Travel Mini Map: Singapore Edition
They say that Singapore is small enough to gallivant in a day. Slow down and take this time to immerse yourself in the diverse culture of the country. Stopping by and really enjoying what Singapore has to offer will make you appreciate every part of it! We’ve gathered a list of places which are definitely worth discovering in the exquisite Lion City.
1. Mega Adventure Park
The perfect place for the bold explorer! Try out the Megajump, where you get to free-fall jump from 15 metres above! Fly over treetops at 60 Km per hour in the Megazip. Finally, satisfy your adventure by ending off with the Reverse Bungy, where you get to catapult 60 metres into the sky! The faint hearted will enjoy the more subtle type of adventure, such as a “once-in-a-lifetime” sensory dark experience and having lunch in the dark, in case you can’t stand going on daredevil mode.
Location: 10A Siloso Beach Walk
2. Tiong Bahru
Tiong Bahru is the chillest spot in the country. There are lots of cafes and restos in this street, and by lots we mean LOADS. If you’re looking for traditional Cantonese foods such as cereal prawns, beef hor fun, and champagne pork ribs, you should absolutely dine at Por Kee. For scrumptious Hainanese curry, look for the stall called Loos Hainanese Curry. Can you believe they cook the sauce for three days? It looks messy in the end but
unexpectedly delicious. Day and Night Pizza is the one stop pizza shop in the street. For Italian ice cream, visit Chapter 55. They have the most delectable dessert waffles! The department store, Takashimaya, has a floor of restaurants with popular food — not to mention it’s super cheap too! On this floor, be sure to check out Ma Maison for mouthwatering hamburger steak and Japanese-Western cuisine. The retro architecture inspired by the 1930s makes the place very charming.
Location: 9A Boon Tiong Road
3. National Gallery
What better way to discover Singapore rich heritage than to visit a museum? The National Gallery in Singapore is a new visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The Gallery won multiple awards at the prestigious Singapore Tourism Awards for its role in adding to the vibrancy of Singapore’s tourism landscape.
Location: 1 Saint Andrew’s Road
4. Little India
If you’ve got three hours to spare, tour around Little India where you can learn about Singapore’s past and present through personal stories. For starters, you might want to check out superb malls such as the Mustafa Centre, Tekka Centre, and The Verge Shopping Mall. Take some time to smell the fragrance of Indian spices along Buffalo Road and Little India Arcade.
Location: 665 Buffalo & Serangoon Roads
Bustling with new and traditional shops and markets, it’s no wonder that Chinatown is a must-visit hot spot in Singapore. If there’s anywhere suitable for a Chinatown to exist in, it has to be in Singapore! This place is a storybook of Chinese heritage! Use this opportunity to meet strangers! Not quite sure where to start? Monster Day Tours gives you a free walking day tour where you will be guided along the wide road of this pleasant town. Maybe even have your fortune read along the way!
Location: Southbridge Road
6. Orchard Road
Orchard Road has many specimens of flowers and plants to behold. You will find them in nicely manicured gardens when going on a leisurely stroll here. Begin your morning with tai chi classes at the Ch’I Life Studio which is also suitable for the whole family. You can also get more involved with the environment with the orchid growing workshop that the place offers.
7. Night Safari
Being the world’s first nocturnal zoo, the Night Safari is quite a popular destination in Singapore. It only opens at night and has over 1000 nocturnal animals on display. Among them are the world’s largest goat, the markhors, the Malayan tapir, and the Gir lion. You might also relish performances presented by the zoo animals.
Location: 80 Mandai Lake Rd
8. Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is literally a row of restaurants by the river. The number of restaurants will overwhelm you, so it’s best to travel here with a guide or a Singaporean. Try Tampopo’s black pig tonkatsu in Liang Court, a mall along Clarke Quay. There are also so many cute Japanese stores that cater to
the Japanese community living in Singapore, such as a Japanese bookstore, clinic, and grocery store. You will definitely look forward to happy hour with the locals!
Location: 3 River Valley Rd
Sources: Trip Advisor, Planet Ware, National Gallery Singapore, Wander Wisdom, Hotels.com, Toggle, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Pinky Vierra