Whether you’re there on a business trip, leisure holiday or in transit for some amount of time, Singapore has something for you. No matter how long or short if you plan your time well, yo u can definitely get the maximum out of the minimum. If you’re heading to the ‘Lion City’, here’s how you can plan to spend a day in Singapore.
Morning: Enjoy a local fare for breakfast
Noodles for breakfast? Why not! Begin your day with a wholesome breakfast of stir-fried noodles available at food centers around town like Anmoy Street, Golden Mile and Zion. Get there in time or else, you may find everything sold out by 9 a.m. For something more traditional, order a plate of kaya toast, a type of spread made of caramelized sugar, coconut and eggs and infused with the aromatic pandan leaf.
Stroll through Singapore Botanic Gardens
After you’re done feasting, how about heading over to the Singapore Botanic Gardens for a walk through a tropical delight and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its many attractions like the National Orchid Garden with over 1,000 species on display, Bonsai Garden, Ginger Garden with a pool of giant Amazon water lilies and the Rain Forest, this haven of green is absolutely wondrous. The best way to get to Singapore Botanic Gardens is by MRT, Singapore’s transit train network that offers the best connectivity across the city.
Retail therapy at Orchard Road
A 5-miute walk from Singapore Botanic Gardens will take you to Orchard Road, the premier shopping destination in Singapore with 25 malls including Paragon Shopping Centre and Orchard Central. The two-kilometer stretch is dotted with local and international stores that offer everything from apparel to home furnishings. You’ll surely find plenty of bargains because after all, Singapore and shopping go hand-in-hand!
Afternoon: Pick up souvenirs and grab lunch at Chinatown
From Orchard Road, take the MRT to Singapore’s Chinatown with its alleyways of vendors selling kitschy curios alongside couture designer boutiques. Do some sightseeing as well by visiting the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum with its stupa containing 320 kilograms of gold. Grab lunch at one of the many eateries in Chinatown where you can enjoy fresh seafood and more.
Have a tea party
After a hectic morning and afternoon, it’s time to relax with a quaint Singaporean tradition – high tea. With plenty of options to choose from ranging from five star hotels to standalone cafes, enjoy a cup of freshly brewed tea along with an array of dainty treats like scones, petits fours and ribbon sandwiches. Some recommended venues are Brasserie Les Saveurs at St. Regus, Colony at Ritz-Carlton and Arteastiq on Orchard Road.
Evening: Pose with the Merlion statue
After the grand tea party, hop in to a taxi and make your way to Merlion Park where you can pose with the iconic Merlion statue. Singapore’s most recognizable symbol, the original water-spouting statue is almost nine meters high and undeniably the most visited landmark in the city.
Night: Light & water show at Marina Promenade
Take a seat at the Marina Promenade to watch the Marina Bay skyline glitter and glow with a spectacular light and water show. Called Spectra, you’ll be enthralled for 15 minutes with dancing fountains, colorful visuals and state-of-the-art lighting effects. The quickest way to get to Marina Promenade from Merlion Park is by taxi or if you’re in the mood for a walk, it’s less than 15 minutes.
Paint the town red
For an evening of fun and entertainment, Clarke Quay is where all the action is. With restaurants, lounges and bars in every corner, this riverside quay comes alive every night. After dinner, step in to a club belting out the hottest DJ beats and dance the night away in to the wee hours of the morning!
Wee Hours Catch some z’s
Depending on when you’re done letting your hair down and partying like a rock star, get some sleep or at least a power nap before bidding goodbye to Singapore…with the promise to return for another whirlwind 24 hours or longer.
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Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.