13 Reasons to Stay Up Late in Singapore

From nightclubs to swanky after-hours restaurants, when the sun sets in Singapore, the city comes alive.

This year’s Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix again promises to bring lots of after-dark action (Sept. 19-21, 2014), with top drivers battling it out during the night races, plus plenty of trackside concerts and glitzy afterparties going on late into the night. But why head to bed right after, when there are so many awesome things to do around Singapore in the wee hours? Here are 13 excellent reasons to stay up late, from nightlife to restaurants, urban markets and some of the coolest attractions to visit and things to do in the middle of the night. 

HAWKER HANGOUTS

There’s no shortage of fantastic food in Singapore, even late at night. These are some popular supper haunts frequented by locals of all stripes.

Newton Food CentreYou might have heard of this one—it’s also popular with tourists. Widely known as Newton Circus, this hawker center serves up excellent local fare like sambal stingray, satay, Hokkien mee, fried carrot cake and more. Tip: some stalls still employ touting practices, so walk right on by without making eye contact. Open until 2 am.

Boon Tong KeeChicken rice—poached or roasted chicken paired with flavorful, rich rice—is a staple in Singapore. You can get a pretty good rendition of the dish at Boon Tong Kee, as well as zi char (cooked to order) items to pair with plain rice. This particular outlet is stays open till late and is great for satisfying post-drinking munchies. Open till 4 am from Mondays to Saturdays and until 3 am on Sundays.

Swee Choon Tim Sum RestaurantAnother popular late-night hangout is Swee Choon, which is known for its wide array of both Cantonese and Shanghainese dim sum at wallet-friendly prices. Tuck into dishes like deep-fried vermicelli cake, har gow (prawn dumplings) and xiao long bao (pork dumplings). Open until 6 am.

SpizeThis late-night hangout is an all-time favorite for revelers after a hard night of partying, thanks to its strategic location near iconic club Zouk. The menu is extremely diverse—you can choose Western, Mediterranean, Indian and even Thai dishes. Plus, everything’s very affordable. You can get a square meal for under $10. Open until 7 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

SWANKY SUPPERS

Too dressed up to hit up a hawker center? There’s a growing group of restaurants serving dinner till late.

The Black SwanThis 1930s-style joint in the heart of the Central Business District serves up classic fare late into the night—on the supper menu are dishes like Cajun chicken sliders, deviled eggs, oysters shucked on demand and more. Open till 1 am from Mondays to Thursdays and until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Senor TacoFill your stomach with delicious tacos fresh from the griddle at this joint. Try the bestselling Baja taco, which contains beer-battered fish and cabbage, topped with a chipotle-mayo sauce. The guacamole is also superb. Drinks-wise, their signature Corona-rita should make for some fun times. Open until 2 am.

Fordham & GrandThis hidden American-style diner is a reliable place for late-night fare. You’ll find hearty dishes like minute steak and fries ($20) and roasted spring chicken ($20) on the supper menu, alongside a range of wines, beers, Champagnes and ciders. Their cocktails are solid as well. Open until 3 am. 

2am:dessertbarStruck by a craving for sweets late at night? This dessert lounge is perfect for a nocturnal tête à tête with innovative creations by homegrown chef Janice Wong. Try the Kayambe H2O and Basil White Chocolate, with passion fruit fluff, coconut sorbet and sea grapes. Open until 2 am (hence its name).

LATE-NIGHT KICKS

If you’ve got energy to burn off, there are plenty of casual activities and offbeat places to explore by night.

Kallang BowlBowl to your heart’s content at this awesome facility, which has 22 competition standard lanes and all the amenities you need for some good old-fashioned fun. Open till 1 am from Sundays to Thursdays and 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Hai Bin PrawningFishing? Been there, done that. Try prawning instead—you’ll even get to enjoy your fresh catch over a barbecue thereafter. There’s also an adjacent beer garden, where you can chill out over beer and finger food. It’s a bit of a trek from the city center, but it’s certainly an experience. Open 24 hours.

Henderson WavesFew things beat a night-time stroll. The distinctive, undulating Henderson Waves bridge, which links Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park, is particularly nice after dark—it lights up daily from 7pm to 2am. Standing at 36 meters above Henderson Road, it also affords you great views of the city by night.

K SuitesCroon your heart out at this karaoke joint, which is undoubtedly one of the classiest in town—think cushioned doors, velvety couches and lush carpets. Its Karaoke-On-Demand system offers thousands of songs at the touch of a screen. Open till 4 am.

Spa ClubAll tuckered out from the excitement and need a rubdown? This spa offers a host of face and body treatments, like the popular Detox & Revive treatment, which combines pink grapefruit, green rosemary and wooden juniper berry to help flush out toxins from your system. Open till 2 am.

Clara Lim
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