Spend an hour shopping in Bugis
Kick off your adventure at Bugis Village, a bustling bazaar packed with trendy finds and cheap eats. Meander through the narrow alleyways of this multi-storey marketplace, where you can pick up affordable fashion apparel, accessories, quirky knick-knacks and souvenirs to bring home.
As it’s conveniently located between Bugis Junction and Bugis+ shopping malls, you can consider heading over to either of those malls to extend your shopping spree.
Chow down on chicken rice at Chin Chin Eating House (approximately one hour)
Located on Purvis Street, right next to the iconic Raffles Hotel, Chin Chin Eating House is a showcase of Hainanese cuisine. It was established in 1934, at a time when the Hainanese in Singapore were buying up property to set up eating places in this area. Chin Chin is well known for its chicken rice, but also serves Hainanese pork chop, sweet and sour pork and cereal prawns, among other signature dishes.
Where: 19 Purvis Street, Singapore 188598
Walk off the calories by visiting architectural treasures (approximately one hour)
As a home to religious buildings, museums and national monuments, there are many architectural treasures waiting to be discovered in Bras Basah.Bugis. From the stately grandeur of the National Museum of Singapore to the charming Peranakan Museum highlighting the Straits Chinese culture unique to the region, from the Palladian-inspired Armenian Church, incidentally Singapore’s oldest church dating back to 1835, to the contemporary design of the School of The Arts (SOTA), a leisurely stroll around the area will reveal this seamless blend of the old and new.
for a more artistic jaunt, pop by the Singapore Art Museum for some insights into contemporary art practices, particularly those of Singapore and Southeast Asia, or indulge in Singapore's design scene at the National Design Centre or take home a souvenir from kapok, its lifestyle boutique.
Where: Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
Where: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
Keep cool at CHIJMES (approximately one hour)
Once a prominent girls’ school, CHIJMES, built in the 19th Century, is today a popular F&B and entertainment venue, and well worth spending an hour or so in. Besides admiring its Neo-Gothic style of architecture that has served as the backdrop of many a wedding and event, its sprawling compound is home to stylish clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes worth a visit.
If whiskey is your thing, one outlet you might particularly enjoy is the Single Cask, an intimate bar featuring whiskies and bespoke cocktails that is also a retail outlet.
Where: 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996