While many automatically associate Singapore with popular day activities like the Singapore Zoo, Sentosa and shopping, it’s when the sun goes down and the temperature drops, that you find almost a different city coming to life, but still packed with world-class attractions, cutting edge bars and dining options.
To get a taste of the real Singapore, follow the locals’ lead – with evening temperatures sitting at an ideal 24 degrees and an on-shore breeze that combines with exotic food aromas, Singapore offers memorable after-dark experiences to entice all the senses!
Here are some of our favourite activities to discover once the sun goes down:
Kick-start your evening at one of Singapore’s rooftop bars, enjoying the iconic skyline, drink in hand as you watch the sunset:
LeVel 33: Located on the top floor of the Marina Bay Financial Centre, enjoy a range of freshly brewed beers from the world’s highest urban craft-brewers.
Altitude Bar: Situated 282m above ground, take in breathtaking views of the Singapore cityscape whilst tantilising your tastebuds with their refreshing signature cocktail, the ‘Zen Breeze’, made with vodka, green tea, lemongrass and mint.
Lantern: Sit back and watch the night unfold from this stylish rooftop bar and pool within the Fullerton Bay Hotel. Try the ‘Red Lantern’ cocktail, made from tequila, watermelon, cucumber, Cointreau and lime, paying homage to the lanterns that decorate the surrounds.
After dark, Singapore’s many attractions transform into new experiences.
OCBC Garden Rhapsody Light and Sound Show: The 25-50 metre high Avatar-like Supertrees of Gardens By the Bay, provide a stunning display of magical lights and surround music every evening at 7:45pm and 8:45pm. Take a picnic and enjoy the free show.
Singapore Cycling Tour: Make the most of the cooler evening temperatures and join a guided bike ride along the illuminated river trails on a sight seeing experience you won’t forget. Take in Marina Bay Sands District, Chinatown and Marina Barrage. You’ll also get to see local temples and check out the local hawker scene.
Safari: Spot nocturnal animals and wildlife at the world’s first night safari park. Sit back in a train, go on a walking trail with leopards or watch the creatures of the night show! Or start the night in the many small bars where the main problem will be: “Which one do we go to?”
28 Hong Kong Street: In the coveted list of 2016 World’s 50 Best Bars, apart from the number 28
above the doorway, there is no signage marking the bar so you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled to find it!
Bitters & Love: Featuring cocktails with a distinct local flavour added into the mix, this is where you’ll find Singapore in a drink – and no we don’t mean a Singapore Sling.
Long Play: If you’re after a laid-back vibe to chill with friends while listening to good music on vinyls, then this bar tucked away in the Malay-Arab quarter of Kampong Glam is the place for you.
No matter what tickles your taste buds, Singapore is truly a food capital with its array of dining options
to satisfy every appetite and budget.
Hawker Food: For the real authentic taste of Singapore, visit any of the local hawker centres and outdoor alfresco dining areas scattered across the city. Try Boon Tat Street for famous satay, Makansutra’s Gluttons Bay for more iconic dishes like Hainanese Chicken Rice or Char Kway Teow, or be adventurous and head farther afield to suburban Chomp Chomp, a local favourite.
Casual Dining: From Asia to the Americas, noodles to bbq meats, Singapore will answer any foodie’s dream. Whether it’s inner city at Artichoke, the eclectic Coriander Leaf, or waterside at Quayside Isle Sentosa Cove, a smorgasbord of restaurants and menus await.
Fine Dining: To celebrate special occasions, Singapore’s range of fine dining venues is impressive. From Ryan Clift’s award winning Tippling Club, Tetsuya’s Waku Ghin, or David Thompson’s Long Chim to more home-grown names of Restaurant Andre and Iggy’s.
Night owls, jetlagged travellers or anyone who just wants to maximise their time – Singapore’s after hours activities and entertainment options keep travellers buzzing through the night.
Bar Life: Whether it’s underground or via password entry, travellers can hit Singapore’s trendy bar scene (no matter what the hour). Visit Ann Siang Hill’s Operation Dagger or Orchard Road’s The Horse’s Mouth.
Party: Singapore’s club and music scene is bustling. Dance the night away at famous Zouk, or for a more relaxed vibe, sit back and listen to live bands at Clarke Quay, whilst enjoying views of the Singapore River.
Late Night Shopping: Open 24 hours, shop up a storm at Mustafa Centre in Little India, buying anything from shampoo, to perfume or even a car!
Supper: Travellers can enjoy a late night sweet treat at one of the many cafes, which are open around the clock, such as award winning favourite 2am Dessert Bar, run by Chef Janice Wong. Try their signature dish: cassis plum – a Monet-style masterpiece comprising cassis bombe, elderflower yoghurt foam, plum liqueur and bamboo shoot delight.