SINGAPORE: TOP THINGS TO DO

Hello world!

Our first Follow My Hijab blog post at last, and I thought why not begin with the obvious place I get asked a lot about. Having lived in Singapore for over 15 years I get asked a lot what some of the top things are there to do. Now we all know what an expensive island it can be to live in, even for tourists. So, Singapore in 3-5 days is a popular option!
Now you would be surprised to know how much there is do to in such a tiny island. It can be overwhelming at times (well at least it was for me writing this post!) so here are my Top recommendations and tips!

When you land at Changi Airport…
There are couple of travel options to the city;

  • Train: MRT trains (underground trains; “tube” for the brits) have connections from Terminal 2 and/or Terminal 3. If you land at Terminal 1, you can take the Sky train to Terminal 2.
  • Bus: All terminals have bus bays at the basement. Public buses are available and you can take bus no. 36 & 36A to the city.
  • Taxi: They are readily available at the arrival terminal. It can have a bit of a queue unless you arrive late in the night or early in the morning.
  • Car Hire: You could also hire a car, especially if you had a long flight. However, this is a bit more expensive option compared to the above.

First things first- Get yourself EZ-link card from the airport or 7/11 shop. It is the cheapest and easiest way to travel around Singapore as you can use it on both buses and trains. You can also purchase sim-card from the airport!

TOP PLACES TO VISIT:

  • Marina Bay Sands: Sky Park, Observatory. Amazing Bird eye view of Singapore. There is also the gorgeous rooftop Infinity pool but only accessible for hotel guests.
  • ArtScience Museum: This museum we thought was very intriguing showcasing creativity through art, science, design and technology. There are plenty of interactive activities for children as well. Definitely at must!
  • Merlion Park (Opposite of Marina Bay sands): You can get the PERFECT VIEW of the Marina Bay Sands for your travel photos.
  • Garden by the Bay: Flower Dome & Cloud Forest Dome. Food nearby is Satay by the BAY!!
  • Marina Barrage (close to Garden by the Bay). A nice park to simply chill out, fly a kite, have a picnic with a view!
  • Universal Studio, Theme Park: No doubt its a place to have some crazy fun times. We recommend getting there early in the morning and purchasing the VIP ticket. Even with a bit extra cash, it is definitely worth it as you will be able to avoid waiting in the queue for hours. Yes, you heard me..HOURS!
  • Sentosa Island: You simple cannot leave Singapore without visiting this place. There are quite a lot to do but some of our recommendations are: Getting there by Cable car from Mount Faber, S.E.A Aquarium, Fort Siloso (includes some fun laser tag activities) and the Siloso Skywalk, The Dolphin Show, Siloso Beach (beautiful sunset), Palawan Beach, Sentosa Merlion (climb the top), Skyline Luge and finish off with the Wing of Time Musical Fountain show.
  • Faber Peak, Mount Faber
  • Bird Park: Do not miss the bird show!
  • Night Safari: Enjoy a cage free zoo at night!
  • Singapore Botanical Garden: check out the National Orchid Garden. So Pretty!
  • MacRitche Tree Top Walk: If you like a nice trail/adventure/walk. This is a Must!! I enjoyed every bit of it. It just felt really good to sweat! There are different routes for the walk trail ranging from easy to a little more challenging.
  • Arab street: Sultan Mosque, Malay Heritage Centre, Cat Café and a walk through Haji Lane featuring wall paint artistic talents.
  • National Museum of Singapore + Art Museum
  • Boat Quay: Take a boat ride in the centre of the city!
  • Old Hill Street Police Station: Its beautiful colour building. Very Instagrammable! There are couple of other places with colourful heritage buildings which I think is worth researching beforehand.
  • Little India: Personally love this place for food….Ah! You have to try some south Indian food here; will list some below. There are also some Hindu Temples that are open for visitors.
  • East Coast Park: cycling by the beach or even have a BBQ or even camp the night. You can simple hire cycle and enjoy the ride. Must Try Jumbo Seafood!
  • Downtown district: walk from Anson Road- Robinson Road to Raffles Place MRT Train/ Marina bvld.
  • Singapore Flyer: Now personally, I prefer to do more exciting activities than sitting in a capsule with a view. But it is nonetheless a popular tourist spot and a romantic dinner at the capsule can also be arranged! Once thing we do recommend is to try the Fish Spa at Kenko Wellness 😀

BONUS: Take an early morning boat trip to Pulau Ubin Island and cycle (or walk) you way to exploring the island.

 

FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Traditional Singaporean Breakfast: Kaya (coconut jam) toast, soft boiled eggs with Kopi at Ya Kun OR Roti Parata with Teh Tarik at Akbar. mmmmm yum!
  • Jumbo Seafood, East Coast Park: Order: You simply cannot leave without some ‘Chili Crab’ with fried bun. Some of my other favourites: Seafood fried rice, Sambal KangKong, Sweet/Sour Prawns, garlic spinach.
  • Old Chang Kee Curry Puffs… A Classic
  • Little India:
    • Komla Village: full vegetarian menus; includes some of the best Dosas in Singapore)
    • Banana Leaf: Singapore’s famous Fish HEAD CURRY!
  • Arab Street:
    • Zam Zam restaurant: Best Murtabak in Singapore.
    • Mamanda: Malaysian Cuisine! (order Nasi Ambeng)
  • Between Little India and Arab Street:
    • Bismillah Briyani: Singapore’s Top rated Briyani. It does look like the most posh looking place but you have my word on the taste.
    • The Malayan Council: Freshly home cooked Malay fusion meals. Their classic Ondeh Cake is simply out of this world.
  • VivoCity: Halal food court to try local food such as Nasi Lemak, Nasi Padang, Laksa, Hanian Chicken Rice, Roti Parata, Teh Tarik. A classic dessert is Ice Kachang and some fresh tropical fruits!
  • Blue Bali, Bukit timah: Indonesian Cusine. This is very close to Singapore Botanical Garden.
  • Jhoo Chiat/Geylang Serai: Another place to try som amazing local food.
    • Hjh Maimunah Restaurant (traditional Malay food): Nasi Padang
    • Mr. Teh Tarik (try they Roti parata with the teh Tarik tea. Best!!).
  • Lau Pa Sat, Downtown: BEST SATAY in my opinion. Fresh satay stalls are usually open at night. Halal stalls are available.
  • Orchard Road: A classic to try when taking a stroll is to stop at one of the Ice cream carts and grab yourself and Ice cream sandwich in a slice bread or wafer. I remember getting excited about it as a child 😊
  • CAFÉ:
    • Coffee Bean: Personally I think this is the best Coffee chains on the planet. Starbucks don’t even compare! Try their Frappe. Or buy teas from their selection. I stock up every time I visit Singapore!
    • KOI Café : BEST Bubble Tea in Singapore for me
    • Gong Cha Bubble Tea: Delicious Taiwanese style drink; High recommend Milk Foam Teas!
    • TWG: Iron Orchard or Marina Bay Sands.
  • FAST FOOD: Burger King, McDonalds, KFC.. All Halal and so so much better in taste!

Bonus: Here are some amazing food guide! References: http://www.ladyironchef.com/delicious/

(P.S all food/restaurants suggested are Halal)

TOP MOSQUES TO VISIT:

  • Sultan Mosque, Arab Street. (Haji lane is just near by for food/wall art/café/shopping)
  • Abdul Gaffor Mosque, Little India ( one of the oldest mosque).
  • Al-Falah Mosque, Orchard Road
  • Haji Mohammed Salleh Mosque, Downtown.

HOW CAN I FORGET SHOPPING!

  • Orchard Road: Shopping malls; Paragon, Takashimaya, Tang Plaza, ION Orchard (for Branded shopping)
  • Plaza Singapura: This is mu go to Shopping mall. Not so much for the brands but has all kinds of shopping to essentials! There is a Japanese shop called DAISO; anything everything is for $2. I cannot recommend this shop enough!! Especially the homeware are a bargin for its quality. They also have branch at ION Orchard and VivoCity mall as well.
  • VivoCity mall: Mix branded mall. They have Halal Food Court to try out different local food. They also have SkyPark and Cinema with some Restaurants as well.
  • Bugis Street: A shopping bazaar. Its definitely the cheapest! Just be aware, tt can get really hot and stuffy. There are several juice stall to help you cool down.
  • Islamic/Hijabi Shopping place:
    • Arab Street:
      • Haji Lane: Great for material shopping as well as Hijabi fashion with unique boutiques.
      • The Golden Landmark Hotel: On the ground level and outside you can find many High end Hijabi shops; Shara shawls, Birue by Nad.
    • Jhoo Chiat Complex (this is more like a mall)
    • Geylang Serai (opposite of Jhoo Chiat complex): Its another open market. Cheap but reasonably good selection and quality of hijabs and dresses. There is nice food there too in the area. To pray near by; there is the SINGAPORE MUSLIMS CONVERST ASSOCIATION. They have female prayer facilities. There is also Masjid Khalid nearby as well.
  • Mustafa Centre, Little India: Now this mall is 24hr open. Its like a HUGE MALL WITH EVERYTHING you can possibility think of!! Lol. Grocery to clothes to technology to homeware, to Gold Jewellery to beauty products and so on.. Top floor they have a restaurant in case you get hungry.

Of course there a lot more than this that Singapore has to offer but these are just my top recommendations.

This is definitely longer post that expected but we hope it will be helpful to you when you visit. Do share your thoughts and experience and any comments with us, we would love to hear from you 🙂

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