Singapore Guide

We ❤🇸🇬❗ We hope you will too. Here are a few tips to help you on the island!

Getting Around

The National Gallery of Singapore and the ArtScience Museum are our two venues.  Here’s a few ways of getting around.

Taxi

You can hail a cab in the traditional fashion by finding a taxi rank or flagging one down. Not all cabs take credit cards so ask ahead of time.

You can also use Grab which is an app for Android and iOS for getting a cab and paying through the app with your card. It's in the app stores . In Singapore, for official taxis, the cab number is the license plate number so be sure to look for that if you call one.

Train

Take public transit! It’s fast and green! The Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is fairly straightforward to use. MRT Tickets can be purchased at the ticket machines. Subscription cards like-EZ-Link cards can be bought at the Passenger Services Centres located within the MRT station or at most 7-11 stores island-wide. Once you’ve got your card or ticket, simply tap at barriers to entry to enter and continue on your journey. When you reach your destination, don’t forget to tap out as well! Did we mention that Ez-Link cards also work on all buses? There are several MRT map apps too.

A friendly reminder we’d like to issue: please don’t eat in the trains. There are hefty fines for eating in trains despite how wonderful the local food is.

Tourist Pass

There’s also an official tourist pass which you can buy 1–3 days of unlimited MRT access along with some other deals.

Walking

Singapore can get quite hot and walking a short distance from A to B might be quite complex, especially outside of the downtown area.  Check ahead of time before attempting to get somewhere.

Lost?

A helpful website to finding your way is gothere.sg ! A simple web query Location A to Location B (like “national gallery to artscience”) and the website will provide you with the shortest and cheapest route possible. Just like Google Maps...which also works.

Food!

Singaporeans love their food. In a homage to the foodie culture, here is our recommended guide to some of the best and most iconic foods in Singapore. Here’s a quick list of what we like, look for these dishes at various hawker centers and food courts.

For a sumptuous and filling breakfast

Kaya Toast and Soft-boiled Eggs

This is the quintessential Singaporean breakfast. Indulge in the sweet spread of coconut or egg kaya on toast with a dollop of warm butter. Sop up your toast with the soft-boiled eggs and savour the taste of sweet and savoury coming together in a perfect blend. There are a ton of Ya Kun Kaya Toast stores throughout the island.

For an indulgent lunch

Nasi Lemak (lit. coconut rice)

Once a breakfast dish, Nasi Lemak is now consumed for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Traditionally wrapped in banana leaves, a Nasi Lemak set comes with Ikan Bilis (anchovies), peanuts, egg and sambal. Different stalls even put their own twist on it, adding in fried chicken drumsticks, luncheon meat and sotong (squid) balls.

For a classic meal

Laksa (aka some like it hot)

Laksa is a dish merged from Chinese and Malay elements where noodles steeped in a spicy curry broth come together to form a medley of flavours in a bowl. Different Laksa stalls may differ in broth, ingredients and even noodles! A unique Singapore variant known as Katong Laksa has it’s vermicelli cut into short ends and is eaten only with a spoon. It usually comes with a spice kick by default.

Chicken Rice

One of the most famous and iconic dishes of Singapore, chicken rice can be found everywhere and any hawker center worth their salt will have a stall selling chicken rice. Chicken rice has its rice often cooked with one of the most unique and flavourful blends of ingredients, including chicken stock, ginger, garlic and occasionally pandan leaves for added fragrance. In this dish, the rice is really the star.

Coffee

Like a periodic table, ordering coffee at the hawker center can be a complex process of putting elements together. Trying to order a latte or a cappuccino will probably get you blank stares, so here’s a handy guide to the most common coffees in Singapore.

Before or After the Conference (srsly!)

Sentosa

Sentosa’s a tiny resort-like beach island off the side of a tiny island.

The Merlion

Singapore’s national personification! Did we mention it’s a mythical creatures with the head of a lion and the tail of a mermaid? Go to Merlion park and see it, pretty much in between the National Gallery of Singapore and the ArtScience Museum

Supertree Grove

The supertree grove is a cluster of vertical gardens that look like they came out of a sci-fi movie. Be awed by the views of Marina Bay & the Gardens by the Bay as you look over the city from the tree-top walk.

Other stuff

Your Singapore

An excellent source of information on travelling to Singapore can be found at the "Your Singapore" maintained by the Singapore Tourism Board.

Weather

Singapore is generally hot and humid all year round. June is generally hotter and drier (well less rain) than average. The average daytime temperature is 32ºC (89ºF), dropping to around 25ºC (78ºF) in the evenings.

Currency

Singapore currency is the Singapore dollar (S$ or SGD). There are many money changers across the country, and most international ATM cards and credit cards can be used.

Power Plug

The standard electrical current used in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) and you can use power plugs with three square prongs here.