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Eat at a hawker center for a wide variety of mouthwatering local dishes that include everything from spicy curries to savory noodle dishes. Singapore is famous for its incredible street food, which you can sample here.
Perhaps the most famous Singaporean dish is Hainanese chicken rice. Everyone has their own favorite spot for the dish, but some of the more famous local spots are Tian Tian Chicken Rice and Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice.
Haji Lane in the Kampong Glam neighborhood is a tucked-away alley that holds a collection of narrow shophouses that have been converted into hip shops that fashionistas will love.
The Singapore Flyer is a large observation wheel that stands 541 feet above the ground. It may be touristy, but it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
The Mid Autumn Festival (held this year from mid September to mid October in Singapore’s Chinatown) includes a variety of creative lantern and decorative displays and the eating of scrumptious mooncakes.
The Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, located on Bayfront Avenue, offers an observation deck and a stunning infinity pool where you can gaze at the city from 57 stories up. Though the infinity pool is only accessible to the hotel’s guests, the observation deck can be visited by purchasing a ticket.
For budget shopping, head to Bugis Street, a large street market filled with clothing, shoes, accessories, food stalls, and retro shops. Check out Good Old Days for vintage finds from the ’60s to the ’90s.
They also recommend Little India, located near Chinatown, thanks to its hole-in-the-wall restaurants that offer authentic Indian cuisine, bountiful food markets, temples, and vibrant festivals that take place throughout the year.
Singapore’s Night Safari, located on Mandai Lake Road, is a type of zoo for nocturnal animals that’s open from 7:30pm to midnight. Witness over 2,500 animals in their nighttime habitats, catch entertaining fire performances, and enjoy a meal aboard a moving tram.
For an artsy vibe, head to Holland Village, a neighborhood in Singapore filled with art studios, craft shops, galleries, novelty shops, wine cellars, food outlets, fine dining restaurants, and beer joints.
Take the Singapore Cable Car to Sentosa Island, where you’ll find the 121-foot-tall Sentosa Merlion statue (one of five in Singapore), nature excursions, adventure parks, water parks, the S.E.A. Aquarium, and beach activities.