One night in: Bugis, Singapore

Bugis is the OG nightlife and shopping district of Singapore and spending a night in this bustling neighborhood can be one filled with exceedingly good food, heritage & culture and lots of shopping.


what to do in bugis

#1 - Bugis Street

Once notorious for being the transgender red-light district of Singapore. Bugis Street is now Singapore's largest street market hosting hundreds of cheap street eats and trendy, albeit lower quality clothing similar to those one’d expect to find in a night market. 

#2 - National Library, Singapore

More than just a library, the Singapore National Library is home to exhibition spaces and the Performing Arts Center. A visit to marvel at the buildings modern architecture or to get a bird’s eye view from one of the many sky decks is definitely in order. Admission for exhibitions are free

#3 - Bugis Junction

A shoppers paradise for local designers and high street brands, you will also find the latest anime cafés and excellent restaurants at this mall. Being the main subway stop for the neighbourhood, Bugis Junction is always packed and always happening. 

#4 - National Design Center

Immerse yourself with design methodologies and discover made-in-singapore technological which you would not expect. Exhibitions change every other month, so check the website for the latest schedules. Admission is free


where to eat in bugis

#1 - Platypus kitchen

Price range: $15-$20 (lunch)  $25-$50 (dinner) 

Well-priced comfort cuisine inspired by Asian Ingredients and cooking techniques, Platypus Kitchen is one of Singapore’s top trendy restaurants serving amazing sous-vide chicken, gourmet rice bowls and handmade pastas. Lunch deals are amazing and dinner set meals are affordable too. 200 Victoria Street, #01-90/91 Bugis Junction, Bugis Junction, 188021 www.platypuskitchen.com

#2 - Xin Yuan Ji Fish Soup

Price range: $10-$12

Famous for their local styled fish soup, the restaurant is a no-frills dining destination with a perpetual line out of the door! Served with a dash of milk and over a bed of thick rice noodles a meal at Xin Yuan Ji will leave you craving for a second bowl and at its price, it's well within reach. 31 Tan Quee Lan Street, 188117

#3 - Ah Chew Desserts

Price range: $5-$10

Traditional Chinese desserts are the speciality at Ah chews dessert store.  So if you fancy trying some delicious tang yuan, sesame filled glutinous rice balls this is the destination for you. 1 Liang Seah Street, #01-10/11 Liang Seah Place, 189032

#4 - Chikuyotei

Price range: $40-$60 (lunch) $100-$160 (dinner) 

A specialist in unagi cuisine, Chikuyotei is a fine Japanese restaurant which breaks the norm of what is typically considered Japanese in Singapore. The restaurant is well-aged but has been immaculately maintained like all things Japanese. 80 Middle Road, #01-01 Intercontinental Singapore, 188966


where to stay in bugis

#1 - Intercontinental singapore

East meets west and old meets new at the Intercontinental Singapore, a Peranakan themed luxury hotel merging modern amenities and old school charm with 5-star service and guest rooms. Connected to Bugis Junction, Intercontinental is at the heart of Bugis. singapore.intercontinental.com


#2 - Mecure hotel

French sensibilities at this mid-range hotel.  Rooms are furnished to be chic and ergonomic, the perfect accommodation if you want some simple pampering after getting back from a day of exploring the Bugis area. 122 Middle Rd, Singapore 188973

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