The Garden City has 300 parks packed within an island half the size of London. Taste diverse cuisines in this cosmopolitan city.

Where 300 parks, 63 islands and 4 nature reserves are packed within an island about half the size of London. Where the world’s first FORMULA ONE street night race is held, and where more species of trees exist in just one of its nature reserves, than those in the whole of North America put together. It’s summer all year-round in this tropical haven just slightly north of the equator; its people speak mainly English but they come from all walks of life; a myriad of cuisines and flavours await you from beneath the colonial arches of hawker centres, to atop plush banquettes at fine-dining establishments helmed by renowned Michelin-starred chefs. The list goes on - the only way to take it all in is to visit  this island state to see for yourself. It's more than just a red dot. Welcome to YourSingapore.

When to go

Singapore is  tropical paradise - that means you can visit the city state all year-round!

Visa requirements

Most visitors coming into Singapore do not require a visa for entry and may be given social visit passes. If you are unsure if a visa is required, you can check with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or with your local consular office. The period of stay granted will be shown on the visit pass endorsement in your passport.


Singapore Dollar (SGD)


It’s fairly easy to explore Singapore on its extensive public transport system. The fastest way to get around the island is on the MRT (mass rapid transit) train system, while the comprehensive bus network is both convenient and economical. Meanwhile, taking a taxi is a comfortable way to get to more out of the way destinations.

Health and safety tips

Drink lots of water to keep hydrated as Singapore  can be quite hot and humid. What's more, you can drink water straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organization standards.

Emergency details


In Case Of Emergency, Call 999


Four main languages: English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil


Marina Bay Sands

10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

A splendid retail destination in itself. Whether you pick up desirable items from the iconic Louis Vuitton Island Maison store or potions from luxury perfumer Penhaligon’s, there’s plenty to spoil your loved ones and yourself here.

ION Orchard

2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801

ION Orchard houses boutiques that span every budget, from designer label Prada to fast fashion giant Uniqlo, along the 2.2 kilometre-long Orchard Road.


290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859

An upmarket selection of stores, where ladies will adore hard-to-find beauty wares sourced by Escentials, while men can outfit themselves at homegrown favourite Raoul, which also stocks womenswear.

Mandarin Gallery

333A Orchard Rd, Singapore 238897

For fashion finds with a local twist, Mandarin Gallery across the street offers top Singaporean labels. Pop by Atelier Fang for wallet-friendly shoes, and hansel for retro-quirky apparel.

Raffles Hotel

1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673

Nip over to Front Row at Raffles Hotel for more centrally-located boutiques, which stock local designs for men and women, along with cult brands.

Funan DigitaLife Mall

109 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179097

Looking for the latest gadgets? For the best gear under one roof, Funan DigitaLife Mall has over 180 outlets spread across six floors, stocking everything from laptops to games.

Mustafa Centre

145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704

Indulge your geeky side at all-in-one megastore Mustafa Centre at Little India. Besides an extensive range of electronics at highly competitive prices, you can find just about anything under the sun in this sprawling destination that’s open 24 hours.

Arab Quarter

The historical Arab Quarter is home to hip cafés, eateries and boutiques. The best shopping haunt here is Haji Lane, filled with independent multi-label stores, such as Know It Nothing, Threadbare & Squirrel and Soon Lee.

Tiong Bahru

For quaint fashion trinkets and homeware, Tiong Bahru has little shops like Strangelets, Nana & Bird, and Flea & Trees. Literary types can pick up a tome at BooksActually for local literature or Woods in the Books for a wonderful children’s selection. There’s even The French Bookshop, which any Francophile will love.



70/F Equinox Complex, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Rd., Singapore 178882

An award-winning modern French establishment 70 storeys above the bustling Marina Bay area


#B1-71 Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., Singapore 018956

An American steakhouse with a modern touch, renowned celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck

Waku Ghin

L2-01, Atrium 2, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., Singapore 018956

Japanese gastronomy at its finest, brought to you by Japanese-born Australian Chef, Tetsuya Wakuda 

Le Bistrot Du Sommelier

53 Armenian St, Singapore 177940

Rustic French home-style cooking at its best, from luscious rillettes to meaty beef tartares 

Artichoke Café + Bar

161 Middle Road, Sculpture Square, Singapore 188978

Chill out with all-day Middle Eastern brunch favourites by local chef Bjorn Shen, whose personality is almost as big as the flavours he conjures.

Punjab Grill by Jiggs Kalra

B1-01A, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, South Podium, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

An outpost of the upmarket Indian restaurant chain that is making waves in Singapore with its rich, robust flavours reminiscent of the royal kitchens of Punjab - with a contemporary flourish, that is. 

Joël Robuchon Restaurant

8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269

A temple of fine French cuisine, by one of the most decorated chefs in the world

The Naked Finn

41 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109454

Fresh seafood par excellence - that's what this unassuming establishment nestled in Singapore's premier Art enclave is all about.


Craig Place #01-02, 20 Craig Road, Singapore 089692

An elegant yet casual Spanish dining stalwart, with a vibrant tapas bar that's got an irresistible vibe

Bedrock Bar & Grill

96 Somerset Road, #01-05 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Singapore 238163

Choice meats, wood-fired grills and bespoke whiskeys right smack in the middle of Singapore's most prominent address that is Orchard Road

Maxwell Food Centre

1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184

A stone’s throw away from Chinatown, and home to the renowned Tian Tian Chicken Rice for excellent Hainanese chicken rice. Long queues can also be found at Zhen Zhen Porridge, for rice congee.

Hong Lim Food Centre

531A, Upper Cross Street, Singapore 051531

A treasure trove of hawker fare, from laksa to wanton noodles, that will be the perfect introduction to Singapore's street cuisine

Satay by the Bay

18 Marina Gardens Drive #01-19, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore 018953

A sizzling array of stalls hawking "satay", a Malay-style grilled meat skewer that’s served with peanut dipping sauce and cucumber chunks, against the backdrop of Gardens by the Bay

Tiong Bahru Market

83 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898

Fantastic street food in a quaint neighbourhood, where some of the longest queues can be found for Cantonese roast pork, "lor mee" ( noodles served in thick gravy) and even dim sum


The Forest by Wangz

145A Moulmein Road, Singapore 308108

One of Singapore's top serviced residences with the luxury setting of a hotel

Capella Singapore

1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297

The Sentosa resort on a terraced knoll, with spectacular views of the South China Sea

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799

An exquisite, contemporary oasis with an Oriental touch, amid the hubbub of the city

Raffles Hotel Singapore

1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673

A legendary icon with a sophisticated colonial charm

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326

A dazzling jewel on the Marina Bay waterfront, with stunning vistas of the Singapore skyline

Conrad Centennial Singapore

Two Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982

An award-winning hotel steps away from key business and shopping districts in Marina Bay

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

5 Raffles Ave, Marina Square, Singapore 039797

Top-notch service, decadent spa treatments and epicurean delights converge here in the heart of Marina Bay.

Pan Pacific Singapore

7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595

A premium urban-chic sanctuary - the place to indulge whether you're here for business or leisure

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350

Luxuriate amid 15 acres of lush greenery, and put the hustle and bustle of the city behind you.

The Quincy Hotel by Far East Hospitality

22 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228517

A fashionable, quirky boutique hotel for the discerning traveller

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

190 Orchard Boulevard Singapore 248646

Enjoy timeless luxury and exceptional comfort, with Singapore's most famous shopping strip at your doorstep.

Hong Lim Food Centre

531A, Upper Cross Street, Singapore 051531

A treasure trove of hawker fare, from laksa to wanton noodles, that will be the perfect introduction to Singapore's street cuisine

Singapore Art Week

17- 25 January 2015

The week-long Singapore Art Week celebrates the visual arts with a myriad of quality experiences, from blockbuster art fairs to enriching discussions. You'll find a bustling marketplace from exciting art fairs, gallery openings to previews from famous auction houses.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

February to March

With bright colours, non-stop revelry and sheer exuberance, Chinese New Year is one festival that demands all of your attention – and energy. Also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is undoubtedly the most important event in the Chinese calendar.

For 3 weeks prior to the start of Chinese New Year, you'll be able to soak in the festive mood throughout the island with celebrations in the form of colorful processions, seasonal markets, riotous lion dances and overlaying it all, the excited chatter and laughter of people meeting up, exchanging mandarin oranges for good luck and feasting on special dishes.

Asia Fashion Exchange


The annual Asia Fashion Exchange (AFX) is a one-week extravaganza that puts Singapore on the map as Asia’s fashion capital. Every May, this fashion fiesta sees celebrities, supermodels and couturiers mixing it up at parties, runway shows and trade events.

There are four main events during the prestigious AFX: the Audi Fashion Festival, the BLUEPRINT tradeshow, Audi Star Creation design competition and Asia Fashion Summit.

And what’s fashion without a good dose of partying? Look out for the handful of AFX-related pre- and after-parties, with a roll call of international DJs guaranteed to knock your pretty socks off.

Chingay Parade

27 - 28 February 2015

If a single event could capture the essence of Singapore’s unique multicultural personality, it would be the Chingay Parade – an annual marvel of dazzling floats, dancing dragons and stilt walkers. This wondrous event brings together people and performances from across the spectrum of Singaporean culture; celebrated by Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians alike. With all its noise and gaiety, the parade was mooted over four decades ago as a way to compensate for the ban that had been placed on firecrackers, a customary New Year practice to drive away evil spirits. Today, the Chingay Parade is the largest street performance and float parade in Asia – a shimmering celebration that makes its way across the heartland of this country.


10 November 2015
(Subject to Change)

Deepavali, which literally means “row of lights,” is one of the most important festivals in Hinduism. In Singapore, the Festival of Lights, as it’s endearingly called, is the celebration of good over evil, and light overcoming darkness.

New clothes are worn during Deepavali and sweets and snacks are shared. A traditional way to celebrate Deepavali in Singapore is to have your hands painted with henna art. During Deepavali, the streets of Little India are artfully decorated and lit up in bright festive colours, transforming it with an explosion of vibrant, colourful arches and lights.  Festive bazaars and numerous cultural activities such as the Indian Heritage and Craft Exhibition, Street Parade, Countdown Concert are also held. 

Fashion Steps Out @Orchard

April to May

Get those cameras out, style watchers. Fashion Steps Out @ Orchard is a fun-filled six-week extravaganza that shows off the latest fashion trends from around the globe, in the heart of Orchard Road.

Since its debut in 2010, this annual highlight has been on every fashion fan’s to-do list. This is when the Orchard Road shopping belt celebrates the Spring/Summer fashion season with local and international brands, as well as exciting events and shopping promotions.

Grand Prix Season Singapore


If you want breathtaking thrills and non-stop action, you’ll find them all during the high-octane Grand Prix Season Singapore. Speed ahead full-throttle from day to night with vibrant and dynamic experiences ranging from world-class entertainment, nightlife, dining to shopping and more. Soak up the electrifying atmosphere with high-octane entertainment at Marina Bay, make pit stops to fuel up with flavourful local cuisine in Chinatown and join the fashion ranks at Orchard Road - there is something for everyone, at any time! Be enthralled by the amazing rhythm of exciting Grand Prix Season Singapore events and set your heart racing in Singapore this September!

Great Singapore Sale

May to July

Stretch your dollar at the Great Singapore Sale, the big event for bargain-hunting locals and tourists alike. Known to Singaporeans as the GSS, this annual sale season is a true highlight for any shopaholic worth their salt.

During the GSS, retailers here offer steep discounts, sometimes up to 70 per cent off their original prices. You’ll find great deals on just about everything, from fashion to jewellery, electronics to toys, even spa treatments, hotel stays, F&B and visits to local attractions for a total lifestyle experience.

Over the years, the scale of the GSS has grown tremendously. The entire island is transformed into a shopping paradise, as even shops in the suburban areas join in.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri

17 July 2015

Marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is the festival of Eid, known in Singapore as Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Ramadan is a period of sober repentance for Muslims, with approximately 30 days of dawn-to-dusk fasting. 

The day begins with a trip to the mosque where special prayers are recited. Then it’s off to see the parents – Muslims traditionally ask for forgiveness from their elders for any wrongs committed during the year. The heart of the celebrations is at Geylang Serai, where a bazaar is set up with a vast array of Malay and Middle Eastern products - from cakes to clothes, sweets to savoury delicacies.

Hari Raya Haji

5 October 2015

Lasting four days, Hari Raya Haji commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham's) complete faith and trust in God. This is recounted in the story of God commanding Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael), a commandment that Ibrahim responded to with obedience. God stopped him, and provided him with a sheep to substitute as a sacrifice, instead of his son.

During this period, the faithful dress in their finest clothes and congregate in mosques to listen to sermons and offer their prayers. But the most important ritual observed here is that of 'korban' (sacrifice). Worshippers contribute live sheep, lambs, goats and cows, which are slaughtered by a quick slit to the jugular as prayers are recited.

Hungry Ghost Festival

27 July 2015 - 24 August 2015

The Hungry Ghost Festival is one of the best times of the year to soak in the local culture and observe traditional rites in hyper-modern Singapore.

Just as the Americans have Halloween, the Chinese have the Hungry Ghost Festival, when the souls of the dead are believed to roam the earth. According to custom, these ghosts can get up to mischief if ignored, so all sorts of offerings are made to them.

During this period, large tents are set up in open fields to host dinners and auctions in heartland estates. There are performances such as Chinese operas and 'getai' (live stage performances), which feature tales of gods and goddesses. Everyone is welcome – so sit back and enjoy!

Mid-Autumn Festival


One of the loveliest Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore is about celebration with the family, lantern processions and oh-so-sweet mooncakes.

Marking the end of the autumn harvest, the Mid-Autumn Festival was traditionally a time to give thanks to the gods. It is also a time of year that the moon is at its brightest, which is why lunar legends have always been attached to the celebration. 

Moon-viewing parties are a popular way to enjoy the occasion, as family and friends sit in gardens lit by the soft glow of paper lanterns, sip tea, nibble on mooncakes, and if so inspired, compose poetry in venerable Tang Dynasty fashion.

National Day

9 August 2015

Singapore roars to life on National Day, as it remembers its colourful rise to independence and beyond. Audience members sit back to enjoy a stunning spectacle of military parades, multi-cultural song-and-dance performances and aerial high jinks capped by a breathtaking firework extravaganza set against the stunning cityscape framed by the Marina Waterfront. To celebrate the nation’s 50th birthday, 2015’s parade will be held at the spanking new Singapore Sports Hub, built on the site of the old National Stadium. With the lush displays, rousing songs and pulsating energy creating such an electric atmosphere, why, you’d almost think that you were Singaporean.

Singapore Food Festival


Put aside your food guide – you’ll find all you need to fill your tummies at the Singapore Food Festival. You’ll get to taste new and signature dishes, whipped up by the country’s top chefs. Tuck into old favourites and inventive flavours across different Asian cultures. The Singapore Food Festival truly has something for every palate.

Christmas on a Great Street

November to January

Christmas in Singapore is a big celebration that gives the locals another excuse to do what they love most: eat and shop.

The famous shopping belt on Orchard Road is lit up every December to ramp up the festive mood, and serves as a blazing reminder to hit the malls.

Meanwhile, Christmas spreads and Yuletide menus pop up at restaurants across the island, giving a festive twist to an already impressive dining scene.

At its heart, the holiday is still a special day for Singapore’s many Christians. It’s a religious celebration like any other, except over here, everyone gets to take part in the frenzy and the fun of fake snow, men in santa suits and of course, Christmas presents!

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown

31 December 2015

End the year with a bang – literally – at the climax of the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown. 

At the stroke of midnight, fireworks displays will light up Singapore’s iconic downtown skyline. It is the highlight of the year and suitably explosive. Revel in the festive atmosphere with a bevy of events that take you from the early evening till past midnight. From live outdoor musical performances, carnivals to waterfront bazaars – there’s something for everyone.

WTA Finals Singapore

October to November

You don’t have to be a tennis fan to have a smashing good time with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Watch the sport’s top women’s tennis stars vie for the prestigious title!

This finale is the highlight of the women’s tennis season, promising to be a thrilling display of the world’s best forehand, volleys and lobs, with eight of the sport’s top female singles and doubles tennis players battling it out at the new Singapore Sports Hub. 

Besides the top eight headliners, you can also expect to see tennis legends and budding stars converge on the court for a variety of matches, from the WTA Rising Stars Invitational to the WTA Legends Event. 

World Gourmet Summit

14 - 25 April 2015

Time to cleanse your palates, gourmands! The annual World Gourmet Summit is a fresh take on food festivals, with its focus on top-notch wining and dining.

The World Gourmet Summit focuses on top-notch wining and dining. It is, after all, Southeast Asia’s premier haute cuisine festival, where you’ll enjoy back-to-back epicurean experiences, from vintner dinners to themed meals.

This is when you can step into some of the most celebrated restaurants for special menus as well as collaborations between Singaporean chefs and other culinary icons around the world. Wine enthusiasts can opt for the specially designed wine tasting sessions, while serious foodies can also listen in on gastronomic talks with world-renowned Michelin-star chefs or pitch in at hands-on cooking workshops.



The only time you’ll catch techno kids, trance heads, hip-hop fans and more together on the same beach in Singapore, ZoukOut is the ultimate party for music lovers and anyone out for a really fun time. 

Big names who have graced the decks and stages at ZoukOut include DJ Afrojack, Avicii, David Guetta and Carl Cox.

This dance music extravaganza is the place to kick back and cut loose with thousands of party-goers and ZoukOut devotees from all over the world. Take in the heady vibe, with the festival grounds’ golden sands, sultry sea breeze and beautiful people. You won’t get hungry or thirsty either, with a vast (and we mean very vast) selection of food and drink booths too.


19 - 22 March 2015

Eat your way around the world at Savour, an annual food festival in Singapore where you can indulge at one of the world’s best food festivals.

This alfresco event is sure to get your mouth watering. Create your own tasting trail with more than 50 award-winning signature dishes by some of the top restaurants from here and around the world. For avid cooks, there’s the chance to get up close and personal with their favourite celebrity chefs at hands-on classes, live demonstrations and workshops. When you’re at Savour, you can’t miss the gourmet market too, where you can sample a selection of products from hundreds of food and drink exhibitors, including wine, fresh produce, seafood and artisanal products.

Singapore Night Festival


For two weekends every August, the Singapore Night Festival transforms the Bras Basah/Bugis heritage precinct into a midsummer’s celebration of sorts.

Zero in on Armenian Street, which becomes a pedestrian-only area during the festival. This nocturnal extravaganza is spread out at different spots and times, featuring spectacular aerial performances, live music, dances and art installations.

The Singapore Night Festival is your chance to see Singapore’s heritage, arts and culture in a completely different light.