Local Attractions

Check out our favourite touristy and local experiences while you’re in Singapore!

National Gallery Singapore
National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore is a new visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The Gallery is housed in two national monuments—former Supreme Court and City Hall—that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting venue in the heart of the Civic District.

Address: 1 St. Andrew’s Road Singapore 178957
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu, Public Holidays: 10am to 7pm
Fri –Sat, Eve of Public Holidays: 10am to 10pm
Phone: 6271 7000
National Museum Singapore
National Museum of Singapore

This is the place to visit if you want to learn more about the history and culture of Singapore. With its history dating back to 1887, the National Museum is the nation’s oldest, and one of the city’s architectural icons. Its permanent offerings, the Singapore History and Living Galleries, piece together the past and present in a compelling narrative.

Address: 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 7pm, last admission at 6.30pm
Phone: 6332 3659
Singapore Art Museum
Singapore Art Museum

Housed in a restored 19th-century mission school, St Joseph’s Institute, The Singapore Art Museum focuses on contemporary art practice in Singapore and Southeast Asia. It advocates and makes accessible interdisciplinary contemporary art through research-led and evolving curatorial practice.

Address: 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10am – 7pm, Friday, 10am – 9pm
Phone: 6589 9580
Art Science Museum
ArtScience Museum

The ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands beautifully fuses art and science to tell fascinating stories. Not only does the museum push boundaries with its world-class exhibitions, its design architecture is equally iconic. The museum’s structure is designed to symbolize the welcoming hand of Singapore with 10 fingers. The tip of each “finger” filters in natural light to showcase exhibits in the best light.

Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 7pm, last admission at 6pm
Phone: 6688 8888
Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Sentosa

With no lack of things to do, be prepared for a wild time at Resorts World Sentosa, an integrated resort experience designed to keep the whole family enthralled. RWS is home to key attractions including the region’s first-and-only Universal Studios theme park, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island. Other attractions include a Maritime Experiential Museum, an award-winning destination spa, a casino, six unique hotels, the Resorts World Convention Centre, celebrity chef restaurants, and specialty retail outlets.

Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Opening Hours: Varies by different attractions
Phone: 6577 8888
MBS Skypark
Marina Bay Sands Skypark

The Marina Bay Sands SkyPark is a roof like no other, perched 200 metres in the air with an infinity pool and observation deck in the clouds. Visitors not staying at the hotel can buy tickets to the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, which offers you unobstructed 360degree views of the Singapore skyline.

Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 9:30am to 10pm, Fri – Sun: 9:30am to 11pm
Phone: 6688 8826
Chijmes
CHIJMES

CHIJMES (pronounced ‘chimes’), with its green lawns, courtyards and neoclassical buildings harks back to a bygone, more gracious age. The grand Anglo-French Gothic chapel built in 1904 is one of the most elaborate places of worship in Singapore. Once a Catholic school for girls and an orphanage, the complex has been refurbished and transformed into a hip enclave of restaurants and bars.

Address: 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hours.
Opening hours of businesses in CHIJMES may vary.
Phone: 6337 7810
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay

This sprawling garden in the city provides mesmerising waterfront views across three gardens, spanningover 101 hectares of reclaimed land. Unique to Gardens by the Bay is the Cloud Forest Within the enclosed compound, a 35metre tall mountain is veiled in mist and covered in lush vegetation amidst the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953
Opening Hours: 5am – 2am Daily
Phone: 6420 6848
Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens

A testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden, the Botanic Gardens is the country’s first UNESCO Heritage Site. Established in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society, 60 acres of land were transformed from a disused plantation into a popular recreation garden. It is a favourite recreation venue among locals for jogging, dining or just lazing about on its sprawling grounds.

Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
Opening Hours: Daily, 5am – 12am
Phone: 6471 7138
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

This is the one of the first two hawker stalls to achieve a Michelin star! It has already been a perennial favourite among locals before it was conferred the accolade. The stall has been in business since 1932, and although it has moved locations, it is still the best place to enjoy a delicious bowl of bak chor mee (minced meat noodles).

Address: Tai Hwa Eating House, 466 Crawford Lane, #01-12, Singapore 190465
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 9pm. Closed 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
Phone: 6292 7477
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle

One out of 2 hawker stalls in Singapore to be conferred a Michelin star, it offers Cantonese-style soya sauce chicken and char siew (barbecued pork). You can savour its signature dish, the Soya Sauce Chicken Rice, at just $2. The meat has won praises for its tenderness and juiciness.

Address: Blk 335, Smith Street #02-126, Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 7:00pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Fri), 8:30am to 7:00pm (Sat – Sun)
Closed on Wed
Lau Pa Sat
Lau Pa Sat

Built in the 19th century, Lau Pa Sat or Telok Ayer Market has long dominated the local landscape with its striking presence. The market has long been converted into a hawker centre offering the best of local cuisine. So sip an icecold beer and enjoy a plate of Hainanese chicken rice as you revel in the elegant old-world charm of Singapore’s loveliest food court.

Address: 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582
Opening Hours: 24 hours Daily
Phone: 6220 2138
Maxwell Food Centre

Conveniently situated near the busy Central Business District (CBD), Maxwell Food Centre is one of Singapore’s most famous local dining enclaves. With over 100 stalls and so many dishes to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what to try. Narrow it down to these three options: Tian Tian Chicken Rice, Jin Hua Sliced Fish Bee Hoon, and Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake.

Address: 1 Kadayanallur St, 069184
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm, varies by stalls
Artistry

Nestled in a quiet corner of the Kampong Glam heritage district, Artistry is an art gallery and café in a shophouse. Artistry seeks to provide emerging artists with a platform for their debut solo exhibitions and host talks, performances and events. Artistry serves up the locally roasted Liberty Coffee, western brunch, dinner and rustic desserts. Its signatures include the Chilli Crab Burger and the Peanut Butter and Jelly stuffed French Toast.

Address: 17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149
Opening Hours: Tues – Sat: 9am to 11pm, Sun: 9am to 4pm, Closed on Mondays
Phone: 6298 2420
Wild Rocket

A new generation of chefs is set on redefining Singapore cuisine with fresh cooking techniques, fusion flavours and innovative plating, yet with  unmistakably familiar flavours that strike a chord. This is Modern Singaporean cuisine, or “ModSin”,as coined by well known homegrown chef Willin Low, who helms Wild Rocket. Order the famed Laksa Pesto Pasta, an update of the local favourite with noodles in spicy coconut broth. For dessert, the fragrant pandan infused panna cotta with salted gula melaka (palm sugar) is recommended.

Address: Hangout @ Mt Emily, 10A Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228119
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 12pm to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Sat 12pm to 4pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Phone: 6339 9448
Candlenut
Candlenut

Founded by rising young local chef Malcolm Lee, Candlenut was conferred a star in the recent Michelin guide. The chef combines modern and traditional techniques in a bid to reinvent the local Peranakan (Straits Chinese) cuisine, which often combines Malay and Indonesian cooking techniques with Chinese ingredients and aromatic spices.

Address: Dorsett Residences, 331 New Bridge Road #01-03, Singapore 088764
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm Saturday: 6pm – 10pm
Phone: 6534 8880
Dempsey Hill

Formerly the site of the old British army barracks, Dempsey Hill is now one of the hippest and most happening areas in Singapore for dining, drinking and even indulging. From specialty grocers to seafood feasts, divine massages and cute boutiques, you’ll find something to suit all tastes and moods in this lovely and lush neighborhood.

Address: Blk 8D #03-01 Dempsey Road Singapore 249679
Opening Hours: Varies by restaurants
Supermama

Supermama is a gallery shop that works closely with many Singapore designers and Japanese craft facilities to produce “omiyage” (contemporary giftware) that represents the contemporary Singapore culture.

Address: Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189555
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm Daily (Except Fridays 10am to 9pm)
Phone: 6291 1946
Books Actually

Books Actually is an independent bookstore specialising in Literature (including obscure and critical works). This includes Poetry, Essays, Literary Journals, alongside obscure, critical works and antique/rare editions. You can also find literary trinkets in the form of stationery and other lovely tchotchkes.

Address: No. 9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, Singapore 168645
Opening Hours: Mon & Sun: 10am to 6pm, Tues – Sat 10am to 8pm
Phone: 6222 9195
Naiise

Naiise is a one-stop destination for original, well-designed products and daily design inspiration. Supporting and encouraging the creation of original design, food, and music, Naiise helps to bring Singapore design to bigger platforms by exposing them to a wider audience. With 7 brick and mortar stores around Singapore, Naiise carefully designs each store to bring to you a different shopping experience, adding on to what it has to offer on its online store.

Address: 2 Handy Road, The Cathay #B1-08 Singapore 229233
Opening Hours: 12pm-10pm daily
The Little Dröm Store

The Little Dröm Store’s collection of products imprinted with local lingo makes superb gifts for friends and visitors to Singapore. The art and design driven retail store also stocks craftwork and products by local designers, limited-edition knick knacks and jewellery sourced from overseas, as well as selected books and magazines on design.

Address:  School of the Arts (SOTA), 1 Zubir Said Drive #02-01, Singapore 227968
Phone: 6884 4651
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