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  • Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
    3.5 stars

    This place sounds like a yawner judging by the name but it's actually a lot of fun, especially for youngsters. The gallery is located in the Central Fire Station, which is the oldest in Singapore. The whole first level commemorates the history of firefighting in Singapore, the highlight of ... read more

  • The Istana
    3 stars

    The Istana (palace in Malay) is the official residence of Singapore's president, located at the very end of Singapore's bustling Orchard Road behind a large white gate flanked by sentries. The building was completed in 1869 and originally served to house the governors in the British colonial ... read more

  • Orchard Road Christmas Light Up
    4 stars

    While there won't be snow glistening or sleigh bells ringing in sunny Singapore during Christmas, on the main shopping street of Orchard Road, retailers do their best to create an enchanting winter wonderland... This year, walk down two-kilometre long Orchard Road from Tanglin Mall to Orchard ... read more

  • Lucky Plaza
    3.5 stars

    Situated right in the heart of the Orchard Road shopping district, Lucky Plaza is the unofficial hub for the Filipino diaspora in Singapore. From the exterior, Lucky Plaza looks dated, but step inside this mini-Manila and you'll be surprised at some of the treasures you'll find. While it doesn't ... read more

  • National Museum of Singapore
    4 stars

    The National Museum of Singapore is housed in a beautiful 1887-built building (the former Raffles library and museum) and offers an array of galleries celebrating Singapore's history and culture. Singapore is home to oodles of museums, but thanks to informative displays, a range of exhibitions ... read more

  • Walking street: Orchard Road
    4 stars

    There's also a whole lot of people and crossing some of the roads through the underpasses can be disorienting. For a long walk you can Orchard Road all the way from Tanglin Mall to the Istana. If you get too hot or need to use the washroom, just slip into one of the malls and enjoy the ... read more

  • Singapore Botanic Gardens & National Orchid Garden
    4.5 stars

    While you can see 99% of them for free, visitors must pay for full access to the orchid collection (many named after celebrities who have visited) and Cool House with carnivorous plants. Even if you skip the paid area it's possible to spend all day smelling the flowers and the gardens continue ... read more

  • 313@Somerset Mall
    4 stars

    You can test drive the latest Apple gadgets at the Epicentre showroom and on the upper floors you'll find sportswear, books, jewellery, and salons. 313@Somerset seems to have as many places to eat as shop and the Food Junction foodcourt is so big drink sellers Segways. There are some ... read more

  • The Battle Box
    4.5 stars

    The bunker was rediscovered in the late 1980s and has been converted into a sort of museum with creepy soldier mannequins and an audio guide telling the story of Singapore's fight and eventual surrender. The Battle Box is one of the few WW2 sites that haven't been sanitised and the tunnels are ... read more

  • Istana Park
    4 stars

    The lush trees and ferns are nearly enough to block out all the malls and there are lots of places to sit, including along the reflecting pool. Istana Park is opposite the Istana, the official residence of Singapore's prime minister, and is the site of musical performances on the first Sunday ... read more

  • Tangs
    4 stars

    The Orchard Road location is the flagship store and has five levels of high-end housewares, luggage, cosmetics, jewellery, shoes and fashion.

    Women should check out the lingerie department just to see the swanky boudoir-themed dressing room. There's a second, smaller Tangs at Vivocity.

  • Ion
    3.5 stars

    Ground floor tenants are flagship stores for luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Prada, but most of the real shopping happens on the lower levels at Mango, Steve Madden, bebe, Sephora cosmetics and other shops the average fashionista can actually afford. On the upper levels are very, very ... read more

  • Ngee Ann City
    4 stars

    Well-heeled Singaporeans come here to shop at Armani, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Shanghai Tang and Juicy Couture where the price of a single shoe may exceed your monthly travel budget. Ngee Ann City is home to Takashimaya Department Store — one of only four locations outside Japan — ... read more

  • Orchard Central
    3 stars

    The retail is a mix of big brands and unique boutiques and, though it opened long before neighbouring 313@Somerset Mall, it still feels a bit empty. The highlights are the Mediterranean-themed market in the basement, the first of its kind in Singapore, and rooftop garden with restaurants, a ... read more

  • Tanglin Mall
    3.5 stars

    Offering Western-sized fashions, maternity wear, educational toy stores, comfortable footwear, do-it-yourself-shops and organic groceries, Tanglin Mall has a very difference ambience than, say, Ion, and you won't feel out of place pushing a pram into one of the mall's cosy cafes. In the ... read more

  • Fort Canning Park
    3 stars

    The outdoor amphitheatre regularly hosts concerts and other events. If you want to avoid the climb up you can take an escalator from near the National Museum.

  • DFS Galleria
    3 stars

    DFS Galleria rejects that premise while offering a lot more stuff to buy than you'll find in Changi airport. The only catch is that you must be departing Singapore by plane -- simply bring along your passport and flight details, and the Galleria staff will arrange for your purchases to be waiting ... read more

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