5 ideas for a memorable evening out in Singapore!
Singapore boasts thousands of excellent restaurants and night spots that cater to almost every taste and budget, from authentic eateries and Hawker centre stalls, where you can indulge on local and regional delicacies for virtually peanuts, to swanky restaurants where the world's top chefs treat their jet-set guests to Foie gras, Truffles and Wagyu beef...
But while the city's restaurant-and-nightlife scene is really amazing, we do recommend you to also try something that is more uniquely Singaporean, and that is why we gathered a few ideas for a memorable evening out, that cannot be experienced anywhere in the world, but in Singapore.
1. First and foremost comes the Singapore Flyer Sky Dining which is one of the most sensational dinner experiences you can enjoy here, in Singapore.
The "Flyer" is the world's largest Ferris wheel, towering to a height of 165 meters (541 feet) and offering spectacular night panoramic views of Singapore and its millions of lights, which set a perfect scene for a memorable dinner.
Heralded as "the world's first full-butler dinner service in the sky", the sumptuous 4-course dinner is designed by local celebrity chef Eric Teo, and boasts a choice of either fish, chicken, beef or vegetarian main, complemented by a selection of fine teas and freshly brewed coffee.
The price, at the time of writing, is US$ 128 per person, which is not cheap by any means, but the experience is truly awesome, and you do get a full bang for your buck.
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Tip: If you wish to enjoy the romantic ambiance of the Singapore Flyer at night, but the idea of a "full-butler dinner service in the sky" sounds like too much to you, you can always opt for the "Singapore Flyer Champagne Flight" which includes a 30-minutes flight (one full rotation), and 1 flute of Moët & Chandon champagne, and costs US$ 55 at the time of writing... Personally, I think the Sky Dining is much more memorable than the "Singapore Flyer Champagne Flight", and also provides a better bang for the buck...
2. The Chinatown Trishaw Night Tour is actually a 4-hour experience that includes dinner in a local restaurant, as well as a trishaw tour, and a visit to some of Chinatown's interesting sightseeing-spots, like the Yong Gallery, were you can familiarize yourself with the traditional arts of Chinese calligraphy and wood carving, followed by a complimentary bumboat cruise on the Singapore River.
It may look at first like a worn-out tourist cliché, but it actually is a really nice evening out, especially if you are a first timer to Singapore and don't know the city that well (although second and third time visitors to Singapore are likely to enjoy it just as much), and at a cost of less than US$ 60 per person, it is not a bad deal either.
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3. The 2 hours Secrets of the Red Lantern is a very unique night tour of Chinatown and Geylang, and although you can easily walk Chinatown on your own, wondering through the historic lanes with someone who knows the story behind each door is a totally different experience that is well worth every penny.
The tour departs at 6:30 pm, and takes two hours.
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4. Another evening walking tour that is well worth considering is the Singapore Boat Quay Historical Pub Walk, where you can hear some of early Singapore's juiciest stories while enjoying a beer in the city's most characterful bars.
The tour departs from the Asian Civilisations Museum at 6:30pm, and concludes at Brewerkz Restaurant and Microbrewery at approximately 8:30pm, so you can easily walk to one of the lovely restaurants in Clarke Quay or Boat Quay, and enjoy a fabulous riverfront dinner.
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5. The Singapore by Night Tour is very popular, especially by first time visitors, and by travelers with limited time who want to taste a bit of what Singapore has to offer after dark. It is a 4-hour experience that starts off with a riverfront dinner, followed by a tour to Suntec City, where you can marvel the colossal illuminated fountain that made it to the Guinness World Record, as well as to Bugis Night Market, and the iconic Raffles Hotel, one of the world's most elegant hotel, where you can enjoy a Singapore Sling Cocktail, right at the bar where it was invented.
The Singapore by Night Tour is selling for US$ 39 at the time of writing, which is fair, but again, if you have already been to Singapore 3 or 4 times, it will be of little interest to you...