Things to do in Singapore – Shopping, Turtles, Temples and Tea

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A modern city with deep roots, Singapore really does have something of interest for everyone!  Nature, shopping, kids activities, amazing adventures…take your pick!  Here are some suggestions to get you started.


Orchard Road  started its incarnation as a center for shopping activity in Singapore in 1903.  Now one of the cities main shopping and entertainment centers, it is the place in Singapore to get your high end retail fix.  High end shopping not in your budget?  Come anyways!  The people watching is great here and you can enjoy window shopping in a tropical oasis.

Look at Orchard Road hotels for a convenient place to stay during your visit to Singapore.  Staying right on Orchard Road is a convenient option that will give you access to shopping, dining and entertainment within walking distance!

Singapore City Skyline

The ‘hipster’ area of Singapore, Holland Road can be described as eclectic and laid back.  It is a place where you could spend your entire day wandering contentedly, stopping for coffee at leisure or for dinner and live music with friends.  Holland Road has everything a shopping enthusiast could want, all in one place and convenient to the rest of the city.  Trendy boutiques, a fish market, antiques, odds and ends, ethnic goods…its all right here!

Historic Chinatown in Singapore is also worth a stop if you are looking for traditional Chinese handcrafts, tea, jade, herbs, food or household goods.  During a visit to Chinatown, you can see historic pre war buildings and eat a wide variety of traditional foods.  This would be a great addition to a shoppers Singapore itinerary!

Nature and Gardens:

Bollywood Veggies is a 10 acre organic farm located on the outskirts of Singapore.  Escape the crush of the city to enjoy a farm tour or to get a taste of local cuisine by taking a cooking class!  Enjoy lunch at the farm at their bistro featuring local cuisine made from fresh, organic produce.

Singapore Garden Lilly

Immerse yourself in nature at the  Chinese and Japanese Garden in Singapore!  Chock full of idyllic photo opportunities (think beautiful gardens with pagodas and quaint bridges with a view of the Singapore skyline in the background), this is one of the more impressive Asian style gardens that I have seen!

Temples and Tea:

Kusu Island means Tortoise Island in Chinese.   A visit here is a great day trip from Singapore if you want to get out of the city (but not too far!)  Visit the many temples and holy sites located on the island, see the island’s namesake at the tortoise sanctuary or just relax and have a picnic at the beach!

Singapore Pagoda Garden

If you are looking for an experience steeped in ancient culture and tradition (no pun intended) plan a visit to Yixing Yuan Teahouse.  They offer tea workshops highlighting traditional chinese tea varieties and preparation (and what a great place to pick up an authentic, easy to pack souvenir or gift!  Tea is easy to travel with…)

Sri Mariamman Temple stands proudly (and colorfully) right at the heart of the chaos of Singapore (and conveniently right at the entrance to Chinatown).  It is the oldest Hindu temple in the city and its bright facade makes a great photo opp (not to mention the opportunity to learn about the temple’s rich history and the Hindu faith.

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