Just 24 hours to spare? Discover where to go in Singapore and the best places to visit during a whirlwind tour of this upscale, coastal capital. It’s no secret that this tiny island is packed with enough food, attractions and activities to keep you busy for a week, but 24 hours is plenty of time to give you a true taste of Singapore – and tempt you to return for a much longer stay!
1. Eat black pepper crab and traditional laksa from hawkers in CHINATOWN
With sooooo many ethnic groups in one place, we can’t nominate just one best dish in Singapore. We can, however, make plenty of recommendations so that you can decide for yourself. Start with Hainanese Chicken Rice at Boon Tong Kee, and hop to Maxwell Food Centre for traditional laksa. Tantalize your taste buds with meaty murtabak at Singapore Zam Zam, and get messy with award-winning chili crab and black pepper crab at any three locations of Jumbo Seafood. Our foodie insiders also suggest a trip to Old Airport Road Food Centre, Chomp Chomp Food Centre, Tiong Bahru Market, and for sure, Chinatown and Little India.
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2. Shop at VIVOCITY and on ORCHARD ROAD
Singapore ain’t cheap, but man, it’s jam-packed with the world’s best brands! Orchard Road is where you’ll find Far East Plaza and the city’s hub of high-end department stores, like ION Orchard. VivoCity, the largest shopping mall in Singapore, is located in the HarbourFront district, and for a cultural shopping experience and local market atmosphere, head to Bugis Street.
3. Drink a Singapore Sling in CLARKE QUAY
Happy hour never ends in Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, Singapore’s most popular nightlife and social districts. If you want to relax away from the usual crowd, though, one Agoda Insider prefers Dempsey Hill, where RedDot Brewhouse is a personal favorite. Other top stops for Singapore nightlife include Arab Street and Mosque Street as well as The Black Swan and Maison Ikkoku. And don’t dare leave the city without trying a signature Singapore Sling from Nutmeg & Clove and Smoke & Mirrors.
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4. See incredible forest reserves and nature at GARDENS BY THE BAY and MOUNT FABER PARK
For the best places to go, Gardens by the Bay won the vote from Agoda Insiders. Because, really, what’s not to do there? Positioned perfectly on the coast, the area offers natural forest reserves, observation decks, museums and even a casino. Venture out of the marina area for a TreeTop Walk over MacRitchie Reservoir, or take an educational sightseeing journey on the Canopy Walk at Henderson Waves in Mount Faber Park. Children love the hands-on exhibits and tons of green space at Singapore Botanic Gardens. Pack a picnic for the family, and spend an entire day disconnecting from the buzz of the city.
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