Creating a Singapore itinerary for 4 days can be overwhelming because there is SO much to do in Singapore! For that reason, I've compiled all of my recommendations into this one post so you can easily plan a trip to this wonderful city. Use this article to get some good ideas for your trip!
Best Areas in Singapore to Stay
There are a bunch of cool neighborhoods in Singapore and any of them would be a great place to stay! However, each neighborhood is known for and close to different sights and attractions, so I've summarized each area below:
- Marina Bay - this is a popular area among tourists and where I'd recommend staying for your first visit! It's close to a lot of the major attractions like the Marina Bay Sands hotel, Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome, Merlion statue, and more!
- The Quays - this area is known for nightlife, restaurants, and bars.
- Chinatown - from my research and experience, this area is up-and-coming. There's a cool night market and ample street food!
- Kampong Glam - this is an area with heavy Arabic, Muslim, and Hindu influence. Turkish and Lebanese restaurants with delicious food are everywhere! Haji Lane is a cool street with quaint shops.
- Orchard Road - if you love shopping and fashion, this area is for you! There are plenty of high-end stores and one of the nicest malls I've been to, along with great restaurants.
- Little India - an area with an obvious Indian influence, Little India is packed with fantastic Indian restaurants, beautiful temples, and cool shops.
The subway system in Singapore was extremely easy to use and navigate, and reasonably priced, too. In addition, another transportation option is Grab, which is their version of Uber or Lyft. This system was also simple and inexpensive!
What to Eat in Singapore
What to eat in Singapore is a difficult topic to tackle because there is SO much good food! We didn't have a bad meal. Here are some of the dishes you have to try while visiting the city:
- Kaya - coconut jam (usually spread onto toast with butter)
- Soya sauce chicken - this sounds like a simple dish, but it's one Singapore is known for!
- Chili crab - not as spicy as you'd think, a whole crab is cooked in a chili sauce and paired with fried dough balls that are perfect for dipping
- Hawker stalls - these are everywhere in the city and every dish we had was delicious!
- High tea - many hotels host a high tea, which is a fun activity. We did one to escape the afternoon heat! Definitely make reservations ahead of time as most places book up quickly!
A few restaurants you should add to your Singapore itinerary for 4 days:
- Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle - get there early! There could be a long wait around usual meal times (it's known for being the cheapest food you can get at a Michelin star restaurant)
- Mustard - Indian restaurant in Little India (honestly, any restaurant in Little India would be delicious)
- Xiao Ya Tou - amazing restaurant in Chinatown (I'd recommend making a reservation!)
- Ayasofya - delicious Turkish food right on Arab street with a great view of the Sultan Mosque
- Birds of Paradise - if you need a cold treat, this gelato is super refreshing
- Common Man Coffee Roasters Joo Chiat - amazing coffee and brunch (I highly recommend the Turkish breakfast) and is a block away from the Peranakan houses!
- Ya Kun Kaya Toast - a popular spot to get kaya (coconut jam)
- Newton Food Centre - this is where the food scene was filmed in Crazy Rich Asians!
- Sarnie's - coffee shop and breakfast
What to do in Singapore at Night
There are many things you can add to your Singapore itinerary for 4 days that are at night!
- See the Merlion statue lit up
- Light show at Marina Bay
- Night safari
- Supertree Grove
- Bars (here are some of my recommendations: Celavi [rooftop bar on Marina Bay Sands hotel], Smoke and Mirrors, Jekyll and Hyde, Native, Potato Head)
Singapore Itinerary for 4 Days
If you have 4 days to spend in Singapore, this is my suggested itinerary! Again, use this outline to get some ideas! Things can be moved around, omitted, or added based on your preferences and arrival/departure times.
- Start off the trip well with breakfast at Ya Kun Kaya Toast
- Head to Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, and Supertree Observatory (walk across the Helix bridge)
- Next, explore the Marina Bay Sands hotel (and enjoy some AC)
- Grab lunch at Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle
- Next, shop around Orchard Road
- Get chili crab at Newton Food Centre
- After dinner, end the evening at the night safari at the Singapore Zoo
- Have breakfast at Common Man Coffee Roasters
- After breakfast, easily walk to the Peranakan houses
- Next, go to Kampong Glam and tour the Sultan Mosque and check out the neighborhood
- Break for lunch at Ayasofya
- If you're in the mood for dessert, grab gelato at Birds of Paradise
- After lunch, head to Little India and explore the area (visit Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Tekka Centre, Tan Teng Niah)
- Have dinner at Mustard in Little India
- After dinner, make your way to the Merlion statue to watch the light show at Marina Bay Sands
- Enjoy the panoramic views and have a drink at Celavi
- First, have breakfast at Sarnie's
- After breakfast, walk around Chinatown (visit Buddha Relic Temple and Thien Hock Keng Temple)
- Next, visit Fort Canning Park
- Have lunch
- Relax at your hotel pool
- Do high tea at MO Bar
- Finish the day by having drinks and small plates at Smoke and Mirrors
- Spend the day at Sentosa Island
- Beaches, Universal Studios, beach clubs, and more!
Traveling to Singapore
This article would not be complete without mentioning the Jewel at the Changi Airport. It's a full-blown multi-story shopping mall with many shops and restaurants. In the center is a man-made waterfall, with greenery covering the walls. This attraction is before security, so you can go through customs, grab your bags when you land, and check it out! I highly highly highly recommend seeing it and snapping a photo or two.
Rate & Review: Singapore Itinerary for 4 Days
The city/state of Singapore is well worth visiting. In fact, couldn't fit half of the photos I took on this trip because there were so many cool things to do, see, and eat. However, you can check out my Singapore highlight on Instagram to see allllll the pics! Without a doubt, it's not just a "big city," but a big city with a wide variety of cultural influences. Visiting each neighborhood transports you to a different country, without actually leaving.
I would absolutely love to hear your feedback on this post and know if it helped you in any way. Write a review below with any comments or questions about planning your Singapore itinerary for 4 days! I would love to hear and help 🙂
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