10 Things to Do in Singapore to Live Like a Local

Visiting Singapore for the first time? From cooking workshops to prata flipping workshops, here are 10 things to do in Singapore to feel like a true blue Singaporean.

1.     Flip Roti Prata

Singapore has our Indian immigrants to thank for introducing Roti Prata to our shores. It is a flaky/fluffy texture of dough, but it can also be made soft or crispy. There are many different flavours, types and variations of Roti Prata such as tissue prata, coin prata, and murtabaks! 

Try flipping this Singaporean favourite at this prata making workshop, and enjoy an unlimited flow of prata and tehs (tea) and kopis (coffee)!


2.     Make Traditional Singaporean Kuehs 

Kuehs are an integral part of Singaporean festive activities such as Hari Raya and Chinese New Year. “Kueh” is the Hokkien dialect’s word for “cake”. Traditional Singaporean Kuehs are bite-sized pastries and dumplings made from rice or glutinous flour. They are usually steamed and taste sweet, but some are also savoury. 

To help your tastebuds reach the best kuehs in Singapore, here’s a list of Singapore’s best nonya kuehs as compiled by one of Singapore’s favorite local food bloggers!

Of course, you can also choose to get hands-on yourself… 

Location: Kim Choo Kueh Chang, East Coast Road
Minimum attendees: 5 pax
For more information: Book here!


3.     Cook Hawker Food 

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Singapore is not Singapore without its hawker food. A melting pot of cultures, hawker food originated from all the different immigrant groups who settled in Singapore. Over time, these flavours have evolved to become distinctive local dishes! In this private cooking workshop, you will learn how to make the popular Singaporean dishes like Laksa, Char Kway Teow, Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak and Bak Chor Mee! 

Being located in Central Bugis means you can walk off all the carbs afterwards at local favorite shopping ground: Bugis Street. 


4.     Brew Kopi 

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Learn the difference between local kopi/teh and Western coffee/ tea! Try your hand at brewing your own traditional local drinks! “Kopi-O, Kopi-C, Kopi-Gao,” if these Singaporean coffee lingoes don’t ring a bell, then now’s your chance to learn them and charm those aunties at the kopitiams (coffee shops)!

 

5.     Ice Cream Uncles and Aunties

If you’ve been to Orchard Road, Chinatown, or Clarke Quay, you’ve most likely spotted our much-beloved Ice Cream Uncles and Aunties!

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A Singaporean childhood favourite, you can choose to eat your ice cream in a wafer biscuit, cup, or rainbow bread, all at an affordable price of $1 to $1.50!

 

6.     Visit The Botanic Gardens 

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The Singapore Botanic Gardens is Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It is also the first in Asia and the third botanic gardens inscribed in the world! There are usually free performances on weekend evenings at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage you can enjoy, check out their calendar of events for more details!


7.     See Haw Par Villa at Night 

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If you’re a culture buff and thrill-seeker, Haw Par Villa’s ‘Journey to Hell’ Tour is just for you. Haw Par Villa (previously known as Tiger Balm Garden) is an 8.5-hectare Asian cultural park and is the last of its kind in the world. Step into the world of Chinese classics such as Journey to the West and the Eight Immortals while lingering amongst gorillas, leopards, and dragons. Visit into the infamous 10 courts of Hell and see how some Singaporeans communicate with the afterlife. 


8.     Be a Hipster at Haji Lane

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Haji Lane is known for its beautiful art and murals. It is one of Singapore’s indie neighborhoods where you can find cool cafes, bars, and homegrown boutiques. Haji Lane is also a popular hangout for many young Singaporeans, for shopping, Instagram photos and café hopping!

Culturally Insider Tip: Our favorite bartender is Bar Man Dave, over at Bar Stories on Haji Lane. The original bespoke bar in Singapore, they craft bespoke cocktails according to your taste buds in an indie intimate setting. Check them out today!


9.     Cycle in Coney Island 

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Coney Island (also known as Pulau Serangoon) is one of Singapore’s islands where many Singaporeans go to experience nature and cycle. You can rent a bike from Punggol Point Park and cycle down the main Coney Island spine while you immerse yourself in nature; a respite from the concrete jungle!


10.  Whiz Down Town on an E-Scooter

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Electric Scooters (E-Scooters) have seen a boost in popularity in Singapore in recent years. Singaporeans absolutely love their E-Scooters because of the ease and convenience it brings them! With an E-Scooter, you can live like a true blue Singaporean as you scoot around popular Singapore attractions such as Marina Bay, Chinatown, Boat Quay, Little India and many more. However, do note that for safety reasons E-Scooters are strictly prohibited on all roads by the law!

So there you have it, 10 things to do on Sunny Island Singapore to live like a true local. Do leave comments below sharing your experience if you try any of the suggestions we’ve made! 


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