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Singapore Chinatown Tours

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Singapore Chinatown
For many visitors, Singapore’s Chinatown is the sightseeing focus of the city, home to traditional shophouses, temples, and cultural heritage. Take a wander down the atmospheric streets, dropping into shophouses to see what’s for sale. Admire the rooftop dragons of Thian Hock Keng Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, and the festively gaudy Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple, covered with colorful cows and depictions of the gods. Of course, Chinatown is also the place to go to for great food, especially along Smith Street.

The Basics
When Sir Stamford Raffles divided up Singapore among its ethnic groups, the Chinese immigrants received the largest portion of land. Today Chinatown remains one of the city’s most vibrant and popular neighborhoods, and visitors have a wealth of options for experiencing it. Catch the highlights—including Thian Hock Keng Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple—on an evening trishaw, riverboat, and walking tour of the neighborhood, or treat your tastebuds to a food tour of Chinatown’s best bites. The neighborhood is included in many Singapore sightseeing tours, and it’s also a stop on the hop-on hop-off bus.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Singapore’s Chinatown is a must for first-time visitors and foodies.
  • Experience the neighborhood as part of a city-wide sightseeing tour or dive deep on a dedicated Chinatown food tour or trishaw ride.
  • There’s a lot to see (and buy, and eat) in Chinatown, so don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes.

How to Get There
The easiest way to reach Chinatown is to take the MRT to Chinatown Station and exit toward Pagoda Street.

When to Get There
Shopping the markets of Chinatown is best during the late afternoon or early evening, to see the major attractions before the neighborhood’s night market and nightlife scene begins to pick up. The district is particularly lively in the months leading up to Chinese New Year, with decorations and lights adorning the streets and stalls.

Understanding Singapore’s Chinese Heritage
To truly understand Singapore you have to understand its many ethnic influences, including that of its sizable Chinese population. One of the best places to do so is at the Chinatown Heritage Centre. This museum comprises re-created scenes depicting day-to-day life of Singapore’s Chinese immigrants from the 1950s onward, with stories of how they went from being mere visitors to the largest ethnic group in the country.
Address: Smith Street, 058971, Singapore
Admission: Free
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104 Tours and Activities to Experience Singapore Chinatown

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Kickstart Your Trip To Singapore With A Local: Private & Personalized

Kickstart Your Trip To Singapore With A Local: Private & Personalized

You'll spend half a day with our local Singapore host to catch some of the city’s highlights and to experience what life here is all about. Explore quirky neighborhoods like Little India or Tiong Bahru or delve into the city's street food culture, snacking on some ridiculously yummy spring rolls at a hawker’s center. Feel like Gardens by the Bay at the beginning of your experience and a quick dash to the inner city later? No problem. Adventure awaits and we will help you discover it. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 3 hours
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$79.01
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Singapore's Tasty Private Tour for Little Foodies

Singapore's Tasty Private Tour for Little Foodies

Foodie alert! You’re about to make your taste buds dance with a mouthwatering selection of 10 local tastings from three countries! And what's even better, all the tastings are family approved or can be modified to fit your family's taste! On this unforgettable family friendly food tour, your private guide will show you why Singapore is known for being a melting pot of cuisines. You’ll hear all about its rich food heritage and taste fabulous dishes with Malaysian, Chinese and Indian roots. Rise and shine, because no matter what time of the day, The Malay Village is the perfect place to enjoy a local's favorite “breakfast” meal. Sit back and relax as your host introduces you to Lontong (curry vegetables with rice cakes) and Nasi Lemak (coconut rice dish). Pick your favorite dish and enjoy. Wander around the village and get a feel of the historic and cultural scene. Feeling thirsty? Check out a local tea shop and learn all about the special way of pouring Teh Tarik.
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  • 3 hours
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$100.10
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$100.10
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Chinatown Heritage & Food Tasting Tour

Chinatown Heritage & Food Tasting Tour

Singapore is a multi-racial and religious country, it consists of 4 main races Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian, of which, Chinese is the largest community here. This tour will unveil the beginning of the Chinese & Indian immigrants, its first immigration wave to Singapore. We learn from the tour how and when the first wave of Chinese & Indian immigrants came to Singapore, where they stayed, what are their faith and how they practiced it.
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  • 3 hours
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Writing On The Wall -- Singapore's Culture Through Street Art

Writing On The Wall -- Singapore's Culture Through Street Art

Tired of traipsing through the main thoroughfares with hordes of other tourists? Why not wander through back lanes instead, and hear stories of the people who make up the community?
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Escape The Airport: See Singapore On Your Layover

Escape The Airport: See Singapore On Your Layover

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Bust out of the airport (Bruce Willis style) and take to the colorful, eclectic streets of Singapore with one of our local Singapore hosts, seeing all you can in the limited time you have available in the city. We’ll worry about getting you back on time, so you just focus on all the things you’d like to see. Shun airport food for some delicious local treats at a nearby hawker center, soak up the hectic energy of Chinatown, get your cultural kicks in Little India or stretch out those legs in the Supertree Grove. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 8 hours
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$221.22
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A Night In Singapore With A Local: Private & Personalized

A Night In Singapore With A Local: Private & Personalized

You’ll join one of our hosts for a night you won’t soon forget - unless you indulge in one too many Singapore Slings, that is. Whether your vibe is rooftop infinity cocktail bars or bar hopping around a more down to earth local neighborhood, catching a sunset cable car ride, watching the stunning lights show at Marina Bay Sands Skypark or indulging in local cuisine and listening to live music at a hawker center- your host will share with you a side of Singapore’s nightlife you’ll love. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 4 hours
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$158.02
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Chinatown After Dark with Trishaw Ride, Bumboat & Dinner

Chinatown After Dark with Trishaw Ride, Bumboat & Dinner

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Chinatown has also come a long way since the early days when Chinese immigrants made this enclave their home. Filled with sprawling myriad of shops and eateries, bustling with colourful and exciting activities set against a backdrop of rich history and heritage, Chinatown is not to be missed especially in the evenings when everything really comes alive. Wander along the narrow lanes of the night market and test your bargaining skills against street vendors selling anything from souvenirs to leather goods. Visit a Chinese calligrapher to witness a demonstration on the art of Chinese Calligraphy. A highlight of the evening is a trishaw ride that takes you through the alleyways of Chinatown and down to Clarke Quay. There hop onto a bumboat for a cruise along the Singapore River to see Singapore lit up at night, showcasing beautifully restored shophouses, modern skyscrapers of the financial district, colonial buildings and the iconic Merlion statue
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  • 4 hours
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$315.18
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Singapore Private Tour with Local

Singapore Private Tour with Local

Save time and energy compared to public transport as you travel in air-conditioned comfort on this comprehensive door-to-door tour. Stroll the Singapore River; explore the Singapore Botanic Gardens; soak up the atmosphere in Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam; then finish with some shopping at the luxurious Marina Bay Sands complex. Tour includes door-to-door round-trip private transport and guiding but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 1 to 6 hours
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Magical Singapore by Night Private Tour

Magical Singapore by Night Private Tour

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Get an insider’s perspective on the Singapore nightlife scene on this private walking tour. Taste Chinese snacks and drinks as you explore the city's hawker centers and off-the-beaten-track locations. There’s more than just eating and drinking on this tour though—explore historic Chinatown, experience the hustle and bustle of a hawker center, and watch the Marina Bay light and water show.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Ultimate Singapore Hidden Treasures Tour

Ultimate Singapore Hidden Treasures Tour

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This immersive private walking tour to the ancient Chinese and European / Indian / Malay towns will trace the early footsteps of our forefathers. Journey into the past, and relive the experience of how early immigrants arrived, lived and made Singapore their home. Be enthralled by the discovery of various iconic characters from the past as well as their unique cultural and religious practices. Compare and contrast the historical changes from past to present and end off the tour with a panoramic view from a secret location which only few locals would know of. Prices of tour starts at SGD195 for a 4-hour tour and Travelers have the option of extending the tour and maximising the experience for an additional maximum of 4 hours at a pro-rated price (i.e SGD390 for an 8-hour tour). Should guests require a 3-4 seater private car for the tour, it will be an additional SGD100-SGD200 for the service (depending on tour duration).
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$160.45
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Red Clogs Down the Five-Foot-Way, A Chinatown Walk

Red Clogs Down the Five-Foot-Way, A Chinatown Walk

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Meet your guide at Exit A outside Telok Ayer MRT Station to walk along Singapore's unique, and very special, Chinatown. The street is filled from end to end, with stalls and knick-knacks of every kind. From ready-made clogs to delicious, steaming hot buns - Chinatown seems to have it all! Sticky cakes, exotic fruits, sweetmeats; Chinatown is a food lover's paradise. Enjoy the fragrance of Chinese tea, ginseng and herbal eggs. If you're brave, we'll even help you find your way about a popular local Wet Market. Check out paper cars, houses, 'handphones', and even lingerie - all part of an ancient Chinese funeral ritual which you will learn about. We'll also introduce you to the Yins and Yangs of Chinese traditional medicine. The tour will end close to Chinatown MRT Station near Pagoda Street, where you can make you way back to the hotel or continue exploring the area, if you choose.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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See 20+ Top Singapore Sights. Fun Local Guide!

See 20+ Top Singapore Sights. Fun Local Guide!

See 20+ Top Singapore Sights! Fun local guide!! We will guide you on an exploration of Singapore’s major landmarks. This will give you a good idea of the history, culture & legends of one of the world best-loved cities Starting in the Financial District we walk to Singapore's famous Chinatown. Famous for its temples, shopping & colonial houses. We see Chinese & Hindu temples Chinatown has not changed that much in 50 years. The old shop houses and families are still there. Old meets new in this neighbourhood We head to Little India. Vibrant, colourful & amazing food. This area is next to Arab street where there are fantastic sights to see. Street art & Street food : both are incredible We will see an authentic food court that caters for curry lovers ! Plus see temples galore. A very frantic and buzzing part of Singapore This experience enables you to see the best of Singapore (20+ Sights) all with a Fun Local Guide!
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  • 3 hours
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Singapore 4-hours Private Singature Tour with driver with small group

Singapore 4-hours Private Singature Tour with driver with small group

Rent a vehicle with a private, English-speaking driver and explore Singapore for half day 4 hours tour at your own pace. Visit the main attractions according to your choice, and enjoy the flexibility of an itinerary without the hassle of an organized tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Singapore City Tour and National Orchid Garden

Private Singapore City Tour and National Orchid Garden

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Acquaint yourself with the sights and scents of Singapore on a private 3.5-hour walking tour. Follow your guide to some of the city’s most noteworthy and lesser known locations, including Merlion Park, Thian Hock Keng Temple, and Little India. Along the way, listen to dynamic commentary from your private guide. Without the fast pace and large crowds found on group tours, you’re free to ask as many questions as you like.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Chinatown Mobile Self-guided Walking Tour (Singapore)

Chinatown Mobile Self-guided Walking Tour (Singapore)

Explore Singapore’s Chinatown—an area with one of the city’s richest histories—at your own pace during a self-guided walking tour that combines the freedom of independent exploration with the local insight of a guided tour. Simply download the app and explore using photos, games, and quizzes.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Private Singapore Crazy Food Tour with a Local

Private Singapore Crazy Food Tour with a Local

Everyone knows there’s plenty to taste when you visit another country, but Singapore has some foods, unlike anywhere else in the world. Of course, if you’re exploring on your own, how do you know you’re getting a sample of the real Singapore? That’s why you need your favorite local to help you find the craziest foods (and explain what you’re eating)! This tour is certainly the craziest food tour in Singapore, and if you have adventurous tastes, it’s exactly what you need! Your local host will take you through the main foods enjoyed by locals that most tourists never get to experience. If you think you know how to make an omelet, that’s going to change after you see how they do it here. Can you create a salad? Not like they do in Singapore! From flavors that you never expected to be combined to sweet, brightly colored drinks to keep you refreshed, your host is going to show you the best and most curious cuisine in the country.
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  • 3 hours
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$113.36
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Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Singapore

Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Singapore

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By joining our Secret Food Tour, you'll have the opportunity to discover what the authentic Singaporean food experience is. Our local, English-speaking guide will teach you about how the locals dine out and what makes the food here such a unique and important part of our culture. The price includes six stops, all food and drinks, and a friendly, passionate guide. All of our guides have a deep knowledge of Singaporian history, the local food scene, and geography. Plus, all of our tours include a Secret Dish which you can only find out about on the tour. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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  • 3 hours
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$97.05
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Private Full-Day Tour of Singapore with River Cruise

Private Full-Day Tour of Singapore with River Cruise

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See Singapore with a private guide, and enjoy a river cruise plus visits to Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Marina Bay Sands, and Gardens by the Bay. The personalized experience is available for groups of up to four people and includes all the stories and history to help you understand both modern and colonial Singapore.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
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$256.38
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$256.38
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Go Singapore All-Inclusive City Pass with 35+ Attractions

Go Singapore All-Inclusive City Pass with 35+ Attractions

Get free entry to over 30 of Singapore's top attractions and tours and save on general admission prices with a Go Singapore All-Inclusive pass. Visit unmissable attractions like the Gardens by the Bay and Universal Studios Singapore, experience a River Safari, a relaxing Singapore River Cruise, and much more. Your Go Singapore pass also includes a one-day hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour, and unique local experiences such as a Food Playground cultural cooking class, a historical bicycle guided tour, a zip-line ride in Sentosa Island, and more. Your Go Singapore pass is fully-digital and can be accessed straight from your mobile device. Simply show your pass at the gate or ticket office to be scanned and you're in! The Go Singapore All-Inclusive pass includes: - Savings of up to 40% compared to gate prices - Access to over 30 attractions and tours - A Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus tour - A Singapore River Cruise - Digital guidebook to help plan your itinerary - Digital pass valid for 2 to 7 days
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  • 2 to 7 days
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$165.14
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Private Tour: Free & Easy Singapore City Tour

Private Tour: Free & Easy Singapore City Tour

This is a FREE & EASY PRIVATE TOUR. Enjoy the luxury of a private hop on and off car with guides and tips from the driver on board the vehicle. Customizable itineary to plan your our route and trips
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  • 8 hours
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$227.67
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City Bike Tour: Adventures In The City

City Bike Tour: Adventures In The City

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The only bike tour that starts and ends in the city, conveniently located in the heart of the city with major hotels in walking distance. Strategically located along the Singapore River to provide one of a kind tour with story line that starts from the beginning of Singapore to the present. Dive into the heart of Singapore and experience the diverse cultures and landmarks of our various ethnicity groups. Explore historical landmarks like Raffles landing site, Merlion, Thian Hock Keng Chinese Temple and Kampong Glam just to name a few. Learn about the history and culture of Singapore from our professional licensed Tour Guides and even have a taste of local delights along the way. The fun doesn’t just end there, we'll even make stops along the way to take those ever so important Instagrammable pictures just like the pros.
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  • 4 hours
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$61.95
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Night Bike and Bite

Night Bike and Bite

On this finely crafted Night Bike and Bite tour. We focus on showing you the unique Cuisine and Culture of Singapore. As a result of its history as a seaport with a large immigrant population. Singaporean cuisine is diverse and contains different elements derived from several ethnic groups, Chinese, Malay and Indian. Night Bike & Bite tour will bring you through our beautiful city from Dusk to Night. Follow your guide pedal through Singapore top attractions and three different ethnic quarters, Kampong Glam, Little Indian and Chinatown. While tasting difference ethnic foods and snack along the way. Our Guide will share with you stories & secrets that make Singapore so special. After a relaxing ride through the fascinating city as night close in. Dine at one of the best Hawker centre in the city that offer some of the best of local cuisine “Lau Pa Sat“. Enjoy a plate of “Hainanese chicken rice” with “Pulled tea”. Please visit our website for more detail informations.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.68
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(Semi-Private) Everyday Street Art and Street Food Tour

(Semi-Private) Everyday Street Art and Street Food Tour

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In this trail, we will discover the diversity of food of the main ethnic groups in Singapore. And while any foodie tour can take you on a hawker trail, we’ll let you in on the secrets behind the best stalls. The group size is intentionally kept intimate at 6 persons as our food stops are small businesses specially handpicked to reflect artisanal techniques - not the ones typically visited by commercial tours. More than tasting, you will also get a full palate education on the herbs & spices that are used in the traditional culinary kitchens of this region. In between eating stops, we take a breath to explore the some terrific street art and walk through atmospheric alleys. This is the ultimate feast for the stomach and eyes!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$72.41
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Best Bar Experience with Dinner & Cocktails included and a Gin Masterclass

Best Bar Experience with Dinner & Cocktails included and a Gin Masterclass

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Before the night begins, we’ll take you to a food street in Chinatown—where you can try authentic, local food. After Dinner, we’ll be heading to one of Singapore’s largest nightlife districts to uncover two hidden bars. First up, is a secret underground bar. Despite being on The World’s 50 Best Bars for consecutive years, they still feel like that cool kid who refuses to play by the rules. So forget cocktails that taste all the same. Over here, they create seasonal menus that don’t even indicate the type of alcohol used, just the ingredients—all to give bar-goers like you a multi-sensory experience. Next, you’ll be attending a Gin Masterclass by a guy who has an obsession with Gin and Tonic. You’ll learn and explore the botanicals that go into Gin, the process of making of it, and its unique flavour profiles. You’ll get to make your very own bespoke cocktail. Book our tour now and we will make sure you have an awesome experience at our top local bars.
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  • 3 hours
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$127.02
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$127.02