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There’s something in Singapore for everyone. The Garden City advances steadily into the future but never forsakes its past. It’s a city of many contrasts and its diversity is one to marvel at.
There are no lack of fancy restaurants but bustling hawker centres litter every neighbourhood.
Historical buildings stand strong and proud against the backdrop of Singapore’s breathtaking skyline.
Browse a selection of luxury goods or haggle for a bargain at street markets? It’s up to you.
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With so many options to choose from, you might wonder where to start. Well, in this edition, we’re going to be discussing 15 places you absolutely must visit around Fort Canning Singapore.
The park overlooks Orchard Road and is set in the heart of the Civic and Cultural District of Singapore, In the past, it was used for a myriad of purposes – a theatre, an aquarium, Raffles’ residence and even for military use, but it now offers a variety of recreational activities as well as historical, educational, entertainment and cultural experiences, and is also used as a place for social events. It also serves as a green lung for Singapore’s downtown city area, a green oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Fort Canning is simply a hub of cultural and artistic activity.
Enjoy a Relaxing Stay at a Heritage Hotel – Hotel Fort Canning
Hotel Fort Canning is a luxurious and award-winning conservation hotel tucked within 18 hectares of lush greenery in Fort Canning Park, Singapore’s first Botanic Gardens, where many artefacts from Singapore’s colourful history have survived on the hill and are visible to this day. The building was formerly a British administration site and today, it retains much of its colonial glamour and grace, the perfect backdrop to your selfies and an excellent subject for your photography experiments.
Strategically located mere minutes away from Singapore’s retail, entertainment and cultural hubs such as Orchard Road, Clarke Quay and the Museums and Civic District, the convenience is unbeatable and the location is prime for travellers of all sorts of interests, be it food, shopping, history or the exciting nightlife.
The nearest MRT is the Fort Canning MRT station but despite how close it may look on the map, it is advisable to get a taxi up since it would be quite tiring to lug your luggage up the hill.
All 86 suites and guest rooms are designed to provide stunning views of the lush foliage of Fort Canning Park, or of Singapore’s vibrant city skyline. Guests staying with the Hotel are also entitled to complimentary unlimited alcoholic beverages and hors d’oeuvres during Aperitif Hour, which takes place every evening between 6:00pm and 7:00pm in the cosy Hotel lobby. This is the perfect opportunity to mingle with hotel guests, maybe make some new friends and exchange stories and recommendations on places to explore in Singapore.
Modern in-room amenities include a handy smartphone offering unlimited mobile data, complimentary local and international calls, as well as access to hotel services and a built-in city guide, a Samsung HD Smart TV offering a selection of local and international channels and interactive control panel to toggle air-conditioning, mood lightings and curtains.
The rooms also include monsoon rain showers and generously sized free-standing bath tubs, perfect to relax and wash off the stress and fatigue after an entire day of exploring and shopping.
There are 6 different types of rooms available at Hotel Fort Canning
A popular choice of accommodation for couples, featuring unique bathroom designs set against panoramic views of the city skyline. Decently sized at 30 – 35 sqm, this cozy room is just the perfect size for two.
Deluxe Garden Room
Deluxe Garden Rooms come complete with your own private garden and sun deck where you can take in the fresh air and warm sunlight. Get a little closer to nature and gaze over Fort Canning Park in all its glory. Read a book in the serene and tranquil atmosphere in the sun deck or spend some quality time with your travel mates.
Delight in outstanding park or city views from a glass-enclosed veranda, accentuated by furnishings from award-winning designer Poltrona Frau. Personally the veranda looks super cozy and a really nice place to admire beautiful Mother Nature, have a chat with your travel mates or plan your next travel plans in Singapore.
Premium Luxe Room
Premium Luxe Rooms offer expanded space for rest and relaxation. Thoughfully designed, these rooms exude luxury and comfort. With the same glass enclosed veranda, this room is however, better suited to people who value a larger walking space.
Relish added exclusivity and privacy in their modern Studio Suites, which come complete with separate living areas heightened by contemporary design touches.
Governor and Majapahit Suites
Featuring a whirlpool bath and generous spaces for work and play, the Majapahit and Governor’s Suites are ideal for the ultimate indulgence in the heart of nature.
Facilities in Hotels always excite me and with Fort Canning Hotel, their range of facilities didn’t leave me disappointed. While they had a 24-hour front desk, currency services, dry cleaning services and many other facilities which were really awesome, honourable mentions includes their three (yes, you saw this right) swimming pools, TechnoGym, Chinois Spa and the fact that they maintain their status as a smoke-free property.
I know how important a smoke-free property can be to families with children or the elderly or even regular people like you and me. Hotel Fort Canning’s consideration in deciding to apply this rule is greatly appreciated. For smokers, do not despair because the hotel has designated places you can go to have a smoke or if you have a hotel room with a balcony, you can do this in the privacy of your balcony.
Enjoy a relaxing and carefree day by the Hotel’s three swimming pools – a free-form pool, a lap pool and a children’s pool – each of which are filled with natural pure water that is chlorine – and chemical-free. As an outfit dedicated to conserving the environment, the Hotel has invested in the most advanced ionisation technology by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to treat and sanitise the water in order to eliminate allergies, odours and irritation. We love an eco-friendly corporation!
People with sensitive skin can be rest assured when entering the beautiful blue waters and parents can let their children swim free with no worries.
Guests looking to work up a much-needed sweat can visit the Hotel’s state-of-the-art TechnoGym, one of the largest in a Singapore hotel. The gym comes complete with extensive equipment in a sprawling venue offering panoramic views of the park, while personal trainers are on hand to make workouts a rewarding experience. Opt for the many jogging trails found just around the Hotel within Fort Canning Park to take in the sights and sounds of Singapore’s flora and fauna.
The luxurious Chinois Spa offers comprehensive treatments and massages that soothe and pamper. Based on the belief in the power of nature, Chinois Spa uses products from Siam Botanicals, a skincare brand crafted with only the finest of natural ingredients and free from synthetic colours, fragrances, preservatives, GMO ingredients, mineral oil, petrochemicals and detergents.
This is the perfect escape to erase the stress of your everyday life and pamper yourself with some much needed tender love and care.
Hotel Fort Canning also provides 2 dining establishments where you can get some much needed sustenance.
Country winner of the 2017 World Luxury Restaurant Awards, The Salon offers an enticing selection of Western, Asian-inspired and Singaporean favourites amidst a sophisticated ambience.
Savour hearty Singaporean flavours such as Lobster Nasi Lemak, HFC Singapore Curry Chicken and Singapore Hokkien Mee, as well as an assortment of refined fusion and international delights like Salted Egg Yolk & Crispy Shrimp Pasta, Stuffed Chicken Roulade and Norwegian Salmon Fillet. Have your meals surrounded by the sophisticated and lush greenery of Fort Canning Park.
Cuisine: Asian, Western and Fusion
Capacity: Indoor: 93 seats; Outdoor: 28 seats; Private Rooms: 30 seats
Opening hours: 7:00am to 10:30pm
Reservations: +65 6799 8809 or [email protected]
From its plush leather seats to teak parquet floorings and contemporary jazz music, the Tisettanta Lounge is a cosy enclave perfect for a casual business meeting or a lazy afternoon tête-à-tête. Pick your tipple from a specially curated selection of exquisite wines, spirits and cocktails, paired with tantalising light bites. Unwind after work at the bar or amid the balmy breeze at the Tisettanta Terrace.
Cuisine: Asian, Western and Fusion
Capacity: Indoor: 46 seats; Outdoor: 10 seats
Opening hours: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Reservations: +65 6799 8809 or [email protected]
Hotel Fort Canning
11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881 (Fort Canning MRT)
Korean Fast Food – JinJja Chicken
Jinjja Chicken is a fast food restaurant operating with the vision of taking the idea of fast casual dining beyond just fried chicken and fries. They serve up familiar, uniquely Korean meal fixes whipped up with daily staples such as noodles and rice – comparable to what burgers and sandwiches are to the West and everything is halal! While it’s a known fact that fast food is usually bad for you, Jinjja Chicken aims to change that notion by avoiding excessive use of preservatives, additives and overly processed ingredients whenever possible.
The interior of Jinjja Chicken is fun, hip and loud but not over bearing. The vibrant reds and yellows of the place look super inviting and K-pop music and music videos are played throughout the place, sure to excite the K-pop fans. I imagine this to be the kind of place that youngsters would love to hang out with their friends and surprise and please the average adult with the easy-going and relaxed vibe.
Jinjja Chicken serves a variety of food items, beverages and deserts; all of which look worthy of a Korean restaurant. They have stews, burgers, rice dishes, noodle dishes, porridge, toast and of course, Korean fried chicken. For the health conscious, they have salads too!
Their crispy and juicy fried chicken comes in 3 flavours – Soy Garlic, their most popular option, YangNyeom, a Korean thick spicy sauce and a Monster Sauce for the spice-meisters.
The wide variety really leaves one spoilt for choice. There simply is something for everyone. Whether you’re craving savoury fried food or warm and comforting soup dishes, Jinjja Chicken has it all!
Do take note that their breakfast menu only runs from 4am – 10am and is only available at their Changi Airport T2 outlet.
Changi Airport Terminal 2, 60 Airport Boulevard Level 2, SIngapore 819643 (Changi Airport MRT)
Sun – Thu: 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Fri – Sat: 11:00AM – 10:30PM
Changi Airport – 24 hours
Traditional Desserts – Mei Heong Yuen
Those with a sweet tooth will rejoice at the mention of this dessert establishment. The brainchild of Connie and Clara Lee, daughters of Mei Heong Yuen’s founder, Mei Heong Yuen specializes in different varieties of pastes and steamed egg pudding. They also have cold desserts such as their thirst quenching mango with pomelo and sago to combat Singapore’s scorching hot weather. Share a dessert with your travel mates and fall in love with Singapore’s local flavours.
Situated in a shophouse, seats can get rather cramped but not to the extent that you feel uncomfortable about accidentally rubbing against a neighbour. The atmosphere is busy but somehow, you really feel at home. It’s like I was transported to the holiday season and family members were hustling and bustling, trying to get everything prepared in time for dinner. Mei Heong Yuen’s interior and exterior is simple. The lack of fancy decor really ties in with what Mei Heong Yuen provides – substance. They don’t try to blind you with pretty decorations but wow you with the simplicity and intricacy of their traditional desserts.
Not forgetting health conscious people and the elderly, Mei Heong Yuen serves varieties of healthy paste. Flavours include almond, peanut, walnut and sesame. While these pastes may look rather plain and unimpressive, the nutty flavours are a crowd favourite for a reason. The soupy consistency paired with the richness of the nut flavours is a hearty combination that warms the soul. It feels so sinful but it isn’t! It’s actually quite mild and can be considered healthy compared to the other desserts available.
They also have 21 flavours of their snow ice dessert, a specialty that many visit them for. Imagine sheets of flavoured thin ice piled on top each other to form a majestic tower. You may think it sounds like the usual Ice Kachang that is also available in Singapore but you’ll be surprised to realise that the flavouring of your choice has already been mixed into the ice sheets itself which is what makes it so special. Perfect for sharing, it’s sure to cool you down.
Their extensive menu also includes cakes and dumplings that are worth exploring. You’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Here’s a link to their menu here – http://www.meiheongyuendessert.com.sg/index.php/our-menu
Mei Heong Yuen
63-67 Temple Street, Singapore 058611 (Chinatown MRT)
Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road #B2-32/33, Singapore 059413 (Chinatown MRT)
[email protected] Square, 238 Thomson Road #02-03, Singapore 307683 (Novena MRT)
Clementi Mall, 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West #04-19, Singapore 129588 (Clementi MRT)
Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard #03-207, Singapore 039594 (City Hall MRT)
345 Beach Road, Singapore 199568 (Nicoll Highway MRT)
NorthPoint City, 1 NorthPoint Drive #02-171, Singapore 768019 (Yishun MRT)
Tues – Sun: 12:00PM – 9:30PM
A Portmanteau of Art & Tea – Arteastiq
Arteastiq is a boutique tea house oasis that offers you a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. The name itself is a portmanteau of art and tea with the purpose of teasing your senses through working your creative juices and tantalising your taste buds.
Arteastiq also offers you an opportunity to get in tuned with your creative side by providing you with the therapeutic experience of canvas expression. They call it Art Jam. The whole concept of social interaction through the expression of painting and gathering whilst overlooking the busy life pass you by is simply an experience not to be missed. Time slows down and you start to appreciate the mundanity of life. This is an activity perfect for all ages, especially couples and families with children. You will be provided with a canvas, limitless colours and a free beverage to get you started. Let your creative juices flow!
The painting sessions are 11am – 2pm, 2:30pm – 5:30pm & 6pm – 9pm and are priced at $48SGD per session. They are only available at their Mandarin Gallery and Plaza Singapura outlets.
The premium tea lounge has an elegant chi-chi ambience with a comprehensive medley of artisanal tea selections for all occasions. Elegantly decorated, Arteastiq aims to make you feel at home and remind people to admire and appreciate the beauty of the simple things. Sometimes, it’s okay to take it slow and sip some tea while chatting with your loved ones.
At the other end lies the Art Jam Studio. The colours are beautifully displayed and free for use of the Art Jammers and the smiles on their faces really draw you in and made you wish you could paint too.
The boutique boasts over 70 in-house tea selections; all of them a medley of different flavours and invoking different emotions. The tea was fragrant and served in elegant glass teapots which really appealed to my aesthetics. They plated their food and beverages beautifully and was definitely worth a snap to display on Instagram
While Arteastiq is known more for its Western style dishes and brunch items such as its Crab Cake Breakfast and Chicken & Waffle food wise, their recently revamped menu includes more Asian touches to satisfy a wider range of tastes. The food all looked so good, it was extremely tempting to try them all. They also have a selection of desserts that was really hard to pass up, and premium gelatos that had really interesting flavours such as lavender, durian, yuzu and more.
Here’s the link to their menu – http://www.arteastiq.com/mandarin-gallery-menu/
333A Orchard Rd, 04-14/15, Singapore 238867 (Orchard MRT)
Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Rd #03-70/72, Singapore 238839 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Mon – Fri: 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Sat – Sun: 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Traditional Chinese Pastries – Yikowei
Established in 1983, Yi Kou Wei is known for their freshly hand-made Springroll “Popiah” and pastries in their early years. They took pride in devoting themselves to promoting Home-made Traditional Chinese pastries for more than 25 years, and over the years, built up their reputation in selling our unique kueh and pastries, earning many awards and gaining recognition as a result. Yikowei strives to promote and educate consumers on old-style Singaporean snacks and pass these on to the next generation to enjoy and love.
While there are no seatings available, the booth is clean, well-maintained and packed full with fragrant Chinese pastries that looked amazing. Although it is surrounded by other booths that sell a variety of things, it isn’t difficult to spot them and didn’t take long to find. Available pastries are displayed neatly and clearly for your access.
Yikowei sells many Traditional Chinese pastries such as Pumpkin Kueh, Muah Chee and many more but the highlight would have to be their bestselling Pineapple Tarts. The Pineapple Tarts are sweet, tart, buttery, fragrant and melts in your mouth. The only negative thing would be that you’d find it difficult to stop after the first one. Pineapple Tarts are sold in tubs, perfect to bring home as a souvenir or for yourself to munch on when you need a snack.
Here’s a link to their menu – https://www.pineappletarts.com.sg/shop
Takashimaya, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238872 (Orchard MRT)
Mon – Sun: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
A Chocolatey Paradise – Choco Express
Choco Express seeks to be the preferred one-stop for the sweet tooth. Whether it is for self indulgence or gifting during special occasions, the wide assortment of brands under Choco Express is bound to make it a fulfilling sweet experience for you. Bringing only the best treats worldwide, from top European’s chocolatier like Belgium, Switzerland and Germany to classic America’s brands and the ever-changing unique Japanese flavours, Chocolate Express seeks to satisfy your discerning palate.
The interior was brightly lit, filled with rows and rows of chocolate, candy and snacks. I truly felt like a kid in a literal candy store. This is as close to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory as you are ever going to get! The chocolate and candy were neatly shelved and easy to find. Similar textures and flavours were shelved together while special seasonal products were labelled very well.
The variety here really is unbeatable. They have spreads, dried fruits/nuts, cookies/biscuits/wafers, chocolate, candies/jellies, breads/cakes/pies, granola/muesli/cereal, snacks and even porridge/noodles! Heard of the seasonal and exotic KitKat flavours that are ever so elusive and exclusive? Find a wide range of flavours in their store. Thought you’ve seen all Hershey chocolate bar flavours? You’d be surprised at their selection!
Another honourable mention are Stroopwafels that are best eaten after being heated over a hot cup of beverage which melts the caramel layer between the two wafers. Only available at Choco Express, it’s an interesting snack that is delicious as well. Of course, you can eat it without heating it up.
There are also Lir Chocolates that have combined Baileys Original Cream liqueur with the finest of chocolates. The two brands have worked together for 12 years to perfect the recipe, perfect for those who want a little buzz paired with your sweet treat!
Find a sweet gift to bring back home to share with the family or hoard for yourself on days when you need a sugar high.
Here’s the link to their collection of sweet treats – http://www.chocoexpress.com.sg/products/
Tanjong Pagar, 1 Wallich St, #B2-11 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
HarbourFront Centre, 1 Maritime Square #01-08, Singapore 099253 (Habourtfront MRT)
1 Raffles Boulevard #B1-15/15A, Singapore 039593 (Esplanade MRT)
Plaza Singapura 68 Orchard Road #04-12C, Singapore 238839 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
United Square 101 Thomson Road #01-K16, Singapore 307591 (Novena MRT)
Mon – Fri: 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Sat: 11:00AM – 8:30PM
Sun: 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Barbecued Meat – Fragrance
This brand was named in Chinese, meaning “Fragrance” after the aroma of their barbequed meats. Madam Ong set up her first bak kwa stall in 1969. Through hard work, she developed winning formula, and the heavenly scent of her barbecued meat attracted Singaporeans from all walks of life to share in this tradition. Madam Ong’s descendants, the Tan family, has continued championing the indomitable spirit of a post-independent Singapore with their irresistible barbecued selections as well as traditional Singaporean snacks.
Upon entering, the first thing that hit me was the fragrance of the place. Their brand is really aptly named. Brightly lit, the barbecued meat (Bak Kwa) was glistening deliciously under the lights. Products were neatly placed around the store and samples can be asked for. Upon request, they can prepare vacuum packed packages of your products so that you can bring it home with all its freshness preserved.
They offer a selection of Singapore’s finest classics, ranging from their signature Bak Kwa, flaky crisp flosses, mouthwatering Chinese sausages and Tau Sar Piah pastries, the classic Singaporean pastry.
Their Bak Kwas comes in a variety of variations – Turkey, US Berkshire Pork, Crocodile meat, Chilli and some are even shaped in coins or fortune pigs to suit the occasion. A perfect mix of savoury and sweet, it’s the ultimate Singaporean snack. Some even pair it with rice or bread! They also have red yeast Bak Kwas that contain lower cholesterol compared to their original ones.
There are also BB and mini Bak Kwas that come in individually vacuum packed packets that kids (and even adults) can bring out to have for a snack!
Here’s a link to their list of products – https://www.fragrance.com.sg/products.html
205 & 207 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059430 (Chinatown MRT)
They have tons of outlets across Singapore which you can check out here – https://www.fragrance.com.sg/central.html
Mon – Sun: 9:00AM – 10:00PM
The World’s Strongest – Aroma Truffle
For all you truffle lovers comes this bad boy. Marketing themselves as “The World’s Strongest Truffle” and claiming that nothing comes close, you have to give them a try just for the confidence they exude to see if they really live up to their words. They seal in the Black Truffle’s rich earthy and aromatic flavors into their special house recipe, before glazing them onto their hand-cooked chips, resulting in the beautiful creation that is their truffle chips!
This is another booth that does not have seating available but that’s to be expected since they are selling chips. Their different flavours are displayed clearly and they have samples on hand where you can try it before you decide to purchase.
As soon as the bag of goodness was opened, the strong fragrance of truffle wafted up my nose. Sometimes the aroma can be misleading and oftentimes disappointing as some truffle dishes or snacks seem to smell stronger than they taste. This, however, was a huge exception. Each piece was generously crowned with real, precious truffles and the explosive flavour of truffle really shone through, with a little bit of saltiness. The taste of the truffle was slightly garlicky, with a deep musky aroma that I couldn’t get enough of. I immediately wanted to buy this and let my doubtful friends and family experience the amazing flavours. I expected this to be a hoax but honestly, it really exceeded my expectations.
For people who don’t really like truffle or cannot stand it if it’s too much, it’s recommended that you try some samples before you purchase them because these are strong.
While the price point of the chips can be a little pricey compared to other chips in the market, it really is worth the try and if you really like it, it’s a great souvenir to bring home to share with the family and friends. They have 3 flavours available – Original, Parmesan Cheese & Honey Mustard.
Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road, #01-20, Singapore 059413 (Chinatown MRT)
Takashimaya Square Basement 2, Singapore 238872 (Orchard MRT)
Suntec City Basement 1 (City Hall MRT)
Westgate #02-K1, Singapore 608532 (Jurong East MRT)
Mon – Sun: 12:00PM – 9:00PM
Less is More – Hans im Glück
Hans im Glück bases their philosophy off the well-loved tale with the same name, Hans Im Glück. The main character, Hans, discovers that less is more, and that joy comes from contentment, and living in the moment. At Hans Im Glück, lucky burger gourmets get a taste of happiness. Enjoy the bliss of tucking into a burger made from a variety of fresh ingredients of excellent quality, just the way you like it.
At Hans Im Glück, the place is brightly lit and their glass walls have tons of natural light coming in, elevating the refreshing and down-to-earth vibe of the restaurant. It’s a great place to have your meals and enjoy with friends and family. Seatings are placed strategically and there is ample space to get up and about. Despite the glass walls with light coming in, the place is airy and cool with air-conditioning.
Hans Im Glück offers a wide variety of burgers, including vegetarian and vegan ones, for the health conscious and the eco-friendly! It’s really nice to know that they have adapted their menu to include vegan and vegetarian options. Here at Hans Im Glück, the humble burger is evolved into a never-boring, healthy, nutritious and delicious meal. Here, you can take your pick from tender chicken breast or juicy beef, vegetarian or vegan, with avocado, feta cheese & fig jam, grilled vegetables, rocket leaves and aged (not processed) Cheddar cheese from the milk of pasture-grazing cows or sharp Italian Parmesan cheese – your options are virtually unlimited.
The meat is extremely juicy and the burgers are thoughtfully constructed and curated to achieve certain flavours!
You can take a look at their menu here – https://hansimglueck-burgergrill.sg/burger-menu-singapore/
Hans Im Glück
9 Raffles Place. #01-01 Republic Plaza, Singapore 048619 (Raffles Place MRT)
71 Boat Quay, Singapore 049860 (Clarke Quay MRT)
362 Orchard Road, Singapore 238887 (Orchard MRT)
Vivo City #01-57, Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT)
Mon – Fri: 11:00AM – 11:00PM
Sat & Sun: CLOSED
Cheers to the Holiday – Little London
A friendly and air-conditioned oasis in a busy corner of town, chill and have some drinks with your friends or family and soak up the sights at Boat Quay.
That bright red signboard is sure to catch your attention. Dubbing themselves “Little London”, it’s no surprise that the ambience and decor inside resemble a little English bar, with a vintage touch. It’s a comfortable and cozy place to just let yourself slow down and catch your breath or catch up with your friends over amazing drinks.
Little London offers interesting concoctions and mixes. An example would be their tea-infused mixes that subtly introduces your taste buds to that English aroma and flavour. They have a wide selection of beautifully crafted cocktails and a friendly bartender. Go wild with your customizations and try the different drinks they provide!
71 Boat Quay, Singapore 049860 (Raffles Place MRT)
Mon – Sun: 5:00PM – 12:00AM
Korean BBQ – I’m Kim
I’m Kim is a new and hip Korean BBQ buffet restaurant in town that strives to provide our guests the best ultimate dining experience by offering high quality food, top-notch customer service in a fun environment and best of all, at affordable prices.
The restaurant was comfortably decorated with long tables of marinated meat, seafood, veggies, cooked food and even soup! It was a mouth-watering sight. Despite it being a Korean BBQ (KBBQ) place, the place wasn’t too smokey as they had hung some sort of filter that sucks in the smoke to make your dining experience more pleasant. K-pop music blasted through their speakers and some televisions were featuring K-pop MVs.
The entire ambience of the restaurant was fun, hip and enjoyable. A great place to have some drinks and chat over grilled meat.
They have more than 50 dishes on their eat-all-you-can menu, and their signature dishes are ‘volcano chicken’ and ‘irresistible chicken wings’. All of the marinated meats were really good especially paired with refreshing and light lettuce. Spice it up with adding some kimchi and garlic and it only elevated the flavours. The fun of KBBQ is that with the lettuce as a wrap, you can basically keep creating your own delicious tiny nuggets of goodness wrapped in lettuce leaves. Stuffing it all in my mouth was an unglamorous sight but honestly, it was so delicious that I didn’t care. Wrap some enoki mushrooms around your meat and eat it together to experience a new dimension of flavours!
1 Zubir Said Dr, #01-04 School of The Arts, Singapore 227968 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Mon – Sun: 11:30AM – 3:30PM, 5:30PM – 10:30PM
Play till you Drop – Mind Cafe
The Mind Cafe is a board game cafe – not just your regular cafe that offers fantastic coffee and tasty pastries, they are here to share the love of board games! With an exhaustive game library of 500 games, spend some quality time here with your travel mates and get competitive. I always felt that bonding through games was an easy and fun way of getting to know more about the people around you and here, you can have a meal or some drinks while sifting through the available games.
The cafe is cozy and there are shelves littered with hundreds and hundreds of board games. Seeing the many games decorating the shelves got me excited to look through and explore the different games to play. All of the board games are kept in conditions that are close to perfect! With tables and comfy chairs, it’s easy to find yourself huddled around the board game and having so much fun that you forget the time. It felt great to put down our phones and indulge in some plain old board games. Don’t underestimate these board games; some proved to be quite difficult!
Mind Cafe offers a wide selection of free flow drinks, both hot and cold, such as a latte, Milo, Ice Lemon Tea, Hot/Iced Chocolate, Honey Chrysanthemum and more. Free flow snacks include Lay’s Chips, popcorn, prawn crackers, mixed nuts and more! However, the free flow snacks and drinks are only available if you purchase their packages, which I think are decently priced, especially if you’re going in a group.
If you don’t purchase the packages, the rates are $5SGD/hour and the drinks and snacks are to be purchased separately with different price tags.
They also provide a decent selection of finger good and main courses, such as Beef Lasagne, pasta, onion rings, french fries and more!
60A Prinsep St, Singapore 188664 (Raffles Place MRT)
Mon – Thurs: 2:00PM – 11:00AM
Fri: 12:00PM – 6:00AM
Sat: 10:00AM – 6:00AM
Sun: 10:00AM – 2:00AM
Pamper Yourself – Shugar Prestige
Shugar Prestige provides nail, face, body and slimming services, and aim to be a one-stop centre for all these services, eliminating the need to visit different beauty places to get different needs done. Shugar Prestige strives to educate and aid their clients in taking care of their outlook and in the process gain confidence in themselves. With a team of certified and experienced local therapist, they promise to deliver a satisfying experience to every customers.
A place ladies would definitely love, the place was comfortable and inviting. Most of all, the place smelled really good! This must’ve been due to the concoctions that they used for their treatments.
The atmosphere was relaxing and the place was clean and well-maintained. Understandably, nails or lashes may take some time to complete, hence a comfortable environment was really important and they’ve managed to achieve that.
Paragon, 290 Orchard Rd #05-08A, Singapore 238859 (Orchard MRT)
Mon – Fri: 10:00AM – 9:00AM
Sing your Lungs Out – Manekineko
Manekineko has a clear mission statement: to reward guests with the best karaoke experience possible within creative and exciting themed concept rooms. Manekineko provides free flow drinks and snacks but you also have a choice to order more food from a menu, such as fries, takoyaki, smoked duck and more! There are also alcoholic drinks and beers available for purchase.
Manekineko’s karaoke rooms are clean, well-maintained and cozy. Walls are sound proof enough that you won’t be insecure if you sing a little louder than usual. The mics are in great working condition and if they run out of battery, you can always press a button to call a staff member in for help.
Available song selections are updated enough to contain recent songs and the interface is really easy to use; instinctive even! They also provide Wifi and charging points in the room! An interface near the door allows you to customize the lighting the room, whether you want it to be brightly lit or dim and romantic to sing to sad or romantic songs.
Prices are decent, especially when going with a group.
Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, #03-18, Bugis Plus, 188067 (Bugis MRT)
They have a number of outlets across Singapore which you can find here – https://www.koshidaka.com.sg/manekineko/outlets-price/
Mon – Sun: 11:00AM – 3:00AM
Experience True Massage and Therapy – Natureland
An urban oasis in the heart of Singapore, Natureland outlets give you the pampering you deserve. Savour the experience of a calming body massage, a relaxing foot reflexology or enjoy the traditional, ”Tui Na” massage and other spa services in any of their outlets. They promise that they skilled therapists can massage your stress away and invite you into a state of bliss.
Natureland provides a variety of treatments – body treatment, body scrub, slimming/pre-natal massage, foot reflexology, gua sha and tui na.
Gua Sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain.
In Tui Na, practitioners use their finger, hand, elbow, knee or foot to apply pressure to a specific body location.This complementary and alternative Chinese medicine modality makes use of rhythmic compression techniques along different energy channels of the body to establish harmonious flow of qi throughout the body and bringing it back to balance.
If you’re interested in these interesting forms of massage, you can give them a try, especially after along day of shopping and exploring.
Natureland’s decor exudes peace and relaxation. The use of rich brown hues, paired with greens and greys was areally great choice. Rooms are private and the soothing music really adds to the experience. Also, the place smells amazing! You are guaranteed to walk out relaxed and satisfied.
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Mon – Sun: 9:00AM – 2:00AM