Gone are the days of seeing Singapore as simply your quick connection to the rest of the world. The savvy city inspires with a dynamic mix of cultures and histories, and just the right amount of old and new to keep you intrigued. So next time you’re passing through its dazzling hub, indulge in a 24-hour Singapore fling.
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Get an early start and spend the morning sauntering along Singapore River. Grab a kopi (Singapore’s traditional coffee with condensed milk) to start your day with a kick, and get to know the city’s past and present through sculptural artworks dotted along the water’s edge.
Architecture buffs will revel in design gems along the way such as the Esplanade Theatre (affectionately known as the “Durian”), the lotus-shaped Arts Museum building, and the towering Marina Bay Sands with its record-breaking 340m-long cantilevered Skypark. This is where you’ll be checking-in for the night, because no A-lister can go past a luxe infinity pool, especially when it’s the largest in the world! Cool down with a dip and snap an Instagram-worthy selfie with the skyline.
Need a culture fix? Explore the Asian Civilisation Museum. It’s packed with fascinating Pan-Asian treasures including: ancient carvings, glittering jewels, textiles and more.
Quash your hunger with fine-dining at Pollen inside Garden by the Bay’s Flower Dome. You’ll be treated to head chef, Angelo Rosso’s, contemporary European cuisine with Mediterranean influence. Try the mouth-watering Earl Grey Salmon with Soft Shell Crab, or satisfy a sweet tooth with the Baba Au Rum (pictured). Once you’ve indulged your tastebuds, it’s time get lost in Gardens by the Bay, otherwise known as the botanic gardens of the future! This fusion of architecture and nature dazzles with space-age bio-domes and soaring hi-tech Supertrees at its core. Re-visit once the sun goes down to watch the towering Supertrees’ spectacular light and sound show – not to be missed.
Find relief from the heat with some retail therapy at Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The sprawling shrine to fashion boasts a mix of designer labels – think Fendi, Miu Miu, and Chanel just to name a few – alongside up-and-coming names in runway and street style. For an effortless fix, take advantage of its personal shopping service. This will give you first-hand access to the newest collections debuting in Southeast Asia with personal stylists from individual brands carefully curating a wardrobe for you in advance to await your discerning eye in-store.
Want more shopping? Make your way to Orchard Road – a Mecca for malls, department stores, and specialty shops.
Head to Jumbo Seafood at colourful Clarke Quay for dinner. This is your chance to try Singapore’s famous chilli crab in all its sublimely sweet goodness! You can stop for a drink or two with the crowds at any one of Clarke Quay’s bars and clubs after, but an A-Lister would no doubt make their way to something a little more inconspicuous such as Boat Quay’s slinky 28 Hong Kong Street with its cosy booths, sublime drinks and delish bar bites – perfect for avoiding the paps.