3 Hour Activities


MARINA BAY SANDS
10 Bayfront Ave.
+65-6688-8868
marinabaysands.com

GARDENS BY THE BAY
18 Marina Garden Dr
+65-6420-6848
gardensbythebay.com.sg
tickets for OCBC Skyway $8 SGD for adults, $5 SGD for children under 12; Standard Rate- two conservatories- Adult: $28, Child (3-12 years old): $15.

MARINA BAY SANDS SKYPARK
Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Ave., 57th floor
+65-6688-8826
marinabaysands.com/sands-skypark/observation-deck
tickets $23 SGD, $17 SGD for children under 13, $20 SGD for seniors

CÉ LA VIE
SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Ave., 57th floor
+65-6688-7688
marinabaysands.com/restaurants/modern-asian/ce-la-vi

LONG CHIM
10 Bayfront Ave., #02-02, Atrium 2
+65-6688-7299
reservations@longchim.sg
longchim.com.sg

FACE THE FUTURE

  • Straight out of sci-fi, a suspended skyway connects the city’s most futuristic structures
  • At dusk, 170-foot tall supertrees illuminate from the inside, like nothing you’ve ever seen
  • Water tunnels for kids, garden conservatories for adults, and stunning waterfalls
  • Have a glass of bubbly as the sun sets and enjoy the city’s best Thai street food

The surfboard-topped triple towers of Moshe Safdie’s Marina Bay Sands form the mise-en-scène for Singapore’s newest playground, which looks like something invented for a sci-fi movie set. Take the Lions Bridge, which extends from the fourth floor to the even-more-futuristic Gardens by the Bay. The bridge crosses into a grove of Supertrees, 170-foot-tall structures swathed in plants ; you can hike between them on a suspended skyway, which hovers 70 feet above the ground. We think the Supertrees are best explored at dusk, when the heat subsides a little and the trees light up from within, but if you’re traveling with kids, go during the daytime and bring your bathing suits for a cooldown in the water tunnels and spouting fountains in the excellent Far East Organization Children’s Garden (it’s free, as are the changing rooms). Next up are the spiny, dragon-shaped conservatory domes. The one you want is the Cloud Forest, with its series of cantilevered walkways and a waterfall splashing down from a mist-and-orchid-covered mountain. Finish up with a trip back to the 57th-floor Marina Bay Sands SkyPark observation deck for truly memorable views, or save on the admission charges and have a glass of bubbly at Cé La Vie as the sun sets. If you’re in for dinner, head straight to David Thompson’s new Thai street food joint, Long Chim.
Start your experience on Bayfront Avenue on the east bank of Marina Bay. You’ll instantly recognize Marina Bay Sands with it’s surfboard-topped triple towers. Walk the Lions Bridge and make your way over to the Gardens by the Bay. You can find the Thai restaurant in Atrium Two at the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

MARINA BAY SANDS
10 Bayfront Ave.
+65-6688-8868
marinabaysands.com

GARDENS BY THE BAY
18 Marina Garden Dr
+65-6420-6848
gardensbythebay.com.sg
tickets for OCBC Skyway $8 SGD for adults, $5 SGD for children under 12; Standard Rate- two conservatories- Adult: $28, Child (3-12 years old): $15.

MARINA BAY SANDS SKYPARK
Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Ave., 57th floor
+65-6688-8826
marinabaysands.com/sands-skypark/observation-deck
tickets $23 SGD, $17 SGD for children under 13, $20 SGD for seniors

CÉ LA VIE
SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Ave., 57th floor
+65-6688-7688
marinabaysands.com/restaurants/modern-asian/ce-la-vi

LONG CHIM
10 Bayfront Ave., #02-02, Atrium 2
+65-6688-7299
reservations@longchim.sg
longchim.com.sg

KOON SENG ROAD SHOPHOUSES
Koon Seng Rd. between Joo Chiat and Tembeling Rds.

AVENUE
454/456 Joo Chiat Rd.
+65-6779-7153
avenue.sg

FEI FEI WONTON MEE
62 Joo Chiat Place
+65-6345-7515

SIN HOI SAI EATING HOUSE
187 East Coast Rd.
+65-6440-6956

CAT SOCRATES
448 Joo Chiat Rd.
.; +65-6348-0863
catsocrates.wix.com/catsocrates

CHIANG POW JOSS PAPER TRADING
252 Joo Chiat Rd.
+65-6440-6683

FEET HAVEN
136 East Coast Rd.
+65-6344-7311
feethaven.com

GO BACK IN TIME

  • Explore Joo Chiat, Singapore’s most traditional neighborhood
  • Grab a bite at a famous wonton house or have a latte in an unconventional cafe
  • Shop made-in-Singapore souvenirs, then sit back and relax with foot reflexology massage

Joo Chiat is Singapore’s most traditional well-preserved neighborhood, and it’s one of the few truly walkable places in the city-state. The main thoroughfares of East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road are lined with period shophouses—don’t miss the oft-photographed row at the intersection of Joo Chiat and Koon Seng Roads, or the elaborate dragons gracing the upper floor of the 1928 shophouse at 185 Joo Chiat Road. The area is filled with coffee shops both old and new—try Avenue for a latte set in an architect’s office crossed with a retail shop—as well as affordably delicious restaurants that have been around for ages. Fei Fei Wonton Mee is justifiably famous for its wanton mee, and Sin Hoi Sai Eating House slings fiery Indonesian chicken and sizzling hot-plate tofu until 4 a.m. Also on offer here: unique shops including Cat Socrates, stocked with made-in-Singapore souvenirs, as well as our favorite, Chiang Pow Joss Paper Trading, where you can see intricate five-foot-tall spirit houses under construction before they go up in smoke at a funeral (the owners are friendly, so don’t be surprised if they invite you inside to take pictures). The scene is a fascinating mix of old Singaporeans, foreign laborers and French expats. After you’ve had your fill, head to Feet Haven for a foot reflexology massage at a bargain price.
Once you’ve made it to the Joo Chiat neighborhood, you can find most of these experiences right on Joo Chiat Road. Sin Hoi Sai Eating House and Feet Haven are located on East Coast Road, which is the major street that intersects with Joo Chiat Road. Make sure you walk down the Koon Seng Road Shophouses for the complete tour of this historic neighborhood.

KOON SENG ROAD SHOPHOUSES
Koon Seng Rd. between Joo Chiat and Tembeling Rds.

AVENUE
454/456 Joo Chiat Rd.
+65-6779-7153
avenue.sg

FEI FEI WONTON MEE
62 Joo Chiat Place
+65-6345-7515

SIN HOI SAI EATING HOUSE
187 East Coast Rd.
+65-6440-6956

CAT SOCRATES
448 Joo Chiat Rd.
.; +65-6348-0863
catsocrates.wix.com/catsocrates

CHIANG POW JOSS PAPER TRADING
252 Joo Chiat Rd.
+65-6440-6683

FEET HAVEN
136 East Coast Rd.
+65-6344-7311
feethaven.com

THE ARTS HOUSE
1 Old Parliament Lane
+65-6332-6900
theartshouse.sg

ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM
1 Empress Place
+65-6332-7798
acm.org.sg

NATIONAL GALLERY
1 St. Andrew’s Rd.
+65-6690-9400
nationalgallery.sg

SOUTHBRIDGE
80 Boat Quay
+65-6877-6965
southbridge.sg

WALK FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT

  • Explore artifacts from all corners of Asia at a heritage house rich with history
  • Breathtaking and brand new; see the city’s most impressive contemporary arts museum
  • Enjoy oysters and small plates at a rooftop bar, serving panoramic views of the skyline

The most impressive Colonial architecture in the city is clustered along the Singapore River between North Bridge and Fullerton Roads. Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore’s first Parliament House is The Arts House. Head over to this heritage-rich building for multidisciplinary programmes and festivals such as literary arts, film as well as performing and visual arts. The most impressive Colonial architecture in the city is clustered along the Singapore River between North Bridge and Fullerton Roads. Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore´s first Parliament House is The Arts House.Head to this heritage-rich building for multidisciplinary programmes and festivals such as literary arts, film as well as performing and visual arts. Or see Buddhas and Chinese brush rests at the Asian Civilisations Museum, a gracefully sprawling complex that served as Singapore’s original government office until the late 1980’s. Today it houses a broad survey of artifacts from all corners of Asia—China, India, Yemen, Indonesia, etc. If you only have time for one thing, though, make it the impressive new National Gallery (opening in November 2015). An ambitious renovation imagined by Singapore’s Studio Milou combined the many-columned City Hall with the domed Supreme Court via an elegant glass canopy that incorporates sky bridges and an indoor plaza with soaring tree-like supports. The new building now houses the world’s largest collection of contemporary art from Singapore and Southeast Asia; it’s filled with work by artists whose names are unfamiliar to most Westerners—Wu Peng Seng, Ismail Zain, Kim Lim—so you’re certain to discover something new. Even without the canvases, we think the breathtaking spaces overlooking the grassy Padang are worth the trip. From there, it’s a scenic walk across the pedestrian-only Cavenagh Bridge to oysters and small plates at Southbridge, an open-air bar where you can sip cocktails from an elevated perch in the midst of the modern skyline.
Singapore’s Arts House can be found on the bank of the Singapore River, just off Parliament Place. From there, the Asian Civilisations Museum is just around the corner. Walk down Old Parliament Lane and you’ll see this white and yellow historic building. The National Gallery of Singapore is in the same area, just a few minutes north on St. Andrew’s Road. Finally, walk across the Cavenagh Bridge and you’ll find Southbridge five stories up.

THE ARTS HOUSE
1 Old Parliament Lane
+65-6332-6900
theartshouse.sg

ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM
1 Empress Place
+65-6332-7798
acm.org.sg

NATIONAL GALLERY
1 St. Andrew’s Rd.
+65-6690-9400
nationalgallery.sg

SOUTHBRIDGE
80 Boat Quay
+65-6877-6965
southbridge.sg

NIMBLE/KNEAD
66 Eng Watt St.
+65-6438-3933
nimbleknead.com

BOOKSACTUALLY
9 Yong Siak St.
.; +65-6222-9195
booksactually.com

TIONG BAHRU BAKERY
56 Eng Hoon St., #01-70
+65-6220-3430
tiongbahrubakery.com

GET THE KINKS OUT

  • In Tiong Bahru, visit an industrial-chic spa in a shipping container, garden included
  • One of the greatest bookstores anywhere, find vintage prints and publications from local writers
  • Enjoy lattes and almond croissants at a local bakery with stories in its walls

Head to Tiong Bahru, arguably Singapore’s most stylish enclave and the setting for Nimble/Knead, an innovative industrial-chic spa in a shipping container. They’re open until 10 p.m.—perfect for those with sightseeing- or meetings-packed days. If you can, though, we recommend booking during a weekday, when the body-and-foot massage or body massage-and-scrub packages are a steal. Our favorite of the massage options? Destination Bali, which incorporates the ginger-lemongrass aromatherapy oil. All the treatments use tropical ingredients like lime and luffa, and while the space is basic (don’t expect a hammam or oxygen therapy), the therapists are well-trained, and there’s a lovely little garden where you can sip ginger tea post-massage. Plus, you get the added bonus of the Tiong Bahru location. Make sure you arrive early enough to explore the Miami-inspired Art Deco neighborhood, which is home to Books Actually, one of the greatest bookstores anywhere; it publishes local poetry and novellas through its own imprint and hawks vintage wares in the back room. Sit down for respectable lattes and buttery almond croissants at Tiong Bahru Bakery.
Take the Central Expressway to Outram Road and make your way to Eng Watt Street to indulge in a spa treatment at Nimble/Knead. Two blocks up, on Eng Moon Street, stopover at the Tiong Bahru Bakery. A couple blocks south, check out the selection at Books Actually.

NIMBLE/KNEAD
66 Eng Watt St.
+65-6438-3933
nimbleknead.com

BOOKSACTUALLY
9 Yong Siak St.
.; +65-6222-9195
booksactually.com

TIONG BAHRU BAKERY
56 Eng Hoon St., #01-70
+65-6220-3430
tiongbahrubakery.com

WILLOW & HUXLEY
20 Amoy St.
+65-6220-1745
willowandhuxley.com

BURNT ENDS
20 Teck Lim Rd.
+65-6224-3933
burntends.com.sg

LOLLA
22 Ann Siang Rd.
+65-6423-1228
lolla.com.sg

POTATO HEAD FOLK
: 36 Keong Saik Rd.
+65-6327-1939
pttheadfolk.com

EXPLORE THE NEW FACE OF OLD CHINATOWN

  • Wander your way down colorful shophouses buzzing with boutiques
  • Find fashion forward jewelry, emerging Asian designers and easy beach wear
  • Sample modern Australian barbecue
  • Cap off the night with sea urchin pudding and drinks at a quirky Balinese bar

Chinatown’s main drag, Pagoda Street, isn’t worth any of your browsing time, but the colorful shophouses along Amoy and Club Streets buzz with boutiques. Wander the lanes and check out the globe-trotting mix of jewelry and fashion-forward silhouettes at Willow & Huxley, with everything from Australian brand Staple to Danish label Baum Und Pferdgarten (there’s a small selection of goods for men, too). This being Singapore, Chinatown is also known for food, and it would be a shame to leave without trying at least one of the restaurants and clubby cocktail joints that pack the area. Sample the daily-changing menu fired on the custom-made, apple-and-almond-wood-burning grills at Burnt Ends—expect everything from smoked quail eggs to suckling pig and bone marrow buns from the Aussie chef David Pynt. Burnt Ends only takes reservations during certain hours, so if the wait is too long, walk to Lolla for their sublime sea urchin pudding (trust us, you will find yourself longing for more the next day). Cap off the night with drinks on the top floor of the quirky Potato Head Folk, a Balinese import with a loyal following.
Start your Chinatown experience by heading over to Cross Street and Telok Ayer Street. Here, you’ll find Willow & Huxley. Head one block west, to Club Street, and you’ll find a row of great boutiques. Continue winding your way west and you’ll run into more of the neighborhood’s best dining and shopping.

WILLOW & HUXLEY
20 Amoy St.
+65-6220-1745
willowandhuxley.com

BURNT ENDS
20 Teck Lim Rd.
+65-6224-3933
burntends.com.sg

LOLLA
22 Ann Siang Rd.
+65-6423-1228
lolla.com.sg

POTATO HEAD FOLK
36 Keong Saik Rd.
+65-6327-1939
pttheadfolk.com