Hotels, bars, and shopping: The ultimate girls trip to Singapore

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Heading to Singapore? We've got you covered. Photo: Getty

With a flight time of only 7-8 hours a girl’s weekend getaway in Singapore should definitely be on your to-do list.

With plenty of shopping, incredible sightseeing, world-class hotels, and bars galore, it’s a must visit with your gal pals.

We’ve rounded up some of the coolest things to check out on your ultimate girls trip to Singapore.

ATTRACTIONS

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is an iconic ‘only in Singapore’ attraction set over 101 hectares. Located in the heart of the city, the awe-inspiring space includes the Supertree Grove and the two enclosed domes or conservatories: the Cloud Forest , a mysterious world veiled in mist, where guests can take in breath-taking views surrounded by diverse vegetation, as well as learn about rare plants and the environment; while the Flower Dome features a beautiful world of plants and flowers from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions of the world. Don’t miss the Garden Rhapsody Sound & Light Show, where the Supertrees act as backdrop to a light show set to a pulsing soundtrack, which takes place twice each night at 7.45pm and 8.45pm. 

The Skyway through the Supertrees at the Gardens by the Bay. Photo: Getty

National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore (previously Singapore’s iconic heritage buildings the City Hall and Supreme Court) holds the world’s largest display of modern Southeast Asian art, offering over 8,000 of the region’s most extraordinary art pieces from the 19th and 20th century. After touring the gallery, experience Singapore cuisine at National Kitchen, where head chef Violet Oon (a grand dame of Singaporean cooking) serves up unforgettable Nyonya food. For a nightcap, head upstairs to Smoke & Mirrors, a rooftop bar hidden on the 6th floor.

Jewel, Changi Airport

Jewel Changi Airport transforms Singapore’s world-class aviation hub into a truly inspiring lifestyle destination. With its iconic architecture, lush indoor gardens, one-of-a-kind attractions, and unique shopping and dining options, Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) is a multi-dimensional destination for international travellers and Singapore residents to enjoy. The 137,000 sqm complex comprises a total of 10 storeys and houses more than 2,000 trees and palms and over 100,000 shrubs. Pride of place is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, the 40m high HSBC Rain Vortex, a particular favourite for iconic photos. With unforgettable attractions including the Canopy Park, Sky Nets, slides and mazes, there’s plenty to enjoy and experience.

The Jewel is impressive. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle

Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. The engineering wonder and architectural masterpiece features a 340m-long Sands SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150minfinity pool offering unparalleled views of the city, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform.

Views from the Marina Bay Sands pool and hotel room. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle

RESTAURANTS

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore - The Courtyard

Located in the Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s sunlit atrium lobby, The Courtyard is the lively setting for a leisure dining or afternoon tea with unlimited replenishment of savouries and sweets. In the evenings, a jazz quartet entertains with toe-tapping rhythms, while a harpist performs during afternoon tea.

V Dining

V Dining, the first-ever restaurant by Swiss Boutique home appliance manufacturer V-ZUG, was conceived by Chef Ryan Clift. Situated in Singapore’s famed Orchard Road, V Dining is a first-of-its-kind culinary destination, with its menu featuring creations with a fun, modern twist. Each dish is brought to life by Head Chef Lee Jing Peng, using professional-grade appliances designed for home kitchens. A passion for constant innovation pushes their chefs to refresh the menu every two months.

Corner House

Set in the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jason Tan’s Corner House is inspired by curious travel, a French classic culinary ground and a devotion to provenance and seasonality. A contemporary cuisine emphasizing refinement and quality with meats and seafood, and botanicals from across the globe.

Candlenut (The world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant)

Founded by rising young local chef Malcolm Lee, Candlenut combines modern and traditional techniques in a bid to reinvent the local Peranakan (Straits Chinese) cuisine, which combines authentic Malay and Indonesia cooking techniques with Chinese ingredients and aromatic spices.

We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Candlenut. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle

Restaurant Ibid

Restaurant Ibid is the creation of lawyer-turned-chef and MasterChef Asia winner Woo Wai Leong.

Serving contemporary Chinese cuisine, the kitchen team draws inspiration from its combined skill sets across various cultures and cuisines to create menus that altogether are modern with sensibilities to ingredients, flavours and techniques rooted in Asian and particularly Chinese cuisine.

BARS

The Long Bar, Raffles

The well-known Long Bar, home of the Singapore Sling is fully restored and proudly continuing the tradition as the home of the traditional Singapore Sling. Primarily a gin-based cocktail, the Singapore Sling also contains pineapple juice, lime juice, curaçao and Bénédictine. The Long Bar recently reopened in August 2019, after a complete restoration of Raffles.

Gibson

Named after one of the classiest classics in the world, Gibson presents uncompromising quality on cocktails, hospitality and interior design.  Making the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list at #15, Gibson is an effortlessly classy establishment.

Manhattan

Recently earning its place at #3 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list in 2018, Manhattan is an elegant art-deco inspired hotel bar fitted with glass elevators and marble floors. This breath-taking institution pays homage to New York through the ages, with throwbacks to the Prohibition and the Roaring 20s, spawning inventive cocktails inspired by each era.

Rooftop views in Singapore. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle

Atlas

Take one step into Atlas and you can see why it made it to #8 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list. Gracing the ground floor of Singapore’s iconic building, Parkview Square, Atlas celebrates the 1920’s rich culinary and beverage traditions. Beverage highlights include elegant European cocktails and one of Asia’s finest collections of gin, spirits and champagnes sourced from around the world.

The Other Roof

The Other Roof presents a new concept of tea-finished spirits & cocktails, all derived from bespoke tea spirits. With over 400 different spirits all tea-finished, The Other Roof is currently the first and only place in the world, where all the different spirits are created in-house by the art of finishing by the trained hands of its team led by Dario Knox.

2am: dessertbar

Janice Wong is one of Singapore’s most prolific pastry and dessert chefs (As seen on Masterchef Australia). Each dessert also comes with a suggested drink pairing. So you might be recommended a crisp sake from Kyoto, Japan to pair with a rich chocolate tart, or a gin cocktail to accompany a pistachio sponge and orange ice cream. And, as its name suggests, this dessert bar stays open until 2am.

Yahoo Lifestyle was a guest of Fullerton Hotel Singapore.

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