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12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

The Singaporean extensive rail network around the city links most of Singapore’s key attractions within walking distance from an MRT station. Therefore, Singapore is so easy and convenient for travelers to confidenly explore the beautiful greenery island. We are writing a guide on 12 must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT.

1. BOTANIC GARDEN (BOTANIC GARDEN MRT)

The spectacular Singaporean tropical garden listed as a World Heritage Site

Singapore Botanic Gardens

1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, Singapore
Opening time: 09:00 AM - 19:00 PM

Singapore Botanic Gardens is a star visitor attraction for the sophisticated traveller and the local resident. The Gardens possess an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens showcases diverse and unique tropical flora in wonderful greenery landscape. Singaporean botanic garden is truly a treasure for nature lovers or those who have some spare time to wander around.

What to explore

Apart from being a being a recreational area with sculptures, a swan lake and tropical trees for jogging, relaxing, lazing and sightseeing, the garden is also a research center of botanical and horticultural fields.

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

Photo by Jnzl's Public Domain Photos

The Botanic garden’s Highlight is The National Orchid Garden that boasts the world’s largest orchid exhibition. It has admission fee to enter, $5 for adults and $1 for children. With over 60,000 beautiful plants and colorful orchids, you will get lost in the wonderful land of flowers.

Besides, the Heritage Museum features interactive and multimedia display of the Garden’s heritage with the CDL Green Gallery displays botanical related exhibits.

Shopping and food

RISIS Store located at the entrance of National Orchid Garden is where you can shop for exquisite gift items and special mementos.

A host of restaurants and cafes are also available to satisfy thirsty and hungry visitors after a day out in the sun. If you are looking for a fine dining experience by the greens, go to the Au Jardin restaurant where serves the best French cuisine in town.

Travel tips

  • If you are shortage of time, decide ahead which areas are of most interest.
  • It's good for chilling out with friends and family and picnics
  • It's better to bring some food and drinks
  • Free admissions except for the orchid garden
  • Prepare to walk a lot if you want to go around this place.
  • You should bring an umbrella along with you.

How to get there

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

Nearby attractions

And once you’re ready to step back into the concrete jungle, the Orchard Road shopping district or the Bukit Brown Cemetery. They are some minutes away.

2. NEWTON FOOD COURT (NEWTON MRT)

Lively food court with various of hawkers offering the best seafood and specialties.

Newton food court is one of the most Singaporean famous food centers of tourists and locals. The place is home to seafood eateries and Singapore cuisines. More than just a hawker center, the wide range of good food here and the unique atmosphere makes your meal an enjoyable experience to remember.

Foods to explore

There are 83 stalls and hawkers serving their own-style local favourites.

Rojak is an special salad with mixed ingredient s such as cucumbers, tofu puffs, and peanuts tossed together in a sweet, savory, tart, and spicy sauce made from sugar, chili, lime juice, and fermented shrimp paste.

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRTPhoto by thinkinkless

The Sambal Sting Ray is a great slice of stingray wrapped in a banana leave and doused with spicy sambal sauce.

The Popiah is a combination of many flavors in a simple spring roll filled with jicama and daikon, crunchy peanuts, hoisin sauce, and lettuce.

The Hokkien Mee Singaporean version offers two types of noodles – vermicelli and yellow noodles – stir fried together with shrimp, cuttlefish, and lard bits.

The barbecued chicken wing is a juicy, flavorful wing with a nice smoky and crispy skin from the charcoal at only S$1.30 for one.

Travel tips

  • You should go with a local. If not, make sure you ask about prices before buying anything.
  • Bring some tissues to reserve a seat, just put your things at the table and go to order food.
  • Prices are very reasonable, so you should be able to get out of there without spending too much money.
  • Newton has the reputation of being a bit more aggressive. The food is good and the location is convenient.

How to get there

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Newton MRT (NS21) - Entrance/Exit A
49 Scotts Road. (S)228234
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Starting from Scotts Road 50 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn left to Bukit Timah Road 160 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Destination 140 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Bukit Timah Road-.Newton Food Court (B40031)

3. BUGIS JUNCTION (BUGIS MRT)

An integrated development of shopping mall, office tower and InterContinental Hotel

Bugis Junction

Bugis Junction 200 Victoria Street Singapore 188021
Opening time: 10:00 AM - 22:00 PM

Bugis Junction is one of biggest and cheapest shopping mall in Singapore where you can buy anything you want. Part traditional mall, part open-air shopping district

Bugis junction is a shopping paradise where converges luxury boutiques. Bugis Junction features Singapore's first glass and air-conditioned shopping streets in the nostalgic architectural setting.

What to explore

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRTPhoto by William Cho

At Bugis Junction, you can discover and shop til drop under the stars. Bugis Junction exudes a touch of historical charm while serving all the needs of modern shoppers. There are many brands at Bugis Junction, including BHG, Books Kinokuniya, Cold Storage, Food Junction, Sony Store. There is also a youth-themed zone in the mall and numerous good restaurants for dining choices of younger and adults. The exciting environment, friendly shops and sidewalk cafes will surely delight you. Bugis Junction also offers.

Travel tips

  • You should avoid Saturdays and Public Holidays when topping up lockers or asking about merchant services.
  • There is a fountain next to the mall and this place is crowded on weekends.
  • If you're looking for a shopping holiday this is one to put on the list!
  • Open hour: Mon to Sun: 11am – 10pm

How to get there

It is directly connect to the Bugis MRT interchange station from the basement level, and is well served by major public bus routes.

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Bugis MRT Station (DT14)
191 Rochor Road. (S)188476
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Starting from Victoria Street 110 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Destination 40 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Bugis Junction
200 Victoria Street. (S)188021

Nearby attractions

It’s in line with the Singapore Management University, LASALLE College of the Arts and School of the Arts, Mint Museum Of Toys.

4. BUGIS STREET (BUGIS MRT)

A wonderful imitation lane of colonial style shop houses

Bugis Street

3 New Bugis Street 188867
Opening time: 11:00 AM - 22:00 PM

Bugis Street is the LARGEST street shopping experience in Singapore with some of the most competitive prices you can find!

Bugis Street is one of the best shopping places attracting tourists and locals. Bugis Street is home to the largest market in Singapore with very many unique retail shops. It offers latest and trendiest fashions at affordable prices.

What to explore

A shopping paradise for fahionistas: Bugis Street includes over 600 shops that offer mainly fashion clothing, shoes and accessories. Shopper will definitely be impressed by the fashionable things updated every day.

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRTPhoto by YL Tan

A true budget shopping place in Singapore: At very budget prices just under S$10, you can get nice casual clothing. You can even buy fake watches, accessories and souvenirs at the prices of S$5

The largest and most bustle street shopping area: Bugis Street offers an exciting shopping experience with colorful products displayed at lots of of shops along small alleys. The aroma from food and drink stores will attract you.

Travel tips

  • Don’t get overwhelmed and buy things at the first shop because you may find the same items at cheaper prices in other shops.
  • Fashionable apparels and accessories are available at all 3 flours.
  • Bargaining is accepted at some stores: Some stores offer fixed price policy, others accept negotiable prices, so you can make a bargain.
  • Korean-themed Street on level 2: If you are keen on Korean products, you should visit K.Street on the second floor.
  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 to 22:00

How to get there

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Bugis MRT Station (EW12)
220 Victoria Street. (S)188022
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Starting from Victoria Street 60 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn left to Queen Street 120 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT ERP Gantry 10 ahead: Queen Street - ERP 10, CBD Zone BMC.. Price 0 70 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Destination 60 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Bugis Street
1 New Bugis Street. (S)188865

Nearest MRT station: Bugis MRT (EW12) (Walking 2 mins from Exit C)

Nearby attractions

You can visit these places Bugis Junction, National Library of Singapore, Arab Street, Sri Krishnan Temple, Haji Lane, and Esplanade Park within no more than 0,5 km.

5. HAJI LANE (BUGIS MRT)

A combination of rich history, living traditions, excellent eateries and trendy shops

Haji Lane is a combined land of rich history, living traditions, excellent eateries and trendy shops in the vibrant neighborhood.

What to explore

It’s great to discover Kampong Glam's Haji Lane hipster street housed with a variety quirky boutiques and multi-label stores as well as hip bars and cafes in the small alleys. You can pick up traditional wares such as Persian carpets, kebaya dresses and handmade perfumes from Arab Street and Bussorah Street.

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRTPhoto by Justine Espinueva

You’ll fall in love with the ultimate culinary here, from local cuisines to foreign foods and with a fruity scent floating in the air at night. Joining in the ‘breaking of fast’ in the evenings, shipping a drink in café shop or strolling through the colorfully bustling night markets are a great experiences to remember.

Travel tips

  • You should visit this area in the late afternoon as the whole place is quite deserted in the morning.
  • There are cafes and eating spots everywhere, some are great and the rest are tourist traps.
  • The place offers great photo oppotunities, dont forget your camera to take some great photos.
  • It may rain suddenly so do bring an umbrella as well.

How to get there

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Bugis MRT Station (EW12)
220 Victoria Street. (S)188022
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Starting from Victoria Street 80 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Ophir Road 50 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn left to Beach Road 360 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn left to Arab Street 80 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Destination 100 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Haji Lane

Nearby attractions

The Children Little Museum, Fountain of Wealth is within the area

6. ARAB STREET (BUGIS MRT)

One of Singapore’s major cultural enclaves

Arab street

Arab St Singapore
Opening time: 08:00 AM - 23:00 PM

Arab Street (Chinese: 阿拉伯街) is the name of a road and neighbourhood in Singapore. There are two explanations behind the name.

Arab Street is one of Singapore’s three major cultural enclaves. It’s is Singapore’s Muslim quarter. In addition to the gorgeous Masjid Sultan Mosque, the area is filled with indie boutiques, street arts, restaurants and bars.

What to explore

As Arab Street is a Muslim district, everyone gather here to explore Arab Street's rich culture, ethnic cuisines and souk-style retail experience. Arab Street is in line with fabric shops and fashion boutiques. There are various shop houses selling a variety of ethnic Arab goods such as Qurans, prayer mats, Muslim apparel, carpets, wicker products and more.

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRTPhoto by Bryn Pinzgauer

You’ll also find charming cafés, where you can relax and enjoy a true Arab coffee. Don’t forget to check out basketry and handicraft shops, bistros, jazzclubs, restaurants and savor the sights and sounds of this exotic neighborhood.

Istana Kampong Glam ( Kampong Glam Palace )
This palace was built by Sultan Hussein Shah of Johor in 1820, and used to be the residence of his heirs. Recently, it was converted into the Malay heritage centre that exhibits the history and culture of the Malay community in Singapore.

Sultan Mosque
This is the largest mosque in Singapore. It was built in 1928. This mosque is often visited by tourists and school students on a Singapore heritage tour.

Travel tips

  • Appropriate dress is required.
  • For both men and women, shorts are prohibited, and you must remove your shoes before you enter.
  • For women, please do not wear short skirts or sleeveless, backless, or low-cut tops
  • Never enter the main prayer hall. This area is reserved for Muslims only.
  • Women should also tread lightly around this area, as it's forbidden for women to enter.
  • No cameras or video cameras are allowed, and remember to turn off cellular phones and pagers.
  • Friday is the Sabbath day, and you should not plan on going to the mosques between 11am and 2pm on this day.

How to get there

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Bugis MRT Station (EW12)
220 Victoria Street. (S)188022
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Starting from Victoria Street 80 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Ophir Road 50 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn left to Beach Road 360 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn left to Arab Street 80 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Destination 100 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Arab Street

Nearby attractions

It's best to combine your trip with Sultan Mosque and Malay Heritage Centre nearby

7.SINGAPORE FLYER (PROMENADE MRT)

The Singapore’s iconic attraction, the Asia's largest giant observation wheel

Singapore Flyer

30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803, Singapore
Opening time: 08:30 AM - 22:30 PM

Singapore Flyer, the world's largest giant observation wheel, gives a 360 panoramic view of Singapore, from the fast-changing Marina Bay to the islands of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Singapore Flyer is a considered as Asia's most visible iconic visitor attraction This giant observation wheel provides breathtaking, panoramic views of Singapore and stretches to parts of Malaysia and Indonesia on a clear day.

What to explore
From the top of the world, open your eyes and enjoy the spectacular landmarks and views from Marina Bay, Singapore River, Raffles Place, Merlion Park, Empress Place to the Padang.

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

Photo by Lenny K Photography
By stepping into the 28 fully air-conditioned glass capsules, and being transported on a 30-minute journey of stunning day and colorful night scenes, you will have unforgettable experience.

If you are lucky enough, you’ll be able to catch landmarks up to 45 kilometres away, like Changi Airport, Sentosa Island and parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Enjoying high tea, having fine-dining or sipping on cocktails and Champagne on the Singapore Flyer are special activities that not to be missed.

Back on the ground, make sure you visit the Singapore Food Trail and try the famous local fare such as 'bak kut teh' and Hainanese chicken rice or participate in a flight simulator ride or a fish spa.

Travel tips

  • It takes around 40 mins
  • It's very good for a nice relaxing time to admire the city views especially after sunset
  • Strongly recommend that you should take it during night if you are supposed to make a visit to the Singapore Flyer.

How to get there

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Promenade MRT (CC4) - Entrance/Exit A
2 Temasek Avenue. (S)039193
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Starting from Raffles Boulevard 50 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Slight right at Republic Boulevard. 250 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn left to Carparks 100 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Destination 60 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Singapore Flyer
31 Raffles Avenue. (S)039804

Nearby attractions

The nearby attracions: Marina Bay, Singapore XD Theatre, The Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Sands Skypark

8. MARINA BAY SANDS (BAYFRONT MRT)

The integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Skypark

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, Singapore
Opening time: 09:30 AM - 22:00 PM

Marina Bay Sands Skypark is a must-visit place for all tourists as it offers a spectacular view over Singapore at reasonable price.

Marina Bay Sands is a high-density and integrated resort that provides hotels, convention center, shopping and dining, theaters, museum, and a casino across the water from Singapore’s central business district.

What to explore

Marina Bay Sands has a reputation of one of the best and the largest place to hold a convention, redefine exhibitions and meeting. It’s also the largest hotel in the island. The integrated resort offers everything visitors may ask for.

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRTPhoto by Peter Nguyen

Every trip will not complete without visiting Marina Bay Sands which is a symbol of the modern city. It brings a 2,560-room hotel, convention center, shopping mall and restaurants, and entertainment facilities. The 929,000 sq m district anchors the Singapore waterfront, and creates a gateway to Singapore. The unique architectural design for the complex is rooted in Singapore’s culture, climate and modern life. They aim to create an urban landscape and a landmark in the beautiful city center.

Travel tips

  • Smoking at Sands SkyPark is strictly prohibited.
  • The Observation Deck is open daily from 9:30am to 10pm*. (and until 11pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
  • Ticket prices for observation desk in Skypark: S$23 for adults, S$17 for children (aged between 2 - 12 years*), S$20 for senior citizens (aged 65 years and above), Children under 2 years may enter for free.

How to get there

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Bayfront MRT (CE1) - Entrance/Exit A
11 Bayfront Avenue. (S)018957
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Starting from Bayfront Avenue 90 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Continue to Carparks 190 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Destination 90 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue. (S)018956

Nearby attractions

You can visit some hightlights nearby: Gardens by the Bay, ArtScience Museum, Merlion, Marina Bay Golf Course, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

9. GARDEN BY THE BAY (BAYFRONT MRT)

The largest and most spectacular garden with breath-taking waterfront views

Marina Bay Sands Skypark

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, Singapore
Opening time: 09:30 AM - 22:00 PM

Marina Bay Sands Skypark is a must-visit place for all tourists as it offers a spectacular view over Singapore at reasonable price.

Garden By The Bay is a sprawling garden providing spectacular waterfront views across three gardens, spanning over 101 hectares of reclaimed land.

What to explore

Bay South Garden offers breath-taking waterfront views and is inspired by an orchid, national flower. You can’t miss the massive Super trees here. These tree-shaped vertical gardens are between nine to 16 storeys tall. It’s great to walk on the suspended walkway between two Super trees to take a bird’s eye view of the whole gardens. In the evening, you can catch the colorful sky show of lights and sounds.

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

Photo by Justin Law

Gardens By the Bay is made up of two main areas – Bay South Garden and Bay East Garden. The Unique thing to see at Gardens by the Bay is the Cloud Forest. Here, you will admire plants from tropical highlands up to 2,000 meters above sea level.

You can find a range of eateries across the gardens, from casual cafes to cozy restaurants, all with interiors designed to reflect the splendor of Gardens by the Bay.

Travel tips

  • Food and drinks are prohibited in the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.
  • The Gardens are a strictly smoke-free environment
  • You should avoid visiting on Sunday because it is rather busy
  • Prepare a cardigan for children or anyone afraid of coolness.
  • Make sure to wear your most comfortable shoes because the place is huge
  • The entrance fee depends on which area you get in.

How to get there

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Bayfront MRT (CE1) - Entrance/Exit A
11 Bayfront Avenue. (S)018957
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Starting from Bayfront Avenue 190 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn left to Marina Boulevard 90 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn left to Marina Garden Drive 630 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn left to Carparks 1.05 km
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Destination 260 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Gardens By The Bay (Bay South) - Satay by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive. (S)018952

Nearby attractions

Dont forget to combine your trip with The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer, Banyan Tree Spa Marina Bay Sands and Marina Barrage

10. MERLION PARK (DOWNTOWN MRT)

A well-known tourist icon, a standing symbol of Singapore

Merlion Park

One Fullerton | Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213, Singapore
Opening time: 00:00 AM - 23:52 PM

Standing at 8.6 metres high and weighing 70 tonnes, the Merlion statue has a lions head and a fishs body, and is housed here in this 2,500 square metre park.

The Merlion is an imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The symbol was designed to be the logo of the Singapore Tourism Board in the part and still be a landmark of Singapore, which make this park a popular Singapore tourist attraction.

What to explore

The Merlion is measured 8.6 metres high and weighted 70 tonnes. The lion head with a fish body resting on a crest of waves quickly became one of the famous images of Singapore. People go to the park now to photograph this world famous icon and enjoy people watching.

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

Photo by julajp (A while busy)

Thanks to the great city view from the park, which extends to the Marina Day Sands, the beautiful park has become a busy destination around clock, with access open 24 hours a day.

Travel tips

  • There is a souvenir shop within its precincts that sells Merlion T-shirts as well as other gift items.
  • Don't forget your camera
  • Avoid going there in the sunny time also, it burns you down very fast
  • This place sometimes is cramped and difficult to take photos
  • There is a light show at 8pm and 9:30pm evenings

How to get there

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Downtown MRT Station (DT17)
15 Central Boulevard. (S)018969
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Starting from Marina View 40 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Continue to Cross Street 170 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Robinson Road 90 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Collyer Quay 190 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Continue onto Fullerton Road 290 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Destination 260 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Merlion Park

Nearby attractions

There are things to do near Merlion Park Bumboat River Tour, Singapore River, Waterfront Promenade, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Marina Bay and Asian Civilisations Museum

11. ESPLANADE - THEATRES ON THE BAY (DOWNTOWN MRT)

The performing arts center with non-stop line-up of world-class performances.

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981, Singapore
Opening time: 10:00 AM - 22:00 PM

Esplanade Theatres on the Bay offers a complete lifestyle experience in dining, shopping and the performing arts. It is a must visit place for visitors.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is a world- class performing arts center located in MarinaBay near the mouth of the Singapore River.

What to explore

Esplanade offers a wide range of artful programs. The shows on offer cut across cultures and genres. You can catch a concert by Western greats such as The New York Philharmonic Orchestra or a Chinese play. Free programs from music and dance to theatre are usually taken place at various locations around Esplanade.

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

Photo by Eustaquio Santimano

Before you enjoy the performance, you can have dinner or a coffee at one of the restaurants or cafes at Esplanade’s three-storey mall and squeeze in a quick spot of shopping at the retail outlets to pick up some gifts

If you wish to explore the complex further, take the Esplanade Walk, a 45-minute guided tour that walks you through the Concert Hall, Theatre and other front-of-house facilities. The tour will give you an understanding of the venue’s acoustics, its architecture and history, as well as its contribution to Singapore’s art scene.

Travel tips

  • Live music performances at the weekend.
  • Don't forget to head to the rooftop garden for a view of the entire Marina Bay area/ skyline - especially at sunset.
  • You can chill at night with free outdoor performances just right at the door step of the Esplanade on weekends.

How to get there

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Downtown MRT Station (DT17)
15 Central Boulevard. (S)018969
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Starting from Marina View 40 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Continue to Cross Street 170 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Robinson Road 90 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Collyer Quay 190 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Continue onto Fullerton Road 290 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Continue onto Esplanade Drive 260 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Continue onto Nicoll Highway 560 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Continue onto Bras Basah Road 240 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Continue onto Raffles Boulevard 100 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Temasek Avenue 480 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Raffles Avenue 190 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Destination 610 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Esplanade - Theatres On the Bay
1 Esplanade Drive. (S)038981

Nearby attractions

Some must visit places nearby: Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay, Bumboat River Tour, and Merlion Park

12. CHINATOWN (CHINATOWN MRT)

The charming cultural town with traditional shops and markets

Chinatown Street Market

Chinatown, Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street, Smith Street, Singapore 050005, Singapore
Opening time: 07:00 AM - 22:00 PM

Chinatown Street Market is an interesting spot to shop, interact with locals and get a glimpse of culture of Chinese in Singapore.

Singapore’s historic Chinatown is a bustling mixing town of modernity where is filled with traditional shops and markets as well as cool stores and cafes.

What to explore

Singapore's Chinatown features unique Chinese cultural and historical value. This area is proud of its heritage, and has very much things on display. There are the ornate Chinese, Buddhist and Hindu temples, museums galore and various opportunities to shop in the bustling Chinatown street market.

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

Photo by Khalzuri Yazid

If you’re a foodie, try 'char kway teow' (stir-fried noodles) and 'satay' (barbecued meat skewers) at Chinatown food court. For fine dining, chic restaurants and bars are in Neil Road, Duxton Road and Keong Saik Road are your best choice. The vibe is in Club Street and Ann Siang Road is where locals and expats often go for dinner and drinks on Friday and Saturday nights.

Travel tips

  • You can bargain whenever you can, so you should go around and compare the price before buying something.
  • You should take your camera, there are lot of interesting photo opportunities
  • You can visit The Chinatown Complex and the Maxwell Food Center nearby
  • You should go early as it can get very crowded,
  • You should be careful with your bags and your valuables.

How to get there

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT

12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Chinatown MRT (NE4) - Entrance/Exit A
151 New Bridge Road. (S)059443
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Starting from Temple Street 140 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Continue to Neil Road 210 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Kreta Ayer Road 180 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Eu Tong Sen Street 290 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to New Bridge Road 410 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT Turn right to Destination 310 m
12 Must-go places along the Singapore new downtown line MRT
Chinatown Shop Houses
265A New Bridge Road. (S)088745

Nearby attractions

Don't forget to visit these places on the way: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, Chinatown Visitor’s Center, Red Dot Museum, Pearl’s Hill Park and Temple Hopping

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