The Singapore Grand Prix is back and ready to roar. After a two-year break, Formula 1 is returning to the Marina Bay Street Circuit, recognised as one of motorsport’s most iconic tracks thanks to its night-time racing and spectacular waterfront setting. In the days leading up to the big race on October 2, live events and attractions draw Singaporeans and visitors alike to the buzzing Marina Bay area, while the high-octane energy of race weekend radiates throughout the entire city.
Welcome to the Singapore Grand Prix, home of Formula 1 night racing. Here’s how to make the most of it.
Eat your heart out
Singapore isn’t just known as a great dining city – it’s renowned as a place where the street food and fine dining are equally superb. Feast on the best char kway teow, chicken rice or satay of your life at easily accessible hawker centres like Lau Pa Sat or Maxwell Food Centre in Chinatown. Alternatively, head to Tekka Market Food Centre in Little India for biriyani or roti prata, and of course, to the beloved Jumbo Seafood for a stickily delicious bowl of chilli crab. If you’re looking for a memorable meal with a view, try a waterfront restaurant like Monti, which serves up authentic Italian fare, or the breathtaking Ce La Vi on top of Marina Bay Sands. After a more high-end dining experience? You may want to check out restaurants listed on the Michelin Guide. And if you find yourself unsure of where to begin –who could blame you? –join a food tour to discover the dishes that make this one of the world’s best places to eat.
Drink and be merry
Start your evening with cocktails at the stunning Smoke and Mirrors rooftop bar or something hoppy at Level33, whose 33rd-floor location makes it the world’s highest microbrewery. If you prefer the classics, celebrate being in the home of Tiger Beer with a cold bottle or two at one of the many waterside bars along Boat Quay. As the night heats up, dance till the sun is up at Zouk on Clarke Quay, or kick back to some old school hip hop at quirky, 80s-inspired Cherry Discotheque. Ready to really push the boat out? Marquee Singapore has to be seen to be believed – where else can you hit the dancefloor and then take a spin on an indoor Ferris wheel or three-storey slide?
Singapore Grand Prix weekend always welcomes some great international musical acts, and 2022 is no exception. The first headline performers to be announced this year – all playing the main Padang stage after the night’s racing is finished – are US punk-pop legends Green Day, chart-topping EDM producer Marshmello, and hit-making boy band Westlife. And that’s just the start: there are tons more live acts still yet to be announced.
Shop ‘til you drop
From electronics and tech to fashion and homewares, shopping in Singapore is an attraction all on its own. Don’t miss ION and Paragon on Orchard Road – two of the world’s most famous retail destinations – plus Design Orchard, which is home to everything local, perfect for that souvenir. There’s more to Singapore shopping than malls though: head to the boutique retailers located in the hipster havens of Haji Lane and Tiong Bahru to nab some only-in-Singapore wares (and some very cool pics for Instagram), and to Chinatown for the sort of bargains you’ll be bragging about for months.
Those historic buildings overlooking the Marina Bay Street Circuit are home to some of Singapore’s greatest treasures. Learn about the history and contemporary life of this fascinating city at the National Museum of Singapore, and the ethnic groups contributing to Singapore’s unique cultural mix at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Art lover? Check out the huge National Gallery Singapore. Art and science lover? Make a beeline for the ArtScience Museum, an immersive, experiential museum that combines world-class artwork with cutting-edge science and tech.
Go to the beach
First-time visitors to Singapore tend to be shocked to learn that Singapore isn’t just one island but 64! Home to gorgeous sandy beaches, the popular island of Sentosa is an easy walk, bus, monorail, or cable car ride from the main island. Siloso Beach is the place for watersports, beachfront dining and a lively resort-like atmosphere, with the party heating up as the sun goes down. For a chiller tropical island vibe, head to Palawan Beach and take the suspension bridge to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia for a panoramic lookout. There’s more to Sentosa than beaches though: the whole island is dedicated to fun, with Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark and SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa, golf courses, and family-friendly attractions.