Best things to do in Singapore
Essential city info, articles & travel tips from our local hosts
A diverse melting pot of cultures, the Gateway to Asia doesn’t look or feel like your average city. Once a concrete jungle, today the Singapore skyline is one of the most sustainable (and recognizable) in the world, with green skyscrapers blanketed in vegetation and the iconic Supertree Grove – solar-powered vertical gardens that light up magnificently at night – seemingly sprouted from the ground. Singapore may be a modern marvel, but its history is illustrated by perfectly preserved pre-war public housing, old Art Deco-inspired shophouses, and the tropical, century-old Botanic Gardens. The affluent downtown area, Marina Bay, is a major tourist attraction lined with swanky bars and upmarket eateries, but it’s the hidden ethnic enclaves bringing the best of their heritage to Singapore’s world-renowned food scene. From hawker centers housed in heritage buildings to no-frill stalls serving street food staples at excellent prices, bargaining for bites here is a national pastime that’s well worth the hustle.