Watching Singapore transform at sunset is an experience not to be missed. There are so many things to do in Singapore at night to truly absorb the city in its full glory. From the mesmerising lights reflecting on the Bay to the delicious rooftop cocktails served until dawn and the bustling Hawker Halls serving up the cheapest treats – Singapore at night is a feast for the senses.
Whether you’re on a family trip, honeymoon or backpacking Singapore, this guide will have you covered from dusk until dawn. It includes many highlights from the city after dark, but also some hidden gems that are usually missing from the usual tourist guide books.
THINGS TO DO IN SINGAPORE AT NIGHT
1. Enjoy Gardens By The Bay After Dark
Location: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
If you’re wondering where to go in Singapore at night, guaranteed the most popular recommendation is to head for Gardens by The Bay which is a world-famous nature park with 3 gardens – Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. They are free to enter and open until 2 am.
Within the 101 hectares of reclaimed land there is so much to see and do at night. The highlights are two ginormous conservatories – Cloud Forest & The Flower Dome as well as 18 “Supertrees,” 12 of which are clustered to create the Supertree Grove, home to the OCBC Garden Rhapsody (more on that in a minute.)
Visiting Gardens by the Bay is one of the best things to do in Singapore at night as it’s far less busy and even more spectacular than during the day. Not only can you see the world’s tallest indoor waterfall in the Cloud Forest but also the world’s largest glass greenhouse, The Flower Dome which is 1.2 hectares.
You do have to pay an entry fee for the Cloud Forest & Flower Dome which is SG$28.00 and allows access to both. We recommend going around sunset (7pm-ish), that way you can witness these stunning domes both during daylight and lit up under the stars before heading to the light show which is up next on our Singapore at night guide.
2. Watch Garden Rhapsody
Location: Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Show Times: Daily from 7.45pm and 8.45pm & the Supertree Grove is open until 2am.
Once you’ve finished touring the epic conservatories at Gardens of the Bay, it’s time for Garden Rhapsody, one of the most famous things to do in Singapore at night and best of all – it doesn’t cost a penny!
The Supertree Grove at Gardens By The Bay are famous worldwide for the towering “Supertrees” which light up to a rhapsody of spectacular surround sound. There are over 50 speakers hidden around the park so regardless of where you are this spectacular sound and vision cannot be missed!
Nothing can truly prepare you for how magnificent these trees are, towering over 50 metres high you feel like you’ve stepped into the movie Avatar. The shows are twice daily and last 15 minutes.
Crowds start gathering around 30 minutes before so many people advised us to go early but don’t stress as you cannot miss the sound (or sight) of these trees wherever you end up. We stopped for so many photos on route we were late and arrived just as the music started, but there was still plenty space and we had an unforgettable experience.
3. Walk Across The OCBC Skyway
Location: Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
For one of the best views of the majestic Supertrees and best sunset spots in Singapore, we highly recommend OCBC Skyway. Suspended 22 metres high, the Skyway allows you to walk among the towering trees and admire the twinkling lights of Singapore at night.
One of the most unique things to do in Singapore at night is to time your visit to the skyway during the Garden Rhapsody. This means you can admire the epic show from above the crowds. Although during peak hours between 5pm – 8:30pm they do limit the time to around 15 minutes per person on the walkway, good job the light show is only 15 minutes!
We will warn, a visit to OCBC Skyway is not for the faint hearted, the walkway is suspended so does “bounce” and wiggle slightly as people stroll across. For those a tad terrified of heights (like us) it’s a definite test of courage. However, the breath taking views make it oh so worth it and it’s undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Singapore at night.
4. Admire The Skyline From The Singapore Flyer
Location: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803
Opening Hours: 08:30am – 10:30pm
If admiring Singapore from 22m above ground isn’t high enough, try 165m above ground on the Singapore Flyer. As Asia’s largest observation wheel, it is one of the best things to do in Singapore at night because it offers some of the best panoramic views of the Singapore skyline as well as landmarks such as Raffles Place, Empress Place, Merlion Park and the Singapore River.
One full circle takes 32 minutes and is accompanied by fascinating commentary on the history of Singapore as well as facts on local landmarks and the Flyer itself. If you book this ticket, you can enjoy a Singapore sling as you take in the sights.
You can also take it up a notch, if you have a cheeky SG$320.00 spare and want to experience Singapore at night in a way to remember – dinner onboard the Singapore Flyer. Sky dining on the Flyer lasts 2 rotations – approximately 1 hour and alongside your 4 course dinner, you are treated to an inflight host and priority boarding.
5. Enjoy Spectra At Marina Bay Sands
Location: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Show Times: Sunday to Thursday at 8pm and 9pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, 9pm and 11pm
From one stunning light show to the next – one of the most memorable free things to do in Singapore at night is admire the epic views over the Bay. It’s not just the stunning reflections from the skyline over the water that attracts the crowds at night, but the Spectra light show which is one of the most impressive light shows in the world.
Crowds gather SUPER early, so if you’re determined to have a view from the railings, you will need to set up camp around 45 minutes prior. Although you can witness the spectacular fusion of lasers, fountains and music from both sides of the water.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands are one of the most popular places to visit in Singapore and they neighbour the best viewpoint for the Spectra light show so we recommend grabbing an ice cream or drink from there and headed out to secure a spot.
6. Watch a Free Performance at the Esplanade, Theatres On The Bay
Location: 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Opening Hours: Most Performances start at 7:30pm – check programme for details.
The Esplanade theatres on the bay are a hub of creativity and talent from dancing shows to art exhibitions to musical performances from all over the world. They are one of the busiest art centres in the world. Since opening 16 years ago over 28 million guests have enjoyed 41,000 shows.
Best of all, nearly 70% of their programme is free which makes a visit one of the best things to do in Singapore at night as you won’t have to spend a penny but you’ll have an unforgettable evening! There are free performances on nearly every night, you can check the programme here as it changes regularly.
Whether dancing to the beat of a Jamaican dance troop or learning a jig with an Irish folk band, they offer a huge variety of musical performances throughout the week with the majority free of charge and all set in the most stunning surroundings.
7. Shop ’til You Drop at Bugis Market
Location: 3 New Bugis Street, Singapore 188867
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Whether you’re after a late night treat, souvenirs, shoes or sunglasses, you will find everything you could possibly want at Bugis Street Market. Of all the markets we’ve ever visited, Bugis was one of the biggest (and busiest) making it an unforgettable experience and unmissable thing to do in Singapore at night.
There are over 800 stalls crammed into one space making getting lost very easy and spending your entire budget even easier. Working up an appetite is guaranteed so luckily Bugis Market also has several food stalls as well as the Albert Centre nearby which is a food court open until 9:30pm.
Bugis Market is just a popular during the day with stalls trading from 11am until 10pm – or until the crowds leave.
8. Dine Like A Local At Lau Pa Sat
Location: 18 Raffles Quay
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Also known as Telok Ayer Market, Lau Pa Sat combines delicious local food with a rich history and unique architecture all in one place. Dating back to the 19th century, Lau Pa Sat is an unmissable Singapore landmark that was gazetted as a national monument in 1973.
There are so many food stalls that we spent a good 25 minutes wandering from one to the next perusing menus and peeking at locals’ plates for inspiration on what to order. As one of the most renown hawker centres in Singapore, it’s one of the best places to try the famous Hainanese chicken rice washed down with ice cold beer.
Like all Hawker centres the prices are very reasonable despite Lau Pa Sat’s fame and better yet, it’s open 24/7 so you an ideal place to visit in Singapore at night to cure any midnight munchies or food on the way home after dancing until dawn.
It’s located in the heart of the financial district, so visiting just to admire the striking architecture juxtaposed against the towering skyscrapers is reason enough!
9. Enjoy the Tastes & Sights of Chinatown at Night
As we were backpacking Singapore, we found the best budget accommodation was in Chinatown. We were so grateful to be based here as Chinatown proved one of the most fascinating places to visit in Singapore at night. It was so much fun returning every evening to our hotel and wandering through the bustling, lantern lit streets.
There are so many things to do in Chinatown, from kerb side bars to busy hawker stalls, it is a feast for the senses and proved the perfect base for our Singapore itinerary. We also had one of the best meals in our entire lives in Chinatown Singapore (so good, we returned to the restaurant 3 nights during our stay!)
If you are looking where to go in Singapore at night for an unforgettable dinner, just look for the restaurant on the corner with yellow seats. The restaurant was simply named “Chinatown Seafood Restaurant” but we had an epic chicken cashew which was spicy yet sticky and so delicious. A main course was around SG$16.00 but one was more than enough to share.
With over 260 stalls, Chinatown is also home to the largest Hawker Centre in Singapore – Chinatown Complex Food Centre. It is open from 7am until 10pm and offers traditional Chinese food as well as the Singaporean favourites such as chilli crab, char Kway teow and the dreaded durian.
10. Go on a Food Tour
Food in Singapore is an eclectic mix of cultures with food from all over the world including Thai, Malaysian, Indian and Chinese. With so much food on offer it can be overwhelming to decide where to go and if your time in Singapore is limited how do you squeeze in a taste of everything? You need a food tour.
A food tour is one of the best things to do in Singapore at night as not only are you treated to endless tasty delights, but the tours are led by locals who will share their culinary knowledge and hidden gems.
- This tour lasts 3.5 hours, where a local will take you on a foodie adventure through Chinatown’s Complex Food Centre as mentioned earlier – all samples included! Book Here.
- For something a little different, this food tour will take you through the Katong neighbourhood of Singapore to enjoy local Peranakan cuisine. Peranakan food is a combination of Chinese ingredients with cooking techniques of the Malays. Book Here.
- This food tour is particularly suited to those looking for things to do in Singapore at night as it focuses on street food and the busy Hawker Centres. The tour includes 3/4 street food dishes, dessert plus a local beer or cocktail. Book Here.
11. Enjoy an Evening At Clarke Quay
Set on the banks of the Singapore River, the colourful colonial-era architecture of Clarke Quay is a beautiful photo spot during the day. However, wait until sunset to truly see Clarke Quay come alive when the night clubs and happy hours get into full swing.
Clarke Quay is one of the busiest places in Singapore at night as it is home to two of Singapore’s biggest nightclubs – Zouk and Attica. Dance until dawn in these world famous clubs as they are open until 4am on weekends. Entry to Attica is also free for ladies on a Wednesday and you get free drinks too if you enter before 11:30pm.
Also note for those visiting Singapore on a budget, on Wednesdays it’s ladies’ night in Singapore and Clarke Quay in particular has amazing drink deals for the gals.
If crowded nightclubs aren’t your thing, Clarke Quay also has an array of restaurants serving anything from Seafood to Scottish yes, SCOTTISH cuisine. We were so excited to see a Scottish restaurant in Singapore but unfortunately ran out of time to visit – let us know if you get the chance to go.
12. Admire the Interiors of Atlas Bar
Location: 600 North Bridge Rd, Parkview Square, Singapore 188778
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 10am – 1am, Fridays 10am – 2am on & Saturday 3pm to 2am.
Being Scottish, we have drank in many, many bars but no bar has blown us away quite like ATLAS. It even featured in Time Magazine’s 100 Greatest Places in the World in 2018 and after our visit we completely understand why.
Not only is it home to the world’s largest gin collection with over 1000 varieties, the insanely beautiful décor alone is enough reason to visit. If you’re looking for where to go in Singapore at night, visiting ATLAS will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into the Great Gatsby movie set.
Their cocktail & gin menu looks like a coffee table book and we were that overwhelmed by choice we ended up having a tea and coffee. After 5pm they have a smart-casual dress code so no flip flops or shorts but we were quite casually dressed after a day of sightseeing and had no issues.
TIP: Above Atlas Bar is The Parkview Museum – another of the many things to do in Singapore for free.
13. Sip on a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel
Location: 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
Opening Hours: Long Bar is open 11am – 11pm
No Singapore itinerary would be complete without sampling the signature Singapore Sling. The gin-based cocktail was invented by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915 by mixing gin, pineapple juice, lime juice, curaçao and Bénédictine.
During this time women were forbidden to drink alcohol so the thoughtful bartender added Grenadine and a cherry liqueur to give the drink its signature pink hue which he believed added “feminine flair” and tricked people into believing the ladies were drinking fruit juice so it was socially accepted.
This world famous cocktail was invented in The Long Bar at Raffles which was newly reopened during our visit after a huge renovation. Expect queues and an eye-watering price tag of SG$31.00 a drink (with a complimentary bag of peanuts) but the atmosphere of Raffles is a once in a life-time experience.
We giggled as we sipped on our slings, throwing piles of peanut shells on the floor which is apparently the done thing. Of all the things to do in Singapore at night, the Long Bar at Raffles is unmissable and better yet there are no strict dress codes – anything goes as long as it’s not swimwear.
14. Cé La Vi Bar & Skypark Observation Deck
Location: SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue
Opening Hours: Skybar 12pm – 3am & Skypark 9.30am – 10pm.
How does sipping on cocktails 57 stories above Singapore sound? One of the most spectacular things to do in Singapore at night is head up to the Cé La Vi Skybar which is on the roof of the world-famous Marina Bay Sands hotel.
For unbeatable views over the bay and skyline, it’s one of the most popular things to do in Singapore at night. Expect live music, DJs and regular events as you mingle with the elite and absorb the amazing views.
Needless to say, it is a far more upmarket affair with a stylish dress code to match (unless visiting on Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays when it’s a casual dress code.) Standing tables are on a first come first served basis and their cover charge can be a little confusing – entry is free Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays after 10pm. Entry is also free and on Wednesdays for ladies night.
However, if visiting before 10pm there is a SG$22.00 entry fee, but this is a voucher which goes towards any food or drink purchases although we noticed most cocktails are SG$24.00, beers are around SG$20.00. View the bar’s website for events and details.
Alternatively, you can avoid the bar all together and visit the Skypark observation deck on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Instead. You will be rewarded with the same views but without the fussy dress codes or cover charges. The Skypark observation deck is one of the most memorable things to do in Singapore at night – or early morning to avoid the crowds! We found the cheapest Skypark tickets via Go Voyagin and by purchasing online we also avoided the queues at the ticket desk.
15. Singapore at Night Cruise
The bumboats are iconic to Singapore and to Clarke Quay in particular. One of the most spectacular things to do in Singapore at night is take a river cruise onboard a bumboat to admire the stunning scenery of downtown Singapore.
Simply sit back and relax as the boat chugs down the Singapore River passing the iconic sites such as the Esplanade, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Clemenceau, and Robertson Quay. Although early evening is best to admire the sunset, a night time river cruise is also a unique way to watch the light show at Marina Bay.
To experience Singapore at night, book a traditional bumboat river cruise that passes the stunning Marina Bay Sands among other famous landmarks. The cruise departs every 30 minutes from Clarke Quay from 9am – 11pm (last tour is at 10:30pm) and lasts approximately 40 minutes. Book tickets here.
16. Cable Car to Sentosa
Location: Harbour Front Tower 2, 3 Harbourfront Pl, Level 1, Singapore 099254
Opening Hours: 8:45am – 10:00pm (last boarding at 09:30pm)
Now you have seen Singapore at night via land and now sea why not finish your Singapore itinerary by experiencing the city from the sky too? You may find a recurring theme with Singapore at night and heights after the Flyer, and OCBC Skyway so here’s one more activity to test your nerve up high – the Singapore Cable Car.
Stretching as high as 88m at points, the Singapore cable car is a gondola lift which connects Mount Faber on mainland Singapore to the man-made island resort of Sentosa. Although we made the daring voyage during the day (admittedly I only opened my eyes once for a quick photo) it is apparently one of the best things to do in Singapore at night.
With so much to see and do on Sentosa the cable car is the perfect way to get there (and back) to see the spectacular island lit up from above. Unless you’re like us, who are too scared to take it back the way so opted for the free Sentosa Express monorail.
The Singapore Cable car is SG$35.00 for a round trip with one trip lasting around 15 minutes – although if you’re as scared as us, it does feel like a lifetime. As a tip, if you book tickets via Get Your Guide, Go Voyagin or Klook instead of directly, tickets are only SG$24.50.
If you’re super brave, you can even opt for a four-course dinner INSIDE the cable car. Admiring the views with delicious food to match all for SGD$69.00 per person.
17. Free Stargazing at The Science Centre
Location: Science Centre Singapore Observatory, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore
Opening hours: every Friday from 7:45pm-10pm
If you haven’t been mesmerised enough by the sparkling skyline, one of the best things to do in Singapore at night is head to the Science Centre for a spot of stargazing. There are stargazing sessions every Friday which are completely free, although you must register for a timecard if you want to look through the main telescope. Timecards are available from 7am on the Friday morning.
There are also guided sessions which have an admission fee and include talks, presentations and extra activities as well as the usual star gazing. Although one of the most unique things to do in Singapore at night it is obviously weather dependant – stargazing isn’t possible during certain times of year and if thick cloud is forecast.
The best place for stargazing updates is via the Science centre Facebook.
Hopefully this guide has inspired you to go out and explore Singapore at night – whether you’re after a cocktail with a view, a light show to remember or simply to photograph the epic skyline, there is so many unforgettable things to do you’ll need weeks to see them all. Have we missed your favourite things to do in Singapore at night? Let us know in the comments!