Singapore, with its melting pot of cuisine, culture and people, and a backdrop of pristine scenery, is an amazing place to visit. It is a futuristic city with so many innovations in a small compact land of only 721.5 km. Even though Singapore is a very modern city, that doesn't mean it is deprived of natural beauty, wildlife and beaches. It is safe to say that in this beautifully diversified city, you won’t miss out on any of a traveller's usual favourites, such as pleasant beach sides, beautiful sunsets, tasty food, amazing culture and insta-worthy snaps! If by now you find yourself sold on the idea of going to Singapore, then check out these awesome things to do for your 3 days there.
Whether you just have a layover or want to spend the long weekend there, this itinerary will be perfect for you as it will provide you with a detailed idea of the things that should be on your bucket list while exploring the city.
Singapore is rich with not only breathtaking skyscrapers, but also with old buildings that give tourists a sense of its past. Your first day will include visiting sites from its past and present so that you can understand how Singapore came to be. In addition to that, I have included recommendations for delicious traditional restaurants you should try on your first day there.
Before you head out to explore Singapore, you should start your day by having the perfect old-school breakfast. Your hotel might offer a standard Western breakfast, but I recommend you visit Killiney Kopitiam café as it is easily the most authentic place to try a traditional Singaporean breakfast. Traditional Singaporean breakfast includes things like charcoal-grilled kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs.
The Colonial District in Singapore is the heart of the country. It consists of everything that makes up the history of a state: museums, colonial buildings and cathedrals. Start off your journey near Killiney Road where you will eventually walk east towards Canning Park, which is a lush green park with giant trees. From there, move on to the museums. There are plenty of museums in the area that you can check out, which might take you around 2 – 3 hours to visit one/all of them. Some of the museums include the Singapore Philatelic Museum (Postal Museum) and National Archives Singapore (Treasures from 1000 years of British History).
From Thai to Italian, you are bound to find most cuisines offered on Purvis Street in Singapore. Being the food mecca of Southeast Asia, Singapore has some excellent options for food, and Purvis Street is where travellers find themselves especially spoilt for choice. So, make sure to have your lunch here because your palette will thank you! I would recommend you try Chin Chin Eating House (19 Purvis Street) for old Hainanese classics, such as chicken rice.
Start exploring this area by getting to the Gardens by the Bay and having a wander around, taking note of the super-imposing Marina Bay Sands high above you. Once you are done walking around the Gardens, take in the view of the beautiful skyscrapers some more by crossing the Helix Bridge. Finally, cross the Esplanade Bridge to the Merlion Park to check out the architectural masterpiece that is the Merlion Statue.
If you are visiting during the day, then of course don't forget to check out the Cloud Forest Dome (open until 9pm every day). Also, why not grab lunch at Satay by the Bay - a cheap and delicious outdoor food court!
NOTE: The Gardens by the Bay offers a free light and music show every night at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm. Just show up at Gardens by the Bay's Supertree Grove and be prepared to be surprised!
Missing out on a shopping spree in Singapore is like missing out on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. From local to international brands, there are so many different options for shoppers in Singapore, which is why this Southeast Asian country has become a tourist hot spot for shopping.
While Singapore has amazing malls and futuristic buildings, it is generously endowed with wildlife too. The richness in its offerings makes tourists visit it repeatedly. So, I would recommend you follow up your shopping spree with a Night Safari excursion near the Singapore Zoo.
Begin your shopping bonanza on the intense Orchard Street, which is thriving with shopping malls (think luxury brands), restaurants and interesting sites. Here, you can shop till your heart’s content and eat till you can't eat no more. Spend an ample amount of time here before you head off anywhere else to do justice to this place.
On a side note, you should check out the mega-bookstore Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City, which is the biggest bookstore in Singapore and one of the largest bookstores in Southeast Asia.
If you take the train to Little India, upon exiting the station, you will feel like you have made your way to actual India! From temples and markets to restaurants and food, everything has an Indian influence. Be sure to not only shop here, but also grab food somewhere along the way. Make sure to also check out Mustafa, which is a never-ending department-like store that has taken over several shophouses and contains anything and everything you would ever want and don't need, but I mean.. it doesn't hurt to look, right?
Kampong Glam & Bugis is within walking distance of Little India. However, if you feel exhausted and don’t want to walk, you can take the MRT. Unlike Little India where you were able to lay your eyes on the Hindu culture, here you will be able to see mosques and Islamic culture. There are tones of cool restaurants and incredible shops to check out too.
Make sure to make a stop on Arab Street to see historic shops selling textiles, perfume and more. You can also taste some traditional Muslim food and see some Western restaurants that have settled into the area as well.
The wildlife in Singapore excites even the most jaded travellers. One of the many things you can do at night in Singapore includes going on a night safari at the Singapore Zoo to thrill your senses even more. You will see a variety of interesting species that come to life once the sun sets here.
After you have taken in all of Singapore's cultures, spent all your money and driven your taste buds wild, it is time to have a relaxing day where you can spend most of your time chilling by the beach sipping martinis.
However, before you do that, you’re going to want to knock off one more adventurous activity - a trip to Universal Studios on Sentosa Island of course! Yes, Singapore is one of three countries that houses the Universal Park and Resort. Your morning trip here will keep you occupied for a considerable number of hours, after which you will only want to relax.
From incredible rides and movie screenings to a variety of food options and a slew of events, you can never go wrong with a trip to Universal Studios. It is expected that you will at least end up spending around 4 – 5 hours here.
Both the Universal Studios and Sea Aquarium in Singapore are located on Sentosa Island. So, while you are here, I would recommend you take a trip to the Sea Aquarium as well, which is the world’s biggest aquarium and consists of the most amazing aquatic species, such as sharks, mantas, seahorses and fish.
Sentosa Island also consists of three beaches, with Siloso beach being the hippiest one out of all three. It contains amazing bars and discos, which is where you can get yourself a drink and relax while watching the sun go down.
Now that it's nighttime, it's time to have dinner. And the best place to have dinner on Sentosa Island is at the Tanjong Beach Club because it is the calmest beach in this area. With cosy seating and candlelit tables, this will not only be the perfect way to end your busy weekend, but also your long weekend in Singapore.
This article was first published on May 26, 2019 16:36 UTC.
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