There are many things to do in Singapore, and all within reach of YOTEL Singapore. With the best shopping in Singapore on your doorstep, as well as great transport links, our handy location is a convenient base from which to experience all of Singapore's must see attractions. Singapore’s diverse mix of cuisine is heaven for foodies, with a dizzying array of different food outlets. Indulge yourself in the local cuisine, with the distinctive Chinese and Indian-influenced street food served up at ‘hawker’ centres and food courts. You can also find great Malay and Indonesian cuisine on offer. At night, Singapore becomes a vibrant hub of bars and nightclubs. Cast your eyes over breath-taking views at one of Singapore’s many rooftop bars, or party on at one of Singapore’s lively nightclubs. Whether you are here to sightseeing, shop, or for the delicious food, you’ll be spoilt for choice, here are some of Singapore's top attractions.
One of the most lively shopping destinations in Southeast Asia, Orchard Road is Singapore's definitive shopping destination. It was once a quiet lane home to fruit orchards as well as nutmeg and pepper plantations. It's transformation began in the 1800s, and in the 1850s people began to move to the area bringing with them markets and temples, and in the 1930s Orchard Road gained in prominence as a social hotspot. In 1958 C.K Tang opened the first department store. A bowling alley, cinemas and larger malls followed in the 1970s. These days Orchard Road spans across more than three miles (2.2km) of shops, malls and large department stores, with a vast underground infrastructure of pedestrian walkways. It's the place to find exclusive luxury brands and swanky fashion houses.
SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS
Opened in 1859, the Botanic Gardens is one of Singapore's best-known attractions. Covering 74 hectares, it's the perfect place to appreciate nature's wonder. Soak up lush, exotic greenery and partake in a free exercise class. Head to the nearby National Orchid Gardens to see the world's biggest orchid collection. There are over 20,000 on display. The Botanic Gardens is just a 10 minute drive or 25 minute journey on public transport from YOTEL Singapore.
This unique eye-catching Merlion statue fountain earns Singapore the nickname of 'Lion City'. With the body of a fish and the head of a lion, the 1972, 8.6m tall statue is a must-see for visitors. Take an unforgettable selfie with Merlin and the Singapore skyline. Merlion Park is just a 7 minute drive or 15 minute public transport journey from YOTEL Singapore.
Singapore's ferris wheel offers the best views of the skyline. It stands at 540 foot high and is the second largest in the world. Rides in its air conditioned capsules are 30 minutes long and offer breath-taking views of Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore's Marina Bay. The Singapore Flyer is a 7 minute drive or 15 minute public transportation journey from YOTEL Singapore.
GARDENS BY THE BAY
Gardens by the Bay is a truly innovative horticultural project located on prime waterfront south of Marina Bay. It is made up of three gardens spanning over 100 hectares. The Gardens feature temperature controlled conservatories hosting Mediterranean and semi-arid tropical vegetation, vertical gardens and a whole host of other horticultural delights. Float within The Cloud Forest, home to a 115 foot artificial cloud and indoor waterfall. Gardens by the Bay is a 12 minute drive or 17 minute public transportation journey from YOTEL Singapore.
Singapore Zoo, known locally as Mandai Zoo, occupies 28 hectares and is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore. A rainforest zoo, it's home to over 300 different species of animal, many of which are considered threatened species including mandrills, elephants, white tigers, flamingos, tamarins, meerkats, lions, chimpanzees. It's home to the largest collection of orangutans in the world. Singapore Zoo is a 25 minute drive or 47 minute public transportation journey from YOTEL Singapore.
Singapore's River Safari wildlife park offers visitors a peek at over 5,000 animals in eight different river habitats, from the Giant Panda Forest to the world's largest freshwater aquarium the Amazon Flooded Forest.
Singapore's Night Safari park is the first of its kind in the world, hosting over 130 different species including the Malayan tiger. The park has four walking trails and a 35 minute tram ride with live commentary.
JURONG BIRD PARK
Jurong Bird Park is an aviary on the western slope of Jurong Hill teaming with exuberant birds. The park includes several distinct habitats including the African Waterfall Aviary with 600 free-flying birds and a 30-metre man-made waterfall and a section focused on flightless birds including ostriches and emus. The Lory Loft provides a true rainforest environment and thousands of free-flying lories, while the Penguin Coast is home to Humboldt, rock hopper, macaroni and king penguins. At Pelican Cove seven different species of pelicans can be found, including the endangered Dalmatian pelican. The Jurong Bird Park is a 24 minute drive or 1 hour public transportation journey from YOTEL Singapore.
ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM
The Asian Civilisations Museum, by the Singapore River, exhibits more than a thousand artefacts exploring pan-Asian culture. Exhibits come in eleven themed segments, and include porcelain models, bronze sculptures, woodwork, print and textiles. The Singapore River Gallery is the highlight, showcasing archaeological discoveries from the banks of the river. Asian Civilisations Museum is a 9 minute drive or 13 minute public transportation journey from YOTEL Singapore.
Thrill seekers will love the highlight Battlestar Galactica ride in particular, featuring the world's highest pair of 'duelling' rollercoasters. Universal Studios at Resorts World Sentosa is 18 minute drive or 30 minute journey on public transportation from YOTEL Singapore.
The Peranakan Museum explains the Peranakan culture emerging from the confluence of Chinese and Malay culture. The museum is located in school constructed in 1912, and hosts several galleries spread over three floors showcasing original clothing, artwork, furniture and other artifacts. The Peranakan Museum is a 6 minute drive or 11 minute journey on public transport from YOTEL Singapore.
SOUTH EAST ASIAN AQUARIUM
The aquarium provides a captivating glimpse into the lives of marine animals. Watch as sharks, dolphins and rays drift past as you meander through the aquarium. Find over 100,000 animals spread out over 45 million litres of water and 49 distinct habitats here. The Open Ocean habitat is where 36 x 8 metre viewing panels provide breath-taking underwater views. The S.E.A Aquarium is a 21 minute drive or 34 minute public transport journey from YOTEL Singapore.
FORT CANNING PARK
Situated on a hill in the southeast part of Singapore and steeped in history, this is the ideal place to gain a greater understanding of Singapore's rich heritage. The hill was once home to palaces of 14th century Malay Kings and served as the Headquarters of the Far East Command Centre. Singapore was surrendered to the Japanese on 15th February 1942 at Fort Canning. The park's many ancient artifacts, lush greenery and lawns make it a popular place to be. Take a leisurely stroll through Fort Canning Park, and soak up the beautiful greenery. Fort Canning Park is a 4 minute drive or 10 minute public transport journey from YOTEL Singapore.
SRI VEERAMAKALIAMMAN TEMPLE
Built in 1881, this is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and it's dedicated to the goddess Kali. She is depicted in a variety of settings including ripping apart her victims wearing a garland of skulls and more peaceful scenes of her mothering her two sons. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is a 4 minute drive or 10 minute journey on public transport from YOTEL Singapore.
Chinatown is one of Singapore's ethnic districts and has the appeal of an old era preserved in its quaint shop houses, teahouses and markets. A month before Chinese New Year (usually in January or February) the whole town is elaborately decorated with lights and ornaments. Expect to find food, clothing, pottery, plants and furniture on sale. If you're visiting around this time of year, take a glimpse at age-old traditions in this area. Behold a vibrant mix of eye-catching decorations and sounds, and soak up the atmosphere in this lively district. During the Mid-Autumn Festival in September the streets are lined with beautiful lanterns. Chinatown is a 10 minute drive or 15 minute journey on public transportation from YOTEL Singapore.
Chinatown is the location of the Jamae Mosque, Singapore's oldest mosque. Established in 1826, the mosque is home to some interesting architectural features. Worshipers enter through a gateway lined by two minarets with onion domes, with a palace facade above. It includes intricate features such as tiny doorways and cross-shaped windows. Jamae Mosque is a 10 minute drive or 15 minute journey on public transport from YOTEL Singapore.
Kampong Glam is the heart of Muslim life in Singapore, featuring the historic Sultan Mosque. Visitors can enjoy seeing unique textiles, spices, carpets and craft goods from its many shop-houses. Haji Lane is the latest addition to its shopping credentials, offering independent boutiques and quirky cafes. Kampong Glam is the antidote to commercial shopping. Kampong Glam is a 5 minute drive or 10 minute public transport journey from YOTEL Singapore.
Situated on the Singapore River near the Downtown Core, Clarke Quay specialises in eating, drinking and partying. The menagerie of bars, clubs and restaurants makes it one of the best places for wining and dining every day of the week. Clubbers are also spoilt with Zouk, Singapore's award-winning club venue. Top tier international DJs often spin the wheels of steel at this converted warehouse. Clarke Quay is just a 7 minute drive or 11 minute public transportation journey from YOTEL Singapore.
Positioned on the south coast looking across to Sentosa Island are HarbourFront and VivoCity, two of Singapore's largest shopping malls. A family-friendly place that includes an open air playground and a water-based Sky Park, VivoCity is perfect to amuse the children while parents get down to some serious shopping. Find arts, beauty, electronic and fashion stores here including Smiggle, Crabtree & Evelyn, Armani Exchange and Daiso. The HarbourFront Centre offers a broader mix of retail and food outlets (Vietnamese, Cantonese, Italian etc.) HarbourFront Centre is a 16 minute drive or 25 minute public transportation journey from YOTEL Singapore.
The mix of shopping available in Little India is a reflection of the diversity of its people. Find traditional clothing like saris, brightly coloured jewellery as well as electronics, food, art and souvenirs. The much raved-about Mustafa Centre is a 24-hour shopping centre stocking a surprisingly wide range of goods from electronics, toys, sports equipment etc. at highly competitive prices. Little India is just a 10 minute drive or 15 minute public transportation journey from YOTEL Singapore.
Singapore's Muslim quarter is called Arab Street but actually consists of Bussorah Street, Haji Lane, Bali Lanes and Muscat Street. Arab Street offers visitors a more eclectic shopping experience, where independent boutiques, charming shop-houses and funky cafes and eateries. Arab Street is great for sourcing fabrics, textiles, carpets, spices and fragrances. Old-style shops are packed with colourful exotic and oriental items at reasonable prices. Traders can be particularly unorthodox in this area so be prepared to be firm but fair. Arab Street is just a 10 minute drive or 15 minute journey on public transport from YOTEL Singapore.
Marina Bay is another up and coming shopping area with several large shopping malls. Raffles City Shopping Centre Complex is above City Hall MRT station. For shopping galore head to Marina Square. Spread out over four levels of retail space with hundreds of shops. Marina Bay is just a 10 minute drive or 16 minute public transportation journey from YOTEL Singapore.