26 February, 2024
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6 Must-Know Tips to Singapore: Hidden Gems, Best Food & More

26 February, 2024

Before you embark on your journey to Singapore, we’re here to share all the best local tips to ensure you uncover the city’s hidden treasures.

Hong Kongers might like to throw a little shade at our neighbour in South East Asia, but we all know that it’s just a friendly rivalry! When you land in the sleek cityscape, you’ll soon learn that there’s more to this modern metropolis than meets the eye – it’s where the ordinary is made extraordinary.

Naturally you’ll want to take in the sights — Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Universal Studios and the Singapore Zoo, but to truly feel the pulse of the city it’s well worth digging a little deeper. Plus, Singapore Airlines needs little introduction about its world-class service – keep scrolling for all the details on discounted tickets! 

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1Start Your Journey On The Right Foot With Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is known for placing its passengers’ needs and making travel a stress-free experience. From check-in to arrival, the journey is made smoother, easier and more enjoyable – thanks to award-winning cabin products, renowned hospitality from cabin crew, and even free wifi onboard

Plus, its flexible schedule of six daily flights and knowledgeable staff all make this a reliable airline (one of the youngest fleet in the world that too!). 

2Savour Street Food At Chinatown Hawker Centres

The best way to get a true sense of Singaporean culture is to do as the locals do, starting with food! Embark on a culinary adventure as you stroll the streets of Chinatown.

Dive into the vibrant street food scene, savouring the iconic Hainanese Chicken Rice, or indulge in the savoury delight of Char Kway Teow. Of course, you won’t want to miss out on the crispy and flavourful Singaporean Chili Crab, a gastronomic masterpiece that captures the essence of this dynamic city’s diverse culinary landscape.

With three popular hawker centres in close proximity to each other (Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Amoy Street Food Centre, and Maxwell Food Centre), you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the affordable food in Chinatown!

Sassy Tip: The Chinatown Complex Food Centre is the largest food hall in the city with over 200 stalls! Get there early to ensure your pick of the plates — many stalls close for the day once they’ve run out of food. 

3Explore Instagrammable Heritage Shophouses In Joo Chiat

One of Singapore’s best hidden gems, Joo Chiat earned the title of Singapore’s first “heritage town” in 2011, and is a wonderful representation of Singapore’s aim to preserve the old while promoting all that is new.

Joo Chiat’s most famous block is home to a cluster of pastel heritage shophouses decorated with super pretty Peranakan tiles along Koon Seng Road. To truly experience Joo Chiat’s charm, take a leisurely stroll around the blocks or join one of the local walking tours!

4Take In The Vibrancy Of Cultural Districts Little India And Kampong Gelam

More than just a district steeped in history, Little India is a feast for the senses, where tradition meets novel experiences. One of Singapore’s most colourful neighbourhoods invites you to indulge in its vibrant offerings of Indian food, street art, temples and shopping at Tekka Centre and Mustafa

Speaking of bustling streets, Kampong Gelam, one of Singapore’s oldest neighbourhoods, is a must-visit destination where modernity meets tradition. Immerse yourself in Kampong Gelam’s rich history with Sultan Mosque (a national monument), street art inspiration with Gelam Gallery, local-inspired delicacies and shop along Arab Street and Haji Lane. Also, stick around until nightfall and Kampong Gelam takes on a whole new life, with live music bars and hip restaurants at Haji Lane.

Sassy Tips: Little India gets very crowded on Sundays and during the festive period, to the point where it can be overwhelming even to habitual visitors. Multiple visits might be needed to fully experience Little India, but with year-round activities, there’s always something new to discover. 

5Unveil Changi Airport’s Magic At Every Terminal

Typically airports aren’t much more than a necessary transit point on your journey to somewhere much, much more exciting. Not so in Singapore!

At Changi Airport, your layover transcends the ordinary, so much so that you’ll want to extend your stay to make the time for its unparalleled experiences. You’ll already be familiar with the now iconic Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest waterfall that has to be seen to be believed, but there are more mesmerising spectacles to be found in every terminal.

Terminal 2: Immersive Dreamscape &  The Wonderfall

In Terminal 2 you’ll find the digital masterpiece The Wonderfall, plus the completely immersive Dreamscape and Enchanted Gardens. Snap a photo in front of the nostalgic Flap Pix and then pull up a chair in the TV lounge.

Terminal 3: Free Movie Screening

Over in T3 you can pass the time by catching the latest blockbusters on the big screen (for free!) then take a stroll through the Butterfly Garden.

Aerotel in Terminal 1: Rooftop Pool Bar

Don’t forget to pack your swimsuits. At Aerotel in Terminal 1 there’s a rooftop swimming pool and bar with skyline views. 

If that’s not enough, you can always dive into some retail therapy with 550 outlets, from high-end luxury to vibrant new outlets. There’s no doubt, Changi Airport is not just a stopover; it’s an indulgent destination to schedule before your extraordinary journey continues.

​​Sassy Tip: For more tips on getting the most out of your airport experience, check out Now Boarding, the travel blog by Changi Airport.

6Seize The Sale & Book Discount Airfare On Singapore Airlines!

Mark your diaries, the sale starts now to Wednesday, 13 March, 2024. 

Singapore is not just a destination; it’s a realm where the familiar transcends into a holiday of wonder and fascination. Get ready to immerse yourself in the extraordinary tapestry of this city, where the extraordinary is just another facet of daily life.

Singapore Airlines, www.singaporeairlines.com

Brought to you in partnership with Singapore Airlines.

Images 3 and 4 courtesy of Getty, all other image courtesy of Singapore Airlines and Sassy Media Group,

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