Singapore – a city, island and country – is home to a huge array of attractions, along with numerous bars, restaurants and neighbourhoods to check out. For a better idea of what to do in this popular destination, we asked you for your top Singapore tips over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page. Here’s what you told us...
Have a drink at the legendary Raffles Hotel
Róisín McManus says:
yard of ale or Singapore sling at the legendary Raffles Hotel
Jason White says:
Definitely have to have a Singapore Sling @ Raffles, bit pricey but it ticked a box for us.
The Long Bar inside Singapore’s Raffles Hotel is the birthplace of the famous ‘Singapore Sling’ cocktail. Not only will be you able to enjoy this tasty tipple here along with plenty of other drinks, you’ll also find that there’s live music on most nights plus lots more.
Location: 1 Beach Road.
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-12.30am, Fri-Sat 11am-1.30am.
Spend some time in Little India
Michael Donlea says:
Head down to little India and try some of the food at one of the many roadside cafes. I would personally recommend some dosai (not sure if that's how it's spelt) and a bottle of Golden Eagle, an amazing beer to go with your food!
Col Lin says:
Thaipusam festival in Little India and the Maxwell Food Court! Chicken and rice!
Norman Treinen says:
M.K.2001 - Restaurant in Little India, corner Syed Alwi Road / Kampong Kapor Raod! Yummie :)
In a city filled with diverse neighbourhoods, Little India might actually be the most enthralling. When you visit this colourful neighbourhood, be sure to take a walk down Dunlop Street which is Little India’s main thoroughfare. Along with a great selection of food stalls and restaurants, you’ll also find numerous stores, bars and much, much more.
Check out the top notch cafés and shopping around the city’s housing estates
Josephine Lau says:
spend half a day or an entire day in a housing estate central like Toa Payoh or Ang Mo Kio, which is just a few train stations away from the city. here you'll get a taste of what it's like to live here, with lots of food stalls and cheap shopping!
Keith Yap says:
Food food food and the best food are always found at coffee shops near our housing estates!
Toa Payoh, also known as Toa Payoh New Town, is one of Singapore’s earliest public housing estates. Ang Mo Kio is another of these public housing estates, and both are well worth a visit. Here you’ll find hawker centres, restaurants, stores, markets and more. If you’re looking for a real taste of life in Singapore, make sure to check out one of these public housing estates.
Enjoy stunning views of the city
Sam Wheeler says:
Have a (very reasonably priced) drink at Asia Bar, 72 floors up in the Swissotel. Going back in March, and that's what I'm most looking forward to :)
Pras Murukesvan says:
You've got to go to the top of the Marina Bay Sands Sky Park on the 56th floor, opposite the casino and the Singapore Eye - unrivalled views.
Singapore’s skyline is a stunning sight, especially when it is all lit up at night. Some of the best places to see amazing views of the city are the New Asia Bar in the Swissotel and the Sky Sands Park. High, high up in the Swissotel you’ll find the New Asia bar which offers up a wide variety of drinks including numerous cocktails. Head to this bar and you’ll be faced with amazing views of the city from the bar’s large windows. The Sands Sky Park sits atop the Marina Bay Sands hotel towers and covers a large area. It features restaurants, landscaped gardens and a big swimming pool. This sky park is also home to an observation deck from which you’ll be afforded some of the best views of Singapore you’ll get anywhere.
Location: New Asia Bar – Swissotel, 2 Stamford Road; Sands Sky Park – Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue.
Admission: New Asia Bar - S$25; Sands Sky Park – S$20.
Spend some time exploring Singapore’s Chinatown
Damon Lahtinen says:
Check out the Chinatown's foodmarkets, lots of live animals including turtles and frogs. Try taste those soft shelled eggs with couple days old chick inside already cooked. Interesting texture, not for the faint hearted!
James Eckels says:
Don't miss Ann Saing Hill in Chinatown-all kinds of fun!
Some of the main streets to check out in Singapore’s Chinatown area include Pagoda Street, Mosque Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street. Along these streets you’ll find a huge array of clothes shops, discount camera stores, tailors and more restaurants than you’ll be able to count. Along with this more commercial side, Chinatown also has quite a spiritual side as it’s home to some of Singapore’s best-known temples including the Sri Mariamman Temple.
Visit Pulau Ubin
Jen Robinson says:
Take a bumboat from Changi and visit Pulau Ubin, the last kampong village in Singpore. Walk or cycle along the rustic roads and paths, see the wildlife and end the day with a delicious seafood meal!
Palau Ubin is a small island not far from Singapore’s mainland. A good choice if you’re looking to escape the city for a while, this rural retreat hosts traditional fishing huts, ‘kampongs’ or Malay villages and a wide variety of plants and animals. Nature lovers will especially love the Chek Jawa area of the island which plays host to mangrove swamps, beaches and more.
Check out Café le Caire
Alexiel Au Yong says:
smoke shisha and eat middle eastern food in arab street and its surrounding area :) i recommend cafe le caire
In operation for over ten years, Café le Claire serves up a wide variety of authentic Arabic cuisine from a number of different countries. These include mezze, falafel, babaganush, shawarma, kebabs and much, much more.
Location: 39 Arab Street.
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-3.30am, Fri-Sat 10am-5.30am.
Visit the Battle Box in Canning Park
Jielus Hendrik Kuijntjes says:
The Battle Box in Fort Canning Park. Interesting for young and old!
Located in one of the underground bunkers in Fort Canning Park at a depth of around 9 metres, the Battle Box was used by the Malay Command during WWII. On a visit to the Battle Box you’ll see what it was like during the war through a series of audio and video exhibits plus animatronics and more.
Location: 2 Cox Terrace.
Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm.
Enjoy the sun on Sentosa Island
Juras Menčikovskis says:
Great restaurants along the river and wonderful beach in Sentosa Island. Mising it so much!
Sentosa Island, which can be reached via the Sentosa Express light rail from VivoCity, is home to a number of beautiful beaches, perfect for warm sunny days in Singapore. When the sun shines, head over to Sentosa Island to enjoy the sea and sand at Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach or Tanjong Beach.
Have some dinner at East Coast Park
Wilson Loo Kok Wee says:
Enjoy a seafood dinner - especially the famous Singapore Chilli Crab - at East Coast Park. Dine with the view of the sea. Easily accessible by bus from Eunos MRT station.
East Coast Park is Singapore’s biggest park and is located on its south-eastern coast. Inside this park you’ll find a lagoon, a sports centre and a min-golf course, along with many other activities. The park is also home to the East Coast Seafood Centre, where you’ll find a selection of seafood restaurants serving a wide variety of dishes including chilli crab, mie goring and more.
Location: East Coast Parkway & East Coast Park Service Road.
Check out the MacRitchie Reservoir Park
Martini Imelda says:
enjoy the macritchie reservoir is great, a big forest in a little island.
The oldest of Singapore’s Reservoir, MacRitchie was built back in 1867. Today it’s quite a popular spot with nature lovers who come to see all the different kinds of flora and fauna present at the reservoir. There are numerous boardwalks and walking trails to take advantage of, and the reservoir also boasts some water-based activities including kayaking.
Figure out the best option for getting around
Stefan Mansier says:
Look at the map to see if the MRT is really faster, sometimes the distance to walk to a MRT is just as far as a walk to your final destination (some Singapore people only know MRT and Taxi ;) )
There are a number of public transport options available to you in Singapore including the MRT or Mass Rapid Transit system. This rail system operates both over and underground over three lines and is extremely efficient and easy to use. Singapore also boasts a comprehensive bus network which is just as efficient as the MRT. It should also be noted that some parts of Singapore are within walking distance of each other including Chinatown and Boat Quay.
Follow any of the following suggestions!
Priscilla Yap says:
Enjoy the latest universal studio at Sentosa, eat yummy food in geylang- spicy frog legs in claypot, BBQ stingray, salted egg stir fried crabs, shop at far east plaza and haji lane in for the trendiest items, drop at bugis mrt station for gd street food n enjoy the bustling atmosphere, chill out at the chic bohemia holland village. Check out the flea markets held at zouk or butter factory for one off unique items or used designer items.
Tunas Bakti Junior says:
casino, f1 race, shopping, eye of singapore, clubbing, sea world, sentosa island and dont forget to go to Universal Studio... always using MRT...
Lucas Ong says:
Chek jawa nature reserve, southern ridge walk or tree top walk for nature lovers, zoo and night safari, sentosa for attraction seekers, changi chapel and Asian civilization museum for history buffs, chicken rice at a hawker centre and for foodies.
Svetlana Antonova says:
lion-fish fountain - first thing! then go to china town and little india! i haven't been to the zoo but i hope i will next time:)
Christelle Pecceu says:
I liked the zoo ! Otherwise just walking on the shore of the Singapore river, to the Fullerton, then cross to the other side and walk around.... That was really nice, especially all the cosy restaurants on Bonham street and its ambiance at night.