This buzzing island city revolves around food. Join a snaking street hawker queue and you’ll be guaranteed the best taste of Singapore’s cuisine. With Chinese, Indian and Malay influences, the local delicacies will dance on your tongue and live long in your memory.
The country boasts its fair share of fine-dining restaurants too, so indulge in the laid-back eateries of Dempsey Hill, which you can rest-assured have been tried and tested by the epicurean locals.
Work up your appetite by scouring the boutique shops of Orchard Road and splashing the cash in ‘Asia’s most famous shopping street’. Timeless fashion houses and contemporary independent labels all jostle for position in this area so stick to the shade of the angsana trees that line the walkways and visit as many as you can.
The skyline and architecture of Singapore makes it instantly recognisable. Walk the Henderson Waves, suspended high above the ground, and make your way through lush jungle while taking in the cityscape. Stroll through the inspiring Gardens By The Bay, a verdant utopia in the midst of imposing mega-structures. For unbeatable views, board the Singapore Flyer, a 165-metre-high observation wheel that arcs high above the city and marina.
Discover the lungs of Singapore – the Botanical Gardens that paved the way for this eco-friendly nation – before setting your pulse racing watching Formula 1 drivers cut through the air on the city’s streets.
Explore this cultural hotbed and zip between diverse neighbourhoods on the high-speed subway. Squeeze down the narrow alleys of Chinatown and stumble across vibrant, art-covered walls in Little India, just ten minutes apart. From the colourful old-world houses in Katong to the ultra-modernity of the Central Business District, nowhere is too far away to discover.
When to go
Between February and April are seen as the best months to visit Singapore, when the weather is dryer and not unbearably hot. November to January brings the rains so umbrellas are a must, while May and June bring the highest temperatures and humidity levels.