Three-day Itinerary for Sightseeing & Attractions
Day One – Adventure with nature
Spend the morning at Gardens by the Bay (Experience)
Gardens by the Bay, an eco-friendly horticultural sanctuary, is an ideal place for visitors to spend a quiet morning in the middle of the bustling city centre. Start with an early morning walk around the gardens' cooled conservatories – which run on self-sustainable cooling systems – for a breath of fresh air amid a diverse range of plants and flower displays. Visitors can pose for a "selfie" at the world's largest indoor waterfall at Cloud Forest. Alternatively, they can hop on the Garden Cruiser tram for a 25-minute audio tour around the conservatories, themed gardens, meadow and Supertree Grove.
Have breakfast at Café Crema (Dine)
Combining Italian and Japanese cuisine, Café Crema serves breakfast with a view of Gardens by the Bay's Supertrees, which generate solar power and act as air venting ducts for the conservatories. On top of all-day breakfast items, such as blueberry pancakes and eggs benedict, the café also serves artisanal sandwiches, donburi (Japanese rice bowl dish with fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients), and a selection of light bites and takeaway food.
Visit the world-class Singapore Zoo (Explore)
Visitors can spend their afternoon at the award-winning Singapore Zoo, where they will get to see more than 2,600 animals and over 300 species of wildlife roaming around freely in their natural habitats, including endangered creatures like the manatee and Malayan tapir. The 26ha zoo, which is divided into 11 zones, also offers educational and discovery experiences, such as the Wild Discoverer Tours – which gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at some of the zoo's popular exhibits – and Kidzranger Tour, where children aged between five and 12 years old get to be "zookeepers" for 45 minutes. Animal shows are also held several times a day at the Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre.
Stop for lunch at Ah Meng Restaurant (Dine)
This restaurant at the Singapore Zoo is named after the late Ah Meng, a Sumatran orangutan who became popular for her friendly demeanour and met celebrities like Prince Philip and Michael Jackson during her tenure as the zoo's animal ambassador. At the restaurant, visitors can indulge in local favourites, such as Hainanese chicken rice, chicken biryani (a South Asian dish of rice, spices and chicken made by a steaming process) and nasi lemak (fragrant coconut rice).
Go on a river adventure (Explore)
After lunch, visitors can go on a River Safari. The river-themed zoo and aquarium has one of the world's largest collections of freshwater animals, housed in habitats modelled after the Mississippi River, River Nile, Mekong River and more. At the Congo River exhibit, visitors will get to see the world's largest puffer fish. Before visiting the resident pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia dwell at the Giant Panda Forest, stop by to look at the River Safari Singapore's adorable red panda. Visitors will be able to spot other land animals, such as the Brazilian tapir and giant anteater, during the 10-minute Amazon River Quest boat ride, available at a top-up fee of S$5 (Adult) and S$3 (Child).
Spend the evening at a beach park (Tour/Dine)
East Coast Park – a scenic beach park stretching more than 15km – has a variety of dining options. Visitors can either choose to have a picnic by the beach or eat at any of the nearby restaurants, bars or cafés while watching the sunset. There's also East Coast Lagoon Food Village (located next to the beach), where visitors can feast on local favourites like fried carrot cake. Alternatively, visitors can go on a three-hour Twilight Snacks tour to the Lau Pa Sat food market and stalls along East Coast Road to enjoy an array of local dishes, such as satay (grilled meat on skewers) and spicy sambal (chilli paste) stingray.
Day Two – Get into a state of fun
Kick off the day at Universal Studios Singapore (Tour/Dine)
There's no better way for visitors to start their morning than with a VIP Tour of Universal Studios Singapore – a theme park with cutting-edge rides, shows and movie-themed attractions located in Resorts World Sentosa. Universal Studios Singapore is Southeast Asia's first Hollywood movie theme park, with 18 out of the 24 movie-themed rides designed just for the Singapore park, such as the world's first Puss in Boots' Giant Journey rollercoaster. During the VIP Tour, visitors will get priority access to popular rides like Transformers: The Ride and Battlestar Galactica. The five-hour tour also includes entry to the WaterWorld show, which visitors can watch from a VIP lounge. The live show is based on the 1995 film Waterworld, and features death-defying stunts and explosions of fire and water. There's also a range of dining options at the theme park, such as Loui's NY Pizza Parlor, Mel's Drive-In and Oasis Spice Café, where visitors can enjoy brunch.
Get ready for a splashing time (Explore)
Visitors can get their adrenaline pumping at Wave House Sentosa or iFly Singapore. Wave House Sentosa offers exhilarating wave rides, with waves as high as 3 metres. Those who love surfing can go on the FlowBarrel or Double FlowRider (enormous pools that generate artificial waves). Visitors who prefer not to get wet can head to iFly Singapore, an indoor skydiving facility. iFly recreates the feeling of free-falling with its 17m-tall wind tunnel, to give visitors a taste of skydiving. For a more relaxing afternoon, visitors can enjoy a walk by Siloso Beach, stop for lunch at Bora Bora Beach Bar along Palawan Beach, and grab some drinks at Tanjong Beach Club, located along Tanjong Beach.
Enjoy a mix of fun and adventure (Explore)
Families with children should not miss KidZania Singapore, an interactive indoor theme park. It features a 7,600 sqm kid-sized city – complete with shops, buildings, paved streets and moving vehicles – where children can work, earn, spend money, and pretend to be grown-ups. Next visitors can go on a 4D movie adventure at Sentosa 4D Adventure Land. Previous 4D screenings included Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, where visitors got to explore a mysterious island on a rollercoaster.
Dinner and drinks with a view (Dine)
Located in the luxurious Sentosa Cove, Quayside Isle is a marina-front dining enclave with restaurants, such as Mykonos On The Bay and Greenwood Fish Market. It's the perfect place for visitors to relax, unwind and enjoy dinner. There are also family-friendly restaurants, such as SolePomodoro Trattoria Pizzeria, which offers a kids' menu and has colourful little furniture and toys to keep young children occupied.
Day Three – A taste of history
Breakfast at Singapore Botanic Gardens (Experience/Dine)
Start the day with breakfast at the 150-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled within the lush greenery of the Gardens is Casa Verde, a place where visitors can sit back and soak in the tranquillity of the Gardens while enjoying a scrumptious breakfast. Must-try dishes are the prosciutto frittata and eggs benedict. After breakfast, visitors can drop by the SBG Heritage Museum, which chronicles the Gardens' rich history from the time it was established to the time it was taken over by the British colonial government.
Stroll back in time to Singapore's colonial days (Tour)
Visitors can learn about Singapore's colonial legacy in just 2.5 hours with The Time of Empire tour. The tour traces the history of the Armenian people in Singapore at the Armenian Church – Singapore's oldest church. Visitors also get to explore the 1860s St Andrews Cathedral and CHIJMES, a former Catholic convent. Visitors then get to explore Coleman Street, named after George Drumgoole Coleman – the architect responsible for the draft layout of Singapore Town in 1822. Other stops include Raffles Hotel, the Supreme Court of Singapore and National Gallery Singapore.
Get a taste of Indian culture (Dine/Explore)
After the tour, travellers can indulge in some authentic North Indian food at Jaggi's North Indian Cuisine, located along Chander Road in the Little India ethnic district. Dishes like naan with palak paneer (Indian cottage cheese in spinach gravy) and chicken tikka masala (chicken cooked in a sauce of mixed spices, yoghurt and cream) will give visitors a memorable culinary experience. After lunch, visitors can explore Little India, one of Singapore's most colourful districts. They can also try Indian snacks, such as vadai (fried savoury doughnut), which are sold along the streets. Must-visits include Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, one of Singapore's oldest Hindu temples, and Mustafa Centre, a giant 24-hour shopping mall, where visitors will be able to get just about anything at bargain prices.
Check out Singapore's oldest museum (Explore)
After the tour, visitors can drop by the National Museum of Singapore, Singapore's oldest museum. Visitors can immerse in the various exhibitions that detail Singapore's history and culture. A good place to start is the Singapore History Gallery, which chronicles 700 years of Singapore's history, from a fishing village to the modern city-state it is today. Other permanent exhibitions include "Story of the Forest", a digital and immersive installation that brings 69 drawings from the museum's Glass Rotunda to life, and "Desire and Danger", which explores the intricate and sometimes disconcerting connection between man and nature.
Visit a Peranakan enclave (Explore/Dine)
Visitors can discover Peranakan culture and lifestyle as they stroll past old terrace houses with intricate designs, quaint eateries and heritage shophouses in the Katong/Joo Chiat heritage precinct. Once the heart of Singapore's Peranakan community, the area was gazetted as a conservation district in 1993. At Rumah Bebe, a Peranakan boutique shophouse, visitors can shop for jewellery, embroidered shoes and Nonya outfits, or take a private in-house tour. The tour includes a beading demonstration, dressing up in Nonya attire, and savouring snacks. The tour takes about an hour, and requires a minimum of two people and a maximum of 20 (advance booking required, visit website for more details). After the tour, visitors can have an early dinner at Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant, which has been serving authentic Peranakan food since 1953.
Enjoy the view from the top (Shop/Relax)
The skyline of Singapore's Central Business District (CBD) is most beautiful at night with all the lights. One of the best places to get a shot of the skyline is from 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar. Located at One Raffles Place, 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar is the world's highest alfresco bar, offering 360-degree views of the CBD. The place is best enjoyed during its Sundown Affair (daily from 6pm–8pm), where visitors can also enjoy cocktails and relax to DJ-spun beats. They can also do a bit of shopping at the nearby Raffles City Shopping Centre, a five-storey mall which houses more than 200 specialty shops.