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Just like ExecuJet’s hometown Switzerland, Singapore packs a punch for a small country. Offering an array of entertainment, shopping and excellent dining venues, it’s hard to imagine ever spending just one day there. But let’s say you do just have 24 hours to explore this island nation – what should you do? What does a perfect day in Singapore look like? Here’s a quick snapshot.
Whether you want a taste of the city’s high life, a high-quality holiday treat, or you simply want to enjoy some of the world’s glitziest attractions, Singapore is the perfect place to indulge. From art exhibitions, theatre plays and musicals to seasonal events and a vibrant bar and club scene, there’s always something entertaining to enjoy.
At a soaring height of 165m, the Singapore Flyer is one of the world’s largest Giant Observation Wheels and one of Asia’s biggest attractions. Launched in 2008, the Singapore Flyer offers a breathtaking panorama view that captures Marina Bay’s skyline with a glimpse of neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia. For something special, opt for the height of luxury and enjoy the finest champagne in your own private capsule.
Since its inception in February 2011, Wonder Full has attracted more than 4.2 million visitors from all over the world. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday spectators are immersed in Wonder Full; an amazing convergence of music, light and sound masterfully combined with laser effects. For thirteen spectacular minutes the cityscape of Singapore is lit up as a beautiful story about the creation of life – told through fire, water, light and lasers – unfolds. This spectacular show explores the beauty of the human experience and humanity through original footage of the people of Singapore.
Gardens By the Bay is an independent organisation responsible for developing and managing one of Asia’s most spectacular destinations. Magnificent on its own, there’s almost always something happening to further intensify the beauty of the 101 hectare site, from special appearances by international singers and Garden Rhapsody to Merry Medley, this year’s incredible Christmas offering. Attractions include the Conservatory Cloud Forest, Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes and the world famous Supertree Grove which measure between 25 and 50 feet tall.
Our pick? Enjoy a stroll through Gardens By the Bay before making your way to Marina Bay Sands for the Wonder Full light and water show.
With a myriad of retail options to explore, Singapore offers one of the best shopping experiences in the world. From niche luxury boutiques to street side flea markets, shopping doesn’t get any better than Singapore.
Spanning almost 2.2km, Orchard Road is home to a huge range of luxury brands, stylish homegrown labels and trendy high street collections. Robinsons and TANGS are two multi-label department stores that are well worth a visit, stocking designer labels like Aijek and Atelier Fang.
Since opening in 2010, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands has amassed the largest collection of luxury labels under one roof. More than 170 premium brands can be found, from Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent to Fendi Kids and Armani Junior. More recently, the luxury mall has introduced an appointment only Personal Shopping Experience.
The largest mall in Singapore, VivoCity offers shopping for the whole family and houses a number of stores unique to VivoCity. Find an array of kid-friendly amenities and vast open-air spaces and when you’ve had enough of shopping, you can zip on over to Sentosa via the monorail.
Bugis Street Market is a bustling shopping hub home to over 800 stores selling everything from cosmetics to homewares. Combining tradition with the latest trends, you’re guaranteed to find something unique for your wardrobe, but be sure to visit several stores before buying as often you’ll find the same purchase cheaper a few doors down. Popular amongst both tourists and locals, the market is open from 11am-10pm daily.
Our pick: For grabbing a bargain and discovering rising talent we love SCAPE Marketplace, one of Singapore’s largest flea markets. But for something a bit special, Marina Bay Sands has it all. Visit the Louis Vuitton Maison at Crystal Pavilions, which sits atop its own floating island. The one-of-a-kind concept also features nautical-inspired interiors.
Singapore’s culinary scene is up there with the world’s best and is packed with pre-party bites, romantic rooftop experiences, healthy CBD lunches and more. Hot new restaurant openings include:
Set on the rooftop of the Wangz Hotel, Upper Place is an Asian-inspired, modern European restaurant offering spectacular views and delicious fusion food. Start off small with plates such as lobster kueh pie tee, before moving onto a main such as the reconstructed laksa risotto. This exciting fusion dish showcases lobster, scallop and shrimp in a laksa-inspired risotto with coconut foam and sambal. Delicious.
This new bar in the Keong Saik area has a great sense of humour with walls lined with laundry detergent boxes, kitschy propaganda posters, cocktails inspired by cheesy Mando-pop songs, and a philosophy that parodies that of an American Chinese takeout. It’s nothing flash but the food is tasty, generous and quick, making Phat Cat Laundry an excellent option if you’d prefer to spend less time eating and more time exploring.
The first restaurant for Tetsuya outside of his famous Sydney offering, Waku Ghin, meaning ‘arise silver’, is an unparalleled dining experience. The signature colour throughout, silver, is incorporated in every part of the 8,000 square foot space, including the intimate bar, three private cocoon rooms and the main dining room. Signature dishes include Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Caviar and Wagyu with Wasabi and Citrus Soy. Tetsuya also happens to be the
first person appointed Sake Ambassador outside of Japan, making his selection the best in the world. To experience premium sakes and the art and refinement of Japanese cocktail making, visit The Bar at Waku Ghin.
Our pick: You simply can’t miss the culinary magic of the 10-course degustation menu at Waku Ghin so get yourself a mid-morning snack of kouign-amann (a crusty buttery cake) from Tiong Bahru Bakery or some light lunch from the Tiong Bahru Food Centre and keep an appetite for a spectacular dinner in the evening.
Keen to stay up late and experience the city at night? Night owls are spoilt for choice with an eclectic variety of dining and clubbing options, so whether you’re after a laid back beach bar, a funky cocktail lounge or a raging night club, you’ll find it once the sun goes down.
At 63 storeys up and atop One Raffles Place, 1-Altitude is not only the highest place to drink in town, but also one of the swankiest. The views are incredible, the cocktails sweet and the dance floor gets busy – especially on a Friday and Saturday night.
One of the longest running rooftop bars in Singapore, New Asia Bar sits atop the Swissotel The Stamford, offering great views across Singapore and over to Malaysia. The later into the night the busier it gets, and the more pops of champagne corks you’ll hear thanks to the excellent range of DJs that jump at the chance to play here.
Having opened its doors more than two decades ago, Zouk is Singapore’s longest running nightclub. Many will suggest it’s also the best club in Singapore, with numerous rooms and zones, a strict underground music policy and a laid back atmosphere that attracts every age. Located right on the river just a stone’s throw from Clarke Quay, Zouk has a fierce reputation amongst music lovers all over the world.
Our pick? Head to 1-Altitude’s upper viewing gallery for a few glasses of bubbly and the most stunning 360-degree views of Singapore’s skyscape. Two floors down you can then drop into Altimate, Singapore’s ultimate VIP club. Altimate’s luxe interiors offer a first-class venue and some of the best DJs in the world.
Everyone that visits Singapore has a different idea of the perfect way to spend 24 hours, but for us, Singapore is all about its architectural wonders, fantastic food, spectacular gardens, rooftop bars with infinity pools, incredible shopping and vibrant nightlife. The non-stop calendar of celebrations means there is always something new and exciting to explore and whether you’re there midweek or on the weekend there’s a variety of options to keep you entertained.