First Time in Singapore – What to Do

Singapore Survival Guide

Singapore makes it easy for first timers. This island state is made up of expats, so you’ll never feel out of place no matter where you’re from. The challenge for you is not finding something to do, it trying to filter out the best stuff from the hundreds of attractions and activities on offer. That’s why this survival guide is so handy – we’ve done the filtering for you.

Choosing the best things to do in Singapore was no easy task; this is a city bursting to the seams with impressive attractions, exciting activities, and plenty of day trips for all the family. This tiny island state is also a land of contrasts; Chinatown and Little India, both gastronomic and shopping hubs in their own right, represent the incredible ethnic diversity of the country.

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Singapore At a Glance

Here’s a summary of what we like about Singapore, 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.

  • Modern city with lots of attractions
  • Very clean and safe
  • Great food
  • Day trips to Malaysia and Indonesia are easy
  • Expensive
  • It’s a small country with no wilderness

The Best Things to Do in Singapore

Singapore has loads of fun attractions to enjoy. We particulalrly like the combination of art and nature found in Gardens by The Bay – especially the ‘Supertrees’ that look like something straight out of a Sci-Fi magazine. Universal Studios is great for families. For a spot of culture, check out the magnificent The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown.

  • 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»

  • Universal Studios Singapore

    Universal Studios Singapore

    The latest addition to Singapore’s attractions is Universal Studios. Opened in March 2010, it has seven themed sections Read More»

  • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

    Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

    The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a remarkable four-story temple. When entering the gate, you’ll immediately notice the Read More»

The Best Restaurants in Singapore

Singapore’s favourite pastime in eating out. From packed hawker centres to rooftop fine-dining, every mealtime is something special here. Check out some of our favourite places to eat in Singapore:

  • Restaurant Andre

    While the molecular portions served up here are microscopic in size, and often quite confusing, few dining experiences Read More»

  • Lau Pa Sat Food Hawker Centre

    Lau Pa Sat Food Hawker Centre

    In the heart of the financial district, surrounded by the tallest buildings in Singapore you will find Lau Pa Sat, one 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»

The Best Things to Do at Night in Singapore

This is just a snapshot of what there is to do in Singapore at night. The city state is packed full of swanky bars and clubs, and we’ve picked out a couple of our absolute favourites, but there’s also more wholesome fun to be had down on Sentosa Island or at the renowned night safari in the north of Singapore.

  • 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»

  • Zouk


    Any review of the Singapore club scene should begin with Zouk. This popular club, which has been compared with some of Read More»

  • Singapore Night Safari

    Singapore Night Safari

    Offers an unusual glimpse into the nocturnal animal kingdom, with more than 59 exhibits and 1,000 animals to be seen. Read More»

The Best Shopping in Singapore

Shopping malls, night markets or exclusive boutiques – whatever style of shopping you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it in Singapore. Below are some of the most iconic places to start.

  • ION Orchard Singapore

    ION Orchard

    A stylish architectural wonder, ION Orchard glows like a futuristic beacon at the end of Orchard Road enticing Read More»

  • Chinatown Food Street

    Chinatown Food Street

    Chinatown Food Street has had a bit of a makeover, making it one of the best places to eat cheap, tasty and authentic Read More»

  • Mustafa Centre

    Mustafa Centre

    Open 24 hours, the Mustafa Centre offers a unique market style shopping experience. Designer products are in abundance Read More»

Three of Our Favourite Hotels

In case you still haven’t booked a place to stay, here’s a list of three of our favourite hotels in Singapore. We have chosen properties in different parts of town and at different price points to give you a bit of choice.

Movenpick Sentosa

Moevenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa is an upscale renovated colonial building strategically located bang in the middle of the Read More...

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

The Fullerton Hotel is a large white brick grandly built Hotel, and is conveniently located close to the Marina Bay area.Those Read More...

Novotel Clarke Quay

Novotel Clarke Quay Singapore is located in the Chinatown Riverside district of downtown Singapore and just a 25-minute journey by Read More...


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