On the hunt for things to do? We have the lowdown on unmissable new attractions and openings in Singapore.
2023 is set to be an exciting year with multiple buzzworthy spots to spice up your weekends (and your social media feeds). Keep scrolling for the best new attractions in Singapore we’re marking our cals for.
Best new attractions in Singapore to check out
1. Singapore Rum Festival
8 – 9 Jul
Take a shot ‘cos we think this new event is pretty neat: the first-ever Singapore Rum Festival is happening this July with masterclasses and rum tastings. Shining a spotlight on regional Southeast Asian rums, it offers you the chance to discover flavours from Samai Distillery in Cambodia, Phraya Rum in Thailand and more. We hear there are at least 20 different rum brands featured across this two-day event, so be prepared to get tipsy.
Singapore Rum Festival, tickets available online
2. Marvel Superheroes displays at Jewel Changi
Now till 13 Aug
Marvel fans, assemble! The location? Jewel Changi. Its well-loved Canopy Park and Forest Valley promise to transport you into the Marvel Universe with larger-than-life displays. Enter the Forest Valley to see Iron Man at the entrance, Thor’s hammer standing at 3.5-metre high within the greenery, and other marvel-lous photo ops. Up at the Canopy Park, enthralling exhibits celebrate 60 years of Avengers by showcasing the history of iconic characters.
Marvel Superheroes displays, Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666
3. Sunda Festival
30 Sep – 1 Oct
Say hello to an all-new music and camping festival in Singapore. Yes, you read that right – get ready for a weekend of partying and camping at Sunda Festival. (Fun fact: this music festival takes its name from the Sunda tectonic plate that sits beneath Singapore and its neighbouring regions.) A collab between homegrown party collective Ice Cream Sundays and Hong Kong-based creative agency FuFu Creative, this rave spotlights creative talents in the region. We’re talking about Ali, Batavia Collective, Fraktal, Chalo, Kin Leonn and other popular names. After the party is over, unwind at the camping site with the option of a hut or a tent for your stay.
Sunda Festival, Sarimbun Scout Camp, 70 Jalan Bahtera, Singapore 719921
4. Tipsy Unicorn
Opens Sep 2023
Come September, grab your shades and make haste to Tipsy Unicorn. Brought to you by Tipsy Collective (the folks behind Tipsy Flamingo and other popular joints), this is the latest beach club set to hit Sentosa. We reckon this pink-themed hangout will be perfect for day-to-night partying or enjoying the sun and sand. For sips and bites, craft cocktails, grilled seafood and other treats are on the menu. Want in? Swing by to chill out under private cabanas, take a dip in the pool or groove at the open-air deck to beats by international and local DJs. Happy partying!
Tipsy Unicorn, 36 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099007
5. Sensory Odyssey
Now till 29 Oct
Created by Sensory Odyssey Studio in collaboration with the French National Museum of Natural History in Paris, Sensory Odyssey at ArtScience Museum is the first stop of this exhibition’s global tour. Venture inside for a one-of-a-kind, multi-sensory experience that immerses you in different landscapes of the natural world. Strikingly real footage, specially designed scents and realistic sound effects will take you (almost) everywhere, from the salt lakes of the savannah to the ice floes of the Arctic Circle. You’ll be wowed by extraordinary scenes!
Sensory Odyssey, ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
6. Rink @ Punggol East
Singapore’s largest roller sports rink is now open at Punggol East. If you’re a fan of skateboarding, go-karting, inline skating, cycling or scooter-riding, you’ll have to check this out. It offers over 12,000 square feet of rink space, complete with roller sports equipment and direct access to scenic riverside park connectors. Plus, the rink is fully sheltered, so you can have fun regardless of the weather.
Rink @ Punggol East, 50 Punggol East, Container Park, Singapore 828826
7. Wings Academy
Ever dreamt of flying your own plane? Make a booking at Wings Academy, stat. This state-of-the-art flight stimulator centre lets you (virtually) pilot an amazing array of aircraft. From the Robinson R22 helicopter to the F/A-18C hornet fighter jet, you’ll be trained by experts to hone your flying skills. If you’re keen to go pro, start your training with aviation courses by real-world pilot instructors. You’ll be making all the flight moves in no time.
Wings Academy, #05-05, Haite Building, 15 Changi Business Park Crescent, Singapore 486006
8. SkatePark @ Lakeside Gardens
Cue Avril Lavigne’s Sk8r Boy, ‘cos the largest outdoor skatepark in Singapore has opened at Lakeside Gardens. (If the names are confusing, just know that Lakeside Gardens is within Jurong Lake Gardens.) Expect different zones for skateboard newbies and veteran skateboarders alike. And it’s not just bowls and ramps, either: the garden also features a parkour park and a bouldering wall. Sports fans and thrill seekers, it’s time to lace up your sneakers for a day of adrenaline-chasing.
SkatePark @ Lakeside Gardens, within Jurong Lake Gardens, 50 Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 618661
Asia’s tallest Slingshot has opened and it’s right here in Singapore. If you’re a fan of extreme rides (or up to do something crazy), take a seat on a 70-metre Slingshot into the sky and try to admire the views above the Singapore River while you’re at it. Prefer a ride in the other direction? Try the GX-5 Extreme Swing for a free-falling experience at speeds of over 120kph. It’s time to suggest an extreme challenge to your friends, we say…
Slingshot, 3E River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Block E, Singapore 179024
10. The Edition Singapore
Opening in 2023
Touted as “the world’s hottest hotel brand” by Forbes, The Edition Singapore is slated to open this year and we can’t wait to check it out. No two hotels under this brand are alike, as each property is tailored to the city it’s in. So it’s safe to say that the Singapore outpost will be a surprise. That said, we’re expecting contemporary interiors, world-class amenities and exceptional service – if the other hotels are any indication. Word on the street is, there’ll be multiple stellar bars within the property. Bar hop, anyone?
The Edition Singapore, TBC
11. Changi Container Park
Opening in 2023
Can you imagine having tipples and nosh at a former World War II artillery site? That’s about to be a reality at Cosford Container Park. It’s shaping up to be one of Singapore’s largest, aiming to seat over 300 people with 13 container units for F&B operators. Add live music to the agenda, and you’ve got a brilliant option for a laid-back hangout in the East. We’ll be keeping an eye out for sneak peeks of its gastronomy and entertainment lineup…
12. The Standard Hotel
Opening in 2023
Known for hosting celebs and trendy events (think fashion week afterparties in NYC), The Standard Hotel has set up buzzin’ properties in various cities, following its inception on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Now, it’s coming to Singapore. Slated to open with 143 rooms and suites, its spaces will feature lush botanicals, eclectic mid-century modern-inspired interiors, and lively local touches. Not to mention, a rooftop pool with a swim-up bar, plus a million-dollar view of the city. We’re itching to pack our bags for a stay…
The Standard Hotel, details to be confirmed
Opening in 2023
Think you can’t ski or snowboard in Singapore? Think again. Trifecta brings snowboarding, skiing, surfing and skateboarding experiences into one compound. This new attraction in Singapore is the first of its kind in Asia, and we can’t wait to swing by. Thrill-seekers will have a blast at this massive sports complex, with virtual reality snow terrains, the first surfskate circuit in Singapore, and a deep water wave pool, all in the heart of Somerset. Keep your eyes peeled for updates: surf’s up sometime this year!
Trifecta, details to be confirmed
14. Coach Play Singapore Shophouse
There’s a new Instagrammable cafe along Keong Saik Road and it’s painted bubblegum pink. If you’ve taken a jaunt around the precinct lately, you’ll notice the vibrant Coach Play Singapore Shophouse. This multi-concept store houses a retail section with Coach’s latest Tabby bags and vintage gems, alongside the Coach Cafe (the brand’s first across the globe!) with artisanal coffee and classic New York-style bites. Swing by for a peek – and snap those OOTD shots while you’re at it.
Coach Play Singapore Shophouse, 5 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089113
15. Bird Paradise
Calling all bird lovers: Bird Paradise is one of the largest bird parks in the world with over 400 species, including more than 20 species of hornbills, critically endangered species like the Philippine eagle and others. Its eight walk-in aviaries are a must-visit. From a tropical rainforest to a desert oasis, these immersive habitats will transport you into different environments that house a variety of avian friends. Beyond that, there are also interactive encounters, tours to learn about conservation research efforts, flying demonstrations and more feathered highlights for a wing-tastic time. Read our ultimate guide to this stunning new attraction in Singapore!
Bird Paradise, discounted tickets from $38 per adult till 26 May (full priced tickets at $48 per adult), 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
16. Mandai Wildlife West
Bird Paradise isn’t the only new attraction Mandai Wildlife Reserve has to offer! Right by the unmissable Forest Gateway (a 85 metre-long archway with animal rock carvings), Mandai Wildlife West welcomes visitors to learn about flora and wildlife. Young explorers will have a blast at the play areas, while curious nature and animal lovers can uncover insights about different species at the Foraging Trail, Epiphytic Cluster, as well as other displays and outdoor trails. And don’t miss the cascading waterfall! Psst: we hear that Mandai Wildlife Reserve has another launch on the cards called Rainforest Wild in 2024. Keep your eyes peeled – we’ll be back with more updates…
Mandai Wildlife West, 20 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729825
17. Aqua Adventure
Make a splash at Aqua Adventure. Coming soon at HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir, this is Singapore’s first integrated water park. This three-storey arena boasts a mix of wet and dry adventure zones, all under one roof. Zoom down Singapore’s longest waterslide (at 114 metres long!), challenge yourself at the water obstacle arena, scale new heights at the gamified rock climbing walls and more. And when you’re done with your adventures, simply hop on a float to laze on the water.
Aqua Adventure, HomeTeamNS Bedok Reservoir, 900 Bedok North Road, Singapore 479994
18. Pullman Singapore Orchard
A stylish hotel with an attitude, Pullman Singapore Orchard is a spanking new five-star stay along our famed shopping belt. With 326 rooms and suites featuring smart amenities, each space features sleek and modern decor with a pop of colour. While you’re there, don’t miss the glasshouse dining experience at Eden Restaurant and a sip of quality pours at the chic Atelier Lounge. Oh, and did we mention that the hotel houses the only beach club on Orchard Road? Head to the Insta-worthy P.S.O. Beach Club for a poolside tipple!
Pullman Singapore Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857
19. Peranakan Museum
A well-loved heritage landmark, we were stoked for the reopening of the pastel-toned Peranakan Museum. Its newly refurbished galleries are now open to visitors and it’s high time to take a peek. This museum celebrates Peranakan (or Straits Chinese) culture and history by documenting their fashion, architecture, homeware and more. From diving into the history of the sarong kebaya (worn by Nyonyas, or Peranakan women), to learning the significance of traditional fence doors (or ‘pintu pagar’ in Malay), spend an arvo at this iconic museum to get schooled on all things Peranakan.
Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941
A 1920s mystery, ready to be solved by you and your putting crew? Ditch the usual golfing sesh and swing by Kulnari for a mystery mini golf adventure. This intriguing new attraction in Singapore invites you to tee off with a murder mystery, complete with an immersive set design that will transport you in the throes of this story, set in olden-day Boat Quay. (Don’t worry, you can make your deductions with a cheeky tipple at the 9th hole bar.) Ready to kick some putt?
Kulnari, $25 for 18 holes, 51 Circular Road, Singapore 049406
21. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Mar – Jun 2023
Enter Van Gogh’s world of wonder at Resorts World Sentosa. For the first time ever in Southeast Asia, immerse yourself in a multi-sensorial exhibition where art meets virtual reality with over 300 artworks to explore. Step into a light and sound exhibit with two-storey projections of Van Gogh’s best works, don VR goggles to journey into the inspirations behind his iconic masterpieces, and even project your own artworks on the walls. Art lovers, you won’t wanna miss this.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, tickets from $33 per adult, Resorts World Sentosa, B1 Forum, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
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22. HermèsFit Singapore
Till 23 Apr
If you’re someone who puts on fancy activewear to hype yourself up for a workout, take things up a designer notch at HermèsFit. We’re talking about stretching with belts, practising yoga with scarves and doing ballet with bangles… all high-end luxe, of course. Fitness meets fashion at this offbeat pop-up, where workout classes are held with Hermes accessories thrown in as your exercise tools. Alternatively, drop by for live performances (think dance, skating and turntablism) on the weekends.
HermèsFit in Singapore, 16 Orchard Road, Singapore 238828
23. Chatuchak Night Market Singapore
7 Feb – 2 Apr 2023
If you miss meandering through the streets of Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market, the return of Chatuchak Night Market Singapore will pique your interest. Its 2020 launch was the world’s first Chatuchak Market outside of Bangkok, and we’re saying cheers to its return after a two-year hiatus. In 2023, the market is slated to bring over 60 merchants from Thailand to one location, with street food and retail options galore. Get ready to shop uniquely Thai knick knacks and stuff yourself silly on drinks and bites from Thailand and beyond.
Chatuchak Night Market Singapore, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994
24. Sneakercon Southeast Asia
1 – 2 Apr 2023
Head’s up if you love dope kicks! Snag your tickets to Sneakercon Southeast Asia to geek out over the most epic finds – and update your collection while you’re at it. Making its inaugural appearance in Singapore, expect more than 200 international and local sneaker brands. Buy, sell and trade: over 100 traders and sneaker collectors are expected to bring the heat at this sneaker lovin’ event. There are also cool experiential zones alongside trendy photo ops. And did we mention there’ll be booze, fashion and other brands too? We’re so ready.
Sneakercon Southeast Asia, Singapore Expo (Hall 5), 1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150
Feb – Mar 2023
We’re calling it: this new attraction in Singapore will end up all over your social media feeds when it opens. Making its first global debut, 29Rooms is an immersive exhibition that was the brainchild of Refinery29 and Vice. It’s interactive, visually stimulating and oh-so-photo-worthy. The New York Times touts this world of art as “the creative playground for the Instagram generation”. With interactive highlights, freshly shaken tipples (swing by the Monkey Shoulder room!) and even live music at sundown, the team behind this concept promises 29 sensorial experiences that’ll surprise and intrigue. Game on, we say.
29Rooms, tickets available online (presale tickets from $32, standard tickets from $38), Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
26. Artbox Singapore
24 – 26 Feb and 3 – 5 Mar 2023
If its last installation in 2019 was any indication, this food, lifestyle, and art market is guaranteed to draw the crowds. For the uninitiated, Artbox is Southeast Asia’s largest creative pop-up market with street food, live music, photo ops, quirky craft stalls and even fun carnival games, among other highlights. This year, expect an indoor location at Singapore Expo where you can beat the heat under the AC. Good vibes sans sweaty crowds? Artbox 2023 certainly gets a spot on our cals.
Artbox Singapore, tickets available online (early bird admission tickets at $5.50), 1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150
27. Alice in Wonderland Experience
18 Feb 2023
We’re getting curious about the Alice in Wonderland Experience. This fantastical adventure is here for one day only, and is set to turn the streets of Singapore into one giant escape room-style game zone. Head down this rabbit hole to take on mischievous challenges, discover a world of impossible things and save Alice who’s trapped in Wonderland. Psst: dress in your Alice in Wonderland best for the most immersive experience!
Alice in Wonderland Experience, tickets available online
2023 is a year of intriguing, thrilling and lively new attractions in Singapore. The fun doesn’t stop here; watch this space for more…