When you have 48 hours in Singapore or a A Weekend in Singapore whether it be a layover or just a short holiday, you will definitely need that time to see all highlights. Nicknamed ‘The Lion City’, Singapore has transformed itself from fishing town to one of the largest financial hubs in Asia. Yet Singapore still boasts great Asian food, a rich cultural heritage and quaint markets. The city, however, is ever-growing; cranes are visible all over its skyline. This is a city of contrast.
Day 1 in Singapore
The Singapore Flyer
Get a sense of the size and look of the city on the highest observation wheel in the world. The Singapore Flyer offers a view of the city centre, but also beyond to the Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay Sands. If you are lucky and it is a clear day, you may even be able to see Malaysia and Indonesia. Next, head to Marina Bay Sands, a Singapore icon consisting of three towers. The world’s largest infinity pool links the tops of the three buildings. In the shopping mall next to the harbour, you can have lunch in restaurants owned by celebrity chefs.
Head towards Gillman Barracks in the afternoon, a formerly military estate that now houses thirteen art galleries.
After your museum visit, walk towards the Henderson Waves pedestrian bridge and go for a walk at the Southern Ridges. This trail is nine kilometres long and runs between the green parks of southern Singapore.
Eat Singaporean Chili Crab
In the evening, you should go out and experience Singapore’s fine dining. Several world-class restaurants can be found in the city. Make sure you try Singaporean Chili Crab. Afterwards you can either opt to go partying in a rooftop bar or go for a stroll around Marina Bay or Esplanade, the performing arts centre of Singapore.
Day 2 in Singapore
Get a Map and Walk
In the morning on day two of your 48 hours in Singapore, you should pick up a city map and go explore the rich heritage of the city. Make sure to see Raffles’ Landing Site, the historic Fullerton Hotel, Boat Quay, St Andrew’s Cathedral and the Supreme Court.
Peranakan Museum to Little India
You may want to spend some time in the Peranakan Museum to learn more about the early Straits Chinese settlers. Continue along North Bridge Road to the Arab Quarter and Haji Lane, with all its shops. Make your way to Little India, where you will have lunch.
Asian Civilisations Museum
Take a cab to Empress Place for a visit to the Asian Civilisations Museum. The museum has displays on Singapore’s history and diverse cultures.
If you have some time left, you could take a bus to Chinatown and visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. Go for a walk around and enjoy the typical atmosphere.
Dine in Singapore
Go for dinner at Jumbo Seafood and indulge in the traditional dish of Singapore: chili crab. You eat with your hands and things can get messy, so make sure not to wear your best clothes. You may want to change into some clean clothes afterwards, if you want to spend the last hours of your A Weekend in Singapore having a couple of drinks in one of Singapore’s ‘hidden bars’.