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A 2D1N Getaway in Singapore — Downtown Core, Hidden Charms Amidst Skyscrapers

Rediscover this bustling side of Singapore on a short weekend getaway.

Posted on August 20, 2020 at 2:10 PM

For those working in the CBD, Downtown Core may be the last place you’ll think of for a staycation getaway. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find pockets of new gems to explore. Take a casual stroll down the alleyways of Keong Saik and explore the quaint shophouses of Telok Ayer — from the minimalist cafes to chic bars, you might just find your next favourite hangout.

If you're in need of a break this 2020, here’s a quick 2D1N itinerary. The good thing about Singapore is you don’t have to travel far for a getaway. Just book your room and explore on foot!

2PM: Check Into Your Hotel

With sweeping views of the cityscape, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cosy accommodation options in the Downtown Core.

Oasia Hotel Downtown Photo credit: Oasia Hotel Downtown via Agoda.com
Oasia Hotel Downtown
Sofitel Singapore City Centre Photo credit: Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
M Hotel Singapore Photo credit: M Hotel Singapore
M Hotel Singapore
Hotel Mono Photo credit: Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore
Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore

3PM: Go Mural Hunting in Telok Ayer

After checking into your room, head out to explore the streets of Telok Ayer. Telok Ayer became one of the first streets of Chinatown, where the first Chinese immigrants settled and formed enclaves around the Thian Hock Keng Temple.

Amoy Street is a good place to start. Spot murals that line the roadside, walk down the street to Telok Ayer Green, where you can find former Nagore Dargah — Singapore's Indian Muslim Heritage Centre. Step in to explore its galleries to learn more about the Indian Muslim heritage and culture.

Just behind it is Thian Hock Keng Temple — take a look at the intricate details on its roof tiles as it'll tell you a story about the Chinese and Hokkien heritage.

Don't forget to stop by these murals next to Telok Ayer Green for a photo as well!

4:30PM: Revisit our Heritage at these World Class Exhibitions

Living in Singapore, it’s easy to take for granted the many world-class exhibitions that exist right on this island. Take a walk through Singapore's past, present and future at any one of these three museums located within a short walk or a bus ride.

Check out Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's new interactive exhibition 'Singapo人', which seeks to share the Singaporean Chinese Culture. Get lost in ancient South-East Asian history and art at the Asian Civilisations Museum or take a peek into the future where art and science merge at the ArtScience Museum. Most exhibitions are free for Singapore Residents as well!

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Cost: Free

Opening hours: 9AM – 6PM

How to get there: 10min walk from Thian Hock Keng Temple

Asian Civilisations Museum

Cost: Free for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents

Opening hours: 10AM – 7PM, closes 9PM on Fri

How to get there: 5min bus ride from SO Sofitel Singapore

ArtScience Museum

Cost: S$16 for Singapore Residents

Opening hours: 10AM – 7PM (Last entry 6PM)

How to get there: 5min bus ride from SO Sofitel Singapore

6:30PM: Take an Evening Walk around Marina Bay

Just before sunset, take a scenic stroll around the promenade at Marina Bay. In the 3.5km walk, you'll pass by Singapore's most distinctive architectural icons, including the futuristic Helix Bridge, the charming Esplanade, the definitive Fullerton Bay Hotel and of course, Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum.

If you stay just after 8PM, you can catch the whole bay area lighting up. The Spectra light show begins at 8PM and 9PM daily (10PM shows are available on Fridays and Saturdays).

8PM: Eat to Your Heart’s Content

After a long day exploring Downtown Singapore, you'll be famished! Head to Amoy Street Food Centre or Maxwell Hawker Centre to wind down with our local favourites.

Craving international food? Korean, Thai, Japanese? Check these out at Tanjong Pagar Road instead:

  1. Kko Kko Na Ra — Korean Fried Chicken
  2. Noodle Star K — Korean Noodles
  3. Tendon Ginza Itsuki — Japanese Tendon
  4. Soi Candy Thai Noodle Bar — Northern Thai cuisine with a fun twist
After dinner, chill out with craft beers or wine and take in the atmosphere of Downtown Singapore at Essen @ The Pinnacle or Soi Candy Thai Noodle Bar.

Next Day 12PM: Learn How to Make Natural Soy Candles

Photo credit: Sally's Room

Here’s something fun to do with your friends or bae. Head to Sally’s Room! They offer a fun three-hour workshop where you’ll learn everything you need to create your own soy candles so you no longer have to purchase expensive chemical-filled ones!

Cost: S$98/pax for a beginner's workshop (3 hours)

Workshop Timing: Contact 9391 6182 via Whatsapp to book your desired timing

Address: 4 Everton Park, #01-44, Singapore 080004

Beneath the skyscrapers that fill our skyline lie quirky and classic hangouts tucked away in colourful shophouses. We might not be able to travel in 2020 but there’s still new experiences to discover right in the heart of Singapore.

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2D1N Getaway in Singapore
2D1N Getaway in Singapore
Itinerary Summary:
  • 2PM: Check Into Your Hotel
  • 3PM: Go Mural Hunting in Telok Ayer
  • 4:30PM: Revisit our Heritage at these World Class Exhibitions
  • 6:30PM: Take an Evening Walk around Marina Bay
  • 8PM: Eat to Your Heart’s Content
  • Next Day 12PM: Learn How to Make Natural Soy Candles