Not that you need another new place to explore when you find yourself killing time at Changi, one of the world’s best airports. The newly opened Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore is a multi-level mall that connects to all terminals. It’s also open to the public aside from travelers in transit.
There’s a Left Baggage counter on Level 1 and operates 24 hours, so you can leave your bags (for a minimal fee) while you explore the massive mall. Across is the Changi Lounge, which is also accessible for a fee depending on how long you’re staying there. There’s are shower facilities as well as a nap room for those who are in need of a quick recharge before the next leg of their trip. You can have your fill at the buffet and load up on refreshments. Coffee and tea are also complimentary.
The most famous attraction—thanks to Instagram—is the Rain Vortex located right smack in the middle of Jewel within the Forest Valley. But that’s not all you can see here. With over 300 retail and dining facilities, you really won’t run out of things to do.
There are both international brands and local shops to discover in Jewel. They’ve got souvenir staples like Bee Cheng Hiang, Bengawan Solo, and The Cookie Museum. For Singapore labels, there’s In Good Company, BYSI, Chomel, and more. Then there are global brands like Uniqlo, Muji, Zara, Adidas, Anello, Kate Spade, Coach, Furla, Kiehl’s, and more.
If you’re not feeling a buffet lounge meal, there are many restaurants and cafés to choose from, too. There’s a café inside In Good Company called Birds of Paradise, Café Meal & Muji on the upper level of Muji, D’ Good Café, Lady M, Paris Baguette Signature, Signature Koi (if you’re feeling like fancy tea), and The Alley. There’s Din Tai Fung, Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, Tim Ho Wan, Tonkatsu by Ma Maison, Violet Oon Singapore, and Xiao Bin Lou. And of course, there is also a branch of Shake Shack here.
The great thing about Jewel is that since it’s open to the public, you can actually meet up with friends and family who are in town even if you can’t leave the airport area. There’s plenty to do and you don’t need to rush as you can take the Sky Train to your terminal when your boarding time is near. It takes less than five minutes from Jewel to the terminals and the Sky Train is absolutely free of charge, too.
One more attraction that you can check out for SGD25 is the Changi Experience Studio. It’s an interactive tour that traces the origins and history of Changi. They give you guides where videos are projected when held up over certain installations. You can even see how far along they are with the plans of Terminal 5, which will be constructed around the Jewel Changi Airport area. There are fun games within the tour, too, like a smiling contest—where you literally try to beat your competition’s smile. The top 10 smiles are projected in the area. There are games that let you race with pushcarts virtually and more airport-related activities. All in all, quite enjoyable especially if you don’t really want to spend money shopping or eating.
If you find yourself with more than a couple of hours to spare in Singapore before your next flight, try dropping by Jewel and see what a gem it truly is.