When traveling overseas, I’m sure one way to find out the best things to do in that place is to type ‘Top 10 things to do in ____” in Google. Then it’s time to start your journey of exploration. Well, many people often say there isn’t much to do for a date in S’pore other than going out for meals and movies. But if you look closely, there’s more to Singapore than you think! For this Valentine’s, you could start exploring Singapore like a tourist. You’ll find that there are tons more things to do in our sunny island!
Here’s my list of the TOP 20 THINGS TO IN SINGAPORE! I found out many things about Singapore that I never knew about whilst coming up with this list. I hope it sparks you guys to start planning for more fun dates! Go all touristy with your get-up, grab a camera and shades, and lets go!
Gardens by the Bay sits on reclaimed land and consists of 3 waterfront gardens. Be astounded by the huge supertrees towering over you. Cross the This beautiful place truly brings out Singapore’s garden city vibe. The two domes (Cloud Forest and Flower Dome) allow you to thoroughly immerse yourself in greenery, flora and fauna.
A: 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953
Double Helix Bridge officially opened in 2010, and is set to become one of Singapore’s top beautiful landmarks. Design inspired by the yin and yang concept in Asian culture, it makes the longest (280m) pedestrian linkway in Singapore. Don’t miss out on visiting this “engineering marvel situated in the heart of the city”.
A: The Helix at Raffles Avenue and Bayfront Bridge
Marina Barrage is Singapore’s 15th reservoir, and boasts a beautiful green roof with perfectly trimmed carpet grass. Home to picnics, kite flying and much breeze, it’s a comfy place to spend the day just chillin’. You could go there during evening hours to catch the beautiful skyline of our Marina Bay.
8 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018951
4. FOR A BIRD’S EYE VIEW
Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel that stands at 165m. Catch a breathtaking ride on the flyer as it takes you up and away to show you a panoramic view of our gorgeous sunny island.
A: 30 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039803
Singapore Zoological Gardens, labelled as the world’s best rainforest zoo, is home to over 300 species of animals. What could be more therapeutic than to watch animals roam freely around in their enclosures.
A: 80 Mandai Lake Rd 729826; T: + 65 6269 3411
Jurong Bird Park is and home to over 8000 birds of 600 species from around the world. Enjoy close interactions with them during feeding sessions and exciting bird shows!
2 Jurong Hill Singapore 628925; T: +65 6265 0022
Singapore’s award-winning Night Safari park opened in 1994, and is an entire open-air zoo that is only open at night. You can explore the 8 geographical zones either by tram or on foot. Animals in the safari are made visible by night lighting that resembles moonlight, hence it doesn’t harm them or disturb their nocturnal behaviour at all. Opens at 7.30pm and closes at midnight.
A: 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826; T +65 6269 3411
Sentosa Island is a popular island resort, home to 3 main beaches and many many activities! It’s filled with so much fun that even one day wouldn’t suffice. You could take the cable car or monorail into the island. Be sure to check out attractions like the insect kingdom & butterfly park, the megazip adventure park, the southernmost point of continental asia, The Luge, the beaches (tanjong, palawan & siloso), Underwater world & dolphin lagoon… the list goes on. It’s definitely Asia’ favourite playground. You can opt to get a play pass even! Don’t forget to check out Wavehouse Sentosa, where you can get huge waves from the Flowrider or Flowbarrel to surfboard on!
9. GO GALLERY HOPPING
Gillman Barracks sits on the conserved colonial barracks near Alexandra Road, and is a beautiful place of art. Home to several privately owned galleries, it features exhibitions of contemporary art. Spend a day just walking into the different galleries with white-washed walls donned with unique paintings & sculptures. Art is definitely therapeutic for the soul. End of the day at Timbre, famous for its great food, drinks and live music.
A: 9 Lock Road 108937
Singapore is home to several art houses and museums, more than you could imagine. Check out the list of museums here, and spend your day just museum hopping. It’s great fun if you’re both into art, history and culture. Or if you’re rushed for time, check them out online to see which exhibitions they are currently featuring that you like to catch. I’d say the National Museum of Singapore is a must visit!
11. TAKE NICE PHOTOGRAPHY
Haji Lane has many shophouses of independent fashion boutiques and cafes. It’s a fashionista’s paradise. You’d be surprised what you can find here. Home to many pretty vintage stuff, these shops are unique and carry a special flavour to them. Don’t forget to dress prettily and take many quirky photos as you walk down these shophouses. There’s much cool stuff to find scribbled on these walls.
A: Arab Street, Singapore
12. FOR CHILLING OUT
My top 2 would definitely be Dempsey & Rochester Park. Both are located on top of pretty little hills. Locked within Dempsey are many pretty cafes and fine restaurants. Places to try are PS Cafe, The White Rabbit (@ Harding) Barracks @ House and The Ranch Home (where Ben & Jerry’s live). We simply call this paradise found. Rochester Park has a nice ambience to it too, with many food places to explore within. Even starbucks looks different and just special. Places to catch are 1-Rochester, Da Paolo & Pies & Coffee. You could also check out Ladyironchef’s review on Rochester’s restaurants here. Rochester Park is 5 minutes walking distance from Bouna Vista MRT.
13. FOR THE PARTY & NIGHT LIFE
Clarke Quay, located along Singapore River is filled with vibrant night life and partying action. This place consists exclusively of bars, restaurants and happening night clubs like Attica and Zirca. Robertson Quay is also another hip area for night entertainment as well! Go ahead! Wine, Dine and have good times!
14. BE CLOSE TO NATURE & GREENERY
Singapore Botanic Gardens is a nature haven. You can get in to the main parks for free, and it opens from 5am to midnight daily. The National Orchid Garden is the main attraction within Botanics and you can visit it for a small fee of $5. It has a collection of more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. There is also a children’s garden at Jacob Ballas. Within there is a water Play area, a small playground, tree-houses with slides, and a maze, just for kids!
15. FOR RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE
Chinatown in Singapore is modernity with a touch of heritage. This special place features many cultural elements like temples, museums and shophouses. This is definitely the place to visit during Chinese new year season to soak up the festive spirit. From goldsmiths to dim sum restaurants and textile stores, there’s tons to see, shop and eat here. You could even grab a trishaw ride here like in the olden days!
16. ARTS & THEATRE SCENE
Esplanade is Singapore arts performing venue that features local and international performances. Primarily shaped like two durians, even if you’re not interested in plays/musicals/performances, it’s still a great place to visit. The mall also comprises of many places to eat, shop, drink and be merry. With the breeze from the river, it’s also nice to go alfresco dining.
17. SHOP TILL YOU DROP
Orchard Road is Singapore’s famous shopping street. Home to many big youthful brands like Zara, Forever 21, H&M and expensive brands like Prada, Chanel and Ferragamo. There are sooo many shopping malls and departmental stores that you can seriously shop till you drop. Apart from that, there are many buskers and roadside performances that you can catch during festive seasons! It’s the best place to be in during Christmas season, where all the trees are out and lights are bright and shiny.
For more shopping, you could also check out Singapore’s latest Marina Bay Sands. Many fine restaurants and shops lie within these malls. Also, at the top there is a skypark along with an infinity pool to go along with. Just simply too good to be true. *Please note that the skypark & pool is for hotel guests only. MBS also has a casino within.
18. ADRENALINE & THRILLS
Resorts World Sentosa is my new favourite. With Universal Studios, Adventure Cove Waterpark, S.E.A Aquarium and Maritime Museum all here in one place, you cannot give this place a miss. Universal Studios is amazing, and features 7 fun-filled zones with thrill rides and family attractions. In our Marine Life Park is Adventure Cove Waterpark that promises splashes of fun with waterslides and a wave pool! There you can also see dolphins, go underwater snorkeling and touch stingrays! At The S.E.A Aquarium, you can immerse yourself in a magical world of marine life upclose. In addition, The Maritime Experiential Museum is a place where visitors can experience Asia’s rich maritime history and discover Singapore’s past as a trading port. You can also catch musicals and shows here at RWS. For those interested, there is also a casino in RWS.
8 Sentosa Gateway Sentosa Island Singapore 098269
19. GO ABOVE GROUND
Henderson Waves is Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge. Standing at 36m above ground, this bridge takes on an elegant wave-like structure and connect the two hills, Mount Faber and Telok Banglah hill together. Made up of all-weather timbre, this bridge is definitely special and has even won awards e.g. President’s Design Award 2009. Visit this bridge at night, when it is lighted up so beautifully you could spend the whole night there enjoying the breeze. You’d definitely want to take a nice long walk down this bridge.
Chijmes has a beautiful chapel within, along with many bars and restaurants located in the heart of Singapore. For an evening or a night out, Chijmes has the perfect romantic atmosphere to go along with it.
30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996; T: +65 6337 7810
With what Singapore has to offer, be sure to enjoy yourselves!