Travel guide: Singapore

Singapore's best neighbourhoods, shopping, restaurants and more

Singapore is a one of a kind city. Where else can you nosh on a celebrity chef meal, party at a rooftop club and cap off the night with a hot supper of roti prata? If you're thinking about visiting, but don't know where to start, we've got the answer to your prayers.

We asked the team at Time Out Singapore to share the best bits of their 'hood. Read on for the hottest neighbourhoods, the best shops, bars and restaurants, what to see and where to explore and much more.

Hottest neighbourhoods

Joo Chiat

Joo Chiat

Great local food, stunning shophouse architecture and its proximity to the beach make this historic Peranakan enclave a weekend favourite among locals (pictured above).

Tiong Bahru

Singapore’s answer to Williamsburg, where hipper-than-thou boutiques, cafés and bars sit amid photogenic public housing flats.



A well-curated boutique that brings together cult brands from Singapore and abroad.

02-18, orchardgateway mall, 277 Orchard Rd (+65 9773 4542).

The Little Dröm Store

Skip the touristy souvenir shops and hit up this small boutique for its quirky objets d’art that reference local culture.

7 Ann Siang Rd (+65 6225 5541).


Tiong Bahru Market

Tiong Bahru Market

Eighty-three stalls dish out some of the finest hawker fare on the island. Pro tip: get the chwee kueh (rice flour cakes topped with preserved turnip) from Jian Bo Shui Kueh.

30 Seng Poh Rd.

Violet Oon Singapore

Peranakan cuisine’s hearty, eclectic and not shy with its flavours. This local institution does it with aplomb.

881 Bukit Timah Rd (+65 6468 5430).


28 Hongkong Street

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One of the first cocktail-serious speakeasies in Singapore still flies its flag high with a programme that placed it tenth on the 2014 World’s 50 Best Bars list.

28 Hongkong St (+65 6533 2001).

Operation Dagger


Experimentation’s the name of the game at this underground cocktail bar. Ask for the omakase set, which includes six different cocktails paired with bar bites.

7 Ann Siang Hill.

See and explore

Rail Corridor

This erstwhile, 24km-long railway track is transforming into a lush green corridor flanked by street art. Not everything’s ready, but it’s still worth the trek.

369 Commonwealth Ave.

Asia Pacific Breweries

Tiger Tavern

Chart the origins of our national brew – Tiger Beer – when you set off on the brewery tour, which ends at the bottom of a pint glass. Seriously, there’s a 45-minute, all-you-can-glug booze bonanza after the tour.

459 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim (+65 6860 3005).

Hidden gems

The Projector

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Image: Philipp Aldrup

Singapore’s coolest cinema, screening cult classics and retrospectives of acclaimed auteurs.

Level 5, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Rd.

Red Point Record Warehouse


If you’re a crate-digger, you must make a detour to this 2,000sqft vinyl haven, which stocks vintage records of all genres. The selection of Asian LPs here is second to none.

06-11, Block B, Kapo Factory Building, 80 Playfair Rd (+65 6383 3966).

Don’t miss

Your flight. We’re not kidding – Changi Airport’s got so many things happening, like a swimming pool and five gardens, so you should keep a close eye on your watch.

Local’s tip

See those packets of tissue paper on hawker centre tables? They’re not for you. Hungry workers leave those there to chope (‘reserve’) a spot while they queue for food.

For more great ideas on where to go and what to do, take a look at Time Out Singapore.

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