8 Cool And Convenient Places To Explore In Singapore If You’re Lazy To Take The MRT

Everything is within walking distance!

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We were recently invited to #LiveLikeALocal in Singapore and it was so much fun! Here are the top 8 things to do in the Lion City:

1. Fill your Insta feed with gorgeous shots of street art

Go earlier in the morning, before 9am, to avoid the crowd of tourists taking their snaps ;)

Location: Haji Lane

2. Shop at independent boutiques and cool second-hand stores

If you're looking for an awesome souvenir from Singapore that's more than just a magnet, head over the 'Mondays Off' to shop for eclectic gifts, fashion, and accessories by local designers.

Haji Lane
Opening times: Depends on the individual stores, to be safe, plan your shopping between 12pm - 7pm

3. Pay a visit to Masjid Sultan, one of the most important mosques in Singapore...

Located in the Kampong Glam Malay Heritage District, the iconic Masjid Sultan has a prayer hall that holds up to 5,000 people at a time.

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4. Then take your pick of the many halal cafes and restaurants in Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam is a heritage neighbourhood with gorgeous refurbished shop houses. You'll find loads tasty food and trendy shops around Arab Street and it's surrounding areas.

5. Soak up some art and culture at Parkview Square

The third floor of Parkview Square is a museum that features international contemporary art exhibitions. Meanwhile, the open plaza below houses various sculptures and statues. They look especially haunting at night ;)

Location: Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road

6. Shop at Singapore's largest and cheapest market at Bugis Street

With over 800 shops, Bugis Street Market is known to be one of the cheapest places in Singapore to get souvenirs, accessories, clothes, electronics, and more. You can bring home cute souvenirs for as little as S$1! Plus, it's just a short walk from the Bugis MRT station.

Location: 3 New Bugis Street
Opening times: around 11am-11pm (depending on the stall)

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7. Brush up on your photography knowledge at the Vintage Cameras Museum

If you love photography, then this is the place for you! The museum has over 1,000 vintage cameras including tiny spy cameras á la James Bond, the original Polaroid that inspired the Instagram logo, and an authentic replica of the first photograph ever. There's also a click art museum where you can have fun taking trick photos with clever 3D paintings.

8D Jalan Kledek
Opening times: 10.30am -9.30pm
Admission fees: S$20 for adults, S$15 for senior citizens and children below 12.
Entry is free for children ages 5 and below

8. Explore the colours and flavours of Little India

Little India is located north of Kampong Glam in the Rochor district. In addition to the good food and incredible shopping (you guys have to check out Mustafa Centre omg), the area is super Instagrammable! Look out for the elephant art installation along Hindoo Road. It's adorable!

Overall, it was an amazing trip to discover a side of Singapore we'd never seen before!

Our trip down south was courtesy of Village Hotels Singapore. The best part of the weekend stay was that everything was within walking distance from the hotel!

Any further and you only need to hop on a bus or take the MRT, both of which are super close by ;)

Village Hotel Bugis

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We stayed in two hotels, Village Hotel Bugis and Village Hotel Albert Court, that were strategically located within Bugis, Rochor, and Little India

Village Hotel Bugis is located within walking distance to Arab Street, Haji Lane, Bugis Junction and Bugis Street. If you plan on exploring further, you only need to take a 2-minute walk to the Bugis MRT.

The hotel itself is beautiful and comfortable, with a lot of amenities including a club lounge, swimming pool, gym, and a number of restaurants. But what we loved most was the family room that came with a children's bed, play tent, toys, and even kid-friendly toiletries!

Meanwhile, Village Hotel Albert Court is walking distance from Little India and the Rochor MRT station, as well as being close-by to Orchard Road.

This low-rise hotel is steeped in heritage with traditional Indian and Peranakan carvings and motifs on the walls. Inside, the rooms are awesome and spacious, the perfect place to get a good night's sleep after a full day of exploring!

Interested in finding out how you can have your own #LiveLikeALocal adventure in Singapore? Visit Village Hotels Singapore for more info!

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