Immerse yourself in Singapore's rich and diverse cultural community
Head down to the different ethnic quarters for a first-hand experience of Singapore's heritage. Relive the olden days of Singapore's early Chinese immigrants at Chinatown and expose yourself to the vibrant and colourful history of the Malay community at Kampong Glam. Treat your five senses to the colourful sights and sounds at Little India and explore the fascinating background of the early Peranakans along the districts of Joo Chiat and Katong. Glimpse into history and culture of the earliest Eurasian residents at the Eurasian Heritage Centre.
Where to do
China Town : 48 Pagoda St, Singapore City 059207 +65 6325 2879
Malay community at Kampong Glam : Kampong Glam, Singapore, Singapore
Little India : Serangoon Road, Singapore, Singapore
Joo Chiat and Katong : Singapore 427585, Singapore
Enjoy a cold drink by the Riverside
Stretching from Marina Bay right up to Robertson Quay, the Singapore River has something for everyone. Clarke Quay is the number one destination for partygoers (not for the faint hearted after dark!), while a stroll from the prestigious Fullerton Hotel along to Robertson Quay offers several fine dining riverside dining options.
Chill in the Arab Quarter
If Singapore’s endless shopping malls don’t float your boat try the hip boutiques on Haji Lane in the centre of the Arab Quarter. From city bikes to bespoke designer dresses, the lane has endless delights – including some Turkish ones. If you feel like a change from Asian food, try a mezze platter at one of the cafés and smoke a shisha pipe as you gaze at the sunset above the golden-domed Sultan Mosque.
Eat at a hawker food market
First up, you’ll need some grub - and you’re in luck as Singapore has probably the widest selection of Asian food anywhere on the planet. From Malay dishes such as nasi lemak to local Chinese favourite Hainanese chicken rice, not to mention dim sum, dahl and Korean BBQ, grab a bargain meal with the locals at a hawker food market such as Maxwell Road or Lau Pa Sat.
Watch a concert at the Esplanade
Concerts every night for free. What more could you ask for? Esplanade’s At the Concourse showcases both local and international talents. You can expect o see musical perfomances… and theater if you’re lucky.
The Scenic Route
There's no better way to take in the sights and sounds of Singapore. Cruise down the Singapore River for a trip down Singapore's history, or hop on the City Sighting Bus and enjoy as it tours the Singapore Island while bringing you to the major local sights and attractions.
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