Spend an hour exploring Asia’s rich culture

The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) preserves and showcases Asia’s diverse cultural heritage, and delves into the historical and artistic connections between the various cultures in the region.

Through the curated collection of objects, artefacts and artworks from China, India, Southeast Asia and the Islamic world, the ACM exhibitions provide cultural insights into the people who have settled in Singapore over the past two centuries and help cultivate an appreciation for its multicultural society.

Address: 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555

Take a one-hour guided tour at the National Gallery Singapore

Home to the largest public collection of Southeast Asian art in the world, the National Gallery Singapore is housed within two heritage buildings – the beautifully restored former Supreme Court and City Hall – and showcases more than 8,000 pieces from Singapore’s National Collection.

Choose from a variety of guided tours through the exhibitions or create your own tour with the Gallery Explorer App.

Once you’re done perusing the exhibition and art pieces, stop by Gallery & Co. and pick up some locally designed souvenirs. Inspired by Southeast Asian art and culture, the curated range of design collectibles and prints, homeware, fashion, and children’s products has already ranked it amongst the world’s best museum shops.

Address: 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

Recharge with a feast of local flavours (approximately one hour)

Tantalise your taste buds at National Kitchen by Violet Oon. Founded by renowned local chef and author Violet Oon, the restaurant is located within the Gallery and you can dine at its scenic veranda to complement your sumptuous feast.

Created from recipes that Oon has collected over the years, the menu offers a mix of authentic Peranakan (Straits Chinese unique to the region) cuisine and Singapore heritage dishes. Recommended dishes include ngoh hiang (deep-fried beancurd skin rolls filled with minced prawn, crab and chicken), ayam buah keluak (chicken stew cooked with spices and the local buah keluak black nut) and chap chye (braised mixed vegetables and beancurd skin).

Address: National Gallery Singapore (City Hall Wing), #02-01

Indulge in an hour of retail therapy at Capitol Piazza and Raffles City

A retail, dining and entertainment complex, Capitol Piazza is the result of a project to redevelop the historic Art Deco-style Capitol Theatre and its adjoining buildings. It houses some of the finest dining options and fashion boutiques, including Finnish cult favourite Marimekko – famous for its classic Unikko poppy design – and homegrown menswear label Benjamin Barker, known for its dapper collection of clothes and accessories fit for a gentleman.

For more brands to choose from, cross over to Raffles City via the underpass. This shopping mecca offers a variety of fashion brands from high street fashion to designer labels.

Address: 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905

Kick off Happy Hour with a round at Timbre

It’s easy to see why Timbre is so hugely popular with both locals and visitors alike. Tucked away in a cosy corner of the historic Arts House building, this casual joint serves up a variety of classic bar favourites like pizzas (we hear their roasted duck pizza is a crowd-pleaser), tapas and finger food.

But what also keeps people coming back to Timbre are the groovy acoustics by its talented resident musicians, as well as the intimate ambience with a beautiful backdrop of the iconic Singapore River and Boat Quay.

Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, #01-04, Singapore 179429