Singapore Stopover: 6 Unique Things To Do
Upgrade your flight from a layover to a short stopover and see why Singapore is so beautiful.
The Singapore stopover is one to be cherished. Not only is Changi Airport a wonderful place to explore, but there’s a bustling city just outside its doors. You’ll find quirky museums, enticing cafes and other great destinations as you take in the great culture of Singapore.
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Feel free to pamper yourself at the St. Gregory Spa or take a long dip in their outdoor infinity pool. If your peckish, check out the Lime restaurant with new vegan offerings like their Beyond Burger®, served with melted vegan cheddar cheese, beetroot, pickles, and tomato. They will even hold onto your baggage after checkout so you can explore the local sights without all of the weight.
Without further ado, here’s their top sights to see on your short stopover.
Singapore Musical Box Museum
The Singapore Musical Box Museum is a quirky nook in the south of Singapore city. Book yourself a 40-minute guided tour and get a demonstration of how vintage music boxes work while learning about their place in global culture and history. Indulge your ears in the classical sounds of the 19th and 20th century as you learn about the intricacies of each museum piece.
Nanyang Old Coffee
If you’re stopping over in the morning, head to Nanyang Old Coffee for some traditionally curated coffee beans that are wok roasted with caramel sugar and butter before being ground and brewed the old-fashioned way with a cotton strainer in pots that resemble watering cans. Locals adore the coffee made this way, saying it’s superior to western-style coffee.
The Battlebox is a World War II British underground command centre, teeming with unique history. It was inside the Battlebox that the British made the decision to surrender Singapore to the invading Japanese on 15 February 1942. Take yourself on a quick journey through Singaporean history.
Bras Basah Complex
While experiences are great, sometimes our need for travel requires a bit of retail therapy. At Bras Basah Complex, you can get all the retail therapy you need by browsing the various stores dedicated to books. From new to old, book-lovers will fall in love at this self-proclaimed “City of Books.”
Who knew that the city where chewing gum and littering is highly illegal would be home to some amazing street art. Kampong Glam is a popular area to find the art, but you can also catch a glimpse of it in Tiong Bahru, Chinatown, Little India and Haji Lane. From contemporary to classical artworks, including some that are really out of the ordinary, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Alternatively, if the weather is a little too dreary for street art viewing, head over to the Parkview Museum and enjoy one of their exhibitions. The current 2019 exhibition is Disturbing Narratives, comprised of over 30 artists who have created some rather eyebrow-raising pieces to ponder over. The accompanying picture is art by Radu Belcin and is a bend on reality.