Top 10 Places to See in Singapore for the First Time

Singapore Gardens BY the Bay Show

Singapore is a beautiful city unlike any other we have been in Asia. This tiny, island city-state feels more like it belongs in the States rather than Southeast Asia. We found ourselves constantly exploring all the cool places to see in Singapore by walking from morning to night until our feet fell like they were going to fall off.

We loved it here, to say the least. While you may not need a ton of time to see the best of this jungle city you won’t want to miss these top places to go in Singapore!

10 Cool Places to See in Singapore

1. Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is one of the most epic landmarks of Singapore. This luxury hotel complex is made of three high-rise buildings that are connected at the top by an almost unreal infinity pool overlooking the city. There’s also a shopping mall connected and two free laser shows every night! Can’t afford a night in this fabulous 5-star hotel? No worries, you can still go to the top observation deck and enjoy a drink with a view. Unfortunately swimming in the infinity pool is reserved only for hotel guests. Whomp, whomp.

2. Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is also one of the most iconic places to see in Singapore. The best spot in the gardens has to be where the Supertrees are. These Supertrees are actually vertical gardens that provide energy for the park! Pretty fascinating stuff here!

A few of the Supertrees are connected by a skywalk where you can get an aerial view of the gardens. You can also give the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome here as well. Stick around until the evening when the Supetree lights turn on and watch Garden Rhapsody, a light and music show performed on them. We watched “Journey Through Asia,” and thought the music was brilliant. It’s no wonder why Gardens by the Bay is considered one of the best gardens in the world.

3. Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer.

This big Ferris Wheel gives you an unobstructed bird’s eye view of the city from a 28 person capsule and is one of the best activities in Singapore. If you’re afraid of heights, steer clear of the flyer! It takes 30 minutes to make a complete rotation in the world’s largest observation wheel! We would recommend doing this at night to see the city lights from above. 

4. The Iconic Raffles Singapore

raffles singapore

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Head on over to the luxurious and famous Raffles Hotel to have Singapore’s national drink! The signature Singapore Sling was created in 1915 by a bartender at the iconic Long Bar inside Raffles Hotel. Nowadays, travelers and visitors come here to sip on this fruity gin cocktail at it’s original birthplace. Make sure to sip on your sling slow, one of these bad boys will set you back $30 SGD. Too bad they don’t have happy hour! If you’re really splurging, you can even book a stay at Raffles.

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Don’t want to spend that much money on one drink? Do it yourself by following this simple recipe!

5. Little India

red and yellow walls in little india singapore

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Explore the streets of Singapore’s Little India and find yourself some tasty Indian cuisine. This was our “go to” spot when we were unsure of what to eat. We really enjoyed the food court right outside the Little India MRT station and left with happy bellies after every meal here. You can also explore the temples of the area, Sri Veeramakaliamman, Sri Srinivasa Perumal, and Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temples. Don’t forget to check out the ornate Sultan Mosque nearby either!

If you want to stay in Little India, check here for hotel options

6. Chinatown

long exposure of singapore at night

Enjoy this energetic enclave in Singapore by wandering the streets, shopping at the markets, trying out the food courts, and checking out the temples. We loved all the lanterns that were strung through the streets in front and in between of the colorful colonial shop houses. We also liked Keong Saik Road, a bit on the outskirts of Chinatown, where this old red light district has turned into a vibrant street full of pretty boutique hotels and trendy restaurants.

If you want to stay in Chinatown, check here for hotel options

7. The Cheapest Michelin Star Eatery in the World

Singapore Food

We have always wanted to eat at Michelin star restaurants, but never wanted to pay a month’s rent to do it! Guess what? One of the best places to go in Singapore also happens to be the cheapest Michelin-star eatery in the world! Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice And Noodle at level 2 of Chinatown’s food complex. You can eat a Michelin rated meal for under $2! Check out Daniel Food Diary’s experience here! We would have experienced it ourselves had we known ahead of time the stall was closed on Wednesdays! NOOOOOO!!!!

  • 10:30 am – 7 pm M,Tu,Th,F; 8:30 am – 7 pm Sa & Su; Closed Wednesdays 🙁

8. Singapore River

bumboat on singapore river

by shankar s. via flickr

Take a tour from a new vantage point in Singapore, by boat on the Singapore River! Relax on a 45-minute bumboat tour while checking out sites like Marina Bay Sands and Clarke Quay while also learning a bit about the history of the city.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous take a Duck & Hippo amphibious vehicle tour. The vehicles were originally WWII Vietnamese military vehicles that have been remodeled for tours around Singapore!

9. Clarke Quay

clarke quay singapore at night

by eceperez via flickr

Clarke Quay is now a restaurant, bar, and nightlife hotspot, but it once was an important commercial area of Singapore situated right on the river. The area has been revamped and the historical buildings now are painted with pretty pops of color. The area looks really cute, but we were disappointed with the large white umbrellas and giant awning over the streets of these beautiful buildings. We found them to be obstructive and hated that we couldn’t really see the buildings much. Don’t bother visiting during the day unless you’re craving some of Hooter’s wings. Clarke Quay is a nightlife hub full of restaurant chains and bars.

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10. Eat at Food Courts

You can eat deliciously on the cheap by eating at any of the food courts around Singapore. These food stalls are known as hawker stalls here and sell all kinds of cuisine from around Asia. This was our go to for most meals and never went wrong.

You can sample and split dishes to try more and more food. Since Singapore is a bit of a melting pot for Asian countries, you can find delicious food from all over Asia. Better yet, this is the most affordable way to eat in Singapore, an overall pretty pricey destination, and you can find meals under $2.

How to Get Around Singapore

The easiest ways to get around Singapore are on foot or by grab, southeast Asia’s version of Uber/Lyft. There’s a subway if you want to try navigating with that, but if you stay centrally enough, all the big places to see in Singapore are within walking distance.

When you’re coming from the airport, you can simply book an airport transfer to your hotel.

Where to Stay in Singapore

We stayed at:

If you’re wondering which neighborhoods to stay in, check out our guide on where to stay in Singapore and take a look at the map below:



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Overall

Singapore is an amazing city and one of our favorites because of it’s wondrous modern landscape tucked inside a jungle. Anywhere you see awe-inspiring buildings as well as some beautiful foliage. Best of all there is amazing food and activities around every corner.

I’m sure we haven’t covered all the amazing places to see in Singapore, so let us know if we’ve missed any in the comments below!

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