Visiting the island nation of Singapore is always a good idea!
With its tropical climate, the weather is great all year-round (with just a bit more rain than usual in February), and there is always a list of fun things to do in the city – especially for the first-timer in Singapore.
Singapore is perfect for all types of travellers, including couples, families, solo travellers, foodies, and party lovers. There’s an abundant list of restaurants and bars to try out and numerous family-friendly attractions to explore.
With so many places to visit and things to do in Singapore, it can get overwhelming for a first-timer in the city. So, if you’re planning your first trip to Singapore below is a list of the top things to do in the city for a first-timer in Singapore.
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Things to Do for the First-Timer in Singapore
1. City Walking Tour
A great way to get a quick overview of a new city is by doing a walking tour, you always seem to experience so much more exploring a city on foot than in a bus. There are numerous walking tours in Singapore, including a few free ones to look out for. Walking tours are recommended to do on your first day in the city as you can then get a better idea about which areas you’re keen to explore further over your next few days.
2. Gardens by the Bay
No first-timer in Singapore guide would be complete without mentioning the ever-popular Gardens by the Bay. One of the best examples of responsible tourism Singapore has to offer, the beautiful nature park is known for its super-trees which are 16 stories tall, is the most amazing place to stroll around for a few hours. A few of the super-trees are connected by a skywalk where you can get an aerial view of the gardens. It’s recommended to stay until the evening when the lights come on and the trees perform a ‘Garden Rhapsody’ light and music show.
3. Marina Bay Sands
Another epic landmark of Singapore, this luxury hotel complex is made up of three high-rise buildings connected by the most unreal infinity swimming pool overlooking the city at the top. If you can’t quite afford to swim in one of the highest infinity pools in the world (it’s reserved for guests of the hotel only), you can still catch a glimpse of it along with some stunning city views by going to one of the rooftop bars for a drink – it’s worth the views!
4. Orchard Road
Shopaholics will likely already know all about the infamous 2.2-kilometer long Orchard Road. It’s packed with all sorts of shops, from discount retailers to high-end boutiques. Even if you’re not a keen shopper, Orchard Road makes for a lovely stroll in the city with the huge Angsana trees shading the streets. If you start walking at Orchard Road you can literally walk through three of the city’s main shopping areas (including Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut) all the way to City Hall.
5. Museum Hopping
There are some really good museums in Singapore, featuring a mix of both cultural and futuristic exhibitions. The National Gallery Singapore is the art hub of the city, with a gallery of unique art showcasing the heritage and history of the region. Singapore Art Museum features contemporary art from Singapore and Southeast Asia, including sculptures, paintings, moving media and installation art – it also has free entry on Friday evenings!
6. Sentosa Island
You’ll find the Universal Studios Singapore theme park within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island. For families, this is a must visit. Though, even if you aren’t traveling with kids, this theme park is great fun. There are seven movie-themed zones, and each is uniquely designed with breath-taking and thrilling rides and attractions.
If you’re not too keen on spending the full day in a theme park, then you can head over to the man-made Sentosa beach, with loads of restaurants and bars to visit nearby.
7. China Town
The foodies will love China Town! Singapore’s China Town is renowned for its delicious street food and fascinating markets. You’ll be able to try the ‘smelliest fruit in the world’, the Durian fruit here as well as various other Asian cuisines. Be prepared to be inundated with numerous different smells and a busy buzz of action all over the place. It’s best to go at night to fully experience the hustle and bustle of the area while grabbing a tasty dinner.
8. Little India
Like China Town, Little India will take your senses on a whirlwind journey. You’ll find some of the tastiest Indian food in the city here, including loads of vegetarian options. There are also lovely little shops selling fragrances, oils, flowers, and spices. It’s a great taste of the Indian culture.
9. Clarke Quay
Located along the Singapore riverside, Clarke Quay is a busy hub packed with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. It’s busy any day of the week, and makes for a fun (and slightly glamorous) night out on the town. There is also a boat ride that you can take from here to explore the riverfront and enjoy the scenery.
10. Rooftop Sundowners
With so many rooftop bars spread throughout the city it would be a shame to not visit at least one of them during your visit. Sip on a delicious Singapore Slinger while watching the sun go down while the city’s night lights come alive.