Urban life

Top 5 Things to Do in Singapore

A quick guide to the city-state, whether you're enjoying an urban retreat or passing through on your way to a nearby island

Hawker Eats

You can’t go to Singapore without eating at a hawker centre. Fill up on char kway teow, laksa and chilli crab at the beloved Chinatown Complex Food Centre or head to the Old Airport Road Food Centre, one of the city’s oldest and most iconic locales.

Shop Local

To see what Singapore’s indie designers are all about, head to one of The Attaby Collective’s two airy boutiques.

Credit: Lauryn Ishak

Great Outdoors

Whether it’s your first time to Singapore or your 50th, the 101-hectare Gardens By the Bay never gets old. Explore the Supertree Grove, artsy sculptures and the immense greenhouses of the Cloud Forest biodome for a leisurely afternoon in nature.

Credit: Courtesy of Olivia Restaurant & Lounge

Upscale Bites

New restaurants seem to pop up every day. The National Gallery Singapore recently unveiled Art by Beppe De Vito, where upscale Italian dishes double as edible art. Over on Keong Saik Road, new-to-town Olivia Restaurant & Lounge serves up Catalan dishes like ‘bombas’ (meat and mashed potatoes), lobster-avocado rolls and ‘burnt’ cheesecake.

Perfect Pours

Longtime fave underground bar Operation Dagger has just introduced a new menu full of multi-sensory drinks. Or check out newcomer Pinball Wizard to party like it’s 1969 with retro games, rock tunes and remixes of classic cocktails.

Fly in Style

Jewel Changi Airport officially opened in October 2019 and has boosted the airport experience with its nature-centric fun and sculptural glass architecture. Bounce across the elevated Sky Nets, get lost in the Hedge Maze or get a bird’s eye view from the Canopy Bridge.

Cathay Travell Book


Discovery online brings together all the inspirational travel writing from our two inflight magazines, Discovery and Silkroad. Be sure to look out for the print editions when you next fly with Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon.
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