Singapore CBD at NightSingapore CBD at Night


Singapore’s CBD is a marvellous mix of old and new, traditional and modern, unhurried and bustling. You’ll see busy professionals on their mobile phones rushing past as elderly vendors sell curry puffs out of boxes, traditional coffee shops nestled in between high-end cafés and bars, and colonial architecture juxtaposed with postmodern skyscrapers. As the day ends and the lights come on, the CBD becomes anything you want it to be – laid back, luxurious, or stylish. Here’s a guide to a night out in the dynamic centre of this island state. 
1-Altitude at Night

For a view of the city without having to step far from an office building, 1-Altitude is the ideal location. Popular with both the after-work and weekend crowds, the gallery and bar are excellent spots to experience a 360-degree view. From up here, it’s easy to see why the centre of Singapore has always been such a busy and important one. This area was established as a settlement soon after the city’s founding in 1819, and has been the centre of commercial and trade activity ever since, almost 24 hours a day!

Raffles Place, named after the founder of modern Singapore Sir Stamford Raffles, is at the heart of the city. It’s also a place where you’ll find a more than a few happy hour deals after work, and an unlikely spot for American craft spirits: a cocktail bar called The Secret Mermaid where you can sample a huge selection of spirits not commonly found anywhere else in the country. 

Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre at Night

Not far from here, in a graceful 1930s Art Deco building, is the swanky Black Swan, where the glitz and glamour of the Roaring Twenties await. Or if people-watching is more your thing, head over to The Exchange, one of the city’s most popular spots to imbibe because of its convenient location, well-priced drinks, and general air of geniality. Here’s where the office crowd comes from the air-conditioned buildings that surround it, to unwind after a long day.

For a marked contrast, check out Lau Pa Sat, an unmistakeable Victorian iron building with sloping roofs. The market has been in existence since the 1820s, and is today a hawker centre with a huge variety of stalls serving local and international cuisine. It’s open until late at night, which makes it the perfect place to grab a bite after drinks. One of its most-loved features is the affectionately-nicknamed ‘Satay Street’, a whole city street that’s closed off to traffic and filled with tables, chairs, and cart vendors selling traditional satay, barbecued seafood, other local dishes, and frosty jugs of Tiger beer.