First Time in Marina Bay: What to Do

What to Do in Marina Bay in One Day

Marina Bay is the prettiest and most desirable place to stay in Singapore. The stunning architecture of the glass-front office towers, swanky hotels and grand colonial buildings make the most iconic cityscape. Most visitors would love to stay in a bay-facing five-star hotel, but this is prized real estate so it’s expensive.  

This tourist hotspot is also one of the major business areas of Singapore, so there’s a vibrant cosmopolitan vibe all along the pristine pavements and inside the many shopping malls, subway stations, restaurants and rooftop bars – all of which can be found easily in Marina Bay.  

If you are visiting Singapore it’s practically guaranteed you will be spending some time around Marina Bay, so we have compiled this handy list for first timer visitors so you can see what not to miss. We have covered everything from what to see and do, where to eat and even the best hotels to sleep in at night. With just a little bit of preplanning you can be sure to maximise your first time in Singapore, going to the best places and avoiding the tourist traps that so often can spoil an otherwise great day.

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Marina Bay at a Glance

Here’s a summary of what we like about this area, and also what we don’t like. We have tried to give a balanced view, so you can decide in seconds if this is the right place for you. This is genuine, first-hand advice.

  • Cutting-edge, modern city vibe
  • Walking distance to major attractions and things to do
  • Numerous swanky restaurants and bars
  • Singapore’s most iconic cityscape
  • Excellent subway links for hopping around town
  • Not so many budget hotels
  • No real ‘local’ Singaporean atmosphere

Best Things to Do in Marina Bay

Marina Bay has enough attractions and activities to fill a whole trip so you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do. You will find many of the city’s must-see attractions in Marina Bay: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Science Museum, Singapore Flyer and the famed Merlion fountain are just the tip of the iceberg. There are loads of family-friendly experiences in Marina Bay.

  • Gardens by the Bay

    Gardens by the Bay

    Gardens by the Bay is a huge, colourful, futuristic park in the bay area of Singapore; and has been crowned World Read More»

  • ArtScience Museum

    ArtScience Museum

    ArtScience Museum is a fantastic addition to Singapore’s galleries, and brings a great range of international art and Read More»

  • Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

    Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

    Get a taste of the high life at Marina Bay Sands SkyPark by viewing Singapore from above. This large wooden decked area Read More»

Best Restaurants in Marina Bay

Restaurants around here can be summarised by one word: fancy. This is where Michelin-starred restaurants and fashionable food trends can be found in abundance. There are also cheaper eats, although Marina Bay is really more on the swanky end of the scale.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

With a three-Michelin stared celebrity chef in the kitchen and some of the most exclusive cuts of beef found worldwide, Read More...

Jaan Restaurant

Boasting panoramic views of the Singapore skyline, Jaan’s wow-factor starts before you’ve even taken your first bite. Read More...

Singapore Food Trail

Singapore Food Treat

Taking on a distinctly vintage 1960s theme, the Singapore Food Treat serves up cheap, tasty, and authentic hawker Read More...

Best Nightlife in Marina Bay


Nightlife in Marina Bay typically includes high-end cocktail bars with jaw dropping views. There are a couple of nightclubs around, but the scene here is definitely more about enjoying cocktails than dancing the night away. Most places have a smart casual dress code so leave your flip flops and shorts at home.

  • 1 Altitude Bar Singapore

    1 Altitude Bar

    1 Altitude is the highest al fresco rofftop bar in Asia and boasts some of the best views in Singapore. On the 63rd Read More»

  • Mansion Bay Club

    This enormous two-story nightlife complex is one of the biggest clubs in Singapore, holding up to 1,000 revellers who Read More»

  • KU DE TA Rooftop Bar

    CE LA VI (formerly KU DE TA) Rooftop Bar

    CE LA VI enjoys one of the best views in Singapore. Its location on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands offers Read More»

Best Shopping in Marina Bay

Shopping in Marina Bay doesn’t hit the same levels as Orchard Road, but thanks to the hulk-sized Marina Bay Sands there is now a dedicated high end mall along with a couple of older, more mixed ones.

  • The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

    The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

    The Shoppes is the flagship shopping mall in the epic Marina Bay Sands complex, offering a host of luxury brands from Read More»

  • Esplanade


    Singapore’s Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay and Esplanade Mall comprise a multi-purpose arts centre bringing a fantastic Read More»

  • Suntec City Mall

    Suntec City

    Suntec City is a vast complex boasting a shopping mall, an exhibition and conference centre and office tower blocks. Due Read More»

Best Hotels in Marina Bay

These hotels in Marina Bay are some of the fanciest around. Taking in sweeping views of the city, the sea and all of the famous attractions in this area, Marina Bay is a very popular place to base yourself when visiting Singapore.

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Offering luxurious accommodation in the heart of Singapore financial and arts districts, within minutes from Orchard Read More...

The Westin Singapore

The Westin Singapore

Located right in the heart of the Central Business District and close to Marina Bay, the small but spectacular infinity Read More...

The Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore is the latest addition to the sparkling Marina Bay waterfront. With spectacular views Read More...


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