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the guide 38 attractions Thrills and spills

44 arts & culture Milking a scandal

47 shopping

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8 Need for Speed

Where to eat, drink, shop and play this F1

51 health & wellness The royal treatment

55 dining Roque out

61 nightlife Big in Japan

65 navigate Essential info

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A mid-autumn spectacle

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September Hot Dates where Sep 1-15 The SInGapore Show: preSIdenT’S YounG TalenTS See this biannual exhibition featuring diverse works by talented young Singaporeans like filmmaker Boo Junfeng. Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Rd., 6332-3222, S(189555), www.singaporeartmuseum.sg. Free$10 from L.

Sep 1-29 ChIneSe TheaTer FeSTIval Catch the much-loved stage event, which this year includes contemporary fables inspired by influential Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi. Various venues, 6337-2525, en.practice.org.sg. $28-38 from L.

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GuSTo ITalIano Check out this Italian food fest, featuring acclaimed chefs, awardwinning restaurants and quality food and beverage to take home. Various venues, 6319-4038, www. gustoitaliano.com.sg.

The art of Collecting, Masterpieces from the pinacothèque de paris Before acclaimed private art museum Pinacothèque de Paris officially opens its first international outpost in Singapore in 2015, look out for its pop-up exhibition at Fort Canning Centre (Fort Canning Park, Cox Terrace, S(179618)) this year. The showcase will include 20 masterpieces by European masters such as Botticelli, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Monet, Renoir, Modigliani and Picasso. Tickets cost $12-25 from L. Read more at www.pinacotheque.com.sg. Before (or after) the show... Where to Eat [Bacchanalia] A stylish dining spot in the historic Masonic Club building serving elegant dishes for sharing. 23A Coleman St., 6509-1453, S(179806), www. bacchanalia.asia. MRT: City Hall. Where to Drink [Fern & Kiwi] A New Zealand-style bar with hearty food and cold beers. #01-02 Blk. 3E River Valley Rd., 6336-2271, S(179024), www.fernandkiwi.com.

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Sep 13-15 MoonFeST: a MId-auTuMn CelebraTIon Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with a dose of Chinese traditional and folk arts programs including Chinese opera, music, puppetry, Chinese chess and lantern riddles. Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377, S(038981), www.moonfest. com.sg. $5-58 from L.

Sep 26-Oct 1 haIrSpraY The MuSICal Watch the award-winning Broadway hit—about shooting for stardom in ethnically-divided America—make its Southeast Asian debut in Singapore. Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377, S(038981), $60-230 from L.

(6348-5555, www.sistic.com) or Gatecrash (6100-2005, www.gatecrash.com.sg)

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hile the key draw of the 2013 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix (Sep 20-22) is of course the race itself; this is also a great time of year for pop concerts, stylish parties, special dining deals and even one-off art events. So buckle in for a quick trip through the best of what’s happening this racing season.


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2013 FORmuLA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIx CONCERTS this concert stalwart held within the racing circuit has featured the likes of Mariah carey and Katy Perry in previous editions, and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lineup is its best yet: international stars the TOm jONES Killers, rihanna, tom Jones, Bob Geldof, Justin Bieber, owl city and BigBang will entertain alongside upcoming local bands and entertainers who will take to the many stages within the racing circuit throughout the day.

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Sep 20-22, 2:30pm & Sep 23, 6:15pm. Marina Bay Street Circuit, Marina Bay Promenade, 6738-6738, S(179681), www.singaporegp.sg. $68-4,266.50 (all access including race and parties) from the site.

1 WORLD muSIC FESTIvAL For more first class entertainment, head over to this new dusk-to-dawn music festival at nearby Marina Barrage, which will have a broad range of entertainers like Snopp Dogg, cobra Starship, Iggy Azalea and Far east Movement performing on stage, while hip DJ acts like Moby, orbital, n*e*r*Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chad

Hugo and cosmic Gate will take revellers through a series of electronic music sets till 6am in the morning. Sep 20-21, 6pm, Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Dr., 6514-5959, S(018951), www. 1worldmusicfestival. com. $98-188 from the site. fAR EAST mOvEmENT

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NIGHT RACE WEEkEND AT ku DE TA Hip hop music extraordinaire DJ Latin Prince with sassy supermodel-DJ Willy Monfret will spin party favorites for clubbers looking for a good time. In between, Ku De ta residents Yafifth, Suren and Styluxtakut will keep the party going throughout the evening. Sep 20-22, 6pm. Ku De Ta, Marina Bay Sands Skypark, 1 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7688, S(018971), www.kudeta. com.sg. $100 (before 11pm, inclusive of one glass of Champagne), $200 (after 11pm, inclusive of one glass of Champagne), $3,200 (inclusive of free flow Champagne, house pours and food).

PODIum LOuNGE the main party for the F1 race has seen personalities like richard Branson and Lewis Hamilton gracing its grounds, and this year should be no different. With superstar DJs Seb Fontaine and

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Sander Kleinenberg headlining, alongside live performances by cuban percussionist Pablo calzado together with jazz musician Greg Moore, it will surely be a party to remember. Sep 20-22, 10pm. Poolside, The RitzCarlton Millenia, 7 Raffles Ave., 94595211, S(039799), www.podiumlounge. com. $138-19,888 (VIP package for 25 inclusive of five bottles of champagne and meet-and-greet sessions) from the site or call to book.

AmbER LOuNGE Another stylish after-party that’s not to be missed. the Amber Lounge will feature a live music performance by Swedish House Mafia vocalist John Martin, attended by some of the city’s most celebrated trendsetters and celebrities. there will also be a dance music set that will have punters partying all night long. Sep 21-22, 11pm. Temasek Reflections, 1 Temasek Ave., 9777-1634, S(039192), www.amber-lounge.com.

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$900-26,000 (VIP package for eight inclusive of tables and drinks) from the site.

I Am HARDWELL/ EP!C PIT STOP SATuRDAY WITH STEvE AOkI one of the city’s longest standing nightlife institutions Zouk will also be organizing two of the most exciting parties during the F1 season. on Sep 20, rising electrohouse DJ/producer Hardwell will send partygoers into a frenzy with his always seamless mix at outdoor venue Fort canning Park, while the ever popular Steve Aoki will arrive in style on Sep 21, bringing with him raucous electro, indie-rock and everything in between at Zouk itself. Sep 20, 7pm. Fort Canning Park, Cox Terrace, 6332-1200, S(179037), www. zoukclub.com. $78-88 from the website or at the door. Sep 21, 10pm. Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim St., 6738-2988, S(169420), www. zoukclub.com . $40 (inclusive of two drinks) from the website or at the door.


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FooD AnD DrInK bALzAC bRASSERIE: SINGAPORE GRAND PRIx 2013 SPECIAL PROmOTION After a day at the races, take a break at this charming hotel restaurant. For F1 season, they are offering a promotional sausage platter paired with a glass of wine at $18. Plus, a three-course Dubois Signature Menu ($78)—available at both lunch and dinner—care of executive chef Jean-charles Dubois, including classics like lobster bisque, beef cheeks and chocolate moelleux cake, as well as two glasses of wine. Sep 15-26, #01-01 Rendezvous Gallery, Rendezvous Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Rd., 6336-0797, S(189559), www. balzacbrasserie.com.

WOOLOOmOOLOO STEAkHOuSE not only will you be able to see the race from the window of this restaurant, they’re offering a hospitality package that includes free flow canapés including lamb cutlets and jumbo shrimps, an open bar with champagne, fine

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wines and premium spirits and, just in case you’d rather watch the race up-close, a big screen telecasting the F1 race. Sep 20-22. 3/F Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Rd., 6338-0261, S(178882), www.wooloo-mooloo.com. $450-650. Call to book.

bACCHANALIA bRuNCH: GPSS EDITION now here’s a daytime party (and brunch) that we’re really looking forward to. Jive to slinky dance tunes courtesy of international DJs Jesse Marco, Stephen Day and Sungus, as you savor tasty canapés and

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dishes from French-Asian restaurant Bacchanalia and make merry at this very special pop-up event. Sep 21, 1pm. Pacific Ballroom, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Blvd., 63368111, S(039595), www.panpacific.com. $100-10,000 (package for 20 inclusive of buffet brunch and drinks). Email gpss@bacchanalia.asia to book.

LA vITA ALTA Another pop-up brunch party worth checking out is La Vita Alta, which serves up europeanmeets-Indonesian fare to pair with champagne and vodka cocktails. the meal smoothly segues into some serious partying, thanks to guest DJs from some of the hottest clubs in Las Vegas.

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Sep 21, 1pm. *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, 6521-6565, S(237978). Price TBA. Check www.facebook.com/LaVitaAlta for ticketing details.


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GILLmAN bARRACkS 1ST ANNIvERSARY check in at art enclave Gillman Barracks—comprising a host of international galleries housed within beautifully-restored colonial barracks—for their first anniversary celebrations, including late-night openings and free performances. Art connoisseurs and prospective buyers also won’t want to miss special talks held by Arnoldii Arts club. Sep 6-28. Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Rd., S(108937), www.gillmanbarracks.com. Free and ticketed programs available.

PAuL Oz Specially curated for the F1 season, popular British artist Paul oz presents his signature large scale "explosive" paintings which boast an energetic 3D quality. His sole focus visual impact; creating the maximum impression of energy and 3D possible from a traditionally 2D medium, and

it shows with these impressive works, already in the collections of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jamie oliver. Sep 19-Oct 20. Icon Gallery, 476 River Valley Rd., 6735-4550, S(248361), www. icongallery.sg. Free.

uNIvERSE OF THE AbSTRACT mASTERS AND RICHARD TExIER explore the depth and breadth of 20th century abstract art at this fascinating showcase of works by european luminaries like Victor Vasarely and Karel Appel. Here, you’ll also find the art of contemporary French artist richard texier, who contemplates the unexplored universe through his epic, mysterious works.

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Sep 20-Oct 13. Opera Gallery, #03-05 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, 6375- uNIvERSE Of THE 2618, S(238801), www. AbSTRAcT mASTERS ANd RIcHARd TExIER operagallery.com. Free.

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REv-uP @ ORCHARD the orchard road shopping belt turns into a circuit of race-themed promotions and activities this season. In addition to rewards and limited edition goodies for Grand Prix ticket-holders, there are fashion shows, performances, activities and F1 merchandise stalls to keep everyone entertained.

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ActIVItIeS GO-kART @ *SCAPE those itching to get behind the wheel themselves can give go-karting a shot at this pop-up racetrack that’s outfitted with a tecPro safety system to make sure nothing gets out of hand. Sep 13-22. *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, 6521-6565, S(237978), www.scape.com.sg. Email mabel_lee@scape.com.sg or hazel_tan@ scape.com.sg for enquiries and booking.

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Sep 13-23. Various venues along Orchard Road, www.orchardroad.org. Free.

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Sopra Cucina & Bar tucked away at the back of luxe hotel Pan Pacific Orchard (10 claymore rd., 6737-0811, S(229540), www. panpacific.com/orchard)—the décor of this new Italian spot tells you they mean business; big lights, tiled floors and a real classy bar (serving up 750ml bottles of Italian craft beers, no less). the restaurant specializes in the food of Sardinia, which isn’t easy to find here. the menu includes elaborate recipes like malloreddus alla campidanese, a mix of dumplings, pork and a rosemary sauce. But there are also simple bar bites such as baby caprese in a jar ($12) and primavera bruschetta ($14) with cherry tomatoes and bocconcini, which go great with drinks. #01-02 Pan Pacific Orchard, 10 Claymore Rd., 6737-3253, S(229540), www.facebook.com/SopraCucina. MRT: Orchard.

LÈ Restaurant and Asian Tapas Bar this slick modern Asian establishment offers tapas like mantou burger with braised beef ($16) as well as more filling dishes including stir-fried angel hair pasta with Japanese dried ebi (from $28). to wash it down, there are fresh cocktails like cherry for the Geisha ($22), a mix of sake, cherry liqueur and prosecco, plus Silky road in Summer ($22) a warming mug of ginger milk spiked with rum. each night there’s also a theatrical closing ceremony (chefs come out and take

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a bow as a curtain comes down on the open kitchen). #02-314 Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Blvd., 6338-8775, S(038983), www. paradisegroup.com.sg. MRT: Promenade.

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taking over what used to be the raffles Hotel Museum, this multi-label boutique specializes in furniture, homewares and NIGHTLIFE accessories that blend heritage and modernity. Taphouse noteworthy labels the team behind include Stephen Kenn, established local brewery Maison Martin Margiela Brewerkz have just and Steele canvas, with launched this cozy joint in a relaxed space up in Dempsey SuPPLIES & cO. their timelessly cool and functional products. there Hill, offering a great selection is also an array of quaint of beers alongside some drinktoys from Miller Goodman, scented friendly food. You can order up six candles by retaW and sleek audio craft beers on tap—their golden ale gadgets from Bang & olufsen. goes for $6 for a 375ml (noon-3pm) or $13 for 500ml (6pm-close)— alongside the group’s full selection of imported beers and all of their own bottled and mini-keg styles. A great spot for a few drinks with friends.

#03-07 Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6337-4763, S(188719), www. facebook.com/suppliesandco. MRT: City Hall.

18E Dempsey Rd., 6634-1229, S(246677). MRT: Farrer Road.

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Buddha tooth ReliC temple and museum

This historically rich enclave is known by local Chinese as “niu che shui” (bullock cart water), named after the common sight of oxen-drawn wagons on its streets in the 19th century. Today, the well-preserved shophouses that once held coolie houses, opium dens, brothels and factories have been replaced with modern bars and restaurants. Though it has evolved significantly over the years, Chinatown continues to boast a unique blend of heritage sites and new buildings with strong cultural influences. ATTRACTIONS One fascinating heritage site here is the sacred 4 Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (288 South Bridge Rd., 6220-0220), where daily opening ceremonies involving the board bell and drum rituals take place as early as 4:30am. Another landmark is the 10 Thian Hock Keng Temple (158 Telok Ayer St., 6423-4616), one of the oldest Hokkien temples in Singapore.

Built back in 1839, it is a traditional architectural masterpiece entirely assembled without nails. National monument 6 Sri Mariamman Temple (244 South Bridge Rd., 6223-4064) is the oldest Hindu place of worship here, with history dating back to 1827. To learn more about the culture and history of the area, go for Chinatown Visitor Centre’s (2 Banda St., 6221-5115) daily walking tours.

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NEW & NOTED CHINATOWN MIDAUTUMN FESTIvAL 2013 Sep 6-Oct 4. Various locations. Free. MRT: Chinatown.

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chef Jason Atherton has also left his ARTS AND CULTURE mark here with tapas joint Esquina Located nearby is 7 Red Dot Traffic (16 Jiak Chuan Rd., 6222-1616) and (28 Maxwell Rd., 6534-7001), casual eatery Keong Saik Snacks which was formerly a traffic police (49 Keong Saik Rd., 6221-8338). headquarters. Now it is home to Right next door is a speakeasythe Red Dot Design Museum style secret bar, which and other creative services. you need a password Many contemporary to enter (tip: ask the art exhibitions such as waiters at Keong the monthly MAAD Saik Snacks). Other (Market of Artists great spots for And Designers) also drinks are cocktail take place here. bar The Cufflink litteRed with Books Club (6 Jiak SHOPPING Chuan Rd., 9694At hip Duxton Hill 9623) and The Vault (237 South is two-storey bookstore Littered Bridge Rd., 6222-5001). with Books (20 Duxton Rd., Over at Club Street, you’ll find 6220-6824), great for browsing. In conserved shophouses occupied by another part of Chinatown, there’s restaurants, bars and galleries such Ann Siang Hill, populated by cafés as 83 (83 Club St., 6220-4083) and vintage shops like The Little and wine bar Ô Batignolles (2 Dröm Store (7 Ann Siang Hill, Gemmill Lane, 6438-3913). Head 6225-5541), which shares store to Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chophouse space with Kki (7 Ann Siang Hill, (20 Gemmill Lane, 6221-4468) 6225-6650), a quaint spot selling for American food and Ding Dong delectable handmade cakes. (23 Ann Siang Rd., 6557-0189) for modern Southeast Asian dishess.

This annual celebration will kick off with an exciting line-up of multi-cultural performances as well as a spectacular fireworks display (Sep 7, 7pm. Eu Tong Sen St., New Bridge Rd.). Stroll through the bustling festive street bazaar (Sep 6-19, 6pm. Pagoda St, Trengganu St., Sago St., Smith St.), join in the lantern walk (Sep 15, 7:30pm. Open field between Dickenson Hill Rd. and Spring St.), and catch nightly stage shows (Sep 7-19, 8pm, Kreta Ayer Square) to immerse yourself in the sounds and lights of the festival.

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OCA GRASSA 6 Bukit Pasoh Rd., 6534-9854, S(089820), www.facebook.com/ Oca.Grassa. MRT: Outram Park.

Specializing in steak that’s house aged and cooked over Japanese charcoal, this casual Italian restaurant’s star dish is the 1.2 kg Fiorentina steak ($158) with roasted potatoes. Simple Italian recipes like grilled Atlantic octopus salad ($20) and slow braised beef short rib garganelli ($22) are also on the menu.

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Colorful garlands, stacks of jewelry, and great food—Little India is every tourist’s dream come true, and every local’s little secret. The best time to visit is Sunday evenings when it's at its most bustling, but if you prefer a more leisurely experience, late mornings and early afternoons on weekends are perfect. Kampong Glam, meanwhile, was home to the Malay aristocracy in 1819, before British settlement in 1822 divided the area to ethnic groups (Chinese, Arabs and Europeans). Today, it remains a stronghold among the Malay-Muslim community and is home to numerous eateries, chic bars and indie shopping boutiques, making it one of the hippest neighborhoods here. ATTRACTIONS Make time to explore Indian temples like 3 Sri Veeramakaliamman (141 Serangoon Rd.) and Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman (555 Serangoon Rd.) with beautiful architecture and colorful arches, which make for wonderful photo opportunities. You’re welcome to have a look inside; just remember to take off your shoes. There is also picture-perfect

Kampong Kapor Methodist Church (intersection of Kg Kapor Rd. and Veerasamy Rd.), built in 1929 by Singapore’s oldest architectural firm Swan and Maclaren. Another must-see is the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hall (Race Course Lane), which acts as a family service center for the Singapore Indian Development Association—you’ll recognize it

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when you see a bronze statue of the man himself on the exterior. Also known as the Arab Quarter, Kampong Glam is home to the Malay Heritage Centre (85 Sultan Gate, 6391-0450) and the majestic-looking 7 Sultan Mosque (3 Muscat St., 6293-4405), a Muslim place of worship that's stayed essentially unchanged since it was built in the late 1920s.


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black-and-white themed Salad (25/27 Haji Lane, 6299-5805) carries an eclectic variety of fashionable home accessories, ranging from a curious horn-shaped chandelier to customized shoes.

NEW & NOTED CAD CAFE 23 Haji Lane, S(189216), www. cad.sg. MRT: Bugis.

FOOD & DRINK Thirsty after all that shopping? Chill out over a cup of fragrant Turkish coffee or a bagalawa shake at Café le Caire (42 Arab St., 6292-0979), blu jaz before heading for beer at Blu Jaz (11 Bali Lane, 6292-3800), which SHOPPING features live music. Alternatively, If you’re looking to buy a new SLR enjoy a quiet cocktail custom-made camera or mobile phone, don’t by the mixologists at Bar Stories miss 5 Sim Lim Square (1 Rochor (57A Haji Lane, 6298-0838). Canal Rd., 6338-3859) and 24-hour Don’t miss the chance to dine shopping mecca 2 Mustafa Centre at Islamic Restaurant (745 North (145 Syed Alwi Rd., 6295-5855). Bridge Rd., 6298-7563). Around The latter offers pretty much every for almost 50 years, its product under the sun. Also trademark nasi biryani check out Singapore’s and mutton rendang first eco-friendly are still the stars retail hub, 1 City here. The rustic Square Mall (180 Bumbu Restaurant Kitchener Rd., 6595(44 Kandahar 6595), housing St., 6392-8628) retailers including is also great for Uniqlo, Giordano its eclectic mix of and Best Denki. fika Indonesian, Peranakan For the fashion and Thai dishes. Or check out forward, artisanal is the key word contemporary cafés like Swedish at Maison Ikkoku (20 Kandahar Fika (257 Beach Rd. 6396-9096). St., 6294-2600). Grab a coffee For vegetarian options, go to on the first floor before browsing Namaste India (288 Serangoon through chic menswear from labels Rd., 6735-6755). If you are feeling like Hobo, Nuggets and Discovered a bit adventurous, try the fiery fish upstairs. Don't forget to check out head curry at the popular Banana the many indie boutiques found Leaf Apollo (54 Race Course Rd., along hip street Haji Lane. One 6297-1595). Its Indian dishes are such example is Know It Nothing served on banana leaves, and you’re (51 Haji Lane, 6392-5475), where encouraged to use your hands you can find international brands here; the wait staff insists that it like Porter, London Undercover brings out the aroma of the food. and Engineered. Meanwhile, the 22 WH ERE SINGA PO RE I SEp tE m b Er 2 0 1 3

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This new eatery serves up great coffees—including espressos ($3.50), Americano ($3.50) and iced coffee ($5.50)—as well as pastries such as pain au chocolate ($4). There are also savory toasties ($5) with fillings like mature cheddar and pickled asparagus.

NEXT TO NORMAL Sep 5-22, 8pm. The Drama Centre, #05-01 National Library , 100 Victoria St., 6837-8400, S(188064), www. pangdemonium.com. MRT: Bras Basah.

Watch this acclaimed musical featuring West End star Ria Jones, who portrays a housewife struggling with bipolar disorder, with tragic (and sometimes comic) results.


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Holland Village has long been a stronghold for bohemian culture and Singapore’s expatriate community while Dempsey Hill is a hip neighboring district. The former is one of the city’s top lifestyle destinations with a cluster of wining and dining establishments set in quiet and mostly residential surrounds. The latter features trendy restaurants, spa facilities and shops hidden within the conserved colonial black-and-white buildings of former British army barracks. ATTRACTIONS Founded in 1859, the 63.7-hectare Singapore Botanic Gardens (1 Cluny Rd., 6471-7138) is the main recreational park in the area. It has an extensive range of more than 10,000 types of plants including the most comprehensive collection of tropical orchids in the world. There are also arts and cultural sites in Dempsey such as the 6 Museum of Contemporary

Arts (27A Loewen Rd., 64796622) at Loewen Gardens. The intimate contemporary art space brings in top artists from across Asia Pacific including Beijingbased sculptor Jiang Shuo and Sichuanese painter Ye Yongqing. Smaller galleries can be found at Holland Village too. A perennial favorite is TAKSU Singapore (#01-72 Blk. 43 Workloft@Chip Bee, Jalan Merah Saga, 6476-

4788), which has been open since 1989 and represents works by urban artists around Southeast Asia.

DINING AND NIGHTLIFE Among Dempsey’s hottest eateries is 8 The White Rabbit (39C Harding Rd., 6473-9965), an airy European dining spot housed in a former chapel for the colonial British garrison. It has been beautifully refurbished with wrought-iron grills and stained-glass windows. Also popular is 3 House (8D Dempsey Rd., 6475-7787), a multipurpose space with a café, bar and salon that’s right next door to molecular restaurant Tippling Club (8D Dempsey Rd., 6475-2217). Fashionistas and creatives head to P.S. Cafe (28B Harding Rd., 64793343), a stylish place where an eclectic mix of recipes—including

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NO EMPIRE LASTS FOREVER EXHIBITION Sep 5-26. TAKSU Singapore, #02-74 Blk 43, Workloft@ Chip Bee, Jalan Merah Saga, 6476-4788, S(278115), www.taksu.com. MRT: Holland Village. At this exciting exhibition by Filipino artist Norberto Roldan, see paintings juxtaposing image and text, exploring the dichotomies between past and present, East and West, colonizer and colonized.

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34A Lorong Mambong, 6465-5942, S(277691), www.plainvanillabakery. com. MRT: Holland Village. This tiny cupcakery right in the heart of Holland Village sells their specialty in a range of flavors including carrot, red velvet and cinnamon brown sugar ($3.20). On weekends, you can also find muffins in an array of fruity flavors ($3.70).

including gado gado salad, miso everything from local hawker fare to cod and poutine—is on offer. Local Vietnamese pho and Mexican food. seafood specialties such as fried Alternatively, head to Chip Bee youtiao fritters stuffed with minced Gardens stalwarts such as Chez prawns, chili and black pepper crab Petit Salut (#01-54 Blk. 44 Jalan can be savored at Merah Saga, 6474-9788), which 7 Long Beach (25 Dempsey offers French favorites such as escargots and profiteroles, or Rd., 6323-2222). Original Sin (#01-62 Blk. 43 For beer lovers, there’s 5 Tawandang Microbrewery Jalan Merah Saga, 6475-5605), one of the nation’s pioneering (#01-01, 26 Dempsey Rd., 6476vegetarian restaurants. 6742), a Thai restaurant and watering hole that’s popular with SHOPPING the after-work In Holland Village crowd, as well Shopping Center, there’s as Taphouse Lim’s Arts and Living (18E Dempsey (#02-01 Holland Road Rd., 6634-1229, Shopping Centre, 211 S(249677), www. Holland Ave., 6467-1300), a tawandang brewerkz.com) serving microbrewery mammoth home furnishings local craft brews. and curios store with an Holland Village offers many dining array of Chinoiserie silk cushion choices and is split into two main covers, trinket boxes and African areas: nightlife hub figures that make great souvenirs. 1 Lorong Mambong and the Dempsey’s Woody Antique quieter residential stretch 2 Chip House (#01-05 Blk. 13 Dempsey Bee Gardens along Jalan Merah Rd., 6471-1770) provides a similarly Saga. The former is known for Asian-inspired mix of statues and its live music venues including teak furniture, while emgallery Wala Wala Café Bar (31 Lorong (#01-04/05 Blk. 16 Dempsey Rd., Mambong, 6462-4288), a casual 6475-6941) and Rouge French two-story watering hole that Designs (#01-01 Blk. 16 Dempsey hosts local music acts nightly. Rd., 6475-9245) stock a range On the surrounding street, find of Oriental-style garments.

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Back in the early days, the Singapore River was the former British colony’s main trade lifeblood where all commercial activities took place. Today, the riverbanks are still abuzz but the bustle of entrepôt trade has been replaced with an array of historical spots rich in culture, restaurants and after-dark entertainment. The contrasting sight of restored colonial landmarks like The Fullerton Hotel against towering modern skyscrapers makes this neighborhood a particularly striking one to explore. ATTRACTIONS The sculpture of the mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish is one of Singapore’s most iconic mascots. Known as the 11 Merlion (1 Fullerton Square, 6736-6622), its head represents the country’s original name Singapura (lion city) while its body symbolizes the fishing village that the island used to be. See the historical site where Sir Stamford Raffles landed in 1819 and the architecturally

stunning 10 Cavenagh Bridge (linked to the Marina waterfront). It’s also hard to miss the 5 MICA Building (140 Hill St., 62707988), home to the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, with its distinctive colorful window shutters. Explore this vibrant stretch along the river via the Singapore River Cruise (6336-6111, www.rivercruise.com. sg, $3), which takes you from Clarke Quay to the Singapore Flyer to Marina Bay Sands.

The first museum in the region to present a broad perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilizations is the 9 Asian Civilisations Museum (1 Empress Place, 63322982). It houses 11 galleries that showcase over 1,300 artifacts. If you prefer theatrics, the Singapore Repertory Theatre (20 Merbau Rd., 6221-5585) stages both original and popular classic productions, including Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress, Hamlet and Avenue Q.

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great dining options like awardwinning ramen house Marutama Ramen, fashion boutiques, as well as eclectic retailers like Goods of Desire (G.O.D.). If you’re looking to paint the town red, 4 Clarke Quay would be right up your alley. Enjoy your meal with live entertainment at restaurant bars such as Aquanova and The Pump Room. If beer

is more your thing, knock back pints at Beer Market or Brewerkz Microbrewery. Those who want to dance the night away can pop by clubs like Attica or Fenix Room. The 2 Robertson Quay stretch houses restaurants like Da Mario Pizzeria Ristorante and tapas joint FoodBar DaDa. Those exploring this area in the day have plenty of options, too. For a peaceful afternoon away from the hustle and bustle, take your pick from chic and contemporary coffee bars like Toby’s Estate and Smitten Coffee & Tea Bar. If you prefer something a little more happening after dark, visit 1 Zouk (17 Jiak Kim St., 6738-2988) for a world-class clubbing experience. The longest standing club in Singapore, this nightspot has a constant stream of international guest DJs.

NEW & NOTED THE TROJAN WOMEN Sep 18-22. DBS Arts Centre – Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Rd., 6733-8166, S(239035), www.srt.com.sg. $25 from SISTIC. MRT: Clarke Quay.

While the mythical Greek tale of the Trojan War needs no introduction, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s modern adaptation will give you a fresh take on an otherwise age-old classic. Frightening yet empowering, the

play plunges audiences deep not in the throes of war, but the desolation that awaits those left behind.

MADAME PATISSERIE ##01-76, 76 Boat Quay, 65367028, S(049864). MRT: Clarke Quay.

Sink your teeth into delicious breakfast pastries such as croissants and cinnamon buns (from $4), all of which are made in-house, at this quaint café by the river. The eatery also has a garden-like alfresco MAdAMe pAtIsserIe area—the perfect setting for a lazy weekend morning.

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of affordable buys in a myriad of styles imaginable. You’re sure not to leave empty-handed either way. The city is also home to CE MEN CLE some of the best multi-label indie boutiques in the world, stocking fashion that represents the best of contemporary design. Some of the rarest international cult brands like Undercover and Ganryu can be found at Club 21b at 1 Forum The Shopping Mall (583 Orchard Rd., 6732-2469) while Inhabit—The Other Store at 8 Mandarin Gallery (333A Orchard Rd., 6831-6363) offers desirable international and regional clothing labels like MM6STby AD EVENS RO Maison Martin Margiela from Paris, and Song for the Mute from Australia. There’s also Blackmarket No. 2 at 11 Orchard Central (181 Orchard Rd., 6238-1051), highly recommended for its focused selection of Southeast Asian and Singaporean labels, O SC

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(#03-02 Mandarin Gallery, 62353900), Jones the Grocer (#04-21/23 Mandarin Gallery, 6836-6372) and Dean & Deluca (#04-23/24 Orchard Central, 6509-7708). Their great coffee, tea, all-day breakfast items and desserts are guaranteed to perk you up. If you’re looking for something stronger to help you cool off, stop by Ice Cold Beer and No. 5 Emerald Hill along Emerald Hill for beers and spirits that won’t break the bank (especially during happy hour which typically starts from 5pm onwards).

including emerging brands like Stone for Gold, Evenodd and Mandy Wu. For something uniquely Singaporean, Hansel at 8 Mandarin Gallery (333A Orchard Rd., 6831-6363) is local fashion designer ATTRACTIONS Jo Soh’s cheery take While you’re in on contemporary Orchard, catch womenswear with a glimpse of The a vintage twist. The Istana (www.istana. Reckless Shop at Orchard gov.sg), located close Central, which stocks both to Dhoby Ghaut MRT dean & deluca menswear and womenswear, Station. The Istana is the will please the fashion forward official residence of the President with its unconventional use of of Singapore and features stunning materials and silhouettes. Seek out British architecture. Further down internationally renowned Ashley the road towards City Hall and Isham, also at Orchard Central, for Bras Basah, you’ll also find two his gorgeous, elaborate evening of Singapore’s biggest museums, gowns for women. Those looking the 17 Singapore Art Museum for something edgier can check out (71 Bras Basah Rd., 6332-3222, Depression at Orchard Cineleisure www.singaporeartmuseum.sg) (8 Grange Rd., 6235-1155) for and the 16 National Museum out-of-this-world designs and of Singapore (93 Stamford Rd., bold silhouettes that will make any 6332-5642, www.nationalmuseum. wearer stand out from the crowd. sg). The Singapore Art Museum holds a permanent collection of DINING & NIGHTLIFE approximately 7,000 South and East After all that hard work, chill out at Asian contemporary and modern some of the best cafés and bars in art pieces, while exhibitions at the the area. Take your pick from cafés National Museum of Singapore like Arteastiq (#04-14/15 Mandarin investigate 700 years of Singapore’s Gallery, 6235-8370), Wild Honey rich history and diverse culture.

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NEW & NOTED NOT AGAINST INTERPRETATION: UNTITLED Through Apr 1, 2014. Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Rd., 6332-3222, S(189555), www.singaporeartmuseum. sg. $5-$10. MRT: Bras Basah.

The second edition of this exhibition series spotlights untitled works drawn from the National Heritage Board’s collection of drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures by notable local contemporary artists Cheo Chai Hiang, Chua Ek Kay, Tang Da Wu and Zai Kuning, among many others. Title suggestions are welcome for the unnamed works.

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Vintage enamel signs, traditional Japanese drums and water barrels plus copper crockery and glassware give this Japanese grill a retro feel. Choose from a range of fish, meat and vegetables for grilling over charcoal pots, or opt for the set lunch (from $17) which allows you to pick a main and two side dishes. Drinks include sake, wines, shochu cocktails and value-for-money Asahi draft beers ($4.90).


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Located at the southern tip of the island near the Central Business District (CBD), Marina Bay is home to luxury hotels, brand-name boutiques, exclusive nightlife spots, fine dining destinations and world-class theater venues—all of which are connected by a beautiful waterfront promenade. The heart of this district is the integrated resort by the Las Vegas Sands group, Marina Bay Sands (MBS). It comprises three towers and a shopping arcade, with sumptuous suites and a casino. ATTRACTIONS Examples of early colonial architecture abound here. There is the 150-year-old 3 Saint Andrew’s Cathedral (11 St Andrew's Rd., 6337-6104), the nation’s largest cathedral, and Raffles Hotel (1 Beach Rd., 6337-1886), a regal establishment opened in 1887. You can also find modern architectural sites such as the distinctive spike-covered 4 Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (1 Esplanade Dr., 6828-8377), a top spot to watch world-class entertainment acts. Nearby, the three-story 6 F1 Pit Building (1

Republic Blvd., 6884-6940) is a hub for the Singapore leg of the Grand Prix, just next door to the 7 Singapore Flyer (30 Raffles Ave., 6734-8829), a 165m-tall giant observation wheel. Across the water—a short walk over the beautiful glass and steel mesh 8 Helix Bridge—is 11 Gardens by the Bay (18 Marina Gardens Dr., 6471-7808) with over 200,000 rare plants in domed conservatories. Another attraction here is the 10 ArtScience Museum (Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8868), which houses international touring exhibitions.

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DINING & NIGhTLIfE There’s plenty to eat, too, with an array of choice options at Marina Bay Sands. french dining temple Guy Savoy (#02-01 Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8513), exclusive Japanese spot Waku Ghin (#02-02, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8507) and American celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse CUT (#B1-71 Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8517) are all on-site. for the best views of the city, try Sky on 57 (57/f Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-


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8857) or Ku Dé Ta (57/f Sands www.catalunya.sg), which boasts SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, incredible views of the Bay. 1 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7688). for local food, visit 13 Lau At night, clubbers Pa Sat (18 Raffles Quay, can visit two 6220-2138), a Victorian glamorous cast-iron structure party venues, with a wide range housed in MBS' of hawker stalls. stunning South Also from the Crystal Pavilion, colonial era is Pangaea the 19th century (South Crystal convent and Pavilion, Marina chapel compound, 1 CHIJMES (30 Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave., 8611Victoria St., 6337JAAn 7013) and Avalon (South 7810), which is today a Crystal Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands, food and beverage haven. 2 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7448). Other top spots are at ShOPPING 2 Swissôtel the Stamford (2 Luxury lifestyle center MBS Stamford Rd., 6338-8585), houses Louis Vuitton’s first Island including french fine dining Maison store (Crystal Pavilion restaurant JAAN (70/f Equinox North, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Complex, Swissôtel the Stamford, Bayfront Ave., 6788-3888) in 6837-3322) and New Asia Bar (71Southeast Asia, as well as Ralph 72/f Equinox Complex, Swissôtel Lauren’s duplex store (#B1/ the Stamford, 6431-5681), as B2-72/68 Marina Bay Sands, well as Spanish spot Catalunya 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7161). (The fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Beyond that, there’s 5 Suntec City Mall (3 Temasek Quay, 6534-0188, S(049327), Blvd., 6825-2667) featuring a

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fans of nature publication National Geographic shouldn’t miss the regional debut of this exhibition, which features the magazine’s most compelling imagery from its 125-year history, like that of Steve McCurry’s iconic 'Afghan girl', curated by editor-in-chief Chris Johns.

CARNIVORE APPETITE #02-102/102A Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd., 6336-2282, S(039594), www.facebook. com/CarnivoreAppetite. MRT: Esplanade.

This casual offshoot of the churrascaria Carnivore, which serves a wide selection of mouth-watering authentic grilled meats, offers Brazilian specialties buffet style (from $19.90/ lunch, from $29.90/dinner), along with an extensive range of salads, cold cuts, seafood, stews and home-baked breads. MilleniA wAlk

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cable car from Harbourfront Center (HFC). If you feel like doing a little shopping, located beside HFC is 11 VivoCity (1 HarbourFront Walk, 6377-6860)—Singapore’s largest retail and lifestyle destination. Overlooking the scenic bay is Sentosa Boardwalk, the only garden-themed boardwalk in the region, where you can take a stroll to enter the island. Drop by the Sentosa Visitor Center and

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NEW & NOTED SEnTOSA BUSkERS FESTIVAl 2013 Sep 7-15, 4:30pm. Merlion Plaza, Merlion Walk, Beach Plaza and Siloso Beach, Sentosa, 1800736-8672, www.sentosa.com. Free. MRT: HarbourFront.

International street performers, running the gamut from jugglers and portrait masters to circus comedians, are back on the island to put on riveting displays of skill and dexterity for this yearly festival. Be sure to explore the food street, beer garden, vintage flea market and take part in casual workshops.

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BERSHkA #01-58/60/63 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, 6337-6860, S(098585), www.bershka. com. MRT: HarbourFront.

The Spanish label is onto its fourth and biggest boutique in Singapore, one that houses more menswear items than its other oulets. now in store is the label’s Fall/Winter collection, which features sporty-feminine silhouettes and earthy hues for women and an eclectic range of stone-washed printed tees and utilitarian pieces for men.

next to Siloso Beach is Underwater World Singapore and Dolphin Lagoon (80 Siloso Rd., 6275-0030), where you can watch seals and dolphins performing or feed gentle stingrays. located within the vicinity is 1 Fort Siloso (33 Allanbrooke Rd., 6736-8672). This preserved coastal fort contains the nation’s largest collection of World War II memorabilia and hosts interactive guided tours. For those who prefer some peace and quiet, 7 Tanjong Beach is ideal, especially for a romantic date at night. Restaurant and bar Tanjong Beach Club (120 Tanjong Beach Walk, 6270-1355) offers stunning beachfront dining—great for couples looking to spend some quality time together. A familyfriendly destination, 6 Palawan Beach has a range of shops and eateries that interest both young and old. Glide effortlessly down the beach at Gogreen Segway Eco Adventure (50 Beach View, 9825-4066) or visit the musical attraction Songs of the Sea (Siloso Beach Walk, 6736-8672). More food options can also be found at 9 Quayside Isle (31 Ocean Way, 6694-3410), a lifestyle destination with a wide selection of waterfront-facing restaurants. Otherwise, pamper yourself with indulgent massages at Auriga Spa (Capella Singapore, 1 The knolls, 6377-8888) or Spa Botanica (The Sentosa Resort & Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Rd., 6371-1288). Golf lovers will also be excited to know that 8 Sentosa Golf Club (27 Bukit Manis Rd., 62750090) boasts two of the region’s most challenging 18-hole courses. 2

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located near Marine life Park are 3 The Maritime Experiential Museum—an interactive, multisensorial museum showcasing Asia’s maritime history—and The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel (39 Artillery Ave., 6577-8899), a flexible open space that has staged international acts such as Vertical Horizon and Jimmy Eat World. There’s also the highly popular 5 Universal Studios Singapore (11 Sentosa East Mall, 6577-8888), which features around 24 moviethemed rides and attractions, 18 of which are unique to Singapore. Along the coastline are the best beaches, each with their distinct characteristics. Siloso Beach, with its volleyball courts, is great for water sports and beach activities. It also has some of the most interesting bars and restaurants like Mambo Beach Club (40 Siloso Beach Walk, 6276-6270) and Wave House Sentosa (36 Siloso Beach Walk, 6377-3113), where you can experience Singapore’s first artificial barreling wave.

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the guide Prized Stock Well known chef Diego Jacquet— familiar from his London eateries Zoilo and Casa Malevo, which draw rave reviews—has just launched slick Argentinean restaurant and bar Bochinche on Martin Road, nearby Robertson Quay. The place is slightly hidden away, just upstairs of new café and roastery Common Man Coffee Roasters. But the spacious 100-seater features a bold design with lots of dark wood and red metal accents. A lively open kitchen occupies one side of the space, while on the other side is a long bar. It all creates a convivial atmosphere perfect for sharing chef Jacquet’s creations like braised pig head croquettes with quince ($15) and grilled octopus and tuna mayo ($23). #02-01 22 Martin Rd., 6235-4990, S(239058), bochinche.com.sg. MRT: Somerset.

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Adventure Quest Sentosa 4D Adventureland at Imbiah Lookout offers three special effects-laden experiences under one roof. The newest attraction, movie ride Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, is available for the first time in Asia and features the stars of movie Journey to the Center of the Earth, plus a host of water and wind effects. Also on offer is the Extreme Log Ride, a capsule ride with special sensory effects, and Desperados, a gunfight simulator that allows participants to compete with friends. Imbiah Lookout, 51B Imbiah Rd., Sentosa, 6274-5335, S(099708), www.4dadventureland.com.sg. MRT: HarbourFront.

6338-6877, S(059207), www. chinatownheritagecentre.sg. MRT: Chinatown. CLARKE QUAY— Named after Sir

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CHINATOWN HERITAGE CENTRE—

The center occupies three shophouses on Pagoda Street, and has been partly recreated to suggest the original interior of its tenants in the 1950s. Discover stories of early Chinese migrants, the clan associations they formed once here, plus the seedy underground of gambling houses, opium dens and other vices. 48 Pagoda St.,

Andrew Clarke, Singapore’s second governor from 1873 to 1875, this historical port was once filled with stevedores, Samsui women and hawkers, who packed the alleywayswith their wares. Today, Clarke Quay is still buzzing with life and activity as it plays host to a colorful array of restaurants, bars and entertainment hot spots. 177A River Valley Rd., Clarke Quay, 6337-3292, S(179024), www.clarkequay.com. sg. MRT: Clarke Quay.

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area and Palawan Beach or even roam Sentosa island after dark on this eco-friendly two-wheel vehicle. #01-K5 Segway Hub, 50 Beach View, 9825-4066, S(098604), www.segway-sentosa. com. MRT: HarbourFront. ION SKY—Located on the 55th and

56th floors of the ION Orchard shopping mall at the heart of Orchard Road, this observation deck offers panoramic views of the city from 218 meters up and even boasts a bar-restaurant. 2 Orchard Turn, 6835-8750, S(238801), www.ionsky.com.sg MRT: Orchard.

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falconry program, which allows you to handle these birds of prey. 2 Jurong Hill, 6265-0022, S(628925), www.birdpark.com.sg. MRT: Boon Lay. LAU PA SAT—Though the food here

High on the Hill Though much of Singapore’s original vegetation has been cleared to make way for urban development, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has remained relatively undisturbed from its pre-colonial state. Named after its tallest hill, the 164-meter Bukit Timah, the reserve is also amazingly rich in biodiversity, and is home to about 40 percent of the country’s flora and fauna, including the longtailed macaque. The reserve was officially declared an Asean Heritage Park in October 2011. 77 Hindhede dr., 6468-5736, S(589333), www.nparks.gov.sg. MRT: Bukit Gombak.

has seen better days, Lau Pa Sat (or “old market” in Hokkien) is architecturally Singapore’s most resplendent hawker center with a history dating back to 1894. Originally a market, the open-air building was designed by engineer James MacRitchie based on an octagonal shape using cast iron supports. The building was faithfully restored in accordance with MacRitchie’s original designs when it was designated a hawker center in the ‘70s. 18 Raffles Quay, 62202138, S(048582), www.laupasat.biz MRT: Raffles Place. MALAY HERITAGE CENTRE—Situated

in the historic Kampong Glam precinct, the center serves as a heritage institution for Singapore’s Malay community. Walk through the Archaeology Station and the eight galleries in the Malay Heritage Museum, which traces significant milestones in the history of Malays. 85 Sultan Gate, 6391-0450, S(198501), www. malayheritage.org.sg. MRT: Bugis. MARINE LIFE PARK— This leisure

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JURONG BIRd PARK—Jurong Bird Park is the largest bird park in the world, offering a 20.2-hectare hillside haven for 5,000 birds representing 380 species. Highlights include the African Waterfall Aviary, the world’s largest walk-in aviary with more than 1,500 free flying African birds, penguin feeding and a

center is home to the stunning Southeast Asia Aquarium (S.E.A. Aquarium), the biggest oceanarium on the globe as well as the Adventure Cove Waterpark, the only of its kind in the region with marine life elements. Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 6577-8888, S(098269), www. rwsentosa.com. MRT: HarbourFront. SINGAPORE ZOO —Next door to the

Night Safari, Singapore’s 28-hectare “open concept” zoo set in a rainforest environment is home to over 3,000 specimens from 316 species, of which some 36 percent are endangered. 80 Mandai Lake

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Rd., 6269-3411, S(729826), www. zoo.com.sg. MRT: Woodlands. SINGAPORE CABLE CAR—This service

shuttles between Sentosa Island and Mount Faber Park. The ride offers stunning views of the city skyline and Singapore Straits. 109 Mount Faber Rd., 6270-8855, S(099203), www.singaporecablecar.com. sg. MRT: Harbourfront. SINGAPORE TURF CLUB—Singapore’s

only horse-racing club has a history dating back to 1843 (though in a different location). The highlight of the racing calendar is undoubtedly the Singapore Airlines International Cup and its sister sprint race, the $1 million KrisFlyer International Sprint. Regular races take place on weekends from 1:45pm. Race guides are not sold within the club; buy from a newspaper vendor before you head there. 1 Turf Club Ave., 6879-1000, S(738078), www.turfclub.com.sg. MRT: Kranji.

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theme park offers thrilling rides and 3D shows over seven themed zones such as the Lost World and Sci-Fi City. Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 6577-8899, S(098269), www.rwsentosa.com. MRT: HarbourFront.

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modern park spanning 101 hectares, it is dominated by two giant domed conservatories with over 200,000 plants from almost every continent. The green space also boasts vertical gardens called “Supertrees” that


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stretch up to 50 meters into the sky. 18 Marina Gardens Dr., 6420-6841, S(018953), www.gardensbythebay. org.sg. MRT: Bayfront.

commemorates Armenians who died in Singapore. 60 Hill St., 63340141, S(179366), armeniansinasia. org. MRT: City Hall. BUddHA TOOTH RELIC TEMPLE & MUSEUM—This four-story

singapore botanic gardens

SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARdENS—

Featuring over 60,000 plants and orchids, this tropical garden provides a restful respite from the bustling city. 1 Cluny Rd., 6471-7361/ 6471-7138, S(259569), www.sbg. org.sg. MRT: Botanic Gardens.

TOuRS dUCK & HIPPO— Offers tours of

Singapore on an amphibious vehicle that is half boat, half truck. HiPPO Tours on open-top double-decker buses are also available. The Galleria @ Suntec Convention Centre, 1 Raffles Blvd., 6338-6877, S(038983), www. ducktours.com.sg. MRT: Esplanade. TIGER BREWERY TOUR—See for

yourself how Singapore’s national beer goes from the kettle to the keg with tour guides who will take you through the whole brewing process. You can sample the entire range of Asia Pacific Breweries’ products, including Archipelago craft beers, at the classy Tiger Tavern. 59 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, 6860-3005, S(639934), www.tigerbrewerytour. com.sg. MRT: Joo Koon.

RELIGIOuS SITES ARMENIAN CHURCH OF ST GREGORY THE ILLUMINATOR—The first

Christian church to be built in Singapore, this national monument boasts traditional Armenian Church architecture and the parsonage house. Within the compound is a Memorial Garden that

monument, that houses the tooth of Buddha, with an orchid garden roof is a majestic structural gem that embodies the glory of China’s golden age. 288 South Bridge Rd., 62200220, S(058840), www.btrts.org. sg. MRT: Chinatown. CATHEdRAL OF THE GOOd SHEPHERd —This is the oldest

Roman Catholic church in Singapore (completed in 1846) and houses the relics of the martyred French saint Laurent-Marie-Joseph Imbert, the first priest to visit Singapore and to whom the cathedral owes its name. 4 Queen St., 6337-2036, S(188533), www.veritas.org.sg. MRT: Bras Basah. KONG MENG SAN PHOR KARK SEE—

Established in 1921, Singapore’s largest Buddhist temple has beautifully decorated Chinese pagodas, the highlight of which is the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, and the large bronze Buddha statue on the top floor which is one of Asia’s largest. 88 Bright Hill Rd., 68495300, S(574117), www.kmspks.org. MRT: Marymount. MAGHAIN ABOTH SYNAGOGUE—This

synagogue was founded in 1878 and is the oldest Jewish synagogue in Southeast Asia. The Victorian-style building is used regularly for religious observances and communal gatherings. 24 Waterloo St., 63372189, S(187950). MRT: Bras Basah. SRI MARIAMMAN TEMPLE—

Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple was founded in 1827 by Naraina Pillai, a government clerk from Penang who arrived with Sir Stamford Raffles on his second visit to Singapore in 1819. The temple is in South Indian Dravidian style and serves mainly South Indian Tamil Hindu

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Singaporeans. The focus of the main prayer hall is the central shrine of Mariamman, flanked by the shrines of two secondary deities—Rama and Murugan. 244 South Bridge Rd., 6223-4064, S(058793), www. singaporevr.com. MRT: Bras Basah. MASJId SULTAN—Kampong Glam’s

most important mosque was built in 1824 and was expanded in the early years, principally between 1924 and 1928 when its impressive gold dome was built. Since then, Masjid Sultan has stayed essentially unchanged,with only repairs carried out to the main hall in the 1960s and an annex added in 1993. 3 Muscat St., 6293-4405, S(198833), www. muis.gov.sg. MRT: Bugis.

Frederic Colin Chefowner of Brasserie Gavroche (66 Tras St., 62258266, S(079005), www. brasseriegavroche.com) and Cafe & Bar Gavroche (69 Tras St., 62254869, S(079005), www. cafegavroche.com) “Crossing that bridge between Singapore and Sentosa makes you feel like you’ve left the country. With a beautiful harbor, white sand beaches, great dining and attractions like Universal Studios and the Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa (8 Sentosa Gateway, 6577-8888, S(098269), www. rwsentosa.com), there is something for everyone.”


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THE DRAWING ROOM

Anthropos

The gallery presents projects by artists of caliber from the Philippines. In September, Riel Hilario unveils the new sculptures he constructed in New York through his Asian Cultural Council residency.

Singaporean and Thai artists are brought together for the first time in Singapore. Anthropos, the Greek term for ‘human’, investigates how boundaries between the body’s physical and psychological spheres converge.

Blk 5 Lock Road #01-06 Gillman Barracks Tel: 65 66943289; info-sg@drawingroomgallery.com Tue to Sat 11am to 7pm; Sun 11am to 6pm Closed on Sun and public holidays

Address: Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 5 Lock Road, #01-05, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108933, t: +65 6694 3378 Contact: singapore@sundaramtagore.com Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11-7, Sunday 11-6

HaKaren Art Gallery

HaKaren Art Gallery, a leading specialist in contemporary art featuring distinctive selection of fine paintings and sculptures by some of most eminent artists such as XieKe, FangXiang , RenZhe and more. 19 Tanglin Road #02-43/44/45 Tanglin Shopping Centre, Singapore 247909 Tel: (65) 6733 3382, Fax: (65) 6735 9709 Mon-Sat: 10.30am - 6.30pm, Sun/PH: 12pm - 6pm

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Icon Gallery Icon Gallery showcases music & icon inspired art and sporting memorabilia. It presents original artwork, rare prints, photographs and album cover fine art, as well as originally signed sporting memorabilia. 476 River Valley Road , Tel:6735 4550 Tues-Sat 10:30-6:30pm, Sun 11:00-5:00pm, Closed Mon

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Got Milk? One of Ai Weiwei’s most provocative works of art is now on show here. Baby Formula, which consists of 1,800 cans of infant formula arranged to form a map of China, is a biting commentary on the state of healthcare in China and, specifically, the melamine milk scandal which affected thousands of children in 2008. through oct 6. Michael Janssen, #02-21 gillman Barracks, 9 lock rd., 6734-8948, S(108937), www.galeriemichaeljanssen. de. free. Mrt: labrador park.

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artscience museum

ArtScience MuSeuM— Inspired

by a lotus flower, the futuristic Artscience Museum is an architectural marvel by Israeli architect Moshe safdie (who also designed Marina Bay sands). Its 21 galleries are dedicated to both art and science and major international touring exhibitions.

10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8868, s(018956), www.marinabaysands. com. MRT: Bayfront. ASiAn civiliSAtionS MuSeuM— This museum is the first in the region to present a broad perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilizations. Highlights include the singapore River Gallery, which tells the story of immigrants who lived and worked along the river. 1 empress Place, 6332-7798, s(179555), www. acm.org.sg. MRT: Raffles Place. Mint MuSeuM of toyS—MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys is the world’s first purposebuilt museum for toys. Belonging

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to singapore Citizen Chang Yang Fa, this private museum is home to more than 50,000 toys from over 40 countries. The collection ranges from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. 26 seah st., 6339-0660, s(188382), www. emint.com. MRT: City Hall.

national museum of singapore

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custodian of 11 national treasures including the singapore stone, which dates back to the 13th century, and gold ornaments unearthed from Fort Canning Hill in 1928. 93 stamford Rd., 6332-5642, s(178897), www.nationalmuseum. sg. MRT: Bras Basah.

peranakan museum

perAnAkAn MuSeuM—Housed in the former Tao Nan Chinese school, built in 1912, this intimate museum explores the culture of Peranakan (straits Chinese) communities in southeast Asia. Operating under the aegis of the Asian Civilisations Museum, it has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Peranakan objects such as furniture, jewelry and artifacts over three floors to illustrate the cultural traditions and the distinctive visual arts of the Peranakans. 39 Armenian st., 6332-7591, s(179941), www. peranakanmuseum.sg. MRT: Bras Basah. SingApore Art MuSeuM— situated along the Waterloo street Arts Belt and housed in the restored 19th-century mission school of the st. Joseph’s Institution, the museum has amassed one of the world’s largest public collections of contemporary southeast Asian artworks since it opened in 1996. 71 Bras Basah Rd., 6332-3222, s(189555), www. singaporeartmuseum.sg. MRT: Bras Basah. SingApore DiScovery centre—The center was originally conceived as a museum

to showcase the history of the singapore Armed Forces (sAF). Though it later took on a broader mission to “share the singapore story and inspire a desire to contribute to singapore’s future,” its best attractions remain its military-themed exhibits. 510 upper Jurong Rd., 6792-6188, s(638365), www.sdc.com.sg. MRT: Joo Koon. SingApore pHilAtelic MuSeuM— Housed in a former missionary school, singapore Philatelic Museum is the custodian and curator of singapore’s treasure of philatelic materials. The museum’s collections range from stamps and archival philatelic material of singapore from the 1830s to the present day, and stamps from member countries of the universal Postal union. 23B Coleman st., 63373888, s(179807), www.spm.org. sg. MRT: Bras Basah.

ART GAlleRIes Art plurAl gAllery— Housed in

a four storey art deco heritage building, this gallery, founded by swiss art dealer Frédéric de senarclens, is dedicated to modern, contemporary art and design. 38 Armenian st., 66368360, s(179942), www.artpluralgallery. com. MRT: Bras Basah. Art SeASonS gAllery—This

relatively new gallery has an extensive collection of works by some of the most outstanding Chinese and Asian artists. #02-21/24, 1 selegie Rd., PoMo, s(188306), 67416366, www.artseasonsgallery. com. MRT: Bras Basah. cHAn HAMpe gAllerieS— located

in the Tanjong Pagar cultural district, this gallery aims to create a platform for east-West cultural

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Bright Star One of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Sam Leach, holds his first solo show here, Careening Meteorites and the Early Mind, whose evocative paintings and sculptures push the boundaries of representation and abstraction. Accompanied by moody sound art from musicians Tim Young and Dan Gawler, the exhibition is certainly a memorable one. Sep 6-oct 18. future perfect, #0122 gillman Barracks, 47 Malan rd., 9835-8271, www.futureperfect.asia, S(109444). Mrt: labrador park.

exchange by exhibiting and promoting contemporary art with a primary focus on singaporean artists. #01-20/21 Raffles Hotel Arcade, Raffles Hotel, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6338-1962, s(188719), www.chanhampegalleries. com. MRT: City Hall. collectorS conteMporAry—

A gallery specializing in the exhibition and sale of modern and contemporary art, focusing on compelling and provocative works. #01-03 Petro Centre, 5 Jalan Kilang Barat, 6878-0103, s(159349), www.collectors. com.sg. MRT: Redhill.

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ARTS & CULTURE future perfect—This gallery

boasts extensive international networks in europe, Australia and southeast Asia. It is committed to advancing the practice of the most dynamic and innovative contemporary artists, working across a wide range of traditional and non-traditional media. Artists featured in the gallery include Adam Cullen, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Ho Tzu Nyen. #01-22 Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Rd., 9835-8271, s(108934), www.futureperfect.asia. MRT: labrador Park. gAlerie BelveDere—This is where

to go for contemporary Asian and european art, along with antique Chinese textiles, and Chinese and Islamic calligraphy. #01-10/11/12 Old Hill stret Police station, 140 Hill st., 6423-1233, s(179369), www.galerie-belvedere.com. MRT: Clarke Quay. MAD MuSeuM of Art & DeSign—

A private museum in the heart of Orchard Road dedicated to showcasing the best works by established and up-and-coming Chinese artists. #03-01 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd., 6734-5688, s(238897), www. madmad.com.sg. MRT: somerset. operA gAllery—This Orchard

Road gallery has an extensive collection of masterpieces from renowned european and Asian artists including Picasso, Chagall, Dali and Chinese painter Ting shao Kuang. #03-05 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn,6735-2618, s(238801), www.operagallery. com. MRT: Orchard. pArtnerS & MucciAcciA— Modern

and contemporary art from europe and the us are highlights at this Italian gallery started by director Massimiliano Mucciaccia, located at new arts hub Gillman Barracks. #02-10 Gillman Barracks, 6 lock Rd., 6694-3777, s(108934),

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www.partnersandmucciaccia.com. MRT: labrador Park. reD SeA gAllery—This art space, located in a renovated Chinese shophouse, displays a wide selection of paintings and sculptures from the Asia Pacific region. #01-10, Dempsey Hill, 9 Dempsey Rd., 6732 6711, s(247697), www.redseagallery. com. MRT: Queenstown. SilverlenS— One of the Philippines’

most accomplished contemporary art galleries, it features rare works from new international contemporary artists including luis lorenzana, Frank Callaghan, and Patricia eustaquio. #01-25 Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Rd., 6694-4077, s(109444), www.silverlensgalleries. com. MRT: labrador Park. SingApore tyler print inStitute—The $16 million

sTPI is the largest print workshop in Asia. Housed in a restored 19th-century warehouse, it holds seasonal exhibits and sells prints in its international gallery. 41 Robertson Quay, 6336-3663, s(238236), www. stpi.com.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay. SunDArAM tAgore gAllery— established in 2000 in New York, sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. Its interest in crosscultural exchange extends beyond the visual arts into many other disciplines, including poetry, literature, performance art, film and music, which its explains the stunning breath of works featured in the gallery including photographs by the likes of Annie leibovitz and edward Burtynsky and paintings by Hiroshi senju. #01-05 Gillman Barracks, 5 lock Rd., 6694-3378, s(108934), www.sundaramtagore.com. MRT: labrador Park.

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the substation

tHe SuBStAtion—This quiet

exhibition space exhibits contemporary pieces ranging from photography and oil paintings to installation pieces. 45 Armenian st., 6337-7535, s(179936), www. substation.org. MRT: Bras Basah. vue privÉe—Vue Privée is an art

gallery space focused on limited edition artworks, merchandise, events and a lifestyle inspired by photography. It consists of two floors of exhibition space located in a pre-war Peranakan shophouse. 63 spottiswoode Park Rd., 67387225, s(088651), www.vueprivee. com. MRT: Outram.

Samantha Lo Street artist “I like Chan Hampe Galleries (#01-20/21 Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6338-1962, S(188719), www.chanhampegalleries. com). Not only is the venue accessible, I like the fact that they only showcase local and Asian artists, like fellow artist and good friend Jahan Loh, who recently held a solo show there. This is where you can see works by truly emerging artists, each with a very distinctive local voice.”


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Raising the White Flag Multi-label store Surrender (#02-31 Raffles Hotel, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6733-2130, S(188719). MRT: City Hall) welcomes sister boutique Salon by Surrender, an swanky, upscale shopping spot with a modern-meets17th-century aesthetic. Splurge on the revered, cutting-edge labels stocked here, like Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf and Christian Dada. #B2-232/233 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7813, S(018972), www. surrenderous.com. MRT: Bayfront.

INDEPENDENT STORES BOOKSACTUALLY— Located in

the historic Tiong Bahru area, this quirky indie bookstore sells international and local titles, as well as a range of self-published books that are truly collectible. 9 Yong Siak St., 6222-9195, S(168645), www.booksactually. com. MRT: Tiong Bahru. BLACKMARKET— One of the best indie

boutiques in town, it carries a wide range of emerging Asian labels from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and of course, Singapore. Highlights include wearable casuals from brands like Sundays, Elohim, Yumumu and Danjyo-Hiyoji. #0201 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd., 6634-5201, S(238896), www. theblackmarket.sg. MRT: Somerset. CLUB 21—The indie multi-label

boutique is still one of the best

in town, offering international luxury labels 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens and Yohji Yamamoto under one roof. There’s even a personal shopper service for those pressed for time. #01-02 Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Blvd., 6304-1385, S(248646), www. club21global.com. MRT: Orchard. ThE EMpORiUM—Find a wide range

of women’s apparel, accessories, shoes and even artworks and home decor pieces at this spacious and inviting boutique, which carries local labels like Trixilini and Triologie as well as shoes by Sole2Sole. #B1-04 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Rd., 67339161, S(238880), www.facebook. com/TheEmporiumWheelock. MRT: Orchard.

FiFTYFiVE— Clad in dark wood and

industrial fittings, the swanky store stocks menswear and accessories from the founders’ portfolio—carryalls from Cumulus, bespoke shoes from Ed Et Al and threads from K by Kevin Seah. Also in store are local indie labels and international names like Jack Spade and Masunaga Eyewear from Japan. 55B Boat Quay, 9853-5378, S(049844), www. fiftyfive.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay.

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FRONT ROW—Stocking budding and

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this multi-label concept store has a carefree and effortlessly sophisticated vibe. #02-09 Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6224-5501, S(188719), www.frontrowsingapore. com. MRT: City Hall. hiDE & SEEK—With a Chinese

signboard at its shopfront, this indie boutique might confuse you, but step right in and you’ll discover a treasure trove of cool brands (Karen Walker, Stolen, Forward and Histoires de Parfum are among them) covering fashion, beauty and interior. 71 Bussorah St., 6222-2825, S(199484), www. hideandseek.com.sg. MRT: Bugis. iNhABiT – ThE OThER STORE—

Edgy, hard-to-find high fashion labels like Dion Lee, MM6 by Margiela, Sharon Wauchob and Les Aperizes are stocked at this progressive, multi-label boutique. #02-16 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd. 6836-8441, S(238897) www.inhabit.com.sg. MRT: Somerset.

which features brands like C. Chauchat, Deck Towel, and Kiel James Patrick. #02-16/19 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd., 68844143, S(238896), www.visitpact. com. MRT: Somerset. SOCiETY OF BLACK ShEEp—Amid

the high-end labels at Marina Bay Sands, this indie boutique stands out for its unpredictable and quirky mix of clothes, shoes and accessories from underground labels like Clotilde, Lila Conti and Injury. #B1-64 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7223, S(018956), www.societyofblacksheep.com. MRT: Bayfront. SURRENDER—This hip menswear

boutique trades in investment pieces for worldly professionals and locals: find unfussy, fadimmune contemporary menswear from the likes of Thom Browne, Band of Outsiders, Neighborhood and Visvim. #02-31 Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6733-2130, S(188719), www. surrenderous.com. MRT: City Hall. ThREADBARE & SqUiRREL— On

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ThE LiTTLE DRÖM STORE—The

quirky indie merchandise that the store carries lends a charming, nostalgic vibe to the space. Find knick-knacks like handmade plushes, pouches, accessories, badges, tin toys and other retro items. 7 Ann Siang Hill, 62255541, S(069791), www. thelittledromstore.com. MRT: Chinatown. pACT— Grab a Sapporo draft beer at

this all-in-one eatery, hair salon and boutique while shopping for Americana-inspired attire at the K.I.N (Know It Nothing) corner,

offer here is an offbeat collection of apparel, accessories and curios, with local labels like A.K.A Wayward, Lion Earl, Depression, max.tan, By Airmail and PRiMARY. 660 North Bridge Rd., 6396-6738, S(188797), www. threadbareandsquirrel.com. MRT: Bugis.

TWO.O.RI

TWO.O.Ri—A cozy, intimate store

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and Wnderkammer. Collections here are understated in style, with clothing, accessories and collectibles for both sexes. #0105, 61 Seng Poh Lane, 6226-0023, S(160061), www.twoori.com. MRT: Tiong Bahru.

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313@SOMERSET

313@SOMERSET—The eight-story

building houses several mid-range fashion favorites such as Uniqlo, Zara, Forever 21, Mango, New Look and Esprit. 313 Orchard Rd., 6496-9313, S(238895), www.313somerset.com.sg. MRT: Somerset. BUGiS+—This flashy mall in Bugis,

fronted by an illuminated façade, is filled with cuttingedge boutiques, a wide variety of dining options, a cinema, a video game arcade and an event space that hosts arts and cultural performances. 201 Victoria St., 6835-9249, S(188067), www. bugis-plus.com.sg. MRT: Bugis. FORUM ThE ShOppiNG MALL—

Houses one of the largest branches of Toys “R” Us in Singapore and children’s labels Kids 21 and Guess Kids, as well as designer boutiques such as Emporio Armani, Tsumori Chisato and Club 21b. 583 Orchard Rd., 6732-2479, S(238884), www.forumtheshoppingmall. com.sg. MRT: Orchard. hiLTON ShOppiNG GALLERY—

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industry including 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Comme des Garcons, V Ave Shoe Repair, and Jil Sander. 581 Orchard Rd., 6733-4725, S(238883), www.hiltonshoppinggallery. com. MRT: Orchard.

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NgEE aNN CITY

iON ORChARD — Its spectacular

frontage makes it the most eyecatching mall on the Orchard Road strip. This colossal mall features duplex flagship stores of designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Christian Dior, Fred Perry, Prada, Uniqlo, Topman and Zara. 2 Orchard Turn, 6238-8228, S(238801), www. ionorchard.com. MRT: Orchard. MANDARiN GALLERY—The four-

story shopping mall houses independent stores such as Ambush and Inhabit, as well as international brands like Marc by Marc Jacobs and Y-3. 333A Orchard Rd., 6831-6363, S(238897), www.mandaringallery. com.sg. MRT: Somerset. MARiNA SqUARE— Find high street

brands like Topshop and Zara, as well as department store John Little, at this mall, which also allows access to and from Suntec City, Citylink Mall, Millenia Walk and the Esplanade theaters. 6 Raffles Blvd., 6339-8787, S(039594), www.marinasquare. com.sg. MRT: City Hall. MiLLENiA WALK— Home to PARCO

Marina Bay, the first fashion and lifestyle store outside Japan, as well as Australian electronics giant Harvey Norman, and Asia’s largest watch gallery, Cortina, the mall also has a variety of indie labels stores such as Aston Blake and Rock & Blues. 9 Raffles Blvd., 6883-1122, S(039596), www.milleniawalk. com. MRT: Promenade.

NGEE ANN CiTY— One of the

most imposing malls on the Orchard Road shopping belt, Ngee Ann City houses classy labels like Chanel, Tiffany & Co., TAG Heuer and undoubtedly Southeast Asia’s biggest and best bookshop, Kinokuniya. 391 Orchard Rd., 6506-0458, S(238872), www.ngeeanncity. com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

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ORChARD CENTRAL—With an

exterior featuring local artist Matthew Ngui’s eye-catching digital art membrane, Singapore’s first “vertical mall” offers charming diversions for shoppers, such as art pieces strategically scattered throughout the mall and a five-story rock climbing wall. 181 Orchard Rd., 6238-1051, S(238896), www.orchardcentral. com.sg. MRT: Somerset.

Flat Out New York-based footwear label LeBunny Bleu, a hit in Korea and worn by K-pop celebs like the Wonder Girls, has opened its first Singapore outpost at Bugis+. Check into the girly, cheery boutique for the brand’s signature ballerina flats, slipons, loafers and oxfords shoes, retailing at affordable prices (from $60). #02-54 Bugis+, 201 Victoria St., S(188067), www.facebook.com/ lebunnybleusg. MRT: Bugis.

pARAGON—This upmarket mall

is fronted by top international brands like Gucci, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s and Miu Miu. The Gucci flagship store with a five-story exterior is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. There are other designer names such as BVLGARI, Burberry, Canali, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, and Jimmy Choo, and popular department stores like Metro and Marks & Spencer. 290 Orchard Rd., 6738-5535, S(238859), www. paragon.com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

pLaza SINgapuRa

pLAZA SiNGApURA— Recently

revamped to include a new wing, the now-larger Plaza Singapura boasts over 300 stores with a variety of lifestyle, dining and fashion offerings. The latest additions include Baby Phat, Uniqlo, Carhartt and House of Turntables. 68 Orchard Rd., 6332-9298, S(238839), www.plazasingapura.com. sg. MRT: Dhoby Ghaut.

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RAFFLES CiTY ShOppiNG CENTRE—

Designed by I.M. Pei to be “a city within a city,” Raffles City still looks fresh for its age (over 25 years old). Though it has since been surpassed by bigger malls, it’s still one of the best shopping options in the area with a solid lineup of retail stores as well as more than 50 cafés and restaurants. 252 North Bridge Rd., 6318-0238, S(179103), www. rafflescity.com.sg. MRT: City Hall.

TaNgS ORCHaRD

TANGS ORChARD—A Singapore

shopping landmark, this mega mall carries a wide range of international and local fashion lifestyle merchandise. Their cosmetics and fragrances hall, which has recently been revamped, stocks exclusive beauty brands like NARS and Tom Ford. 320 Orchard Rd., 6737-5500, S(238864), www.tangs.com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

unmissable facade was inspired by the waves of its harborfront location. 1 HarbourFront Wlk., 6377-6860, S(098585), www.vivocity.com.sg. MRT: HarbourFront. WiSMA ATRiA—Situated right

at the heart of Orchard Road, Wisma Atria has six levels of shopping offering over 100 specialty stores anchored by leading Japanese department store Isetan and fashion brand Gap. It’s also home to the flagship stores of Coach, Tag Heuer and Tory Burch. 35 Orchard Rd., 6235-2103, S(238877), www. wismaonline.com. MRT: Orchard.

LOCAL FASHION hANSEL— If you love a quirky

and cheery aesthetic, this contemporary label by designer Jo Soh will be right up your alley. Whimsical prints and feminine, retro-inspired silhouettes are the brand’s signature. #0214 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd., 6337-0992, S(238867), www.ilovehansel. com. MRT: Somerset.

ThE ShOppES AT MARiNA BAY SANDS—The most exclusive mall

of the moment is home to all the big-name brands from Cartier to Chanel and Salvatore Ferragamo to Yves Saint Laurent. You can even have a sampan ride on The Shoppes’ indoor canal. Most shops here also open till 11pm daily. 2 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8688, S(018956), www.marinabaysands. com. MRT: Bayfront. ViVOCiTY—VivoCity is Singapore’s

largest shopping mall with more than 300 stores and restaurants and Singapore’s largest cinema complex. Designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, VivoCity’s

Anita Sam Director of furniture store Journey East (#0302 Tan Boon Liat, 315 Outram Rd., 64731393, S(169074), www. journeyeast.com. MRT: Tiong Bahru) “One of the more interesting stores in the Tiong Bahru vicinity is Strangelets (7 Yong Siak St., 6222-1456, S(168644), www.strangelets.sg)—as their name suggests, you can find loads of fun and quirky accessories for the home there.”

paRCO NExT NExT

pARCO NEXT NEXT—This is the HOOk & uNION

hOOK & UNiON— Expect a range

of curated goods with a focus on local labels like max.tan, Weekend Sundries, Youyou, Kae Hana and Lion Earl. Some overseas names stocked here include Alister Yap (Australia) and Retro Super Future. #02-24/25 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd., 6636-7880, S(238896),www.facebook.com/ hookandunion. MRT: Somerset.

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place to be if you’re looking for cutting-edge new designer pieces. It has brands like Mils and Evenodd for men and ZAAK for women. #P2-31 PARCO Marina Bay, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd., 6545-9118, S(039596), www. parco.com.sg. MRT: Promenade. SATURDAY— Local label Saturday

by designer Nic Wong mixes wearable casual styles with innovative cuts to sassy effect. #B2-04 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Rd., 6887-3860, S(238880), www.iwearsaturday. com. MRT: Orchard.


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Close Shave Men’s grooming parlors are all the rage in Singapore, and the latest to join the fold is the snazzy Sultans of Shave. On the streamlined, specialized menu are wet shaves and haircuts (from $40), all of which boast a disciplined, true-to-tradition approach. If you need a skin fix, opt for the Sultan’s Shave ($60), which has a mini facial thrown in. A range of grooming products from labels including Baxter of California is also available for purchase. #02-01, 11 north Canal rd., 6222-0201, www. sultansofshave.com. Mrt: Clarke Quay.

GOLF Laguna nationaL goLf & Country CLub—Having won local

and international accolades, Laguna National has been the venue of choice for several major golf events such as Caltex Singapore Masters, Asian PGA Tour and the Singapore Open. 11 Laguna Golf Green, 6542-6888, S(488047), www. lagunanational.com. MRT: Expo.

allowing for evening rounds. 80 Rhu Cross, 6345-7788, S(437437), www.mbgc.com.sg. MRT: Stadium. sentosa goLf CLub—Nestled on the

southeastern tip of the island with sweeping views of the South China Sea and Singapore’s bustling port, the golf club offers two of the best courses in Asia, Tanjong and the more difficult Serapong. 27 Bukit Manis Rd., 6275-0090, S(099892), www.sentosagolf. com. MRT: HarbourFront.

GYMS CaLifornia fitness— One of the Marina Bay Golf Course

Marina bay goLf Course—

Singapore’s only public golf course with a four-story driving range is centrally located with lovely city views. At night, the course is floodlit,

earliest mega gyms in Singapore with four massive outlets spread across town, California Fitness offers the latest in gym equipment and Jackie Chan’s signature classes like JCBoxercise. 4/F Bugis Junction Towers, 230 Victoria St.,

6337-2577, S(188024), www. californiafitness.com. MRT: Bugis. CeLebrity fitness—A stone’s

throw away from the idyllic dining hotspot Rochester Park, this new space is designed to resemble a Beverly Hills nightclub and hosts an innovative “Floating Yoga” class. #02-01/07 Rochester Mall, 31 Rochester Dr., 6637-9608, S(138639), www.celebrityfitness. com. MRT: Buona Vista. Pure fitness—This place offers

premium fitness facilities, including cycling and group exercise studios, as well as classes spanning hip hop, muay thai, pilates, yoga, boxing and pole dancing. 6/F Asia Square Tower 1, 8 Marina View, 61002233. S(018960), www.purefitness.com. MRT: Raffles Place. the gyM at orChard—It might

be a small space but this spot is fully equipped with all the cardio,

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SPOTLIGHT

evokes the ambiance of a bamboo garden, with twisted branches on the walls and grained parquet floors. Try the signature therapy, the Royal Banyan, which features the Royal Banyan Herbal Pouch Massage, a lemongrass and cucumber scrub, as well as refreshments to round things off. 55/F Tower 1, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8825, S(018972), www. banyantreespa.com. MRT: Bayfront

are carried out in large, plush spa suites; try the renowned Choc DeAger, an anti-aging treatment that’s said to possess mood-boosting properties, or the Christmas Magic Scrub with Personalised Massage (12 options available). #01-30/31 by The Lawn, Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd., 6338-3318, S(189672), www.estheva.com. MRT: City Hall.

Chi, the sPa—This beautiful garden

On the Upside Fun fitness studio upside Motion has opened a newer, more accessible outlet by City Hall. At over 3,000 sq. ft., the latest branch located within an art-deco shophouse offers Pilates, Xtend Barre, Yoga and YogaFly class at ($40 per class) in a tranquil and uplifting space. #02-03, 36 armenian st., 6636-6859, s(179934), www. upsidemotion.com. Mrt: City hall.

spa features a host of Singaporestyle treatments on its menu, including the Singapore Wave, a traditional Asian massage influenced by the city’s melting pot of cultures. Reflexology, as well as body therapies designed to promote cell generation, are also available. Try the Marine Floral Wrap if what you’re in need of is a satisfying, but relaxing, detox. Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Rd., 6213-4818, S(258350), www.shangri-la.com/ singapore. MRT: Orchard esPa at resorts worLd sentosa—Set on 10,000 sq. ft.

resistance and strength building equipment you need. Fitness trainers are also available. 4/F Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Rd., 6235-5687, S(238882), www.thegymatorchard. com. MRT: Orchard.

SPAS away sPa—With rainforest-inspired

decor and a Jacuzzi area that’s soaked in a glowing purple hue, this pa is a design masterpiece. There are nine guest rooms and suites, each equipped with its own private plunge pool. W Singapore Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Sentosa, 6808-7290, S(098374), www.wsingaporesentosacove. com. MRT: HarbourFront. banyan tree sPa Marina bay sands— Designed around the

concept of the Tree of Life, this luxurious haven for relaxation

of manicured gardens, the world-acclaimed spa group’s Asian flagship boasts state-of-the-art facilities, a hammam (traditional Turkish bath) as well as awardwinning treatments that use only natural products. Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 6577-8880, S(098269). www. rwsentosa.com. MRT: HarbourFront

esTHeVa sPa

estheVa sPa— Having been named

one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Best City Spas to Visit in 2011, Estheva Spa is easily the best luxury day spa in town. Its signature treatments

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ikeda sPa— Experience the art of

relaxation the Japanese way here, complete with a tea ceremony, calming rock garden and onsenstyle baths. 787 Bukit Timah Rd., 6469-8080, S(269762), www. ikedaspa.com. MRT: Farrer Road niMbLe/knead—The stylish,

somewhat unusual pampering spot trades the typical Zen decor of spas for an industrial look, complete with shipping container parts and wooden boxes. #01-28, 66 Eng Watt St., 6438-3933, S(160066), www.nimbleknead. com. MRT: Tiong Bahru. sPa esPrit—A hip beauty and

wellness haven on the second floor of avant garde bar/restaurant/ spa House has unique features like a North American kiva sweat lodge, vintage library and funky Alice in Wonderland-type decor. 8D Dempsey Rd., 6479-0070, S(249672), www.spa-esprit.com. MRT: Orchard. sPa & sPort at swissoteL MerChant Court—A centrally

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gymnasium with an aerobics studio. 2/F Swissôtel Merchant Court, 20 Merchant Rd., 6239-1780, S(058281). www.swissotel.com. MRT: Clarke Quay.

sT. GreGory

st. gregory— One of the newer St.

Gregory outlets in Singapore is a calming sight with its ocean blues and sandy beiges. Try its awardwinning Tui Na massage or the St. Gregory Hot and Cold Stone Music Therapy Booster (only available at Pan Pacific Orchard), then take a dip in the mineral water swimming pool that lies alongside the spa. 4/F Pan Pacific Orchard, 10 Claymore Rd., 6831-6797, S(229540); and other locations around town, www. panpacific.com. MRT: Orchard. wiLLow streaM sPa—With

specialized therapies such as “High Heals” for ardent stiletto fans and “Evening Soiree” for couples. You can enjoy a leisurely soak in this premium spa’s whirlpools and try out the unique aromatherapy stream room. 6/F Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Rd., 6339-7777, S(189560), www.willowstream. com/singapore. MRT: Esplanade.

WAXING & BEAUTY SALONS bLow+bar—This salon is the first

one in Singapore dedicated to hair blowouts. Getting the perfect look together can be a pain, especially if you have to crack your brain to describe it. Here, they make it easy for you—their menus are preloaded into iPads, featuring preset blowout styles like curls, wavy, updo and volume. They serve complimentary wine, too. #01-32 The Watermark,

7 Rodyk St., 6238-7338, S(238215), www.blowplusbar.com. MRT: Chinatown.

8100, S(228220), www.dfsgalleria. com. MRT: Orchard.

diana king—With more than 10

years’ experience, waxing guru Diana King is one of the most efficient therapists around—you can get a Brazilian wax done in 10 minutes flat. Her loyal clientele swear by her speed and accuracy. 25E Lor Liput, Holland Village, 6468-7965, S(277736), www.thewaxingguru. com. MRT: Holland Village. Pink ParLour—At this pink-and-

black boudoir-like setting, you’ll find signature Decleor aromatherapy facials that come with a back massage, pedicure and manicure as well as an assortment of body scrubs, wraps and treatments. #05-83 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Rd., 6100-9297, S(228213), www. pinkparlour.com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

BEAUTY EMPORIUMS

sePHora

sePhora—Sephora continues to

make waves in the local beauty scene by stocking previously hardto-get brands such as Too Faced, Urban Decay, Smashbox and Burt’s Bees. Modeled after the successful New York City empire, the stores’ ambiance is vibrant and exciting, with personal makeovers and a high level of interaction happening on the shop floor. #02-06-09 Bugis+, 201 Victoria St., 6341-9386, S(188067); and other locations around town, www.sephora.com. MRT: Bugis.

seViin @ tangs—SEVIIN

(pronounced seven) at TANGS comprises of Decléor Institut, La Mer, Shiseido, SK-II, The Gentlemen’s Lounge and UrbanHair Ginrich Aveda, each of which has its own specialized menu of beauty and grooming services. Its convenient location along the world-famous shopping street means you can check in anytime when you need a breather. 7/F TANGS Orchard, 310 Orchard Rd., 6311-3317, S(238864), www.tangs. com.sg /seviin. MRT: Orchard. dfs gaLLeria—The recently

revamped duty-free shopping complex houses international brands like Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Kiehl’s, La Mer and the recently added Giorgio Armani Beauty. Another new arrival is the Beauty Concierge service—the first in Singapore—that offers personalized skin consultations, skin treatments, hand massages, eyebrow shaping, makeovers and even makeup workshops. 25 Scotts Rd., 6229-

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Alicia Pan Owner of Yoga Movement (31A/33A New Bridge Rd., 65344670, S(059394), www. yogamovement.com.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay) “I like Juggernaut Fight Club (50 Boat Quay, 65352501, S(049839), www. juggernautfightclub.com. MRT: Clarke Quay) [which has drop-in sessions at $30 per pax] because as a fight gym, they don’t go light on women. We get equal treatment as the men.”


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Bar None French restaurant Bar-Roque Grill, started by chef Stephane Istel (formerly of the Daniel Boulud Group), offers dishes such as tart flambee (from $12), as well as a range of meats cooked on a high power electric rotisserie, such as French free range chicken (from $20/half) and pork knuckle ($58 for two). Everything comes in generous sharing portions to encourage communal dining. #01-00 amara hotel, 165 tanjong pagar rd., 6444-9672, s(088539), www.barroque.com.sg. Mrt: tanjong pagar.

Chinese

BLUE LOTUS CHINESE EATING HOUSE

Blue lotus Chinese eating house—Right by the water, this

restaurant is bright, open and airy. it offers Chinese fare such as crispy sichuan-style fish and chips and chilli crab with pomelo. #01-13 Quayside isle, 31 Ocean Way (sentosa Cove), 6339-0880, s(098375), www.facebook.com/ bluelotusrestaurant. MRT: Tanjong Pagar. Cherry garden—expect only the

best at this elegant fine dining

Chinese restaurant, with sparkling crystal and chinaware on the table. Cherry Garden offers a wide selection of Cantonese cuisine, presented with an artistic touch. Marina square, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Ave., 6885-3538, s(039797), www.mandarinoriental. com. MRT: esplanade. Cuisine Master hotpot—The

high end hot pot establishment serves premium sets such as the nutritious Banquet ($138), a nine course meal including double flavored soup, baby lobster and grouper, a vegetarian platter, prawn and beef balls, sliced venison and Australian ribeye. 68 Boat Quay, 6438-9979, s(049856). MRT: Clarke Quay. red house seafood restaurant (prinsep street)—This

has branches at east Coast and Robertson Quay) offers local classics like chilli crab and salted egg yolk crab. 68 Prinsep st., 6336-6080, s(188661), www.redhouseseafood. com. MRT: Bras Basah.

euROPeAn iggy’s— undoubtedly one of

singapore’s most well known and highly regarded restaurants, iggy’s is a reliable option for quality fare that’s a unique blend of Japanese ingredients with european concepts, enhanced by professional service. The wine list is also outstanding. hilton singapore, 581 Orchard Rd.,6732-2234, s(238883), www. iggys.com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

seafood eatery (which also

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dining www.brasserielessaveurs. com. MRT: Orchard.

SPOTLIGHT

guy savoy—Award-winning

KEYSTONE RESTAURANT

Keystone restaurant—This fine dining establishment in the CBD is a happy union of progressive techniques and european flavors, with some Asian elements occasionally making an appearance. To top it off, the elegant setting and competent service lend themselves well to occasions like an important business meeting or even a romantic evening. 11/12 stanley st., 6221-0046, www. keystonerestaurant.com.sg. MRT: Tanjong Pagar.

. tippling CluB—With its chic counter seats, open kitchen, dimly-lit minimalist dècor and arty, ink blot style menus, Tippling Club is certainly novel. helmed by chef owner Ryan Clift, the fiveand 10-course degustation sets make for fun, adventurous dining. 8D Dempsey Rd., 6475-2217, s(249672), www.tipplingclub. com. MRT: Farrer Road. the White raBBit— housed in a

restored ebenezer chapel, the food here breathes new life and adds a spin on classic european dining and comfort food. Don’t miss signature dishes like the grilled Wagyu Côte de Boeuf and Baked Alaska. 39C harding Rd., 6473-9965, s(249541), www.thewhiterabbit. com.sg. MRT: Farrer Road.

FRenCh Brasserie les saveurs—This

upscale brasserie has a breathtaking interior. The lunch set menus change monthly and the à la carte, once every three months. Your bill will be pricey, but it’s all pretty worth it. G/F The st Regis singapore, 29 Tanglin Rd., 6506-6860, s(247911),

celebrity chef Guy savoy’s swanky singaporean outpost at MBs is strictly fine dining all the way, with prices to match. it’s hard to find fault at this top-notch restaurant; everything from the beautifully crafted French fare to the welldressed ambiance to the flawless service ensures a truly extraordinary experience. #02-01 Marina Bay sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 66888513, s(018972), MRT: Bayfront. l’atelier de Joel roBuChon—You

don’t step into a Joël Robuchon establishment without some lofty expectations. Opt for the eight-course degustation découverte menu, which brings a seemingly endless procession of dishes. hotel Michael, Resorts World sentosa, 8 sentosa Gateway, 6577-7888, s(098138), www.resortsworldsentosa. com. MRT: harbourFront. les aMis—in a word: perfect. Take

beautifully regal décor, wait staff who seriously know their stuff, a remarkably comprehensive wine menu and sublime French food, and you’re starting to get a sense of why Les Amis can always be counted on to deliver an exceptional dining experience. #02-16 shaw Centre, 1 scotts Rd., 6733-2225, www. lesamis.com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

Shack Up At cozy crab shack Momma Kong’s, order up local plates like black pepper crab (from $38) and crab bee hoon soup (from $38) as well as side dishes such as fries ($5), mantou ($1.50), and rice ($1). Wash it down with Tiger beer ($8) and whiskies like Nikka Black ($10). 34 Mosque st., 6225-2722, s(059512), www.facebook.com/ MommaKongs. Mrt: Chinatown.

artisanal produce is showcased in exquisite dishes that reflect his roots in southern French nouvelle cuisine. The service is beyond reproach, the clientele well-coiffed and the food superb. 41 Bukit Pasoh Rd., 6534-8880, s(089855), restaurantandre.com. MRT: Outram Park

FusiOn Bistro soori—A fabulous 30 seater

RESTAURANT ANdRE

restaurant andre—expect an

intimate 30-seater space in a three-storey shophouse that’s chef-owner André Chiang’s very own establishment. With two prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner, Chiang’s focus on fresh

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that occupies an unassuming shophouse in the heart of Chinatown with minimalist, refined décor. Don’t expect fussed over plates, just food that’s understated in presentation, but not so in flavor. A great open concept kitchen and attentive wait staff round out the package. 2 Teck Lim Rd., 6438-3802, s(088385), www. bistrosoori.com. MRT: Outram Park.


dining inDiAn the song of india—set in a restored

black and white colonial style house, this palatial establishment boasts designer flatware and cutlery, chandeliers and silk curtains. The menu is equally striking, with inventive dishes crafted with ingredients such as foie gras and scallops; an inspired take on indian food. 33 scotts Rd., 6836-0055, s(228226), www. thesongofindia.com. MRT: newton.

iTALiAn

dA LAURA

da laura—This italian restaurant, run

by well known restaurateur Osvaldo Forlino’s sister, Laura, serves items like tagliatelle bolognaise and desserts such as Cannoncini numero 8, delicate cream horns. There’s also a three course set lunch that goes for $38. 47 neil Rd., 6224-8251, s(088827), www. da-laura.com. MRT: Outram Park.

JAMIE’S ITALIAN

JaMie’s italian—The large casual

space—by uk celeb chef Jamie Oliver—offers a range of affordable everyday eats like crab risotto and grilled chicken with pizziola tomato sauce. #01-165-167 1 harbourFront Walk, 6733-5500, s(098585), www.jamieoliver. com/italian/singapore/vivocity. MRT: harbourFront.

laBrezza—The interior of this italian

restaurant in the posh st Regis overlooks the pool and is absolutely charming—awash in shades of blue and white and soft, tasseled drapes. 2/F The st Regis singapore, 29 Tanglin Rd., 6506-6884, s(247911), www.stregissingapore. com/labrezza. MRT: Orchard. MiChelangelo’s—An italian

institution here in singapore, Michelangelo’s is a gem of a restaurant. Try the vodka penne, eggplant tower, black cod or just fire off your craving to the chef. The tiramisu and warm chocolate brownie are good enough reasons to return. #0160 Chip Bee Gardens, Blk. 44 Jalan Merah saga, 6475-9069, s(278116), www.michelangelos. com.sg. MRT: holland Village. oCa grassa—This casual italian

restaurant helmed by executive chef edwin Lau serves simple italian recipes like grilled atlantic octopus salad and slow braised beef short rib garganelli. 6 Bukit Pasoh Rd., 6534-9854, s(089820), www.facebook.com/ Oca.Grassa. MRT: Outram Park.

the famous Tsukiji fish market, accompanied by fresh wasabi from shizuoka grated by hand. #02-02 scotts square, 6 scotts Rd., 62990014, s(228209). MRT: Orchard. taMashii roBataya—This Japanese

dining spot offers items such as deep fried chicken cartilage, grilled skewers as well as rice bowls. #0201 12 north Canal Rd., 6222-0316, s(6222-0316), www.tamashii.com. sg. MRT: Clarke Quay. WaKu ghin—Look forward to

top-notch, personalized service, a 10-course degustation menu with a distinctive Japanese sensibility that uses premium ingredients such as seasonal Japanese river fish, grade 9 Wagyu beef and hokkaido uni (sea urchin) in an understated, elegant space. #02-02 Marina Bay sands, 2 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8507, s(018956), www.marinabaysands. com. MRT: Bayfront.

PeRAnAkAn

otto ristorante—This bustling

spot is certainly one of the swankiest restaurants in the area, with mood lighting, plush seats and carpeting, and smooth piped in jazz music. if you’re looking to impress, the combination of innovative dishes and enthusiastic service make it a real winner. #01-02 Red Dot Traffic Building, 28 Maxwell Rd., 6227-6819, s(069120), www.ottoristorante. com.sg. MRT: Tanjong Pagar.

JAPAnese sushi iChi—The first outpost of

one- Michelin-starred Ginza sushi ichi is filled to the brim every lunch and dinner with Japanese clientele, and that’s despite the hefty price tags for kaiseki-only menus. expect the most succulent seafood from

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THE BLUE GINGER RESTAURANT

the Blue ginger restaurant—

One of the most well-known of singapore’s Peranakan (straits Chinese) eateries, enjoy dishes such as assam puteh, a version of tom yum soup, ayam panggang Blue Ginger, deboned and barbecued chicken thigh flavored with coconut milk and spices. 97 Tanjong Pagar Rd., 6222-3928, s(088518), www.theblueginger. com. MRT: Tanjong Pagar. violet oon’s KitChen— it’s a bit

of a trek, but the mouth-watering fare and homey ambiance of this cozy establishment are worth a trip. You’ll find a mix of dishes with everything from Peranakan favorites


dining like ayam buah keluak (a chicken dish made with black keluak nuts) to singapore-inspired creations including black pepper prawn pasta. 881 Bukit Timah Rd., 6468-5430, s (279893). www.violetoonskitchen. com. MRT: Botanic Gardens.

sinGAPOReAn Wild roCKet— One of the few spots

in town for modern singaporean cuisine, expect to find familiar local flavors incorporated in surprising ways, such as tao cheo (fermented soy bean) crusted catfish and laksa pesto linguine. set lunches here are a real steal, too. G/F hangout @ Mount emily, 10A upper Wilkie Rd., 6339-9448, s(228119), www. wildrocket.com.sg. MRT: Little india.

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KHA

Kha—Thai food with a contemporary

twist is the order of the day at this simple yet modern space dominated by black wooden furniture and bronze elements. Go with the catfish mango salad, phad bai kow pow (wok-fried minced meat with basil) and gaeng sam yang (a trio of curries). Martin no. 38, 38 Martin Rd., 6476-9000, s(239059), www.kha.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay.

sPAnish

WesTeRn

Catalunya— A slick, modern

luKe’s oyster Bar & Chop house— A chic brasserie that’s

spanish restaurant and bar housed in glass dome The Fullerton Pavilion, with visually arresting views of the Marina Bay waterfront. it also boasts a team of elBulli and santi alum including award-winning mixologist Dario nocentini. The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, 6534-0188, s(049327), www. catalunya.sg. MRT: Raffles Place.

ESqUINA

esquina—A cool, intimate tapas

bar, courtesy of Jason Atherton of London’s Michelin-starred Pollen street social. staples in the restored shophouse space include jamón ibérico de bellota and ox cheek oloroso with capers. They don’t take reservations, so while you wait, down spanish brews like Mahou 5 star. 16 Jiak Chun Rd., 62221616, s(089267), www.esquina. com.sg. MRT: Outram Park.

classy yet relaxed with food inspired by comforting American classics such as pot pie, mac & cheese, clam chowder and crab cakes. it’s also open till late. 20 Gemmill Lane, 6221-4468, www. lukes.com.sg. MRT: Chinatown.

Owner of popular Italian restaurants OTTO Locanda (#01-03, 32 Maxwell Rd., 6224-0978, S(069115), www.ottolocanda. com.sg) and OTTO Ristorante (#01-02 Red Dot Traffic Building, 28 Maxwell Rd., 62276819, S(069120), www. ottoristorante.com.sg) “I like Rang Mahal (3/F Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Blvd., 63331788, S(039595), www. rangmahal.com.sg) because of the food and ambiance. The set up is very modern Indian and my favorite dishes are the lamb chops, cottage cheese and espresso kulfi dessert. It’s good that the flavors are not too overpowering.”

ruth’s Chris steaK house— The

world-renowned steakhouse’s first restaurant in southeast Asia serves its signature custom-ages usDA prime beef, as well as a selection of seafood and poultry. 4/F Marina Mandarin singapore, 6 Raffles Blvd., 6336-9093, s(039594), www. meritushotels.com. MRT: esplanade the BlaCK sWan—This 1930s-style

dining spot in heritage building The Quadrant at the heart of the CBD features striking art deco outfittings with bold geometric shapes, and serves classic recipes like French onion soup and duck confit. 19 Cecil st., 8181-3305, s(049704), www.theblackswan. com.sg. MRT: Raffles Place.

WoolooMooloo steaKhouse—

Carnivores looking for a meat fix should give this restaurant a go. This refined yet relaxed 140-seater restaurant specializes in Angus and usDA Prime steaks; its prime location affords a great view of the city. They also boast a selection of over 150 vinos, as well as an extensive cocktail menu. 3/F swissôtel The stamford, singapore, 2 stamford Rd., 6338-0261, s(178882), www.wooloo-mooloo. com. MRT: City hall.

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Masons Housed in a fully restored classic black & white bungalow built in 1935 by the British Army and surrounded by greenery, Masons has a unique colonial elegance that makes for an exquisite dining venue. Complimented by outstanding European cuisine and fine wines, Masons is the epitome of a “hidden gem”. 8 Lock Road Tel: 6694 2216 www.masons.sg Masons Operating Hours: Closed on Mondays Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 11pm Happy Hour: 4pm to 7pm 1-for-1 on all alcoholic beverages

Le Tonkin Le Tonkin is all about giving you the most authentic Vietnamese dining experience, with a dash of French style. Set in a boutique hotel in an elegant corner of Singapore’s fashionable night spot of Club Street, our restaurant offers Hanoi cuisine at its finest, prepared by a chef with years working on flavours and ingredients back in his native Vietnam. 28 Ann Siang Rd, The Club Hotel Singapore 069708 Tel: 65 6808 2187 www.letonkin.com.sg Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Monday - Saturday: 6:30pm - 10:30pm Sunday: Closed

Shahi Maharani Namaste! We invite you to sample the royal cuisine enjoyed by the Moghul Emperors of a bygone era. Whether you are trying curries, biryanis or offerings from the Royal Tandoor Oven, our cooks bring you an exciting blend of exotic spices, passed down through generations from the royal chefs. Come and enjoy an exciting gastronomic experience you will never forget. #03-21B, Raffles City Shopping Centre (Level 3 Fairmont Singapore), 252 North Bridge Rd. Tel: 6235-8840. Opening Hours: Noon-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm. http://www.shahimaharani.com/

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Izy As Pie With snazzy, steampunk influenced interiors and a list of sakes, small batch single malts, craft beers and bespoke cocktails to work through, it’s no surprise that new izakaya Izy is always packed with cool creative types. Plus, head chef Kazumasa Yazawa (formerly of Waku Ghin) takes the traditional bar menu to new heights with small plates like ocean trout carpaccio ($28) and karaage chicken bowl ($35). 27 Club St., 6220-3327, S(069413), www.izy.com.sg. MRT: Chinatown.

CLUBS AVALON— Its statement-making

exterior is unmissable, and the club continues to draw in a chic crowd with its frequent offerings of international DJs and surprise celebrity appearances. Marina Bay Sands, South Crystal Pavilion, 2 Bayfront Ave., 6597-8333. S(018972), www. avalon.sg. MRT: Bayfront.

HOME CLUB

HOME CLUB— Blessed with lots of

laidback vibes, this small, cozy

club is ideal for just hanging out, watching soccer matches or dancing near the DJ console. Big names such as LTJ Bukem, CSS’ Lovefoxx and Goldie have graced this place. #B1-01/06, 20 Upper Circular Rd., The Riverwalk, 65382928, S(058416), www.homeclub. com.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay. KyO— Occupying the basement of

a building, this sleek club with Japanese-influenced interiors features a striking 24-meter bar stocking premium liquor, bubbly and sake. Music-wise, expect a roster of local and international DJs showcasing a dfferent genre each night of the week. Keng Seng Tower, 133 Cecil St., 6222-5001, S(069535), www. clubkyo.com. MRT: Raffles Place.

ZOUK

ZOUK—Still the place to see and

be seen in after two decades, its diverse music offerings caters to all. Main floor Zouk is where weekly global dance DJs take to the floor and Phuture has its buzzy hip-hop offerings. The star is Velvet Underground, which has been revamped to include a VIP lounge and dance space, and outside is alfresco chill-out space Wine Bar. 17 Jiak Kim St., 6738-2988, S(169420), www. zoukclub.com. MRT: Somerset.

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Gemmill Lane, 6438-3913, S(069247),www.facebook.com/ OBatignolles. MRT: Chinatown.

VErrE winE Bar

Green Warrior Sitting atop the tallest structure at Gardens by the Bay is swish establishment SuperTree by IndoChine, which boasts a stellar view of the Marina Bay skyline. Besides an extensive list of martinis ($19), there are more than a handful of cocktails for every spirit including gin, bourbon and rum (from $17). Bites like crispy lychee with Kurobuta pork loin and terrine of chicken ($22) are also available. #03-01 Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr., 6694-8489, S(018953), www.indochine.com.sg. MRT: Bayfront.

WINE BARS CAVEAU WINES & BAR—A list

of Old and New World wines are available by the glass and dispensed by sleek Enomatic machines at this stylish yet relaxed bar. There is also a retail store with a carefully curated collection of more than 400 wines. #02-10 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd., 67372622, S(228208), www.facebook. com/caveauwinesandbar. MRT: Orchard.

PRAELUM WINE BISTRO—This laid-

back spot in Duxton is made for a post-work or pre-dinner tipple. The highlight: wines available by the glass in three different sizes (25ml, 75ml or 150ml), dispensed by two Enomatic machines, that you can just help yourself to. 4 Duxton Hill, 6238-5287, S(089590), www.praelum. com.sg. MRT: Tanjong Pagar. VERRE WINE BAR— Located in

a refurbished warehouse on the quieter side of Robertson Quay, Verre has over 750 labels mostly from small, family-owned artisanal vineyards in its walk-in cellar. #01-05/06, 8 Rodyk St., 6509-1917, S(238216), www. verre.com.sg. MRT: Chinatown.

from sight with no signage and a nondescript door, this speakeasystyle bar is one of the city’s bestkept secrets. Both the cocktails and bar bites are well-made, so you’re bound to leave happy. 28 HongKong Street, 65332001, S(059667), www.28hks. com. MRT: Clarke Quay. 47 KEONG SAIK ROAD—Also known

as The Library (named after the fomer pop-up library that hides the secret drinking spot), this cool password-only and nameless bar delivers potent concoctions, care of Canadian bartender Stefan Ravalli. To get in, pick up the key phrase off their Facebook page or from the servers at the neighboring Keong Saik Snacks. 47 Keong Saik Rd., 6221-8338, S(089153), www. facebook.com/KeongSaikSnacks. MRT: Outram Park. JIGGER & PONy— Expect a focused

cocktail menu of just 24 offerings, with a real emphasis on oldschool tipples and more than a handful of updated classics with a twist. 101 Amoy St., 6223-9101, S(069921), www.jiggerandpony. com. MRT: Raffles Place.

WINE CONNECTION CHEESE BAR—

One of the most popular wine spots in town, this contemporary 190-seater offers 40 kinds of matured farm cheeses flown in from Europe as well as over 250 vino labels at wallet-friendly prices. #01-05 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity St., 6235-1279, S(237995), www.wineconnection. com.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay.

COCKTAIL BARS

Ô BATIGNOLLES— Named

after the owners’ favorite Paris neighborhood, it offers affordable French wines (from $7 a glass), most of which are sourced straight from vineyards and exclusive to the place. 2

28 HONGKONG STREET— Hidden

nÉKtar

NÉKTAR— Nestled in the greenery

of a heritage building, Néktar is a quiet and sophisticated bar that is ideal for a nice, relaxing cocktail in the company of friends. 31 Scotts Rd., 6836-9185, S(228225), www. nektar.com.sg. MRT: Newton. THE VINTAGE ROOM—With

28 HOngKOng strEEt

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mismatched furniture, Persian rugs, antique curios and vintage posters, this quaint and quiet spot on Duxton Hill features an


nightlife Old World vibe, complete with sweet tipples like Champagnes, bellinis and cocktails on the menu. 37 Duxton Hill, 6690-7565, S(089615), www.facebook. com/The VintageRoomSG. MRT: Tanjong Pagar. WOOBAR—W Hotels’ signature

watering hole is a stylized lounge bar serving bespoke cocktails as well as Champagnes, premium spirits and 60 wines of the world. Its line-up of DJs drop a mix of tunes all week. 2/F W Singapore Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, 6808-7258, S(098374), www.wsingaporesentosacove. com. MRT: HarbourFront.

MICROBREWERIES & BEER BARS

BrEwErKZ

BREWERKZ—From reliable standards

like golden ale and oatmeal stout to experimental seasonals and limited edition beers, they’ve got it all. They also have great food and attractive happy hours. #01-05/06 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Rd., 6438-7438, S(058282), www. brewerkz.com. MRT: Clarke Quay. FERN & KIWI—Housed in a large

and airy two-story space with wooden flooring and furniture, this laid-back and loungey restaurant is the first and only establishment in town that is proudly Kiwi. The bar downstairs is perfect for knocking back a few pints, while the main dining area upstairs is just casual enough for a first date. Expect a strong showing of New Zealand wines and brews such as Steinlager Pure with Mac’s Great White on tap.#01-02 Blk. E Clarke Quay,

6535-6746, S(179024), www. fernandkiwi.com. MRT: Clarke Quay.

6688-7688, S(018971), www. kudeta.com.sg. MRT: Bayfront.

JIBIRU CRAFT BEER BAR—This

appealing spot has broadened Singapore’s taste for Japanese beer and stocks famous labels such as Asahi and Kirin and less well-known ones like Shiga Kogen and Kinshachi. #01-26, 313@somerset, 313 Orchard Rd., 6732-6884, S(238895), www. jibiru.com. MRT: Somerset. LEVEL33—Billed as the world’s highest

urban craft brewery, this restaurantbar offers stunning views of Marina Bay, beers which stay true to European brewing traditions, and top-class food. #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Blvd., 6834-3133, S(018981), www. level33.com.sg. MRT: Marina Bay. SQUE ROTISSERIE & ALEHOUSE—A

casual space along the Singapore River, it boasts a menu of more than 200 items, with a comprehensive range of brews from Belgium, Germany, the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand and India. #01-07 The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen St., 6222-1887, S(059817), www. sque.com.sg. MRT: Clarke Quay.

ALFRESCO BARS 1-ALTITUDE—Rising above all other

rooftop bars in Singapore, this nightlife spot is also the highest in the world at 282 meters above street level, granting unobstructed 360-degree views of the Singapore skyline and beyond. 61-63/F One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place, 6438-0410, S(048616), www.1altitude.com. MRT: Raffles Place. KU DÉ TA—This luxurious space,

which is 200 meters above ground at the top of Marina Bay Sands, comprises a restaurant, club lounge and poolside terrace. Lounge on the plush seats, sip on cocktails and feel like a million bucks. 57/F Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Ave.,

LOOF

LOOF— Chic and tasteful with playful

and nostalgic furnishings, Loof provides views of the Central Business District, downtempo electronica, as well as a menu of local-flavored bar food and Southeast Asian-inspired cocktails. #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, 331 North Bridge Rd., 6338-8035, S(188720), www. loof.com.sg. MRT: City Hall. PRIVÉ WATERFRONT BAR— Located

on Singapore’s only privately owned island, Privé is a multiconcept joint that comprises a restaurant, gastro-bar and cafe on the waterfront. The highlight of the whole Privé experience has to be the sleek waterfront gastro-bar which stocks a wide array of beautifully presented cocktails. G/F Marina at Keppel Bay, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, 67760777, S(098383), www.prive. com.sg. MRT: Telok Blangah.

tanjOng BEaCH CLUB

TANJONG BEACH CLUB— Modeled

after a 1950s beach resort, the club is Sentosa’s destination central for beautiful people and comes complete with a pool, great beach views, two bars, a restaurant and plenty of chill-out spaces. There are also cool cocktails like the Tanjong Sling (a refreshing concoction

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nightlife of vodka, lychee, fresh ginger, elderflower and apple juice) to go with the upscale bistro grub. 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, 6270-1355, S(098942), www.tanjongbeachclub. com. MRT: HarbourFront.

SPIRIT SPECIALISTS BUyAN RUSSIAN HAUTE CUISINE & CAVIAR BAR— One of the few

Russian restaurants in town and arguably the best, Buyan has an unrivaled selection of over 50 vodkas and an impressive wine museum reportedly valued at over $5 million. 9/10 Duxton Hill, 6223-7008, S(089593), www. buyan.sg. MRT: Tanjong Pagar. JIU ZHUANG— Inspired by 1920s

Shanghai, restaurant-lounge Jiu Zhuang serves haute dim sum including crystal dumpling with lobster, and small plates like drunken chicken roulade. There are also a list of high-end Old World wines, sakes and whiskeys. 6D Dempsey Rd., 6471-1711, S(249683), www.jiu-zhuang. com. MRT: Farrer Road.

LIVE MUSIC

BLU jaZ

BLU JAZ—Situated in a cozy spot

on Bali Lane, this drinking spot is packed on Fridays with a crowd who come here for the local and visiting international jazz musicians as well as guest DJs. 11 Bali Lane, 6292-3800, S(189848), www.blujaz.net. MRT: Bugis. GRAVITy BAR—Sleek and

sophisticated with a great selection of single malts, wines and cocktails, Gravity Bar also has a resident band playing everything from golden oldies to contemporary pop in the evening. G/F Carlton Hotel, 76 Bras Basah Rd., 6311-8839, S(189558), www. carlton.com.sg. MRT: City Hall.

Billy McDonald COO of C Side (#01-06, 50 Siloso Beach Walk, 6631-8938, S(099000), www.cside.sg. MRT: HarbourFront) “It’s a club, I know, but Kyo (see page 61) is cool—even for a pub man like me.” THE SULTAN JAZZ CLUB—Tucked

in a cozy corner at boutique hotel The Sultan is this intimate 50-seater space, where jazz luminaries like Jeremy Monteiro, Rick Smith, Anne Weerapass and Nicole Duffell have held spontaneous gigs. 2/F The Sultan, 101 Jalan Sultan, 6723-7117, S(199940), www.sultanjazzclub. com. MRT: Lavender.

KUMO SAKE & WHISKEy BAR— In

true izakaya style, this cosy spot features a woody interior and over 100 sakes, shochu, whiskeys and beers. #01-46/47 Icon Village, 12 Gopeng St., 6225-8445, S(078877), www.facebook.com/ KumoKaiseki. MRT: Tanjong Pagar. THE WOW— Launched in partnership

with Hotel Waldhaus am See in St. Moritz, Switzerland (whose famous bar holds the Guinness World Record for having the world's largest whiskey collection), this hotel bar offers 250 types of single malt scotch whiskeys— many of which are obscure or unavailable elsewhere. G/F Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa, 23 Beach View, 6818-3388, S(098679), www.moevenpickhotels.com. MRT: HarbourFront.

Hard rOCK CaFÉ

HARD ROCK CAFÉ— part of the

popular world-wide Hard Rock Cafe franchise, this bar and restaurant is known for its signature décor of music memorabilia, solid range of American dishes and live music acts. There’s also another outlet at 26 Sentosa Gateway, The Forum, #01-209 to 214, Resorts World Sentosa, 6795-7454. #05-01 HPL House, 50 Cuscaden Rd., 6235-5232, S(249724), www. hardrock.com.sg. MRT: Orchard.

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TIMBRE @ THE SUBSTATION—A

great place to unwind with a couple of drinks after a play or gig, this laid-back alfresco institution hosts some of the finest local musicians seven days a week. 45 Armenian St., 6338-8030, S(179936), www.timbre.com.sg. MRT: Bras Basah.


the guide

UsefUl InformatIon DRINKING WATER—Water in

singapore is clean and safe enough to drink from the tap. ELECTRICITY—the voltage here

is 220‑240 aC, 50 Hertz. LOST PASSPORT/SINGAPORE IMMIGRATION SERVICES—If

you’ve lost your passport, make a police report; then head to Immigration & Checkpoints authority (10 Kallang rd., 6391‑6100) to get a temporary visa. finally, inform your embassy so you can get through customs when you reach home. LOST/STOLEN PROPERTY— Call

the tanglin Police Divisional Headquarters (21 Kampong Java rd., 6391‑0000) to report your loss. replace your plastic by calling your credit card company: see numbers to note below.

navIgatIng tHe CIty getting around in singapore is a breeze. If you plan to travel via public transport a lot, buy a $12 eZ‑link card with an encoded $7 value (available from all mrt train stations), which allows cashless payment on all public buses and trains. BUSES—Buses travel to almost every

part of the island and fares start from 73 cents. for information on bus routes and related enquiries, call the transitlink Hotline at 1800‑225‑5663 or log on to www. sbstransit.com.sg. MASS RAPID TRANSIT (MRT)—

singapore’s world‑class train system. trains are punctual,

air‑conditioned and comfortable, and run from about 6am to midnight. single trip tickets (from 73¢ with eZ‑link card to $1.10 cash fare) can be purchased from vending machines at all mrt stations. for information on mrt routes and related enquiries call smrt at 1800‑336‑8900 or log on to www. smrt.com.sg. TAXIS—there are five major taxi

companies in the city: Comfort and CityCab, 6552‑1111; Premier taxis, 6363‑6888; smrt taxis, 6555‑8888; and transCab, 6555‑3333. fares start from $3. Charges are higher for advance bookings. alternatively, call 6‑Dial‑Cab, 6342‑5222. your call will be routed to the first company with an available taxi. or simply text “Book<space>six‑digit postal code” to 71222 (Comfort) or “Book<space>six‑digit postal code<space>#pickup point“ to 75588 (smrt taxis).

gettIng to & from tHe aIrPort BUS—sBs Bus 36 plies between

Changi airport and orchard road. Buses depart every 10 minutes and cost $1.79 (one‑way). TAXI—taxis will take you to the city in

about 30 minutes and cost between $20‑26. a $3 airport surcharge applies at all times. MRT—the journey takes about half

an hour and a single trip costs $2. the first train departs City Hall mon‑sat at 6:01am; sun and public holidays at 6:29am.

NAVIGATE Shop Tax Free

As a visitor to Singapore, you can get a refund of the seven percent Goods & Services Tax (GST) you pay on purchases that you are taking home. There are two service providers in Singapore processing GST refunds, Premier Tax Free and Global Blue. Shop where you see the signs pictured below and pay using your credit card that will be your Electronic Tourist Refund Scheme (eTRS) token or cash upon which you’ll be given an eTRS ticket. Tickets can be issued for purchases of S$100 and above. When leaving Singapore, simply head to the eTRS self-help kiosk and retrieve your refunds using your eTRS tickets. TAX FREE

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1 Experiencing simulator rides and shows with sensory effects at Sentosa 4D Adventureland. p. 38

8 Seeing works by popular British artist Paul Oz, specially curated for the F1 season. p. 13

Sharing a communal roast meal at Bar-Roque Grill. p. 55

Swigging refreshing tipples with a view at Gardens by the Bay watering hole SuperTree by IndoChine. p. 62

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3 Rocking out to cool tunes by international stars at 1 World Music Festival. p. 9 4 Watching Broadway hit Hairspray the Musical at its Southeast Asian debut. p. 7

Indulging in authentic Sardinian food at new restaurant Sopra Cucina. p. 15 5

Attending celebrated Australian artist Sam Leach’s first solo show in Singapore. p. 45 6

Picking up new shoes at New York-based label LeBunny Bleu’s first Singapore outlet. p. 49 7

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Working out at fitness studio Upside Motion. p. 52 10

11 Exploring Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. p. 40

Going to the stylish F1 afterparty Amber Lounge. p. 10 12

Catching stars like The Killers and Rihanna perform at Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. p. 9 13

14 Getting wet shaves, haircuts and facials at men’s grooming parlor Sultans of Shave. p. 51 15 Viewing thought-provoking pieces by Filipino artist Norberto

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Roldan at the No Empire Lasts Forever Exhibition. p. 26 16 Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with Chinese folk arts programs at Moonfest: A MidAutumn Celebration. p. 7 17 Indulging in free-flow canapés and an open bar to mark the race season at Wooloomooloo Steakhouse. p. 12 18 Watching lauded musical Next to Normal featuring West End star Ria Jones. p. 22 19 Shopping for old-meetsnew furniture, homewares and accessories at multi-label boutique Supplies & Co. p. 15 20 Throwing back cold brews at new Dempsey beer specialist Taphouse. p. 15

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