Now in its fifth year, Art Stage Singapore has established itself as a major player in the Asian art scene. Singapore's annual Contemporary Art fair now brings collectors, artists, curators, and over 100 galleries together. As a geographic link between East and West, Art Stage Singapore aims to make connections with emerging and established regional and international artists. The fair includes lectures, workshops, and art-related events throughout the duration of the Fair.
Jan 22 - 25, 2015
10 Bayfront Avenue
The venue and official hotel for this year's edition of Art Stage Singapore is also Singapore’s most iconic modern structure, with its unmissable (and vertigo-inducing) city view from the rooftop pool and lounge. Apart from its over 2,000 rooms, an art and science museum, a casino, numerous theater and night spots, retail outlets of top international labels and restaurants from the likes of Wolfgang Puck, Guy Savoy, and Tetsuya Wakuda make sure you'll never need to travel far to experience the city. –Lim Sio Hui
11 North Canal Road #03-02, CBD
TEL: +65 6222 3529
Don Draper may not have felt comfortable at this industrial-chic, graffiti-covered bar, but he definitely would have appreciated its great live music and local bites, and, of course, the well-rounded drinks menu. Unlike other competitively skyscraping, altitude sickness-inducing rooftop bars (63-storey high 1-Altitude, we’re looking at you), Mad Men Attic Bar offers a laid-back vibe and sprawling space spread out across three shophouses with quiet views of Singapore's Financial District at night.
Tuck into har cheong chicken (bite-sized pieces fried in shrimp paste), spam fries, and Marmite pork belly, then wash it all down with their signature black forest mojito or full menu of Japanese Nikka whiskey and Aussie beers. —Adeline Chia
7 Ang Siang Hill
TEL: +65 6884 4651
For the perfect Singaporean souvenir, Little Drom Store is a cosy emporium of local design (with a few international names thrown in) that’s chock-a-block with knick-knacks, accessories, housewares, and jewelry. Pay special heed to in-house lines that reference Singaporean culture and lingo, like their Sounds of Singapore glasses that sport fun phrases such as “Kopi-O Siu Dai,” coffeeshop slang for “black coffee with less sugar.” So drink up, and in the face of all this shopping, don't forget to keep the blood sugar high with some obscenely tasty cakes from the attached K.ki Cafe. —Adeline Chia
80 Collyer Quay
Housed in a historic 1930’s pier that overlooks the Marina Bay, the hip sibling of the grand old Fullerton Hotel boasts sumptuous, tactile public spaces designed by Hong Kong rising star Andre Fu. Rooms are luxurious and impress with its high windows, but the views are equally dramatic at elegant modern French restaurant Clifford, or at the rooftop Lantern bar. –Lim Sio Hui
19 Cecil Street
TEL: +65 8181 3305
A black swan event is one that is rare, impossible to predict, and has wide repercussions. It might overstate things a little to say that The Black Swan restaurant, opened just two months ago, has had the same effect in Singapore, but it is fair to say that it has been causing some pleasant ripples in the stuffy grab-and-go financial district with its tasty interpretations of classics, Instagrammable Art Deco-style interiors, and late opening hours.
Besides the usual suited city boys, the cafe-bar has drawn a good-looking crowd of media and design types. As for the menu, meat lovers will be particularly well served. Recommended: the juicy baked bone marrow with chilies, chives, shallots and kombu served on a halved bone, or the no-nonsense Black Swan Burger (a beef patty, red onion rings and sunny-side up egg). —Adeline Chia
National Design Center, 111 Middle Road
Kapok, the Hong Kong-based cult lifestyle and design boutique, began operating a new permanent outpost in the National Design Center (NDC) in April 2014.
Initially conceived as a temporary pop-up store that launched at the NDC on March 11, Kapok’s Singapore boutique will carry many of the signature brands associated with the five existing Hong Kong stores, such as French labels Commune de Paris, Astier de Villatte, and Carre Royal, Swedish brand Sandqvist, Italy’s Crash Baggage, and Danish brand Rains.
For more information: "Cult HK Boutique Kapok Opens in Singapore"
31-37 Bukit Pasoh, Chinatown
TEL: +65 6579 2026
The Keong Saik Road and Bukit Pasoh nexus of Singapore has transformed from a few sleepy Chinatown streets to super hip enclave in a matter of years, bringing with it cool eateries, secret bars, and boutique hotels. But one of the earliest kids on the block was New Majestic, the 30-room art hotel that opened in 2006 and remains a forerunner in the field — thanks to its solid designs and reasonable prices. Idiosyncrasy is the rule here, as every room is different, ranging from pop art-covered chambers to sleek, space cabin-inspired spaces.
Like to look at yourself? Opt for the mirror room, with mirrors on the walls and on the ceiling (wink wink). For nosh, you will be spoilt for choice. Head down to Keong Saik Snacks, opened by Pollen Street Social's Jason Atherton, or jostle for a spot at the counter at the burrito bar Muchachos. —Adeline Chia
1220 East Coast Parkway
Eating is a national pastime in Singapore and you will generally see people sitting at dining tables around the clock. While there are plenty of top-notch restaurants, when it comes down to trying Singapore’s quintessential cuisine, one must taste the local street fare, and what better place to do so than sitting by the beach an early evening, feeling the breeze.
The East Coast Lagoon Food Village is so well known amongst the over 100 hawker centers in Singapore, it was one of four selected to be featured on a postage stamp a few years ago. It is a great place to experience barbecued food, from tender sambal stingray and grilled cuttlefish to otak-otak (spicy mackerel fish paste barbecued in a banana leaf) and delicious satay and chicken wings. — Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop
8 Queen Street
This retail shop at Singapore Art Museum's 8Q wing is a good bet for unique, thoughtful gifts. Supermama also champions local design through its in-house label, Democratic Society - don't miss its range of tableware with their distinct local motifs, made by historic Japanese ceramics maker Kihara. –Lim Sio Hui