Housed in a lotus-shaped structure, the museum focuses on exhibits that explore the ties among art, science, technology and culture. Don’t miss Future World, one of its permanent exhibitions that highlights a digital universe comprising 16 art installations, as well as Journey to Infinity: Escher’s World of Wonders (till 26 February 2017), which features mind-blowing tessellation pieces and art works exploring infinity from M.C. Escher.
Address: 6 Bayfront Avenue
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm. Last admission at 6pm
Fee: From $16, with concessions for children and seniors
Gardens by the Bay
The Supertree Grove, with its tree-like vertical gardens and nightly light shows, is probably what catches the eye most, but this massive 101-hectare green space promises much more. Visit the Flower Dome – the largest glasshouse in the world – for one of its themed horticultural exhibitions, or discover the mysterious world of high-altitude woodlands at the Cloud Forest.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive
Opening hours: 5am to 2am (outdoor gardens); 9am to 9pm (conservatories and OCBC Skyway)
Fee: Free admission (outdoor gardens); from $5 to $28 (conservatories and OCBC Skyway)
Makansutra Gluttons Bay
This nocturnal food market harks back to yesterday’s street hawkers. Tuck into local favourites such as satay (meat skewers with peanut sauce), barbecued stingray, and Hainanese chicken rice, washed down with a coconut juice or two, against the backdrop of the iconic Esplanade building on the waterfront.
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue #01-15
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 5pm to 2am; Friday and Saturday: 5pm to 3am; Sunday: 4pm to 1am
Sky on 57
Injecting Asian flavours into classical French cuisine, Justin Quek – one of Singapore’s most celebrated chefs – creates an innovative and luxurious fusion menu that includes gems such as foie gras xiao long bao (soup-filled dumplings), langoustine with Thai basil coulis, and Maine lobster Hokkien noodles. Plus, the 360-degree views afforded here of the city and beyond are not to be missed.
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Sands SkyPark®, Tower 1, Level 57
Opening hours: Lunch: noon to 2.30pm daily. High tea: Monday to Friday: 2.30pm to 5pm or Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 3pm to 5pm. Dinner: 6pm to 10.30pm daily
1-Altitude Gallery & Bar
Another high-flying bar is this watering hole that sits on the roof of the 63-storey 1 Raffles Place building at the heart of Singapore's central business district. Standing 282m above sea level, 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar lays claim to being the highest alfresco bar in the world. Come for the stunning views, but definitely stay for quality cocktails like a refreshing Monster Mojito, one of the bar's specialties.
Address: 1 Raffles Place
Opening hours: 6pm-3am
As the name suggests, this bar is perched on the 33rd-floor penthouse of Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1 and holds the honour of being the highest urban craft brewery in the world. Some eight tonnes of copper stills and equipment have been hoisted up here, for the creation of the freshest lagers, pale ales, porters and wheat beers in the region.
Address: 8 Marina Boulevard #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday: 11.30am to midnight; Thursday to Saturday: 11.30am to 2am; Sunday: noon to midnight. Closes at 2am on eve of public holidays; opens at noon on public holidays
Smoke & Mirrors
With its classy wood and polished copper decor, this is a great place to nurse a tipple after a day browsing the exhibits in the National Gallery Singapore. As its name suggests, the best cocktails here are the aromatic ones, such as Smoked Up, a tea-infused tequila, syrup and bitters concoction. The rooftop location also offers unobstructed views of Marina Bay.
Address: 1 St Andrew’s Road #06-01, National Gallery Singapore
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday: noon to 12.30am; Friday and Saturday: noon to 2am
Fullerton Bay Hotel
As this low-rise hotel is run by the people behind The Fullerton Hotel across the road, expect the same impeccable service standards but in a decidedly more modern setting. It boasts rooms that are plush and elegant, with floor to ceiling windows. For captivating views of the waterfront, its Premier Bay View rooms do not disappoint, thanks to their private Jacuzzis and outdoor sundecks.
Address: 80 Collyer Quay
JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach
Business travellers looking for something a little less corporate and a little more design-centric will love the latest addition to the JW Marriott Hotel chain in Singapore. Situated at the South Beach lifestyle hub near Marina Bay, just across from Suntec City, this 634-room property seamlessly blends contemporary architecture with restored heritage. The grand ballroom features stunning interiors designed by Philippe Starck. Foodies will be spoilt for choice with a variety of quality food and beverage outlets to choose from– including a specialty restaurant featuring world-renowned chef Akira Back.
Address: 30 Beach Rd
Sofitel So Singapore
This is the place to be if you want to share a street address with some of Singapore’s largest companies. Housed in a colonial-era building, Sofitel’s first foray in Singapore offers French charm complete with Parisian-inspired interiors (Karl Lagerfeld is the hotel’s signature designer), and rooms that have stately 19th-century furniture juxtaposed against modern art pieces.
Address: 35 Robinson Road