Enough with the history lesson. If you’re traveling throughout SE Asia, there’s probably a good chance you’ll want to explore these parts for a wee bit. For 48 hours, feel free to copy this itinerary verbatim, indulging in all this city-state has on offer!
Fuel Before the Fire | 2 p.m.
Head to P.S. Cafe if you’re having hunger pains after being on an airplane all day. I still crave the quinoa salad I had here. Brunch, salads, sandwiches, milkshakes. Mmmm. Lots of locations, but hit up the Palais Renaissance Mall on Orchard.
Get Your Greens | 3 p.m.
This isn’t your average garden. The Botanical Gardens of Singapore are massive and easy to get lost in, so take notice of where you’re headed. If you’re feeling active, take a jog through here. Everyone else is. I’d suggest paying the small fee to enter the Orchid section of the garden. That’s where you’ll find this view:
Thirsty Thirsty | 6 p.m.
Head on over to the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel for a swim or a rooftop Sky Bar lychee martini. Warning: you’ll have to be a guest in order to use the pool. If you’re into dropping a lot of cash, drain your bank account in the Marina Bay Sands Mall.
Gardens by the Bay | 7:45 p.m.
The super stars of the area are known as the supertrees – vertical gardens, some 16 stories high, that come alive every night at 7:45pm and 8:45pm. Get right under the action or see them from the top of Marina Bay Sands rooftop. Over 162,900 plants cover these trees and actually harvest solar energy. Fun fact!
Dinner Time | 8:30 p.m.
Time for some dumplings! Try Imperial Treasure Shanghai Cuisine on Orchard Street for some authenticity.
Sweat It Out | 8 a.m.
Pure Yoga on top of Ngee Ann City mall will allow you to sweat out last night’s bad decisions and relax before the day ahead, especially before blowing the bank later while shopping.
Temples on Temples | 11 a.m.
Head to Temple Street where you can see a big Chinese Temple, Hindu temple and Mosque all within basically a street of one another. Visit Chinatown while you’re at it!
Lunch It | 1 p.m.
Try Lucha Loco in the Duxton Hill area, a fun place to sit outside and have margaritas and tacos! OR pop in No Menu Bar on Boon Tat Street, a casual, sit-outside-and-order-fabulous-pasta area while you’re exploring Chinatown.
Shop Til You Drop | 2:30 p.m.
Orchard road is where it’s at if you’re ready to delve deep into your pockets and Singapore’s mall culture. Takashimaya Mall could be next on the agenda if you feel like spending more money and getting some Ladurée macarons to snack on. (Even more options: Haji Lane has cute little shops, and there’s also the famous Marina Bay Sands Mall plus many more!)
Live Local | 4:30 p.m.
IF you want a little afternoon delight, Hawker Center wants to feed you. Think true local food experience, and try towards late afternoon as it’s blazing during the summertime. Be sure to carry a small umbrella around, just in case. You never know – you could be downing piña coladas and get caught in the rain. Umbrellas make for good parasols in the hot sun, too!
Drink It Up | 6 p.m.
Grab a drink outside the Fullerton Bay Hotel – great view in a posh spot.
Island Life | 10a.m.
Described as a leisure island, Sentosa Island houses many luxury hotels (including Capella Singapore), cable car attractions, shopping centers, and Universal Studios. You’ll need to pay a small fee to enter, but many people find island life well worth the money 🙂
Beach Life | 12p.m.
️Singapore is an island country after all! Singapore’s look out on huge tanker ships isn’t so romantic, but Tanjong Beach Club is a cool scene with great food.
Spa Life | 2p.m.
Set in Vivo City on Sentosa Island is a different kind of spa. Kenko Reflexology Fish Spa is where you can receive the ultimate pedi you’ve been waiting for. Instead of hand massages and nail polish, you’ll be ridding of dead skin via fish.
Get Around with EasyBook:
Wanting to see Malaysia while in Singapore? What about Thailand and Indonesia, too? You’re not alone, and your life just got easier. Search various trip options within the glorified online travel agent, easybook.com, who partners with multiple operators to bring locals and tourists an easy transportation experience from trains, buses, cars, ferries and local tours – so get to island hopping! Yep, there’s an app for that.