International travel is finally back on the table, and our wanderlust hearts couldn’t be more full. We’re so ready for all of these feels; the excitement of trip planning, anticipation of flying, and the thrill of landing in a new place.
At the top of our wander-list? Singapore, obviously. We might be slightly biased, given we’ve just launched Urban List Singapore, but this electric city ticks all the travel boxes. Buzzing nightlife, ‘Gram-worthy greenery and cultural highlights—we’ll see you on the first flight there, thanks to Singapore Airlines.
While these guys have been keeping Australia connected with Singapore throughout the last two years, they’re pretty pumped to welcome back holidaymakers. Dial-up those vacation plans—here’s five things you need to do in Singapore.
Now that Singapore adventures are finally back on the agenda—be sure to travel with Singapore Airlines to kickstart the good times the second you board your flight. From their dedicated, personalised service and binge-worthy entertainment to delicious bites—you can book confidently knowing you'll be well taken care of, safely arriving fresh and ready to max out your holiday.
Sample Tastes And Sips
For its modest square footage, Singapore boasts one of the top foodie scenes in Southeast Asia. From moreish street eats to Michelin-star dining, there’s a dish for every budget. When it comes to hawker-style markets, make tracks to Maxwell Food Centre and sample bank-friendly bites from more than 100 stalls. We have it on good authority that the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell is one of the best around town.
And let’s not forget the bar scene—whether it’s creative cocktails or craft brews, Singapore knows how to deliver a killer sip. We’ll catch you nursing a tipple stacked with local ingredients at Native or soaking in the sparkling views from Lantern Bar’s rooftop. In fact, Singapore watering holes regularly top the World’s 50 Best Bars list, so you’re in good hands.
Soak Up History And Culture
Singapore’s immaculate streets are just brimming with stories and culture, ready to satisfy any history buff’s travel agenda. Whether you’re into immersive art experiences, regal temples or colour-clad architecture, you’ll find it here.
For a taste of the pastel life, plug Joo Chiat and Katong into Google Maps. This ’hood is all about Peranakan culture, slinging artisanal goods from the dreamy colourful facades. Meanwhile, both the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple are ways to connect with some of Singapore’s many cultural influences. As for traditional museum and gallery vibes, check out the National Museum of Singapore and the National Gallery.
Immerse Yourself In Nature
Singapore has been touted as the ‘Garden City,’ and let’s just say it does not disappoint. From the second you enter Jewel at Changi Airport, it’s clear this city cares about greenery. Here you’ll find the immersive Canopy Park and Shiseido Forest Valley—a nature playground connected by a free-falling rain installation and abundant vegetation.
It goes without saying that the largest glass greenhouse in the world should be on your bucket list. Gardens by the Bay is the stuff of plant-lovers dreams—boasting a Cloud Forest, a 35 metre-tall indoor waterfall, floral havens and even a treetop walk. This botanical wonderland will dazzle each of your senses, from whimsical suspended flower bouquets through to a 16-storey observatory deck.
Opt For A Wellness Weekend
Gone are the days of non-stop touristing—travel is now about filling our cup with a spot of wellness. Lucky for us, Singapore is loaded with places to indulge in some you-time. For the classic treat-yourself moment, book a session at one of the many spas; Aramsa Garden Spa, Remède Spa at The St Regis or the deluxe Auriga Spa. From astrological-inspired treatments to full-body pampering, you’re spoiled for choice.
Keen for a different take on wellness? Try your hand at some salt-based therapies. Head to Pablo Blau, where the rooms are inspired by Europe’s salt caves and the walls are entirely clad in salt crystals. Meanwhile, Singapore’s only float club, Palm Avenue, allows you to soak your worries away with sensory deprivation in an Epsom salt bath.
Fill Your Suitcase With Shopping
Categorically, one of the best things about travelling is the post-holiday haul. Singapore serves up world-class shopping in spades, with plenty of homegrown boutiques to drop your dollars at. Jewel Changi Airport is the place to start—here, you’ll find local names such as Naiise Iconic and Supermama.
Things heat up for fashion-lovers at Orchard Road—offering a humble 5,000 stores, boutiques, eateries and bars to explore. Make your way to ION Orchard for a taste of everything luxury—we’re talking Dior through to Dolce. On the flip side, drop in at Design Orchard, where you’ll uncover wares from the most creative minds around town.
Keen to get back to travelling the globe? Same here. Send Singapore to the top of your bucket list. Rich with incredible cuisine and culture, it’s the perfect destination for a short or extended vacay. Check out Singapore Airlines flight deals here, book confidently, travel safely and arrve there in style.
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Image credit: Native Bar via Instagram, Lantern Fullteron Bay via Instagram, @adventurefaktory via St Regis Singapore on Instagram, Ion Orchard via Instagram, supplied