Singapore has a reputation, perpetuated by news media outlets, for being one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. But what if we told you it’s still possible to get a free lunch in this country? All you need to do is know where to look. Lucky for you, we’ve done the heavy lifting, and sussed out the best places for freebies galore. Here are five things you can do in Singapore for free, curated by PARKROYAL Picks, your personal travel insider.
Usually, a ticket to the Singapore Art Museum costs S$10 per person. But on Friday nights, from 6pm to 9pm, everyone (both residents and travellers) gets to enjoy free admission! Round your friends up for some culture-infused TGIF fun, and perhaps learn a thing or two about art appreciation at Singapore’s first art museum.
There’s nothing like watching a beautifully crafted film on a massive screen that allows you to admire every detail of the picture. Rejoice, all you cinephiles! MovieMob, a Singapore-based outdoor cinema company, hosts free film screenings under the stars every fortnight. Every so often, they would organise old-school drive-in events as well. And unlike a traditional movie theatre, there’s no box office, and you don’t have to pay a single cent.
You don’t need to part with your wallet to get involved with a bit of philanthropy. Willing Hearts is a great place to start. A soup kitchen run almost entirely by volunteers, it feeds more than 5,000 hungry mouths every day. Once you’ve experienced what it’s like to dedicate your day to brighten someone else’s without expecting anything in return, you’ll walk away knowing what it truly means to say, “the best things in life are free”.
While you’re wrestling with a tight budget, these uniformed folks are wrestling with flames. If you’ve never seen the inside of a functioning fire station, here’s something new to try. Embark on a family outing unlike any other to a local fire station for a free hour-long tour of the site. Available at 14 branches around the island, the open house tour takes place every Saturday from 9am to 11am.
Here’s something a lot of people – even the local citizens – don’t know about. There’s a flea market in Singapore, where no money is exchanged. Visitors simply see what they like, grab them and go. Held once every two months, you’ll find anything and everything there – books, clothes, toys, appliances, compost, even a roadside spa service. If you feel too guilty to take anything for free, you can drop off a few things of your own at the market too.