Travel Guide: Things To Do at Marina Bay Sands

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Easily described as one of Singapore’s most iconic landmark, the Marina Bay Sands is not simply a hotel, it’s a world of its own. With a plethora of fine dining restaurants, world class luxury shopping, interactive stores and exhibitions, the casino hotel is so much more than that. Whether you are a single traveler, a loved-up couple of a family of four there’s always something to for everyone.

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Marina Bay Sands is one of the most grandeur hotels in Singapore, built in three iconic towers with what looks like a cruise ship sitting on the top. Fully equipped with everything you can think of, from their fine dining fare to a plethora of entertainment options, the 2,561 luxury room hotel has been patronised by the likes of Lady Gaga to Chris Hemsworth. The Marina Bay Sands is also home to the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, which has been host to the annual Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 and the upcoming Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020.


What To Eat at Marina Bay Sands

To say that Marina Bay Sands has a number of restaurants in an understatement as there are at least 80 different eateries within. Some famous brands from all over the world such as CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda, Adrift by David Myers and Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsey can be found within the premises itself. Here are some of the of unique offerings ranging to wholesome good old fried chicken to milkshakes you have to see to believe.

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Yardbird Southern Kitchen & Bar

Southern Comfort Cuisine

Yardbird is a restaurant by the same people who own The Bird, a James Beard Award-winning eatery. You will have to taste their signature Chicken ‘N’ Watermelon ‘N’ Waffles, a recipe that is at least a hundred years old, to really get what we mean. Other highlights include their Lobster Mac & Cheese and Smoked Pork Ribs, but one that you wouldn’t expect to really stand out would be their Crispy Brussel Sprouts in spiced honey.

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Adrift

Modern Californian Izakaya

Adrift is a modern izakaya style restaurant by David Myers of Tokyo fame. The pan-Asian inspired menu consists of dishes created with Californian ingredients, focusing on seasonality and freshness. Signatures include the Omakase, the Kagoshima Wagyu Striploin on coals as well as the Stir-Fried Suckling Pig Udon.

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db Bistro & Oyster Bar

Caviar & Seafood

db Bistro is a restaurant by world famous chef Daniel Boulud, and is known for its seafood fare, from its range of fresh oysters to choices of caviar. However, the restaurant also carries Boulud’s signature Roasted Chestnut Soup, complete with duck confit, a dish you have to taste to truly appreciate.

Spago Dining Room

Californian Gastronomy

Spago is the iconic restaurant by renown celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Spago serves Californian cuisine as its finest, with some signature dishes including their incredible Octopus Lardo Lime Aioli Furikake, Laksa Snapper in Coconut Bowl and iconic Kaiserschmarrn, and all this without even considering their renown pizzas.

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KOMA

Contemporary Japanese Cuisine & Cocktails

KOMA is a modern Japanese restaurant opened by the TAO Group by owner Chef Ralph Scarmadella and is run by Executive Chef Kunihiro Moroi. The modern Japanese restaurant is one of the most beautiful you will come across, with its entrance mirroring the Fushimi Inari shrine in Tokyo. Serving one of the tastiest Wagyu Beef Tataki you will come across, the restaurant has an eclectic mix of ingredients and presentation, from the Salmon Pillows to the Bonsai dessert.

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

Americana Burgers & Crazyshakes

Black Tap is an upscale chain from New York and is the brainchild of Christopher Barish and Julie Mulligan Barish. The restaurant is famous for its Americana fare, with some standouts including the All American Burger, their signature Greg Forman Burger made with wagyu beef and buttermilk dill, as well as their iconic milkshakes. An instagrammer’s dream, the crazyshakes are a visual delight, with the Cotton Candy, Cookie Shake and Bam Bam being some of the most visually appealing.


What To Do at Marina Bay Sands

While there are a huge number of restaurant and bars at your command, there is so much more that you can do at Marina Bay Sands. With something for everyone, Marina Bay Sands has entertainment for all ages, from young to old. From the magnificent ArtScience Museum that is great for all ages, to the nightlife at MARQUEE and of those who like to play a bit of roulette, there’s always their world-famous casino.

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Sands SkyPark

The Sky Park is a public observation deck that gives your one of the best views of sunny Singapore. Not only does this look great in the day as it does at night, you also are flooded with a 360 degrees view of this iconic building.

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The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands has one of the largest number of luxury fashion and high street stores, ensuring there is something for everyone, but beware, you may get lost in time as it is home to over 170 luxury retail brands, from your Gucci to your Zara. One special service that is offered is the Shopping Concierge Service, which is essentially your own personal shopper to help you with the millions of choices available.

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ArtScience Museum

The ArtScience Museum is not only iconic for its lotus shape design and usually hosts three to four exhibitions, with one permanent exhibition and two that are temporary. Currently, the four exhibitions whch are running include the permanent Future World: Where Art Meets Science, whereas the other two are the 2219: Futures Imagined running from 23rd November 2019 to 5th April 2020 and the whimsical Disney: Magic of Animation which runs from 26th October to 29th May 2020.

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Banyan Tree Spa

For those looking to relax and unwind there is the Banyan Tree Spa, offering one of the best views of the city, within the privacy of a beautiful room. The service here is world class, and every detail is taken into consideration, from the essential oil men, to the private bathroom in before you being your massage to the after-therapy tea and sweets.

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Epicurean Market

The Epicurean Market is one of the yearly events that is at the Marina Bay Sands that brings some of the best restaurants within Marina Bay Sands, with this year featuring some culinary celebrities like Wolfgang Puck and Tetsuya Wakuda. The market allows patrons to taste some high quality dishes all in one location. The different booths selling everything from wagyu to lobster to caviar and natural wines all add to the overall experience.

For our thoughts of this year’s festivities, see Epicurean Market 2019.

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MARQUEE Nightclub

For those looking to have a big night out, Marquee offers one of the most opulent clubs you’ll ever step into. The club comes complete with slides that you can take from the third floor as well as a fully functioning ferris wheel. Not only has the club hosted some of the biggest nights, they have hosted some of the biggest names, from Tiesto to A$AP Rocky.

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Marina Bay Sands Casino

One of the reasons that many tourists visit Marina Bay Sands is for its world class casino all the way from Las Vegas. For those who enjoy a little slot machine or poker, the casino offers a wide variety of gaming. Entry is free for foreigners, but locals would have to pay an entry levy.


The Marina Bay Sands Hotel Experience

Marina Bay Sands is really a one stop shop for an all encompassing experience, whether it is having a romantic dinner at one of its premiere fine dining restaurants or to have a day out with the kids at an educational and fun art space, your experience here will be one you’ll really enjoy. In all honesty, there is so much to explore at this amazing self-contained city.

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Nicholas Ng

Nicholas Ng is a restaurant critic, travelogue and opinion columnist which is curated on Food For Thought. He has been a freelance writer for 10 years and has previously worked as a lawyer. He currently is the Principal Counsultant of A Thoughtfull Consultancy.

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