TOP THINGS TO DO IN BUGIS

By LINDA JAMES | Updated June 13, 2023 | AREA GUIDES

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Bras Basah-Bugis is popular for two things – its central location and its shops! Bugis offers an affordable option for those whose budgets don’t extend to the luxury prices on Orchard Rd. It’s location is perfect for travellers looking for reasonably priced accommodation that is close to the main sights.

Getting There

There are 4 MRT stations in this area: Bugis (CC line), Bencoolen, Bras Basah and Dhoby Ghaut and however, there are many buses that travel down the main roads, Victoria, Beach, Rochor or Ophir.

The airport bus (nr 36) also stops here.

What to See & Do

Cape of Good Hope gallery

If you’d like to check out the work of Singaporean artists, this gallery has some excellent solo and group exhibitions.

Address: Bras Basah Complex #03-17, 231 Bain St
Open: 11am-7pm Tuesday to Sunday
Getting there: near Bras Basah and Bugis MRT stations
More information: www.capeofgoodhope.com.sg

National Library

There are two libraries housed in two 16-storey blocks that are linked by skybridges on every floor and two gardens are open to the public – the Courtyard on Level 5 and the Retreat on Level 10.

Address: 100 Victoria St
Open: daily 10am-9pm
Cost: free
Getting there: near Bugis MRT 
More information: https://www.nlb.gov.sg/

Parkview Square

If you’re into architecture and art, Parkview Square is definitely worth a visit. This neo art deco office building reminds me of Batman’s Gotham City. It contains Parkview Museum and the very swanky Atlas Bar, which has a three-storey gin tower. In the open plaza outside, there are bronze statues of famous people such as Sun Yat-sen, Abraham Lincoln, Salvador Dalí, Picasso, Shakespeare, Plato, Dante and Albert Einstein to name just a few. Eight large fibreglass statues of men holding light balls surround the building.

Address: 600 North Bridge Rd
Open: 24 hours
Cost: Free
Getting there: near Bugis MRT 
More information: https://parkviewsquare.com/

Shopping

Bugis Junction is a combination of department store and open-air street stalls and has direct access from Bugis MRT station. It’s also linked to Bugis Street Market and Bugis+ mall by an overhead bridge.

Address: 200 Victoria St
Open: daily 10am-10pm
Getting there: at Bugis MRT station
More information: https://www.capitaland.com/sg/malls/bugisjunction/en.html

Bugis Street Market is the largest street market in Singapore and the place to find great bargains, which makes it popular both with locals and tourists. There are more than 800 stalls selling clothes, souvenirs and food – all at great prices.

Address: 3 New Bugis St
Open: daily noon-10pm
Getting there: near Bugis MRT station

Sri Krishnan Temple

This Hindu temple is dedicated to Sri Krishna, the eighth avatar of Shiva, and Rukmini, his consort. Reminiscent of a typical South Indian Hindu temple, it’s decorated with statues of Vishnu’s 10 incarnations, his mount Garuda, and a wedding scene, and effigies of Hindu deities in bold, bright colours cover the roof. It’s popular with many Hindu families during Deepavali and Krishna Jayanthi celebrations.

Address: 152 Waterloo St
Open: daily 6am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm
Cost: Free
Getting there: Near Rochor MRT 
More information: https://www.facebook.com/SriKrishnanTemple/

Where to Stay

Luxury

Andaz Singapore

The Andaz has an absolutely gorgeous rooftop bar with 360-degree views of Singapore called Mr Stork on level 39. You can even book a tepee hut (there are 10) if you commit to spending a minimum of $S150 Sunday to Thursday and $S200 on weekends.

The hotel is on the 25th to 39th floors of DUO Tower and has an unusual honeycomb exterior. The 8m-high lobby is an abstract interpretation of a shophouse façade.

The dining options – which include a steakhouse – are on Level 25 along with the pool and the club lounge, the Sunroom, which is open to all guests and provides complimentary snacks during the day and an evening happy hour with wine, beer, and light snacks. There’s also a happy hour available at Bar Square next door.

There are 342 rooms that range from standard at 38sqm to the presidential suite at a jaw-dropping 188sqm. All rooms face on to an internal atrium with a stunning 26m feature wall titled “The World Traveler” by Brazilian artist Andre Mendes.

The hotel is a 3-minute walk to Bugis MRT via an underground walkway.

Price: from $S374
Address: 5 Fraser St
More information: www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/singapore/andaz-singapore/sinaz

Intercontinental Singapore

This 5-star hotel, in the heart of Bugis and a short walk to Little India and Arab Street, incorporated original shophouses in its design and now lays claim to being the only Peranakan-inspired luxury hotel in Singapore. To further reinforce its historical connections, the hotel also provides a weekly Guided Heritage Trail that tours the area’s historical and cultural sights. 

Dining options include the Cantonese Man Fu Yuan, international Ash & Elm and an the outpost of Tokyo’s Chikuyotei restaurant. The Lobby Lounge provides afternoon tea and cocktails and there’s also a special children’s room service menu.

The 384 rooms and 19 suites reflect the Peranakan culture and feature Oriental carpets and carved hardwood furniture. There’s a Nespresso machine in every room. Club Rooms have access to the lounge with daily breakfast and evening cocktails and there are family rooms with special annexes for kids.

The hotel is a 5-minute walk to Bugis MRT.

Price: from $S270
Address: 80 Middle Rd
More information: www.singapore.intercontinental.com

Naumi Hotel

Some very cool art and furniture decorate this hotel, which has 73 rooms including the entry-level 26sqm Habitat, the 33sqm Patio room with balcony and daybed, and the 43sqm room with large bathtubs. All rooms have Nespresso machines and Apple TVs.

It’s an 8-minute walk to Bugis MRT or Suntec City.

Prices start from $S255 for a Habitat room.
Address: 41 Seah St
More information: https://naumihotels.com/singapore

Mid-range

30 Bencoolen

One of the main attractions of 30 Bencoolen – aside from location and price – is the rooftop with a pool and spa. Though not large, it’s a great place to cool off after a day spent wandering the steamy streets of Singapore.

Many of Singapore’s most popular sights are within walking distance – the National Museum, Raffles, Fort Canning – while everything else is a short MRT ride away from the 3 stations outside the front door – Bencoolen, Dhoby Ghaut and Bras Basah. The airport bus also stops just around the corner.

Deluxe rooms (twin or king) are 23sqm and there are junior suites (42sqm) and family rooms (46sqm). The rooms have mini fridges, complimentary water and free wifi.

Price: start from $S217 
Address: 30 Bencoolen St
More information: https://www.30bencoolen.com.sg/

Hotel G

Guests will find the rooms here a little smaller but so is the price! There’s a well-equipped gym and two dining options – the French Ginett and the 25 Degrees burger bar.

Reception is on the 2nd floor and there are water dispensers and ice machines near the lifts on every guest-room level.

There are 308 rooms in four room types: the 11-13sqm Good Rooms are available with king, queen or single beds, 15-16sqm Great Rooms have kings or twins, the 27sqm Greater Room, and the 24sqm Family Room, which is two Good Rooms with a common corridor.

It’s a 2-minute walk to Bencoolen MRT and an 8-minute walk to Rochor MRT.

Prices start from $S151 for a king-bed Good Room.
Address: 200 Middle Rd
More information: https://www.hotels-g.com/singapore/

Budget

ST Signature Bugis Beach

Top feature here is the communal kitchen called the Cook Lab, which is complimentary and provides free coffee and water all day. There are double and family cabins, and wifi is free. All rooms have bathrooms with free amenities.

Be mindful though that the entry-level room is the private Cabin M-no windows, which has queen bed with no window but does include a bathroom, towels, TV and safe.

The property is a 4-minute walk to Bugis MRT.

Price: from $S110 for Cabin M-no windows.
Address: 85 Beach Rd
More information: www.stsignature.com/locations/bugis-beach

Conclusion

What makes Bras Basah-Bugis popular are its central location and its shops! Bugis is the home of affordable fashion. It’s also the perfect place for travellers who want reasonably priced accommodation that is close to the main sights.

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