Singapore is an amazing, eclectic city. Here you will find impressive skyscrapers next to small shops, high street boutiques with market stalls nearby.
Singapore combines old and new architecture and is often described as a cultural melting pot.
It offers fabulous dining options ranging from Michelin restaurants to delicious street food at affordable prices. Singapore boasts fantastic attractions and parks of lush greenery. There is so much to see and do in Singapore. It’s time to plan your weekend mini break and start packing.
The best time for a weekend or mini break in Singapore
The weather in Singapore is wonderful throughout the year – it is warm, humid and the temperatures vary from 24-31 C. The only time when the temperatures go slightly down is during the wet monsoon season from November to January. If travelling in these months, you will need an umbrella or a raincoat.
What to Do and Where to Go
There is plenty that you can do during a weekend or mini break in Singapore.
If you want to immerse yourself in the real atmosphere of the city, you should head to the Tiong Bahru area, visit the market there or the old bookstores.
It should be noted that the city has legalized casino gambling, which can be an interesting way to pass some time. Naturally, the city features numerous attractions that are worth the effort and plenty of things to do and explore.
Shop Till You Drop
Those who love shopping will be delighted by Orchard Road, which is among the finest shopping streets in the world. It spreads over 2.2 kilometres and houses six department stores and 22 malls. The trendiest fashion houses and the most famous brands can be found here. It is perfect for those seeking a little retail therapy.
Soak Up the Culture
Two great places to visit are Little India and Chinatown. These are colorful areas that mix the Indian, Chinese and Malay cultures. Little India will enchant you with its lively wet market Tekka Market, and also the Arts Village where a selection of Indian clothes and artwork is offered for sale. Be sure to visit Sri Veeramakaliamman temple.
Places not to miss in Chinatown include the Chinatown Heritage Centre and New Bridge Road. The oldest Hindu temple can also be found here – Sri Mariammam, as well as the oldest mosque in Singapore – Jamae Mosque.
Get Lost in Museums
Singapore has several museums that are worth a visit. Among them is the Asian Civilisations Museum beside the Singapore River. It chronicles various aspects of Asian culture and exhibits bronze sculptures, porcelain figures, prints, woodwork and textiles. The artefacts are divided into thematic galleries.
If you’re keen to learn more about the Peranakan culture, which emerged from the connection between the Malay and the Chinese immigrants, then visit the Peranakan Museum where you can see costumes and furniture, as well as porcelain figures.
A perfect place for some relaxation time, the Singapore Botanic Garden is lush and green. Yet, the place offers much more than that – you are free to go jogging or take advantage of complimentary tai chi exercise classes.
Another great place for some relaxation amid beautiful surroundings is the National Orchid Gardens where you can marvel at more than 20,000 orchids on display. The Gardens by the Bay should also be mentioned here – the vast project spreads over 110 hectares and enjoys a waterfront location to the south of Marina Bay Sands. The park is divided into three zones with vertical gardens, tropical flowers, conservatories, and greenhouses, etc.
A ride on the Singapore Flyer is a must-do experience. With its 165m height, this observation wheel is the second largest in the world and the finest spot for enjoying a panoramic view over the city’s skyline. The ride takes half an hour in solid capsules with air-conditioning. The views reach as far as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Marina Bay.
Another thrilling experience is offered by Universal Studios located at Resorts World Sentosa. Expect action, Battlestar Galactica rides and animated characters for the kids.
For the Nature Lover
If you love to spend your time outdoors and among nature, there are two perfect attractions for you.
Be sure to visit the impressive South East Asian Aquarium where you can see dolphins, stingrays, sharks and many other sea creatures. Don’t miss the Open Ocean habitat where you can enjoy unobstructed views under water.
The second attraction to visit is the Singapore Zoological Gardens. This is a wildlife park where you can see terrestrial and aquatic animals in eight river habitats. Check the Giant Panda Forest and the Amazon Flooded Forest aquarium. If you book the Night Safari, expect to see the Malayan tiger and hear the roar of lions. Walk the trails and you will find yourself surrounded by more than 130 other species.
Where to stay
There are many accommodation options in Singapore and they are sure to satisfy every taste and budget. The city is known for its 5-star hotels with Michelin restaurants such as Shisen Hanten Hotel at Mandarin Orchard, the Summer Pavilion at the Ritz-Carlton near Marina Bay and Forest and Joel Robouchon at Equarius.
Other fantastic places to sleep include Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, the Shangri-La Hotel, the less expensive M Social Singapore hotel and the boutique Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan.
Organise a mini break in Singapore
Singapore has impressive architecture, friendly people, luxurious shopping malls and a plethora of food options. It also boasts lovely parks of lush greenery, many temples, churches, and mosques. A mini break will not be enough to see all that this cosmopolitan city has to offer and yet, it is a good start for exploring the city.
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