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One Day in Singapore

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Only have one day in Singapore but eager to make the most of it? This itinerary features a blend of favorite local spots and must-see tourist attractions. Are you ready?

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

Yum Cha Restaurant

Restaurants

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Sacred & Religious Sites, Speciality Museums

Singapore Zoo

Zoos

Ah Meng Restaurant

Restaurants

River Safari

Theme Parks

Orchard Road

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens

POLLEN

Restaurants

KU DE TA Club Lounge

Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos

Jovel C's City Tips

  • Tipping is not necessary in Singapore, although it is welcomed if the service warrants; note that restaurant prices include tax.
  • Taxis are everywhere, but beware of hefty peak-hour surcharges.
  • The usual dining culture in Singapore is to share food; it is rare in a local restaurant (Chinese, Malay, Indian, etc.) to order a dish just for yourself.
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    Yum Cha Restaurant
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
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    Jovel C Says:

    Situated in Chinatown, Yum Cha Restaurant serves up a great, local dim sum in the midst of a popular tourist area. Chinatown in the morning is quaint and quiet, offering a glimpse of olden-day Singapore. Spend some time soaking up the unique atmosphere while enjoying traditional Chinese breakfast food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Definitely try the preserved egg congee, har gao (shrimp dumplings), siew mai (pork dumplings) and chee chong fun (rice noodle rolls); all are super yummy and budget friendly!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #409 of 8,521 restaurants in Singapore
    • Terrible dim sum and poor value! 29/11/2017
    • Still the best 26/11/2017
    • Yum Cha Restaurant
    Address:
    20 Trengganu Street #02-01 Jinshan Hotel
    Singapore 058479
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6372 1717
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:30 - 22:30
    Sat - Sun
    09:00 - 22:30
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    Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Speciality Museums
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    Jovel C Says:

    This stunning temple may be a newcomer to historic Chinatown (and Buddhism), but that doesn't make it any less spectacular. It was built in 2007 to house the sacred relic that gives it its name: a tooth that is said to be the left canine of the Buddha, which is on display inside a gold stupa on the fourth floor. Singaporean Buddhists come here to pay their respects, and it is rather a humbling experience to witness this local ritual, which involves the burning of incense and offering token items as a mark of appreciation.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Dress appropriately: no shorts for ladies or men.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 846 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating 13/12/2017
    • A very friendly and serene place 13/12/2017
    • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
    Address:
    288 South Bridge Road
    Singapore 058840
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6220 0220
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Singapore Zoo
    Zoos
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    Jovel C Says:

    With more than 2,530 residents and 11 immersive habitat zones, from Frozen Tundra to Reptile Garden, the Singapore Zoo is one of the best zoos in the world. Rare and magnificent white tigers roam a jungle enclosure, and under the Fragile Forest biodome, a rainforest thrives, replete with tree sloths, flying foxes, and even artifacts from the Asmat tribe of Irian Jaya.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The monkey show is my favorite.
    • The River Safari (a river-themed zoo and aquarium) is right next to the zoo, so you could easily spend your whole day with the animals!
    • With swings, pony rides, and farm animals, Kidzworld is sure to be a hit with the young ones in your group.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 846 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting place to visit for families with kids or teens 13/12/2017
    • Great experience! 13/12/2017
    • Singapore Zoo
    Address:
    80 Mandai Lake Road
    Singapore 729826
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6269 3411
    Price range:
    US$33 - US$33
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Ah Meng Restaurant
    Restaurants (Asian, Singaporean)
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    Jovel C Says:

    Named after one of the zoo's former orangutan residents, Ah Meng Restaurant has a distinctly 'Jungle Book' feel to it, and is fun for families in particular. Though the food is on the expensive side, it's authentic and there's a great selection of local dishes on offer.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try local Singapore delights, like Chicken Rice and Chicken Nasi Bryani (a spicy Malay dish).
    • For a truly unique experience, come for breakfast with the orangutans! Visit the website for details and times.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #808 of 8,521 restaurants in Singapore
    • Food woeful - orangutans amazing! 03/11/2017
    • Food was good 18/10/2017
    • Ah Meng Restaurant
    Address:
    80 Mandai Lake Rd
    Singapore Zoo
    Singapore 729826
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6269 3411
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    River Safari
    Theme Parks
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    Jovel C Says:

    Situated between the zoo and Night Safari, River Safari is a truly unique wildlife theme park that allows visitors to experience the habitats of seven world-famous rivers. You can meet alligator snapping turtles along the mighty Mississippi, giant catfish in the Mekong, or frog-faced softshell turtles on the Ganges. The Giant Panda Forest is home to rare red pandas in addition to the park's two famous pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The panda feedings are a sight to see. Check ahead to be sure you're there for feeding times.
    • Don't miss the Amazon Flooded Forest!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 846 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Upgrade in progress 13/12/2017
    • Nice attraction in Spore 12/12/2017
    • River Safari
    Address:
    80 Mandai Lake Road
    Singapore 729826
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6269 3411
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Orchard Road
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jovel C Says:

    From humble beginnings as an unnamed road lined with (you guessed it) fruit orchards and nutmeg plantations, Orchard Road was slowly populated with cemeteries, temples, and markets, until it became what it is today: a glitzy high street and entertainment hub. Here you can join the well-heeled in shopping, take in an art exhibit, grab a swanky bite, or simply stroll and take it all in.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Even if you can't afford designer labels, Orchard Road is a sight to see, and some affordable brands, like H&M, also have outposts here.
    • Check out Orchard Central, a mall with an indoor climbing wall, art installations, and a roof garden.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 846 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A shoppers paradise 14/12/2017
    • Orchard Road Shopping 13/12/2017
    • Orchard Road
    Phone:
    +65 6733 1700
    Other:
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    Gardens by the Bay
    Gardens
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    Jovel C Says:

    Filled botanical gems from every continent except Antarctica, Gardens by the Bay takes the botanic garden concept to a whole new level. At this flower sanctuary, you can stroll in a tropical Cloud Forest, take in the colors and heady scents of the Flower Dome, or marvel at the massive 'supertrees,' large concrete structures supporting vertical gardens.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Suspended 22 meters in the air, the OCBC Skyway provides a fun vantage point from which to view the gardens.
    • Every evening (at 7:45pm and 8:45pm) there is a free light and sound show near the Skyway.
    • The interior is always thematically decorated, often according to holidays, so don't be surprised to see snowman or dragon flower sculptures!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 846 things to do in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Christmas decorations 14/12/2017
    • Brilliant 14/12/2017
    • Gardens by the Bay
    Address:
    18 Marina Gardens Drive
    Singapore 018953
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6420 6848
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    POLLEN
    Restaurants (European)
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    Jovel C Says:

    Situated in the Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome, Pollen is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Singapore River. The Singapore outlet of chef Jason Atherton's acclaimed London restaurant, Pollen Street Social, Pollen serves up innovative Mediterranean fare in a serene, flower-festooned environment.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make a reservation online in advance to avoid the usual evening queues.
    • Even if you don't make it to Gardens by the Bay, eating at Pollen entitles you to free entry to the Flower Dome.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #224 of 8,521 restaurants in Singapore
    • Comfortable Environment 12/12/2017
    • Romantic Night at Pollen 11/12/2017
    • POLLEN
    Address:
    18 Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens By the Bay
    18 Marina Gardens Drive #01-09
    Singapore 018953
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6604 9988
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    12:00 - 15:00
    18:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    KU DE TA Club Lounge
    Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos
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    Jovel C Says:

    Perched atop the prestigious Marina Bay Sands building, swanky KU DE TA offers stunning night views of Singapore. The cocktails are delicious, the DJ beats inspire dancing, and the glittering city stretches out before you.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The club has a semi-formal dress code — no shorts or sandals. (If you have already visited Pollen and Gardens by the Bay, then you should be all set!)
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Singapore
    • Amazing Views 30/08/2017
    • Nice view - 3 Uri Gellas for 77 Sing Dollars 19/06/2017
    • KU DE TA Club Lounge
    Address:
    Sands SkyPark - Level 57
    1 Bayfront Avenue
    Singapore
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6688 7688
    Hours:
    Sun - Tue
    12:00 - 02:00
    Wed - Sat
    12:00 - 05:00
    Other:
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