Hailed as one of the world’s favourite stopover destinations with Singapore Airlines flying in and out all day, every day, most people travelling to this amazing country will only have a few days to explore. When time is precious it’s important to plan ahead and our 48 hours in Singapore guide will hopefully get you well on your way to an amazing trip.
Arrive in Singapore feeling fresh and ready to explore after a comfortable flight with Singapore Airlines before checking into the Conrad Centennial Singapore.
Following an extensive refurbishment, this exclusive city oasis offers internationally-renowned Conrad service married with contemporary luxury in the bustling Marina Bay area. Beautifully decorated, it comes complete with a grand marble staircase and a curated collection of 3,400 pieces of art by local and international artists, from sculptures to paintings. Fresh guest rooms offer breathtaking Marina Bay and Singapore city views, together with a 20-metre outdoor pool, four luxe dining destinations, a serene spa – perfect for winding down after busy days exploring the city – a 31st-floor Executive Lounge, a 24-hour fitness centre and more.
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No trip to Singapore is complete without visiting Gardens by the Bay, one of the world’s top 20 most checked-in places on Facebook. Home to over one million plants, it’s easy to get lost for hours amongst the greenhouse’s thousand-year-old olive trees, African Baobab trees and never-ending sea of beautiful blooms. Head up to the OCBC Skyway for panoramic views of the garden, Supertree Grove and Marina Bay skyline.
Local tip: At night, the entire area comes to life with Garden Rhapsody – a free light and sound show at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.
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Just a ten-minute taxi ride from Garden by the Bay you’ll find Lau Pa Sat – a favourite spot with the locals. Immediately the aroma of sizzling satay and hot coals will draw you into the octagonal-shaped market which was built in the 19th century. Here you’ll find locals perched on plastic stools enjoying satay skewers, Hainanese chicken rice and ice-cold beers served from hawker stalls.
Local tip: If you see a free table, grab it straight away!
On a stroll around the streets of Chinatown, you’ll see that old vs new have collided to create a popular neighbourhood where places of worship sit next to beautiful street art murals and trendy cocktail bars. Expect to see street-food vendors dishing up stir-fried noodles and roast duck, ancient temples decorated with elaborate wall carvings and plenty of shops selling Chinese produce.
Local tip: Grab some dessert at Mei Heong Yuen Dessert where you’ll find everything from green tea, lychee, peanut and even sweet corn flavoured ice creams to water chestnut cakes, herbal jelly and mango pudding.
Considered one of the world’s best restaurants, Odette is a playful Michelin-starred eatery where you’ll find Singapore’s most fashionable locals. Chef Julien Royer creates delicate, modern French cuisine inspired by his grandmother who showed him how to create the most remarkable dishes using the purest ingredients. The menu changes regular but past creations include scallop tartare with compressed nashi pear and kyoho grape, and wild Atlantic turbot with oyster, spinach and seaweed butter.
Local tip: Book in advance…well in advance.
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Voted one of the World’s Best Bars, 28 HongKong Street is one of those dimly lit places where you can completely lose track of time. One minute you’re sipping an Old Fashioned cocktail and enjoying the sultry jazz music, and the next you’re asking the bartender for a pour of their most expensive whisky and their whole life story.
Local tip: Try the Painkiller – 1970’s cocktail. It’s a mix of rum, pineapple, orange, coconut cream, nutmeg and a lawsuit.
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After breakfast head to the island of Sentosa (a 15-minute taxi from the hotel) where you can take your pick of things to do. Here, you’ll find the rollercoasters of Universal Studios Singapore, the giant octopus and sharks of the S.E.A Aquarium and the waterslides of Adventure Cove. There’s also multiple beaches including Palawan Beach which is lined with food stalls and bars.
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Prepare to get some envy inducing Insta shots as you experience Singapore’s most decadent afternoon tea. You’ll find this vanity box full of goodies at Anti:dote at the Fairmont Singapore, where Tea:Time consists of a menu featuring duck rillette, mustard and chestnut snow sandwiches, seasonal truffles with slow-cooked egg and chive, scones with cream and jam, and your choice of tea or coffee.
Local tip: For an additional charge you can order free-flow Prosecco with your meal. It’s a no-brainer really.
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Splash some cash on Asia’s most famous shopping where you’ll find a 2.2km stretch of retail therapy. Dip in and out of malls, souvenir stalls and high-end designer stores like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Blvgari.
Local tip: Visit in the early evening to avoid the heat from the blazing Singapore sun.
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Indulge in the flavours of Singapore with dinner at the National Gallery where you’ll find National Kitchen by Violet Oon. Standout dishes from the menu include the red snapper fillets in a spicy and sour gravy with pineapple slices and pink ginger flower, and the slow-braised beef cheek in a rich spicy tamarind gula melaka gravy with coconut.
Local tip: Even if you’re not a dessert person, you have to try the pineapple upside down cake with butterscotch sauce.
You can’t visit Singapore and not head up to the top of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel. Located on the 57th floor of the hotel, the alfresco CÉ LA VI Club Lounge is the place to see and be seen at with its panoramic views of Marina Bay, great music from resident and celebrity DJs and signature cocktails including the Berry Bellini, and of course, the Singapore Sling.
Local tip: Be sure to check the strict dress code before you go.
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