Don't believe the rumour that Singapore has no vibe. Wing your way there and enjoy all of the art, culture, dining and entertainment that the region has to offer for yourself
Got a case of wanderlust and looking to get some time away from the skyscrapers? One of the great things about living here, apart from the amazing hiking trails, dinner buffets and rooftop bars in Hong Kong, is how easy it is to travel further into Asia. Singapore should definitely be on your bucket-list as it’s only three hours away, making it a great place to go for a weekend adventure (plus, it’s where we were born, so it has a special place in our heart!) Here’s our guide on what to do in Singapore.
What to do in Singapore: Our best picks
Eat – restaurant
Hidden in the back of a heritage shop house, this buzzing Middle Eastern supper club helmed by Executive Chef Nic Philip, previously at Yotam Ottolenghi’s Nopi in London, is one of the coolest places to eat in Singapore. Expect a blend of classic flavours that have been completely reinterpreted, with wood-fired roasts – such as Sticky Pork Belly with a rub of Turkish Coffee, Palm Sugar and Szechuan Pepper – taking centre stage. If you’re not sure what to do in Singapore, this should definitely be on the list!
Read a full review of The Ottomani here.
The Ottomani, 48 Peck Seah Street, Singapore, 079317, p. +65 9231 9316
Eat – market
Lau Pa Sat
Singapore is well known for its food markets and hawker centres, and Lau Pa Sat is one of our favourites. Serving everything from tasty dim sum to Japanese katsu curry and – of course – a range of local delicacies like Hokkien mee and char kway teow; expect long queues and happy stomachs.
Read a full guide to Lau Pa Sat here.
Lau Pa Sat, 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582
Drink – cocktails
Named after its fictional owner, Lulu’s Lounge is located inside Pan Pacific Singapore, and features eclectic design that is both fun and Instagram-worthy. Settle in for drinks on the couches before hitting the dancefloor, where a range of tunes ranging from boogie to hip-hop play until the early hours.
Lulu’s Lounge, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Pan Pacific Hotel, Marina Square, Singapore 039595, p+65 9829 1922
Drink – coffee
Free The Robot
Just down the street from Honeycombers HQ, Free The Robot is one of the coolest cafes in Singapore. Friendly staff always greet you with a smile, and if you’re lucky, you will run into the resident celebrity dog: Baileys. Try the nitro cold brew that comes packaged in a funky glass bottle. PLUS, in the evenings, the cafe turns into Bitters & Love, a great cocktail hangout in the heart of Telok Ayer.
Find out more about this Honeycombers HQ fave here.
Free The Robot, 118 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068587, p. 6438 1836
Shop – market
Located in Little India, if you’re looking to do some shopping while in Singapore, Mustafa Centre is full of gems. Get some great deals on electronics equipment or head to the fabric floor which is full of gorgeous reams direct from India. The shoe floor is a great place to pick up some affordable trainers or stylish slides too.
Mustafa Centre, 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207704, p. +65 6295 5855
Shop – fashion
This Singapore lifestyle brand creates functional clothing with minimal elements. Never one to follow trends, The Authority uses high-quality fabrics and designs a selection of pieces for guys and girls that embrace simplicity with a twist.
Read all about other great Singapore fashion brands here.
The Authority, #03-03 orchardgateway, 218 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238851, p. 8126 6343
Visit – Museum
Singapore Art Museum
Housed in a stunning heritage building that was once a catholic boys’ school, Singapore Art Museum curates some outstanding exhibitions, and delves into the region’s rich culture. Join a docent tour and learn more about how art has played an integral part in Singapore’s history.
Into art? Get to know some other great galleries and museums in Singapore here.
Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555, p. 6589 9580. Open 10am-7pm daily
Experience – District
Wondering what to do in Singapore? No trip is complete without a trip to Little India. Wander the streets around Little India MRT, and take in the colourful temples, purchase a selection of jewellery and nick nacks, and then head down the side alleys to try some deliciously authentic and affordable Indian cuisine.
Little India MRT, 60 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229900
Stay – short term
The Warehouse Hotel
Fans of well-designed accommodation need look no further than The Warehouse Hotel. Housed in a building that was once notorious for nefarious goings on, the revamped hotel features lofty ceilings, super comfy beds, a cantilevered swimming pool and a restaurant that serves a wonderful selection of Singapore-style cuisine.
The Warehouse Hotel, 320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628, p. +65 6828 0000
Stay – short or long term
Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore
Whether you’re looking to spend a few nights or a few months in town, Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore is the place to stay. Located right in the centre of the city, this premium serviced apartment complex features a restaurant that serves tasty cuisine, a stunning outdoor swimming pool and a lobby lounge to take semi-casual business meetings in.
Read our full story on why we loved staying at Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore here.
Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore, 6 Shenton Way, 1 Singapore 068809, p. +65 6812 6000