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Best Places to Visit in Singapore
With this article I would like to show you about 10 places to visit in Singapore for you to understand what’s all there in this great city.
Singapore has a very diverse ethnic population and likewise the Singa landscape is just as diverse. You can literally walk 5 minutes and be in a total different atmosphere. Although, honestly, for some other places to visit in Singapore you might want to take some other mean of transportation. However for great walking tours, please find some great free guides here!
With this article I will try to capture some of the atmospheres you will find in each of the neighborhoods in Singapore. Which days are best to visit them and what to do there besides experience the culture! Ah, and how to get there! Important, because some are a bit too far to walk to from where you stay most likely!
Places to visit in Singapore: Central Business District (CBD)
Why: With its iconic Architecture and tall skyscrapers one of the must places to visit in Singapore. However the Central Business District (CBD) is not that big and there is basically no shopping it’s just great for walking around for a few hours. Don’t plan a whole day there, just an hour or 2. There are also some nice landmarks to visit that are in or close to the CBD. The Singapore Merlion, Lau Pa Sat (the oldest Hawker Center in Town) and the many rooftop bars on all the skyscrapers. However a lot of fun, I think the impressive buildings and icon architecture is the best thing about the CBD!
When: Go there in the evening around 18:00. Preferably during the week, in the weekend the CBD is rather desolated because nobody is working. For the most vibrant experience go there during the week in the evening, during the day it’s too hot. And because you really want to go to Satay Street, on the south-side of Lau Pa Sat to eat a great Satay, which opens at 19:00 you don’t want to go there too early!
How to get there: Although it’s nice to walk to the CBD, depending on where you are/stay it might be a bit far. You can take the MRT green or red line to Rafles Place and exit through the Northside of the metro station.
Places to visit in Singapore: China Town
Why: Why Not? I mean, China Town doesn’t need an argument! Although for me it’s rather straightforward that one of the best places to visit in Singapore is China Town, I can imagine that you’d like some more information. With about 75% of the Singaporean population being Chinese the Chinese influences in Singapore are very pronounced. With being the heart of it all: China Town! China Town is energetic; China Town is alive; and is most of all an experience of its own. There are my free things to do such as temples, sightseeing, great food, many nice markets and some awesome stores! However just people watching can keep you also busy for a day!
When: Just about any day of the week at any time. Between 7am and 10pm you will be okay!
What: There are many great temples to visit (please dress appropriate) such as the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Thian Hock Keng Temple or the Sri Mariamman Temple. All free of admission of course, however you can make a donation if you like! The China Town street markets have a lot nice shops with fair prices. A lot of stuff you never thought you would need, great antiques and other memorabilia you want to check out! Check out some of the great tea drinking places in China Town. For example the Tea Chapter is a great way of experiencing the Chinese Tea rituals and culture! Yet it will set you back around S$20, a must visit even if you’re not into tea! There are 2 great Hawker centers to visit in China Town: Maxwell’s and the People Park Food Center. Ah, and as you will notice, there are many Chinese pharmacies with alternative medicine! Not only interesting if you’re sick or if you’re in desperate need an Ox’s penis, definitely worth your while checking them out! Last but not least: Bacon! Chinese love bacon! There are many shops that are specialized in bacon have they have taking this delicious snack to a next level! Make sure to get yourself a treat while you’re add it!
Why: As you would expect due to the area’s name, Little India harbors most of the (south) Indian population in Singapore. It’s a bit less organized than the rest of Singapore, you even maybe see some dirt on the street (Singapore is very clean!)! There is a great vibe going on and the food, well, just amazing! As far ase my knowledge goes, it doesn’t get more affordable than Little India if it comes to shopping. It’s main shopping mall Mustava Center has literally everything and is an experience by itself! Please, visit Mustava! Besides this Little India is covered by small shops with flowers, awesome little restaurants and great Temples! Fun Fact: there is no alcohol after 11pm and on Sunday. The Indian misbehaved a bit (got really drunk) and now there is a ban on alcohol.
When: Any day of the week between 7am and 11pm. On Sunday Little India transforms to “real India”. Everyone is off from work that day and will be outside. It will be very (very) busy and can be a bit intimidating. Especially for woman, however if you are into an adventure you should visit Little India on a Sunday!
What: Awesome shopping mall, little shops everywhere, great restaurants and temples. Ah, and the Tekka Center Hawkercenter close to the metro is quite good!
Why: The Marina Bay is basically the skyline of Singapore you see in all the pictures. Great to walk around and to combine this in the evening with the Central Business District, the Gardens at the Bay or the historic district. You have a great view over the water and see all architecture, there are some nice landmarks and I think the most tourist places to visit in Singapore.
Places to visit in Singapore: Gardens at the Bay & Marina Bay Sands
Why: A Singaporean Icon, free and one of the nicest places to visit in Singapore. They really did a good job creating the Gardens by the Bay! Basically it’s a very nice park with the iconic light-trees. FYI when you google Gardens by the bay they try to sell you tickets, however you dont need any to enter the park. Go on to these tree-tops and see the gardens from above, there are many things to do for children to! Bring your swimsuit if you like and get wet at the water fountains!
What: Nice gardens, great (free) attractions and very children friendly. Just a nice place to walk around and escape the busy streets of Singapore. And Marina Bay Sands: the place to show off on Facebook and have one of the most expensive free drinks you ever had! Just go there, you won’t be disappointed! Great view, great place!
Why: Although the area is called Arabstreet, there are more streets in this area that have an Arab-European vibe to it. It’s one of the most hipster places to visit in Singapore if you ask me, but that’s fine! It’s really the most artistic and craftsman areas in Singapore. It has great little shops with handmade products, Japanese sunglasses, T-shirts, etc. Although great for shopping, there are some awesome bars too. Because all the buildings have art and graffiti painted on them this is just a great place to sit down and relax. Ah, there is also a nice shopping mall close by called Bugis Junction: one of my favorite places to shop!
Why: If you have seen these gardens, you have seen it all. All gardens you will see after the Singaporean Botanic Gardens just don’t do the trick anymore. Truly one of the most quite, serene and amazing places to visit in Singapore. Nature, animals, flowers, water, the botanic gardens really life up to what a proper botanic garden should look like. Free of admission and will keep you busy for at least half a day.
When: In the morning is the best time. It’s not that warm and busy in the morning, the animals and plants are just waking up and it’s a great start of the day! Just be sure to visit during the day, it can be rather dark in the evening and you really want to see al the nature!
Why: Orchard Road is one of the main shopping streets in Singapore. It big, it’s overwhelming and it’s one of the most buzzing places to visit in Singapore. Neon-lights, expensive cars and all the shop you can think of. Although Orchard Road is famous because of all the high-end brands shops such as Gucci, Prada and whatever, there are many other malls, stores and little restaurants to check out. Be sure to go to the ION-tower in ION square for a great view. Take the elevator to the 60th and have a nice panoramic view of Singapore for free.