Book your ticket in advance and try to visit on a weekday for a better price. Also, a multi-park ticket (zoo + night/river safari) gets you better fares.
If you are visiting Singapore, you should do some shopping. (Veronika says)
Just stroll along the Orchard Road, and you’ll pass one shiny mall after the other. Close to Christmas, every shopping centre tries to catch the customer’s attention by oversized and almost kitschy Christmas decoration.
Decide for yourself if you like it or hate it.
And if you hate it, head to the Sentosa Island where you can relax on an artificial sand beach with a bucket of Tiger beer and watch the ships in the Singapore Strait. (Martin says)
Depending on where you are heading, it is convenient to use a taxi, Uber or public transport.
Taxis in Singapore are relatively cheap and metered. You don’t need to haggle over the fares or worry about scams. But in rush hour, it might get hard to get one (which also applies to Uber).
Another option is public transport. The bus system is a bit complicated. The subway (MRT) is very easy to use.
A word of advice: If you are planning to use public transport more than twice a day, get a transport card to save up to 50% on individual rides.
Also, take a light sweater or a scarf with you. All buses and trains are heavily air-conditioned.
4 Days are definitely not enough to fully discover the city. We will be back soon!
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