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Itineraries

Singapore: A 7-Day Cultural Exploration

Itinerary

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SingaporeDay 1
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  • See the largest greenhouse in the world at Gardens by the Bay.
  • Soar 541 feet in the air for panoramic views of Singapore.
  • Taste local culinary treats after your Singapore Flyer ride.
  • Enjoy a classy meal and cocktails on the rooftop of Marina Sands Bay.
Sentosa Island
SingaporeDay 2
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  • Start your day with a fun-filled trip to Sentosa Island.
  • Choose from a variety of tasty eateries at Quayside Isle.
  • Enjoy the food and rooftop view at Orgo Restaurant.
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SingaporeDay 3
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  • Enjoy traditional breakfast of congee and kopi in Chinatown.
  • Visit the colorful Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Little India.
  • Immerse yourself in history & culture at the Malay Heritage Centre.
National Gallery Singapore
SingaporeDay 4
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  • See more than 8,000 artworks at the National Gallery Singapore.
  • Explore the world’s largest collection of Southeast Asian artwork.
  • Learn more about the Lion City’s history at the National Museum.
Singapore Temple
Singapore Day 5
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  • Try traditional kaya toast at Chin Mee Chin Confectionary.
  • See how the past meets present on your fun visit to Tiong Bahru.
  • Peruse the array of exquisite dining options in Dempsey Hill.
Henderson Waves
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  • Visit the 160-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens.
  • Go hiking on the 402-acre Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
  • Take a 6-mile stroll along Henderson Waves through 5 city parks.
Peranakan slippers
SingaporeDay 7
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  • Go shopping for international and local brands & products on Orchard Road.
  • Head to Bras Basah.Bugis for trendy stores and independent outlets.
  • Visit two Peranakan establishments for Singaporean-themed souvenirs.
  • Embark on the ultimate shopping experience at the Changi Jewel.
Singapore Tour the City
Singapore skyline
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.
Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay
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.
Singapore Flyer
Ride the Singapore Flyer
Hop into a capsule of this giant Ferris wheel, where you’ll reach heights up to 541 feet for unobstructed amazing views of the city.
Singapore Food
Lunch at Singapore Food Treats
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).
Marina Bay Sands Rooftop Infinity Pool
Marina Sands Bay Spectacular Food and Views
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
Quayside Isle
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.
Ziplining Sentosa Island
Zip-lining on Sentosa Island
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.
Singapore Lunch
Lunch at Quayside Isle
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.
Orgo Restaurant
Orgo Restaurant
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
Singapore temple
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.
Chinese breakfast
Traditional Breakfast in Chinatown
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.
Saris in Litte India
Lunch and Sari Shopping in Little India
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!
Kampong Glam
Amazing Kampong Glam Tour
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
National Gallery Singapore
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.
National Gallery Singapore
National Gallery Singapore
Welcome to the Lion City’s newest museum, the National Gallery Singapore, home to more than 8,000 artworks and the largest collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
Singapore Art Museum
Singapore Art Museum
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.
National Museum of Singapore
National Museum of Singapore
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
Singapore Neighborhood
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.
Kaya Toast
Joo Chiat-Katong
Kickstart your day in Joo Chiat, where you can enjoy kaya (a traditional jam made from coconut and eggs) toast at Chin Mee Chin Confectionery.
Books Actually
Tiong Bahru
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.
Cocktails in Dempsey Hill
Dempsey Hill
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
Botanic Gardens
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.
Orchid at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens
There’s no better time to visit this 160-year-old green space than in the early morning. The UNESCO World Heritage Site features highlights like sculptures, a swan lake, tropical trees and a National Orchid Garden.
Burkit Timah Nature Preserve
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
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 Bridge
Henderson Waves Bridge
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
Peranakan slippers
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.
Orchard Road
The World-Famous Orchard Road
Take an excursion to Singapore’s most famous shopping district to shop for international fashion brands at Robinsons, local labels at Tangs or Design Orchard to value shopping at *Scape.
Vintage shopping in Singapore
Bras Basah.Bugis for Vintage Finds
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.
Baba House
Singaporean Souvenirs in Joo Chiat-Katong
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.
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