Singapore: Shop, Dine & More

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Family Holiday

Singapore is the perfect family getaway destination. The latest, most talked-about Universal Studios on Sentosa Island brings fantasy to life. But that's not all! There are so many fun-filled activities and excitements to make this trip truly memorable.

Top attractions and things to do for a Family Getaway

  • Resorts World Sentosa, home to Universal Studios Singapore - the latest theme park comes direct from the US and feature exclusive rides and well known Hollywood characters. Festive Walk, a nearby entertainment precinct is great for shopping and enjoying street performances
  • Singapore Zoo and Night Safari - interact with animals in the morning and go on the world's first night safari after sunset
  • Singapore Flyover - go for a ride in this magnificent Ferris Wheel and take in the magnificent scenery of the city and beyond
  • Jurong Bird Park - see and interact with a collection of more than 380 bird species
  • Haw Par Villa - watch a colourful display of aged old Chinese folklore and legends
  • Sentosa Island - attractions include the Siloso Beach, Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon
  • See your childhood favourite at the MINT - Museum of Toys

Dining

What would you be tempted by in the food capital of Asia? You can pay pittance and enjoy local cuisine of course, but you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to fine dining as many world-renowned chefs have established their signature dishes in various restaurants. You'll never go hungry in Singapore with delicious food outlets everywhere.

Top Dining Category

  • Fine Dining: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands - France's Guy Savoy, Santi (from Spain's Can Fabes), CUT (Wolfgang Puck from the US), our very own Tetsuya's Waku Ghin plus more
  • Hawker Food: Kreta Ayer area in Chinatown has stalls for fantastic hawker food. For an even more authentic selection of local cuisines, head to Maxwell food centre. Locals will point you in the right direction
  • Food Court: Food Republic takes the concept of food court dining to a higher level by combining elaborate décor and nostalgic atmosphere. Head for the outlets in Vivocity or Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre

Best Local Food

  • Chill Crab & Seafood: Go to Jumbo Restaurant in Clarke Quay. If you're game, visit the basic Joo Chiat Place for the best pepper crab in the country
  • Chicken Rice: Boon Tong Key restaurant chains serve one of the best versions of this national dish. You may need to ask your cab driver or concierge for the location of the nearest restaurant
  • Laksa: Head to Katong along East Coat Road
  • Satay (meat skewers): Stalls at Lau Pa Sat near Raffles Place serve great satay. Ask around and order from the stall called 'Fatman Satay', arguably the best in town. While you're there, try barbeque seafood including fish, prawn, clams and more
  • Roti and Prata (Indian flat bread with curry): Thasevi Food along Jalan Kayu

Something Unique

  • Nyonya cooking - this Straits Heritage cuisine is understated but is really getting more attention. With influences from the Malay, Chinese, Portuguese and Indonesia, Nyonya cuisine combines the best flavours of different colonial cultures. Dishes are refined and involve lots of preparation but contain wholesome flavours. One of the best place to have a taste is the Blue Ginger Restaurant located on the east of the island
  • Tiffin room - relive the colonial days with a meal in Raffles Hotel famed Tiffin Room. Go for a buffet curry lunch or relax over high tea in the afternoon
  • Soup Restaurant - this chain of restaurant serves heritage cuisine from early Chinese immigrants. Beautiful interiors are accompanied by sumptuous food that's hard to find nowadays. Dishes are created with simple ingredients but flavoursome
  • Bengawan Solo - this popular shop made one of the best collections of local snacks or 'kuih' and various cakes with local flavours, including the ever popular Pandan cake

Shopping

Orchard Road remains a popular shopping street. The recent refurbishment and new funky buildings further enhance the shopping experience. But there are lots more places to go for a bargain find. Read all about our Singapore Shopping Guide for details. You can find major international retail brands and the latest gadgets from departmental stores. The great Singapore Sale is on from May to end of July so expect to see great discounts of up to 70% off during those months.

Top Places to Shop

  • Orchard Road & Somerset - Paragon, Ngee Ann City, ION Orchard, Centrepoint and more
  • City Hall Precint - Funan Digital Mall, CityLink Mall, Suntec City, Marina Square, Raffles City Shopping Centre and more
  • The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
  • Chinatown
  • Vivocity
  • Mustafa Centre near Little India
  • Bugis Junction & market

Entertainment

The entertainment scene in the island state has attracted visitors all year round. World class theatre, live-acts, events plus a multitude of dining, bars and clubs mean the fun goes on till the early hours of the morning.

Top Events

  • Lunar New Year Celebration (January - February)
  • Formula One (F1) Singapore Grand Prix (September)
  • Singapore International Food Festival (July)
  • Deepavali (November)
  • Christmas in the Tropics (December)

Top Nightlife Spots

  • Dine by the river along restaurants in Boat Quay
  • Party your night away or chill in bars and lounges in Clarke Quay
  • Dance to different beats of multiple genre in the massive St James Powerhouse Station
  • Other notable dance clubs include: Zouk, Insomnia and the Butter Factory