Waterfront Singapore: Marina Bay

In Singapore's Marina Bay area, luxury hotels, exclusive nightlife and world-class theater border the city's relaxing, waterfront promenade.

Located at the southern tip of the island near the Central Business District (CBD), Marina Bay is home to luxury hotels, brand-name boutiques, exclusive nightlife spots, fine-dining destinations and world-class theater venues—all of which are connected by a beautiful waterfront promenade. The heart of this district is the integrated resort by the Las Vegas Sands group, Marina Bay Sands (MBS). It comprises three towers and a shopping arcade, with sumptuous suites and a casino.

Attractions

Examples of early colonial architecture abound here. There is the 150-year-old Saint Andrew’s Cathedral (11 St Andrew's Road, 6337-6104), the nation’s largest cathedral, and Raffles Hotel (1 Beach Road, 6337-1886), a regal establishment opened in 1887.

You can also find modern architectural sites such as the distinctive spike-covered Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay (1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377), a top spot to watch world-class entertainment acts. Nearby, the three-story F1 Pit Building (1 Republic Blvd., 6884-6940) is a hub for the Singapore leg of the Grand Prix, just next door to the Singapore Flyer (30 Raffles Ave., 6734-8829), a 165m-tall giant observation wheel.

Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer provides breathtaking views of the city from 165 meters up.

Across the water—a short walk over the beautiful glass and steel mesh Helix Bridge—is Gardens by the Bay (18 Marina Gardens Dr., 6471-7808) with more than 200,000 rare plants in domed conservatories. Another attraction here is the ArtScience Museum (Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8868), which houses international touring exhibitions.

Dining and Nightlife

There’s plenty to eat, too, with an array of choice options at Marina Bay Sands. French dining temple Guy Savoy (#02-01 Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8513), exclusive Japanese spot Waku Ghin (#02-02, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8507) and American celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse CUT (#B1-71 Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8517) are all on-site. For the best views of the city, try Sky on 57 (57/F Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8857) or Ku Dé Ta (57/F Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7688).

At night, clubbers can visit two glamorous party venues, housed in MBS' stunning South Crystal Pavilion, Pangaea (South Crystal Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave., 8611-7013) and Avalon (South Crystal Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7448).

Other top spots are at Swissôtel the Stamford (2 Stamford Rd., 6338-8585), including French fine dining restaurant JAAN (70/F Equinox Complex, Swissôtel the Stamford, 6837- 3322) and New Asia Bar (71-72/F Equinox Complex, Swissôtel the Stamford, 6431-5681). Waterfront Spanish restaurant Catalunya (The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, 6534-0188) also boasts incredible views of the Bay.

CHIJMES
Foodie haven CHIJMES takes residence in a former chapel

For local food, visit Lau Pa Sat (18 Raffles Quay, 6220-2138), a Victorian cast-iron structure with a wide range of hawker stalls. Also from the colonial era is the 19th-century convent and chapel compound, CHIJMES (30 Victoria St., 6337-7810), which is today a food and beverage haven.

Shopping

Luxury lifestyle center Marina Bay Sands houses Louis Vuitton’s first Island Maison store (Crystal Pavilion North, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6788-3888) in Southeast Asia, as well as Ralph Lauren’s duplex store (#B1/B2-72/68 Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7161).

Beyond that, there’s Suntec City Mall (3 Temasek Blvd., 6825-2667) featuring a comprehensive range of boutiques, as well as the Fountain of Wealth. For a quieter shopping experience, head to Millenia Walk (9 Raffles Blvd., 6883-1122) for high-end stores like Cortina Watch and BOSE.