Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay

Posted on May 4, 2019
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Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay in Singapore

Getting there, what to see, food

Singapore’s state of the art performing arts venue opened back in 2002, boasts a 1600 seat concert hall and a 2000 seat theatre. Besides these 2 world-class performing spaces, there are 2 outdoor performing areas, where free performances are regularly staged. These are meant to liven up the arts scene, which has been developing voraciously in recent years. The promenade also offers great views overlooking the Marina Bay area and the Merlion Park.

Exterior view of The Esplanade

World-class musicals, music festivals, art exhibitions and outdoor performances are regularly staged all-year round at the Esplanade. Why not catch a concert or musical at the Esplanade for a relaxing afternoon or evening out?


The Esplanade also offers many dining opportunities, from street hawker fare at the Makansutra Glutton’s Bay to Korean and Italian cuisine at various restaurants in and around the venue. In addition, you will find Singapore’s 1st performing arts library at the Esplanade. It possesses a host of information on music, film, dance and theatre. Libraries housed within performing arts venues are a rarity, which adds to the Esplanade’s uniqueness.

The architecture of the Esplanade buildings have led the locals to dub them “durians”. The buildings’ spikey demeanour and oval shape certainly bear close resemblance to the tropical fruit. Nicknames aside, the Esplanade aims to provide a complete lifestyle experience. Fine dining, shopping promenades and quality music. You will certainly experience all these and more at the Esplanade.

Event Calendar

Mosaic Music Festival – This annual jazz and world music extravaganza is held in March.
Baybeats – A local festival featuring up and coming local bands. Held in late August.
Flipside – Held in conjunction with the Singapore Arts Festival (May-June). Mainly featuring theatre and dance programmes.

For more information on the calendar of events at the Esplanade, please visit their website here.


How to get to Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay

MRT Train, Taxi

Take a train to City Hall MRT station. Walk to the Esplanade via CityLink, the underground mall connected to the MRT station.


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Why not hire a car while you’re in Singapore and visit The Istana in your own time. Roads are easy to follow and great to drive on. Hire cars are modern. Tourists can drive using a valid foreign licence and an International Driving Permit (IDP), issued in your home country. If you come from one of the Asian Nations you can drive in Singapore without an international permit.

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