3-days itinerary: A first-time visit to Singapore

3-days itinerary: A first-time visit to Singapore

Jan 31, 2023 2:38 AM
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Day 1: Marina Bay

Located in central Singapore, the Marina Bay area is where most of the iconic attractions are located, all within walking distance to each other!

📍 Should go: Merlion Park

One of the most famous depictions of this iconic symbol is the statue found at Merlion Park — a scenic spot located at One Fullerton, Singapore, near the Central Business District.

Recommended time spent: 15 to 30 minutes

Recommended things to do: Take photos with the iconic Merlion and city skylines, take a stroll along the Singapore river



📍 Can go: National Gallery

National Gallery Singapore is a leading visual arts institution which oversees the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern art.

Tickets are priced at $20 for General Admissions, and $25 for the special exhibitions. You can get an all access pass at $30.

Find out more about the ongoing exhibitions here.

Recommended time spent: 1 hour

Opening hours: Daily, from 10am to 7pm


🍽️ Art Di Daniele Sperindio

After you are done with the exhibits, have lunch at the Michelin-starred neo-Italian rooftop restaurant and bar at National Gallery Singapore with panoramic views of the Marina Bay.

You will have an option of the full seven-course tasting menu at $298++ per person, or for a lighter lunch experience with three ($158++), four ($188++), or five ($288++) courses.

Note that their lunch hours are from 12pm to 2pm, so you might want to time your visit accordingly.

Walk from National Gallery to Suntec City Estimated travel time: 12 minutes Alternative modes of travel: 12 minutes by bus

📍 Can go: Suntec City

Suntec City is making its way to becoming one of Singapore’s most exciting retail destinations, offering diverse shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences in one location. In case Art Di Daniele Sperindio is not for you, Suntec City also has loads of food options that you may choose from. You can also grab a light dessert as you explore the area.


🍽️ WHITE Restaurant

If you are looking for something local, be sure to check out the WHITE restaurant. The WHITE Restaurant started off as a shop in Sembawang, and was commonly known by locals as the ‘Sembawang White Bee Hoon’. In recent years, it has expanded and moved into neighbourhoods across the island, making it a lot more accessible for Singaporeans. Be sure to try out their signature white bee hoon and mee goreng!

🍽️ Song Fa Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh is one of the must-eat dishes when you are in Singapore! The essence of the dish lies in the peppery soup more so than the pork ribs- and one bowl of the soup is definitely not going to be enough. Not to worry, each order of the Bak Kut Teh dish comes with unlimited refill of the soup. It is recommended to also order the fried dough fritters (you tiao) to go along with the soup!

🥛Mr. Coconut

If you are just looking for a dessert or a drink, you might want to check out Mr. Coconut — a brand that has been super popular with the locals in recent years. With a variety of crafted coconut drinks filled with coconut flesh, the coconut shakes are definitely a good choice for something refreshing in sunny Singapore.


🛍️ If you are into anime and collectibles, you might want to check out Otaku House and La Tendo. Of the two, La Tend has a larger range of collectibles and merchandise.

🛍️ If you are looking for groceries and snacks, you could head over to Giant for more local products, or Don Don Donki for products from Japan.

Recommended things to do: Walk around the Fountain of Wealth, Have Lunch, Shop, Arcade

Recommended time spent: 1.5 hours (including lunch time)


📍 Can go: Duck Tours

If time permits, you might want to hop onto a Duck Tour from Suntec City. Ride on the amphibious craft and cruise along key sites through the Civic District. The hour-long tour will give you a great introduction and overview of the Marina Bay region.

Time spent: 1 hour

Operating hours: hourly departures from 10:00 to 18:00

Walk from Suntec City to Singapore Flyer Estimated travel time: 10 minutes Alternative modes of travel: 10 minutes by bus

📍 Can go: Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer is an observation wheel at the Downtown Core district of Singapore. One round on the Singapore Flyer takes about 30 minutes, and there are packages that you can choose from to enhance your overall Singapore Flyer experience.

Recommended Time Spent: 30 minutes - 90 minutes

 Walk from Singapore Flyer to ArtScience Museum Estimated travel time: 10 minutes

📍Should go: ArtScience Museum

Seen that lotus-looking building in Singapore before? That’s Singapore’s ArtScience museum, where art, science, culture and technology come together. The exhibits at the ArtScience museum is usually fairly interesting, and definitely worth checking out!

Do keep a look out for the latest exhibits on their official website.

Opening Hours: 10am - 7pm, last entry at 6pm

Recommended time spent: 1 hour

 Walk from ArtScience Museum to Gardens by the Bay Estimated travel time: 4 minutes

📍Should go: Gardens by the Bay

Cross the Helix bridge to get from the Singapore Flyer to the Gardens by the Bay. The Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares in the Central Region of Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. It’s a great break from all the concrete in the area. The displays at the Gardens are regularly refreshed, and you may want to check out their calendar of events before planning your visit!

There is also a daily light show at 7.45pm and 8.45pm at the Supertree. You may want to time your visit to catch the light up of the supertrees in the garden.

Opening Hours: Take note that the opening hours for each of the gardens may differ, so do check them out before going!

Tips: Some of the exhibits close earlier than the others, so do watch out for time. We recommend that you skip the Duck Tours and Singapore Flyer if time is an issue.

Recommended things to do: Supertree Observatory, OCBC Skyway, Flower Dome, Watch the light show

Recommended time spent: 1.5 hours

 Walk from Gardens by the Bay to Marina Bay Sands Estimated travel time: 8 minutes

📍Should go: Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

End your day at the iconic Marina Bay Sands. Have dinner at one of the many celebrity restaurants at Marina Bay Sands, do some shopping, and head up to the SkyBar for a drink or two with an unobstructed view of the Singapore skyline! For those that are looking to party, hit the dance floors at Singapore’s largest club, Marquee. There’s also the option of heading over to the casino, for those who are feeling lucky.

🍽️ For something local, you might want to try Putien or Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine.

🍻 You will have to pay for entrance to the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark. However, if you’re also in the mood for a drink, you can instead go to Ce La Vi Singapore for a drink while enjoying an unobstructed view of the skylines.

🎰 With four levels of gaming floor-space and over 2,300 slot machines to choose from, the Casino at Marina Bay Sands offers a vast selection of the newest and most popular electronic gaming machines worldwide with more than 250 game titles to choose from. Entry is free for tourists, so feel free to pop by to have a look even if you are not planning to play.

🕺Marquee is Singapore’s largest nightclub, with a massive ferris wheel, photo booths, and a three-storey spiral slide all in the club.

Day 2: Spend your day at Sentosa!

📍Should go: Ya Kun at Harbourfront Center

A household name in Singapore, Ya Kun has many outlets across the country. You can visit one near your accommodation, or head over to Ya Kun at Harbourfront Center! Start your day with local Nanyang coffee and their signature kaya toast, dipped in half boiled eggs!

Recommended food: Kaya Toast with Butter Set (includes two half-boiled eggs and coffee / tea)

From Harbourfront Center, you can get to Sentosa by walking across the Sentosa Boardwalk. Alternatively, you can also take the shuttle bus or monorail from Vivocity, next to Harbourfront Center.

📍Should go: Universal Studios Singapore

One of the six Universal Studios theme parks around the world, the Universal Studios Singapore is located within the Resorts World Sentosa at Sentosa, Singapore. It features 28 rides, shows, and attractions in seven themed zones.

You can get your tickets at the entrance, or get them in advance on their website.

Opening Hours: 11am - 6pm, closed on Tuesdays

Recommended rides: Transformers, Revenge of the Mummy, Battlestar Galatica: Human vs Cylon

Recommended time spent: 4 hours


  • Food can be rather pricey in the park. Consider bringing some snacks in, or exiting the park for lunch at some of the restaurants at nearby before heading back in.
  • There are lockers available for you near each ride to store your belongings — the free storage time is typically sufficient for you to queue for one round of the ride, so don’t worry about having to leave a friend behind to take care of your bags!

📍Can go: Siloso Beach

If you’re done with the rides at Universal Studios and have time to spare before dinner, visit Siloso Beach — the most happening of the three beaches at Sentosa. There’s a monorail within Sentosa that you can hop on for free to get from Universal Studios to either Imbiah Station or Beach Station. After which, use the beach shuttle to get you to the beach! In addition to spending water sports and beach activities, there are also activities in the area that you could consider:

Challenge your fear of heights at Skypark Sentosa! There are three activities that you could consider - visiting the Sentosa Skybridge, bungy jumping down a 50 meters high tower, or having a go at the Giant Swing!

Make all your flying dreams come true inside the world’s largest themed wind tunnel spanning 16.5 feet wide and 56.5 feet tall. And as the professionally-guided experience takes place inside a wind tunnel with 18 feet tall acrylic glass walls, this indoor skydiving experience boasts a bonus view of the South China Sea and Siloso Beach. Note that you’ll have to be there an hour before your flight!

Opening Hours:

  • Mon, Tue, Thu - Sun & PH: 9am - 10pm, (first flight at 10am, last flight at 9.30pm)
  • Wed: 11am - 10pm, (first flight at 12pm, last flight at 9.30pm)

Hop in the driver seat of the 3-wheeled Luge carts and let gravity do the rest. You're in full control of your speed as you ride down 4 tracks with hairpin corners, exhilarating tunnels and downhill slopes through a mystical forest that lights up after sundown.

Exit Sentosa and return to VivoCity. Take the MRT NEL (purple line) to Clarke Quay. Estimated travel time: 30 minutes

📍Should go: Jumbo Seafood, Riverwalk

Chili crabs are a must-try if you are in Singapore, and Jumbo Seafood is one of the most well-known restaurants that specialises in them. Fret not if you can’t take spicy food - the sauce for the chili crabs in Singapore are more sweet than they are spicy. You would most definitely want to have some deep fried mantous to go with the chili crab! It is highly recommended that you make a reservation in advance, as the outlets at riverside point tends to be fully booked for dinner.

Note: If the outlet at Riverwalk is fully booked, you can also head over to Riverside Point, just a 5-minutes walk away from the Riverside Point outlet.

Recommended food: Chili crab, Deep fried mantou

Opening Hours: 5pm - 11pm for dinner

Walk from Jumbo Seafood to Clarke Quay Estimated travel time: 5 minutes

📍Should go: Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay is a unique, conserved historical landmark located along the Singapore River and at the fringe of Singapore’s Central Business District. Clarke Quay is where most of Singapore’s nightlife is at, so you might want to spend some time exploring the bars and pubs in the area.

Day 3: Cultural Exploration

📍Should go: Rochor Original Beancurd

Rochor Original Beancurd serves traditional Chinese breakfast like beancurd, soybean milk, and deep fried fritters. Dip the deep fried fritters into the soybean milk, and enjoy your breakfast the Singaporean way!

Opening Hours: 10:30am - 11:30pm daily

Must-eat: Soybean milk, Deep Fried Fritters (You Tiao)

Take a bus from Rochor Original Beancurd to Kampong Glam Estimated travel time: 20 minutes Alternatively, walk for about 20 minutes

📍Should go: Kampong Glam

Centred on Arab Street, Kampong Glam is known as Singapore’s Muslim Quarter. Its 19th-century shophouses have been turned into stores selling textiles and casual restaurants serving spicy Malay and global fare. The area is lined with highly Instagrammable street art and cafes. Notable attractions include the Sultan Mosque.

Recommended Time Spent: 1.5 hour

Things to do: Explore street art along Haji lane and Arab street, visit Sultan Mosque, cafe hop

Take a bus from Kampong Glam to Little India Estimated travel time: 20 minutes Alternatively, walk for about 20 minutes

📍Can go: Little India

Little India today is one of Singapore’s most vibrant districts. As you walk down Serangoon Road and neighbouring streets, explore their mix of Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches. If you are at Little India, you might also want to stop by Mustafa Shopping Centre, a 24-hour shopping mall which has a large variety of goods you are almost certain to be able to find what you need there.

Things to do: Get a henna art, visit Mustafa Shopping Centre

Recommended Time Spent: 1 hour

📍Should go: Chinatown Complex Food Centre

If you haven’t already been trying out the food at Kampong Glam and Little India, you can head over to Chinatown Complex Food Center for a late lunch. One of Singapore’s favourite food centers, the Chinatown Complex Food Centre has over 260 food stalls you will be spoilt for choice.

Recommended Food: Ann Chin Popiah, Hawker Chan, Fatty Ox HK Kitchen

📍Can go: Chinatown

After lunch, spend some time walking around Chinatown. Boasting a Buddhist temple, mosque and Hindu temple along a single street, Chinatown is a great place for you to immerse yourself in the multi-ethnic culture of Singapore.

Recommended Time Spent: 1.5 hour

Things to do: Explore street art, cafe hop, take a photo in front of Tong Ah Eating House, visit temples and mosques

Walk to Maxwell, then take the MRT (TEL) to Orchard Estimated travel time: 15 minutes

📍Can go: Orchard Road

You can spend some time exploring the malls at Orchard Road for some last minute shopping. The malls at Orchard road features mostly international brands, and are a great place if you’re looking for some retail therapy.

Recommended Time Spent: 2 hours


📍Should go: Zion Riverside Food Centre

Enjoy a wide range of local delicacies at the Zion Riverside Food Centre. Although it is not as big as some of the other hawker centres that are typically introduced in travel guides, the Zion Riverside Food Centre has a number of food stalls that are definitely worth trying when you are in Singapore!

Must-eat: Prawn Noodles, Char Kway Teow, Carrot Cake

Note: If this is your last meal in Singapore, and you haven’t had a chance to try Sugar Cane juice during your trip in Singapore, you really might want to give it a try.

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