Everything you need to do in Marina Bay and the Singapore city center

Shop at high-end boutiques, experience Michelin-star dining and visit historic landmarks.

By Where Singapore Staff | May 15, 2017

Located at the southern tip of the island near the Central Business District (CBD), Marina Bay is home to luxury hotels, brand-name boutiques, exclusive nightlife spots, fine dining destinations and world-class theaters—all of which are connected by a beautiful waterfront promenade. The heart of this district is the integrated resort by the Las Vegas Sands group, Marina Bay Sands (MBS). It comprises three towers and a shopping arcade, with sumptuous suites and a casino.

Attractions

There are plenty of examples of early colonial architecture around here, like the 150-year-old  Saint Andrew’s Cathedral (11 St Andrew's Rd., 6337-6104), the nation’s largest, and Raffles Hotel (1 Beach Rd., 6337-1886), a regal establishment that opened back in 1887.

You can also find modern architectural sites such as the distinctive Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (1 Esplanade Dr., 6828- 8377), a top spot to watch world-class entertainment. Nearby, the three-story F1 Pit Building (1 Republic Blvd., 6884-6940) is a hub for the Singapore Grand Prix, just next door to the Singapore Flyer (30 Raffles Ave., 6734-8829), a 165m-tall giant observation wheel.

Across the water—a short walk over the beautiful glass and steel mesh Helix Bridge—is Gardens by the Bay (18 Marina Gardens Dr., 6471-7808) with close to 100,000 rare plants housed in domed conservatories. Another attraction here is the ArtScience Museum (Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8868), which is home to touring international exhibitions.

Dining & Nightlife

There’s plenty to eat, too, with an array of options at Marina Bay Sands. Two Michelin-starred restaurants, Japanese dining temple Waku Ghin (#02-02 Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8507) and American celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse Cut (#B1-71 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8517), are located here. For the best views of the city, try Ce La Vi (57/F Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7688).

Other top spots are at Swissotel the Stamford (2 Stamford Rd., 6338- 8585). It houses French fine dining restaurant Jaan (70/F Equinox Complex, Swissotel the Stamford, 6837-3322) and New Asia Bar (71-72/F Equinox Complex, Swissotel the Stamford, 6431-5681). Me@OUE, a Japanese, French and Chinese fine dining restaurant (19/F OUE Bayfront, 50 Collyer Quay, 6634- 4555) boasts incredible views of the bay.

For local food, visit Lau Pa Sat (18 Raffles Quay, 6220-2138), a Victorian cast-iron structure with a wide range of hawker stalls. Also from the colonial era is the 19th century convent and chapel compound, Chijmes (30 Victoria St., 6337-7810), which houses a cluster of food and beverage spots.

Shopping

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands house Louis Vuitton’s first Island Maison store (Crystal Pavilion North, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6788- 3888) in Southeast Asia, as well as Ralph Lauren’s duplex store (#B1/B2-72/68 Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688- 7161).

Beyond that, there’s Suntec City Mall (3 Temasek Blvd., 6825- 2667) featuring a comprehensive range of boutiques, as well as the famed circular mega-fountain, Fountain of Wealth. For a quieter shopping experience, head to Millenia Walk (9 Raffles Blvd., 6883-1122) for high-end stores like Cortina Watch, Bowers & Wilkins and Bose. For a fine shopping experience set in a historic heritage building, Capitol Piazza (11 Stamford Rd., 6499- 5599), boasts luxury names like Villeroy & Boch and Joseph.

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