Singapore: A 7-Day Cultural Exploration
Ideal Length:7 Days
Best Time To Go:April - November
Flight Time:LAX 15 Hours 10 Minutes, CHI 19 Hours 30 Minutes, NYC-All Airports 17 Hours 50 Minutes
AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Single occupancy; Airfare not included):$6,694
For jaw-dropping views of the Lion City, take a ride on the Singapore Flyer for jaw-dropping views from 541 feet above ground.
You can't leave Singapore without a trip to the Botanic Gardens, a 160-year-old green space that includes a National Orchid Garden.
Before stopping by Banana Leaf for lunch, consider a casual stroll through Little India to check out the specialty stores that sell beautiful saris, spices and accessories.
If you're lucky enough to visit in the winter, Singapore Art Museum hosts an annual Light the Night Festival, a 6-week event held in January and February.
Sample the diverse cuisines served at the best restaurants and hawker stands in Singapore, including Chef Chan Hon Meng's Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, the first street food stand to receive a Michelin star.
Shoppers vacationing in Singapore will enjoy finding local brands (everything from clothes to chocolate) at the Design Orchard.
Singapore Tour the City
Start the morning off with a not-to-be missed stop at the futuristic Gardens by the Bay featuring its signature Supertrees. Get a bird’s-eye view of the city skyline on the Singapore Flyer, taste traditional food like peppery pork rib soup, and end your day with a celebrity-chef dinner and cocktails on the rooftop of Marina Sands Bay.
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Don’t miss a visit here to see the unique Supertrees with a stunning view of the Singapore skyline. Other highlights to check out include the Flower Dome – the largest glass greenhouse in the world – and the Cloud Forest, which houses the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
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For lunch, consider stopping at this unique dining concept in the Flyer building. Designed to look like Singapore back in the 1960s, this charming eating spot features stalls offering local delights, including Hainanese chicken rice, satay bee hoon and bak kut teh (peppery pork rib soup).
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For more spectacular city views, make your way across the bay to Marina Sands Bay, home to several celebrity restaurants, including Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen (European fare) or for a good steak, there’s CUT by Wolfgang Puck. End the night with post-dinner cocktails at Ce La Vi, known for fab drinks and the place to be for stunning sunset and city skyline views.
Singapore Day 2 Have Fun Under the Sun
Today, you’ll start your day with a cable car ride to Sentosa Island, followed by a Ziplining adventure, if you feel up for it. Enjoy lunch at Quayside Isle, where you choose from an array of restaurants serving up delicious food. Before the sun sets, take the cable car back to mainland Singapore and enjoy spectacular views of the city.
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Start your day with an astounding panoramic cable car ride to the island resort of Sentosa Island. Indulge your inner adventure child with a zip-line tour over the jungle and beaches of the island. Then catch your breath with a cool drink by the Silosa Beach.
Lunch at Quayside IsleShare This Activity
This waterfront dining destination features an array of restaurants, from multi-concept bakery and restaurant Greenwood Fish Market to the part-gallery, part-club and part-restaurant feel of Museo. The Tanjong Beach Club is another option to grab European bites like lobster buns and steak tartare, while people watching or tanning on a daybed by the pool.
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Head to the Sentosa Island boardwalk for a leisurely stroll along the waterfront to witness amazing views of the city skyline. For more stunning sunset and night-time views, hop on a cable car to enjoy the eclectic French-Asian fusion cuisine at Orgo Restaurant, located on the roof of Espalande, Singapore’s concert venue.
Singapore Day 3 Explore the Cultural Districts
Start your morning off with a traditional breakfast in Chinatown, followed by a visit to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Go shopping at specialty stores for saris, spices and more in Little India. Visit Kampong Glam to see the beautiful Sultan Mosque and dine on Indian-Muslim dishes at Zam Zam.
Traditional Breakfast in ChinatownShare This Activity
In the morning, explore Chinatown on foot and drop by Maxwell Food Centre to try the popular breakfast staple congee from the Zhen Zhen Porridge stall, and of course, some kopi (traditional local coffee). Fuel up and visit places like the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple for a slice of history and culture.
Lunch and Sari Shopping in Little IndiaShare This Activity
In the afternoon, head to Little India to visit temples like the colorful Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. Several specialty stores here sell beautiful saris, spices and accessories. Of course, you can’t leave the neighborhood without having an authentic Indian meal at the Banana Leaf Apolo, their fish head curry is to die for!
Amazing Kampong Glam TourShare This Activity
When the night falls, proceed to Kampong Glam to visit interesting sites, including the Malay Heritage Centre and the beautiful Sultan Mosque on Muscat Street. And located across from the mosque, Zam Zam serves Indian-Muslim classics like murtabak (stuffed pan-fried flatbread) and nasi briyani (an Indian spiced rice dish with meat or vegetables).
Singapore Day 4 Go Museum Hopping
History buffs and cultural enthusiasts will enjoy a day of immersing themselves deep into Singapore’s rich history and culture with visits to the National Singapore Gallery, Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore.
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Known as ‘SAM’, this is Singapore’s first art museum with one of the world’s biggest collections of contemporary Southeast Asian artworks. Spend some time looking at the architecture, too! The building was once a 19th century mission school and has been beautifully preserved complete with its original details such as the floor tiles and the roof patina.
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Rounding off your museum tour, make your way to the National Museum of Singapore to learn all about the nation’s rich history and culture. Spend some extra time to peruse the interactive installations or catch the intriguing performances and film screenings.
Singapore Day 5 Off-the-Beaten-Path Neighborhoods
Embark on an all-day excursion to explore the Singapore’s hidden gems. Begin your day with kaya bread at a local restaurant in Joo Chiat, explore art-deco shophouses and heritage-rich sites in Tiong Bahru, and sample everything from chili crab to local craft beer to Indian fare in Dempsey Hill.
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Next up, visit Singapore’s oldest housing estates. This neighborhood is a perfect blend of the past and the present, with art-deco shophouses, heritage-rich sites and clusters of hip cafes, all co-existing in one spot. End your day with a visit to an indie bookstore, BooksActually, before visiting other popular landmarks like the Qui Tian Gong Temple.
Dempsey HillShare This Activity
From chili crab at Jumbo Seafood, prettily-plated Modern European delights at The White Rabbit, or fiery Indian fare at Samy’s Curry – visit to Dempsey Hill, known for its endless dining options. Afterwards, craft beer lovers can grab a drink from the RedDot BrewHouse or head to The Rabbit Hole at the White Rabbit for refreshing gin cocktails mixed with their very own tonic.
Singapore Day 6 Explore 3 Green Spaces
For vacationers looking for outdoor excursions, start your day by visiting the Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend some time in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, home to 40% of the country’s flora and fauna. Consider a 6-mile stroll along brightly-lit Henderson Waves at night with delicious barbecue dinner to end your day.
Bukit Timah Nature ReserveShare This Activity
Looking for the perfect place to go hiking? Consider spending the afternoon conquering the 402-acre Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, an ASEAN Heritage Park that’s home to 40% of Singapore’s flora and fauna as well as the nation’s tallest hill (538 feet).
Henderson Waves BridgeShare This Activity
After dusk falls, make your way to the Southern Ridges to visit the towering, brightly lit Henderson Waves. If you have the energy, finish the entire 6-mile trail, which takes you through 5 parks. Recharge for dinner at Spuds & Aprons, for dishes like barbecued baby back ribs and grilled prawn pasta.
Singapore Day 7 Go on a Shopping Spree
On your last full day, go shopping in some of the most popular shopping districts in Singapore, including famous Orchard Road and Design Orchard for international and local brands, Bras Basah.Bugis for vintage finds, Katong for classic Singaporean-themed souvenirs, and the ultimate shopping spree at the new Changi Jewel.
Bras Basah.Bugis for Vintage FindsShare This Activity
Bugis and Haji are great venues if you enjoy bargaining for a good deal. These two districts are known for their trendy stores and indie outlets that sell chic outfits, vintage finds and quirky knick-knacks, including Mondays Off.
Singaporean Souvenirs in Joo Chiat-KatongShare This Activity
In this charming enclave, visitors will find the stunning Peranakan heritage establishments Rumah Bebe and Rumah Kim Choo located side by side. For Singapore-themed trinkets, head to Cat Socrates and Naiise in 112 Katong, a mall located along this street. Grab a bite to eat at Chef Alvin Leong’s Baba Chews, a beautiful restaurant that serves authentic Peranakan food.