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How to Have an Amazing Three Days in Singapore

Craving a modern adventure which is sure to blow you away? Look no further then a trip to the island nation of Singapore. This futuristic, metropolitan and incredibly green city is a place where technology and nature collide, making it a blueprint for every other city to aspire after. Here is the exact itinerary which I used to have a jam-packed and absolutely amazing three days in Singapore!

Day One

From the gorgeous Changi airport we downloaded the Uber ride share app on our phones and were able to use it to get from the airport to our hotel. To be honest – the fares on Uber were reasonable so we used it the whole time we were in Singapore, though the country does have a very advanced and comprehensive public transport.

Peranakan Houses

After dropping off our bags and getting freshened up, we set off in search of the colorful Peranakan houses on Joo Chiat road. This was an Uber ride about 14 minutes away from the city center. The houses were located in a residential area of what I would assume to be the suburbs of Singapore. Families walking their dogs and expats having cups of tea on their porches was the vibe around these famous houses.  

The bright two-sided lane of houses were not as crowded as I expected them to be, after a stroll and a few photos you will be ready to go – and you may be hungry! Which is convenient because located close by is the famous noodle shop, Fei Fei Wonton Mee. This shop dishes out small bowls of delicious wontons and egg noodles.

The Shoppes by the Bay

No trip to Singapore would be complete with an ooh and aw at one of the best shopping malls in the world. Complete with a gondola ride around the bottom floor there is lots to look at and lots to buy!

ArtScience Museum

Located just across the plaza from the Shoppes is the ArtScience Museum. This museum holds a few different exhibits one of the most popular being the TeamLab Future World instillations. The tickets range from 27-40 Singaporean dollars depending on what type of access pass you get.

Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center

After this full day you are sure to be hungry. Stop by one of Singapore’s most famous Hawker Centers for dinner! Famous for its satay and barbecue Lau Pa Sat is the place to be for these dishes. Offering a wide variety of different national speicalites as well you are sure to find something that you will love!

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Day Two:

We started our second day bright and early with a visit to our favorite dumpling shop – Ding Tai Fung. This visit may be slightly #basic but we love love love the food there. We first were introduced to this restaurant in Hong Kong and it quickly became a must visit!

The Old Hill Police Station

Near to the Ding Tai Fung restaurant is the insta-famous Old Hill Police Station. This colorful landmark is now a community center though it did used to be a police station. The rainbow shutters make it a picture perfect location for a quick snap.

Little India

Full of temples, colorful buildings, and yummy smells is Singapore’s Little India! Take a wander around this little neighborhood and explore. Located right in the middle is the very photographed Tan Teng Niah, or rather ‘that very colorful house from Instagram’. You can’t go inside this eclectic house but it is beautiful to look at from the outside.

Arab Street + Haji Lane

A similarly vibrant neighborhood in Singapore is the area around Arab Street which includes the Grand Sultan Mosque and the trendy Haji Lane. Stroll through the main street, which is full of shops and restaurants. We stopped for some food at Zam Zam which specializes in traditional Biryani and Murtabak. Both were delicious – highly recommend. Around the corner from Arab Street is Haji Lane, this is more trendy and little less touristy. It is full of cool shops and lots of interesting bars and restaurants.

Day Three:

Chinatown

Round out your final day with a full tour of the some of the most iconic spots in Singapore. Begin your day in Chinatown with a kopi (coffee) at Nanyang Old Coffee. Get a traditional cuppa here along with some of the famous coconut jam toast and soft boiled egg.

After you are appropriately caffeinated take a walk around the lantern-lined streets. Things may just be opening depending on how early you are which offers an interesting alternative glance into the usually busy Chinatown. The Chinatown food street is a popular area in the evening hours, so alternatively you could explore this area after the sun goes down, your choice!

One of my favorite hawker areas was the Maxwell Food Center in Chinatown. World renowned food carts like the popular Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken and Rice are located here. Grab a few dishes from different shops and get ready for a feast!

Gardens by the Bay

This exhibit of supertrees is free and open to the public. You can visit during the day to see the trees up close but they are arguably even more spectacular at night. There is a free music and lights show every night at 7:45.

TIP: Though it is a little pricey, for 20 SGD you can get access to go up one of the supertrees. At the top there is a bar and a 360-degree view of the city. This is a great spot to watch the sunset!

Cloud Forest + Flower Dome

In the same complex as the Gardens by the Bay Supertrees are the two indoor plant based exhibits. The Cloud Forest houses a life size mountain of foliage complete with a few waterfalls. It is dedicated to educating the visitors about humans effect on the environment and how important the world’s ‘cloud forests’ are. The Flower Dome is the world’s largest glass greenhouse and houses a wide variety of different plants.

Cocktails with a view Level 33

Finish your day with a drink and an incredible view at Level 33! This bar offers expansive views of the city and the Marina Bay Sands hotel. They brew their own craft beers in house and also serve up artisan cocktails!

Have you ever been to Singapore? Drop you recommendations below in the comments!

2 Comments

  1. There is no longer Uber in Singapore. The alternate apps are Grab and GOJEK

    • Hi there! Great info, thank you! Was this a recent change? I was using the Uber App in Singapore when I visited this year.

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