3 Perfect Days in Singapore
A fascinating history, a multitude of ethnicities, oriental influences, finger-licking food and futuristic architecture: Singapore is an intriguing city that’s well worth a longer stop-over or a short trip. There is so much to see and to do, so make sure you’ll read our tips before heading off into a city adventure that will astound you.
Day 1: Little India, Kampong Glam and Hawker Centers
Before you exit the airport, have a look at the “Jewel”: The Singapore Changi Airport is an attraction in itself, including waterfalls, butterfly garden, slides and art. With public transportation, you’ll easily reach every corner of the city – the buses and trains are immaculately clean, fast and very affordable. Start with a walk through Little India. The colourful quarter boasts a network of streets full of merchants, delicious Indian restaurants, beautiful street art and historic places. If you’re a fan of Indian food, you should indulge: The freshly made naan bread is mouthwatering and the curries…
Head further southeast as the quarter Kampong Glam is nearby, which is occupied mostly by Malays and Muslims. Stroll over the Bussorah Pedestrian Mall to the impressive Masjid Sultan mosque with its golden roofs and sneak a peek into the Arabic shops full of colourful lanterns, carpets and handmade goods. The Istana Kampong Glam is around the corner. The former palace offers peaceful gardens and is now the Malay Heritage Center.
For dinner, try the Singapore street food. As the city was reformed and growing, most of the street food vendors either had to convert into a restaurant or gathered together in Hawker Centers. In a Hawker Center (there are several across the city), you just sit down at a table, remember the number, and order at the different stalls around you. Food is brought to the table, and you have a large variety of yummy traditional dishes to chose from.
Day 2: Walk, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Sands Hotel, Chinatown
Today is a perfect day to explore the city centre near the waterfront. There you’ll also find two of the most iconic sights – the Gardens by the Bay and the giant Marina Sands Hotel. As both of these sights are lit up by night, it’s best to visit them in the late afternoon / early evening. Start your day relaxedly with a walk, i.e. around the beautiful MacRitchie Reservoir. The Tree Top Walk is great for a shorter or longer hike across suspension bridges and to immerse yourself in the nature of Singapore. Closely located to the city, you’ll be able to relax in the quiet, green surroundings, watch squirrels, monkeys and dragonflies, and the friendly greeting locals are the cherry on top of the cake.
In the afternoon, you head to the Gardens by the Bay. The marvellous gardens are huge and the perfect place to unwind. It’s most famous for the tower-like structures in tree form that include a skywalk and are lit up at night. Every evening, there is a light show with music, and the Gardens get a bit crowded. Make sure you find a good spot near the tree towers around 7.30 pm and enjoy the show! Afterwards, you can stroll to the nearby Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This massive building is not only a futuristic sight to behold, but also dwarfs all surrounding buildings by far. On it’s banana-shaped top, you’ll find a luxurious roof top bar with a swimming pool.
Dinnertime is in Chinatown, which you can reach via a short metro ride. Passing by the beautiful Sri Mariamman temple, the oldest Hindu temple of Singapore, you’ll find yourself amongst all kinds of Chinese shops and restaurants. Choose one of the many restaurants on the street who serve delicious Chinese food, or walk a few metres further and have a little bit of everything at the Chinatown Hawker Center.
Day 3: Street Art at Haji Lane, Merlion and Downtown
Start your day with a walk through Haji Lane in Kampong Glam. This street is full of unique and creative little shops, boasting artsy and handcrafted products. Marvel at the colourful street art on the buildings and enjoy a delicious chocolate milkshake or a cool beer (You’re on holidays!) while having lunch in one of the bars at the southern end of Haji Lane. Take the train or walk towards the city centre to explore Downtown.
The Merlion is one of the iconic sights in Singapore to visit, as it’s symbolizing the city’s history: The fish represents the origins of Singapore, which once was a humble fishing village, and the lion stands for strength. The waterfront is perfect for a leisurely stroll to and to see the impressive Downtown of the city. Whether you want to relax, go shopping, browse art galleries, visit museums or do sports in Singapore, this multi-faceted city has something for everyone.
Walk up the Singapore river west of Anderson Bridge. The southern side of the river is lined with restaurants directly at the waterfront, offering impressive views of the city skyline, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the river. At night, the lights are reflecting in the river, making it the ideal backdrop to end these adventurous three days in Singapore.