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Singapore is without a doubt my favourite city in the world. It’s got that bit of everything – phenomenal food, beautiful architecture both old and new, and a multitude of awesome things to do. It’d be easy to spend a lot longer than just 48 hours in Singapore, but sometimes we don’t have that time luxury. So here’s the ultimate two day Singapore itinerary, ensuring that you can make the most of your time in this amazing city state.
Where to stay during a two day Singapore itinerary
For this itinerary, I’d recommend basing yourself as central as possible as the best things to do are all within a few key parts of the city. The best area for this is Kampong Glam – perfectly central, allowing you to walk to a lot of the key highlights of Singapore. We based ourselves at Hotel Boss, a business hotel right in the thick of it. It’s got perfectly clean, albeit small rooms, a rooftop pool, and a convenient bus stop right outside.
Two Day Singapore Itinerary
Marina Bay Sands
No two day Singapore itinerary would be complete without a visit to the infamous Marina Bay Sands. Backing onto one of the world’s busiest ports, the Bay area is a site of incredible modern architecture on reclaimed land.
Start the day early with a Singaporean breakfast in the food court in the Marina Bay Sands shopping mall (the dim sum here is out of this world!), before a stroll around this futuristic building. Once you’re feeling fully immersed in this, delve deeper by visiting the TeamLabs ArtScience exhibition – a digital art museum focused on interactive light displays and play. Although I’ll admit, ArtScience has nothing on Tokyo’s Borderless or Planets exhibitions, it’s still of world class standards and certainly worth a one to two hour visit
Gardens By The Bay
Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay are incredibly special – a 101 hectare ornate free garden, right in the centre of the Marina Bay area. Spend an hour wondering around here, making sure to visit the amazing installation that is the Supertree Grove. These giant structures tower over the Gardens by the Bay, and make for a very impressive site. However, if you follow this two day Singapore itinerary, you’ll be coming back here this evening for the light show.
Also in the Gardens by the Bay are the enclosed rainforest areas of the Cloud Forest and Flower dome. This paid entry (SGD$28) misty conservatory is well worth a visit, not to mention giving you a perfect opportunity to cool off from the midday heat.
After your meander around the natural world of Gardens by the Bay, it’s time to immerse yourself in city life at Orchard. Take the metro to Orchard (Tang Plaza) before wandering down the designer shop filled Orchard Road. Even if you’re only window shopping, this area is well worth a visit – the juxtaposition between the ground and upper levels of designer stores with the below ground basement small market booths of Tang Plaza Narket is incredibly interesting. Here, the affluent and industrious meet, divided by ground level.
As you walk further East down Orchard Road, look out for Old Emerald Road, a small side street on your left. There’s some really beautiful architecture down here, giving you your first taste of the beauty that occurs where the old buildings meet the sky scrapers of modern Singapore. When you’ve felt you’ve seen all you need to see of Orchard Road, hop on bus number 16 from any of the bus stops dotted down the left of the main street to head to your next destination of Koon Seng Road.
Koon Seng Road
Yes, this seems really out the way. But I promise it’s worth it. Koon Seng Road is Singapore’s old architectural heart and an opportunity to really experience Singaporean heritage. It’s just a little street of beautiful houses, but if you want a good photo opportunity, you can’t really go wrong with this. Not to mention, 20 minutes walk from here is one of Singapore’s best hawker centres. Perfectly timed in your two day Singapore itinerary, head to Old Airport Road Food Centre for some incredible hawker food dinner.
Supertree Grove Light Show
After a day of walking round this amazing city, reconnect at one of the two Supertree Grove evening sound light shows. It’s so worth seeing these beautiful structures both in the day and night time, as the lighting really shows them off. Shows start at 7.45pm and 8.45pm daily, lasting around 10 minutes. Make sure to arrive 15 minutes in advance to guarantee yourself a good spot – go right into the middle and just sit down on the floor!
Day 2 of your two day Singapore itinerary is all about discovering the city’s different cultural communities of Little India and Chinatown. Get lost down the gorgeous narrow streets, and taste some of the infamous Michellin starred street food.
Start the day exploring the main area around Hotel Boss, with its hipster coffee shops and clothing stores built into gorgeous traditional old houses. First, head towards the beautiful golden mosque of Masjid Sultan and walk down the street to the Southern end. The view back down to the mosque is amazing, and there’s lots of cool cafes along here to grab breakfast.
After this, walk five minutes to the infamously trendy Haji Lane. Oozing with cool (and possibly trying a bit hard as it does so), Haji Lane won’t disappoint.
After an overpriced but delicious coffee break on Haji Lane, walk North towards Little India. As soon as you enter this small cultural enclave of the city, it feels totally different. Wander around the spice shops up towards the incredibly instagrammable Tan Teng Niah building, pausing to take in this colourful phenomenon.
Grab some delicious Indian food for lunch at the Tekker Centre nearby, another one of Singapore’s best hawker centres. Chicken biryani is meant to be the go to dish here, but honestly anything will be delicious – don’t be scared off by its slightly run down atmosphere.
After lunch, and maybe a brief stop off back at Hotel Boss for a rest out of the midday heat, take the bus to the Chinatown People’s Park. This gigantic 31 storey building people, and is really pretty impressive. After a quick snap here, get into Chinatown proper for some shopping and temple viewing.
Walk down Pagoda Street to Sri Mariamamm Hindu temple first and nosy round the inside. Note: you must wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders in order to enter. After this, walk around the corner to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, a truly stunning building with an even more impressive gold interior. Although a little further away to walk, the Thian Hock Keng temple is worth visiting too if you’ve got the time – not to mention the walk there over the small hill of winding roads is really beautiful.
There’s an absolute wealth of amazing food options for dinner in Chinatown. The two main hawker centres here are the Maxwell Food Centre, and the Chinatown Complex Food Centre. Both are brilliant, but hit up the Chinatown Complex Food Centre for the infamous cheapest Michellin star meal in the world at Hawker Chan. Note – if the original Hawker Chan food stall has closed in the Chinatown Complex, they’ve opened their own little restaurant just outside. Expect both to be very busy, so try to go for an early dinner to beat the queues. Alternatively, the Michellin recommended steamed dumplings from Zhong Guo La Mian Ziao Long Bao in the Chinatown Complex shouldn’t be missed.
If you find yourselves at Maxwells instead, try the other Michellin listed Hainanese chicken rice at Tian Tian for some delicious traditional food for cheap.
Cocktails at Raffles Hotel
And here comes the end of your amazing two day Singapore itinerary. It’s been a blast. Now end it with a world traveller’s rite of passage – sipping a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel. In a beautiful old building, the Long Bar is certainly worth the SGD$36 cocktails and queue to enter. It’s got style and class like no other, and is the perfect way to toast goodbye to the amazing Singapore.