Thousands of people every year choose to spend a night or two in Singapore as they break their long journey across the globe. If you are one of these travellers who only have one day to spend in Singapore, then here we give you some ideas of how to squeeze in a lot in your short time in the city.
If you’re travelling with kids in tow, then treat them to a breakfast they are sure to remember – seated alongside an orang utan! The Singapore Zoo kicks off every day with a wildlife breakfast, where you can have you photo taken with an orang utan, watch elephants having their morning bath and even cuddle a snake!
If you’re not travelling with children, or prefer to keep it local, then opt for a local Singaporean breakfast of kaya toast, kopi and eggs at a local coffee shop. Head to Ya Kun Kaya Toast or Toast Box (in shopping malls around the island) or Killiney Kopitiam on Killiney Road for a more authentic experience.
Make your way to Chinatown to admire the heritage shophouses and browse for souvenirs amongst the many shops and street stalls. Call into the Chinatown Heritage Centre to gain an insight into the area’s first residents, and visit the impressive Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum to learn about the life and teachings of Lord Buddha. Don’t miss the wet market in the basement of the Chinatown Complex where the locals shop for their fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, and live turtles and frogs.
Afternoon shopping & Sightseeing
If you fancy spanking your credit card, then Orchard Road is the place to head, with its multiple shopping malls all selling the latest in designer gear, high street favourites and luxury jewellery brands. Ion Orchard is a good bet for a one-stop strategy with its eight floors of retail madness. Once you’ve maxed out your credit limit, head to Merlion Park to admire the skyline of this forward-thinking modern city before hopping on a traditional bumboat for a leisurely half hour ride along the Singapore River to view the colonial buildings of Singapore’s past.
Sunset, Dinner & Drinks
It’s all about roof bars in Singapore at the moment, and they make the best spots for sundowner cocktails. Try Ku De Ta or 1-altitude for the best views. You shouldn’t leave Singapore without trying out one of the local hawker centres, where you can take your pick of various dishes of the local cuisine. Try Lau Pa Sat in the financial district, or Makansutra Gluttons Bay in the Marina Bay area. If you still have the energy to dance the night away, then make your way to Clarke Quay to bar-hop amongst the huge choice of bars and clubs.