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Where to Stay in Singapore During Your Visit (Updated 2023)

The Singapore city skyline, densely packed with skyscrapers on a sunny day

Posted: 2/16/2023 | February 16th, 2023

Singapore is one of the world’s smallest countries. But this tiny nation packs a punch.

Home to some 5.7 million people, Singapore is a cosmopolitan city-state that separated from the British in 1963 and gained independence from Malaysia in 1965. In the decades that followed, it evolved from a low-income country to one of the centers of world finance.

It’s a foodie’s dream, bursting with tasty hawker-stall offerings, delicious Indian cuisine, and fresh seafood. In fact, some of the cheapest Michelin-starred eateries in the world can be found here.

For more active visitors, there are hiking trails on which you can stretch your legs, numerous cycling paths, and plenty of kayaking adventures to be had. And when you run out of energy, there are beaches for chilling out and soaking up the sun.

Though a small city-state, each neighborhood in Singapore has its own unique vibe. Here’s my breakdown of them all so you can figure out where to stay in Singapore when you visit.

But, before I get into specifics, here are some common questions I get asked about Singapore neighborhoods:

What’s the best neighborhood in Singapore for budget travelers?
Kampong Glam is one of Singapore’s oldest neighborhoods. It has loads of shops selling textiles, rugs, and Turkish homewares; some delicious Arabic restaurants; the enormous golden-domed Sultan Mosque; and a ton of eye-catching street art.

What’s the best neighborhood in Singapore for families?
While many families gravitate to Sentosa for the beaches and laid-back vibe, Orchard Road is a much more central place to stay. Known more for being the shopping center of Singapore, it is well connected to the rest of the island, is filled with restaurants in the malls and along the street, and has some great family-friendly hotels.

What’s the best neighborhood in Singapore for first-time visitors?
Not far from the modern Central Business District, Chinatown is the best place to get a real sense of Chinese culture in Singapore. The streets are lined with temples, craft shops, stalls, and restaurants, so you can pick up a bargain here and then get some tasty food.

What’s the best neighborhood in Singapore for partying?
If it’s a buzzing nightlife scene that you’re after, any of the Quays (Clarke, Robertson, or Boat) are the place to go. They have loads of bars and restaurants and most of the clubs are in or around this area too.

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