In many ways, Singapore is the perfect city for a one day itinerary. With so much to do in such a small place it's both easy and efficient to get around. Here's our top picks for the perfect 24 hours in Singapore.
Tiong Bahru is the place for a trendy breakfast. A 1930s housing estate with Singapore’s hippest food, head to the second floor of the Tiong Bahru Food Center and grab a local breakfast set, some steamed buns and traditional style coffee (kopi). If you’re in the mood for something a little more Western, 40 Hands has a big breakfast for the hungry traveller.
No trip to Singapore is complete without a few hours spend on Sentosa Island. Catch the cable car to the home of Singapore’s Universal Studios and the iconic Merlion Statue. It’s recommended you go early to see this symbol of Singapore as the crowds can build up later in the day. Have a look around and then head back to the mainland to discover more of Singapore by water.
Cruising along the Singapore River is one of the best ways to take in the city when you’re pressed for time. A 40 minute cruise along the waterfront offers a unique vantage point, and it’s great for unwinding, putting your feet up and grabbing a few snaps of this modern, cosmopolitan city.
There’s a couple of main operators for the cruise, Singapore River Tours and Duck & Hippo River Tours. They have the same basic route with a few differences. Both have trips departing every 20-30 minutes.
Shopping malls, exhibition centres and ‘The World’s Largest Fountain of Wealth’ are all here. With four zones dedicated to shopping, food, pleasure and leisure you could probably spend a whole day at Suntec City, but an early lunch and a bit of shopping should suffice. Don't fill up too much though, there's still plenty to see (and eat).
Right in the heart of Singapore you’ll find architectural elegance in the form of Georgian and Victorian buildings dating back to colonial roots of Singapore. Famous landmarks include the Old Supreme Court, City Hall, and Old Parliament House. You won't need to spend too much time here so grab a few snaps and be on your way.
Like the country itself, Singapore National Museum is supremely organised. You can see some truly inspiring exhibits while getting the rundown on this vibrant nation. Beyond the engaging exhibits, which includes ‘700 Years of Singapore’, the building in which it is housed is also an immersive experience.
Singapore boasts a large Indian community and the best Indian fare can be found in Little India Arcade. Wall to wall shops, fragrant scents and the all the roti and curry you need are all right here in this fun and colourful arcade. Treat yourself to a beer or coconut drink before moving on.
This popular shopping strip is just a stone’s throw from the Little India Arcade. Popular haunts include Keepers, a store filled to the rafters with local designer and artisan wares. If you’re looking for something unique to take home, you’ll probably find it here. The Orchard MRT station is also nearby for easy embarkation.
Just above the MRT station, ION is a dazzling array of boutique and unique stores. Sure, you’ll find Zara and Uniqlo nestled in there, but the real attraction is the range of diverse gems scattered around this labyrinthine mall. For a single day, maybe just a quick peek is all you need, less you get lost in the surrounds. Though if you ever do return to Singapore, make sure you spend a little more time here.
As the sun sets you can soak up the harbour with a leisurely stroll along one of Singapore’s most picturesque areas. The Marine Bay Area is a stroller’s delight. Big sights like the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which looks like a huge ship abreast three towers, and more intricate sights like the Super-trees, gardens made in the shapes of trees. By night there’s light and sound shows at the Garden Rhapsody.
Enjoy a meal at one of the delightful restaurants along the bay, but don't fill up too much, there's still one more thing left to do.
Alcohol isn’t cheap in Singapore, but there’s a few places where the price matches the purpose. Head up to the top of the Marina Bay Sands and CE LA VI SkyBar for a dazzling panorama of the skyline by night. There’s a dress code, but it’s worth it for the excellent view to close your perfect day in Singapore.
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