6 days Itinerary in Singapore
Despite being a small city, there are many things to explore within this tiny island. With just 6 days, visitors are able to explore the old and new side of the country , the hidden and famous spots of the nation and experience both the fast-paced city life as well as basking in the nature.
Singapore Itinerary: Day 1 Morning
Upon arrival, visitors can simply order the local’s favourite traditional breakfast as a way to kickstart their visit to Singapore. Visitors are often fascinated by the local breakfast set of Kaya Butter Toast, 2 soft-boiled egg and our local coffee as they are often bewildered by the way locals eat. Do you dip your toast in the “watery eggs”? Should you stir your eggs before eating? Do you add dark, light soy sauce or do you prefer to add pepper? Well, we can only say, its your breakfast. So do it your way. 🙂
Visitors also often get confused by Singapore’s coffee lingo. Unlike artisanal cafes where choices are more limited, Singapore’s nanyang coffee has many variations. For those that are unaware of Singapore’s local coffee lingo, here are a few coffee names to help you getting started:
Kopi (Coffee with Milk)
Kopi-O (Coffee without Milk)
Teh (Milk Tea)
Teh-O(Tea without milk)
Do you spot the pattern now?
Here’s an image of Singapore’s local coffee scene to help you out!
Thanks to chain store, visitors are now able to enjoy Singapore’s iconic breakfast set at any of the following local chain stores: Yakun, ToastBox and Kileney. No matter where you stay, we are confident that you would be able to find one near your lodging!
Singapore Itinerary: Day 1 Afternoon
Instead of heading straight to the iconic attractions, why not explore the heartlands of Singapore, to experience the daily lifestyle of Singaporeans.
One of most densely populated heartland of Singapore, Bedok is famous for its cheap and good food which made it one of the most popular residential areas of Singapore. We are sure that visitors would easily fall in love with some of the good food such as the Cheng Tng, Char Kway Teow and Kway Chap! Beyond just food, visitors can also take a stroll to the nearby Newater Visitor Center to learn about how Singapore recycles its water to maintain its fresh water supply.
Cheng Tng ( A type of Chinese dessert)
Fried Kway Teow
Source: Miss Tamchiak
Visitors planning to tour around Bedok can also check out this guide to find the good food in Bedok!
Visitors who are also keen to find out other sides of Singapore can also consider exploring other heartland trails.
Singapore Itinerary: Day 1 Night
After a long and tiring day, relax by exploring the night life of Singapore. Beyond just Clarke Quay and Chinatown, there are many other areas to enjoy Singapore’s bustling night life. Check out Punggol Container Park, located at Singapore’s North-East area, it is popular with people who prefers alfresco dining. Choose from a list of great dining places and enjoy the good food with the gentle breeze at night. Here are some restaurants that you should try out:
Big Fish, Small Fish
A humble eatery that serves tantalising array of fish and crisps. Yup, its crisps and not chips, and diners are able to pair it with 5 different free flow sauces such as cheese, curry mayo, XO mayo, tartar and more!
Diners are also able to pick their desired type of fish such as Dory, Tilapia, Sea Bass, Salmon and Arrow Tooth Flounder!
Location: 50 Punggol East, #01-K35,
Tel: +65 9438 7623
Sun to Thu: 12pm – 12am
Fri & Sat: 12pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Punggol
Singapore Itinerary: Day 2 Morning
Visit one of Singapore’s most popular outlying island – Pulau Ubin to experience how’s life like prior to Singapore’s development. Before you take a ferry, stop by Changi Village Hawker Center to enjoy local breakfast. Visitors would definitely be spoiled for choice with the wide array of choices presented here but it is a must for all to try the famous Weng Kee Ipoh Hor Fun!
If you are travelling in groups of 3 or 4, then be sure to try the Woon Woon Pek Bee Hoon. The seafood is first stir fried before being simmered in umami broth. The Seafood Platter is a gigantic bowl of white seafood white beehoon, including fish, prawns, crayfish and lala.
Singapore Itinerary: Day 2 Afternoon
After a sumptous meal, you are all ready to experience the nature that Pulau Ubin brings. Simply pay $3 to take a 15 minutes ferry ride to Pulau Ubin and travel back in time. No high rise buildings but visitors would see houses that are being built using aluminium. Visitors may prefer to rent a bicycle to explore the island. Head towards Chek Jawa wetlands if you want to be close to nature. Chek Jawa is one of Singapore’s well preserved nature reserve where visitors get to observe mangroves, seagrass lagoon, coral rubble and many more! Visitors may even get to see wildboars if they are “lucky” enough! Remember to wear shades and cap if you are going in the afternoon as Singapore’s sun can get quite merciless at times!
Singapore Itinerary: Day 2 Night
Lagoon Food Centre
Visitors can head towards the east and enjoy dinner at the famous Lagoon Food Center at East Coast Park. A popular hang out for both locals and tourists, visitors can be confident of finding their favourite local dishes here. Once you are there, be sure to check out these few dishes:
Lagoon Carrot Cake
Just in case you’re wondering, Singapore’s carrot cake does not refer to the sweet dessert cake. Instead, it refers to radish cake stir-fried with eggs. Diners get to order the “white” or “black” version which refers to the addition of dark soy sauce, giving off the darker look but with a sweeter taste. If you are unsure of what to order,then simply order both the black and white to have the best of both worlds!
Opening hours: Mon & Wed-Fri 12pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am to 10pm
Stingray Forever BBQ Food
While eating in Lagoon, you may smell some chilli powder lingering in the air, and that is likely to be from the Sambal Stingray. The Sambal Stingray is an iconic local food in Singapore’s hawker center where locals share and sweat over the dish together. Yes I mean sweat. A generous dose of Sambal Chilli is being spread over the barbecued stingray before being served in banana leaf, you can be sure that chilli lovers would love this meal.
Opening hours: Daily 4pm to 11:30pm
Tel: 6245 2828
Singapore Itinerary: Day 3 Morning
Now that you are on the third day of itinerary, its time to explore the iconic sites of Singapore. Be sure to bask in the Peranakan Culture/Straits Chinese Culture, a result of intermarriage between the Chinese Merchants and Malay women during the colonial period. Visitors can start their morning by enjoying Nonya Kueh as breakfast at Kim Choo Kueh Chang. Famous for its nonya kueh, Kim Choo is now helmed by the third generation. Started off by Kim Choo, the matriarch of the house, who sold Peranakan rice dumplings, it has now expanded to provide an array of Peranakan Snacks. Visitors can consider trying the famous Nonya Rice Dumplings, Ang Ku Kueh and the Kueh Lapis.
Be surprised when you unwrap the rice dumpling. Traditionally, Nyonya Kueh has a touch of blue in them due to the addition of butterfly pea. The rice dumpling is both savoury and sweet at times as the meat is cooked together with winter melon.
Traditionally, Ang Ku Kueh only comes in red color, hence, the word “Ang Ku Kueh” as “Ang” represents red in Hokkien, one of the dialects in Singapore. Made of glutinous rice wrapped with a sweet filling in the center, each kueh has different filling, satisfying different diners. Visitors can choose from a wide range of flavours, ranging from Sweet Bean, Peanut, Salted Bean, Corn, Coconut and Yam.
The Kueh Lapis is arguably the most recognised Nyonya Dessert in Singapore. Famous for its 9 multi-colored layers, it is often served as breakfast even for Singaporeans.
Singapore Itinerary: Day 3 Afternoon
After a filling breakfast, it is time to explore the Peranakan Culture in Joo Chiat Area. Visitors can consider joining a 45 mins to 1 hour long walking tour to explore the neighbourhood of Joo Chiat and Katong. For those who are more hands-on, you can consider participating in the Peranakan Beadworks Workshop to explore Peranakan traditional craft. If you prefer more free and easy, style, then you can also consider exploring the neighbourhood on your own. Be sure to look out for these colorful Peranakan Houses and The Red House to take a photo with!
The Red House became a historical landmark of Singapore due to its vibrant outlook in the midst of dull greyish buildings during the development stages of Singapore. The Red House used to house Katong’s famous confectionary and bakery which is sadly replaced by Heavenly Wang, a cafe selling local cuisine.
After exploring the Katong Area, Visitors can make their way towards the Peranakan Museum which is located in the Central of Singapore to learn more about the Peranakan Culture. Over there, visitors get to understand the history and origin of Peranakan and its religious practices.
Singapore Itinerary: Day 3 Night
After a cultural tour in the afternoon, visitors can unwind at Timbre, Substation which is a bar with live band music located a stone’s throw away from the Peranakan Museum. Be sure to try out their Roasted Duck Pizza and Kirin Beer.
After a meal, take a brisk walk at the Marina Bay Sands area to enjoy Singapore’s city skyline. Take a walk down the helix bridge, the very same bridge that North Korea’s President, Kim Jong Un walked on. Walk towards the Merlion Park to can catch Marina Bay Sands Lightshow at 8pm and 930pm every night for free. There would be an additional show at 11pm on Saturdays.
Singapore Itinerary: Day 4 Morning
Spend the third last day of Singapore exploring the city’s famous attractions by heading towards Sentosa. There are generally a few ways to enter Sentosa. Visitors may choose to take a cable car from Mount Faber, or take a monorail in from Vivo City, or some may even choose to take the boardwalk in. Our suggestion? Well it really depends on your budget and time. If you are rushing, we would suggest monorail as it only takes about 15 minutes to enter Sentosa. However, cable car would be suitable for you if you have excess budget and would love to admire Singapore from a bird eye’s view. Alternatively, for those that don’t mind walking and have some time to spare, we would recommend doing the boardwalk as it allows you to enjoy the view slowly as you walk into Sentosa. However, we would strongly recommend you to have your breakfast before entering to save some money. Visitors can easily settle their breakfast in Singapore’s Vivocity. Beyond the typical fast food chain, visitors can also try out the food at Food Republic or Kopitiam, which are food courts in the mall, serving a wide array of dishes.
Two Way Ticket Price: $35 for adult, $25 for child
Two-way ticket Price: $4
Singapore Itinerary: Day 4 Afternoon/Night
After entering Sentosa, its time to head towards the Universal Studio.
(Fun Fact: Did you know Singapore’s USS is the smallest USS in the whole wide world? Visitors only need to spend half an hour to walk one full round around the studio. Yes, that’s just how big Singapore’s USS is.)
Depending on the period that you arrive, you may not need to get an express ticket. Only get it if you are travelling during the peak season or your visit happen to clash with Singapore’s school holidays. If not, it is generally not recommended as the queues can be really fast during non-peak days. For those thrill seekers, be sure to check out The Transformers and the BattleStar.
After enjoying the rides, you may want to stay on longer to enjoy the after-hours shows brought to you by the Universal Studio. Visitors may enjoy the HollyWood Dreams Light Up Parade, Live Band and fireworks if you are lucky enough. The Fireworks Display is only available on Saturday and on selected Public Holiday.
Singapore Itinerary: Day 5 Morning
After exploring the Peranakan culture, its time to explore the lives of early Indian and Chinese migrants. Head towards Chinatown for your local breakfast and cultural day trip. Stop by Nanyang Old Coffee to enjoy breakfast before embarking on your journey.
Embark on a walking trail to learn more about Chinatown by simply downloading LocoMole app. Through the app, you would get to enjoy the iconic attraction sites, read about the stories, and more importantly, use augmented reality to make history come alive! With the app, you no longer need to worry about waking up early, joining a group, rearranging your schedule. The trail allows you to explore Chinatown at your own desired pace.
If you are on a budget, then do check out the cheap things that you can do in Chinatown.
If you are a cultural geek, then be sure to also check out Yip Yew Chong’s Street Art Trail where users get to visit 13 different murals, featuring snippets of Singapore’s history and get to interact with it through LocoMole’s interactive augmented reality.
Singapore Itinerary: Day 5 Afternoon
After exploring the history of the Chinese migrants, you should also explore an equally important part of Singapore, The Little India. Home to the early Indian Migrants, many Indians resided here during the colonial period of Singapore. Many of these Indians, were Chettairs who were a sub-group of the Tamil community from India. These Chettairs were the first group of moneylenders in Singapore as only the Europeans were able to secured loans from banks during the colonial days. Hence, these Chettairs played an important role in developing Singapore’s economy. Many of them operated in Kittangi, which were similar looking shophouses in Little India, where the shop is downstairs while they live upstairs.
In Little India, also be sure to visit the iconic Mustafa Shopping Center. Many locals and tourist love to shop here for its cheap pricing, and more importantly, it operates 24 hours, hence, allowing you to get your essentials at any time of the day.
If you are in for a cultural trip, then be sure to get a traditional Tamil Costume at Haddifa Textiles. Don’t worry if you are clueless about the Tamil culture as the friendly assistants would be there to assist you.
Address: 60 Serangoon Road, Singapore 217967
Operating Hours: 10.30am to 10pm
Just in case if you are hungry, then be sure to try out the famous fish head curry at Karu’s Indian Banana Leaf Restaurant. As the name suggest, your food would be served on banana leaf, giving off its strong aroma.
Just before the sky gets dark, simply download Locomole walking trail of the Little India ArtWalk to explore the hidden stories behind these murals and snap a picture with it for free!
Singapore Itinerary: Day 5 Night
After you are done exploring Little India, you can consider making your way towards Bugis, another iconic district of Singapore. Named after a group of Malayan community in Singapore who is famous for making boats, Bugis is a popular hang out for the youngsters in Singapore.
If you are looking to buy souvenirs at cheap pricing, then be sure to check out the Bugis Street which sells souvenirs at cheap pricing.
If you are hungry for dinner, you can consider settling your dinner at I M Cafe, a famous cafe amongst Singaporeans. After dinner, be sure to explore Haji Lane and the Arab street.
If you still have room for dessert, be sure to head down to Liang Seah Street which is located right opposite Bugis MRT. Be prepared to be spoilt for choices as you head down that road. Just that lane alone, there are already 3 equally good dessert shops selling traditional Chinese desserts. Simply join any queue and you would probably be done for the night.
Singapore Itinerary: Day 6 Morning
Spend your last day in Singapore in a quiet but iconic neighbourhood – Tiong Bahru. Be sure to have your breakfast at the famous Tiong Bahru Market and pick your favourite dish from every hawker stall. Visitors would have to definitely try out the iconic dishes of the market such as its Shui Kueh, Soya Bean and its famous local coffee stall.
Stall Name: Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Stall Number: #02-05
Price: Starting from $2
Stall Name: Teck Seng Soya Bean
Stall Number: #02-69
Price: Starting from $1
Stall Name: Teck Seng Soya Bean
Stall Number: #02-69
Price: Starting from $1
Singapore Itinerary: Day 6 Afternoon
After eating a good breakfast, its time to invest in a good book. Simply walk to BooksActually, one of the famous bookstores in the world and immerse yourself in the world of good reads. Famous for its local literature, BooksActually is definitely a favourite amongst local readers. Be sure to grab a book published from Math Paper Press, which is a local publisher, to learn more about stories of ordinary Singaporeans. If you are daring enough, you can definitely buy the book off its vending machine right outside the shop. Yes, all the books are wrapped up so that readers would not “judge the book by its cover” literally.
After some time reading, head over to any famous cafes for a good afternoon read. You can choose to walk towards Forty Hands for your afternoon coffee, or Plain Vanilla if you are craving for some cupcakes. Alternatively, you can also head towards the famous Tiong Bahru Bakery if you are craving for some croissants. If you prefer to have some ice cream, then be sure to hop over to Creamier that is known for its ice cream and waffles.
Address: 78 Yong Siak Street, #01-12, Singapore 163078
Operating Hours: 7am to 6 pm
Address: 1D Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168641
Operating Hours: 8am to 7 pm
Tiong Bahru Bakery
Address: 56 Eng Hoon Road, #01-70, Singapore 160056
Operating Hours: 8am to 8 pm
Address: Blk 78, Yong Siak Street, #01-18, 163078
Operating Hours: 12 pm to 10 pm
Singapore Itinerary: Day 6 Evening
Before heading back home, enjoy your last dinner in Singapore at a famous zichar restaurant – Por Kee Eating House. A famous dinning place amongst the locals, be sure to order its iconic dishes , the Champagne pork ribs, Homemade Beancurd, Cereal Prawns and Crispy Butter Prawns.
Por Kee Eating House
Address: #01-02 69 Seng Poh Lane Singapore (10-15 min walk from Tiong Bahru MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 11:30pm Daily
After a good meal, its time to head home! We hope you had fun in Singapore!