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Your Ultimate 5-Day Singapore Adventure (Iconic Marvels and Hidden Gems Included!)

Your Ultimate 5-Day Singapore Adventure (Iconic Marvels and Hidden Gems Included!)

Singapore may be small enough to cross in under an hour, but don’t worry – you don’t have to lace up your best running shoes today. 

However, some comfy, sensible shoes might do the trick because we’re going to show you how to explore the country in just 5 days. Yes, you heard that right! It’s totally possible. 

This adventure-packed itinerary is your ticket to an enjoyable time in Singapore. From famous attractions to hidden gems, we’ve covered everything to guarantee the adventure of a lifetime!

Day 1: Wander through iconic attractions


Address: 10 Bayfront Ave

Operating hours: $$$

Let’s jumpstart your Singapore adventure with a trip to Marina Bay Sands, a world-class hotel that offers luxurious accommodations, breathtaking views, and unparalleled entertainment options. 

A lot of locals and tourists alike love it for its offerings of luxury brands, making it one of the top destinations to shop in Singapore. 

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands also have a wide array of upscale dining choices, ensuring you get to experience Singapore’s best all under one roof. 

Of course, if you’ve done a bit of research about Singapore, you’ll know that this 5-star hotel isn’t only known for its sophisticated offerings. It’s also a popular landmark for its striking facade. 

The area around Marina Bay Sands also boasts a plethora of fascinating sights worth exploring, which we’ll delve deeper into below!


Address: 6 Bayfront Ave

Contact details: +65 6688 8888

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 7 PM 

Stepping inside the ArtScience Museum (art science museum singapore) is like stepping into a time machine for its futuristic displays that incorporate technology, culture, art, and science.

You can expect new offerings that push the boundaries of creativity and innovation, making an immersive experience for visitors like no other. 

Another thing to love about this attraction is its creative architectural design, reminiscent of a lotus floating gracefully on the waters. 

Just right next to the Marina Bay Sands, this is a must-visit if you’re in the bustling shopping destination. 

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Contact details: +65 6329 3535

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

While you’re in the area, don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll along the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade.

It’s one of our favorite photo spots in the city center because of the gorgeous views of the skyscrapers, highlighted by the Singapore River. 

Whether you’re visiting here during the day or night, you’re bound to fall in love with its picturesque allure. However, if you’d like to catch the illumination at the Helix Bridge, make sure to drop by after sundown!


Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr

Contact details: +65 6420 6848

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 5 AM to 2 AM 

Just a stone’s throw away from Marina Bay is the Gardens by the Bay, a whimsical attraction that combines nature and technology wrapped in one awe-inspiring experience. 

Even those who are not aficionados of nature settings will surely enjoy their visit here. 

The Cloud Forest is a must-visit, offering breathtaking views of one of the tallest indoor waterfalls in the world, surrounded by gorgeous, lush vegetation. You’ll certainly need to prepare to be in awe of this attraction! 

We saved this for last on your day 1 itinerary because of the Garden Rhapsody, a mesmerizing light show that transforms Gardens by the Bay into a magical wonderland. 

Day 2: Indulge in culinary delights and retail therapy 

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Address: 665 Buffalo Road Zhujiao Centre, Tekka, Market

The Day 2 of your itinerary is all about food exploration and retail therapy because let’s face it, what’s a visit to Singapore without trying out these quintessential experiences? 

And when it comes to culinary delights, hawker centers take center stage. Today, Tekka Centre in Little India takes the limelight.

It’s extremely popular for its teh tarik, a sweet drink made of black tea and condensed milk. 

But wait – Tekka Center isn’t your ordinary hawker center. In addition to its food stalls, the center also features a bustling wet market and a variety of stalls that sell clothes, most of which are affordable Indian clothing. 

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Address: 3 New Bugis St. 

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 10 PM 

Just a 13-minute stroll from Tekka Centre is Bugis Street, a renowned shopping destination known for its buzzing atmosphere, diverse range of merchandise, and irresistible bargains. 

It’s most popular for its affordable souvenirs, where you can find a multitude of trinkets to remember your trip by. 

Topping it off, they also have a wide range of stalls that offer delectable street food, allowing you to treat your taste buds to a well-deserved culinary adventure after a few hours of shopping. 

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Characterized by its colorful arrays of shops, Haji Lane is a vibrant attraction just a 10-minute stroll from Bugis Street. 

Here, you can expect a variety of local independent boutiques, colorful murals, trendy cafes, and buzzing bars, creating a vibrant hub for a variety of experiences. 

This location also presents great photo opportunities unique to Singapore, with colorful backgrounds that serve as the perfect backdrop to your shots. 


Address: 18 Raffles Quay

Contact details: +65 6220 2138

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

Wrapping up a day full of culinary adventures, there’s another foodie hotspot you won’t want to miss – Lau Pa Sat. 

It’s a 16-minute train ride from Haji Lane, ensuring you can swiftly return to your exploration without wasting any time. 

Lau Pa Sat is considered one of the most popular hawker centers in Singapore because of its historical building that has been around since the late 1800s. 

Of course, this isn’t to say that it’s only famous for its facade. After all, locals lining up for the stalls is enough proof to confirm just how delicious their offerings are here. 

The satay dishes stand out as the most popular one, which we recommend to those who especially want to try Singaporean street food culture. 

Enjoy it with a cold beer, which they also sell here, and you’re basically a local. 

Day 3: Explore the iconic shopping street, Orchard Road 


Address: 68 Orchard Rd

Contact details: +65 6332 9248

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 10 PM 

If you’re in Singapore to do some shopping, Orchard Road is a popular shopping area, featuring an overwhelming array of shops that will cater to every whim and desire. 

You can start your day at Plaza Singapura, a huge shopping mall, boasting 9 floors. 

From fashion finds to beauty centers, it has everything you need! It’s also popular for its massive food court, so be sure to allot time for the foodie gems hiding in the area. 


Address: 250 Orchard Rd

Contact details: +65 9379 4725

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM 

Considered one of the lesser-known shopping spots in this list of Orchard Road delights, Design Orchard is a hub that offers a collection of local designers, showcasing unique pieces you won’t find elsewhere. 

Definitely drop by if you’re looking for local offerings as memorabilia to your trip, as you’ll discover a variety of one-of-a-kind treasures during your visit. 

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Address: 391A Orchard Rd

Contact details: +65 6506 0460

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 9:30 PM 

Ngee Ann City is one of the prime places along Orchard Road for luxury shopping, featuring a multitude of big brand names, including Chanel, Dior, and Fendi. 

Its decades-old history adds an extra layer of charm and allure, making it an iconic shopping spot on the iconic shopping road.  


Address: 391 Orchard Rd

Contact details: +65 6738 1111

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 9:30 PM 

Takashimaya Shopping Center is another exciting destination for luxury shopping along Orchard Road. 

You can expect a lot of internationally renowned brands such as Louis Vuitton, CELINE, and Chanel. 

Its offerings, however, go beyond luxury brands, as you can also find affordable deals while you’re here. Additionally, the shopping center is also well known for Kinokuniya, the biggest bookstore in Singapore. 


Address: 2 Orchard Turn

Contact details:  +65 6238 8228

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 10 PM 

ION Orchard is another must-visit if you’re in Orchard Road, boasting a wide array of luxury brands that cater to discerning shoppers. 

Make sure to check out their Sephora, the biggest location in Singapore. Aside from makeup, Sephora also sells a variety of luxury perfumes and skincare products. 

Additionally, do stop by their food court for a delectable culinary experience filled with Asian cuisine. 

Day 4: Discover lesser-known gems 


Address: 56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68

Contact details: +65 6222 1719

Operating hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday to Sunday – 12 PM to 3 PM, 6 PM to 10 PM 
  • Tuesday – closed

For Day 4, let’s veer away from the bustling tourist attractions and embrace the road less traveled. Trust us, this promises a different journey through Singapore, offering a unique perspective that will make you fall in love with the country even more. 

First on the list is the House of Peranakan Petit, a Nyonya restaurant located in the hip and charming Tiong Bahru. 

The ayam buah keluak is a popular choice among patrons, a tasty chicken dish known for its rich, earthy, and slight sweetness that is sure to captivate those seeking a complex flavor profile. 


Address: 78 Yong Siak St, #01-18

Contact details: +65 8817 9986

Operating hours:

  • Monday – closed
  • Tuesday to Sunday – 12 PM to 10 PM 

Craving something sweet after a delicious savory meal? Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffee is just a mere 9-minute walk from the House of Peranakan. 

As you make your way here, you’ll also be treated to the charming sights of Tiong Bahru, immersing yourself in the beauty of the historic area. 

The unbeatable combination of waffles and ice cream is the preferred pick of many, so do consider getting yourself one. 

Otherwise, you can explore their tasty ice cream options – Earl Grey, Gula Melaka, and pistachio are among the favorites. 


Address: 78 Yong Siak St, #01-14

Contact details: +65 6333 0870

Operating hours:

  • Sunday and Monday – 10 AM to 6 PM 
  • Tuesday to Thursday – 10 AM to 7 PM 
  • Friday and Saturday – 10 AM to 8 PM 

It’s impossible to visit the Tiong Bahru neighborhood without exploring the independent boutiques in the area. 

And if you’re seeking a creative gift shop that sells an assortment of souvenirs, books, postcards, fashion accessories, and the like, Cat Socrates should definitely be on your itinerary. 


Address: 55 Tiong Bahru Rd, Block 55, 01-53

Operating hours:

  • Sunday and Monday – closed
  • Tuesday to Saturday – 10 AM to 5 PM 

Created by a local illustrator, YeniDraws is another enticing gem in the charming Tiong Bahru filled with Singapore-themed souvenirs and unique finds. 

You can expect a delightful array of artistic keepsakes, ranging from tumblers and bags to postcards and ceramic plates. 


Address: 54 Blair Rd, #01-01

Contact details: +65 6909 8354

Operating hours:

  • Monday – closed
  • Tuesday to Saturday – 11 AM to 10:30 PM 
  • Sunday – 10 AM to 9 PM

End the night by stopping by the Little Part 1 Cafe, a highly recommended spot if you’re looking for a hidden gem that offers delicious libations, as well as some tasty bites. 

The ultra-thin pizzas are the most popular plates on their menu, with the margherita pizza being our favorite one. It’s highly recommended if you’re looking for a classic taste. 

Otherwise, the spicy salami might be a better choice, for its fiery kick and robust flavor. 

Day 5: Explore leisurely on your last day


Address: 86 Circular Rd

Contact details: +65 8889 9973

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 11 AM to 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM to 10 PM
  • Sunday – closed

We’re sad to see you leave so soon! For your last day, we recommend a chill day, while basking in the delightful offerings of Singapore. 

You can treat yourself to some delicious local delights one last time at Dumpling Darlings, a modest-sized venue that serves a variety of cuisine. 

To enjoy their delicious dumplings to the fullest, consider ordering the platter for a satisfying variety. 

Additionally, the sichuan pork noodles offer a satisfying kick to your meal for its savory goodness that will leave you feeling craving for more, which is always a good sign!



Contact details: +65 6336 6111

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 1 PM to 9 PM
  • Friday to Sunday – 10 AM to 9 PM 

Before you leave Singapore, don’t forget to hop on a Singapore River Cruise to soak in the stunning city views. 

As you glide along the river on a traditional bumboat, you’ll be treated to the breathtaking sights of Clarke Quay and iconic landmarks, offering a memorable finale to your Singaporean adventure.