They say New York is the city that never sleeps, but in Singapore you can now eat, drink, and even fish around the clock. Begin your night at any one of Singapore’s highly acclaimed cocktail bars or by tucking into tasty nosh at a local eatery, then set out to discover the Lion City after dark.
Party until dawn
As night falls, the riverside bars and restaurants along Clarke Quay start buzzing with tourists and locals alike. Start your night here before heading to clubbing powerhouses Attica and Zouk to dance the night away. Prefer to belt out your own tunes? Karaoke rooms are for hire at Tang Music Box; make sure you’re aware of the minimum spend before commandeering the mic. Thrill seekers make a beeline for G-Max Reverse Bungy, where you’ll be sent hurtling at a speed of up to 200km/h into the night sky. There’s a lovely view of Singapore to be had if you can keep your eyes open.
After a truly crafty cocktail? Check in to some of Singapore’s most lauded bars – our picks include hidden bars Employees Only, Native, Operation Dagger and 28 HongKong Street. Gin lovers should not miss the towering three-storey gin wall at Atlas; coupled with the plush art deco surroundings, it’s a sight to behold.
Shop until you drop
Shoppers have no need to fret when the swanky malls of Orchard Road close their doors for the evening, as Little India’s Mustafa Centre is open 24/7. A bargain hunter’s paradise, it hawks everything from household groceries to the latest electronics, bolts of exotic fabrics to glittering gold jewellery. Heaving during regular shopping hours, the aisles finally quiet down around midnight leaving you plenty of space to meander without having to squeeze past a sea of shoppers. Be prepared, however, to become completely and utterly lost once inside this behemoth centre; there is no rhyme or reason to the layout and some hallways lead to complete dead ends. Don’t try to find where you came in; it’s easier just to head outside and then figure out where you are and how to get home.
All night feasting
Singapore is known for its dazzling array of tasty nosh and no matter what time of the day or night, you’ll find something to tantalise your taste buds. Late-night dim sum lovers head to around-the-clock 126 Eating House for steaming dumplings and juicy pork belly buns. At centrally located BK Eating House, a number of stalls continue to churn out cheap, finger-licking good dishes into the wee hours of the morning – try the mee sua (wheat flour noodles) at Yan Kee Noodle House.
If you’re craving an after-dinner treat, you’ll love the sinfully good desserts (best paired with an equally decadent cocktail) at famous Singaporean chef Janice Wong’s 2am: dessertbar. If you prefer something a little less sweet, why not sample some durian? Fondly known as the ‘king of fruit’, this spikey cannonball-esque fruit’s smell precedes it. A sickly-sweet stench, which some liken to rotten meat, will assault your nostrils as you arrive at one of Singapore’s all-night durian stalls. Sellers are typically too happy to educate you in the fine art of durian selection, opening and eating. Plastic gloves are provided, and many first-timers say the initial bite is the worst. Those that make it to their second say it’s slightly better. Tuck in if you dare.
SOURCE: Lonely Planet