Top Places in Singapore That Feels Like You’re Overseas
Longing for an overseas vacation far away from home while you are doing a staycation in Singapore? Well, you have come to the right place!
While Singapore is a tiny country (20th smallest globally), it still has plenty of hidden gems — hidden pockets of nature and culture which resemble overseas destinations.
These off-the-beaten-track places of interest are ideal for a Singapore local getaway, and provide hours of momentary escape from the hustle and bustle of life in the Lion City.
The teams at our Pan Pacific, PARKROYAL COLLECTION and PARKROYAL hotels and serviced suites have curated a list of Singapore local places of interest and dining establishments that may fool you into thinking that you are overseas. Put on your hiking shoes, and get ready to explore the “international” side of Singapore!
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Chill out on a “Mediterranean” Waterfront
|Address||31 Ocean Way, 098375|
||+65 6887 3502
||10am to 10pm daily|
Stroll along the boardwalk, admire the yachts under the twilight sky, and have a meal al fresco style.
Be transported to a seafarer’s paradise at the Quayside Isle. The maritime scene is especially enchanting at night, with luxury yachts and speedboats gently bobbing up and down against the twinkling night sky. Taking a stroll here magically transports you to Sydney Harbour.
Cap your night with a meal at one of the many restaurants dotting this stretch. Choose from Spanish, Italian or Greek cuisine to complete the Mediterranean experience which this waterfront destination offers.
Giddy-up and Gallop in an “European Countryside”
Bukit Timah Saddle Club
|Address||51 Fairways Drive, off Eng Neo Avenue, Singapore 286965|
||+65 6466 2264
||7am to 11am and 3:30pm to 7pm (Tuesday to Sunday), Closed on Monday|
Wish to ride a horse on a lush, idyllic field without needing to maneuver around vehicles, bicycles or pedestrians? Yes, you can! Enjoy both a countryside atmosphere and equestrian encounter at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club.
Home to more than 40 trained horses and ponies, the sprawling estate of the club features stables, riding arenas, trail rides and grass paddocks. Here, it is easy to imagine that you are strolling in the European countryside while taking your horse out for a ride on a hot summer day.
Done riding? Settle down for a meal (and a beer) at the Riders Cafe, while you continue to soak in the greenery on display.
Enjoy an “Australian” Farm Dining Experience
Open Farm Community
|Address||130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819|
||+65 6471 0306
||12pm to 2:30pm (lunch from Monday to Friday), 6pm to 9pm (dinner from Monday to Friday); 11am to 3:30pm (lunch on Saturday and Sunday), 6pm to 9pm (dinner on Saturday and Sunday)|
If you enjoy basking in rustic nature, you will love dining in this facility. Hidden from the city, this tiny urban garden known as the Open Farm Community lets you dine in a charming bohemian greenhouse-style restaurant surrounded by lush foliage. Do not be surprised if you momentarily feel that you are teleported to a farmhouse in Perth.
Outside the restaurant, an edible garden, alfresco dining area, play area and retail shop provide the perfect setting for a relaxing ‘rural’ afternoon. With a farm-to-table concept, ingredients for the restaurant’s dishes are freshly harvested from their garden or sourced from local community farms. Must-try dishes here are the Sweet Potato Tortellini and the local Prawn Laksa Pappardelle.
Immerse in an Onsen at an Authentic “Japanese” Spa
|Address||787 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269762|
||+65 6469 8080
||1:30pm to 10:30pm|
Escape to ‘Hakone, Japan’ for some much-needed zen time at the Ikeda Spa — an authentic Japanese spa experience which transports you to the Land of the Rising Sun.
With warm tatami rooms, wooden floors, and traditional Japanese decoration, it isn’t hard to think that you are in a tranquil Hot Spring retreat in Hakone close to Mount Fuji. The spa offers onsen baths and relaxation massages along with other traditional Japanese therapeutic services.
Savour a Meal in a “Parisian” Cafe
|Address||56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68, Singapore 160056|
||+65 6224 0113
||8am to 10:30pm|
Picture yourself in a Parisian cafe, sipping on a cup of freshly-brewed espresso coffee, while admiring French-inspired wall decor. That’s the feeling which you will get here. Tucked in a quiet corner of the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood, Merci Marcel is a Paris-influenced cafe by day and a restaurant and wine bar by night. You can also visit Merci Marcel at their 2 other outlets, Merci Marcel Orchard and Merci Marcel Club Street.
With a touch of whimsy and a dash of romance, Merci Marcel easily transports you to Paris with its alfresco seating spaces surrounded by shrubbery and natural light. When you are here, do not miss out on ordering the cheese platter to complete your French flair. Bon appetit!
Get a Taste of “New York” Showbiz
|Address||1 Magazine Rd, #01-01 Central Mall, Singapore 059567|
||+65 9025 2524
||11am to 11pm|
Step right into the excitement of the Big Apple when you enter Central Perk Cafe, the favourite ‘hangout’ of TV’s most beloved group of friends—Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross.
Make a date with Central Perk Cafe if you adore the TV series F.R.I.E.N.D.S (you can still enjoy the experience even if you’re not a fan). Closely modelled after the cafe that the group frequents in each episode of the hit comedy series, you can find the iconic orange couch that the sextet sits on, as well as a replica of Joey’s living room designed to resemble the one in the series.
When you are here, order a cup of coffee served in the iconic gigantic cup—just like the beloved friends do each week in the series!
Gaze on Picturesque “Guilin” in China
|Address||Bukit Batok East Ave 5, Singapore 650242|
Ponder over the meaning of life in this “mini” version of a famed China attraction at the Western side of Singapore. Tranquil and evocative, Little Guilin features a rock cliff overlooking a serene lake and is the perfect sanctuary for those looking for a rustic respite from the city. The park is so named as it strongly resembles the picturesque granite rock formations in Guilin, China.
Little Guilin is located within Bukit Batok Park—a sprawling haven of green spanning 42 hectares created from an old granite quarry. Over time, rainwater collected in the depression, transforming the quarry into a lake worthy of contemplation and reflection.
Appreciate Avant Garde Art in “Europe”
|Address||9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108937|
||11am to 11pm|
Miss visiting the art museums in Europe? Get your fill of contemporary European art without travelling beyond Singapore’s borders at Gillman Barracks. A contemporary art space waiting to be discovered, the former military barracks is now home to 17 international art galleries. Replete with colonial era brick walls, the galleries here are styled after the artist villages in European cities.
A hidden sanctuary for art collectors and art lovers alike, the galleries here showcase a wide range of contemporary artworks—from abstract to photography, installations to paintings.
Feeling peckish after an afternoon of art appreciation? Fill your tummy at The Naked Finn, an acclaimed seafood grill. Their specialties include Pan-fried Local Barramundi, Mozambique Lobster Risotto and Secreto Iberico Pork.
Enjoy a Staycation that Breaks From Your Local Routine
Take a welcome break from your hectic schedule with a well-deserved staycation. Stay at any of our Singapore properties, such as Pan Pacific Singapore, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore, PARKROYAL on Beach Road, Singapore, PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, Singapore, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road and PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Singapore. Your home-away-from-home, our hotel rooms and serviced apartments are perfect launchpads for your exploration of Singapore’s feel-like-you’re-overseas attractions!