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We Swear, These 7 Singapore Hidden Gems Are Worth The Trip

Singapore is a hub of beautiful tourist spots–you just gotta know where to look!
Merlion, Singapore, Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore
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Singapore is a very small country, but it is diverse in tourist spots, food, and culture! Most tourists think Singapore is overrated just because it’s starting to be a “mainstream destination.” Not a lot of visitors know that Singapore has a plethora of hidden gems that every tourist should definitely see. The best part? It's visa-free for Pinoys!

First things first, make sure you’ve prepared all necessary travel requirements and documents before flying to Singapore. Some of the most essential documents include:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • Negative RT-PCR test result (for unvaccinated travelers)
  • SG arrival card

For more details about travel requirements to Singapore, you may check out this page.

Singapore’s hidden gems are ~*truly*~ a sight to behold. Albeit small, Singapore is a hub of beautiful tourist destinations, some of which are hiding in plain sight—you just gotta know where to look! If you skip adding this city to your travel list, that's a really big mistake. Fall more in love with the bustling metropolis that is Singapore with these hidden gems.


Here are 7 Singapore hidden gems that you need to visit ASAP:

1. Joo Chiat Road

Address: Joo Chiat, Katong, Singapore
Opening hours: Open 24 hours

Get a slice of multicultural Singapore in this vibrant neighborhood–the Joo Chiat Road.

Joo Chiat Road caters to a lot of tastes that involve different communities. This road consists of colorful Peranakan Shophouses, which offer various food options for everyone. Dishes vary from local to western cuisines and are freshly prepared by locals who call the area their home. Enjoy a hearty home-cooked at this home away from home.

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2. Pearl’s Hill City Park

Address: Chin Swee Road, Pearl's Hill Road, Singapore

Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The park was named after Captain James Pearl, who commanded the ship that brought Raffles to Singapore. A rich history surrounds the park, as it houses leftover relics from the colonial era.

Nature sits just right within this concrete jungle. Pearl’s Hill City Park is located not too far from the bustling Chinatown in the city. The beautiful body of water is scattered with lotuses, and serves as a home to fish and terrapins. This spot is perfect for anyone who wants a peaceful afternoon surrounded by majestic greenery.


3. Clementi Forest

Address: Clementi Forest, Clementi Estate, Singapore
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What once was a railway line that was used for commuting and transporting goods from Singapore to the rest of the Malay Peninsula is now a 24-kilometer recreational path. It is located ten minutes away from the former Bukit Timah Railway Station. Just a disclaimer: Be prepared to go off-trail! To get to this beautiful sanctuary, you’ll have to hike through muddy and rocky paths. Our advice? Wear proper hiking gear (and reliable shoes!) so you can properly navigate through the challenging terrain and knee-high grass.


4. Seletar Fishing Village

Address: Seletar North Link, Singapore
Opening hours: Best time to go a few hours before the sunset

This hidden gem in Seletar may look like a regular old fishing village at first, but many tourists and locals alike actually frequent this spot! The Seletar Fishing Village is dubbed Singapore’s last fishing village, but it’s not the “fishing” part that’s popular here. In fact, the fishing village itself is not open to the public. A lot of tourists–explorers and cyclists–frequent the area because of the breakwater next to it. It’s the perfect spot to watch the Singaporean sunset. At low tide, you can even walk to the beach and swamp area and enjoy a few minutes of solitude.


5. Istana Woodneuk

Address: 766 Tyersall Ave, Singapore
Opening hours: Open 24 hours

Are you one of the few people who crave the haunted and spooky side of things when traveling? Then this next hidden destination is the right one for you. Tucked away in the woods near Holland Road is the Istana Woodneuk, a house formerly owned by a Sultan of Johor. Now covered with vegetation and home to abandoned houses, the Istana Woodneuk is known for creepy sounds and sightings, especially at night. Just a tip: Although abandoned, this place is under close surveillance, and trespassers are not allowed. You can admire and observe the place from afar instead. After all, who would want to get *too* close to it, right?


6. Mama Diam

Address: 38 Prinsep Street, Singapore
Opening hours: Mondays to Sundays, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

It’s no secret that Singapore is also a hub of speakeasies, a.k.a private drinking lounges often hidden behind fake doors or back alleys. Mama Diam is one of the most popular speakeasies in the Lion City. To get here, you have to look for a mama shop or old-school provision store. The entrance is right behind a hidden shelf that’s filled with vintage trinkets. As you pull aside a stack of old magazines and CDs, be prepared to step into this retro-inspired hole-in-the-wall bar.


7. Smith Marine Floating Kelong Restaurant

Address: 9XW6+VJP Singapore, Singapore
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Foodies, you’ve all been waiting for this! The Smith Marine Floating Kelong Restaurant serves some of Singapore’s finest seafood—enjoy the beautiful view of the open sea (and the sunset, if you dine around that time). Get a whole new experience as you witness how the restaurant farms lobsters, flower crabs, sea bass, and other seafood on the spot. Bonus tip: Try fishing for your own food!


And there you have it–seven hidden gems in Singapore and why you should see them. Who’s excited to fly to Singapore ASAP?


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