13 Tips for an AWESOME Trip to Singapore

Known as the “Lion City,” join me as I explore the what to do, where to go, and what to eat in the incredible city of Singapore.

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-Hotel 81 (multiple locations…good budget hotel options. Not fancy, but clean with a private bathroom)
-Beary Best! Hostel (Chinatown)

Below are some of my favorite places…all highly recommended, but honestly…the key is to find a stall with a long line of locals…that’s the best indication of what’s good. It’ll be worth waiting for:)

Featured Hawker Centres:
-Maxwell Food Centre
-Old Airport Road Food Centre
-Chinatown Complex
-Tiong Bahru Market
-Lau Pa Sat Food Court (Specifically the satay stalls on the street outside the main centre)
-Chinatown Food Street

Featured Food Stalls:
Maxwell Food Centre:
-Ah Tai Chicken Rice (THE BEST)
-Tian Tian Chicken Rice
-Zhen Zhen Porridge
-Marina Bay Delicious Foods (Get their Char Kway Teow)

Old Airport Road:
-Roast Paradise (Char Su with Pork Rice)
-Xin Mei Xiang Zheng Zong Lor Mee

Chomp Chomp Food Centre:
-Ah Hok Fried Hokkien Noodles (there can be a long wait for this stall)
-Hai Wai Yuan BBQ (Sambal stingray)

Chinatown Complex:
-Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice (Mixed claypot)
-Jia Ji Mei Shi (Get the Chee Cheong Fun)
-Hawker Stan (There will be a long line starting before 10AM)

Lau Pa Sat:
-Stall 8 on Satay street (Stall #8 is by far the best of them)

Little India:
-Komala Vilas Vegetarian Restaurant (Order anything and everything…but I come here for the Dosai…but seriously…everything is amazing)
-Jaggi’s Northern Indian Cuisine (Again…everything is incredible. I love the butter chicken, and make sure to get some of their incredible made-to-order naan bread)

Tiong Bahru:
-Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice (just…friggin’ delicious. Definitely go here if you’re in Tiong Bahru)
Tiong Bahru Bakery (Everything here is great…the croissants in particular are flaky and perfect)

Top of Tower 2 at Marina Bay Sands. Good drinks and very good food…great views of the city. The menu is super spendy. But it’s one of the best burgers in the city.

-Gardens By the Bay
-Singapore Botanic Gardens (& Orchid Garden)
-Marina Bay Sands
-Lazarus Island (catch the Ferry to St. John’s Island at the Marina South Pier and walk to Lazarus…follow the signs to the beach. NOTE: The boat stops at the very cool Kusu Island for an hour on the return trip…make sure to check out the cute little turtle sanctuary)
-Night Safari (at the Singapore Zoo. NOTE: Tickets are cheaper if you buy them online)

Chinatown (Specifically Keong Said Road and Duxton Hill)
Little India
Orchard Road
Arab Street & Haji Lane
Tiong Bahru
Marina Bay

-Kok Sen (On Keong Saik Road in Chinatown…local hangout with super authentic fantastic Chinese food)
-Tong Heng Bakery (in Chinatown…make sure to get the delectable egg tarts)
-Albert Street Prawn Noodle Soup (at Old Airport Road Food Centre)
-Song See Fish Noodles (at Lau Pa Sat)
-Carrot Cake at Chomp Chomp Food Centre (not at all what you think it is…it’s a savory dish of rice flour…get the “black” version…it has more flavor)
-Golden Mile Claypot Rice
-Tiong Bahru Meng See (on Chinatown’s Food Street…get the Roast Duck over noodles)
-328 Katong Laksa (a little spendy for laksa, but very popular, spicy, and delicious)
-Sungei Road Laksa (More local and cheaper, but equally excellent Laksa)
-Samy’s Curry Restaurant
-No Signboard Seafood (my favorite chili crab in the city…note: Chili crab can be very expensive…make sure to check the price upfront so you’re not surprised)
-JB Ah Meng (White Pepper Crab)
-Rider’s Cafe
-Lucy’s BBQ (at Chomp Chomp Food Centre)
-Finally…I also love the Golden Mile Food Centre, and the Adams Road Food Centre

Things to do:
-The Treetop Walk at the MacRitchie Reservoir is very cool
-Take a boat ride in the Marina
-Check out the Marina Barrage…it’s a very cool roof-top park where people fly their kites

Some of my favorite Mid-range Hotels (not featured in the video) are:
-The Dorsett
-The Amoy
-Wanderlust Hotel
-Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
(But my best hotel advice is to just search Hotels.come, Expedia, etc to find the best deals for the days you’re going…read guest reviews and look at guest pictures.
Also…if you can handle tight spaces and don’t mind a shared bathroom, you can stay at CUBE Capsule Hotel…it’s actually a pretty cool experience. And of course…there’s always AirBnB)


Celine Tan says:

I absolutely your videos. So well done, so informative, and so entertaining too!! I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK!!

Chasing Everywhere says:

Great video! Seriously a really professional job.

martinikitty323 says:

Thank you for the helpful tips – very nice video! I’ve been visiting Tokyo for years and love it – hope you do a video about Tokyo soon!

Travel with Camera says:

He’s back!

Shawn Cooke says:

I don’t quite understand how this channel hasn’t taken off.

Bryan McCauley says:

Another great video. I hope you never blow up, go viral, whatever.

polocub1429 says:

I want chicken rice so bad now

Froilan Ascano says:

Yes!!!! A new video! I love your videos! Your videos makes it feels like I’m talking to a friend who know the answers to my travel questions:) you sold me to visit Singapore

Ernest Chew says:

One of the best videos on Singapore I’ve seen. A lot of people will have a much better experience if they see this video before visiting here. Well done, Matt!

Elick Boerst says:

Love the vids man! You seem like such a fun guy to travel with!

Artie Thorn says:

Can you please upload more videos more often they are too good.

L Currie says:

I’ve been watching a lot of travel videos of Singapore because my stepson is working there right now, and we’ll be visiting soon. I’ve actually been there on stopovers a few times, but this year is the first time I’ll be spending more than 1/2 a day. Anyway, I have to agree with the other commenters. This is one of the best videos I’ve seen. Very helpful, and you seem to really enjoy and appreciate the culture. Best of luck to you.

Jerry Robles de Medina says:

One of the best travel channels on youtube. Funny, informative and quality. Keep it up Matt. Looking forward to the next one.

shieldren says:


LinksRoyal says:

haha! may i recommend you the next time you come to Singapore to Try Bak Kut Teh ( Meat Bone Tea ) there are two versions Herbal ( Malaysian Style ) and Pepper ( Singapore Style ) Both are equally great! my fav is a Restaurant named Song Fa Bak Kut Teh for the Pepper style! Thank you for showing your love for Singapore !

Edric Hsu says:

You are absolutely spot on with all these tips! There are many more other places and things to do and explore too, but you have covered all the main ones for first-time visitors!

El Nido says:

Another great video Matt! Looking forward to your next one.

Chiara Patrizia De Francisci says:

you’re adorable, Matt.

Christopher Laxamana says:

Hell yes! Another video!

Kayos501 says:

Saw the notification this morning of a new video! Best way to start my day! Love the new intro and you’ve definitely sold me on Singapore. Is there a Patreon channel to help support your work? I definitely think you all create some of the best travel videos. Thanks for all of the hard work, it is appreciated!

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