10 sizzling things to do at night in Singapore
However, place me in a destination like Singapore, and it’s all systems go. In a city that has so much going on at night, activities extend beyond drinking and clubbing.
The biggest draw for going out at night in Singapore is its climate. Coming from Europe, I’m so used to unpredictable weather, even in the midst of summer.
Instead, in Singapore, the balmy temperatures at night suit me perfectly. Granted, you’ll probably need a light sweater or jacket if entering places where the air conditioning is turned up high.
Temperatures in Singapore are typically around 23°C (73°F) in December and January. In the hotter months of April and May, a maximum temperature of 32°C (90°F) is the standard. While it can feel muggier, I find the warm weather more bearable at night than during the day.
That said, if night time is when your inner owl comes to life, jot down these 10 sizzling Singapore hotspots.
1. A floral delight by night
If you don’t recognize Gardens by the Bay by its name, you surely will by its photos. Easily one of Singapore’s best, and most renowned, attractions, it’s one sight you can’t afford to miss.
The complex consists of 3 grand gardens, spanning across 101 hectares. Bay South is the largest, and is where you’ll find the garden’s iconic Supertrees. Ranging from 25m to 50m in height, these artistic structures are a sight for the senses.
However, it’s at night, when the trees light up and illuminate the Singapore sky, creating something truly spectacular.
There are 18 Supertrees in total, 12 of which are in the Supertree Grove. Come here to admire the trees, and to take in the views of the surrounding Marina Bay area.
A recent addition to Supertree Grove is the Supertree Observatory. Its location at the canopy of the tallest Supertree means un-rivalled views of the city from its rooftop deck.
Entrance to Gardens by the Bay is free, but there’s an admission fee for certain attractions like the Supertree Observatory.
More than a garden — things to do at night in Singapore
While here, also make time to visit the Flower Dome. Its ever-changing display of floral varieties are an impressive sight, and will also make a colorful addition to your Instagram.
Bay East is the second largest of the gardens and offers a more relaxed ambience to the lively city streets.
This vast green space is ideal for taking a stroll, having a picnic or for simply enjoying the views.
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr
2. Dinner, drinks and dancing at Marina Bay Sands
A short hop, skip and a jump away from the gardens is another unmissable attraction, Marina Bay Sands.
As well as being known as a 5-star luxury hotel, visitors also come for the other activities within the complex.
Its number of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants help to entice thousands of people through its doors each year.
However, the hotel’s most famous attraction is its rooftop SkyPark Infinity Pool.
Watch the city transform into a dazzling light display as you take an evening dip in its balmy waters. Measuring 150m long, the pool stretches across the top of the hotel’s building, allowing for plenty of space to swim.
One big but to know, is that the SkyPark Infinity Pool is only available for hotel guests. However, if you still want to see the views from level 57, all is not lost.
Visiting the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay is one of the best things to do at night in Singapore
“…it’s at night, when the trees light up and illuminate the Singapore sky, creating something truly spectacular.”
A bite with a view — things to do at night in Singapore
Spago Bar and Lounge is an American-style bar that serves up creatively blended cocktails and tempting Asian snacks.
It also has an outdoor area where you can enjoy al fresco dining, and a pool view. Spago Bar and Lounge is open every day from 7am till late.*
Treat your tastebuds to an Asian gastronomic feast at CÉ LA VI Restaurant and SkyBar. Also situated on level 57 — but in Tower 3 — your inner foodie will be satisfied by its tantalizing menu.
Once you’ve happily lined your stomach, continue the party at CÉ LA VI Club Lounge. Let the DJs, and a few more cocktails, take you from the night into the morning.
Let there be light
Another attraction at Marina Bay Sands — that’s completely free and worth mentioning — is a light and water show called Spectra.
It bears a similar resemblance to the infamous ‘dancing’ water show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Spectra takes place every evening at 8 and 9pm, with an extra show at 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights.**
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue
Check in to see the light spectacular, Spectra, at Marina Bay
3. Get your dim sum on
By the time many people have called it a night, some of Singapore’s best eateries are still open.
Swee Choon Tim Sum has been keeping the locals happy and full with its mouth-watering menu since 1962.
A no-frills foodie experience, most people come to Swee Choon Tim Sum for one thing: the dim sum. Fried, baked or steamed dumplings, it’s a popular place to satisfy your late-night munchies.
Swee Choon Tim Sum, 183/185/187/189/191/193 Jalan Besar
4. A comforting treat for the tum
When night falls and you’re looking for some authentic Singaporean comfort food, there’s one dish that surpasses them all.
Bak Kut Teh is a traditional dish of fall-off the bone pork ribs in a fragrant steaming broth. Varieties can differ depending on the seller, but the base is usually the pork rib soup.
To try a bowl of the authentic dish, head to Balestier Road in Singapore. Here are 3 notable places to try, including Balestier Bak Kut Teh, 333 Bak Kut Teh and Ah Hak.
333 Bak Kut Teh is a 24-hour joint and is popular with late-night revelers after a night of heavy partying. Pull up a chair at Ah Hak and you’ll most likely find yourself sitting among hungry taxi drivers.
Whichever place you choose, enjoy slurping and sipping your way through a Singaporean classic.
Balestier Bak Kut Teh, 365 & 365 Balestier Road
333 Bak Kut Teh, 333 Balestier Road
Ah Hak Bak Kut Teh, 397 Balestier Road
Try a bowl of the classic Bak Kut Teh at night in Singapore
5. Satisfy your late-night dessert cravings
When a scoop of vanilla ice cream just won’t do, check out this dessert spot instead when in Singapore.
The clue’s in the name in 2am: dessertbar. A chic and sophisticated setting to match its selection of sweets, cakes here come with plenty of finesse.
Open till late*, the menu at 2am: dessertbar includes tempting items such as the yuzu cheesecake with mango jelly.
You’ll also find other Asian-style desserts, some similar to Filipino desserts, as well as those with more international influences.
At the time of writing, the bar also does home dessert delivery given the situation regarding the pandemic.
2am: dessertbar, 21A Lor Liput
6. Bike Singapore by night
Explore the sights of Singapore, and work off a few excess calories, on a night bike tour of the city.
Let’s Go Bike Singapore™ will take you on a nighttime tour of Marina Bay, led by a knowledgeable guide.
The tour lasts for 2 hours, and is a fun way to see the city.
What’s more, Let’s Go Bike Singapore™ also have family rates if you prefer to keep your group familiar.
Explore the Marina Bay area by bike at night
7. Try out a board game cafe
If lively conversation and game playing attract you more than a sweaty nightclub, Singapore’s alternative late-night activity may interest you.
Board game cafes in Singapore offer visitors a place to play, eat and drink with friends. They’re also a refreshing change from the normal nocturnal places to frequent.
There are several in the city, but 2 popular haunts that attract regulars back include Settlers Cafe and Mind Cafe.
The biggest draw to Settlers Cafe is its impressive arsenal of 600 board games. Add to this plenty of comfy furniture, laid-back vibes, and a food and drink menu filled with comforting classics.
It’s a chilled place to hang with friends and it’s easy to see why the locals enjoy visiting. Settlers Cafe is open from Tuesday to Thursday 6pm to 11pm, and from 2pm to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.**
It’s all in the Mind — things to do at night in Singapore
With almost 500 games to their name, there’s no chance of getting bored at The Mind Cafe.
It works a little differently from Settlers Cafe in that each person pays $5 per hour (excluding food and drinks). However, they usually run several promotions that include food and drink and unlimited gaming, which works out a lot cheaper.
Open till 2am**, The Mind Cafe is ideal for gaming fun and is an activity that’s family-friendly too.
Settlers Cafe, 39 North Canal Road
Mind Cafe, 60A Prinsep Street
Try a different kind of nighttime activity at a board game cafe in Singapore
8. Shop in the midnight hour
Holding the title of Singapore’s only 24-hour shopping mall, Mustafa is where you can shop when everyone else is asleep.
Spread across 4 levels measuring over 400,000sq ft, you’re sure to find everything you need here. Located in the Little India quarter of Singapore, Mustafa has the whole enchilada from clothes and shoes to electronics.
Orchard Road = shopping paradise
In the popular shopping area of Orchard Road, many of the stores and malls also cater to late-night shoppers.
Plaza Singapura, Paragon, 313@Somerset and ION Orchard are just some of the shopping centers that close at 10pm every night.**
If markets interest you more than the malls, you’ll enjoy visiting the Chinatown Night Market. With merchandise ranging from kitsch to chic, there’s plenty on display to grab your attention.
The Chinatown Night Market is open from Monday to Thursday till 11pm, and Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays till 1am.**
Mustafa, 145 Syed Alwi Road
Chinatown Night Market, 53-77 Pagoda Street
Get some late-night shopping done at ION Orchard Road in Singapore
9. Grab a nighttime catch
Feeling in the mood for a little (fresh) late-night shrimp?
If so, this unique nighttime activity in Singapore lets you have a go at catching your very own batch.
Prawning centers are places where you can fish for your crustacean and at any time of the day or night.
Open for 24 hours, it’s something different to try for when you’ve exhausted the standard nocturnal activity list.
There are several in Singapore to choose from, such as Hai Bin Punggol and Prawning at Orto.
Prices vary depending on how long you want to fish for, but they’re usually reasonable especially for a distinctive activity.
Hai Bin Punggol, 6 Tebing Ln, #01-04
Prawning at Orto, #01-09 81 Lorong Chencharu
Catch your own fresh shrimp at a Singapore prawning center
10. Enjoy the city’s architecture
When the sun sets in Singapore, it’s time to head out and visit some of the city’s best architectural sights.
Popular with walkers, joggers and Instagrammers, Henderson Waves Bridge is a sight to be seen and experienced.
As its name suggests, its unique wave design and length (274m) makes it one of Singapore’s iconic landmarks.
Open for 24 hours, Henderson Waves Bridge is much quieter at night and more enjoyable because of the climate. Saying that, it’s also an ideal spot to take in the views and photograph the city without being interrupted.
Durian by building — things to do in night at Singapore
Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay is one building that’s hard to miss. Singapore’s national performing arts center is as well known for its excellent program, as it is for its spiky-shaped dome.
Its unusual shape has awarded the building another name by the locals: the durian building. If you’re unfamiliar with this south-east Asian fruit, it has a distinctive appearance and smell too.
Along with a concert hall, Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay also has several shops, and places to eat and drink.
Unless you’re planning to see an exhibition or a concert, admission is 100% free and well worth a visit.
Henderson Waves Bridge, Henderson Road, Southern Ridges, Bukit Merah
Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Dr
What do you think of these nighttime activities in Singapore? Which of these activities would you most like to try? Let me know in the comments below.
*times have changed given the situation with Covid-19
**Correct at the time of writing, timings may have changed.
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