Despite its small size, Singapore makes good on being a dynamic Asian city overflowing with unique business concepts that appeal to the global traveler. Here, new and obscure establishments and activities that may entice you to make that three-hour flight from Manila.
Singapore's beloved hotels are getting their respective facelifts and the Swissotel The Stamford has joined this renovation trend. Upon its completion, the newly opened Skai was brought to the forefront. With stunning city views, this grill on the 70th floor of the hotel serves Japanese dishes for sharing. Head chef Paul Hallett prepares his contemporary dishes using traditional Japanese tools and methods.
70/F Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore
Wine connoisseurs have their own place rendezvous at the new Park90. This tea lounge by day, wine bar by night promises a selection of only the best wines, with a variety of 1,000 bottles rated with 90 Parker Points and above. Your order comes with a complimentary dish from award-winning Basilico or Summer Palace.
Lobby level, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore
Italian luxury retailer Maryling, which was exclusively available at the Takashiyama department store, has opened its first brick-and-mortar store at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The fashion label specializes in feminine, yet streamlined styles for the modern woman.
Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
4. Black Tap
A taste of New York's famed Black Tap burgers lands in Marina Bay Sands. The menu of crazy big burgers and even crazier milkshake creations will appease the most insatiable of tastes. For its pioneer branch in Asia, the American made burger joint sets up its digs at a trendy 133-seater space with bar-type settings and an '80s-inspired flooring.
5. Minimalism: Light. Space. Object
There's just no leaving Singapore without a visit to the picturesque exhibitions at the ArtScience Museum. The museum, together with the National Gallery of Singapore, is hosting a similar event through Minimalism. Light. Space. Object. but visitors will now be taken on an interactive journey through minimalism. It features installations by artists from Singapore, Belgium, and Cambodia, as well as 130 works on the origin of Minimalism.
Runs until April 14, National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum, Singapore
6. Beautiful Science: A Photo Exhibition
The Singapore cultural scene has always found a way to seamlessly integrate science into art. Case in point, this showcase of a series of breathtaking photos that revolve around scientific themes. The 10-piece exhibition features curated images from public entries.
Runs until December 23, Exhibition Gallery 1, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore
7. Find a Word For It
Part-boutique, part-café, and part-gallery, Merci Marcel is this quaint French restaurant at the hip Tiong Bahru district that at times serves as an exhibition space for established and upcoming talents. The flavor of the month is Singapore-based French artist Gabriel Dufourcq, whose current body of work features silhouettes of celebrities and public figures pasted against various news clippings. His pieces are a social commentary on how the media molds the public's perception of these icons.
Runs until mid-January, Merci Marcel, 56 Eng Hoon Street, Tiong Bahru, mercimarcel.com
8. Saint-Louis House
This lounge got its name from the crystal chandeliers that hang from its ceilings, all of which are from crystal maker St. Louis in France. To complement the extravagant lighting fixtures, a wide variety of Champagne and whisky is served in equally beautiful crystal glasses. Booking one of the four private rooms will give you and your party room to try out the bubbly in peace.
5/F ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore, saint-louisehouse.com
9. The English House
The latest brainchild of British chef Marco Pierre White, the newly opened English House serves up a private club atmosphere along with modern English cuisine. The owner has populated the perfectly preserved 19th-century colonial shophouses with antiques as precious in heritage as its home. It closely resembles dining at the old home of your aunt who loves to travel. The entire place took three years to complete. Its next phase is to open 18 guestrooms on the second floor. The chef, who famously turned down Michelin stars in the past, has reportedly requested the institution not to send over inspectors to his new restaurant.
28 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore, theenglishhouse.com
If you're lucky enough, you might just find yourself at the exclusive 1880 members-only club, which has a membership cap of 2,000 individuals. The cosmopolitan space opened its doors to interested members of society late last year. The interiors are meant to be admired: the artworks that line the walls, the reception area with a massive rose quartz crystal table, the hall of mirrors that welcomes guests as they enter through the escalator. The space is meant to inspire both work and play, with a restaurant, futuristic phone booths, and dapper meeting rooms at its members' disposal.
3/F Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore
11. Christmas Wonderland
Gardens by the Bay on its own is already a sight to behold, but Singapore's supertrees during the holiday season are a spectacle on another level. The outdoor space is completely transformed into its own Christmas village (inspired by those in Europe, of course) and contains its own yuletide market, skating rink, and carnival. To add a bit of luxury into the mix, Singapore's most popular dining establishments will be represented, celebrity chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants will be preparing an affordable sample of their usual fare.
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore
12. The Other Roof
Singapore is speckled with rooftop bars, but The Other Roof wanted to set itself apart from those other establishments. The tapas on the menu might sound enticing but the 75-seater bar draws the drinkers in through a different means. The Other Room is changing the way Singaporeans take their tea and nurse their cocktails by putting the two libations together. Itâs the first and only bar in the world that crafts its own spirits—all 400 of them—with a tea finish.
28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore, theotherroof.com
13. A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi Airport
The World's Best Airport does a great job of pretending itâs not located in a tropical country. For the holidays, it gives passengers a slice of Hogwarts by turning three of its four terminals into different sets from the Harry Potter series. The terminals are decked out according to theme, from a snow-filled Hogsmeade Village to Diagon Alley in terminal 3. The exhibits are open until mid-February.
Changi Airport, Airport Boulevard, Singapore
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.