When it comes to Singapore – shopping, good food, and pricey goods come to mind. But even then, millions of tourists continue to pour into the city-state since there’s so much to do and to explore.
If you’re headed over for a quick weekend, then we’ve got this Singapore itinerary that covers the cultural, modern, and unique aspects of what Singapore has to offer. Start planning now!
- Arrive in Singapore (Leave bags at hotel) (free)
- Grab dinner & Shopping at Bugis Night Market (P500) – With over 800 covered shops, guests can enjoy shopping at Bugis Night Market for everything and anything including clothes, electronics, cosmetics, accessories and more at ridiculously low prices.
- Drinks and Clubbing at Clarke Quay (P1,000) – During the day, Clarke Quay is bustling with families and tourists – but at night, the riverside gem definitely comes alive! Filled with trendy bars, pubs, and restaurants, expats and locals flock here for a good night out.
Estimated Total: P1,500
- Have breakfast (Coffee with Nasi Lemak or Kaya Toast) (P200)
- Explore Chinatown + Little India (free) – When headed down to Chinatown and Little India, make sure you visit the following: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Thian Hock Keng Temple, Chinatown Heritage Center, Sri Mariamman Temple, and Chinatown Street Market.
- Get lunch at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre (P200)
- Singapore River Walk (free) – The best way to explore Singapore’s many colonial buildings and structures is by walking along the River Walk. You can also enjoy modern structures too, such as the Esplanade, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park, and the Art Science Museum (P2,000).
- Dinner, drinks, and shopping at Thiong Bahru (P1,000) – Formerly a swampy burial ground, Thiong Bahru has transformed into a quirky neighborhood brimming with boutiques, unique architecture, restaurants, cafes, bookstores, and small local businesses that have been around for ages.
- Singapore Night Safari (P1,500) – This internationally acclaimed attraction is the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park and is home to around 900 animals from approximately 100 species. This 40-minute tram ride takes visitors through six “regions” and aims to promote biodiversity.
Estimated Total: P4,900
- Breakfast (P200)
- Universal Studios Singapore (P2,900) – Whether with family or friends, you’re sure to have a blast at Universal Studios. The park has seven themed zones that encases 28 rides, and several shows and attractions.
- Adventure Cove Water Park (P1,300) – At this fun and exciting water park, you can get a thrill out of going down their high-speed water slides, or you can sit back and relax at the lazy river. You can also snorkel with over 20,000 tropical fish, and get up close with rays!
- Dinner at Emerald Hill Road (P800) – Formerly a nutmeg plantation, Emerald Hill Road was redeveloped for the Peranakan wealthy – hence the many Peranakan-style shophouses and architecture. There are several little stores, restaurants, and cafes dotted along this swanky, upscale neighborhood.
- Depart from Singapore
Estimated total: P5,200
Accommodation in Singapore
Enjoy a good night’s sleep after your fun-filled day. We’ve listed our top choices of hotels in Singapore that you should book in advance to get the best hotel deals.
1. ABC Hostel
2. Kam Leng Hotel
3. Porcelain Hotel by JL Asi
4. Hotel Royal
5. Hotel Chancellor @ Orchard
6. Parc Sovereign Hotel – Albert St.
7. CUBE Boutique Capsule Hotel @ Kampong Glam
8. The Great Madras
9. Jamilia Boutique Inn
10. ABC Premium Hostel
Local Singapore Food to Try
Singapore’s cuisine is as ethnically diverse as its people – which is why food tripping in the city-state is a gastronomically wonderful adventure. From food carts to swanky restaurants, the following on the list are some of the top must-haves when in the Lion City.
1. Chili Crab
– Dating back to 1956, this Singaporean favorite is a must-order when in the Lion City! Contrary to its name though, Chili Crab isn’t as spicy as one may think, and is more sweet and savory with fluffy crab meat.
- Price: S$25- S$80
- Where to Get: No Signboard Seafood #01-14/16 The Esplanade, 8 Raffles Ave
2. Curry Puffs – This humble flaky pastry is so in demand that the couple behind J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff find it hard to keep up with its demand on a daily basis. Limiting their production to only 500 pieces a day, this Malay snack is usually filled with a generous portion of sardines, curried potatoes, and a hard boiled egg.
- Price: S$1.20- S$1.50
- Where to Get: J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff (7 Maxwell Rd, #01-21 Amoy Street Food Centre)
3. Char Kway Teow – Considered a favorite in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei, this stir-fried noodle dish is mixed with soy sauce, chilli, prawns, bean sprouts, chopped chives, slices of chinese sausage, fishcake, and more.
- Price: S$4
- Where to Get: Armenian Street Char Kway Teow (Blk 303 Anchorvale Link)
4. Hainanese Chicken Rice – Considered one of Singapore’s national dishes, this poached chicken dish is sold in restaurants all over the Lion City – from fancy restaurants to hawker stalls. Locals often kid that the most important part of the dish is the rice – which is cooked with chicken fat, ginger, pandan leaves, and garlic.
- Price: S$2.80 – S$3.30
- Where to Get: Chin Chin Eating House (19 Purvis St., Singapore)
5. Laksa – Popular in Southeast Asia, Laksa is a spicy noodle soup made up of a base of either spicy curry coconut milk, fresh and sour tamarind, or a mix of both. It is also served with either chicken, prawn, or fish, and thick wheat noodles.
- Price: S$14- S$28
- Where to Get: 928 Yishun Laksa ( 928 Yishun Central 1, #01-155, Singapore)
6. Oyster Omelette – The oyster lives up to its name – the fluffy omelette is made up of several small oysters, potato starch, and is then topped with chili sauce and lime.
- Price: S$5
- Where to Get: Ah Chuan Fried Oyster Omelette (Blk 22 Toa Payoh Lor 7, Singapore)
7. Kaya Toast with Local Coffee – Kaya is a jam made from sugar, eggs, pandan leaves, and coconut milk. It’s best enjoyed spread on hot toast with butter and is usually served with a half-boiled egg and coffee.
- Price: S$2.40
- Where to Get: Ya Kun Kaya Toast (Several branches around Singapore)
8. Barbecued Stingray – Sambal Stingray is a barbecued stingray dish that stems from Malaysia and is exactly what its name says it is. The sambal is made up several spices, shallots, garlic, sugar, and indian walnuts.
- Price: S$10- S$15
- Where to Get: Chomp Chomp BBQ ( 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-44 Fengshan Market & Food, Singapore)
9. Ice Kacang – The original version of this sweet treat is shaved ice topped with red beans. Nowadays, the dessert comes in a variety of colors and is topped with everything from aloe vera, nata de coco, roasted peanuts, sweet corn to evaporated milk, rose syrup – and even durian!
- Price: S$2 onwards
- Where to Get: Lit Lit Xin Cold & Hot Dessert (Several stalls around Singapore)
Read more: 5 Must-try Singapore Restaurants
Breakdown of expenses (for two)
- Food & Drink – Approx. P3,300 (Depending on your dishes of choice!)
- Attractions & Activities – P7,000 (estimated price including all activities)
- Flight (round trip booked early) – P6,000 (estimated P150 for long rides and P100 for short rides via trike)
- Transportation within the Island – P1,500 (SG Tourist Pass + misc. rides)
- Hotel – Approx P6,000
*All prices are estimates. It is advisable that you bring extra money for miscellaneous spending and for emergencies.
Know Before You Go
- Singapore is a pricey city to visit, but there are several free things to do as well.
- Skip the fancy restos and grab your meals at hawker stalls.
- You can buy a Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited rides on the public bus and train.
- Take some time to explore Jewel Changi Airport in between your flights – there’s a reason it’s the world’s best airport.
- Don’t try to connect to another person’s WiFi without permission – otherwise you’ll be fined S$10,000 and/or can face 3 years jail time.
Check these Michelin-Starred restaurants in Singapore to complete your Lion City taste experience.