There’s so much more that Singapore has to offer other than Sentosa Island, Universal Studios, Singapore Flyer et al. Not only are these tourist spots super crowded but they also create a big dent in your pocket! On my last trip, I wandered off on the streets of Singapore to explore some offbeat places and here are my top picks!
Henderson Waves Bridge: Take a morning stroll on this architectural beauty perched at 36 metres above Henderson Road, and revel in the greenery around you! It is Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge connecting Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. The bridge is made up of wave like structures forming tiny alcoves where you can sit and enjoy the stunning view. The parks offer jungle trails where you can cycle or just walk to enjoy nature at its best.
Arab Street: Check out some cool graffiti and beautiful European style shop houses in the picturesque by lanes of Arab Street. The shop houses, mostly boutique stores offer an eclectic mix of quirky stationery, fashion accessories, home decor and character themed collectibles (read Star Wars and Captain America themed merchandise). The colourful street art of Haji Lane makes you want to just click away with your camera. You can stop by at one of the varied cafes, for a quick bite or coffee; an interesting cafe I came across was ‘Selfie Coffee’, where you can get your coffee adorned with your selfie! How cool is that?! There are a lot of lounge bars, which makes this an interesting night life place as well! In the morning, it’s best to get here early by 10ish and wrap by noon to avoid the scorching heat.
Club Street: If you don’t want to get jostled around in a crowd or pay a bomb for an average meal and drinks on a Saturday night, turn away from Clarke Quay and head to Club Street. This street has a great vibe to it with charming cafes, shop houses and lounges dotting the street. As you walk along, you can see people letting their hair down with fun drinking games on the street, party vans moving along where you can have your own private mobile party. Pick a bar of your choice and get your drink. Most bars have outdoor seating, which is what you should opt for to experience the energy of this place. Keep a look out for boards placed outside bars with offers on drinks; we got house pours for as low as $5 a glass. Yayy!
Gardens by the Bay: You will have people telling you to definitely catch the Wings of Time show at Sentosa Island or the Light & Water show at Marina Bay Sands. But both of these don’t compare to the Rhapsody show at Gardens by the Bay. Also, it’s completely free! Head to the SuperTree Grove, catch a central spot with a good view, relax and lie down on your back and get prepared to be mesmerized by an amazing display of sound and lights.
East Coast Park: Walk or cycle along the gorgeous East Coast Park with the wind in your hair and trust me it will work as a great stress buster. The walk is very scenic and the walkway was lined with pretty trees which had shed their flowers making for a lovely sight. Get your picnic basket along and enjoy a barbeque meal by the sea!
Arteastiq: This is the only place on the list which is relatively on the steeper side (~$48 per person), but unique nonetheless. This charming tea parlour promotes ‘Art Jamming’ where you are given a canvas, a palette and colours to paint your heart out and have fun with colours along with one complimentary drink. I unfortunately found out about this place towards the end of my trip, but it has definitely made its way to my bucket list. So do check it out and let me know what you think!
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