By Finder blogger: Lucy Waring, founder of www.lulabellelifestyle.com
Being an expat and a blogger in the Lion City that is Singapore, I’m always asked for my top recommendations for where to go and what to see. As an eager traveler, I’m forever finding new ways to explore every inch of this island, and the best bit is when I get to share this with my visiting family and friends.
Most people tend to visit Singapore as a stopover before flying onto somewhere else, so they’re mostly only here for a few days at a time – which is where knowing the top sights is not only efficient, it’s downright necessary, people!
If you fancy a peaceful stroll through the gardens and immersing yourself in its lush greenery, then this is the place for you. There are free walking tours of the gardens too – enquire at the visitor centre for details.
1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
NEXT: Visit the Supertrees at Gardens By The Bay →
This is one to do at night after the scorching sun has set. Walk through Marina Bay Sands hotel to reach the walk over to the gardens, which provides incredible views of the Supertrees lit up at night. It is definitely a sight to behold.
18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
NEXT: Get your cultural fix of Peranakan history at Baba House →
Head to Tiong Bahru, not only for its famous Paus (buns with various fillings such as meat and bean pastes), but also to browse the wet market here and get a feel for local life.
Tiong Bahru Market, 30 Seng Poh Rd, Singapore 168898
NEXT: Enjoy the park life →
Walk the streets of Chinatown, where you can peruse the stalls here and admire the architecture before entering the peace and tranquility of its temples. Your to-see list should include the Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, and Thian Hock Keng temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore.
NEXT: Admire Singapore’s most iconic structure along the Singapore River →
A great place for all first timers to Singapore for some photos before heading to The Fullerton Hotel for a touch of history (and a blast of air-con!) – this used to be the General Post Office, and remnants of this history is still present today.
One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
NEXT: Fancy a hike? →
601 Island Club Rd, Singapore 578775
NEXT: Visit the largest mosque in Singapore →
After a stroll along Haji Lane, famous for its small boutiques and cafes, wander across Arab Street to take in the splendour that is Sultan Mosque (Masjid Sultan).
3 Muscat St, Singapore 198833
NEXT: Walk the Green Corridor →
“Kampong” means “compound” in Malay – a small, tight-knitted village.
If you fancy leaving the shores of Singapore for an afternoon or the day, grab a 10-minute bumboat over to Pulau Ubin. Here, you can bike around the island, where you can experience some of Singapore’s last kampongs and be transported back to 1960s Singapore.
NEXT: Eat like a local →
Head to Smith Street in Chinatown, where you can browse the street food stalls before stopping for lunch at the hawker centre here, where you can sample a vast array of Asian food very inexpensively. This is where a lot of the Chinese-Singaporeans go for their meals. Always a good sign!
NEXT: Sip on cocktails under the stars →
Get glammed up and head for a sundowner at any of the numerous stylish rooftop bars that adorn the CBD and Marina Bay in particular.
Marina Bay by night takes on a beautiful, futuristic quality that is not to be missed. To experience this, you can head to Lantern Bar on top of the Fullerton Bay Hotel, although my preferences are Level 33 in the Marina Bay Financial Centre (Tower 1), or Smoke and Mirrors on top of the newly renovated Singapore National Gallery.
NEXT: Take a stroll in the Botanic Gardens →
About Lucy Waring
Lucy is a freelance writer and blogger based in Singapore. You can find her blogging at Lulabelle Lifestyle where she talks fashion and travel and reveals Singapore’s hidden gems. She also organizes #blogmeetsg networking events bringing boutique brands and bloggers together. To keep up to date with the latest blog posts and #blogmeetsg events you can follow her on Facebook. You can also follow the behind the scenes action on Instagram.