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City Guide: Singapore

Published on
29 Sep 2022
Est. reading time
5 Min

Get up to speed with the Lion City

Formula One is back in Singapore for the first Singapore Grand Prix since 2019. So while the cars are getting ready to tear up the streets of Marina Bay by night, we're here with ideas to fill your days in the Lion City.
If you are heading to the city-state of Singapore for the Grand Prix, you will be in for a party. Thanks to Singapore being such a small country, Formula One rolling into town is a nationwide event, and the locals know how to put on a show.
Visiting Singapore during the Grand Prix weekend is one of the best times to see the city, but no matter when you go, there is always plenty of action to enjoy.

Sports

The Marina Bay Street Circuit is, of course, the home of Formula One's night race. But, for those with tickets to the Bay grandstand, you'll see it's not just the cars under the floodlights in Marina Bay.
Opposite the grandstand is The Float@Marina Bay, home to the world's largest floating stage and stadium. The venue is 120 x 83 m and can support the weight of 9,000 people for events such as football, the Youth Olympics, and the Singapore National Day Parade.
The Float (bottom right) is an impressive multi-sport venue in the heart of the city
If the motorsport action gets you in the mood for some racing of your own, head to the Luge on Sentosa Island, where you can get some overtaking in. Unlike in F1, though, these vehicles don't need an engine and instead see you hurtling downhill with only gravity powering drivers down the course.
Head to our fourth pop-up event at Suntec City for something a little Williams-themed for your time in Singapore, where you'll be able to get up close to our FW44 showcar. We also still have some special guests heading over for our fans to meet, and our exclusive Williams Singapore collection is available to buy in-store.

Neighbourhoods

Singapore is the epitome of an East meets West location. The hubbub of the Downtown Core has a mixture of the locals' restaurants and stores, big-city banking, and everything in between. You'll hear British English, Australian English, American English, and Singapore's very own Singlish within any given minute of wandering around.
Head to Sentosa Island for some real tourist activities, as 20 million visitors do each year. You'll find resorts, golf courses, a casino, beaches galore, a Madame Tussauds waxworks and Universal Studios Singapore all vying for you to spend time in.
To cement Singapore as a melting pot for international cultures, you can visit multiple nations in a few hours by planning a day passing through the location-based names of the bustling Arab Street, authentic Chinatown, colourful Little India, and the Bohemian Holland Village. Each has a distinct feel despite occupying the same tiny Singapore landmass.

Nature

For a sprawling city with over five million residents, Singapore has a very natural feeling to it. The Gardens by the Bay is a futuristic example of how nature and the modern world can interact with "treetop" walkways connecting lush tree-like structures teeming with life, amongst other feats of horticultural engineering.
The stunning Gardens by the Bay as seen at night
The Chek Jawa wetlands are a more natural experience if the Gardens by the Bay don't stir your senses. Here you'll find six ecosystems in a 100-hectare area, including mangroves, coral and a coastal forest. Chek Jawa is best to visit when the tide is low, so plan your visit accordingly to get the best views that the wetlands offer.
Finally, you'll already know Formula One races at night in Singapore, but did you know there's another adventure you can enjoy once the sun sets, too? The Singapore Night Safari is the first nocturnal wildlife park with over 2,500 animals that spend their waking hours during the dark, and you'll have the privilege of watching them interact with the nighttime world.

Art, Culture & Shopping

One of the newest festivals Singapore has to offer is the 10-day extravaganza of Glamboyant in Kampong Gelam. Held in honour of Formula One heading to the city (we did say F1 was a nationwide event...), the festival is already in full swing with BMX street battles, an outdoor cinema, and a mash-up of the multiple cultures that make up the Kampong Gelam area.
You don't even have to leave the airport to enjoy a mixture of art, culture, and shopping. The Jewel at Changi Airport means a layover in Singapore might be the only place in the world you'll be happy for a heavily-delayed flight. The indoor waterfall, monorail, and canopy walkway sit alongside designer shops and artwork curated by the airport's dedicated Art Custodian.
If a pure shopping experience is what you're looking for, though, heading to Orchard Road is the best place. Aside from escaping the humidity in the air-conditioned stores, you'll find every brand name you'd need down the 2km tree-lined road, with department stores, boutique shops, and discount outlets to cater for any budget.

Food & Drink

Singapore is home to a rich variety of food for all palates and budgets. Early settlers to Chinatown and Little India filled the city with flavours and spices from around the world.
There's nowhere better to sample Singapore's vibrant, delicious flavours than at the famous hawker centres. You'll find high-quality dishes and quick bites for incredible value, like laksa, rojak and soya sauce chicken. The cheapest Michelin-star meal in the world began at one of these food courts, too!
If your dining style is more refined, you'll find top fine dining establishments at many hotels along Raffles Boulevard and around Marina Bay.
Speaking of Raffles, you have to enjoy an authentic Singapore Sling where the bartender Ngiam Tong Boon first created the cocktail at the Raffles Hotel. A non-alcoholic version is available and just visiting the Long Bar to eat monkey nuts and discarding the casings on the ground is worth the trip.
Found just off of Raffles Boulevard is Suntec City, home to our Singapore pop-up.

Check out our Singapore pop-up

Getting Around

The MRT is the quickest and easiest way to navigate the city, with over 130 stations serving Singapore, meaning you'll always get close to where you want to go. The tourist pass is perfect for short-term visitors, which offers unlimited rides for one, two, or three-day periods.

Other Tips

Language: Malay, English, Tamil, Mandarin Chinese, Singaporean Mandarin
Currency: Singapore Dollar (SGD)
Weather: Hot and humid. Bring loose, breathable clothing - and plenty of outfits to freshen up into.
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