Singapore is a whole different world! When I came back to the U.S, and I had friends asking me what it was like I always shared how it’s the tropical New York or what you imagine the capitol of the Hunger Games to be. It’s over the top but beyond magical! Here are some things to consider if you have three days to spend in Singapore.
I lived in Singapore for about six months, and I am so excited to share my tips and tricks.
I promise, any time you spend in Singapore is going to be a blast!
First and foremost, the best way to get around I believe is by the MRT, which is the subway/train system. It’s fairly fast and incredibly cheap! All you have to do is buy a card (at Passenger Service Centres at most MRT stations or 7-11 stores) and load some money on it, then you’re good to go.
I love mornings in Singapore! They might be the quietest time on the island. Pick a morning, a park, a trail, and enjoy the tropical nature. Some parks I enjoyed were Labrador, East Coast, Pasir Ris, or even the country’s Botanic Gardens. They have parks all over though, so you cannot go wrong with any of them. If you like the water too, some of the coastal parks offer activities like kayaking or paddleboarding.
Another must for your mornings in Singapore is to try a cafe! There are so many, and they all have their own themes and atmospheres. A handful of my favorites are Tiong Bahru Bakery, Baker and Cook, Toby’s Estates, and Group Therapy. All of them are very lovely. If you’re looking for a real Singaporean breakfast though, and I do encourage you to try one, Toast Box or any cafe that says Kaffe and Toast, are the places to go to!
For your midday fun, I loved getting lost in Tiong Bahru area. If you’re a bookworm, there’s a hidden treasure called Books Actually. It’s the best bookstore I have ever come across. In that same area, there are more cafes and fun stores to explore in. There’s also a neat dry/wet market with fun murals to take pictures with.
Chinatown and the Arab Quarter
Go get lost in Chinatown too! So I am from the U.S., and I have been to my fair share of Chinatowns…none of them could even compare to Singapore’s. I love it there. Catch the MRT to Chinatown, take Exit A from the station and you’re there.
There are several shops here to explore and get all your souvenirs for a better deal. If you ever wanted to go to one of those fish spas, they have one here. There is a whole street dedicated to food, with a covering and huge fans to help keep you cool. Several temples (Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore) are nearby and open to the public.
On Temple Street you’ll find Mei Heong Yuen Dessert, an awesome dessert place – real local flavor and ambiance! For all you instagrammers, Chinatown has some great spots to up your game. One added plus, a ten-minute walk from Chinatown is Singapore’s Central Perk, which is based on the cafe in the popular TV show Friends.
Another area for your midday fun is Haji Lane and Arab Quarter. These two are right next to each other, literally. I mean whichever one you go to first, once you’re done simply walk the next street over and you’re in the other one! Haji Lane is full of fun shops ranging from random finds, beach needs, hemp theme, Danish style, and more. Exploring here is great because you truly have no idea what to expect. Then, the Arab Quarter has tons to eat, souvenirs, and a Mosque! I love embracing and learning about other religions and cultures. The mosque here was perfect to do just that.
Now for the night time fun! I am not one to party, but the areas I am sending y’all to can be for both sides of the spectrum.
Gardens by the Bay is my ultimate favorite. You can also go here during the day if you like, I went multiple times, day and night. If you go during the day, visit the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest; boy, are they phenomenal. At night, in the Supertree Grove you’ll find massive ‘trees’ that light up to music at 8pm every night. Wow, if I had to rate my memories from Singapore that experience is definitely near the top.
Right across from Gardens by the Bay, is the famous hotel Marina Bay Sands. There’s a restaurant or bar at the top you can go to to see the view. Be warned, it’s pricey though! Otherwise, there’s the craziest fanciest mall – The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands – right across the hotel. At night, every night, there is a free laser/water light show right in front of all of this (check the link for timings).
There are fun riverboats you can take near here or the cool Double Helix bridge you can walk across. The view here is so randomly peaceful because you’re directly across from the business district.
If you want some good satay while you’re in Singapore, please go to La Pau Sat which is a 24 hour hawker center with lots of local food stalls. Every night at 7pm this hawker center closes off a street and dedicates it to nothing but satay. Yum!
Orchard Road is my last recommendation for your nighttime affairs! This road has it all. Again, for my bookworms try Kinokuniya in the Takashimaya building. It’s like an entire floor dedicated to books. Then, in Orchard Gateway building, there’s a fun public library dedicated to the idea of design and open to everyone!
For the party-goers, there are bars and nice restaurants all along this road. The shops here are great. I love this area at night because there are so many people here, and the streets are completely lit up.
I’ll Be Back
Man, I love Singapore. It’s astounding in every way. There is nothing you can go wrong with here. If you have only three days in Singapore, enjoy the food, the fruit juices, the crowds, drink a cup of milo if you see it on the menu, and love the people! I’m telling y’all, this country is absolutely special. I really hope to spend more time there, and I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I did. Anyways, signing off as always with much love, friends!
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