Singapore is jam packed with amazing restaurants, cafes, bars and local attractions. Let’s be honest, Singapore has such a wide variety of attractions that it can actually be pretty difficult to choose which to do. Do not fret. We’ve sourced 15 places in Singapore you MUST add to your Singapore bucket list!
PSA: This bucket list is strictly for Singaporeans, so don’t expect places like the Singapore Zoo on here. Even though we must admit our national zoo is really amazing.
1. Take A Hike @ MacRitchie Reservoir’s TreeTop Walk
Located in MacRitchie Reservoir, the TreeTop Walk (TTW) is first free-standing bridge in Singapore and in the region. Connecting the two highest points (Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang) in MacRitchie, the TTW offers a bird’s eye view of the sprawling rainforest below! The total length of the walkway is about 250 m with the highest point at 25 m!
Get your hiking shoes ready because there are 2 main routes that will get you to the TTW. Both of which are moderately difficult to tackle. The shorter of the two route spans 7km and will take about you about 3-4 hours. Starting from Venus Drive, this route will take you through the northern and north-western part of MacRitchie Reservoir. The longer route spans an astounding 10km and will take you about 5 hours to tackle! However it’s the best route if you want to take in the whole MacRitchie as it takes you from the eastern side of MacRitchie right up to TTW!
A perfect weekend date if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the TreeTopWalk lets you truly experience the natural wonder of Singapore’s rainforest! Best part? It’s free!
601 Island Club Rd, S578775
Opening Hours: Mon: Closed; Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5pm; Weekends & Public Holidays: 8.30 am – 5pm
Contact: 1800-471 7300 (Toll-free)
2. Bungee Jump @ AJ Hackett Sentosa
Great news for all adrenaline junkies out there, Sentosa is now home to Singapore’s first bungee tower! The bungee tower is part of AJ Hackett Sentosa. Set up by AJ Hackett International, this heart pounding recreational site is a 2,500 sq m adventure playground!
Standing at 14 storeys high with two high jump decks and a 40m long sky bridge, this bungee tower is not just about bungee jumping! There’s the Vertical Skywalk where you can scale the down the main tower’s shaft and the Giant Swings, which will have you flying through the air at 100km/h!
Not open until March 2017, AJ Hackett Sentosa will definitely be a must visit on our Singapore bucket list!
3. Take A Supercar For A Spin @ Ultimate Drive
If you have ever seen supercars speeding along Orchard Road and envied the very lucky (and very rich) owners, you don’t have to watch them with envy anymore! The Ultimate Drive is letting you behind the wheel of some jaw dropping super cars!
Located at Marina Bay Sands, the Ultimate Drive has a fleet of about 9 supercars, the McLaren MP4-12 and Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder are just examples!
Take the McLaren out for a spin on the Street Circuit Tour for $298! And if you really want to feel like a owner of these supercars, opt for the Ultimate Tour which will set you back $788!
We might not all be able to drop almost a million dollars on these supercars but we sure can experience what it feels like to sit and drive in one!
Marina Bay Sands, 1 Bayfront Avenue ,#01-14, Hotel Tower 3. S018971
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm
Contact: Arthur Loo; +65 9686 6096
4. Indoor Sky Diving @ IFly
IFly Singapore is home to the world’s first and largest themed wind tunnel for indoor skydiving. Spanning 16.5 feet wide and 56.5 feet tall, it’s almost five storeys high! Located on Sentosa, this local attraction allow participants to experience free-falling just like sky diving!
What’s great about IFly is that it’s great for people who have a fear of heights and kids! Plus, it’s only a fraction the cost of a tandem jump!
Rates for walk ins are $119 and $199 respectively, but if you book it online (min 2 days in advance), you get $10 off!
A definite must visit on our Singapore bucket list, IFLY is fun for the whole family!
43 Siloso Beach Walk, #01-01, S099010
Opening Hours: Mon – Tues: 9am – 9.30pm; Wed: 11am – 9.30pm; Thu – Sun: 9am – 9.30pm
Contact: +65 6571 0000
5. Lounge By Marina Bay Sand’s Infinity Pool
A common feature in ‘Must Visit’ travelling listicles, Marina Bay Sand’s (MBS) Infinity Pool is a sight to behold.The world’s largest rooftop Infinity Pool, the MBS Infinity Pool is 57 floors above ground level! Not only is the observation deck considered an engineering marvel, it also boasts the most breathtaking views of Singapore!
While access to the observation deck is open to the public, access to the Infinity Pool is available only to guests staying in Marina Bay Sands! Despite the pricey costs of the hotels rooms at MBS, visiting MBS Infinity Pool is a must visit for our Singapore bucket list!
Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, S018956
Opening Hours: 6am – 11pm
Contact: +65 6688 8888
1. Enjoy A Unique View @ Ocean Restaurant By Cat Cora
Looking for a view no other restaurant in Singapore can offer? Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora is located inside the S.E.A Aquarium! Diners can savour a magnificent view of the Open Ocean habitat whilst enjoying a truly unique dining experience.
Ocean Restaurant by Cart Cora offers up light and healthy dishes crafted from the freshest produce in the region. Cat Cora’s signature dishes Charred Grilled Wagyu Primecuts and Sous Vide Salmon are a do not miss at this unique aquarium restaurant!
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
8 Sentosa Gateway, S.E.A. Aquarium, Level B1M, S.E.A. Aquarium, 098269
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Contact: 6577 6688
2. Have Lunch @ Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
If there’s one eatery you must visit in Singapore, it’s Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would know that two Singapore hawker stalls were awarded Michelin stars this year. Featured in almost all local print and online publications, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle serves up humble eats like Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle at very affordable prices!
We seriously doubt you’re going to find a Michelin awarded eatery with such affordable eats any time soon, so this is a must visit for any foodie! Be warned, queues can take up to 2 hours so be prepared for a long wait before you can get your hands on these delectable local dishes!
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre
335 Smith Street, #02-126, S050335
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 7pm or until sold out (Closed on Wed)
3. Indulge In A Decadent Treat @ Benjamin Browns
One of the first cafes in Singapore to jump on the “freakshake” bandwagon, Benjamin Brown is constantly coming up with new “freakshake” creations! The newest line of freakshakes at Benjamin Brown is their Cerealsly Crunch Shakes, their most decadent? The Fruity Pebbles of course! Served in a jar, this milkshake is topped with our favourite childhood treats! Not only is it seriously eye catching and decadent it’s also a blast from our past!
While other eateries have adopted the “freakshake” trend, Benjamin Browns is always evolving its dessert menu! A must visit on our Singapore bucket list, Benjamin Brown is one decadent eatery!
Forum The Shopping Mall
583 Orchard Road, #01-20/21, S238884
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 9pm
4. Treat Yourself @ Restaurant Andre
Standing at #32 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, awarded 2 Michelin stars and clinching the #1 spot as the Best Restaurant in Singapore is Restaurant Andre.
Offering up French dishes with a slight Taiwanese influence, Restaurant Andre embraces an Octaphilosophy. Incorporating 8 elements (unique,pure, texture, memory, salt, south,artisan. terroir) into his dishes, Chef Andre crafts an all round gastronomical experience for the restaurant’s patrons.
There’s no fixed menu, so you know you’re in for a pleasant surprise when dinner gets served! We recommend you book way in advance as the restaurant closes every time Chef Andre travels!
5. Experience A Whole New Side To Food @ Nox Dine In The Dark
Looking for an gastronomical experience like no other? Nox Dine In The Dark might just have what you’re looking for!
Nox Dine In The Dark gives patrons the opportunity to not just appreciate food in a whole new light (pardon the pun!) but also to fully appreciate the gift of sight.
Patrons dine on 12 unique dishes that span across 3-courses in complete darkness. Guides and waitstaff at Nox Dine In The Dark are blind or visually impaired individuals who have been trained to offer guidance and reassurance to guests.
While the website offers descriptions such as “Heavenly Indulgence” they don’t reveal what you’ll be served for dinner! Don’t fret though, their website does offer a sample menu which shows what MIGHT be served!
Nox Dine In The Dark
269 Beach Road, S199546
Opening Hours: Weekdays 6pm – 12am ; Weekends 5pm – 12am
1. Sip On A Singapore Sling @ The Long Bar
Widely regarded as Singapore’s national drink, the Singapore Sling was first created in 1915 at the Long Bar, Raffles Hotel’s legendary bar. Crafted by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, the gin-based cocktail was deliberately crafted with a pink hue.
Consumed by women back then, this popular alcoholic beverage can know be enjoyed by everyone (over the age of 18 of course)! If you’ve never had the pleasure of sipping on a Singapore Sling add Long Bar’s Singapore Sling to your Singapore bucket list!
2. Nutmeg & Clove
Located in Ann Siang Hill, Nutmeg & Clove is no run-of-the-mill bar. While some bars do have one or two creations that incorporate local flavours, Nutmeg & Clove’s extensive menu is built around the theme of Singapore’s history.
Their most popular beverage? The Gold ‘Ole’ Fashion Revolution. A local take on the classic Old Fashioned, this beverage incorporates one of Singapore’s favourite breakfast food, Nasi Lemak! With beverages like Monkey Love Milo Dino, Herbal Soup and Opium Wars, Nutmeg & Clove is a Must Drink on our Singapore bucket list!
Nutmeg & Clove
10A Ann Siang Hill, S069878
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 6pm – 1am; Fri – Sat 6pm – 2am
Contact: +65 9389 9301
3. 1 – Altitude
Spanning 16,000 square feet across three levels, 1-Altitude is multi-concept eatery and bar. Located in the heart of the Central Business District, 1 -Altitude has a cafe, restaurant and bar!
However the main reason why locals love 1- Altitude is their Gallery & Bar. Perched at 282 metres above sea level, 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar is the highest alfresco bar in the world! Boasting a spectacular 360-degree view of Singapore, 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar is a must go for anyone looking to kickback and relax!
1 Raffles Place, S048616
Contact: 6438 0410
4. Chupitos Shots Bar
Located in Clarke Quay, Chupitos Shots Bar is Singapore’s only specialized shooters bar. With 130 shots categorized in 4 different categories (Dare, Deadly, Fruity and Yummy), you’re bound to find a few concoctions that will tickle your fancy!
Looking for something sweet? Get your hands on the Black Forest Cake or the Paddle Pop! Something that will your tongues curling? Opt for Wolf Bite or Liquid Cocaine! And if you love to live dangerously get yourself the Cement Mixer!
The best part about Chupitos? You don’t know what’s in any of the shots, so you’re pretty much playing a game of luck here!
5. The Library
Just getting into this speakeasy bar is a monumental feat. At first glance The Library just seems to be an empty space filled with bookshelves, but this misleading facade is just step one into gaining entrance into The Library.
Guests then have to get the secret password before making their way into the actual bar! The password changes daily so you’ll either have to check their Facebook or head down to the adjunct restaurant, The Study to get it!
With drinks named after famous personalities like Marilyn Monroe and their drinks served to you in little bathtubs with little rubber ducks. It’s pretty hard not to love The Library!
47 Keong Saik Road
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 6pm – 1.30am; Weekend Closed
So if you’re looking to spice up your weekend or if you’re looking for a place to indulge in amazing eats and unique drinks, you’re bound to find something you love at these 15 one-of-a-kind local spots!
(feature image:Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy)