Behold, all the best things to do in Singapore, from comedy and art experiences to vintage shopping and nature adventures.
Isn’t it amazing how our little red dot is such a bustling, urban hub peppered with skyscrapers all around? But don’t mistake the city’s reputation as an itsy-bitsy island for a snooze-fest. If you’re looking for things to do in Singapore, you’ve come to the right place. We present you with a plethora of awesome activities you can do on our sunny island.
Sightseeing in Singapore
1. Explore the heartlands
They say you haven’t really been to Singapore until you’ve explored the treasures our heartlands have to offer. Take a bus or train and explore neighbourhoods like Tiong Bahru, Toa Payoh, Joo Chiat and Bedok. Make friends with the aunties and uncles at wet markets early in the morning as you do some fresh grocery shopping, and be sure to dig into authentic local fare from the coffeeshops.
2. Find the seven Merlions
Betcha didn’t know Singapore has seven Merlions! That’s right, and two aren’t even legally supposed to be there! Part-lion, part-fish, the iconic symbol represents Singapore’s original name Singapura (which stands for lion city) and her origins as a fishing village. Find these statues at Sentosa, Merlion Park, Ang Mo Kio, Tourism Court and Mount Faber.
3. Go island hopping
Take the day and explore the offshore islands of our city by ferry. We say the tranquil beaches of Kusu Island are perfect for a picnic-day-out, while St. John’s Island is an idyllic spot for quiet holiday bungalows complete with barbecue pits. For a more outdoors-y experience, go snorkelling, camping, or hiking on Sisters’ Islands and get back in touch with Mother Nature.
4. Do it for the ’gram
No need to be shy about it. We’re slaves to social media, too. And that includes capturing our #OOTD shots in the most photogenic of spots. Sick of the same ol’ scenery in Singapore? Check out Instagram-worthy spots in Singapore and nab that money shot.
5. Book a stay at heritage hotels
The Lion City might be a young nation, but we’ve got quite a bit of historical clout. Step back in time with a staycation at Raffles Singapore, our finest colonial-style lodging. Or if you prefer romantic strolls by the Singapore River, choose to stay at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, which used to be a post office in its past life – its plush, fancy digs will definitely leave you gasping with delight.
6. Check out street art
Some people, like the ever-renowned Banksy, take art to the walls – the street walls, that is. While Singapore has very strict policies on street art in public places, we actually have a few hotspots that are (legally) tainted with unique and striking artworks. Keen to discover street art in Singapore? Head over to Haji Lane, Clarke Quay, Kampong Glam and more to find fascinating artistic doodles on walls and public spaces.
7. Find Singapore’s secret spots
They’re not really a well-kept secret, now that we’re sharing it all with you guys. But if you’re up for some off-the-beaten-track adventures, embark on a journey to hidden caves, beaches, forts and more.
8. Admire architecture
We’ve got no lack of iconic buildings in Singapore, so architecture buffs will be pleased as punch to stroll around the city and take in intriguing structures such as The Interlace, Golden Mile Complex and Hill Street Building.
9. Chase the sun
We live on an island, so getting to the coast is easy for Singaporeans. But coasts aren’t the only spots to catch the golden hour of sunrise and sunset, not when we have bays facing the sea and even high vantage points such as Mount Faber.
10. Find the Gotham City building
Bruce Wayne, you in? While you probably won’t spot Mr. Batman himself in Parkview Square, aka Singapore’s Gotham City building, you can totally pretend to be intruding on his premises thanks to the Art Deco-styled architecture. This building even houses an impressive gin bar called Atlas, and a free museum featuring contemporary artworks.
11. Roam around the red light district
As clean as this Garden City may be, it does have its fair share of vices, with Geylang as a notorious hotspot. But we’re not telling you to… y’know. Instead, explore its animated and time-worn roads filled with street food, durian stalls, cafes and boutique shops.
12. Visit a mall rooftop garden
An urban farm in the middle of the city is one thing, but in a mall? That’s Singapore for ya. Located on the seventh level of Funan, the farm has 50 varieties of plants, some of which are harvested at the farm-to-table Japanese restaurant Noka on the same level. Funan also has a co-living space, a futsal court, indoor cycling paths and rock-climbing facilities. Yeah, we know, extra AF.
13. Check out cool HDB flats
Marvellous architecture aside, Singapore is also home to plenty of pretty cool HDB flats. From circular flats at Block 259, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 2, to ‘horse-shoe’ shaped flats at Moh Guan Terrace in Tiong Bahru, it’s an Instagrammer’s paradise.
14. Experience a slice of India
For a tiny peek of India in this multicultural city, journey through Little India. Smell the scent of flowers and spices, taste the best of Indian cuisine, admire the beauty of classic sarees and traditional jewellery, and watch the world go by in one of the many cafes.
15. Explore a mangrove trail
Known as Singapore’s first Asean Heritage Park, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is rich in biodiversity and has an extensive mangrove forest filled with monitor lizards, otters, eagles and even alligators. The space is open all year, but visit during the migratory season from September to March when shorebirds, waders, plovers and sandpipers make an appearance.
16. Uncover Orchard Road’s history
Heritage shophouses (some housing quaint watering holes, no less!), majolica tiles and verdant foliage: Emerald Hill is where it’s at! If you’ve done your fair share of strolling in sleek, modern malls, delve into the historical side of Orchard Road along this street.
17. Walk across Singapore’s bridges
We may be small in size, but boy do we have a lot of bridges – all with their own unique elements! From futuristic designs like Helix Bridge and Henderson Waves to the heritage structures of Cavenagh Bridge and Elgin Bridge, there’s so much ground work.
18. Lose yourself in a world of lights
The ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands is a looker thanks to its iconic, cracked egg-shaped façade, but what it stores within is even more eye-popping. One highlight that always lights up our day is Team Lab’s exhibition: Future World. It’s essentially a kaleidoscopic universe of interactive projections, light sculptures and vibrant photo ops.
19. Wander through Pasir Ris
Journey to the east and explore things you never knew about Pasir Ris. The coastal ‘hood is brimming with rich history and interesting tidbits. Trivia: Did you know it holds one of the only two mangrove forests in Singapore, has HDB flats with riverfront views, and is home to Singapore’s only commercial saltwater fishing pond?
20. Swing by Sembawang Hot Spring Park
A natural hot spring in Singapore? Who would’ve thought! Take a little field trip up to the north and dip your toes in the heated natural spring waters. You can even try to (soft) boil eggs!
21. Gaze at heritage buildings
Another unique trait that Singapore holds is the perfect mishmash of old and new buildings. We love gawking over our skyscrapers but we also have a soft spot for heritage buildings steeped in rich history and culture.
22. Get inked by a master
Has Singapore left a mark on you? If so, why not make it a permanent one? When you’re ready to make the commitment, head to the city’s best tattoo studios featuring some of the most talented tattoo artists on the island. We can’t say this won’t hurt, but it’ll be worth it.
23. Behold the jewel of Changi Airport
If having the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 40 metres high in a mall doesn’t entice you to visit Jewel Changi Airport, we don’t know what will. With over 280 unique retail and dining options, this swanky mall in the east is truly a gem.
24. Journey through heritage-rich Chinatown
Chinatown is one of our oldest ‘hoods with a whole lotta history and an incredible amount of good eats. From homely classics to Michelin Bib Gourmand winners, there’s no lack of delicious grub. Plus, keep an eye out for knick knacks like gorgeous white and blue Chinese porcelain homeware.
25. Enjoy performances by buskers
Aren’t we a talented bunch? Watch street musicians turn a public space (notably Orchard Road) into a concert with foot-tapping numbers. It’s a great respite from the hustle and bustle.
26. Visit the largest songbird display area
Witness a bevy of songbirds in uniquely crafted cages (hoisted 20ft up on poles) showcasing their tunes at the Kebun Baru Bird Singing Club. Located in the heartlands of Ang Mo Kio, it’s a great space to sit back, relax and chat with the hobbyists.
27. Stroll through a kampong in the city
The last surviving village in mainland Singapore, Kampong Lorong Buangkok has surprisingly resisted the onslaught of modern development. Take a trip to this enclave to catch a glimpse of the kampong life, lush greenery and rustic houses. (But be sure not to disturb the residents.)
28. Marvel at black and white buildings
For a change of scenery, head down to Wessex Estate. Once a British Army base built in the 1930s and 1940s, these black-and-white colonial buildings surrounded by foliage now house numerous art studios and galleries.
29. Go on an adventure to Coney Island
Hidden away within Punggol, Coney Island is up ahead from Punggol Waterway Park. This lush island boasts wild sprigs, wildlife (think otters, butterflies and birds) and even a quiet beach.
30. Set foot on Kampong Glam’s buzzing streets
Singapore’s Arab quarter Kampong Glam is home to vibrant murals, local eats, quaint boutique stores, hip cafes, a stunning mosque and more. While you’re there, pick up a vial of Egyptian or Middle Eastern fragrance, or bring home Malay and Indonesian souvenirs like traditional batik.
31. Enter the island’s iconic temples
Curious about the different religions that co-exist on our multicultural shores? Hop on a temple trail for an adventure through historical buildings and colourful scenes.
32. Explore a restored military fort in Sentosa
You’ve been to the beach but have you seen the underground bunkers and artillery of Fort Siloso? Located on the sunny island of Sentosa, military museums and guns await at this under-the-radar attraction.
33. Climb to the top of the city
For a bird’s eye panorama of splendid Singapore, head to nature parks with a view. From the TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir Park to Bukit Timah Hill to Henderson Waves, these outdoor spots offer cool breezes, sunny rays and spectacular sights.
34. Get schooled on heritage as you stroll
Fancy a pre-planned itinerary? If you want a good dose of culture sans the hassle of planning your day trip route, check out walking tours in Singapore.
35. Slide down dragon and elephant playgrounds
36. Check out a cool back alley gallery
Find your way to the back of Muscat Street and you’ll stumble across Gelam Gallery. This permanent outdoor art space features framed artwork by local artists and is always buzzing with tourists and art enthusiasts posing for the ‘gram.
37. Step into a butterfly park and insect kingdom
Yes, this exists, tucked away in a rainforest in Sentosa. The sunny outdoor conservatory is where you can see different species of butterflies IRL (you might even spot one emerging from its cocoon if you’re lucky!) alongside other insect displays.
38. Locate hidden gardens
We’re not all concrete here in Singapore. Our city is full of secret parks and lesser-known green spaces for you to get a mid-day breather amidst the bustle.
39. Traipse through a quaint neighbourhood
One of the most charming, quiet ‘hoods in Singapore, Everton Park is home to cool cafes, beautiful heritage murals, old school stores and even a vintage-styled barber.
What to eat and drink in Singapore
40. Dine like a local
We might not have the oldest of cultures, but our food culture is certainly our pride and joy. You haven’t experienced Singapore until you’ve sweated it out in a hawker centre.
41. Join the brunch bunch
If you haven’t realised by now, we’re obsessed with brunch. With cafes popping up everywhere, you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding where to dine for your Sunday perk-me-up. But we’ve done the legwork for you, picking out the top brunch spots in Singapore for your eggs benny fix. And yes, some of ‘em even come with a splash of booze.
42. Get the Michelin-starred experience
Nothing signifies upscale quite like the symbol of a Michelin star, and you’ll find these scattered across the culinary cornerstones of Singapore’s fine dining scene. But if you want a mix of contemporary and fancy, check off our list of top 50 restaurants.
43. Turn up the romance factor
44. Drink like no one’s looking
You wanna chill out with a tipple, but you’d also like to do so in the privacy of a secret hideout. So stay away from the usual suspects and stealthily skedaddle your way to hidden bars and speakeasies instead. Finding the entrance is just half the fun!
45. Relax under the stars
46. Enjoy an exquisite steak
Can’t turn down a juicy slab of beef? We’ve got premium cuts, splurge-worthy faves and easy-on-the-wallet meats from the best steakhouses in Singapore.
47. Sip on a cocktail at the city’s top bars
Our cocktail bar scene is amazing, seriously. From experimental concoctions and unusual ingredients to classic drinks done perfectly (or with a twist!), a night out at any watering hole in town is guaranteed to end in fun.
48. Tuck into traditional Peranakan cuisine
One tenet unique to Singaporean heritage is Peranakan culture – it’s got a good mix of Chinese and Malay influences. The best way to discover it? Through its colourful, spice-laden cuisine. Check out our fave Peranakan restaurants in Singapore, and make sure you order iconic dishes like buah keluak, babi pongtay and chap chye.
49. Start the day right with breakfast
Comb through our breakfast bucket list to chow down on classics such as scrambled eggs and avocado toast, as well as local delights including roti prata, kaya toast and congee. It’s fuel for the day ahead!
50. Check out a pasar malam
Night markets (or pasar malams) are a great place to bag affordable bargains and taste some of the best-loved local bites like goreng pisang (fried banana) and tutu kueh (steamed rice flour cake typically filled with sweet shredded coconut). Plus, unique fusion creations like unicorn bagels and fried Oreos. Keep tabs on the Singapore Night Bazaar Facebook page for the latest markets!
51. Savour Singapore’s famous dishes
Some might say our national dish is chicken rice, while others might claim they can’t get enough of laksa or nasi lemak. To us, it all boils down to the good ol’ chilli crab. A seafood classic and signature Singaporean dish, the delicacy can be found at numerous seafood restaurants in the city. Caution: You might not wanna wear white for this.
52. Jump on the bubble tea bandwagon
Singapore has plenty of national drinks, but not many that people would actually queue hours for. While originating from Taiwan, bubble tea has found its zealous fanbase here, and you too can become a convert after you’ve sampled cheese teas, fruit teas, milk teas and more.
53. Go to a farmer’s market
Going out for brunch with your girlfriends while getting the groceries for dinner may seem like a Herculean task, but we assure you it’s not. With farmer’s markets and artisanal grocers popping up everywhere in Singapore, you can easily get organic produce and rare imports, while digging into delectable menu offerings – all under one roof.
54. Hit your caffeine quota
Can you smell the coffee? We sure can! Cool coffee roasters and cafes are all over town, so go ahead and grab your espressos, lattes, macchiatos and whatnot. (Fret not, tea lovers. We’ve got your back too.)
55. Have a swirling good time
At one of our great wine bars, that is. No matter if you’re a vino expert or a newbie – it’s always wine o’clock at these spots, where you can pair your red, white and bubbly with cheese and charcuterie.
56. Dine in the middle of a garden
Talk about a romantic date. The Summerhouse’s igloo-looking domes give you the ultimate private dining experience in an intimate garden under the stars. Select from three themes (bohemian, Scandinavian and lounge) and clink glasses under the stars.
57. Chug local craft beer
So you thought Tiger was the only homegrown beer we produce? Think again. Local breweries are popping up in the unlikeliest of places, but they sure are close to our hearts. We’re thirsty for crafty local lagers and stunning saisons already…
58. Bow down to the King of Fruits
Singapore’s national fruit is a true mixed bag – you either love it or hate it. Durian lovers (or the curious) should get their hands on this creamy, fleshy, pungent fruit. Durians are available for takeaway but they’re best eaten fresh at a fruit stall so the smell doesn’t trail with you. Geylang has a great stretch of open-space stalls.
59. Spend an afternoon cafe-hopping
At this point, cafe-hopping might well be one of Singapore’s national pastimes, and we ain’t complaining! Join in the fun by eating and Instagram-ing your way through our list of the best cafes and brunch spots.
60. Have a blast at an arcade bar
If you love an old school bash, we have the perfect after-dark hitlist for you. Think nostalgic arcade games like Street Fighter and pinball, alongside a load of boozy concoctions at arcade bars and clubs in Singapore – score!
61. Try ‘mamak’ food
The Koreans have ram-don, we have mee goreng. Mamak food is a blend of Indian and Malay cultures, and it’s also popularly known as Indian-Muslim food. The signature fried noodle dish is totally customisable – you can select your choice of noodles, protein and spice levels. Other notable dishes include nasi goreng (fried rice), murtabak, a fried doughy pancake stuffed with meat, veggies and egg, as well as frothy teh tarik (pulled tea). Many of ‘em are also late-night restaurants!
62. Swig local drinks
Everyone raves about Singapore’s local food but we definitely have a separate fan club for our beverages. Try local drinks like bandung (rose syrup with evaporated or condensed milk), chendol (a dessert-drink with coconut milk, red beans and green jelly) and, of course, our countless kopi (coffee) variations.
63. Dine in the dark
Yup, you read that right. Have your other senses amplified as you dine in a pitch dark space at Nox. The multi-sensory experience is led by visually impaired guides who will take you through the courses. Once it’s over, you’re presented with images and descriptions of your meal.
64. Chow down on fresh seafood
If you like your seafood super fresh and straight from the source, there are a select few restaurants that source their seafood from kelongs (floating fish farms) found in waters off Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. We’ve also got lobster dishes if those are more up your alley!
65. Drink at the best bar in Asia
ICYMI, Jigger and Pony clinched the top position at Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020. Sip on excellent bespoke cocktails like Madame President, a deconstructed Negroni with a Campari lollipop.
66. Hunt for old school local snacks
From ice gem biscuits to White Rabbit candy, we love a sweet trip down memory lane. Whether you’re reminiscing childhood days or curiously exploring Singaporean eats, these treats are worth the hunt.
67. Go beach bar-hopping
What’s better than enjoying cocktails, seafood and live music? Doing it all by the beach, of course! Pop by beach clubs for the booze, breeze and parties, all with a seaside view.
68. Tuck into a dim sum feast
Maxed out on cafe brunches and can’t stomach another eggs ben? Rise and shine to the world of dim sum brunches: From fancy hotel restaurants to classic Hong Kong style picks, we have just the list for you.
69. Dine at a stranger’s home
If your gatherings usually revolve around a meal, how about an exclusive private dining experience at a stranger’s home for a change? Many aspiring and seasoned chefs are opening their homes for intimate dinners and we’re loving it. Get to know the techniques used, the ingredients behind your dishes, and foster friendships around the table.
70. Love the earth
Bring out your refillable containers and BYO bags – these zero waste grocery stores around Singapore are all about going plastic bag-free for the environment.
71. Put your pinkies up for tea
It’s time for high tea and we’ve collected the classiest spots to enjoy this ultimate indulgence… on a weekday. ‘Cause who says treating yourself is reserved for the weekend?
Things to do in Singapore
72. Explore our UNESCO World Heritage Site
That’s the Singapore Botanic Gardens for ya. We may be a city filled with green spaces, but this massive park is our pride and joy, and we’ve got a complete guide on what to see, do and eat there!
73. Knock down those pins
You don’t have to be a pro to have a ball at bowling alleys. From glow-in-the-dark themed nights to ones that come with arcades, these family-friendly spots are big on fun.
74. Take romance to new heights
What could be better than a romantic stroll down the beach? Date night with a killer view, of course! Take your romance to new heights by having a meal amongst the stars. Or cheers to sky high views of the city at swanky rooftop bars.
75. Attend trivia night
Do you know offhand how many bones there are in the human body? Do your friends call you the ‘Encyclopedia of Useless Knowledge’? Well, here’s your chance to show your detractors that knowledge is power (as is free beer) at challenging trivia nights and quizzes easily found at pubs in Singapore.
76. Laugh ’til you cry
They say laughter is the best medicine, and we’ve got just the prescription for you right here. Gather the troops for a drinking and laughing sesh at bars that hold hilarious stand-up comedy shows.
77. Hunt the haunted
Most of you will be familiar with Old Changi Hospital, but what about Neo Tiew Estate or Old Seletar Airbase? Ghost hunting can be scarily fun (safety in numbers is probably a good idea though), so if you’re not chicken, venture into these spooky spots.
78. Let loose at an adventure playground
Swing from the treetops at Forest Adventure Course! While you can bring the little ones along, it’s honestly just an excuse for adults to test themselves and complete the death-defying obstacles. Set amongst leafy surroundings, it’s also a great way to overcome your fear of heights and have a laugh amongst friends.
79. Stay up past midnight
Calling all night owls! The city is full of incredible things to do even in the wee hours of the morning. Don’t believe us? We’ve got all the coolest after-dark activities rounded up for you.
80. Unleash your inner Spiderman
Sure, we might not have any mountains to scale in Singapore, but it doesn’t mean your rock climbing goals have to hit a wall. Get that adrenaline rush in malls like Funan and Kallang Wave Mall or climbing gyms such as Onsight and Climbers Laboratory.
81. Pamper yourself with a spa day
82. Catch an arthouse film at an indie theatre
Take a break from flashy cinemas and feed your inner culture vulture at alternative cinemas like The Projector. Formerly Singapore’s biggest of its kind in the 1970s, the rejuvenated film hub is now a haven for hipsters and arthouse aficionados. There’s even a wicked rooftop bar – perfect for your post-show critique and tipple.
83. Blaze a trail
If you’re the outdoors-y sort, you might wish to check out hiking trails and nature reserves in Singapore for your trekking desires. Need us to point you in the right direction? Start with The Southern Ridges, and we highly suggest Chestnut Nature Park too.
84. Tour Haw Par Villa
Step inside the whimsical world of Chinese legends, history and folklore at this bizarre mythological park. Created to showcase Chinese traditional values, Haw Par Villa has over 1,000 electric statues and 150 dioramas including the 10 courts of hell and the laughing Buddha. Expect a few eyebrow-raising moments on this fascinating, grisly tour.
85. See a bird’s eye view… from a drone
Yes, drone-flying is a hobby that has taken flight in Singapore. Check out our guide to drones and learn everything you need to know about manning a drone – including where to get ’em, lessons, and even drones laws to take heed of to get the po-po off your back.
86. Go zen in a different way
Singapore can be a hectic country if you let the stress catch up to you, but we’ve got you covered with unique forms of therapy all over the island. From sound meditation and acupuncture, to Lomi Lomi and Japanese onsens, these alternative therapy and treatment options will make sure you’re always cool as a cucumber.
87. Get groomed
88. Rave at the hippest clubs
Creatures of the night, this one’s for you. Home to two of the best clubs in the world, Singapore is a party capital where many international and regional DJs flock to. Hit up Zouk for a classic night out or Marquee to admire the sleek space, complete with an actual Ferris Wheel.
89. Belt out your fave tunes
Doesn’t matter if you’re a bathroom singer, a show-stopping songstress or you can’t hold a note to save your life. KTV bars provide a non-discriminatory space where the sole purpose is simple: To sing and have a ball of a time. So… clear your throat, do some lip trills and get ready to impress at karaoke bars.
90. Take on an escape room challenge
Calling all Houdinis! It’s time to ditch virtual gaming and delve into this first-person reality game that replicates escaping from Dracula’s castle, surviving a Zombie outbreak, and Prison Break-esque scenarios. Intrigued? Check out fun escape rooms in Singapore.
91. Feel good by doing good
There’s so much you can do to volunteer and help others in Singapore. Have an interest in women’s welfare? Sign yourself up with the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) or Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA). You can also lend a hand to migrant workers in Singapore at TWC2 or Home. Or, if your heart goes out to animals, check in with the Cat Welfare Society and Action for Singapore Dogs.
92. Tap your feet to live music
Prick up those ears and you’re bound to find live music venues around every corner. We’ve got jazz clubs, cafes featuring Top 40s hits and classic rock anthems, and plenty of huge concert venues playing host to rosters of international superstars. You don’t have to stay in your seat if you don’t want to!
93. Skydive… indoors!
If the idea of skydiving from over 12,000 feet scares you silly, experience the same thrill with none of the dangers at iFly Singapore. Located at Sentosa, it’s one of the world’s largest wind tunnels for indoor skydiving.
94. Get a haircut at an old school barber
No-frills, no OTT equipment over here. If you’re all for experiencing an old school barber cut, there are plenty across the city. For starters, check out this handy list of barbershops in Singapore.
95. Spend the evening stargazing
If you’re up for an astrological date, head over to The Science Centre Singapore’s Observatory Deck, which offers telescopes to let you peer into the universe.
96. Hop on the Singapore River Cruise
Take a leisurely river cruise on one of Singapore’s iconic bumboats and treat yourself to a tour of some of Singapore’s best dining and entertainment spots along Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay. We recommend taking the cruise after sunset. The night view of Singapore’s skyline is absolutely breathtaking!
97. Do Farmville IRL
Visit a local farm in Singapore’s countryside (yes, we do have one). Animal lovers, head to Hay Dairies to see how goats are milked, Farmart Centre to check out the petting zoo, and Jurong Frog Farm for a close encounter with our amphibian friends. If you’re more interested in organic fruits and veggies, stop by Bollywood Veggies or Fireflies Health Farm (sorry, no actual fireflies included).
98. Run till you’re out of gas at a marathon
If running is part of your list of annual resolutions, you’ll be pleased to know the island’s got plenty of races for both rookies and seasoned runners. To get your cardio fix, just have a look at one of our many marathons going on each year.
99. Dance it out at a music fest
No need to travel elsewhere for a music festival – our lil’ dot has plenty of them. Need past proof? Indie fanatics have seen St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival and Neon Lights Festival come through, while dance music punters always get hyped for ZoukOut, Ultra Music Festival and the like.
100. Visit a library like no other
First up, reading is cool. And secondly, if you have any cynical friends who think libraries are dull, introduce them to the Tampines Regional Library. Not only is it a sanctuary of books, but it’s also got a culinary studio, a hardware lab with tools, and even a running track and exercise bikes. Plus, let’s not forget the stylish [email protected]
101. Smash stuff at the Fragment Room
Need to let off some steam? Go ape sh*t at Singapore’s only rage room. Crush wine glasses, bottles, plates, bowls and electronics like TVs and radio sets. A little birdie told us you can even bring your own items… y’know, like a photo of an ex.
102. Make your own gin
Class in session! In three hours, identify your gin profile, prep ingredients, distil your mixture in a mini copper pot still and bring home your own bottle of gin. Sign up for the gin workshop at Brass Lion Distillery’s gin school.
103. Watch a performance
You’ll be spoiled for choice at Esplanade, a world-class performing arts centre that has a year-round line-up of impressive international music acts, festivals, exhibitions and theatre productions. It also hosts the occasional free music performance at its waterfront stage, which makes for a groovy evening out.
104. Concoct your own perfume
Ditch buying off the shelves with a scent of your choice. We’ve got a variety of perfumery classes in Singapore, each with a different experience. Try Light, Oo La Lab and Maison 21G for a customised scent.
105. Play paintball
Psych up your posse and get your protective masks ready for a wicked paintball game with Crossfire or Red Dynasty. Whether you’re building up team spirit or finding a way to unleash your inner Rambo, this sure makes an adrenaline-pumping weekend activity.
106. Ride on a cable car
Part of the Sentosa experience is taking a cable car ride to the island. Enjoy aerial views of Mount Faber, Harbourfront and Sentosa, and you can even have a meal in the cabin.
107. Unleash your inner Picasso
Feeling artsy or perhaps you just wanna try something new? Have a seat at one of the art jamming studios and cafes in Singapore, where you’ll be supplied with brushes, colours and even tea. From master painters to beginner artists, anyone’s welcome!
108. Have your future read
Wanna know if the cards are in your favour? Take a gamble with a tarot card reader, psychic, spiritual teacher, palm reader, or get to know your aura. Hit up these fortune tellers if you’re game.
109. Clean up the beach
Environmentalists will be happy to note there are multiple beach clean-up groups in Singapore. All you gotta do is sign up beforehand and you’re on your way to making an impact. Plus, you get to meet like-minded people too!
110. Rent a yacht for a private party
Thinking of ideas to top last year’s party? How about bringing it to the seas? For a maritime bash that your friends and colleagues will never forget, book a yacht and set sail.
111. Get a dose of art
We’re always in a rush to catch the latest exhibitions that we tend to overlook the long-standing galleries with incredible finds. Permanent exhibitions are available all year round, so no need to worry about missing them!
112. Make a splash at a public pool
Cool down in the heartlands at one of the many public pools our city has to offer. These aren’t just any ordinary Olympic-sized ones, either. The swimming pools we’re talking about have lazy rivers, water slides and dramatic wave pools.
113. Watch the fireworks
We do love to light up our skies in dazzling fireworks during major events like National Day and New Year’s Eve. Best of all, there are countless vantage points, from rooftop restaurants to public spaces, for you to sit back and enjoy the show.
114. Book a barbecue pit
Take a stroll along the Singapore beaches and you’ll see many BBQ pits along the coast. All you gotta do is book one in advance and they’re yours for the day. Do we have any BBQ masters in the house?
115. Get soakin’ wet
Cool off from our clammy climate at water theme parks. We have big guns like Adventure Cove in Resorts World Sentosa and the old-timer Wild Wild Wet at Downtown East in Pasir Ris. You can soak it up in the heartlands as well – the slides at Sengkang Swimming Complex are just as exciting (and easy on the wallet).
116. Ice-skate around the rink
Another way to escape from the sweltering heat outside? Step into Singapore’s first-ever Olympic-sized ice rink at JCube. It’s the next best thing since you’ll never ever find a frozen lake here. It even offers public skating lessons if you have two left feet… on ice, that is.
117. Have a picnic
No doubt, our garden city is peppered with green spaces and perfect picnic spots. Whether you’re looking for a place with a view or a tranquil hidden hideout, there’s something for you. Just remember to bring enough mosquito repellent and sunscreen!
118. Get your eyebrows threaded
Five minutes of hell = perfect brows for days? Seems like a fair deal to us. We can’t guarantee a painless process but we do have great beauty parlours for threading and hair removal services in Singapore. Plus, some are really affordable.
119. Hop on a trishaw ride
A common mode of transport during the 1900s, trishaws are mainly used for tours today. Hop on the sidecar as the trishaw uncle takes you around Singapore’s most prominent neighbourhoods and landmarks.
120. Go glamping
‘Camping, but make it fancy’. Yeah, we’ve got just the activity for you. Singapore has been bitten by the glamping bug, and it shows with glamping companies that offer various packages, themes and experiences suited to your occasion.
121. Play mini-golf
Putt it like it’s hot at Holey Moley, Singapore’s first and only mini-golf course with booze. All its holes are themed, which makes things extra fun. After some friendly competition, fuel up with quirky cocktails and metre-long pizzas at the retro-esque booth.
122. Do the bungee jump
Dare to plummet down a sky-high tower? Adrenaline seekers, make your way to AJ Hackett Sentosa, Singapore’s only bungee tower for all the thrills. There’s also a giant swing at 40m high that speeds up to 120km/h, and a sky bridge with a glass cube.
123. Enjoy a free concert
You read that right: NParks routinely organises a free concert series at Fort Canning Park. Jam out to 2020’s Rockestra happening at Fort Canning Green – check out the NParks website for the latest deets! You can also head over to Singapore Botanic Gardens for free orchestra performances at the beautiful Symphony Lake.
124. Lose yourself in a 3D show
Omni Theatre at the Science Centre Singapore is Southeast Asia’s first 8K 3D Digital Dome Theatre, with 8K resolution and a 23-metre dome screen. Trust us when we say the experience is almost magical…
125. Catch a cosy film screening
The Screening Room boasts a boutique film theatre with a schedule of exciting movies, which you can enjoy with bubbly in hand. Alternatively, book out this sofa-decked theatre and hold a screening party with the film of your choice!
126. Pitch a tent and camp out
It’s far from camping in the wilderness, but outdoorsy types who love to wake up to the sea breeze and the sound of crashing waves can camp at various areas in Singapore. Simply book a spot beforehand and you’re all set.
127. Throw a swanky get-together
There’s nothing basic about party venues in Singapore – from The Black Swan’s Great Gatsby-inspired dining hall to indie bookstore The Moon, these venues are perfect for special events.
128. Lounge on the beach
Is it sunny? If so, put on your shades and plan a day at the beach. Singapore might be small but there’s a whole list of beaches you can hang out at. Pack a picnic!
129. Experience co-working and co-living
See what the co-sharing trend is all about at co-working and co-living spaces around Singapore. Most of these places offer a tour of the facilities so you can find out if they’re up your alley. Co-working spaces typically have a one-day trial for you to assess how well you like working there, too.
130. Cosy up with a kitty
Feline lovers, you’ll go gaga over the adorable kitties at cat cafes. Grab a friend and bond over coffee, cake and cats for the purr-fect afternoon!
131. Challenge yourself to water sports
Think you can’t find a place to learn wakeboarding or jet skiing in Singapore? Think again: These places let you make a splash with the water sport of your choice. We’re talking about wakeboarding, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, dragon boating and more.
132. Tone up like a ballet dancer
With barre classes becoming more mainstream, we’re seeing multiple ballet-inspired classes popping up. Want in? We’ve rounded up some of the best barre studios in town to get in shape like a dancer!
133. Say namaste
Get your asanas on at yoga classes. With everything from prenatal to hot yoga, you’ll find the best yoga studios for your fitness needs.
134. Spend time with animals
We might be known as a concrete city, but that doesn’t mean we lack animals to admire and protect. Spend a day with giraffes and white tigers at the Singapore Zoo, or watch out for bats and flying squirrels at the Night Safari.
135. Leap for fitness
Love jumping around? Book a slot for a trampoline class to bounce your way to a fitter physique! This is fitness and play all rolled into one.
136. Cycle across the city
Hop on a two-wheeler and explore Singapore with cycling routes that take you from the heartlands to the rivers and wetlands to untouched nature.
137. Find your perfect gym
It’s tough to start a workout routine, and even tougher to continue. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the best gyms in Singapore, with facilities, trainers and classes to get you that banging bod. If you want to kill time on a lazy Sunday, why not give one of these fitness studios a go?
138. Have a day out with your pup
Take your canine friends out for more than just a walk – we’ve found some dog-friendly cafes and restaurants for a jolly good time with the whole fam.
139. Tap into your inner Iron Fist
Singapore’s an extremely safe place to live in, but it won’t hurt to take up a martial arts class for self-defense, y’know? Punch and kick your way to fitness at Muay Thai workouts and fight clubs.
140. Get artsy and crafty
Nothing’s more satisfying than creating someone new with your hands. Instead of buying a mass-produced souvenir, why not make your own creation at craft workshops that offer lessons on pottery, printmaking, sewing, terrariums and more.
141. Immerse yourself in art and culture
Think rare masterpieces, historical artefacts, revolutionary sculptures, thought-provoking paintings and cultural relics. Our guide to the city’s finest museums and galleries has it all.
Where to shop in Singapore
142. Show love for local
We break down the A to Z of local fashion with all the top homegrown designers who are putting our little red dot on the map.
143. Embark on a mall crawl
Two main things that Singaporeans love to do: Shop and eat. It’s no wonder the city is teeming with malls – and they aren’t just there for retail therapy. From interesting themes to attractive features, there’s no doubt you can spend hours in one spot.
144. Shop premium brands at a discount
If you’re on a budget (or you simply love a good deal!), outlet malls are your best bet. You can shop for affordable sports gear, purse-friendly designer bags and more.
145. Play locally-designed games
Monopoly is fun, but locally-inspired board and card games are even more exciting. They’re also a brilliant way to get acquainted with local customs and humour while having a blast!
146. Snag new literary finds
147. Head to the city’s iconic shopping belt
The first place everyone flocks to when it comes to shopping is Orchard Road. There’s a mall for every mood – from the glitzy Paragon to the underrated Far East Plaza. Plus, browsing through all malls is totally achievable if you pace yourself.
148. Unearth retro gems
Thrift store galore! If nothing gives you a thrill quite like rocking old school threads, we’ve got just the thing for you. From designer pieces to costume bling, these vintage shops and secondhand stores are brimming with treasures. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as they say.
149. Go for analogue at record stores
Calling all audiophiles. We have the deets on where to go crate digging for old school vinyls. Yes, the vinyl scene is alive and kicking in Singapore – nip into record stores for all the vinyl, turntables and record players you’ll love.
150. Experience late night shopping
Grocery shopping at 4am – why not? Night owls and insomniacs can get their shopping fix at Singapore’s only 24-hour shopping mall. From fresh produce to electronic gadgets to jewellery, Mustafa Centre is truly an Aladdin’s cave located in the heart of Little India. But be warned: At such low prices, the temptation to buy everything will be hard to resist.