Off-Track Activities – Singapore Grand Prix

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Your guide to the best off-track activities at the Singapore GP this year. The 10th edition of the F1 night race is on September 15-17, 2017.

With all the action at the Marina Bay circuit happening in the late afternoon and night, there’s plenty of time to check out the sights of Singapore during the day. Not only is the city a shopper’s and foodies paradise, there are also beaches, theme parks and nature walks to explore. If you still have energy after a night at the track, the nightlife is also pretty wild. There is absolutely no chance of getting bored at the Singapore GP. The question is whether you have the stamina to make the most of all the city has to offer.

Retail therapy

Whether you are after high end luxury or affordable, clothes or electronics, Singapore has a shopping center or district suited to your needs. Orchard Road is where some of the best shopping in central Singapore can be found, particularly for high end and designer clothing brands . The wide avenue is lined with a series of large shopping malls comprising literally thousands of shops. If you are on a budget or after something a little different, head to Chinatown or Little India. More info:

Little India & Chinatown

As well as being the place to go for the best Indian cuisine in Singapore, Little India is a vibrant, bohemian district of the city with some of the city’s best-preserved colonial architecture and various temples, churches and mosques. The 24-hour Mustafa Centre is one of the city’s best budget shopping centres and the Tekka Centre, an excellent indoor produce market, is also worth a look. Click here for more info.

Within walking distance of the Marina Bay circuit, Chinatown is a good base for Grand Prix weekend, particularly if you are on a budget (there are lots of hostels and cheaper hotels in the vicinity). There’s interesting architecture, excellent shopping centers (many with food courts), an outdoor market and lots of excellent Chinese restaurants, as you would expect. Click here to learn more about the cultural sights, shopping and nightlife of Singapore’s Chinatown.

Singapore Nightlife

  • If you’ve still got some energy after a night at the track, then Singapore’s nightlife is always buzzing.  Clarke Quay is the premier nightlife destination in Singapore, and is located a short stroll from the Padang (Zone 4) area of the circuit. It’s home to countless places where you can drink, dance and party, many of them offering alfresco dining by the river with the amazing backdrop of Singapore’s skyline. Singapore’s other harbor-front areas – Boat Quay and Roberston Quay – are also worth a look.
  • If you like to gamble, or just want to check out Singapore’s newest architectural landmark, head to Marina Bay Sands. Not only a huge hotel and casino, Marina Bay boasts an array of restaurants, a vast shopping center and an incredible ‘skypark’ with that infinity pool. Entry to the pool area is for guests only, but you can get limited views for free (only on the non-city side) or you can pay $23 SGD to enter the oberservation deck. Don’t forget to take your passport if you want to gamble.
  • If your ready to mix with the F1 jet set (and can foot the bill), then there are some exclusive F1-themed parties held on Grand Prix weekend (Podium Lounge and Amber Lounge). You may even get to meet a driver or two. Nightclubs open late and can be found all over the city; there is always plenty of top-name DJs in town for the Grand Prix.
  • Beautiful people are also in abundance at some of the cool rooftop bars of the Marina Bay hotels and in the Financial District or you can head to Club Street in Chinatown for fashionable win and cocktail bars. We recommend 1-Altitude, the highest rooftop bar in the world atop the 282 meter One Raffles Place office building. It occupies the top three floors and as well as the outdoor bar, also includes a restaurant and sports bar. Make sure you reserve your entry in advance on Grand Prix weekend.
Other things to do in Singapore

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is one of Singapore’s leading tourist attractions. As well as golf courses, shopping and 5-star hotels, you will also find the Universal Studios Singapore theme park, part of  the Resort World development. Other attractions on Sentosa Island include the Tiger Sky Tower, Underwater World & Dolphin Island, Butterfly Park & Nature Kingdom. Megazip Adventure Park and a wave pool. The island is connected to the mainland via a causeway and can be reached from the city centre in just 20 minutes. The easiest way to get to Sentosa is to take the MRT – head to Harbourfront station, the terminus of both the Northeast and Circle lines. From there, you can either walk or take the scenic cable car. Learn more on the official Sentosa Island website.

Learn more

  • Your Singapore, the official site of the Singapore tourism website has a wealth of information on things to do and see in the city state.
  • Time Out Singapore is worth checking for shopping, restaurants, nightlife and event listings.

What are your favorite off-track activities in Singapore? Leave a comment below.

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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  1. Taft says:

    My family are in singapore until the 9th
    Big F1 fans
    Where’s the best attractions this week for the build up to the race??
    Can we visit the pits?

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