Chinatown is a subzone and ethnic enclave located within the Outram district in the Central Area of Singapore. Featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements, Chinatown has had a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population.
If you’re a foodie, try 'char kway teow' (stir-fried noodles) and 'satay' (barbecued meat skewers) at Chinatown Food Street, a row of hawker stalls, shophouse restaurants and kiosks along Smith Street.
For trendier tastes, chic restaurants and bars are in Neil Road, Duxton Road and Keong Saik Road. The vibe is electric in Club Street and Ann Siang Road on Friday and Saturday nights, when locals and expats head down for dinner and drinks.
One of the city-state’s most popular nightlife and entertainment precincts in Singapore – Clarke Quay. With a thriving kaleidoscope of restaurants, wine bars, entertainment spots and retailers, this happening enclave invites you to paint the town red in the assemblage of clubs, bars and lounges, immerse in live entertainment or simply replenish your energy with late night dining. This popular barfly’s perch is also the preferred destination to enjoy a delectable meal at a floating restaurant that was converted from an anchored old tongkang (light wooden boat). Alternatively, take an idyllic bumboat cruise down the Singapore River or dare yourself to be catapulted sky-high on Singapore’s first reverse bungy ride.
Located next to Marina Reservoir, Gardens by the Bay offers breath-taking waterfront views. This multi-award winning horticultural destination spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land, and is made up of two main areas – Bay South Garden and Bay East Garden.
Bay South Garden is the largest of the gardens. Inspired by an orchid, the design resembles Singapore’s national flower, Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’. You can’t miss the massive Supertrees here. Head to Bay East Garden for the perfect picnic setting with lush lawns and tropical palm trees.
Unique to Gardens by the Bay is the Cloud Forest. Within the enclosed compound, a 35-metre tall mountain is veiled in mist and covered in lush vegetation amidst the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Here, you will find plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level.
Photo credit: Arthur Yap & Singapore Tourism Board (STB)
Dempsey Hill, a revamped colonial neighbourhood comprising 18 blocks of old world charm and real world comfort. Bustling with world-class dining and bars, and exquisite antique furniture set amidst lush greenery, Dempsey is the perfect antidote for claustrophobic souls and the hyperactive.
This popular hotspots are known for their laid-back vibes. Alongside fabulous restaurants and eateries, they’ve got great pubs, bars, breweries, and wine houses to boot. Poke around the two areas and you'll be sure to find something that tickles your fancy.