Hands down the most picture-perfect library in Singapore, library@orchard is all about design, lifestyle and the applied arts. This bibliophile’s paradise snagged the Designer of the Year title at the President’s Design Award 2015 — which comes as no surprise, given visually stunning features like its iconic curved bookshelves.
#03-12/#04-11 Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Rd; +65 6332 3255; nlb.gov.sg
The Clifford Pier
How about visiting the space that once served as a landing point for immigrants and Singapore’s forefathers? The Clifford Pier is a swanky dining destination in a venue that’s immersed in history. Drop in for an exquisite spread of Asian and Western dishes before taking a walk around to discover the place.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay; +65 6597 5266; fullertonhotels.com
National Gallery Singapore
One of the world’s largest public displays of modern South-East Asian art can be found at the National Gallery Singapore, which is spread across two former national monuments: the former Supreme Court Building and City Hall. Spend the day exploring the many nooks and crannies of the museum; you’re bound to find the perfect spot for the #ootd shot.
1 St Andrew’s Rd; +65 6271 7000; nationalgallery.sg
Marina Bay Sands
Think Singapore and what probably comes to mind is the city’s iconic skyline, with the still-marvelous Marina Bay Sands its undoubted highlight. Comprising three mighty 55-story structures, the integrated resort is where you need to be for celebrity restaurants, high-end boutiques and stellar accommodation. Don’t forget to visit the world-famous infinity pool on the rooftop, too.
10 Bayfront Ave; +65 6688 8868; marinabaysands.com
If you love quirky knick-knacks and trendy apparel, you’ll adore Haji Lane, which is lined with an assortment of indie boutiques. This narrow strip in the Kampong Glam precinct is also peppered with vibrant murals and graffiti art — guaranteed to add a pop of color to Instagram snaps.
Haji Ln (between Bali Ln and Arab St)
Gardens by the Bay
This award-winning 101ha nature park looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie. Must-see attractions include the Flower Dome, the world’s largest glass greenhouse; the Cloud Forest, which holds the world’s tallest indoor waterfall; and of course, the towering, 50m-tall Supertrees that offer unrivaled waterfront views.
18 Marina Gardens Dr; +65 6420 6848; gardensbythebay.com.sg
As Singapore’s oldest reservoir, MacRitchie is a popular green escape for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Up for a hike? Sweat it out on the 11km trail. Also, don’t miss the TreeTop Walk, a 250m-long free-standing suspension bridge that connects two of the highest points within the reserve. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as monitor lizards and long-tailed macaque monkeys.
MacRitchie Reservoir (along Lornie Rd); nparks.gov.sg
Situated off Punggol in the north-eastern part of the country, Coney Island opened in October 2015 and has seen nature lovers and cycling enthusiasts entering its gates ever since. It’s also a great place for bird-watching fans, as it’s home to about 80 species of feathered creatures.
Coney Island (beside Punggol Promenade Nature Walk); nparks.gov.sg
Bukit Timah Railway Bridge
This hidden gem is a remnant of the railway track that was built in 1932 to serve Singapore’s suburban areas. The iron bridge across Bukit Timah Road is not exactly easy to find, but it sure is worth the journey.
Bukit Timah Railway Bridge (next to The Rail Mall, 380 Upper Bukit Timah Rd)