Rainy days don’t mean cancelled plans!
If there’s one thing the locals are familiar with in Singapore, it’s that when you’re in a temperate climate like Singapore, it can rain anywhere, anytime. You were probably planning a full-day out to Gardens By The Bay or perhaps Marina Barrage, only to be greeted by a torrential downpour the moment you step out of the train station and now you’re stuck in Marina Bay Sands (MBS) with no clue on what to do.
Well, before you get all bummed and decide to go somewhere else (or worse, splash money on an overpriced umbrella), here’s how you can make the most of your wet weather plans in MBS and have way more fun in the rain than you ever thought possible!
1. There’s 1001 reasons for you to pamper yourself
It’s literally impossible to ignore the temptation in the bright glass windows calling out to you everytime you walk past. Currently the most luxurious mall in Singapore, MBS houses top international names like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo. Truly a shopper’s paradise, if you’d ask me.
But with so many luxury shops under one roof, a personal shopper could be what you need. MBS offers personal shopping services for the fickle-minded ones, or for the ones who just wants a second opinion on what to buy (before breaking the bank!)
However, if you’re looking to spare your wallet some damage, choose from a handful of more affordable alternatives like Zara, Bath & Body Works, World Of Sports Victoria’s Secret and more!
But hey, a little shopping once in awhile won’t hurt, right?
2. Have a taste of the #influencer lifestyle
MBS is possibly Singapore’s most photogenic building with its futuristic interior and provides the best opportunities to achieve the “#feedgoals” you’ve always wanted. Within 15 minutes of stepping into the building, I guarantee you’ll be snapping away in no time.
Who knew a cup of ice-cream could be so photogenic?
And with ArtScience Museum’s Future World Exhibition just a few steps away, we can’t possibly leave them out of this!
The ArtScience Museum is the world’s first art and science museum and even snagged a feature on Telegraph’s list of The World’s Coolest Design Museums.
Picture-perfect ops in this exhibition include the Light Ball Orchestra, where big lighted balls change sound and colour everytime you touch them (as you can imagine, this is a huge hit with the kids) and the main star of the exhibition, Crystal Universe.
Some say this is the most Instagrammable part of the exhibition and we can clearly see why. Made up of over 170 thousand LED Lights, visitors can actually control the display through the installation’s 4D Vision Technology. How’s that for the ‘gram?
Since this is the most popular part of the exhibition, be prepared to wait to take a good picture. Who wouldn’t want a picture of themselves surrounded by thousands of dazzling lights?
#3 ArtScience museum’s new exhibition is sure to keep space buffs occupied
You heard it here first! Astronauts have landed at the ArtScience Museum and we had a chance to preview it before anyone else!
Showcasing over 200 artifacts and replicas of all things space-related, this info-packed exhibition will have even non-space lovers entertained.
Guests can get up close and personal with the stories, achievements and even the people and their imagination that were behind some of history’s biggest accomplishments.
Look out for “astronauts only” items like the space food, space suits and even space cameras! One wonders how space food would even taste like!
Located on Basement 1, the exhibition, said to be its largest installation ever, will be going on till 19 March next year and it has been a hit so far, seeing how it is welcoming crowds after crowds everyday since it opened its doors.
So skip the queues and Klook your very own tickets to an adventure out of this world now!
4. There’s local food to satisfy your cravings
Now, let’s not forget about the ultimate pastime of many Singaporeans, and that is eating. And what’s eating in Singapore without the local food? MBS has a ton of food options and a fair share of which serve amazing local cuisine.
From the traditional local twist of the American favourite: Eggs & Toast to Singaporean delights like Nasi Lemak and Laksa, you’ll get your local food fix in no time.
For cheap options, head over to Toast Box where you can get the best local breakfasts. Must try? Their Thick Toast Sets that will have you craving for more even to the very last bite!
At 1983 – A Taste Of Nanyang, have your table filled with a whole bunch of local delights from Mee Rebus, Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Nasi Padang and more. And of course, be sure to complete your meal with the satisfying Nanyang Coffee, for which the cafe is known for.
Location: The Shoppes, Canal Level, B2-62
Operating hours: Sundays – Thursdays: 7:30am 11:00pm. Fridays – Saturdays: 7:00am – 11:30pm.
1983 – A Taste Of Nanyang
Location: The Shoppes, Galleria Level, B1-01
Operating hours: 7:00am – 11:00pm daily
5. It’s home to big names in the F&B industry
What feels like a gathering of Hollywood’s best celebrity chefs could be due to the amount of celebrity chef restaurants that are under MBS’s roof.
Award-winning celebrity chef restaurants such as CUT by Wolfgang Puck (that serves some of the best steak around, if you’d ask me), db Bistro & Oyster Bar by Daniel Boulud (perfect for the seafood lovers) and more are hard to miss, and definitely worth the splurge.
And good news, most of these restaurants have amazing lunch deals daily that are surprisingly affordable, so do look out for them!
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Location: Galleria Level, The Shoppes, B1-71
Operating hours: 5:30pm – Midnight daily
db Bistro & Oyster Bar by Daniel Boulud
Location: Galleria Level, The Shoppes, B1-48
Operating hours: Monday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm, Tuesday – Friday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am – 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
6. Catch a West End musical in Singapore
But if the weather report states that the rain isn’t looking to stop anytime soon, opt to watch a show or two at the Mastercard Theatres, which also regularly hosts world-famous musicals and performances such as Wicked: The Musical, Singin’ in the Rain, Cirque Adrenaline and The Lion King.
And before you head to the shows, look out for pre-show menus that are often offered at some of the restaurants in MBS. As pre-show menus differ with the shows, do look out for the list of restaurants at the Marina Bay Sands website!
Klook Pro-Tip: Try your luck and purchase your tickets on the day itself and who knows, you might get a special discount!
7. They have a skybar that is AKA Singapore’s Best Nightspot
Formerly known as Ku De Ta, CÉ LA VI Singapore is exactly the kind of restaurant you would go, eat and write about afterwards. Everything here is amazing, and what’s there not to be when you’re on the 57th floor of a luxury hotel?
Boasting a restaurant, bar and a nightclub (that is all sheltered, in case the rain hasn’t stopped), CÉ LA VI Singapore easily became Singapore’s Best Nightspot in 2016.
Also, professional DJs come down regularly to make your experience all the more better. As if the food and 360-degree views of the city wasn’t enough!
Do reserve a table during the evening to get a magnificent view of the sunset to accompany your meal!
If you’re looking to just admire the views, you can head directly to the Skypark if the rain stops!
Location: SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3
Lunch: Weekdays: 12:00pm – 03:00pm (last seating at 2.30pm), Weekends: 12:00pm – 03.30pm (last seating at 3pm)
Dinner: Sundays – Wednesdays: 06:00pm – 11:00pm (last seating at 10.30pm), Thursdays – Saturdays: 06:00pm – 11.30pm (last seating at 11pm)
Club: Weekdays: From 11:00am, Weekends: From 12:00pm
8. They even have an ice-skating rink with no puddles
If you’ve gone ice-skating before you’ll know that falling on the ice results in unsightly wet patches and damp gloves, which are probably the last things you want when escaping from the wet weather!
You’ll be happy to know MBS’ state-of-the-art skating rink about one-third the size of an Olympic rink is made out of high-tech plastic pseudo-ice that feels like ice and even looks like ice, but really isn’t ice at all! Don’t be fooled by the “fake” ice though – we hear it’s way more slippery than the real thing!
Ice-skating in the middle of a high-end mall like MBS is also not as expensive as you think. At just S$10 for adults and S$8 for child (inclusive of skate rental), you’ll get an hour’s worth of ice-skating fun!
Klook Pro-Tip: Bring your own pair of socks or you’ll end up having to cough up $6 for a pair!
Location: The Shoppes, Canal Level, B2
Operating hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm (Closed for maintenance from 5pm – 6pm)
Admission (per hour) – Adults: $7 Child (aged 12 and below): $6
Additional hour – Adults: $5 Child (aged 12 and below): $3
Skate Rental – $3
Socks – $6
9. They have a localised version of the famous gondola rides in Venice
Venice may be the place where lovebirds flock to, but for the ones who can’t afford the very expensive plane tickets, head over to B2 for a local twist of the romantic gondola ride, the MBS Sampan Ride.
Fun fact: the Sampan is actually one of the earliest form of transportations in Singapore! Here visitors can hop on a 20-minute ride and the ever-so-friendly uncle will paddle you through the canals. With a little imagination, Venice doesn’t seem that far away anymore!
Also, it is said that you should make a wish once you circle around the Rain Oculus (pictured) for good luck!
Location: The Shoppes, Canal Level, B2 (Ticketing counter: B2, Retail Concierge)
Operating hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm (Last ride: 8:15pm)
Price: $10 per person
10. Head over to FabCafe, where it’s okay to actually play with your food
Sitting right at the entrance of the ArtScience Museum lies the FabCafe, selling small bites and lattes, just like any other typical cafe you could find. Except, the items on this menu manages to combine art, technology and of course, food, into delicious bite-sized delights. So in a way, it enhances your whole Art-Science experience!
Aside from their food items like laser-cut macaroons, FabCafe also hosts regular programmes, workshops and lectures that encourage people to come together with their well-prepared creative juices and learn more about as well as experiment with the cafe’s 3D printing facilities and digital fabrication tools.
Must-tries include their very photogenic rainbow cheesecake and their lattes, which are popular even at the FabCafes overseas, even as far as Barcelona!
Location: First level of ArtScience Museum, right in front of the lift lobby.
Operating hours: 10:00am – 07:00pm daily.
Chase those rain blues away!
Ditch those umbrellas and spend a day at Marina Bay Sands for an unexpected day of fun you won’t soon be forgetting!