I’ve had SO many questions regarding Singapore, so this post is a long time coming! To be honest I am the worse tour guide ever ’cause whenever my friends from overseas visit I always don’t know where to bring them. So even though I’ll give my suggestions, please remember to do some research beforehand as well!
First and foremost, ask any Singaporean why they love Singapore and they will say it’s the food. Unfortunately, you’ll have to go look at the food blogs for that one because I am not a “foodie” at all! I know nothing about food. However, some places that are uniquely Singaporean on the top of my head: hawker centers. Any food court at a mall has local dishes, and one hawker place I really like is Lau Pat Sat. Seafood at East Coast is also great (they have tons of eateries there too, and the park is nice for a walk after), and places like Holland Village, Little India, and Dempsey Road all have cute little restaurants with not only local food but Indian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean… you name it. But definitely try out the hawker food here!
For shopping, the obvious is Orchard Road! There is mall after mall there. At Orchard Road you’ll find the usual high street brands like H&M, Topshop, Zara, and then luxury brands like Chanel, Prada, etc. But if you’re looking for more unique stuff, I really like Haji Lane. Also, go to Bugis! Both places are full of cute little boutiques and you can find some nice gems there.
For sight seeing and general attractions, there is Sentosa, the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Universal Studios, The Singapore Flyer, Raffles Hotel, Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, the Merlion, Marina Bay Sands, Little India, Chinatown, the Esplanade…. I think I’m missing something. They are all mega touristy, so expect to pay a lot.
For partying, unfortunately I don’t have any good recommendations. I went clubbing a lot when I was 17 but I think most of the places have closed down or are really lame now! I only go to clubs if it’s for a special occasion now, like birthday parties, etc and I don’t really pay attend to the name. That being said, your best bet is Clarke Quay. Some clubs at the top of my head there that are popular are Zirca, China One, Le Noir, and Attica.
To travel around Singapore, definitely get yourself an EZ Link card. You can find them at any MRT station. Public transport here is very good and easy to figure out. Taxis are usually not too expensive, especially compared to places like Europe.
People here kinda get a bad rep for being rude, (or so my tourist friends say), but I personally haven’t had any problems with talking to strangers. So don’t be shy to ask for directions or any other things you might have help with.
I hope this has helped a little. I am the worse tour guide ever, so Singaporean readers, please add in your own recommendations! All I can say that when you’re in Singapore, it’s definitely a “city” holiday, so just explore and enjoy. 🙂
Here I am a few years ago at Raffles Hotel, a must visit! It is a stunning place.