If you have been staying in Singapore for awhile, you would probably feel that you have been to most “local” places or done all there is to do with regards to hipster things to do in Singapore.

After all, Singapore is such a small country.


Well, all we can say is, you’ll be surprised.

Not everyone knows that there is still a fully functioning, existing kampong in Singapore.

Or that there are regular bird singing competitions held.


​​​​​​​Here are the top 30 hipster things to do in Singapore in 2018:

1. Colbar

colbar hipster things to do in singapore

Colbar is one of the most old school places that you can visit in Singapore. If, from the name you were expecting a bar, it does not serve any other form of alcohol beyond beer. In fact, it was described as an “glorified tin shed locked in a time warp” by TimeOut. The food served is a mix of Western, Hainanese/British style. But the food is not the main attraction here, it is the ambience that harks back to a slower and more peaceful time in Singapore, which is a rarity nowadays.

Visit Colbar

2. Chye Seng Huat Hardware

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Head Barista Daphne holding the fort!

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Chye Seng Huat Hardware is your quintessential hipster place to visit in Singapore. It was a former hardware store which has been turned into a successful cafe. Visit them on a late Saturday morning and you might find it hard to get a seat due to all the hipsters swarming about. They offer cold brew served on tap and are famed for their Nitro Black Matter brew.

Visit Chye Seng Huat


3. Kayak Mangrove Swamp

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Some people would not consider Pulau Ubin to be worth a trip out. But if you are into outdoor activities or sports, getting out to Pulau Ubin is a no brainer. If you have no kayaked before, there is not much of a learning curve and kayaking around the mangrove routes is definitely a cool experience!

Book mangrove swamp kayak


4. Istana Open House

istana open house hipster things to do in singapore

The Istana Open House is one of the highlights of the year, drawing 17,000 visitors in 2018. In Oct 6 2019 however, will be the first time that it is open to the public at night as part of the 150th anniversary of the presidential residence! Would you consider visiting the Istana at night as one of the more hipster things to do in Singapore?


5. Tiong Bahru Park and Adventure Playground

tiong bahru playground


The Tiong Bahru Park playground was recently revamped in 2018. In the modern age of computer and VR gaming, playing in a playground is almost considered one of the hipster things to do in Singapore for children. With the train/house in the middle serving as a highlight, along with zip lines, this will be a treat for any young kids!


6. BooksActually

booksactually hipster things to do in singapore


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It’s BooksActually! 📕📗📘📙 • #stylohotmiloxBA #ireadbooksactually @stylohotmilo

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BooksActually does not need much introduction, being set in the residential hipster enclave in Singapore, Tiong Bahru. It came into more prominence this year in its fundraising campaign, by selling bricks at $50 each in hopes of raising $2 million. Money woes aside, BooksActually is a great place to find new books if you are an avid book reader.


7. Street Art at Tiong Bahru

street art at tiong bahru


If you are aware of anything about Singapore, it would be its less than friendly approach towards street art in general. So having a whole host of local murals in Tiong Bahru is kind of a big deal. You can find them all and the stories behind it here!

The Story of YC’s Tiong Bahru Murals


8. TallShip


Aptly named the Royal Albatross, it is a tall ship that is used for events and dinner cruises in Singapore. Just looking at the picture, it is definitely a unique sight to see on Singapore waters. Having a Christmas dinner or celebrating New Year’s on it would be an awesome experience for sure!

Visit the Royal Albatross


9. Hike Southern Ridges

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If you have driven past the Mount Faber area, you would have probably noticed the high ridges around the forested areas. Climbing up to these heights will afford you gorgeous views of the area and the cityscape. And surely you would have seen multiple pictures of the Henderson Waves Bridge pop up on your Instagram feed by now, time to go and explore!


10. Sungei Buloh Wetlands

sungei buloh wetlands

If you have been watching a lot of National Geographic recently and want to get into the action in Singapore, Sungei Buloh Wetlands is a great way to get to know more about Singapore’s wildlife. A new extension of a costal boardwalk and min-canopy walk was built, so now you have absolutely no excuse to go for a look see. If you are lucky enough, you might even be able to catch a crocodile or two!


11. River Safari

river safari

Out of all the other parks in the Mandai area, a visit to the River Safari is definitely one of the more hipster things to do in Singapore. If you have been watching a lot of River Monsters, you will be able to identify more than a couple of the creatures lurking around and it is a great learning experience for kids as well!


12. Punggol Waterway

punggol waterway

Punggol Waterway Park has not one, but FIVE distinct bridges to explore. You would have probably seen some of these featured in your Instagram feed, and is a really nice quiet place to unwind and have some peace and quiet in a different part of Singapore.


13. Gilman Barracks

gillman barracks hipster things to do in singapore

If Dempsey is considered to be a mainstream area, then Gilman Barracks will be its smaller, hipster cousin. With art galleries and cafes, it is for sure one of the more hipster things to do in Singapore. Come for the art, and fill your tummies after. If you have the budget for it, the Naked Finn is fantastic for fresh seafood.


14. Habitat by HonestBee

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When HonestBee first launched in Singapore, not many people would have expected them to launch a supermarket of their own, let alone a futuristic one. Habitat offers two world firsts in a supermarket, a cashless checkout experience and a robotic collection point. Hidden in an industrial area in Alexandra, if you are looking for a hipster shopping experience look no further!

Visit Habitat by Honestbee


15. Haw Par Villa

haw par villa hipster things to do in singapore


For anyone born in the 1990s they might not even be familiar with this super unusual theme park. It really is a very unique place and when you visit for the first time, you will probably wonder what on earth the owners of the place were thinking about when they sanctioned the construction of it. It was originally meant to be a “fun” place for children to learn about Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist mythology, but in our opinion ends up being more disturbing than anything.

Visit Haw Par Villa


16. Turf Club Junkyard

turf club junkyard


Following on the theme of unusual places in Singapore, if you have ever driven past this area at night after a game of football at Turf Club, you will be forgiven for thinking it is some sort of old abandoned place. Of course, if you go during the day you’ll see that it is a huge collection of antiques, old stuff and junk. Basically, you’ll never know what you might find there!


17. Hock Siong & Co

hock siong and co

Hock Siong & Co is a modern age Karung Guni man. If you are looking for some unique pieces, you will definitely have a better shopping experience here overall. For one of the more hipster things to do in Singapore over the weekend, visit Hock Siong & Co for some shopping and then head over to Chye Seng Huat for a good coffee!

Visit Hock Siong & Co


18. Noden

Noden is a shop selling authentic Scandinavian vintage furniture in Singapore. They have really unique pieces in store and their Instagram page has a huge following. On first glance, you would not even think they were located in Singapore!

Visit Noden


19. Tan Boon Liat

tan boon liat building

If you are not familiar with the name, Tan Boon Liat Building totally sounds like some unremarkable industrial area in Singapore. But if you are looking to move into your new home and looking for furniture pieces other than Ikea, visiting Tan Boon Liat is probably a godsend as all the cool furniture shops are in one place.


20. Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum

live turtle and tortoise museum

Not many people in Singapore know about the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum but it is the world’s only turtle and tortoise private zoo. At this time, the museum holds over 500 turtles and tortoises and is still looking for a place to rehouse all of them. So do go and visit before it moves!


21. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

buddha tooth and relic temple

This temple cost a staggering S$62 million to be built, and the temple is named after its prized possession of a tooth relic of the historical Buddha. The Buddha tooth relic is in a giant stupa weighing 3500 kilograms and made from 320 kilograms of gold, most of which was donated by devotees. However, you can only view it from the public viewing area!


22. The Projector



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A visit to this art house cinema is truly one of the most hipster things to do in Singapore. It is located at Golden Mile Tower and screens movie classics, indie flicks and horror to anime movies. The movie theatre’s seating has very old school style cinema seatings from before, so don’t expect those plush velvet seats in Golden Village. There is even old school snacks sold at a retrofitted Volkswagen van on the outside!

Visit the Projector


23. Pulau Semakau

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Pulau Semakau is Singapore’s first man-made offshore landfill. It is actually a tiny island to hold all our trash. Rubbish aside, it is actually a very scenic place and there are lots of marine life to be found and to explore on the island!

Visit Pulau Semakau


24. Eat at a local home

lucky house cantonese


Dining under the radar at someone else’s home, where there is only one exclusive seating a day, some even only weekends. Could this truly be the most hipster thing to do in Singapore? If you haven’t heard already, the food is touted to be amazing and the experience of private dining is surprisingly not out of reach for most Singaporeans! Here are a few of the popular ones, Lucky House Cantonese, Ben Fatto 95, Lynnettes Kitchen.


25. SuperPark


One of the newest attractions to hit Singapore, this SuperPark is a mega (40,000 sqft) installation at Suntec City. It is an all-in-one indoor activity park with 3 themed areas, Adventure Area, Game Arena and Freestyle Hall. So you can expect lots of activities for kids of all ages and even adults alike!

Visit SuperPark


26. Senoko Fishery Port

senoko fishery port


Ever wondered where all your fresh fish and seafood originate from? Senoko Fishery Port is one of two fishery ports in Singapore. Almost like a mini Tsukiji market, if you will. Just like any market, it is bustling, wet and slippery, but where else can you get such a scale of action and the freshest produce?



27. Kebun Baru Bird Singing Club

kebun baru singing club


Kebun Baru Bird Singing Club is a truly unique area in Singapore. It is a stage for elders to show off their most prized songbirds, of which they are suspended on lots of colourful poles pretty high up in the air. If you must know, bird singing is a competitive event, and there are quite a number of participants as well. This is very much a quaint and relaxing area to visit!


28. Fragment Room


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If you can’t tell by the name, the Fragment Room is Singapore’s first rage room. It is a place where you are free to let all your anger out in the open, by smashing things! In the safest way possible of course. If you have not done it before, it is certainly a great way to relieve stress and anger. The question is, how much would you be willing to pay for it?

Visit the Fragment Room


29. Smith Marine

smith marine hipster things to do in singapore

Looking for another authentic dining experience? Smith Marine is a modern kelong location between Pulau Ubin and Changi Point ferry terminal. So if you are staying in the west, it will definitely be a bit of a trek to get there. What you get for that would be the freshest seafood, and you can even catch the fish yourself before the chef cooks them in any style that you are craving for.


30. Kampong Lorong Buangkok

kampong lorong buangkok


If you have ever wondered what Singapore was like back in the day, Kampong Lorong Buangkok is the place to visit. It is Singapore’s last surviving kampong. When you reach the area, you really get a sense of how much Singapore has changed and transformed over the years. Not to mention, a wave of curiosity at how such a place still exists in Singapore. Like who even stays there? And how have they survived with all the change around them all this while? For sure, this is one of the most interesting places to visit in Singapore on this list.


So here ends our list on 30 hipster things to do in Singapore! If you feel there are any activities that we have missed out that merits a mention, you can leave it in the comment section below or you can also reach us at hello@renthero.com.sg

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