Fort Canning Park
One of Singapore’s most iconic historical landmarks, Fort Canning Park is home to numerous architecture and restored military artefacts with an archaeological excavation site. Guided tours bring guests on an exploration of famous monuments including Fort Canning Bunker, Fort Gate and the Underground Command Centre which was the largest military operations complex located nine metres underground.
Clarke Quay and Boat Quay
Be in the heartbeat of Singapore’s night life with a wide range of dining and drinks options at Clarke Quay and Boat Quay. Party revellers will be assured of an exciting night with the selection of establishments featuring different genres of music. Guests who prefer to enjoy a leisurely drink with live music can visit the likes of eM by the River, The Pump Room or Le Noir.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Be enchanted by more than 1,000 species of herbs, flora and fauna at Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site – Singapore Botanic Gardens. Catch live performances by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and local school orchestras at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage. Singapore Botanic Gardens is the ideal location for families to spend an idyllic afternoon under the sun with regular recreational activities including balloon sculpting and face painting. Besides the casual setting, Singapore Botanic Gardens also provides fine dining options with Casa Verde by the renowned Les Amis Group and Halia Restaurant.
Embark on the Chinatown trail to explore the various prominent landmarks including Chinatown Heritage Centre, Sri Mariamman Temple and the pedestrian mall of Trengganu Street. Feast on local hawker delights at the Chinatown Food Street or visit Maxwell Road Food Centre which is famous for its Tian Tian Chicken Rice. Upscale dining and recreational shopping options are available just a few minutes’ walk away at Chinatown Point and Chinatown Square Mall. The trail ends with a stretch of elegantly restored shophouses on Ann Siang Hill with chic boutiques, mid-scale to upscale wine bars, cafes and restaurants.
Kampong Glam used to be home to Malay royalty and Arab merchants. The Istana Kampong Glam Palace and Sultan Mosque are the iconic landmarks with Bugis Street Market as a shopping highlight in the district. Gazetted as a conservation area, most of the restored architecture is now home to an eclectic mix of old tailor shops selling traditional Malay costumes and new boutiques, craft shops, hawker-styled eateries and chic cafes.
Be greeted by the bustling crowds, the honks of cars and bicycles, and aroma of a medley of spices at Little India. Cutting through alleys and back lanes, be sure to look out for stalls selling Ayurvedic massage oils, gold, incense and fabrics in a variety of textures. Spicy Indian fare are available at Tekka Market and Food Centre or restaurants like Muthu’s Curry offering local favourites such as Roti Prata (dough flat bread) and fish head curry. The visit to Little India will not be complete without a shopping spree at Mustafa Centre at the corner of Serangoon road where one can find value-for-money deals.