Live big with Instagram-worthy hidden spots around Singapore that will make you feel like you’re on holiday in another country.
Miss going on overseas holidays? Experience a slice of your favourite vacation destinations with our list of spots around Singapore that will make it look like you’re vacationing somewhere else (shhhh, we promise we won’t tell). And just like having your favourite travel buddy by your side, the enhanced Mitsubishi Attrage makes the perfect companion for round-island trips. With its outstanding fuel efficiency, you can live big by going further and exploring more of Singapore — all without worrying about breaking the bank. Longer drives are more comfortable too, as the new Attrage features cruise control and an all-new Smartphone-link Display Audio System. Furthermore, the Attrage’s class-leading interior space also provides an easy and comfortable ride for the passengers at the back.
Ready to travel the world within Singapore? Start with these places!
Have a cuppa in Korea
Time to live out your favourite K-drama autumn scenes! Hidden in the CBD at Maxwell Chambers is CafeKreams, a Korean-themed cafe with mesmerising decor. The cafe’s ceiling and walls are decorated by leaves in different autumn colours, giving it a relaxing autumn vibe. And when you’re done taking your pictures for Instagram, don’t forget to order one of their freshly-baked scones to go along with your Dalgona coffee!
Where to find it Singapore: CafeKreams 32 Maxwell Road, #01-07 Maxwell Chambers, Singapore 069115
Stock up on your favourite Thai goodies
While this might not be such a secret spot, Golden Mile Complex is definitely the place to go if you’re craving for authentic Thai food and goodies. Affectionately known as “Little Thailand”, it lives up to its nickname with its wide variety of stores and restaurants offering everything from boat noodles to mookata buffets.
Where to find it Singapore: Golden Mile Complex Golden Mile Complex 5001 Beach Road, Singapore 199588
Enter the gates of heaven in Bali
If you have Bali on your mind, then head down to the Sang Nila Utama Garden at Fort Canning Park. The garden is a recreation of Southeast Asian gardens and marked by high Javanese split gates — very much like the gates of heaven at Tirta Empul Temple in Bali. Surrounded by lush greenery and away from high rise buildings, this spot makes for a very believable Bali Instagram post.
Where to find it Singapore: Sang Nila Utama Garden at Fort Canning Park River Valley Road, Singapore 17903 ( park at Registry of Marriage carpark and walk up the stairs, 7 Canning Rise, Singapore 179869)
Grab a tipple in Hong Kong
You don’t need a flight out of Singapore to experience the glamour of old Hong Kong - just step into Sum Yi Tai and you’re there. Everything about the place from its deco, ambience and music playlist was inspired by Hong Kong in the 1980s. When you’re done soaking up its decadent atmosphere and taking pictures of your “visit to Hong Kong”, dig into dimsum favourites and classic Cantonese dishes then have a nightcap at their rooftop bar.
Where to find it Singapore: Sum Yi Tai 25 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069622
Spend the night at a hotel cabin
Miss the feeling of being inside an airplane cabin? Plan a staycation at YOTELAIR Singapore Changi Airport. Their rooms—aptly named cabins—adopt a space-saving design that has the likeness of an airplane interior. It’s definitely worth a stay if you want to relive the feeling of being at the heart of all that airport action
Where to find it Singapore: YOTELAIR Singapore Changi Airport 78 Airport Boulevard, #04 - 280, Singapore 819666
Wet and wild in Bali
When you think Bali, you think sun, sand and lots of water sports. You may not be getting all in this experience but it can certainly get your adrenaline pumping just enough to make you forget that you’re in Singapore, not Bali. Take a trip up northeast to Suter Wake Pro at Marina Country Club and meet up with professional wakeboarder and SEA Games medallist, Suter Tan for some wakeboarding lessons. Don’t forget your sunblock!
Where to find it Singapore: Suter Wake Pro 11 Northshore Drive, Singapore 828670
Sightseeing at Singapore’s Piccadilly Circus
Look hard enough and you’ll find British road names all over Singapore. As a former British colony, the island is filled with them, and one such road is Piccadilly Circus. While Singapore’s Piccadilly Circus may not have the big illuminated signs, the fountain and the plaza, this served as a little “home away home” for servicemen in the Royal Air Force base at Seletar back in the day. These days, it's a picturesque piece of green.
Where to find it Singapore: Piccadilly Circus.
Have lunch in Malaysia
Don’t we all miss our quick getaways across the border? While we sit tight waiting for restrictions to ease up, we can always pop by the Malaysian Food Street at Resorts World Sentosa for some Malaysian chow right now. This indoor food centre is modelled to give an old-town atmosphere and the various stalls offer authentic Malaysian dishes like KL claypot rice, Penang hokkien mee and chendol. And did we mention it’s fully air conditioned?
Where to find it Singapore: Malaysian Food Street Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Waterfront Level 1, Singapore 098269
Soak your worries away in a Japanese onsen
The pandemic’s got everyone feeling anxious and what better way to relax than with a session at Ikeda Spa. While this authentic Japanese spa has made a name for its traditional Japanese onsen and massage, it’s the spa’s tranquil interiors and cosy atmosphere that makes it a clear winner if you’re looking for places that remind you of Japan. If you close your eyes, you just might fool yourself into thinking you’re really in the Land of the Rising Sun!
Where to find it Singapore: Ikeda Spa 787 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269762
Dig into your Thai favourites
A visit to Royal Thai Cuisine’s restaurant at Bukit Timah may just be what the doctor ordered to cure your wanderlust. The restaurant whips up authentic Thai cuisine made with original ingredients from Thailand or grown from their own garden, and it also really looks like you’re in Thailand. From its laid back atmosphere to its decor, it’s definitely worth a trip down even for just a taste of your favourite tom yum soup.
Where to find it Singapore: Royal Thai Cuisine 60 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286966
Bring home a piece of Japan
Perhaps the closest thing to reliving the Japanese supermarket experience is to go on a shopping spree at Don Don Donki. Not only can you find tasty food stuff and snacks like sushi, sashimi, donburi, and mochi, there are also other great finds that range from household items to makeup and beauty, to even alcohol.
Where to find it Singapore: Don Don Donki Various outlets islandwide