Four-day Itinerary for Active Silvers
Day One – Arts and history
Breakfast with art (Dine)
Artistry – nestled in a quiet corner of the Kampong Glam heritage district – is where food and art collide. Along with great coffee and brunch (the peanut butter and jelly french toast is a must-try), the café also showcases artworks by local and international artists.
Go back in time (Tour)
After breakfast, visitors can go on a three-hour Kopi and Loti Factory Tour to learn about Singapore's once-thriving trades. They will get a chance to visit a coffee roasting factory and a traditional bread factory. Visitors can chat with the people behind these businesses and find out the tricks of the trade, the significance of their roles in the past and their place in modern Singapore.
Visit the heart of art (Explore)
Originally built in 1936 as a military encampment for the British Army, Gillman Barracks is today a contemporary arts cluster. It comprises more than 10 art galleries, which feature works from local and international artists, such as Fost, Pearl Lam and Sundaram Tagore. For more insights into the artworks, visitors can join the weekly Art and History Tour or monthly History and Heritage Tour – both free.
Take a piece of Singapore home (Shop)
Supermama, a gallery shop at Gillman Barracks, works closely with local designers and traditional craft facilities in Japan to produce "omiyage" (contemporary giftware), which represent contemporary Singapore culture. One local designer it works with is Dawn Ng – creator of the beloved "Walter" installation, which was featured at the Singapore Art Museum. Must-buys are key chains and porcelain plates which feature iconic images such as the Merlion.
Have a seafood lunch (Dine)
Visitors can stop by The Naked Finn, located within Gillman Barracks, for delicious lobster rolls, prawn noodles and other seafood delights. For coffee and desserts, visitors should head down to the Red Baron, which is near The Naked Finn.
Watch a concert at the Esplanade (Experience/Dine)
Visitors who love music and the arts will appreciate the complimentary concerts at the Esplanade, an iconic performing arts centre. A complimentary performance is held every evening at the Concourse, while the one at the Outdoor Theatre is held Fridays through Sundays. Most performances are by homegrown talent, which offer the audience a chance to enjoy the local music scene. After watching a concert or two, visitors can head to Labyrinth for dinner. The modern Singaporean restaurant at the Esplanade features local dishes with a twist such as deep-fried soft shell crab with chilli crab ice cream.
Day Two – Explore the old and new
Go on a morning food walk (Tour)
Visitors can start their morning with the Royal Malay District of Kampong Glam Food Walk, which explores the Kampong Glam heritage district. Highlights of the tour include visits to old fabric and carpet shops along Arab Street and Haji Lane, old Muslim cemeteries, and the iconic Sultan Mosque. Visitors also get to sample local Malay dishes, and discover the trades and crafts of Singapore's Malay community.
Revisit Singapore's wartime history (Explore)
Visitors keen to know more about Singapore during World War II should join the East Coast and Changi Tour. The 3.5-hour tour starts at Kampong Glam, before taking visitors to The Changi Museum to learn about Singapore's wartime history. Next, visitors will get a glimpse of the rustic Changi Village and Tampines New Town, a typical Singapore heartland.
Enjoy brunch (Dine)
After the tour, visitors can enjoy brunch at Wild Honey – a popular all-day breakfast restaurant on Scotts Road. Must-try breakfast options include "I Love NY" (bagel served with scrambled eggs, smoked sturgeon, smoked salmon and caramelised onions) and "Canadian" (buttermilk pancakes served with forest berry sauce, maple syrup and chicken sausage).
Take a spa break (Relax/Shop)
Visitors can indulge in a pampering session at Spa Esprit, located in Paragon, an upmarket mall along Orchard Road. The spa's slow flow massage and chavutti yogic massage are designed to help visitors relax after a day of walking. Visitors can spend the rest of the afternoon shopping at Paragon, which houses art galleries and various fashion brands like DKNY and Givenchy. Other luxury malls in the area include ION Orchard and Mandarin Gallery. There's also a range of dining options in the area, such as Jamie's Italian, Food Republic@Wisma Atria, Din Tai Fung and Maharajah Orchard.
Dine on wheels (Tour/Dine)
The unique GOURMETbus tour combines a city sightseeing itinerary with dinner on board, complete with a bar and reception area. The tour will take visitors around the Marina Bay area through Chinatown and back. Sights include the Fountain of Wealth, Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay.
Drinks with a view (Experience)
Visitors can end the night with drinks at Indochine, located atop the tallest Supertree at Gardens by the Bay – just in time to get a glimpse of the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show (Mon-Sun, 7.45pm & 8.45pm). They can have their drinks at the rooftop bar or fully air-conditioned lounge – both of which offer 360-degree views of the Marina Bay skyline. Must-try cocktails are the Chocolate Martini (Baileys Irish cream with butterscotch and peppermint) and Butterfly Effect (a blend of honey manuka vodka, Sourz apple schnapps and pineapple juice).
Day Three – Discover Singapore's food scene
Indulge in nasi lemak (Dine)
Visitors can start their day with nasi lemak (fragrant coconut rice) at the popular Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak at Adam Road Hawker Centre. Must-try items are the deep-fried chicken wings and otah (grilled fish paste). A local favourite is the Full House, which comes with a fried egg, peanuts and ikan bilis (anchovies), deep-fried chicken wings, otah and sambal (spicy chilli paste).
Become a master chef (Experience)
This four-hour masterclass aims to show visitors what it takes to become a Peranakan masterchef. A chef from Kim Choo Kueh Chang – a Peranakan shop renowned for bak chang (rice dumplings) and kueh (bite-sized snacks or desserts) – will teach visitors how to cook ayam buah keluak (a complex dish of chicken braised in thick, spicy tamarind gravy with buah keluak nuts) and one Peranakan dessert. The masterclass is held in a traditional Peranakan shophouse in Joo Chiat.
Go café-hopping (Tour)
A two-hour café-hopping tour that explores quaint alleys and shophouses in Everton Park, an up-and-coming "hipster" neighbourhood. Visitors will also get to sample freshly made ang ku kueh, a traditional Chinese pastry with mung beans, grated peanuts or desiccated coconut filling, at the Ang Ku Kueh Factory. Other interesting stops include the NUS Baba House (traditional Peranakan House).
Eat with the fishes (Dine)
Visitors can experience an underwater dining experience at Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora, located within S.E.A. Aquarium™ at Resorts World™ Sentosa. The restaurant serves Mediterranean-Californian cuisine with an Asian flair, and is helmed by Cat Cora. Visitors can indulge in dishes such as sous vide salmon and charred grilled wagyu primecuts while watching marine animals swim about behind floor-to-ceiling glass panels.
Get on top of Singapore's highest observation tower (Experience)
After dinner, visitors can head to the Tiger Sky Tower, Singapore's highest observation tower, along Imbiah Road. Offering 360-degree views of Sentosa and Singapore's night skyline, the attraction is a fun and relaxing way to end the day. From atop the tower, visitors may be able to catch glimpses of the daily Wings of Time night show.
Day Four – Time out with nature
Enjoy a dim sum breakfast (Dine)
Visitors can start their day with some delectable dim sum (bite-sized portions of food served in steamer baskets or small plates) at Yum Cha restaurant in the cultural precinct of Chinatown. Rather than choosing from a menu, they get to order the old-school way from a pushcart. Favourites include siew mai (steamed pork dumpling) and har gao (steamed prawn dumpling). It can get crowded on weekends, so visitors are advised to get there early. Reservations can be made via phone for a minimum of eight people.
Go on a treetop walk (Explore)
Nestled within MacRitchie Reservoir, the TreeTop Walk is a 250m-long freestanding suspension bridge, which connects Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang. From atop the bridge, visitors can get a bird's eye view of the forest and try to spot different wildlife creatures.
Have local delights for lunch (Dine)
Visitors can enjoy a sumptuous lunch at River Safari Tea House, which serves local delights, such as bak kut teh (pork rib soup) and fried bee hoon (vermicelli) with king prawns and clams. Should visitors still have room for dessert, the yam paste with gingko nut is a must-try.
Take off on a river adventure (Explore)
River Safari, located next to the Singapore Zoo, has one of the world's largest collections of freshwater animals. During the safari, visitors get to visit habitats modelled after the Congo River, Amazon River, Mekong River and more. They will also get to see giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia, which dwell in the Giant Panda Forest near Yangtze River, and other animals like the Brazilian tapir.
Dine in the air (Dine)
Visitors can indulge in a four-course dinner on the Singapore Flyer as they take in the dazzling cityscape and enjoy 360-degree views of various attractions, such as the Merlion Park and Marina Bay Street Circuit. Visitors have the option to choose from Western, Chinese or vegetarian dishes.