Some cities’ Central Business Districts turn into ghost towns after the work week.
In Singapore, the CBD remains as alive as ever on Saturdays and Sundays, if not more so, with a myriad of food and lifestyle options along Marina Bay and the Southern Coast. At this area’s fringe, you’ll love the suis generis nabes of Tiong Bahru, Chinatown and Tanjong Pagar. Here’s a list of must-dos and must-tries in the district.
Attractions like the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum in Chinatown are free all year round (and are not only worth visiting during Chinese New Year). They also do guided tours of the temple, where you’ll get to see sacred relics of Buddha or participate in blessing ceremonies, mediation and more.
288 South Bridge Rd, 058840
The performances at the outdoor theatre of the Esplanade – Theatre on the Bay along the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade are free. BYOB, or have dinner at the various restos in the area before chilling out, against the backdrop of the romantic Marina Bay, no less! Makes for a good date night, no?
1 Esplanade Dr, 038981
Take in the city from Pinnacle@Duxton’s skybridge on Level 50 — it’s open to both residents and the public. Yes, that’s the night-time view of Singapore as seen from the skybridge in the gallery image. Or, if you have a friend who’s a resident there, you can also visit another skybridge on Level 26 which has an outdoor gym, children’s playground and more.
1G Cantonment Rd, 085301
Hungry? Hipster central Tiong Bahru has cafes at every turn (and tons to do as well – these are some of The Finder‘s favourite spots). Must tries: Flock Cafe‘s Banana French Toast & Crispy Bacon that comes with caramelised bananas and Scrambled Eggs & Croissant with Smoked Salmon or Crispy Bacon (pictured).
78 Moh Guan Ter, #01-25, 162078
Also, along Telok Ayer, there’s the kitschy Ding Dong that serves inventive South East Asian cuisine. Choose from cold plates such as steak tartare, fennel rice cracker and toasted onion bread; sharing plates like curried pumpkin soup, crayfish and grilled pumpkin; or bigger plates servings like red snapper, green curry and white clams.
115 Amoy St, 069935
Fashionistas, head to Révolte (all three of its outlets are found in the CBD vicinity) for smart-cash dresses by independent designers. You’ll find unique pieces from labels like Koen, Annex A and, of course, its own in-house eponymous brand. Visit its site to shop online or to look for its outlet locations.
Well-heeled folks love bespoke tailor Graziaa. The brand’s master tailor behind the brand was once invited by Paolo Zegna, the chairman of the luxury suits label Ermenegildo Zegna, for dinner. Surely that says something for quality formal workwear!
30 Raffles Pl, Chevron House, #02-27, 048622
By Pinky Chng, The Finder (Issue 283), June 2017/ Updated by Christopher Ong, 14 August 2018
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