For a country just two-thirds the size of New York City, Singapore packs punch, offering an array of entertainment, shopping and dining options up with the world’s best. Here is the best one-day travel guide in Singapore for you.

Add a super-efficient (not to mention economical) transport system, and it’s possible to visit most of Singapore’s top sights and key neighborhoods in a single day. With a day to play with, you can sample the best of what’s on offer. Grab your water bottle and umbrella (for rain or shine) and dive into the Lion City.

Morning

A perfect day in Singapore: the one-day travel guide
A perfect day in Singapore: the one-day travel guide

Get up early for breakfast with the locals in ever-so-trendy Tiong Bahru; a 1930s housing estate reveling in its unofficial status as Singapore’s hippest hood. Nab a seat on the second floor of the Tiong Bahru Food Centre and order a typical ‘breakfast set’: a dash of soy sauce and white pepper on eggs and a smear of kaya (coconut egg jam) on toast, washed down with a traditional kopi (coffee).

If a Western breakfast is more your style, head to Forty Hands; its legendary coffee and ‘big boy breakfast’ will fill you right up. Once fueled, explore the wet markets where shop ‘uncles’ and ‘aunties’ sell an eye-popping array of tropical fruits, meats and famous Singapore orchids.

Afternoon

A perfect day in Singapore: the one-day travel guide
A perfect day in Singapore: the one-day travel guide

For a quick rundown on Singapore’s vibrant history, stop by the National Museum. Like Singapore itself, it’s well organised – take in the ‘700 Years of Singapore’ exhibit while admiring the building in which it is housed. Kids (young and old) will love the nearby Mint Toy Museum, packed with vintage toys from over 40 countries.

Feeling peckish? Enjoy a foodie staple of Singapore’s Indian community and order a roti prata from any of the colourful shophouses lining the streets of Little India, another short MRT ride away. Grab a cold beer (or fresh coconut water) and drink in the vibrant atmosphere while mopping up curry sauce with freshly-made buttery flatbread.

Evening

A perfect day in Singapore: the one-day travel guide
A perfect day in Singapore: the one-day travel guide

As the sun sets and temperature drops, head to a rooftop bar to watch the Singapore skyline light up. For a bird’s-eye-view, perch on the balcony at Ku De Ta, housed on the top of the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel, or head to Lantern at the Fullerton Bay Hotel for a front-row seat to Wonder Full, Southeast Asia’s largest light and water show (8pm and 9.30pm daily; 11pm Fri and Sat).

Once you’ve squandered your savings on your drink bill (alcohol is notoriously expensive in Singapore, and even more so at ritzier bars), it’s time to search out another famous Singaporean cuisine – sate.