2 Day Itinerary for Singapore
After living in Bali for 2 months I needed to leave Bali and looking at the cheapest flights, Singapore was the cheapest at the time (£80 return flight)
I have heard so much about this concrete jungle. Ginormous skyscrapers, expensive as hell but Singapore is known for being the hub of delicious food and its futuristic urban aesthetic. The first thing I noticed was this place really is as clean as a whistle. Not a drop of litter in sight ( living in Bali litter is a big issue here) so this really was a pleasant surprise.
Budget in Singapore – The low down.
I had heard Singapore is expensive and I can confirm that I was taken back by some of the prices!
Food – A meal can range from around £7 – £22. We managed to eat pretty good vegan meals for around £11.
Drinks – Alcohol is expensive! A pint of beer is around £9-11! Coffee will set you back around £4, smoothies and any sort of health drink are around £7.
Hotels/Airbnb – We struggled to find a decent hotel here it was looking around £130 per night for the yuckiest room. So we sought out options on Airbnb and managed to find a decent spot for around £80 per night, however that was sharing the place not renting the entire flat. It was pretty central though, I will say try and make sure your place
Taxis – They use Grab which is just like Uber, a 10-minute trip costs around £8.
Wifi – I didn’t purchase a sim card as I presumed like many big cities they would have wifi in the central areas but nope, no wifi. At times it was difficult to get around but only because we now rely on wifi so much! I would recommend buying a cheap sim or a pre-packaged wifi deal.
An early start this morning as our flight was at 7am. Arriving in Singapore the humidity hit me hard! Already I could see how clean it was here. Everything seemed so orderly compared to Bali haha! I downloaded the Grab app as that is the Uber of Singapore. We then headed to our Air Bnb to drop our things off and headed back out to explore the city.
Getting Around Singapore
Singapore is a small country which makes it super easy to get around thanks to its well-connected network of transportation. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) makes it the most affordable way of getting around. However be prepared to walk, wear comfy shoes!
The Singapore Tourist Pass is a great cheap way of seeing the city and will give you limited rides on any type of public transport. A one-day pass costs $10 SGD ($7.50 USD), a two-day pass costs $16 SGD ($12 USD) or you can get a three-day pass for $20 SGD ($15 USD).
If you prefer taxis then make sure you download the Grab app! It works the same way Uber does and is a litte cheaper than the normal taxis here.
Head to Little India for the best Indian food.
Wow, arriving here I was in awe of the colourful buildings and the different smells that greeted my nose. Full of color and activity, Little India is brimming with delicious and relatively cheap food. After a google search, I came across a veggie cafe called Anada Bhavan and I was totally blown away! We asked for the vegan daily special which consisted of a mix of curries, soup, rice, and nan! With a fresh juice is came to about £8!
Head to Mustafa shopping center
After we headed to the markets and the 24-hour shopping center situated on Syed Alwi Road in the cultural district of Little India. You can find all sorts here from cheap perfumes, clothing, electrical items, and beauty products. I have to say it is much more like a bazaar.
Head to Kult Kafe for cocktails and a bite to eat.
This place was tucked away in mount Emily park, up the hill, so you have to really look if you want to find it. It has such an amazing ambiance, a very cool place to spend your nights when there is live music or DJ sets, chill vibes and good drinks at really reasonable prices. Zach, the cocktail master can fix you up the best cocktails around whilst Tom (a Scotsman, the owner) is the master of music, playing old school hip-hop to bop your head to whilst sipping the yummiest of drinks. They also host events and movie nights.
The food was to die for, its all vegetarian which I am all for. We had the peanut satay, falafel and nachos washed down with the delicious Kult Julep and the Dill & Tonic! The drinks are all served with ingredients from the garden, washed down using their re-usable straws! WIN!
End your night at Potato Head.
We actually stumbled into this place by accident when looking for another bar but boy I was so glad we did. It’s a tucked away rooftop bar with views of the city. We both ordered a glass of red which set us back around £11 each! YIKES! However it was super tasty, the best wine I have had in a long time.
Head for breakfast at the tasty HRVST.
We had checked out many vegan spots to eat but HRVST stood out the most. The place is 5 floors up, set inside the OUE Downtown Gallery and the view is just ridiculous. They have their own organic garden growing all sort of herbs and plants. Food-wise, they have a varied menu, I had the Sourdough with nut spread and orange-glazed grilled tofu and I have to say it was mouth watering it hit all the right spots!
Shopping the Marina Bay
Granted not really my vibe as its all super jazzy designer shops but none the less if you want to splurge then here is the place to do it!
Shop at the famous Orchard road.
A shopping paradise! I couldn’t wait to go to shops such as Zara and Hnm! I really miss this kind of shops that are great for simple items. However, it was all winter stuff! Ha! They have a few different malls to shop around so you can spend a pretty penny here.
Wander around The famous Sky Gardens
Although pretty touristy, you have to go and see the gorgeous gardens. They have 1,500,000 different types of plants and the most beautiful waterfalls. You do have to pay to get inside the dome which is pretty pricey for $28. I decided to skip this part and just sneak a look through the huge windows!
Eat Chinese food in China town
Wander around the markets of Chinatown before making your way over to Buddha’s Tooth Relic Temple.
Go for a charity dinner at Annalakshmi
After a long search for the right spot for our final dinner I came across this Indian restaurant – Annalakshmi. After a little more digging I found it is a charity and you pay what you feel is necessary! I am all for giving back and I wish I saw more places like this in the world. It was a no-brainer for me, it also had such good reviews too. It was all vegetarian and upon entering I could see why it was so popular. They have dahl, nan, veggie curries, rice potatoes, and spinach. True Indian home cooked comfort food – buffet style.
See the most beautiful sunset at CÉ LA VI
Get yourself up to the 57th floor for sunset and sip one of their signature cocktails – the Singapore Sling. You do have to pay $20 Singapore Dollar to enter however that can be redeemed on drinks or food. The views are just insane and I was truly taken back by the sunset that night. INSANE!
Singapore overall is very different to places I have been before, very different from Bali as you can imagine! Id say do not come here without a big budget.