It’s been a while since I travelled somewhere far from Europe. Well, I mean I travelled to India for a wedding but apart from that I haven’t ventured out of Europe in two years! So it was finally time to take a holiday somewhere far away. Our first stop on our holiday was Singapore. Singapore is known as one of the most prosperous countries in the world, as you could probably see from the film Crazy Rich Asians. Although I still haven’t watched Crazy Rich Asians (it never came out in Spain unfortunately) I did enjoy the country! By enjoy I mean had lots of delicious food and enjoy the heat (kind of). I thought I would create a Singapore guide with all the essential places you have to visit!
Gardens by the Bay probably one of the most instagrammed places of Singapore. It’s located near the newest district of Singapore. It’s not just an average garden, I’d definitely recommend you visit. Most of the areas in the garden are free to walk around however you have to pay to visit the Cloud Forest and do the Sky Walk, which is definitely worth it. You can also catch an amazing light show at night, which usually happens around 8pm and 9pm.
You’ve probably seen a lot of people relaxing on the infinity pool of Marina Bay Sands on Instagram. Well unfortunately, only hotel guests have access to the pool but outsiders are allowed to visit the rooftop. You can either pay to visit the Skypark or go up to one of the restaurants/bars for a drink (it’s free to go up there). The best time to head up there would be sunset! Right in front of the Marina Bay Sands hotel is the Marina mall, which is one of the largest shopping centres in Singapore. If you love shopping this place is for you. The food court here is also pretty good, they have a lot of delicious food for whatever you may be craving.
While you’re in the area, the Art Science Museum is a great place to visit as well. They have an amazing lights exhibition and when I was there I got to visit a Marvel exhibition too (as you may know I’m a big Marvel fan).
If you want to go somewhere local, I’d recommend going to Newton for some proper Singaporean seafood. This place is like Camden or Borough Market, but with even more food options. Most of the Singaporean locals will agree that you will find amazing seafood here. Crayfish is a must try here, as apparently you won’t find it anywhere else. They have a variety of food stalls, such as oyster omelettes, Indian curry, dumpling soup, and lots more! We ended up eating there every night, since it was a 3 minutes walk from our hotel.
Orchard road is one of the main commercial areas in Singapore. Just like Oxford Street in London, it’s filled with huge malls and big branded stores. I’m not even joking when I say there were more Louis Vuitton stores than Starbucks! If there’s one thing Crazy Rich Asians has got right, it’s that Singaporean people are definitely filthy rich. Plus, a lot of people all around Asia come to shop in Singapore because it’s considered “cheap” in Asia and has duty free shopping! So if you feel like treating yourself Singapore is definitely the place to do it. One store I would recommend visiting is Charles and Keith – it’s a Singaporean high street brand with luxury quality. They have amazing shoes and accessories and they only have stores in Asia!
Why go all the way to India when you can get a taste of the country in Singapore. I seriously felt like I was walking in the streets of Delhi when we explored Little India. It’s surrounded by colourful houses and little markets full of delicious food and gifts.
If you’re going to visit Little India you might as well take a trip to Chinatown. There’s a lot of incredible street food around Chinatown, and you’ll be surprised to know one of the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurants is there. Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, is the most affordable michelin street food you can eat in the world! And they serve an iconic Singaporean dish: Chicken rice and noodles for just $2 SGD (around €1).
If you’ve had enough of the city life you could head over to Sentosa Island for some relaxation. There’s an amazing beach and lots of hotels and resorts where you can have a chilled day. But if you’re looking for a fun day out full of adventures then I’d definitely recommend going to Universal Studios, which is also located on Sentosa Island. Although it’s not like Universal Orlando, there are still some pretty amazing adrenaline filled rides and great food stalls.
One thing Singapore is known for is amazing Dim Sum! Before I moved to London I had no idea what dim sum even was. Safe to say I love dim sum and am obsessed. Din Tai Fung is definitely the place to try dim sum, with so many different dumpling options, you’ll get a taste of authentic Chinese food. And it’s very affordable too! Since it’s a franchise there’s many locations all over Singapore.
I hope you guys enjoyed this guide! I’ve probably missed out some spots but I think I hit the nail on the head with all the main spots you need to visit in Singapore. I hope you found this guide useful!
Have you been to Singapore before or are you planning on going anytime soon? Let me know in the comments below!