86 Awesome Things to Do in Singapore [2022]

Explore Singapore off-the-beaten-path. Uncover hidden islands, villages lost in time, and secret hikes!

Last updated: 02 Dec 2022 - 34 min read

We started Seek Sophie because we wanted an alternative to mass-market tourism - there's so much more to discover in a place than the usual tourist traps. Most people know Singapore for MBS and Gardens by the Bay, but here you can also uncover hidden nature trails that could belong in Indiana Jones, fascinating heritage walks led by ex-gang members, and villages lost in time.

If you're looking for the coolest things to do in Singapore that are off the usual tourist trail, here are some of our favourites!

Get to know Singapore's Heritage


Visit Singapore's Last Kampong (Village!)

If you're curious to see what Singapore used to be like back in its fishing village days just one generation ago, head down to visit our last Kampong!

Here with your guide, you'll get to chat with the residents (meet super sweet grannies 🥺), play nostalgic childhood games every local is familiar with (Five Stones!), and bask in a simpler time.


Go back to Singapore's wild 1960s!

This is a unique walking tour meets immersive street theatre - where you get transported back to the 1960s in Singapore, during the heyday of the cabaret! Stroll along at your own pace through the colourful streets of Little India, get immersed in a love story set in the swinging 1960s, and see incredible theatrical sets for a taste of old Singapore!


Learn about Singapore's Triad History from Ex-Gang Members

Singapore's one of the safest countries in the world, so not many people know about its dark secrets of gang violence and untold crime 👀

This super meaningful walking tour is led by an ex-secret society member, Alvin. Alvin is very candid in sharing about SG's triad history and his personal stories and struggles. It's a really eye-opening experience to learn more about Singapore’s past and how ex-offenders turned over a new leaf. If you're looking for a unique and meaningful way to spend your weekend, we highly recommend going for this!


Discover Singapore's Water Story

These are two of the hottest locations for any local school trip - Marina Barrage and Gardens by the Bay! But no, you won't just be enjoying the sights.

You'll be learning about Singapore's water story and why it's extra important to us - from water sourcing, to waste management and sustainable energy! It's really an eye-opening experience as you'll see the efforts put into ensuring water for every gen to come 💦


Walk in an Immigrant's Shoes

Learn about the people who played one of the biggest roles in Singapore's transformation - coolies, aka labour immigrants!

In this walking tour, relive the memories of our past immigrants. Some spots include the Singapore River (where most of their work took place!) and the temples they went to. Great for history buffs to see SG from a VERY different point of view 🧐


Visit the Quirky Haw Par Villa

If you're looking to REALLY immerse yourself in the ethnic vibes of Singapore, head to our theme park lost in time - Haw Par Villa!

Built by the founders and brothers of Tiger Balm, they wanted to teach visitors about the morality of life with its array of super kitsch (and bizarre even!) statues that depict the values of the Chinese 🐉 We can guarantee that it's truly a sight you won't find anywhere else.

Visit the Quirky Haw Par Villa

Learn about Singapore's Disappearing Trades

This is a great way to learn about Singapore's heritage. Here you'll have a behind-the-scenes look at some of Singapore's disappearing trades from bread-making to coffee roasting.

Visit old bakeries and listen to the uncles share about their passions for keeping old-school bakes like the milk bread alive. You'll also stop at coffee roasting factories to sample Kopi 'O' (black coffee!) in its most authentic form!

Explore Singapore's Nature Trails


Explore an Abandoned Fort like Indiana Jones

People know Sentosa for its shiny attractions, but deep in the jungles of Sentosa, there's an abandoned fort with secret tunnels you'll have to duck crawl through! This is definitely a more fun way to see Sentosa!

Here you'll get to uncover Fort Serapong - an abandoned military fortress dated back to the 1800s 😲 Your guide is also there to share tons of history as you wander deeper into their underground bunkers and more!


Go on an Urban Hike

One of the special things about Singapore is how the city fuses urban with nature - in fact the government plans to connect the entire city end-to-end through parks!

One of our fave urban hikes is the Southern Ridges - a 10km route through 8 nature trails in Singapore! Start from unassuming Kent Ridge Park, go on a towering treetop walk, take pics at the distinctive Henderson Waves (a futuristic wave-like bridge with great urban views), and end at Mt Faber for a panoramic hilltop view of the city!

Go on an Urban Hike

Go Back in Time at Pulau Ubin

A trip into the past, Ubin has always held a special place in our hearts as an untouched paradise. To get to this tranquil little island off Singapore, you'll need to take a rustic bum boat that already feels like an adventure! Here you can go mangrove kayaking, hike up to gorgeous viewpoints, and just enjoy the rustic village vibes. You should also keep a look out for the mangrove swamp that's just crawling with mudskippers, crabs and even lobsters!

Go Back in Time at Pulau Ubin

Chill out at Cool Fort Canning

Love nature but don't 🙅‍♀️ want to face off the crowds at Botanic Gardens? You'll love its quieter, more tucked away sister Fort Canning Park.

It's a sprawling, understated park with ancient trees and lush green spaces often frequented by locals for picnics, music festivals and more! Head on over for a break from shopping at the nearby Orchard, or if you're simply looking for somewhere to relax.

Chill out at Cool Fort Canning

Embark on a Rainforest Trail

If you're looking to really immerse yourself in nature, this rainforest trail is your best bet!

With a pair of binoculars in your hands, you'll get to really explore our lush rainforest ecosystem right in the heart of Sentosa! While the hotspot Gardens by the Bay is amazing, we want to make sure that you guys are also introduced to the more obscure, overlooked flora and fauna 🌺🌿 of our SG forests - and you'll get that right here.


Go on the MacRitchie Treetop Walk

Every local knows MacRitchie well - it was rammed during the lockdown when everyone was looking to get outdoors. But this popular nature spot is still pretty unknown to travellers! Here you get tower over the top of trees on the treetop walk - a suspension bridge that's over 250m high and makes for the best IG pics 📸

Go on the MacRitchie Treetop Walk

Visit Tranquil Beaches at Coney Island

If you don't have time for Pulau Ubin, go to Coney Island instead - it's a little tranquil piece of paradise in Singapore. You can rent a bike at nearby Punggol, or just explore leisurely on foot. Our favourite parts of it are the towering Casuarina trees (feels like a forest in Europe!), the mangrove walk and the tiny hidden beaches all around the island. There's little to do here, but that's also part of its charm. If you're lucky you may also spot its resident family of otters!

Visit Tranquil Beaches at Coney Island

Hike the Rail Corridor!

The Rail Corridor is a 24km green stretch built around abandoned railway tracks. Our fave part of the Rail Corridor is a 2-hour hike through a Jurassic Park-esque viewpoint to an iconic train tunnel that's perfect for the #gram.🚆📸 Start from Greenleaf View, take a hidden side detour off the Bukit Timah Railway Station (towards Clementi Forest - ask someone!), and end at the iconic train tunnel by Clementi Forest.

Top tip: come early (6- 7am!) to avoid the crowds, and have the view all to yourself - it looks straight out of a movie!

Hike the Rail Corridor!

Hike to Singapore's Highest Peak

If you're a hike lover, you'll love this hiking trip to Bukit Timah Hill (aka Singapore's highest peak!) 🏞

This isn't just a normal hike, it's with a nature guide so you'll get to see the wildlife that locals normally miss! Here you'll get to spot exotic birds, lots of monkeys, monitor lizards and flying lemurs (if you're lucky)! The view at the top isn't spectacular, but the wildlife and nature will make your hike extra special.

Top tip: grab prata at Springleaf when your hike is over!


See Gorgeous Keppel Reservoir & War Ruins

This one's for anyone who loves a good adventure!

Here at the Mount Faber jungles, you'll be clambering up the hills and squeezing through tunnels to seek out abandoned war bunkers and our 'Forgotten Reservoir' aka Seah Im Bunker and Keppel Hill Reservoir! As you venture deeper into this historically-rich trail, you'll find yourself seeing SG in a whole new light 🌳


Discover Secret WW2 Bunkers

Love all things history? Here's an adventurous, hands-on way you can discover Singapore's past.

Here you'll get to explore the Marsiling bunkers - abandoned WWII structures leftover from when the British used to rule our land! They're super hidden so be prepared to go through dark tunnels, walk amidst the jungle vines and get a lil' muddy! Any explorer will LOVE this off-the-beaten-track experience.

Enjoy Incredibe Local Food!


Try Peranakan Food in a Local Home

In Singapore, you HAVE to try Peranakan food, unique to Singapore and Malaysia and beloved by locals. It's spicy, fresh, colourful and an incredibly tasty fusion of Malay and Chinese cuisines!

And to make this even more special, this is a home cooked private Peranakan meal prepared by expert home chef Aunty Pek. Here, herbs are plucked from the balcony garden, recipes are passed down from previous generations and you'll enjoy the warmest hospitality - like you're in your Granny's home 🏠


Have the World's First Michelin Hawker Meal

Any foodie visiting Singapore should try out Hawker Chan's soya sauce chicken at Chinatown Complex!

It's the first hawker stall in the world to be awarded a Michelin star (for a humble meal that costs less than $10!), and it remains a beloved stall that locals continue queuing up for. After lunch, you can stroll along the nearby streets to spot uncles playing Chinese chess and aunties singing karaoke - it's really a whole community!

Have the World's First Michelin Hawker Meal

Enjoy the OG of Local Brekkie

Head on down to Tiong Bahru Market for the ultimate local breakfast (that isn't kaya toast!)

Try the more unknown dishes like the chwee kueh (steamed rice cakes with preserved radish!) from Jian Bo Chwee Kueh and the silky smooth soya beancurd from Teck Seng Soya Bean Milk - they’re authentic, affordable and most importantly, yummy 👍🏻

Enjoy the OG of Local Brekkie

Go to a Local's Home for an Amazing Meal

Private dining has become ultra trendy in Singapore recently, and this is one of our favourites.

You'll kick off the experience with a foraging adventure around a local neighbourhood to learn about edible plants in Singapore. Afterwards, you'll head to a local home for an Asian seafood feast beautifully laid out on banana leaves (with the edible plants you've just seen!) It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience that may just be the highlight of your trip.


Cook Traditional Homemade Curries with a Local Aunty

If you're a fan of curry, spices and chilli, have a go at making authentic Singaporean curry from scratch! In this snug home-cooking class, learn how to cook super hearty homemade Malay dishes like spicy chicken curry 🥘 from the sweetest MakChic ('auntie' in Malay!) - the biggest advocate of cooking traditional dishes from scratch, with love!


Try Prata at Springleaf!

All foodies have to try this local supper-favourite - Springleaf Prata Place!

If you've never had prata, it's an Indian flatbread that's flakey, buttery and crispy 🤤 Springleaf's super unique with LOADS of different fusion pratas like raclette or salted egg ones! But we still love the #OG plain prata + plaster egg (sunny side up 🍳) Great for breakfast or a late night indulgence!

Try Prata at Springleaf!

Dig into the best Crabs!

There are about a bajillion seafood restaurants here in Singapore.

But if you're looking for THE go-to spot for an honest, unpretentious local seafood dinner (best crabs 🦀), head down to Hua Yu Wee! It's not only authentic in taste but in vibes too - the exterior is super rustic (housed in a colonial bungalow!) and everything inside's been left untouched since the 1950s, keeping everything super old-school! The chilli crab and pepper crab here are the best in town 🔥

Dig into the best Crabs!

Make Bubble Tea!

Singaporeans' love for bubble tea is so real that you'll spot at least 10 different cups while walking any street 🧋

Jump on board the craze by making your own bubble tea from scratch! Choose your flavours (gula melaka is a unique one!), make your own tapioca pearls and take back 2 cups of your creation. Make this for your friends back home and we're sure they'll be hooked too!


Learn to Cook from Granny in a Kampong Home

Visit this beautiful 21st-century Kampong home to really immerse yourself in the Kampong way of life!

Meet the lovely Mummy Soh and get a tour of her family-run urban farm where you'll grow your own crops and forage for fresh veggies. You'll also learn to make a homemade Peranakan feast that you'll indulge in whilst hearing amazing stories from 3 gens of Mummy Soh's family 👨‍👩‍👦


Brunch at a Quirky Cafe

Singaporeans love their brunch, and this is the ultimate cool brunch spot. Transformed from an old-school Chinese clinic into a hip French-serving cafe, My Awesome Cafe is packed with rustic, quirky energy. The brunch here is yummy and the owner is also super hospitable and makes the place feel just like home.

PS: You can still see the exterior of the old clinic with the Chinese words at the entrance, which is super cool and adds to the vintage vibes!

Brunch at a Quirky Cafe

Cook with Singapore's Masterchef!

Calling all lovers of food and cooking - learn how to cook Indonesian delights from MasterChef finalist, Noei!

From the comfort of her home, you'll learn to prepare rich and authentic Indo soul food - make spicy paste and sauces from scratch with a pestle & mortar! And while you guys indulge in your dishes, Noei will also be sharing her stories AND tips on cooking with you 👍🏻 It's really just a warm and cosy time together.


Try Next-Gen Fusion Hawker Food

At Amoy Street Food Centre, you can try exciting next-gen hawker fare - it's local Singaporean food but with a Japanese or European twist!

Some super yummy stalls include A Noodle Story (SG-style ramen with a Michelin Bib Gourmand!) and Coffee Break for super interesting coffee and toast flavours! The lines can get pretty crazy during office lunch hours but it's absolutely worth the wait and part of the experience 👍🏻

Try Next-Gen Fusion Hawker Food

Make Yummy Chinese Pastries

Get a behind-the-scenes look into one of the last few traditional Chinese pastry shops in Singapore!

Learn about the cultural significance behind these delicious pastries AND proceed to make them yourself (with the help of your master bakers!) You can then have a chill tea time with these yummy treats and some calming Chinese tea 🫖 It's great for pastry lovers looking to try something new!


Have Brunch at Dempsey!

Once an old army barracks nestled in the jungle, Dempsey is now a sprawling area full of cafes amidst the jungle. It's gorgeous, green and one of our favourite places for a chilled brunch. Try the uber-popular PS.Cafe (their desserts are HUGE), Open Farm Community (a farm-to-table cafe with a lovely garden) or modern Peranakan curries at the incredible Candlenut.

Top tip: after brunch, you must visit Tanglin Gin, Singapore's original gin distillery!

Have Brunch at Dempsey!

Go on a Watersports Adventure


Go Mangrove Kayaking

Singapore may seem like a concrete jungle on the surface, but there's SO much of the vast outdoors to explore here! Kayaking is one of our favourite ways to get close to our gorgeous nature 🚣‍♀️

The adventures are endless: look out for mysterious Lord of the Rings-looking mangrove trees, go kayak fishing, visit disappearing kelongs (local fishing farms), spot otters and so much more!

Go Mangrove Kayaking

Try Kayak Fishing.. At Night!

If you love the sea but don't want to burn up in the SG sun, try NIGHT kayak fishing!

In this one-of-a-kind activity, you'll sail the seas and fish in the tranquil night breeze. We know how hot it gets so this is truly the perfect opportunity to try out kayaking without fear of the heat! There'll also be photographers taking the best pics of you and your loved ones during this super unique activity 📸


Kayak and Lunch on a Floating Restaurant

If you're exploring Pulau Ubin, you can't miss out on their jam-packed kayak + kelong lunch experience! 🛶

Whilst sailing the island seas, take your time to explore its beautiful mangrove forest, spot wildlife (like otters and eagles!) AND have a hearty lunch with your buds - it's a full-day experience that's so much more immersive than any typical kayaking trip!


Try Out Wakeboarding!

Grab your best buds to try out wakeboarding at East Coast Park!

You'll have the best time up in the waters, basking in the adrenaline rush! The experienced riders with their fancy tricks are also super mesmerising 😂 And once you're done, you can head to the nearby seafood restaurants to satisfy your hungry tummy!

Try Out Wakeboarding!

Surf the Seas

Watersports fans are going to love this super cool alternative to surfing - eFoiling!

eFoils are battery-powered surfboards with a motor that lets you tour up to 14km - you'll feel like you're basically flying over water! Grab your fellow active buddies and have a blast trying out this new activity. PS: It's also beginner-friendly so you'll learn the ropes pretty quick! 🏄


Sail to Our Frog Island

Think you've seen all of Ubin? Here's its lesser-known sister - Frog Island (not actually an island of frogs 🤣)

You'll be kayaking around both Ubin and Frog Island where you can take in the beautiful sights AND learn about how their mangroves and fishing farms help our ecosystem. Afterwards, you'll also learn to make paracord bracelets so get your inner girl/boy scout ready!


Catch and Cook Fish in the Wild

If you're looking to take kayaking up a notch, why not catch and cook up your own fish in the wilderness of SG!

You'll first try out hand-fishing on your kayaks to reel in some fish (aka your dinner!) Your guides will then give you the whole crash course on firing up your fish like a pro 🐟🔥 - very much Cast Away vibes. As you're enjoying your fresh seafood feast during a sunset beach dinner, we guarantee it's an adventure you'll never forget.


Blast Off on a Jetblade!

If you and your buds are a bunch of adrenaline junkies - this jetblading experience is THE watersport for you.

Have a hoverboard strapped to your feet, water-propelling you more than 10m above the sea! 😱 You can also bet on some drinks - whoever goes up the lowest pays? 😉 Fair warning to only try this if you absolutely LOVE that intense heart-pumping feeling.

Blast Off on a Jetblade!

Spot Wildlife in the City


Spot Hidden Marine Life

Instead of going to the Aquarium at Sentosa, why not see marine life in the wild instead? Few people know that you can actually do a intertidal walk at Sentosa to see lots of colourful and cute little critters in their natural habitat.

Here you'll explore Singapore's very own oceanic wildlife with your passionate marine biologist guide (see things you could've never with the naked eye!) It's also great for families and to introduce the kiddos to basic marine ecology 🌊


Visit Singapore's Wildest Nature Reserve

A trip to the wild and untamed Sungei Buloh is sure to show you a different side to this squeaky clean city!

Get up close with our fascinating wild animals - crocodiles, king cobras, monitor lizards and more 🐊 🐍 You'll also see the last mangrove forests and learn just how unique they are (plus the ultra-important role they play in the conservation of nature!)


Spot Flying Lemurs

Go on a wildlife trek with a naturalist guide to spot wild colugos (flying lemurs) gliding from tree to tree, scorpions, tarantulas and so much more! Your guide is also super in tune with the forest and there to help you spot all the hidden gems. Come here to relish in nature AND pick up some knowledge on rainforest ecology - great for both adults and kids!


Spot Mangrove Fireflies!

Explore the tucked away mangrove forests at Pasir Ris and spot exciting nocturnal animals!

You'll get to witness wildlife creatures such as water snakes, tree-climbing crabs, giant mudskippers and more. But that's not it - if you see a glimpse of light in the distance, they're our hidden mangrove fireflies that are sure to add that magical touch! It's truly an enlightening, nature-packed experience for both adults and the kiddos 👍🏻


Find Nocturnal Animals in Singapore's Rainforest

Get a peek at Singapore's nocturnal creatures' nightlife in Sentosa's rainforest!

With a small torch in your hand, you'll be venturing into the dark rainforests to spot SG's wildlife with your knowledgeable guides who'll be sharing about these fascinating creatures and their way of life! So if you love immersing yourself in the wilderness, this is one very cool way to do so (minus the heat and sun too 😎)!

Explore Colourful Neighbourhoods


See the Rainbow Coloured Houses of Joo Chiat

Joo Chiat is one of our favourite local neighbourhoods that's hidden from the usual tourist trail. Here you'll find gorgeous colourful heritage shophouses (very instaworthy!), as well as quaint vintage boutiques, modern hipster cafes and more! Come here if you're looking for the hippest area in Singapore that few tourists have seen.

See the Rainbow Coloured Houses of Joo Chiat

Check Out Singapore's Hippest Hood

If you're looking to immerse yourself in extreme #hipster vibes, you've gotta head down to Tiong Bahru!

Though one of Singapore's trendiest (and most historic!) neighbourhoods, it's surprisingly laid-back. You'll find loads of cool architecture, and a cool mix of chic indie shops and old food stalls that have been there for generations. Enjoy local brekkie at Tiong Bahru market, grab coffee at Tiong Bahru Bakery 🥐, and browse Curated Records for the coolest vintage vinyls.

Check Out Singapore's Hippest Hood

Explore Hidden Spots at Holland Village

Holland Village ("Holland V" to locals!) is an enclave of outdoor bars, colonial bungalows, hipster cafes, lots of little spas and bric-a-brac shops. It's a very cool mix of East and West, and was where the Dutch lived in the colonial days!

Spice up your visit here with an outdoor escape room to explore hidden spots! By solving a trail of clues around Holland V, you'll stop by a secret coffee spot, an old-school magazine store and find hidden gems that even locals don't know about!


Explore Chinatown with a Puzzle Hunt!

Discover tucked-away areas of Chinatown through this immersive puzzle hunt, aka 'the Chinatown Murders' 😲

You'll be brought around by your guide as you begin your role-play tour, filled with fun quests and plot twists! As you're roaming the alleys, you'll also meet quirky characters who'll share interesting nuggets of history along the way. It's a great, super non-cliche way to explore Chinatown!


Check Out Hipster Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam is one super charming neighbourhood that's not only jam-packed with heaps of culture but also all things great for the #gram 📷 It's filled with campy street art on wall murals, modern-day Malay and Indonesian delights to feast on and cool rooftop bars for you to hop about! PS: For photography lovers, there's also a super vintage camera museum you can check out!

Check Out Hipster Kampong Glam

Cycle Around all the Neighbourhoods!

This is the one-stop, super chill way to check off ALL your sightseeing spots.

Pedal along the alleys and tunnels of Little India, Chinatown, CHIJMES and more - find hidden spots you'd miss if you were travelling by bus/car. Your guide is also happy to make pit stops for some history-sharing, cute photo-taking sessions or a chill snack time - making your time super comfy!


Bask in the Sights of Little India

Little India is one of the most colourful and bustling neighbourhoods in Singapore. Wander down its main street with the friendliest vendors selling flower garlands, saris, henna services and so much more. You MUST also head to Tekka Market to try their authentic Indian food and Teh Tarik (milk tea prepared by 'pulling' the milk!).

Top tip: spice up your visit to Little India with an immersive street theatre (see no. 2 above!) for a unique journey into the past.

Bask in the Sights of Little India

Enjoy Singapore Sling and More!


Make Singapore Sling with Local Gin

If you're looking to find solace in the cool indoors (we know how the weather here can get! 🌞), this is your escape.

Head over to the tucked-away Brass Lion Distillery to have a tour of their beautiful distillery, taste a bunch of unique gins aka their Singapore dry gin, and use their homebrew gin to make the iconic Singapore Sling cocktail🍹


Visit Singapore's Original Gin Distillery

For all you drink lovers, here's a spot for you to indulge in a drinking experience like never before!

At Tanglin Gin, Singapore's original gin distillery, you'll get to both try out the distillery process yourself AND have your stomach's fill of gin (brewed by their super passionate in-house brewers) amidst the atmospheric vibes of the Dempsey Hill jungles! 🥂🌳


Make Cocktails at Singapore's Top Bar!

Singapore is renowned for having some of the best cocktail bars (and mixologists) in the world! In this quirky, 1920s-themed speakeasy located at the heart of Chinatown, you'll find yourself completely immersed in the process of authentic cocktail making as well as learning from their incredibly passionate (and SG's top!) bartenders 🍸


Go Bar Hopping!

Singapore has some seriously cool bars, and some of the best mixologists in the world. If you're looking for an evening of bar-hopping at some of Singapore's best bars, try this route!

Kick off the evening at Potato Head for some sunset drinks at their rooftop bar before hitting Gibson (for OTT cocktails!), and Rebel Rebel (for organic wines in a cosy shophouse courtyard 🍷) Then, walk to Native - one of our best bars, with unique spirits collected from all over Asia! For a perfect nightcap, head to Japanese speakeasy bar Shin Gi Tai (it's bookings-only so make sure to let them know in advance!).

Go Bar Hopping!

Make Cocktails in the High Seas

Sail to Lazarus Island on a luxe yacht and make your own cocktails with your best buds 🛥🍸 Think James Bond Vesper! You'll be shaking and stirring up the yummiest drinks with your bartenders on board with you. As you guys drink and chill in the sea breeze, you'll be tipsy from both the alcohol and the vibes 😜


Craft Beer Tasting with Hawker Meal!

Craft Beer has become super popular in Singapore in recent years - with locals making their own brew and lots of cute boutique craft beer shops popping up. Here you'll have a guided craft beer tasting session within a local hawker centre. Learn about the local craft beer scene, the brewing techniques and how to pair craft beer with local hawker delights!


Enjoy a Panoramic Rooftop View at Lantern Bar

If you want a great place for a panoramic view of Singapore's skyline, head to Lantern Bar. It's not cheap, but it has a killer view. Here, MBS, the Singapore flyer, Gardens by the Bay and the lotus-shaped Art Science museum are all within selfie-taking distance! It's pretty special to come here just at the cusp of sunset and watch the skyline go from day to night.

Enjoy a Panoramic Rooftop View at Lantern Bar

Go Island Hopping


Sail Away to the Southern Islands

Everyone thinks of Singapore as this chic concrete jungle but we actually house over 64 different tropical islands!

If you want to getaway to nature and see a different side of Singapore, hop on a private yacht 🛥️ and sail to the Southern and Hantu Islands. Bask in the sunset against the city skyline, enjoy water activities and enjoy BBQ + drinks! It's one of the most popular local activities on weekends!

Sail Away to the Southern Islands

Wine and Dine on a Yacht

If you're looking for THE romantic date spot (that isn't MBS), try this private yacht's wine & dine experience 🛥️🍽️

Cruise off to Lazarus Island to both bask in our beautiful sea views AND have a delicious meal by the river bank 😍 If you're feeling adventurous, you can also learn to fish from your guide onboard - any fish you catch will be cooked right up for you! It'll definitely go down as the most unique date night ever.


Sail on an Iconic Junk Boat

Go on an iconic old-school private Junk Boat to get the coolest experience on the seas! First set off from Keppel Bay before docking at either St. John or Lazarus Island - where you'll start explorin' on your own stand-up paddle board! You'll not only spot gorgeous secluded beaches but also catch the sunset 🌅 You'll also be able to do stand up paddleboarding lessons with experienced instructors - so it's perfect if you love water activities!


Catch Fish and BBQ on a Yacht

If you love spending time on the waters, here's one unique yacht experience for you - learn how to fish on board! 🛥🎣

Docked at Lazarus Island, simply chill in the sea breeze as you wait to reel in your catches of the day (with help from your experienced fishing guides!) Best part: you'll get to BBQ your caught fish and have a seafood feast! It's great for both families or just a bunch of buds looking to have a fun day out in the waters.


Cruise and Swim the Waters

This river safari experience is by far the most jam-packed way to really explore all of Singapore's waters!

Spot our hidden mangroves and enjoy a cruise around Labrador Park, Fort Siloso and Sentosa Beach on a fun RBB! But that's not it - you'll also get to jump into the sea and swim amidst the gorgeous views. It's really filled with so much adventure so if you're into all things wild and exciting, you MUST try this 🤩


Go on a River Safari to Hidden Islands

This trip down to Seletar Island (on a Rigid Buoyancy Boat, aka RBB!) is perfect for anyone who loves to enjoy the true nature vibes.

Visit one of the largest floating solar farms, bask in the beauty of the mangroves and catch glimpses of our wildlife! BUT it's not all sightseeing - it's also extra fun with the ride's fast speeds and wave jumps, sure to give you that adrenaline rush 😱

Visit an Urban Farm


The coolest rooftop farm in Singapore

Singapore's a garden city that is getting ever greener! Lots of urban farms are popping up as Singapore tries to produce as much of its food as possible.

This whimsical rooftop farm is one of the coolest urban farms we've seen in Singapore - it houses rescued bees, and you can do an organic farming class with a honey tasting session here! Just when you think it's over, there's also a lovely sunset view for you to end your bee-sy day with.


Visit Singapore's Only Goat Farm

For a rural getaway, head over to Hay Dairies - Singapore's one and only goat farm that houses over 800 goats! 🐏

You'll get to see how their experienced farmers milk the goats as well as pet and feed them on your own - brace yourselves as the adorable baby goats RUSH over 🤣 End the day by tasting their yummy goat milk and ice cream! It's a really cool and unique experience the whole family will enjoy.

Visit Singapore's Only Goat Farm

Visit the Sustainable Farm of the Future

If you're looking for a farm experience in Singapore like no other, head down to our first-ever INSECT farm 🐜

Here you'll get to see a bunch of different insects - with the main star being the black soldier flies! Accompanied by their passionate young founder, you'll learn how these amazing flies help out with our food waste problems. Bring the kiddos to witness this never-seen-before but super admirable trade 👍🏻


Check Out a Veggie Farm

Visit Bollywood Veggies to see a lovely lush local vegetable farm, a favourite family hangout on weekends.

This is a great day out with kids, as kids can learn all about locally grown vegetables here (the vegetable garden has lots of cute educational placards!). You must also head to their bistro for yummy food cooked with their fresh produce (the nasi lemak with blue butterfly pea flower rice, and chicken curry are yummy!). Come early on weekends as it does get packed at mealtimes!

Check Out a Veggie Farm

Art and Leisure


Vandalise Freely!

While actual public space graffiti remains a no-no in Singapore, there IS a tucked-away hideout (located in a super cool warehouse location!) for you to blow off some steam by vandalising as you'd wish. There's no need to be an expert - just head on down and have a fun lil' artsy session! And don’t worry, it’s all legal here to enjoy with the fam or your buds 😉


Craft Your Own 'Orchid' Scented Perfume!

Get yourself a custom-crafted scent made in a very #local way, with a focus on our national flower - the Orchid! At this boutique perfumery in Sentosa, you'll not only get to discover Singapore's unique floral scents, craft your one-of-a-kind scent with a local twist, but you'll also get to try out their augmented reality scent experience! 🌺


Visit the Iconic National Gallery

For all you artsy folks - a visit to our National Gallery museum is one you can't miss out on 🏛️🖼

Here you'll find lots of unique artworks from our local (and other SEA!) artists. Really take your time to admire them and read about their stories - you'll find traces of Singapore's history all around. Afterwards, you can head to the nearby Smokes & Mirrors bar for some drinks and a great view!

Visit the Iconic National Gallery

Head to the Beautiful CHIJMES (in Crazy Rich Asians!)

CHIJMES is a beautifully restored convent (from 160 years ago), which is now an alcove of alfresco bars and restaurants. It can be a bit touristy, but it is a beautiful place for a quick visit. There are a few excellent restaurants here as well if you want a longer stay. Fun fact: it was also featured in the Crazy Rich Asians movie! 🤩

Head to the Beautiful CHIJMES (in Crazy Rich Asians!)

Make the Cutest Clay Dish

Singapore's home to loads of cool creative workshops to get your hands dirty and have tons of fun!

So if you're looking for just that - try out this pottery workshop. Bring the kids to spend a chill afternoon in a lovely studio painting, sculpting and firing up your own little clay dish 😌 When you bring this cute lil' souvenoir home, you can use it as a plate or a tray for jewellery - anything really!


Go Malling - the Fave Local Past-time!

We hear you - you're not in Singapore to spend your afternoon in a mall! But this isn't any usual mall - it's a mall with a rooftop edible garden, an indie local theatre, bike trail through the mall and an enormous climbing wall that spans the height of the mall! So if you're looking to see where the hip locals hang out on weekends, this is a good spot to people watch!

Go Malling - the Fave Local Past-time!

Learn Leather Crafting from a Master Artisan

Most people don't know this but Singapore is actually home to a burgeoning leather making industry - with crocodile farms, and up-and-coming young leather artisans.

Head to this leather making workshop to craft your own luggage tag (you can also make bags, card holders etc!). Here you'll learn the art of leather crafting from a local leather artisan, and work a #vintage 1930s hot-stamping Kingsley machine.


Catch a Local Production!

Singapore's local theatre scene 🎭 has become increasingly dynamic in recent years, and we love supporting local production houses that are putting their heart and soul into bringing the uniquely Singaporean experience alive.

Wild Rice is one of the local houses that are doing really interesting work these days. At their theatre at Funan, you can watch local plays that are not only entertaining but SO full of thought and passion. We love the energy, the community and all that heart and soul 👏🏻

Catch a Local Production!

Paint the Past!

In this unique art jam session, you'll first go on a guided photography walk around Raffles Place to take pics of anything you feel inspired by! Be it the beautiful Singapore River or our local ice-cream uncles - there are so many little scattered gems. You'll then head to a lovely cafe to bring your pics to life on a canvas! Great for both photography lovers and artsy folks 📸🎨


Visit a Retro Movie Theatre

The Projector is a super retro indie movie theatre, and one of our favourite hangouts in Singapore. It's a local homegrown theatre that chooses the coolest locations for their movies - a derelict rooftop carpark that they furnished into a really cool hangout spot, and a ex-silent disco venue! Here, they screen primarily excellent indie art house movies, with the occasional blockbuster. With vintage nick nacks, colourful wall art and quirky commercials - it's brimming over with charm!

Visit a Retro Movie Theatre

Make Pretty Boho Jewellery

Love pairing your holiday fits with pretty jewellery? Why not make your own!

Here at this woodworking shop, you'll be working with traditional hand tools to turn planks of wood into your own accessories! It's a lot more therapeutic than it sounds 😂 You can make either earrings or a necklace - it's super #boho-style and a perfect match with any beachy resort look!


Find All You Need at Mustafa!

Looking for a shopping experience that isn't Orchard? Here's a super cool alternative for you!

Head to Mustafa Centre (in Little India!) to find absolutely everything you need, and we mean everything 😱 There's homeware, IT gadgets, jewellery and the list goes on - they've also got more traditional stuff like saris and lots of herbs and spices. Great for window shopping too because there's just SO much to see.

Find All You Need at Mustafa!

Recharge with Wellness


Get Zen with Forest Bathing

If you're looking to recharge on your holiday, try Forest bathing. Forest Bathing is a guided Japanese meditative technique in nature that has been shown to lower stress levels and increase focus. Perfect for those who are looking to relax, and re-engage with nature. It's not your usual nature hike but it's great for anyone in need of unwinding or just down to try out something new!


Floating Yoga with Gorgeous MBS Skyline

If you want to try something new, and super IG worthy, this floating yoga experience is it! It takes place on a rooftop pool - with a gorgeous backdrop of the MBS skyline! While yoga-on-water is new to many, there's NO need to be a pro - simply take it easy and have fun! After all, falling into the water just means more time to admire the view 😂🌇


Immerse in a Sound Bath

Give yourself that mid-travel-refresher at this sound healing mediation class!

While we love the bustle of our lil' city, we could all use a day of true relaxation. Head over to try this Tibetan Singing Bowl therapy 🥣 - a sound bath experience that helps your body release stress! Simply close your eyes and immerse yourself in the gentle sound waves.


Try a Tarot Reading + Yoga Class!

Here's a chill but enlightening activity to try out with your friends - a tarot reading + yoga session 🔮🧘🏻‍♀️

Tarot reading is a super spiritual concept that really helps you connect with your inner-self better! Here you'll be getting your own tarot reading and joining a snug yoga class (healing both the mind and body!) It's a great way to unwind and really connect with your buds 👍🏻


Try a Traditional Chinese Massage!

If you're looking to clock in a good massage here, we've got the REAL stuff for you at NatureLand.

Unlike Thai or Javanese massages, NatureLand offers something super special and uniquely Chinese - 'tui na' which means pinch and pull! As the name suggests, there IS meant to be pain involved but it's a cool experience to at least try once! Just maybe not for the faint-hearted folks 🙅🏻‍♀️🤣

Try a Traditional Chinese Massage!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Singapore Best Known For?
Singapore is best known for being a densely populated financial centre, with a world class airport, and lots of trees! Thanks to Sir David Attenborough, Singapore has more recently become known for its otters and other wildlife that co-exist with people in the city. Singapore has also been glamorised in Crazy Rich Asians as a glitzy playground for the rich, and is also known for its UNESCO hawker food and iconic Gardens by the Bay/Marina Bay Sands skyline view.
How Can I Have Fun In Singapore?
There are SO many fun things to do in Singapore! It wasn't the case even five or ten years ago, so even locals sometimes fall into the trap of thinking Singapore is boring. But that couldn't be further from the truth. If you love museums, Singapore has some word-class museums like the gorgeous National Gallery, the amazing National Museum and Art-Science Museum. If you love the outdoors, Singapore is pretty much connected end-to-end by park connectors so you can do an urban hike along the Southern Ridges, hike the water pipes from Mandai to Dairy Farm or even do a off-the-beaten-path hike to the enormous abandoned Marsiling WW2 Bunkers. If you love shopping, Singapore has boutique and high-end stores, as well as thrift markets. And if you love food, Singapore is a paradise of super cheap & yummy street-food, to Michelin Star restaurants, to amazing private dining.
What Is Singapore Known For Tourism?
Touristy things to do in Singapore are: the Singapore Zoo, Botanic Gardens (UNESCO), Universal Studios Singapore, Jewel Changi Airport, Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. We would also highly recommend Pulau Ubin (for hiking and kayaking - to see Singapore as it was as a sleepy fishing village), wandering the colourful streets of Chinatown/Little India/Kampong Glam, and having brekkie at Tiong Bahru Market!
What are the off-the-beaten-path places to visit in Singapore?
We're glad you asked - this is close to our hearts at Seek Sophie! For outdoors/nature, we would highly recommend kayaking and hiking in sleepy Pulau Ubin (or cycling around Coney Island if you can't spare half a day), doing an intertidal walk to see Singapore's hidden marine life, and going to Sungei Buloh nature reserve with a naturalist to see crocodiles, monitor lizards and birdlife. If you're super adventurous, we would recommend the Marsiling Bunker trek to see enormous abandoned WW2 bunkers, and Fort Serapong in Sentosa. If you want something chilled in nature, do an island hopping yacht trip so see lesser-known islands around Singapore! Singapore also has a ton of heart beneath its gleaming skyscrapers, and we would recommend going on a walking tour with triad members to understand some little known history of Singapore. Finally, for foodie adventures, we would highly recommend going for private dining (peek into a local's home with yummy food!), prata breakfast/supper at Springleaf Prata (coupled with a hike at railway corridor!), and enjoying Peranakan food that's unique to Singapore/Malaysia.

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