As the year draws to a close, a stellar line-up of exciting activities will have you celebrating in style. Whether you prefer to ring in the new year with an exciting countdown party or a lavish dinner spread, look to our list of Vogue-approved events to enjoy this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Immerse yourself in an experimental production
On Friday night: An immersive audio-visual experience put together by a diverse group of local and international musicians, Rata: New grounds, new sounds is an experimental showcase that pushes the boundaries of traditional and popular sound. Two years in the making, its line-up of performers includes Weish on vocals, Safuan Johari on electronics and Azrin Abdullah on the oud. Against a transcultural soundscape that provides a fresh perspective on music, audience members are invited to move around the performance space freely and appreciate the visuals and sounds from various points in the room.
Rata: New grounds, new sounds runs from 29 to 31 December 2022.
Book a ticket here.
Visit South Asian artist Inkquisitive’s exhibition, Colour Outside the Lines
On Saturday afternoon: Following his recent collaboration with Marvel Studios and Disney on the Ms. Marvel franchise, UK-based illustrator Inkquisitive will present his first public exhibition in Singapore after a five year break. The South Asian artist’s work is known for crossing cultural and national boundaries, with pieces centering topics such as politics, heritage and religion. Look forward to a collection of vibrant artworks that stand out for their exceptional creativity and expression while still paying homage to his cultural roots.
Colour Outside the Lines is open to the public on 31 December 2022.
Visual Arts Centre, 10 Penang Rd, #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green (Istana Park), Singapore 238469
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Last Saturdays and Naga Sounds
On Saturday night: If you prefer for your countdown party to be a smaller and more intimate affair, head to The Tanglin Gin Jungle at Dempsey Hill, where Last Saturdays and Naga Sounds have joined hands once again to present their final party of the year. Amidst the lush greenery of the space, groove to sets by a line-up of DJs that include Halal Sol, HBN and Haili. And when midnight hits, ring in the new year amidst joyous company—with a drink in hand, of course.
Book a ticket here.
Catch The Whale at The Projector
On Sunday afternoon: From acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky comes The Whale, a tale of reconnection that is as heartwarming as it is devastating. Brendan Fraser delivers the performance of a lifetime as Charlie, a reclusive English teacher who suffers from severe obesity. Having abandoned his family for a male lover whose death prompted him to start binge eating, he attempts to rebuild his relationship with his estranged teenage daughter—played brilliantly by Sadie Sink. Based on a play of the same name, the film is not always easy to watch, but it comes grounded in compassion and empathy—with Charlie’s warmth and kindness at the centre of it all.
Book a ticket here.
Discover Nordic-Asian cuisine at Dusk Restaurant & Bar
On Sunday night: To start the new year on a high note, look to hilltop dining destination Dusk Restaurant & Bar, perched upon Mount Faber Peak and overlooking panoramic views of Singapore’s cityscape. Decorated Danish chef Henrik Jyrk—with a penchant for innovation and introducing Asian flavours into Nordic cuisine—has designed a special menu for the restaurant, featuring ingredients hailing from Denmark and different parts of Asia. The four-course menu begins with a tender sliver of mackerel cured in savoury clam dashi, brightened with intensely tangy gooseberries—a true palate-opener, indeed. The star of the meal is a finely-cooked roast duck breast drizzled in a distinctly Indonesian pepper sauce, served with warm Danish cherries for a hint of sweetness. The dishes pair perfectly with select bottles of wine (some straight from Denmark) picked out by Dusk’s beverage team, as well as a live band bringing in cheer.
Dusk Restaurant & Bar, Faber Peak Singapore, Level 2, 109 Mount Faber Road, 099203
Explore the mystical world of Avatar at Gardens by the Bay
On Friday night: Housed amidst the misty waterfall, spiralling walkways and lush foliage of Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest, Avatar: The Experience invites you to step into the fantastical world of Pandora. Inspired by the beauty and magic of the highest-grossing movie of all time, the immersive walkthrough will transport you to the film’s bioluminescent universe, within which you’ll find magnificent creatures and unique flora. Various exciting installations are scattered across the space, as are several interactive artworks and activities for you to try your hand at. With the recent release of the film’s sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, there’s no better time to experience the wonder of the Avatar universe than now.
Avatar: The Experience runs from 28 October 2022 to 31 March 2023.
Book a ticket here.
Show your appreciation for migrant workers in Singapore this festive season
On Saturday afternoon: Local charity ItsRainingRaincoats works to improve the welfare of migrant workers in Singapore and facilitate their integration into the larger community. As part of their Christmas giving drive this year, the organisation is collecting wrapped presents which will be handed out to workers at worksites and dormitories, alongside organising small celebrations to spread the festive cheer. As you do your Christmas shopping this holiday season, consider picking up a couple of extra gifts to express your appreciation. Items such as towels, toiletries, power banks, bluetooth headphones and Tiger Balm are recommended—and all you’ll have to do is wrap them, and then coordinate a time to leave the gifts at one of the many drop-off locations around the island.
Tuck into a four-course festive French dinner at db Bistro and Oyster Bar
On Saturday night: For a Christmas Eve feast with a French twist, head to db Bistro and Oyster Bar. To start, a festive tipple arrives in the form of the Rudolph Martini, a vodka-based drink concocted with Cointreau and spiced cranberries, beautifully pink-hued to bring out the holiday cheer. A sumptuous four-course spread awaits, opening with the Oysters Rockefeller topped with a wonderfully creamy spinach gratin. For your choice of starter, we recommend the Roasted Chestnut Soup. Superbly smooth, this festive dish—commonly served in winter—is accompanied by black trumpet mushrooms and variations of celery. The restaurant’s selection of Christmas mains comes headlined by celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s Beef Duo, which features red wine-braised short ribs and tender New York strip, served with potato gratin, bordelaise sauce and a classic French spinach subric. To round out the meal, choose from either the Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Bûche de Noël or the “Tokyo Banana” Bûche de Noël to end things on a sweet note.
db Bistro and Oyster Bar, 2 Bayfront Ave, B1-48, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Catch the highly-anticipated sequel to Knives Out
On Sunday afternoon: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery might not be your stereotypical holiday movie, but it’s a film that promises a ton of fun for any Christmas gathering you may be looking forward to. After the immense success of the first instalment of Knives Out, detective Benoit Blanc returns to our screens in a refreshingly fun sequel with a stellar cast including Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn and Dave Bautista. This time, he finds himself on an extravagant Greek island owned by a billionaire tech mogul who plans to stage a murder for his group of friends to solve. But in true Knives Out fashion, nothing is as it is expected to be. Joined by an ensemble of eccentric personalities that range from a ditzy model to a men’s rights activist, Benoit Blanc will have to find his way through the maze of twists and turns meant to throw him off.
Stream Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery on Netflix.
Indulge in a Christmas feast at Hilton Singapore Orchard’s Estate
On Sunday night: There’s nothing like a live carving station with whole roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham and Wagyu prime rib on display to really get you in the mood for Christmas. These are but just some of the offerings available at Estate’s sprawling festive buffet, elevated for Christmas day with seasonal fixings seamlessly melded with local flavours. Amidst the luxurious Sea Urchin Gnocchi and Rock Lobster Thermidor sit distinctively Asian dishes like Szechuan-style Spicy Chicken ‘La Zi Ji’, Sup Ayam Rempah and a particularly well-spiced Hyderabadi-style Chicken Dum Biryani. Don’t forget to load up your plate at their seafood counters either, with freshly-shucked Irish oysters and a delicious red tiger prawn quinoa salad adding some lightness to the lavish meal. Dessert is predictably an extravagant affair, with over 30 different items to pick from. If you ask us, we’d go with the Baileys Affogato, any day.
Estate, 333 Orchard Rd, Level 5, Singapore 238867
Indulge in Chef Tariq Helou’s delectable creations at Fleurette
On Friday night: Should you wish to engulf yourself in some quietude after the week’s affairs, consider Fleurette as your chosen lair of escape. In an unassuming corner of Rangoon Road, Fleurette by Chef Tariq Helou is a hole-in-the-wall that’s as mysterious as it is excellent. Helou plays with your taste buds via his appetisers, where five starters bring you on an adventure around the world. Begin with the Cold Ebi Somen, a bowl of dashi-drenched somen topped with raw botan ebi, poised as his personal love letter to the Singaporean prawn mee. One can also glean that seafood is a clear forte with the likes of the Aori Ika, a fresh portion of reef squid floating squarely in the middle of a punchy yuzu vinaigrette pool deepened with chive oil.
The main courses demonstrate Helou’s versatility, from a confit pigeon leg grilled and glazed with shio koji to a sublime bowl of fragrant crab koshihikari rice. At the height of indulgence is a plate of succulent langoustines laid over a bed of cold buckwheat risotto—decadent, complex and leaves a lingering taste in one’s mouth. To round off the meal, Helou’s signature Hokkaido milk ice cream dusted over with snow salt and a surprising drizzle of olive oil will be a surefire win.
Fleurette, 204 Rangoon Rd, Singapore 218451
Brunch with your squad at Café Natsu
On Saturday afternoon: If you’re gathering your crew of friends for a weekend brunch, delight yourself in new and refreshed offerings from the stylish Café Natsu seated along Joo Chiat Road. To start, opt for the Fried Ebi Croquette, where each bite bursts with a hefty filling of fresh ebi. We recommend centering your mains around a few sharing plates, from the Cold Somen served with a confit egg yolk to the Shortrib Ragu Kare Casarecce—an Italian-Japanese fusion option where casarecce is paired with tender braised short rib, cooked in a bold Japanese curry sauce that hits the spot. Leave space for dessert, as the crisp yet chewy Mochi Fried Donuts served with salted Hokkaido milk ice cream is the perfect sweet ending to your sun-drenched meal.
Café Natsu, 283 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427537
Tuck into a six-course meal as you catch The Menu
On Saturday night: With leading actors Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy both nominated for the Golden Globes for their respective roles in the film, the excitement surrounding The Menu has only grown since its release. An atmospheric horror-comedy unlike anything seen ever before, the film follows a couple taking a trip to an ultra-luxurious restaurant on a private island, to sample one celebrity chef’s infamous masterpieces. An opulent spread has been prepared, but not without a sinister catch that might potentially cost them their lives. And what better way to enjoy the film than with a six-course menu inspired by the dishes served on screen—without the dire consequences, of course.
Book a ticket here.
Craft a tabletop Christmas tree with local fashion label In Good Company
On Sunday afternoon: Subtle but festive, a beautiful mini Christmas tree is a charming ornamental centrepiece that ushers in the joyful spirit of the holidays. As Christmas draws near, local fashion label In Good Company has joined hands with Plain Vanilla bakery to present an artisanal Christmas tree-making workshop hosted by Wonderland Botanicals. Put together a mini tree using fresh pine, before dressing it up with baubles, pine cones and a beaded garland. Just in time for the holiday festivities, the finished product is a stylish piece you’re sure to want to have on display.
Book a slot here.
Visit a film photography exhibition and fair
On Sunday night: As film photography makes a resurgence, immerse yourself in the beauty of the form at Somerset Film Snaps. From six local photographers comes an exhibition focused on the 120 medium format, offering a look at both Singapore through a fresh lens. A camera, film and art market awaits, as does a Prints Exchange Corner where you can swap a film print of your own for someone else’s. End the evening on a Polaroid Photowalk, where you’ll pick up a few photography tricks as you’re guided through the Christmas-lit streets of Orchard Road.
Somerset Film Snaps runs from 16 to 18 December 2022.
Support a good cause as you get your Christmas shopping done
On Friday night: From elegant home decor to vibrant accessories, each item available for sale at The Art Faculty comes designed by artists with autism, who earn royalties for every purchase made. The social enterprise, started by the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore), also employs a diverse team. For the festive season, the store will host live performances and a series of pop-ups over selected weekends, lending their space to a varied range of other social enterprises and artists. Drop by TeddyThotz’s booth on Friday evening, and you’ll find everything from handcrafted bags to traditional patchwork blankets—all created by marginalised groups to help generate income. As we enter the season of gifting, let’s not forget to find a way to give back.
The Art Faculty, Enabling Village, 20 Lengkok Bahru, #01-07, Singapore 159053
Catch She Said at The Projector
On Saturday afternoon: In 2017, New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke one of the most important news stories of our generation. Detailing former producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual abuse and misconduct, it was the story that shattered the silence surrounding the topic of sexual assault in Hollywood, sparking the worldwide #MeToo movement. A testament to the courage and strength of both the survivors who came forward and the journalists who fought to bring the issue to light, She Said lays out the investigation that took down a predator and forced all eyes to take a closer look at the systems that enabled him.
Book a ticket here.
Groove to local music performances at the Majulah Holiday Special
On Saturday night: There’s no better way to usher in the festive season than with a Christmas concert. Featuring some of Singapore’s most celebrated young vocalists, the Majulah Holiday Special wraps up the rollercoaster of a year that was 2022 and welcomes the holiday spirit in its place. Look forward to festive sets by Angelo, LAYYI, Dominic Chin, Marian Carmel and Benjamin Kheng—as well as drinks from Jiggy to liven up the night as you explore the various holiday booths and take in the festivities.
Book a ticket here.
Get a taste of Okinawa’s freshest produce at Wakuda
On Sunday afternoon: At Wakuda, expect to see a wide showcase of Japan’s culinary treasures with the freshest produce from Okinawa. Inspired to bring the best of his travels to his namesake restaurant, chef Tetsuya Wakuda shares: “The Okinawa prefecture holds a special place in my journey of discovery because it is only here that you can find fresh seafood in tropical waters, as well as vegetables grown in some of the most mineral-rich soil.”
Wakuda’s newest lunch service presents a bevy of Okinawan foods, spanning from mozuku (seaweed), maguro (tuna) to umibukdo (sea grapes). Mozuku happens to be a staple of the tropical paradise, as chef Tetsuya serves it chilled with yuzu and shoyu broth, finished with a touch of Okinawa lime for the perfect appetiser. Our favourite was the maguro, with a lean, firm texture and deftly sliced upon morsels of sushi rice. Of course, at Wakuda, the fish is served in another signature iteration: Big Eye Tuna—atop toasted bread with wasabi and sea grapes. A one-bite umami wonder with wild-caught tuna, if we had to call it.
Wakuda, Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Bayfront Ave, Tower 2, Singapore 018956
Visit a botanical art exhibition at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
On Sunday night: Based on detailed observations of plant morphology, botanical art embraces the inherent beauty of nature. Bringing together 120 gorgeous works of the art form, Flora of Southeast Asia 2022 is the world’s first international botanical art exhibition focused on the native plants of Southeast Asia. Displayed at various locations around the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the pieces are submitted by botanical artists from 13 countries around Asia—deemed as the top entries for both scientific accuracy and artistic merit by a panel of experts. Take a stroll around the gardens and have a look at the meticulous art pieces that will present flora in a new light. As the weekend draws to a close, an evening connecting with nature sounds like the perfect way to wind down.
Flora of Southeast Asia 2022 runs from 15 November 2022 to 15 February 2023.
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Add Red Velvet’s new album, Birthday, to your playlist
On Friday night: Every song on Red Velvet’s new five-track EP offers something new and distinctly unique. Its title track layers infectious beats and bright vocals on top of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue—transforming it into an upbeat catchy single. Meanwhile, Bye Bye takes on a darker tone, incorporating a sinister iteration of the opening phrase from Beethoven’s Für Elise, one of classical music’s most recognisable refrains. As the work week draws to a close, settle in for the evening and let Birthday take you on a journey through eclectic soundscapes that will surprise you at each turn.
Listen to Birthday here.
Indulge in an opulent omakase experience at Hashida
On Saturday afternoon: A meal at Hashida is an experience worth recounting. Having moved from its original Mandarin Gallery location to the enclave of Amoy Street a year ago, the elegant restaurant captures your attention right when you first walk in. A cavernous hallway leads into three dining rooms, set apart from each other with unique details like monochromatic walls that symbolise yin and yang, and natural beams made from 200-year old wood from Kyoto.
At the helm of Hashida’s culinary team is head chef Yasuda Itaru. Handpicked by celebrity chef and founder Kenjiro Hashida, chef Yasuda turns out a refined omakase experience that is as fun to watch as it is to consume. From the piquant Caviar and Ikura starter to the silky Cold Chawanmushi hiding juicy pieces of scallop within, the lead up to the main course is delightfully creative and varied. The real fun, of course, starts when the sushi courses come out. From the mainstay aji (horse mackerel) to less familiar but intriguing items like Japanese cockle, chef Yasuda encloses a melange of wondrous textures and flavours into pieces of perfectly formed sushi. The uni and tachiuo handroll—which he encourages diners to eat in one bite—is overwhelmingly indulgent and delicious, and a dish you will remember for some time to come. Finish it all off with a medley of sweet desserts and seasonal Japanese fruit. Our favourite is the earthy and toothsome homemade sweet potato ice cream—not overly cloying, but packed with complex flavour.
Hashida, 77 Amoy St, Singapore 069896
Visit the Ethos Books festive sale at The Projector
On Saturday night: Bibliophiles are in for a treat at the Ethos Books festive sale, finally back in person after two long years. Pick up a couple of meaningful reads from the local publishing house’s diverse collections, and bring along a few books from your own shelf for a big book swap happening courtesy of Books and Beer. Over 20 local artists and independent brands will also join in on the festivities, making it the perfect place to get some shopping done for the holidays. From upcycled fashion to handcrafted pieces, there’s a little bit of everything to discover.
The Ethos Books festive sale runs from 3 to 4 December 2022.
Projector X: Picturehouse, The Cathay, 2 Handy Rd, Level 6, Singapore 229233
Treat yourself to decadent chocolate at the newly-opened Mr. Bucket Chocolaterie
On Sunday afternoon: A wondrous world of sweets awaits at homegrown artisanal chocolate brand Mr. Bucket’s new chocolaterie on Dempsey Hill. Customise your own chocolate slab at the Creation Station—Singapore’s very first build-your-own chocolate corner—or purchase your favourite handcrafted treats at the chocolate dispensary. Sustainability is key in Mr. Bucket’s practice, evidenced by the bring-your-own-container approach the dispensary takes—as well as the way the brand wastes no part of the cacao fruit in its chocolate-making process. Take the husk of the bean for instance, which is used to create a delicious Cacao Husk Lemon Tea instead of being discarded. Dedicated viewing points in the chocolaterie provide front row seats to the fascinating chocolate-making process, while the elegant Tasting Room serves up indulgent chocolate-filled desserts and drinks. Try the Bean-to-Bar Journey, a unique tasting set that spans every part of the cacao bean at each stage of the chocolate-making process—from a Cacao Bean Dark Chocolate Dragee to a refreshing Chocolate Passionfruit Sable.
Mr. Bucket Chocolaterie, 13 Dempsey Road, #01-03/04, Singapore 249674
Immerse yourself in street culture at Culture Cartel
On Sunday night: The vibrancy and diversity of street culture shines at Culture Cartel. Bringing together 200 of the scene’s most prominent brands and creatives from all across the world, the convention is an exciting look at the passion and creativity that urban culture brings forth. Look forward to street fashion from Indonesia’s Paradise Youth Club and Amsterdam’s Patta, as well as gorgeous works of art from deconstructive pop artist Matt Gondek and Japanese photographer RK. Across six pillars of art, fashion, music, tattoos, toys and NFTs, the biggest names in the street culture scene will share their most exciting work yet.
Culture Cartel runs from 1 to 4 December 2022.
Book a ticket here.
Get your Christmas shopping done at Boutique Fairs Singapore
On Friday night: There’s something for everyone at Boutique Fairs Singapore: The Gifting Edition 2022. From homegrown fashion brands and beauty labels to artisanal treats and lifestyle goods, the event brings together 240 independent local brands under one roof. Drop by Singaporean publishing house Ethos Books to browse through local literature, or pick up some sustainable loungewear from homegrown sleepwear label Selenightco. Also look forward to the many kid-friendly brands taking part—including the likes of Little Rei and Wander Mats—as well as a variety of unique highlights from the fair’s Young Designers Showcase. For anyone looking to get some shopping done for the festive season, there’s no better place to find a thoughtful gift or two.
Boutique Fairs Singapore: The Gifting Edition 2022 runs from 25 to 27 November 2022.
Book a ticket here.
Delight in NOKA by Tippling Club’s new omakase menu
On Saturday afternoon: NOKA by Tippling Club has a new sushi chef in Chef Ryosuke Deguchi from Kyoto, who delivers a beautiful 17-course omakase experience that will tantalise the senses. The menu is varied and exciting, taking diners through a journey which starts with the likes of a tender Sakura Pork with tonburi and daikon, and a perfectly battered Lobster Tail. These punchy flavours reflect NOKA’s flair for progressive Japanese cuisine, before it settles into comforting favourites such as Otoro and a Japanese Sea Bream served with fresh yuzu zest in a warm broth featuring katsuobushi and Japanese red sea salt. NOKA’s fresh Saba wrapped in seaweed, A5 Toriyama Wagyu with a surprise burrata underneath, and Plum Somen with conger eel are other dishes to keep your eye out for its unique presentation and wonderful balance of flavours and textures. The pace is swift but unhurried, and by the time dessert arrives, you will have settled into a dreamy state of satisfaction and wondering if what you’ve just encountered was a superb omakase meal or a show of playful gastronomy.
NOKA by Tippling Club, Funan, 109 North Bridge Road, 07-38, Singapore 179097
Immerse yourself in local cinema at the Singapore International Film Festival
On Saturday night: The local film industry has much to offer—and that is precisely what Singapore Panorama seeks to reflect. Presented as part of the Singapore International Film Festival, the curation brings together the latest works by Singapore’s talented creatives. Our pick from the line-up is the Short Film Programme 1, a selection of four short films that shows the breadth of stories that our local filmmakers tell. Vikneshwaran Silva’s Alter follows an elderly cancer-ridden security officer who wins the lottery after talking to God, while Sun Koh’s Singapore Veal is set in a meatless society afflicted with a pandemic and rife with extreme inequalities. Eva Tang’s As Quiet As A Cloud and Elysa Wendi’s As I Imagine My Body Moving round out the programme, forming a line-up that is as varied as it is insightful.
Book a ticket here.
Explore an exhibition on the human body and religion at the Asian Civilisations Museum
On Sunday afternoon: Body & Spirit: The Human Body in Thought and Practice delves into an aspect of wellness not often explored. Through the unique lens of religions in Asia, the exhibition highlights how rituals, healing practices, pilgrimage, and divine images capture the essence of the human body, spirit and mind. More than a hundred artefacts make up the display, forming an awe-inspiring demonstration of sacred and ritual art from Singapore and the region. To close out the exhibition, two special showcases complement the main display: Buddha Relics, which displays gems and precious offerings found with the bone relics of Buddha in India’s Piprahwa Stupa in 1898, and Vel Vel: The Burden Dance, which centres the intricate structures carried during Thaipusam.
Body & Spirit: The Human Body in Thought and Practice runs from 25 November 2022 to 26 March 2023.
Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress PI, Singapore 179555
Indulge in Chef Daniel Baratier’s hearty creations at Claudine
On Sunday night: A menu celebrating the best of wild-to-table awaits at Claudine’s very first ‘Friends of Claudine’—courtesy of none other than acclaimed chef Daniel Baratier from Annecy’s L’Auberge Sur-les-Bois. The dining series, which strives to forge culinary friendships, invites chefs from around the world to share their signature dishes with Singapore from Claudine’s kitchen. Baratier’s exclusive menu, available for only two days, comes inspired by Haute-Savoie classics and treasured childhood memories of hunting in autumn. Try his famous pâte en croûte with pork, hazelnuts and pickled shitaké, or go for the deer saddle on the bone if you’re looking to share amongst a large group.
Chef Daniel Baratier’s takeover of Claudine runs from 26 to 27 November 2022.
Make a reservation here.
Catch Singapore Repertory Theatre’s meaningful production of The Almighty Sometimes
On Friday night: A good piece of theatre—according to Gaurav Kripalani, the artistic director of Singapore Repertory Theatre—should challenge its audience. The Almighty Sometimes undoubtedly does. Brutal but gripping, it sheds light on mental illness, medication, and all the complicated implications that come along with them. We follow Anna, a young woman who has spent more than a decade taking pills for her mental health, who as a child, was a prodigious writer. Now an adult, she has to grapple with the question: How much of her is who she really is, and how much is the influence of her medication?
Amidst heavy discussions surrounding mental health interwoven with fascinatingly imaginative stories, it is the relationship between Anna and her mother that makes up the heart of the show. Karen Tan takes on the role of Anna’s mother with striking nuance, conveying both the complex reality of caring for someone with a mental illness as well as the unconditional strength of a mother’s love. What you take away from the play will depend on your own experiences with mental health, but ultimately, The Almighty Sometimes offers a layered discussion about aspects of mental illness not often explored.
The Almighty Sometimes runs from 8 to 26 November 2022.
Book a ticket here
Indulge in three-Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s exclusive Les Agrumes menu
On Saturday afternoon: Chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s Les Agrumes menu is an enchanting work of art. As one of the most decorated female chefs of her generation, she is best known for her creative interpretation of flavours through bold and unexpected combinations—and it is this culinary philosophy that lends itself to the remarkability of her exclusive limited-time menu. In Les Agrumes, a spectrum of citrus fruits takes centre stage as she uses them in unique and surprising ways. From kaffir lime and bergamot to yuzu and cedrat, each course comes infused with the tart, refreshing aroma of citrus. Expect baked abalone served with seaweed butter and yuzu, and delicate pasta stuffed with Jerusalem artichoke and topped with bergamot. Masterfully created, the menu is a mark of Pic’s extraordinary creations, limitless imagination and exceptional culinary flair.
Immerse yourself in legendary musician Ryuichi Sakamoto’s stirring film scores
On Saturday night: From grand orchestrations to minimalist scores, Sight Through Sound: Ryuichi Sakamoto charts momentous Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto’s sonic evolution through his iconic contributions to film. The film curation, presented by the ArtScience Cinema, spans four decades of Sakamoto’s illustrious career. Our pick from this weekend’s line up is the compelling Women Without Men, which delves into issues of feminism and gender equality in Iran. Against the turbulent backdrop of the country’s 1953 coup, four women find independence, solace and friendship in a beautiful orchard garden. Sakamoto’s score, subtle but evocative, ties the film together gracefully.
Sight Through Sound: Ryuichi Sakamoto runs from 5 November 2022 to 1 January 2023.
Book a ticket here
Explore poignant works of art by diverse artists at the Dysphoria/Euphoria exhibition
On Sunday afternoon: It is evident that there is something powerful about Dysphoria/Euphoria from the moment you step in. A thoughtful look at the effects of gender dysphoria through the lens of those who have lived through it, the exhibition highlights the works of eight local transgender and gender-diverse artists. The largest such showcase in Singapore yet, it tenderly weaves art, stories and interviews together to paint a striking portrait of gender dysphoria, transitioning and euphoria in our local context. Presented in conjunction with Transgender Awareness Week, the exhibition is an insightful glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of the transgender and gender-diverse community in Singapore.
Dysphoria/Euphoria runs from 11 to 20 November 2022.
Projector X: Picturehouse, The Cathay, 2 Handy Rd, Level 5, Singapore 229233
Tune in to Food Affair with Mark Wiens on HBO GO
On Sunday night: If there’s one thing that brings Singaporeans together, it’s food. From the finest restaurants to the most delectable hawker fare, Food Affair with Mark Wiens shines a spotlight on our country’s rich and diverse culinary offerings. Hosted by popular food vlogger Mark Wiens with a star-studded panel of guests each episode, the six-part series uncovers the fascinating stories and incredible artistry from the people behind Singapore’s smorgasbord of delicacies. Settle in for the night with a dynamic new series that places Singapore’s love for food front and centre.
Food Affair with Mark Wiens premieres on HBO GO on 18 November 2022.
Get acquainted with Singapore’s up-and-coming artists at One Night Only
On Friday night: An annual showcase of work from fine art students at Lasalle College of the Arts, One Night Only is a look at what some of Singapore’s most promising up-and-coming artists are capable of. This year’s theme, Fluid Fringes, alludes to the continuous and ever-changing processes of learning and unlearning. From the use of sound installations to the exploration of the performative body, a diverse array of mediums is used to explore ideas ranging from physicality to social identity. With each segment of the exhibition contributing to a larger discussion on blurring the boundaries between the individual and their surroundings, One Night Only is a true showcase of the versatility of art.
One Night Only runs from 6pm to 10pm on 11 November 2022.
LASALLE’s Winstedt Campus, 9 Winstedt Road, Singapore 227976
Drop by Dior’s gorgeous holiday pop-up at ION Orchard
On Saturday afternoon: Entitled ‘The Atelier of Dreams’, Dior’s enchanting new installation invites you to step into a world of wonder. Within its gorgeous space, three experiential zones await. The first, a grand chandelier, comes decorated with a multitude of J’adore Eau de Parfum bottles. Next, find an immersive space lined with mirrors and intricate gold constellations—the perfect spot for taking pictures—before moving on to the final room, a beautiful Dior dining hall where you’ll get a look at the brand’s limited-edition holiday fragrance and cosmetic collections. In the spirit of the holidays, cupcakes from The Marmalade Pantry will be given out to guests at random, so keep an eye out just in case you get lucky.
Dior’s The Atelier of Dreams runs from 5 November 2022 to 1 January 2023.
ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Catch Black Panther: Wakanda Forever at The Projector
On Saturday night: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever begins in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. The remaining leaders of Wakanda, despite their grief, must fight to protect their country from forces that threaten to invade them. As they come together to forge a new path, the nation’s people, too, must learn to embrace their next chapter. The film is as epic as it is moving, but at its heart, it is an earnest tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman. Following Black Panther’s groundbreaking success and the actor’s sudden passing, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever proves a fitting sequel that carries the series’—and Boseman’s—legacy forward.
Book a ticket here.
Relish a festive feast from Da Paolo Gastronomia
On Sunday afternoon: Precious family time aside, the best thing about the holiday season is undoubtedly the vast cornucopia of food and drink we are surrounded by. If you’re hosting a festive gathering or two this season, look to homegrown brand Da Paolo Gastronomia’s extensive catalogue of gourmet delights.
Centre your dinner around the hefty Stuffed & Deboned Roast Turkey, elevated with three layers of stuffing and a traditional Italian-style sausage right in the middle. For a less conventional savoury addition to the table, consider the Braised Beef Roulade—a delectable melange of juicy beef brisket and fragrant truffled mushrooms. But the real treat that awaits is an array of desserts that signal the arrival of this special time of year. An easy standout amongst Da Paolo Gastronomia’s offerings is the Pistachio Raspberry Log Cake, covered in an airy Sicilian pistachio cream and brightened with homemade raspberry jam. For a gluten-free and nut-free alternative, the Flourless Chocolate Log Cake holds its weight. With a creamy mousse-like texture and subtly-bitter Valrhona chocolate flavour, this is a treat worth loosening your waistband for.
Pick up a ceramic masterpiece at the Clay Makers’ Market
On Sunday night: At the Clay Makers’ Market, the ceramics displayed are as varied as you can imagine. Featuring over 120 Singapore-based clay creatives, the pieces come sculpted by master ceramicists, local studios and independent potters alike. Explore the market, and you’ll find everything from elaborate vases to unique tableware. Every piece, meticulously handcrafted, is one of a kind. For anyone looking to spruce up their homes with a new artisanal centrepiece, this fair is not to be missed.
The Clay Makers’ Market runs from 10-13 November 2022.
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Catch a screening of the powerful play Prima Facie
On Friday night: Prima Facie is not an easy play to watch, but it is a hugely relevant and intensely gripping one. A one-woman performance that confronts the topic of how legal systems handle sexual assault, it is a noteworthy contribution to the ongoing discussion about how sexual assault survivors are treated. Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer delivers a fearless performance as Tessa, a brilliant young barrister who has her view of the legal system turned upside down after she becomes a victim of the very people she used to defend. The play, staged by the prestigious UK National Theatre earlier this year, will be screened worldwide before beginning a run on Broadway in 2023.
Book a ticket here.
Check out an exclusive collaboration between Shake Shack and Candlenut
On Saturday afternoon: Worlds collide—iconic burger chain Shake Shack is collaborating with homegrown Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant Candlenut for a delicious surprise. The star of the exclusive one-day menu is the Buah Keluak Burger, which features a juicy Angus beef patty slathered with buah keluak, then topped with chef Malcolm Lee’s signature Mum’s Chicken Curry sauce. Originally created as a Candlenut staff meal, the burger has become somewhat of a legend amongst industry circles, only making the occasional appearance on a menu during special events. Accompanying it are the Curry Fries, seasoned with a secret blend of curry powder and salt for a hint of spice.
The Shake Shack and Candlenut collaboration is available on 5 November 2022 from 11am until sold out at the Neil Road store.
Shake Shack, 89 Neil Rd, #01-01, Singapore 088849
Get ready for the Singapore Writers Festival
On Saturday night: From acclaimed British author Jeanette Winterson to award-winning science fiction novelist Ted Chiang, this year’s Singapore Writers Festival presents an impressive line-up of international, regional and local talents. Now in its 25th edition, the festival embraces both retrospection and possibility with the theme “If”. Winterson discusses her latest work, a collection of essays titled 12 Bytes in which she delves into love, art and the very essence of humanity amidst a world that is rapidly moving towards artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, Chiang’s masterclass is a deep dive into the fantasy genre and how artistic movements have influenced the imaginary worlds we’ve conjured. With over 200 programmes spread across three weekends, the Singapore Writers Festival invites you to reflect on both the past and the future of our literary works through insightful conversations and thought-provoking experiences.
The Singapore Writers Festival will run from 4 to 20 November 2022.
Book tickets here.
Groove to SZA’s new single, Shirt
On Sunday afternoon: It’s been two long years since SZA first teased the release of her single, Shirt, on Instagram—sparking a viral TikTok trend. The wait for the infectiously catchy track is finally over. A laid-back anthem set to shifting beats, the song unravels the complex and destructive nature of love with a vulnerable intensity. Directed by Dave Meyers, an accompanying music video stars SZA and LaKeith Stanfield as modern-day Bonnie and Clyde against backdrops that move from gritty crime scenes to galactic sequences. And as the credits roll, in true SZA fashion, a preview of yet another new song plays—perhaps hinting at the second studio album that fans have long been awaiting.
Listen to Shirt here.
Indulge in a hearty Mediterranean meal at Sol & Ora
On Sunday night: Swing by Sol & Ora—sister concept of the highly-lauded Sol & Luna—housed on the rooftop of The Outpost Hotel on Sentosa Island. Translating directly to ‘sun and shore’ in Latin, the newly-established epicurean destination offers an innovative expression of Mediterranean cuisine that blends perfectly into the beachfront atmosphere.
Start your evening with their crispy Fried Soft Shell Crab, lightly battered and laced with a tangy beurre noisette. Indulge in the sweet richness of their Greek Saganaki Cheese glazed in honey. Every decadent bite melts in your mouth. For those looking to have a taste of Italian influence, opt for the creamy Cavatelli Pasta, cooked with generous amounts of fresh squid and crab. Pair it with the Imam Baylildi, a spicy, wood-fire scorched eggplant baked till golden with tomato and cinnamon. To end the meal, our top pick stood out with ease: the crunchy churros fried to perfection—and served with a satisfying pot of melted chocolate.
Sol & Ora, Level 7 The Outpost Hotel, 10 Artillery Avenue, Sentosa Island Singapore 099951
Catch Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris at The Projector
On Friday night: A charming rags-to-riches tale with a high fashion twist, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris follows a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London with a dream to one day acquire a couture Dior gown of her own. Her extraordinary adventure takes her to Paris, where she transforms not just her own life, but also the future of the House of Dior. Featuring vintage couture that comes recreated from replicas in Dior’s archive by none other than Jenny Beavan—the Oscar-winning costume designer behind Cruella and Mad Max: Fury Road—this comedy-drama is an enchanting look into the world of dress.
Book a ticket here.
Indulge in a sushi omakase at Shinsora
On Saturday afternoon: Relish a quiet omakase lunch within the walls of Shinsora, tucked away in the unassuming quarters of Standing Sushi Bar at Odeon Towers. This intimate 10-seater space is now open for lunch, with award-winning sushi chef and owner Sky Tai at the helm. The menu mirrors the seasons with the freshest produce placed front and centre—from matsukawagarei (barfin flounder) to hikarimono (silver-skinned fish). What’s in this season is sanma (pacific saury), a fatty fish commonly found in Japan waters. Nuances of its bitter notes were deftly balanced with the sweetness of the shoyu. Other delectable standouts include the briny bering sea cockle, served with a taut and crunchy texture. Those who are time-starved this weekend can opt for the 9-piece menu, but if you’re ready for a big meal, the 15-piece arrangement will leave you sated with a larger assortment of delicacies as well as insightful conversations with the amiable chef before you.
Lunch at Shinsora is available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with one seating from 12pm. Reservations are required.
331 North Bridge Road, #01-04 Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720
Honour the departed at Appetite’s Día de los Muertos party
If you’re looking for a reason to dress up this weekend, Appetite’s Día de los Muertos party may be a worthy occasion. In a tribute to the Mexican Day of the Dead—a holiday reserved for remembering the lives of late friends and family members—Singapore’s resident art gallery-cum-experimental kitchen is hosting a gathering of epic proportions. With delicious Latin American-inspired street snacks on offer all night, the event will stretch across both floors of the restaurant, including its chic listening room full of vintage records. Guests are encouraged to bring along a memento of someone or something they would like to honour to take part in the celebrations. Expect the night to feel like an intimate house party thrown by your most stylish friend—and don’t forget to throw on your best outfit before you arrive.
Book a ticket here.
Delve into the beauty of watchmaking at a Vacheron Constantin exhibition
On Sunday afternoon: A deep dive into the art of watchmaking, Vacheron Constantin’s The Anatomy of Beauty uncovers both the technical mastery and the stunning designs behind the maison’s celebrated timepieces. An exclusive curation of watches from the 19th century to present day sets the stage for an immersive journey through the brand’s horological legacy. Presented in commemoration of the brand’s Marina Bay Sands boutique reopening, the exhibition serves as a showcase of Vacheron Constantin’s endeavour for utmost perfection in every detail.
The Anatomy of Beauty will run from 16 October to 2 November 2022.
ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
Explore a world of digital possibilities at the Singapore Art Museum
On Sunday night: If there’s one question that we’ve grown overly familiar with in the past two years, it’s the inescapable “can everybody see my screen?”, uttered unfailingly across every Zoom call and Teams meeting. Playfully referencing the phrase, Singapore Art Museum’s Can Everybody See My Screen? delves into our relationship with technology and the way it has evolved. As new technological possibilities surface and our perception of human realities shift, the exhibition explores how art interacts with an increasingly digital world. Central to the exhibition’s 12 artworks is one element tying them together: the screen—at once both a physical boundary and a portal to a virtual world of limitless potential.
Can Everybody See My Screen? will run from 9 September to 11 December 2022.
SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Rd, #01-02 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
Add Taylor Swift’s new album to your playlist
On Friday night: The concept behind Taylor Swift’s latest album is an intriguing one: each track recounts the story of a sleepless night in the singer-songwriter’s life. Titled Midnights, the record features 13 tracks that tell of both sweet dreams and nightmarish terrors—including a highly-anticipated song that features Lana Del Rey. An intimate exploration of deeply personal topics such as love and insecurity, Swift’s 10th album marks a return to her autobiographical songwriting roots after her last two narrative-driven records. Accompanying the album drop, fans can also look forward to two new music videos, one for the track Anti-Hero, and one yet to be announced.
Listen to Midnights here.
Drop into whimsical new Japanese restaurant Kissajin
On Saturday afternoon: Tucked away in a corner of Shaw Centre is Kissajin, a new Japanese restaurant with a hidden entrance. Conceptualised as a tribute to the kissaten (traditional tea and coffee houses found in Japan), Kissajin trades the elevated airs of its fine-dining sister establishment Jinhonten for a far more relaxed, jovial ambience. The menu features several dishes specially crafted to add touches of fun to your meal. Look forward to a Goma Tofu appetiser that arrives in the form of yoyo tsuri (a game commonly played at Japanese carnivals where water balloons are fished out from a tub of water using a hook and a string). Between that, the well-executed tamago and pork katsu sandos, and infectious ‘80s J-pop tunes playing in the background, it’s easy to let your hair down for a leisurely lunch. Who knows? You might just find yourself transported to the bustling streets of Shibuya, or Japan’s famous Matsuri festivals.
Kissajin, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd, #01-11, 228208
Enter the breathtaking world of Cartier’s Panthère universe
On Saturday night: This is one you may have already seen on your social media feeds. Immersive and spellbinding, Cartier’s Into the Wild invites you to explore the wonders and the beauty of its Panthère universe. Meet the different facets of Cartier’s emblematic animal, and observe the way it constantly reinvents itself. Aptly held amidst the verdant greenery of the Gardens by the Bay’s Bayfront Pavilion, the travelling installation presents over eight stunning rooms that trace the evolution of the iconic collection—from the first sighting of the creative signature as spot motifs on a watch in 1914, to the symbol of confident femininity it has become today.
Into the Wild will run from 16 to 30 October 2022.
Bayfront Pavilion, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Explore works of contemporary art at the Singapore Biennale
On Sunday afternoon: This year’s Singapore Biennale is named Natasha. It might appear unusual, but the unique act of naming provokes both artists and audiences to rethink the way we see and understand the world. The main exhibition, happening at the Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, brings a diverse curation of global work to our shores. Natasha Tontey’s Garden Amidst the Flame; Lacuna for Compassion is a multimedia installation that showcases the ritual ceremonies of the Minahasan people, while Kanitha Tith’s Hut Tep Soda Chan (Hut of an Angel) uses the love story between a mortal man and an angel to convey ideas of happiness and love in spite of poverty. Placing our relationship with art at its centre, the captivating exhibition invites us to embark on a journey with Natasha and see where it takes us.
The Singapore Biennale 2022 will run from 16 October 2022 to 19 March 2023.
SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Rd, #01-02 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
Catch Ajoomma at The Projector
On Sunday night: It’s been nearly two decades since a Singaporean film was selected for the main competition line-up of the Busan International Film Festival. A charming debut feature from Singaporean director He Shuming, the comedy-drama follows Auntie, a Korean drama-loving middle-aged Singaporean widow, as she gets lost in Korea while seeking new purpose in life. Joining veteran Singaporean actress Hong Huifang is a star-studded cast of familiar K-drama faces, including Mine’s Jung Dong-hwan, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’s Kang Hyung-suk and Hotel Del Luna’s Yeo Jin-goo. As the first official Singaporean-Korean co-production, Ajoomma also holds the honour of being Singapore’s submission to the 2023 Oscars in the Best International Film category.
Book a ticket here.
Experience reinvented Asian cuisine at equestrian-inspired Farrer Horse
On Friday night: Tucked away in The Sultan Hotel, Farrer Horse gets its name from the area’s history as Singapore’s first racecourse back in the 1840s. The newly opened and equestrian-inspired restaurant and bar serves up an array of inventive Asian dishes and playful cocktails. Look forward to familiar favourites presented in a creative new light, from a unique Otah Ravioli topped with a creamy coconut chilli padi sauce to the satisfying Kapitan with Nets—the restaurant’s take on roti jala with a hearty chicken kaffir lime curry. On the cocktails front, the Secretariat proves a bold choice. Named after one of the fastest racehorses in the world and inspired by the majestic animal’s diet, hay-infused bourbon, maple and apple come together to form a one-of-a-kind drink that pays fun homage to the restaurant’s theme. As for dessert, the velvety Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta accompanied by raspberry coulis and ginger flower sand makes for the ideal sweet treat to end off your meal.
Farrer Horse, 101 Jalan Sultan, #01-02/#02-00, Singapore 199002
Celebrate Miele’s 20th anniversary in Singapore
On Saturday afternoon: To celebrate Miele’s 20th year on our shores, a showcase at the Paragon Atrium will take you on an experiential journey through the distinguished brand’s key technological innovations over the years. Sip on a cup of coffee from the Miele Coffee Bar as you start the tour with a display of their very first product, an old-school butter churn, before gradually moving towards the future of domestic technological developments. Miele customers and guests can also look forward to an exclusive e-cookbook, created in collaboration with 20 accomplished chefs, food writers and personalities. From the likes of Emmanuel Stroobant, Gaggan Anand and Lennard Yeong comes an esteemed collection of cherished recipes, heartfelt stories and tales of their personal relationships with the brand. You’ll be leaving with a greater appreciation for modern-day machinery, as well as a number of new chef-approved recipes to try out in the comforts of your kitchen.
The Miele showcase will run from 8 to 15 October 2022.
The Paragon, Atrium, 290 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238859
Enjoy a meaningful production of a ballet classic
On Saturday night: There are few ballets as beloved or as renowned as Swan Lake. With ethereal choreography, Tchaikovsky’s stirring score and a powerful love story at its centre, it’s no wonder that the reverent tale is as widely performed as it is. In this meaningful staging of the timeless classic, award-winning dancers from Ukraine’s best ballet houses—each with their own story of how they escaped the devastating war in their homeland—come together to tell the heartfelt tale of good triumphing over evil. Presented by The United Ukrainian Ballet, this inspiring interpretation of one of the greatest ballets of all time is not to be missed.
Swan Lake will run from 13 to 16 October 2022.
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Visit a travelling art exhibition
On Sunday afternoon: Amidst the bustling outdoor atrium of Plaza Singapura, three shipping containers sit filled with delicate paper sculptures and pastel-coloured drawings. Presented as the ninth edition of Art Encounters, a long-running travelling exhibition that features unique site-specific commissions at every location, To The Last Blossom spotlights the works of local artist Ashley Yeo. The first Singaporean artist to be shortlisted for the Loewe Craft Prize, her art delves into themes of lightness and slowness. In one container, a gorgeous installation cascades from the ceiling. In another, a mural of pastel flowers covers the walls. With intricate details, Yeo’s paper sculptures explore geometry, precision and the potential of simple materials, while her rarely exhibited drawings call attention to elements of nature and floral symmetry.
To The Last Blossom will run from 17 September to 24 October 2022.
Plaza Singapura Outdoor Atrium, 68 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238839
Try Chef Daniel Cheung’s new dishes at Shang Palace
On Sunday night: With an established career in renowned kitchens such as Spring Moon at The Peninsula Hong Kong and Shang Palace at Shangri-La Hong Kong, there is no doubt Chef Daniel Cheung’s appointment at Shang Palace in Singapore is one to look forward to. Expect transformative dishes that add a twist to tradition and authenticity, and well-balanced flavours that truly show off the beauty of Cantonese cooking. Call for the baked live prawns with garlic and Sarawak white pepper, an aromatic dish Chef Cheung conceptualised himself. The prawns are both flash-fried and pan-fried to perfection, and crackle in the claypot when served. His Signature Fried Rice with Kagoshima wagyu beef is also a must-order, reminiscent of tomato fried rice you’d get in a typical Hong Kong café. It is, arguably, the finest rendition you’ll ever have, elevated by Chef Cheung’s sleek presentation of the rice in a hallowed tomato. Eat each spoonful with a classic sweet and sour sauce—made with vinegar, ketchup, sugar, tomato and hawthorn berries—and you’ll quickly realise this is comfort food at its best.
Shang Palace, Lobby Level, Tower Wing, Shangri-La Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Add Seulgi’s new album to your playlist
On Friday night: In the lead up to the release of 28 Reasons, it’s evident that Seulgi has a clear vision for her debut solo record—one that is as ambitious as it is original. Teaser images paint the picture of a gothic Snow White in which she plays both innocent princess and wicked queen, while a cinematic trailer comes packed with references to classic Asian horror and superstitions. Serving as a musical exploration of the blurred line between good and evil, the Red Velvet member’s six-track EP takes you on a journey through dynamic soundscapes tinged with a hint of foreboding and infused with various facets of pop and R&B. Settle in for the night—this is one album you won’t want to miss.
Listen to 28 Reasons here.
Grab a drink at the Miracle Coffee pop-up
On Saturday afternoon: Opening to six-hour-long snaking queues, Mandopop star JJ Lin’s Miracle Coffee might just be the most raved about cafe in town right now. The pop-up store, a prelude to the flagship cafe slated for 2023, is stationed right in the heart of the Marina Bay area at the ArtScience Museum’s Rain Oculus. On the menu is a range of artisan pour-over coffees and specialty lattes—including the locally-inspired Kaya Cloud. Created exclusively for Singapore, the unique drink is an Americano-style coffee with a velvety kaya-flavoured fresh cream cap, topped with shaved gula melaka for a sweet aroma.
The Miracle Coffee Pop-up Cafe will run from 30 September to 29 December 2022.
ArtScience Museum, Rain Oculus, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Dig into Latin American fare with a new vegetarian menu at Canchita Peruvian Cuisine
On Saturday night: At Canchita Peruvian Cuisine, floor-to-ceiling windows look out into the lush greenery of Dempsey Hill to create the feeling of dining amidst the Amazon Rainforest. Expanding their culinary offerings with a new vegetarian menu that boasts 23 exceptional items, the restaurant aims to share the joys of authentic Peruvian cuisine with an even wider community. A standout dish is the Mushrooms “Al Ajo”, consisting of grilled king oyster mushrooms and a velvety avocado puree with a slight tang, complete with parsley mayo and crispy garlic for a touch of texture. As for ceviches—a cornerstone of Peruvian cuisine—the Ceviche “Marinero” is a refreshing pick. Marinated plant-based prawns and calamari come topped with red onions and sparkling tiger’s milk, served with crispy plantain chips on the side for some crunch. Also try the Super Veggie Taco, which might appear unassuming, but proves to be a stellar dish with a thoughtful medley of flavours. To round off the night, a line-up of unique new mocktails make for a sweet treat.
Canchita Peruvian Cuisine, Dempsey Rd, #9A 9B, Singapore 247698
Visit the Hermès in the Making travelling exhibition
On Sunday afternoon: Beautifully fashioned to look like the inside of a vibrant atelier, Hermès in the Making offers an exclusive look at how the brand’s stunning wares are made. The travelling exhibition, previously introduced in Copenhagen, showcases expertise preserved and honed for six generations by the brand’s skilled craftsmen. From bag-making to porcelain-printing, the French artisans will demonstrate a wide range of skills at the exhibition’s nine stations. Get a first-hand look at how Hermès’ timepieces are assembled, or try your hand at serigraphy. For anyone seeking a deeper insight into luxury design, this exhibition is a rare chance to take a peek behind the curtain of one of the world’s most renowned fashion houses.
Hermès in the Making will run from 1 to 9 October 2022.
Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Sip on a glass of well-curated wine at PS.Cafe
On Sunday night: As the weekend draws to a close, the perfect way to let loose comes in the form of PS.Cafe’s Sunday Wine Down. A careful curation of the best wines from the cafe’s collection awaits you at the event—finally back after a two-year hiatus. Themed ‘Sojourn in Spain’, the selection will include award-winning reds, whites and bubbles from the cool North Atlantic to the island paradise of Mallorca. End your week on a high note as you enjoy popular Spanish favourites such as the Casar de Burbia Casar Mencía, Casar de Burbia Godello, Callejo Parajes de Callejo, and Quíbia.
Explore the future of digital art at CryptoArt Week Asia
On Friday night: In recent years, crypto art has been poised at the forefront of the art scene, propelled by the surge of innovation and creativity that NFTs have enabled. A landmark showcase of this new artistic movement, CryptoArt Week Asia brings together the continent’s most groundbreaking creatives for a festival of art and performance powered by the blockchain. On display at Haw Par Villa are works by more than 150 of Asia’s most noteworthy names in crypto art. Meanwhile, across the region and in the metaverse, exhibitions will be held at over 50 locations—including a metaverse rave on a fully-functional luxury yacht in Decentraland.
Book a ticket here.
Celebrate Oasia Resort Sentosa’s first anniversary in their world-class spa
On Saturday afternoon: If a weekend retreat without having to leave Singapore is what you’re after, consider checking into Oasia Resort for a wellness-oriented staycation. The resort’s location in the heart of Sentosa brings with it lush greenery and welcome distance from the main city, providing the perfect place to unplug from the daily humdrum. A year into its launch, Oasia’s spa remains its crown jewel—having been the first in Singapore to offer the Japanese-inspired forest therapy in its opulent meditation lounge. The signature massage melts away every knot in your body, while the body scrub treatment (using a scrub you can customise for yourself) will leave your skin baby smooth.
As far as dining options go—Oasia may only have one restaurant, but it is a good one. Bedrock Origin, a surf and turf concept, boasts expertly-executed steaks, quality seafood and delicious sides (the mac and cheese is not to be missed out on). Of course, you can also choose to step out for a scenic stroll to Sentosa’s Mess Hall, which houses everything from a Japanese restaurant to a convenience store. But you may be better off staying in the zen cocoon of Oasia, relaxing in its peaceful ambience and the well-appointed rooms designed to get you recharged for a new work week.
Book your stay here.
Indulge in contemporary Chinese cuisine with a refreshed menu at 藝 yì by Jereme Leung
On Saturday night: Post-pandemic, 藝 yì by Jereme Leung calls upon the MasterChef judge and culinary genius behind the restaurant for a revitalisation of its contemporary Chinese offerings. Conceptualised alongside Executive Chinese Chef Yap Poh Weng, the refreshed dishes bring a taste of traditional fare to the modern palate, such as the Hokkaido Scallops that sit atop rustic, handmade rolls of spinach. A new selection of snacks are also available for pairing with a glass of champagne. A standout pick is the Deep-fried Homemade Charcoal Tofu, where a soft cube of tofu is encased within a charcoal exterior and sprinkled with shichimi for a hint of salt and spice. The Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Fish Maw and Poached Rice with Assorted Seafood in Shrimp Broth deliver a generous sense of comfort—both hearty options that warm the soul. To wash it all down, try the elevated Hokkaido Milk & Ginger Pudding with Butterfly Pea Bird’s Nest—a concoction easy on the stomach and perfect for rounding out your night.
藝 yì by Jereme Leung, Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
Get a high tea set to-go in support of breast cancer awareness
On Sunday afternoon: The arrival of October marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, The Rose Veranda at Shangri-La Singapore has prepared a special Pink High Tea to support the cause. Only available through the month of October, the beautiful takeaway set will see a portion of its proceeds go towards the Breast Cancer Foundation. Tuck into tantalising desserts such as the Ispahan Chous and Strawberry Yuzu Tartlet, and sample the restaurant’s signature scones—best enjoyed with homemade clotted cream. Accompanying the sweet treats, a selection of delectable savouries round off the gorgeous rosy-hued spread.
The Pink High Tea takeaway set will be available from 1 to 31 October 2022.
Order it here.
Take in the sight of over 600 Barbie dolls at the House of Dreams exhibition
On Sunday night: Within the glamorous pink walls of the House of Dreams—its backdrop aptly inspired by the Barbie Dreamhouse—you’ll find over 600 unique Barbie dolls on display. From the familiar dolls we grew up with to miniature models of pop-culture icons like Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, this first-of-its-kind exhibition will feature the largest public showcase of Barbie dolls within a single location in Singapore. A section specially dedicated to red-carpet fashion will also spotlight dresses from design houses including the likes of Valentino and Louis Vuitton, as well as pieces created in collaboration with local brands such as Bynd Artisan and In Good Company. For all you know, you may even spot your favourite childhood doll within the nostalgic display.
House of Dreams will run from 20 September to 21 October 2022.
ION Art Gallery, L4, ION Orchard, 238801
Catch the much-anticipated Don’t Worry Darling at The Projector
On Friday night: In the lead-up to its release, the widespread media attention and endless drama surrounding Don’t Worry Darling has put it in the spotlight, making Olivia Wilde’s second directorial feature one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the year. Starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, the psychological thriller follows young, happy couple Alice and Jack Chambers in 1950s suburbia, where everything seems just a touch too perfect. The experimental town, created and funded by the mysterious company Jack works for, is a utopia—until Alice’s investigation into the project starts to unravel the illusion. Somewhat reminiscent of The Stepford Wives, the film poses the question: how much are we willing to sacrifice for happiness?
Book a ticket here.
Get inspired by gorgeous interiors at Find Design Fair Asia
On Saturday afternoon: Making its debut in Singapore is a new design fair that will bring together a range of furniture, interiors and designs that is equal parts extensive and diverse. Presented as part of the Singapore Design Week, the convention reflects the latest trends in design through a carefully curated selection of over 500 independent designers, galleries and brands from all across the globe. Spend the afternoon discovering eclectic one-of-a-kind local pieces, or be inspired by the Italian design capsule specially created by Stefano Boeri Interiors in collaboration with the event. For anyone looking to spruce up their homes, the Find Design Fair Asia is not to be missed.
Find Design Fair Asia is open to public visitors on 24 September, 2022.
Book a ticket here
Indulge in sustainable dining at Kausmo’s pop-up
On Saturday night: At Kausmo, dishes are as sustainable as they are delicious. In an effort to challenge food norms and reduce wastage, the restaurant offers a carte blanche menu based on the availability of ingredients, fully embracing the unpredictability of their thoughtfully sourced produce. This weekend, Kausmo will host an exclusive four-course dinner at the newly launched Dao by Dorsett AMTD Singapore, with a specially designed line-up of dishes that highlights locally farmed ingredients and aesthetically filtered fruits and vegetables. The first in a series of planned pop-ups by the hotel, the event will showcase the potential of eco-friendly dining with dishes such as the Local Red Snapper Aguachile with Ulam Raja and Seasonal Pickle and the Spiced Brisket Ragu with Native Herb Medley and Smoked Eggplant Barley Risotto.
Find out what’s in store for your favourite shows at Netflix’s Tudum
On Sunday afternoon: If you’re eagerly anticipating any news regarding the next season of Bridgerton, Stranger Things or Squid Game, here’s your chance to catch a glimpse of what’s in store. Now in its second year, Netflix’s global fan event, Tudum, is set to be even bigger and more exciting than it was before. Featuring over a hundred of the platform’s most popular stars across five showcases in different countries, the virtual event will be packed with exclusive news, first looks and yet-unrevealed footage. Join the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Sadie Sink and Gal Gadot as they share more about what’s coming up for Netflix’s biggest shows and films.
Watch the event here.
Explore the complexities of mental wellbeing at the ArtScience Museum
On Sunday night: Contrary to what its name might suggest, Mental: Colours of Wellbeing does not focus on mental illness, treatments or cures. Instead, it takes its audiences on a vibrant, interactive journey that confronts the societal biases and stereotypes surrounding mental health. Picture a huge rainbow-coloured running wheel, immersive visual landscapes and dynamic works of surrealist art. It’s not all light-hearted, but the exhibition manages to balance out heavy topics with a fairly accessible and easy approach. With 24 art pieces that reflect varied perspectives from all over the world, the ArtScience Museum’s newest exhibition celebrates how every mental health journey is unique.
Mental: Colours of Wellbeing runs from 3 September, 2022 to 26 February, 2023.
ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
Explore contemporary fashion at the Asian Civilisations Museum
On Friday night: The end of the work week brings with it an after-hours event at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Jointly developed with Ethan Lai and Sophie Tan from LASALLE College of the Arts, Fashionably Late offers a deep dive into multiple facets of contemporary fashions. Try your hand at inking designs onto T-shirts at local fashion collective Youths in Balaclava’s silkscreen printing workshop, or drop by The Fashion Pulpit’s pop-up clothing swap for an eco-friendly wardrobe refresh. Featuring a host of other activities—including a second-hand book giveaway, finger knitting workshop, and various tours—Fashionably Late is the event to check out for anyone seeking a deeper insight into the world of dress.
Fashionably Late will run from 6.30pm to 9pm on 16 September, 2022.
Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress PI, Singapore 179555
Celebrate Eggslut’s first anniversary in Singapore with a limited-time menu
On Saturday afternoon: A year ago, Eggslut’s first outlet in Singapore—an inaugural foray into Southeast Asia—opened to eager gourmands and snaking queues. Boasting a line-up of decadent sandwiches that let the humble egg take centre stage, the menu puts an elevated twist on classic comfort fare. Now, to commemorate Eggslut’s first anniversary on the island, the brand is introducing an exclusive limited-time menu that features two exciting new items. The first, an indulgent Avocado and Prawn Sandwich, consists of succulent grilled tiger prawns brightened with a garlic chilli lime glaze and paired with slices of avocado—alongside an over-medium egg, of course. Meanwhile, the second dish, the Panna Cotta Slut, is adorably designed to resemble a coddled egg, with a mango passionfruit sphere set atop a bed of vanilla and hazelnut panna cotta.
The anniversary menu will be available from 9 September to 31 October, 2022.
Eggslut, #01-12, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209
Groove to Rina Sawayama’s new album, Hold the Girl
On Saturday night: Since the release of her acclaimed debut album SAWAYAMA in 2020, fans and music critics alike have kept a lookout for what pop sensation Rina Sawayama would do next. After two years, the Japanese-British singer is finally back with her second studio album—a fiercely personal and thematically heavy record that blends influences from across the pop spectrum, while retaining her trademark sense of serenity. In the lead up to the album drop, her previously-released singles—from the power-pop titular Hold the Girl to the country-tinged This Hell—elicit a palpable anticipation that this record may just be her best yet. Settle in for the night as Hold the Girl takes you on a musical journey not to be missed.
Listen to Hold the Girl here.
Immerse yourself in a photographic installation at the Singapore International Photography Festival
On Sunday afternoon: Tucked away in the unassuming Peace Centre, a mixed development property built in the ‘70s, Placemaking at the moment between times is a photographic exhibition examining the ways we relate to the spaces we inhabit. The exhibition consists of three site-specific installations: Peace Agency, which creates a transient space by shaping a waiting experience; Hawaii Nights, which emulates the ambience of one of Singapore’s oldest nightclubs, Club Hawaii; and Dark Cities, which photographer Shyue Woon describes as the way he interprets purgatory—a space neither heaven nor hell. Presented as part of the Singapore International Photography Festival, the exhibits occupy Peace Centre’s vacant units—thereby also serving as a timely exploration of the building’s presence as a hub used for widely varied and continuously evolving functions even as it approaches the end of its term.
Placemaking at the moment between times will run from 16 September to 30 October, 2022.
Indulge in reinvented Japanese favourites at Akira Back
On Sunday night: With a refreshed menu and a new Chef de Cuisine at the helm, Akira Back remains the dining crown jewel at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach. The modern Japanese restaurant is putting out an array of inventive dishes with Korean influence—owing to chef Chanik Chang’s culinary journey in South Korea—such as the Toro Caviar, which is laced with a flavoursome gochujang miso sauce and topped with Oscietra caviar. Expect to see some brand new items with one ingredient front and centre. From a toothsome Octopus Crudo ladled with a refreshing tomato salsa to the satisfyingly crunchy tempura-battered Crispy Octopus, octopus lovers are in for nothing short of an indulgent treat. Don’t forget menu favourites that have stood the test of time either. The AB Wagyu Tacos feature tender and well-seasoned beef held within a crisp taco shell—perfect for rounding out the seafood-heavy meal.
Akira Back, 30 Beach Road, Level B1M, Singapore 189763
Inquiries: 6818 1914
Sip on botanical-inspired cocktails at Ginger.Lily
On Friday night: Conceptualised by head mixologist Michael Mendoza, Ginger.Lily’s new cocktail menu sees 17 stunningly-presented creations that spotlight native fruits, herbs and spices. For a light aperitif, the vibrant In Full Bloom—served in a unique porthole infuser—consists of Rinquinquin infused with a colourful mix of citruses, berries and herbs. For an inventive take on a classic, look to the refreshing Seashell, Mendoza’s coastal version of a gin and tonic, brightened with notes of lime and lemongrass and paired with mini soft shell crabs. Alongside a wellness menu of delectable dishes such as the flavourful, basil-crusted Patagonian Tooth Fish and the Sando Sandwich with delightfully tender wagyu beef, the exceptional line-up of botanical cocktails is a welcome treat after the long work week.
Ginger.Lily, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore, 238867, Singapore
Celebrate the Singapore story with ‘The LKY Musical’
On Saturday afternoon: Of all the figures tied to Singapore’s history, there is perhaps none better recognised than the country’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew. Known universally as our founding father, Lee was a key part of Singapore’s journey to independence. Staged by the Singapore Repertory Theatre in Marina Bay Sands’s grandiose Sands Theatre, The LKY Musical returns for the first time since its successful debut in 2015, bringing Lee’s story to life with glorious exuberance. The play stars home-grown theatre legends Adrian Pang and Kit Chan and is scored by Dick Lee, so expect to be brought on an enthralling journey of adversity culminating in a nationwide triumph against all odds.
‘The LKY Musical’ will run till 2 October, 2022. Tickets can be purchased here.
Try Chef Natalino Ambra’s new creations for Osteria BBR by Alain Ducasse
On Saturday night: Dining at Osteria BBR by Alain Ducasse is always a wondrous affair. Its cavernous feel, alongside the restaurant’s grand windows and white-tiled ceiling, transports you to the likes of Europe’s best restaurants. Chef Natalino Ambra deftly ties it all together with his Italian heritage and passion for delivering the best of the Italian Riviera. Their pasta, homemade with just semolina flour and egg yolk, is thoughtfully al dente, and the Tagliolini is one of the best summer pastas we’ve ever had. Tossed with seaweed butter and served with zucchini in three forms—pureed, roasted and crisped—and crowned with Kristal caviar, the dish is well-balanced, comforting and extremely moreish. Don’t forget to call for the Polpo, a beautifully-charred octopus with a decadent light potato foam. You’ll be surprised at how tantalising that pasta and octopus combination proves to be.
Osteria BBR, Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
Take a stroll down Siglap to the first Tiong Bahru Bakery in the East
On Sunday afternoon: The lush neighbourhood of Siglap is a bustling café haven of late—from Five Oars Coffee Roasters to Bloom Coffee, and now, Tiong Bahru Bakery’s first outpost in the East. Its 10th location is spacious, homely and colourful, with seats lining the window for that gorgeous light on your food, outdoor tables which make the perfect setup on cooler days, and private booths for those who prefer a quiet tête-à-tête. While all of Tiong Bahru Bakery’s usual flaky suspects are an offer, take the chance to try the dishes only available at Siglap. The chicken rillette and tarragon mustard sandwich, as well as the curried chicken rillette and mango-chilli sandwich, are both hearty options for lunch—paired with a side salad, if you wish. Wash it down with Your Royal Ryeness Milkshake, an intriguing sweet sourdough beverage spiked with cold brew syrup from Common Man Coffee Roasters.
Tiong Bahru Bakery Siglap, 77 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455218
Add Jackson Wang’s new album to your playlist
On Sunday night: Ready your best head for a listening party—K-pop superstar Jackson Wang’s first physical album is about to drop. Entitled Magic Man after Wang’s own alter ego, the album is poised to be the GOT7 member’s biggest solo release yet, and will follow his personal journey of self-discovery in a world filled with temptation and desire. While Magic Man includes previously-released hit songs like ‘Blow’ and ‘Cruel’, fans can look forward to new tracks like ‘Blue’, which Wang will be revealing a fantastical music video for alongside the album. Sounds like the perfect way to wrap up the weekend to us.
Listen to ‘Magic Man’ here.
Relive the spectacle of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis
On Friday night: If you missed the chance to catch Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic on the big screen, fret not, for the epic film is premiering on HBO GO this weekend. Glitzy, emotional and powerfully cinematic, Elvis chronicles the rise and fall of the legendary musician, told through the prism of his complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. While the film boasts a star-studded cast (Tom Hanks plays the Colonel, while award-winning theatre actress Helen Thomson plays Elvis’s mother) and a brilliant soundtrack that brings Elvis’s greatest hits to life (look out for a catchy, modern rendition of Hound Dog by Doja Cat), the true draw of the movie is Austin Butler’s stellar performance as Elvis. From Butler’s uncanny resemblance to the pop star, to his nuanced portrayal of Elvis’s highest highs and most depressing lows—this is the career-defining performance that has put the actor on everyone’s A-list.
Stream or download Elvis on HBO GO.
Tuck into hearty woodfired pizzas at Osteria Mozza
On Saturday afternoon: In May, Osteria Mozza’s dignified return to our shores saw Nancy Silverton bringing her most celebrated dishes to the forefront—read: that indulgent cheese pasta and her deconstructed caesar salad. And now, her world-renowned pizzas are brought exclusively back for lunch. The famed chef isn’t one to rest on her laurels, which means the pies you see here at Osteria Mozza are a product of constant refinement in the dough recipe. A sourdough crust that yields an airier bite and puffy cornicione as a fine crisp base completes the sphere. Thanks to the restaurant’s custom wood stone pizza oven, the pies are cooked till smoky with a slight char—just enough to ramp up the flavours with each bite. Choose from 10 delicious variations, of which our favourites have to be the Burrata, stacked with simple accompaniments like slow-roasted tomatoes and Sicilian oregano as well as the Bianca, where fontina and creamy mozzarella amalgamate with aromatic sage. Love a good meat combination? Opt for the Fennel Sausage, as Silverton’s delectable pork meatballs add a touch of heat to the hearty slice, alongside the finishing touches of red onion and scallion.
Lunch is served from 12pm to 2.30pm from Mondays to Saturdays.
Osteria Mozza, 333 Orchard Rd, Level 5, Singapore 238867
Enquiries: 6831 6271
Treat yourself to modern Japanese bistronomy at Iko
On Saturday night: Seated along Neil Road is Iko, a Japanese restaurant-cum-bar that would fit right into the neon-lit nightlife of Roppongi in Tokyo. While Iko has been around for over a year now, the restaurant’s new chef-owner Dylan Ong has introduced a range of creative dishes that sit in the wheelhouse of ultra-trendy modern Japanese bistronomy. From oysters topped with refreshing lychee granita and grated wasabi to the aptly named Dope You Up Bowl (lavish servings of A4 wagyu buri, Bafun uni, ikura and lightly cured egg yolk are ladled over velvety ume sisho rice), Iko’s new offerings highlight fresh, premium Japanese ingredients presented with creativity and executed well. If you enjoy adventurous fusion food, quality sake and eclectic music that raves on all night long, a visit to the lively venue might be the perfect way to let loose after a long work week.
Iko Restaurant and Bar, 65 Neil Rd, Singapore 088897
Make a reservation here.
Immerse yourself in a street photography exhibition at Leica Galerie
On Sunday afternoon: With vivid colours and creative, deliberate composition, acclaimed street photographer Jesse Marlow’s works transform the seemingly mundane of everyday urban life into pieces of art. Inspired by the banality of modern-day existence, his exhibition, Anything Can Happen and Probably Will, explores themes of suburbia, abandonment, and daily rituals. Seven years in the making, it features photographs taken on the streets of Melbourne, Tokyo, New York, and a multitude of cities all across the globe. Shot entirely with the Leica Q and Q2, the ongoing series serves as a visual reaction to encounters in Marlow’s daily travels—presenting these cities in a unique and dynamic new light.
Anything Can Happen and Probably Will runs from 27 August to 4 November, 2022.
Leica Galerie Singapore, 328 North Bridge Road, #01-20, Singapore 188719
Visit Bottega Veneta’s first pop-up concept in Singapore
On Sunday night: You might have already seen this one all over your social media feeds. With a vibrant parakeet green exterior and a unique interior inspired by scaffolding, Bottega Veneta’s first pop-up concept in Singapore is hard to miss. Located within Marina Bay Sands, the eye-catching pop-up offers a special look at the brand’s range of mini bag styles. On display are the new Mini Cabat and Mini Cassette Camera Bag, along with beloved favourites such as the Mini Jodie and Mini Pouch. Alongside the pop-up, also look forward to picking up the brand’s Towelling capsule, which will be available exclusively at the Bottega Veneta Marina Bay Sands store.
The Bottega Veneta pop-up will run from 17 August to 6 September, 2022.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Immerse yourself in Chloë Manasseh’s vibrant artwork at the Singapore Night Festival
On Friday night: The Singapore Night Festival is finally back after two long years, and it brings with it Singapore-based British-Israeli artist Chloë Manasseh’s first voyage into digital print. Titled ‘Under My Tree Roof’, her sprawling artwork curves around Fort Canning Park’s iconic spiral staircase and features local botanical forms such as wild spice flowers, heritage trees and native birds. Come sunset, the intricate mural is illuminated with a bright light that makes its vibrant details glow. Sitting amidst the lush greenery of the park, the piece questions whether true wilderness can still exist against the backdrop of a modern landscape and the digital era. After taking in the stunning display, a stroll through the park will bring you to some of the festival’s other attractions—including the interactive Tunnel Graffiti by audio-visual artist Lynette Quek that takes inspiration from street art, cyberpunk, and hieroglyphics.
Under My Tree Roof will run from 19 to 27 August, 2022, from 7.30pm to 12am.
Pick up vinyl records and vintage memorabilia at Dewar’s Dramshop
On Saturday afternoon: Refreshing tipples, live music, and vintage finds make for the perfect way to unwind after a long week. This weekend, The Bar at 15 Stamford and scotch whisky brand Dewar’s have teamed up to present Dewar’s Dramshop, the whisky brand’s first ever pop-up thrift party. Come dressed in your retro best for an afternoon of browsing through vinyl records and vintage bric-a-brac, all while grooving to energetic sets by The DJ Dispensary and live performances from New Stream Brass Band. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Dewar’s event without a classic Dewar’s Highball in hand to sip on as you shop.
Dewar’s Dramshop runs from 2pm to 6pm on 27 August, 2022.
The Bar at 15 Stamford, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 15 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178906
Enquiries: +65 6715 6871
Catch an award-winning theatrical production of George Orwell’s Animal Farm
On Saturday night: It’s no easy feat bringing the iconic four-legged characters from George Orwell’s acclaimed novel to life, but homegrown theatre company Wild Rice’s production of Animal Farm accomplishes it brilliantly through impressive physicality, inventive design and original live music. Wickedly funny and earnestly poignant, the award-winning production was first staged in Singapore 20 years ago, and has since played to full houses and standing ovations in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia. Being staged for the first time in over a decade, the new production stars an ensemble of the country’s most promising young actors, and is as deeply relevant to today’s society as it was when it was first performed—providing a timely reminder that absolute power always corrupts, and that totalitarian regimes will ultimately betray the trust of common citizens.
Animal Farm will run from 18 August to 10 September, 2022. Tickets can be purchased here.
Dig into Michelin-starred pasta in the heart of a hawker centre
On Sunday afternoon: Formerly the Chef de Cuisine of Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Braci, chef Mirko Febbrile is bringing his award-winning pastas into an unlikely environment—Chinatown Complex. Right in the midst of the sweltering and boisterous hawker centre is Febbrile’s new pop-up, a pasta stall serving up the Italian classic under $10 a plate. Be warned that a snaking queue starts forming from 7.00am each morning (the stall only opens an hour before noon), but the four dishes on offer are well worth the wait. Pick from an intensely creamy Linguine al Pesto; a silky-sharp Rigatoni alla Carbonara; a well-seasoned Pappardelle Oxtail Ragu, and our unexpected favourite—the earthy Ricotta and Tomato Cavatelli, rolled by hand and laced with a welcome hint of bitterness. Finish off the meal with a delicate Soft Serve Burrata Ice-Cream, balanced perfectly by a tangy strawberry and cherry tomato sauce. As far as freshly made pasta goes, this is one of the more unique ways to enjoy it—al dente, of course.
Mirko Febbrile’s hawker pop-up will run from 17 August to 17 September, 2022, 11am till sold out. The pop-up will be closed on Mondays.
Chinatown Complex, 335 Smith Street, #02-34, Singapore 050335
Make a reservation for the Park Bench Deli takeover at 28 HongKong Street
On Sunday night: The ever-trendy Singaporean speakeasy 28 HongKong Street has joined hands with Park Bench Deli to introduce Deli Mondays, a weekly kitchen takeover happening in August at the popular bar. Created specifically to complement the 28 HongKong Street’s world-renowned cocktails, the special menu consists of four items, starting with the Fried Mezze, a serving of root vegetables coated in batter and fried to crispy golden perfection. Their Pastrami Reuben Bombolini is stuffed to the brim with a generous helping of house-smoked pastrami, while the Ebi Sandwich sees crisp breaded ebi and cabbage slaw atop pillowy soft toast. But the most creative dish of the night is undoubtedly the Cup Noodles, served in the familiar instant noodle cup we’re all familiar with. Don’t be fooled by its name and plating, the Thai-inspired dish consists of springy noodles in a flavourful, aromatic curry that seamlessly blends sour and spicy. Reservations are required, so it’s best to make a booking on Sunday night before heading down.
Deli Mondays will run on Mondays from 6pm to 12am in the month of August, 2022.
28 HongKong Street, 28 Hongkong St, Singapore 059667. Reservations can be made online, via phone at +65 8318 0328, or through email at [email protected].
Groove along to Blackpink’s new single, Pink Venom
On Friday night: It’s a highly anticipated event every time Blackpink drops a new single, and their latest release is no different. Titled Pink Venom, the song will unveil a bold new side to the beloved quartet, alongside an impressive music video that’s sure to serve up a fashion moment or two. The release also marks the start of a slew of appearances from the group that ‘Blinks’ can look forward to, with the band’s American award show debut happening at the 2022 Video Music Awards later this month, an upcoming studio album out on 16 September, and a massive world tour in the works. But till then, end the work week on a high note with the latest catchy hit from the queens of K-pop.
Listen to ‘Pink Venom’ here.
Take a dip in Raffles Singapore’s pool with DayAway
On Saturday afternoon: The idea behind DayAway’s daycation concepts are simple—what if you just wanted to get away for a few hours and unwind at a hotel, without committing to staying the night or needing to leave right after your meal? If a leisurely afternoon at a hotel sounds appealing right about now, DayAway’s Sling & Swim at Raffles Singapore is an option worth every penny. The pool at Raffles Singapore is flanked by the building’s old-world charm, complete with plush deck chairs and a bar to redeem your complimentary Singapore Sling at. It’s a quiet, luxurious oasis in the heart of the city that is a veritable hidden gem even amongst locals. Pack a swimsuit—a black one-piece would have you fit right in here—and sunnies, and let their thoughtful team take care of the rest.
Book your DayAway experience at Raffles Singapore here.
Have a movie night under the stars at Films at the Fort
On Saturday night: Surrounded by greenery and overlooking the city skyline is Fort Canning Green, a picturesque park far from the bustle of town. It’s here that you’ll find Films at the Fort, an open-air cinema event screening a curated selection of old classics, new releases and festival favourites. Our pick from this weekend’s line up is the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump, a beloved classic with Tom Hanks delivering an extraordinary performance in the lead role. The movie begins at dusk, but gates open early for you to kick back and soak in the buzzy vibes. Jam to live music from DJs and instrumentalists as you sip on a drink from the fully stocked bar, or enjoy a light snack from the menu prepared by The Providore—before settling in for the film once the sun sets.
Indulge in a brunch buffet at Opus Bar and Grill
On Sunday afternoon: For a hearty brunch feast to round out the weekend, make your way down to Opus Bar and Grill. Every turn of the cosy space reveals something new; with appetisers of fruit yoghurt and foie gras elevated on wall cubbies, islands dedicated to a do-it-yourself salad bar, and a tantalising selection of sushi, sashimi and ice-cold buckets of fresh seafood on display—from succulent tiger prawn and briny New Zealand oysters to the luxurious Boston lobster. For food that warms the soul, look to the Italian section, where the chef can whip up a sizable serving of pasta of your choice, or head straight for the local favourite of Wok-Fried Chilli Crab (with crispy mantou on the side). Make sure to save room for the array of colourful desserts on offer, but should you find yourself overwhelmed by choice, the cheesecake is an easy must-try.
Opus Bar & Grill, voco Orchard Singapore, 581 Orchard Road, 238883
Step into the bizarre world of humanoid hybrids at the ArtScience Museum
On Sunday night: Featuring hyper-realistic sculptures of human-animal hybrids, Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected is the new exhibition at the ArtScience Museum that is equal parts fascinating and bizarre. Showcasing 40 works from renowned contemporary artist Patricia Piccinini—known for her surreal sculptures of mutated human beings and mechanised animals—the exhibit melds art, science, and technology to present a potential future filled with wonder and difference. In the midst of advances in biotechnology and genetic engineering, Piccinini’s art urges us to contemplate what it means to exist in a world teeming with all kinds of life, and questions our responsibility towards what we create.
Uncover the reality of child stardom with Jennette McCurdy’s memoir
On Friday night: iCarly star Jennette McCurdy has released a hotly-anticipated memoir, chronicling the details of her life as a child star in unabashed detail. As candid as its provocative title suggests, the book delves into McCurdy’s tumultuous relationship with her abusive mother, which pushed the then-teenager into an eating disorder. Equal parts heartbreaking and humorous, McCurdy reveals how she was thrust into the spotlight during her formative years, as well as her struggles with the film industry’s exploitative nature. Settle in for the night—the gripping tale of everything McCurdy had to overcome to gain autonomy over her own life is a hard one to put down.
‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’ is available on Amazon.
Dig into a Singapore-inspired afternoon tea at Portman’s Bar
On Saturday afternoon: Take the time to continue relishing in a celebration of our nation with Portman’s Bar new afternoon tea paying homage to nostalgic local flavours. Childhood favourites such as Milo Dinosaur and Kaya Toast are reinterpreted with an elevated twist and combined with the natural flavours of herbs, edible flowers and vegetables specially picked from Portman’s in-house urban farm. Begin with a Milo Dinosaur Scone served with freshly clotted cream and a perfectly balanced vanilla pear reserve. The savoury offerings that follow include a Fruit Rojak wrapped in a crispy waffle cone, a Kaya-inspired dish that cleverly sets itself apart by pairing sea salt butter with cheese, and hearty Indian Butter Chicken enclosed in flaky pastry that delivers on the satisfaction factor. For those with a sweet tooth, the desserts do not disappoint either; the Bubur Cha Cha Gateaux is a creamy fusion of coconut mousse, yam and sweet potato.
Indulge in a luxurious gourmet meal at Caviar
On Saturday night: Whether you’re planning a celebratory evening with friends or getting ready for date night, look to fine-dining restaurant Caviar’s latest summer offerings for an opulent dinner fit for a special occasion. Joining the establishment as the new head chef, culinary veteran Denis Jacques teams up with rising sous chef Joshua Hariharan to present an array of finely-executed courses inspired by the richness of its namesake.
Look forward to Obsiblue Prawn—a flavoursome explosion of sweet, juicy shellfish paired with unexpectedly nutty Polanco Siberian Grand Cru caviar, alongside a silky prawn cream topped with a chilli and mango kombucha sauce. Meat lovers will love the Hokkaido A4 Wagyu, encased within a gloriously rich bone marrow crust, complemented by the crunch of glazed cauliflower. The standout course of the night is Engawa—a perfectly seared Japanese flounder fin roulade served with a silky bafan uni custard. A welcome burst of umami comes from a reduced clam broth and apple cider chowder, generously ladled over the Kaluga Cross Breed caviar that sits atop. Once you have had your fill, the Yuzu Meringue Sorbet with spiced starfruit is a delightfully refreshing end to the night.
Tuck into an elaborate Italian spread at Da Paolo Dempsey
On Sunday afternoon: Kick back with the girls at Da Paolo Dempsey, where a refreshed menu and new cocktail selections await. Feast on a spread of hearty Italian Shakshuka and wood-fired 8 Cheese Pizza, which goes best with Sinking City—a refreshing Bellini-style cocktail. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for Porthole By You, a unique cocktail customised to your liking by Da Paolo’s bartender. Save room for dessert, as the artisanal gelato bar run in collaboration with Chocolat Milano is a must-try. We recommend getting a scoop each of the Dark Chocolate and Pistachio flavours, served with a slice of their rich Tiramisu for maximum indulgence. Before you head off, browse through a selection of pantry staples and delectable pastries from their store to bring a taste of Italy home with you.
Get your hands on an exclusive sneaker drop at Culture Cartel
On Sunday night: Limited Edt Singapore and Adidas have joined forces to present a love letter to our island—in the form of an exclusive Singapore-inspired version of the coveted Forum 84 sneakers. Marking the third and final collaboration between the two powerhouse brands, this drop proves to be unlike any other. Released in conjunction with Limited Edt’s first-ever NFT entitled ‘Vanda’, buyers of the NFT can look forward to receiving a ‘Singapore Forum’ box with the gorgeous sneakers, a basketball jersey and an exclusive collectable trading card held within. Beyond metaverse collectables, visitors can look forward to other special launches, like Heineken’s unveiling of ‘Heinekicks’ sneakers—a one-of-a-kind creation that will have you walking on beer.
Limited Edt X Adidas runs from 9 to 14 August 2022 at L.E Way, 313 Orchard Rd, #04-31, 313@somerset 238895
Traverse through nature in the idyllic Vessel Garden
On Friday night: Melding the worlds of fine art and horticulture, This Humid House presents a multi-sensorial experience to uplift the spirits of everyone who wanders through their nature-inspired showcase as part of this year’s Singapore Garden Festival. Inspired by the unique pleasures of night markets and hidden courtyards, the botanical design studio invites visitors to contemplate the relationship between Southeast Asian pottery and the region’s native fauna. Featuring sound design by local artist Intriguant, fully immerse yourself in the exhibit as you gaze upon a diverse spectrum of plant life accompanied by soothing sound waves reminiscent of trekking through a rainforest.
Vessel Garden runs from now till 7 August 2022 at Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Tuck into local bakes and brews at Sojao’s pop-up cafe
On Saturday afternoon: To kick off National Day celebrations, local homeware brand Sojao is gathering an enticing lineup of Singaporean food and beverage vendors under their roof. Upon entering the store, be greeted by the scent of freshly baked goods by Simple Cafe, who are presenting their best viennoiseries—buttery croissants and indulgent mini cakes. If you are looking to beat the sweltering heat, turn to Pourabucha’s refreshing sparkling kombuchas or a bountiful variety of fresh gelato from Nom Gelato. If a food coma hits after your indulgent feast, you’ll be in good company amongst the selection of supple cotton bedding Sojao has on offer.
The Sojao Weekend Pop-up Cafe runs 6-7 August & 13-14 August from 11am-7pm at 251 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427505
Relish in tantalising cocktail pairings at Writer’s Bar
On Saturday night: Tucked away in Raffles Hotel Singapore is Writer’s Bar, an alluring space that pays tribute to the renowned authors who have stayed in the hotel over the years. This month, the charming bar has joined forces with well-loved local brand Tarte by Cheryl Koh to pair imaginative tipples with delicious desserts. Take delight in Oriole’s Pipe, a perfectly-balanced bourbon-based cocktail. You’ll detect a smokey and nutty flavour from a combination of pecans and chestnut honey, complemented by spiced notes on the nose. We recommend enjoying your toasty drink with the Smoked Pecan Tart, a decadent treat filled with light caramel and velvety dark chocolate ganache—a grand way to savour your treasured night off.
Writer’s Bar, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
Enquiries: 6412 1816
Indulge in luxurious high tea at The Marmalade Pantry
On Sunday afternoon: Catch up with your loved ones over afternoon tea at Marmalade Pantry as you tuck into a curated medley of sweets and savouries—from a flavourful Spicy Chicken Mini Burger to a Prawn Crostini with a touch of umami. Begin your gastronomic journey with a rich buttermilk scone that pairs well with artisanal tea from homegrown brand Monogram Tea. Thereafter, indulge in familiar flavours as you sink your teeth into the Satay Chicken Brioche, a unique reinterpretation of a much-loved street food as a flavourful bite. End off with the Sweet Yam Tart—a nod to the traditional Orh Nee—a buttery dessert filled with smooth yam paste and lush mascarpone cheese, crowned by beautiful cornflowers for garnish.
The Marmalade Pantry, 2 Orchard Turn, #04-11A ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Enquiries: 6734 2700
Immerse yourself in a night of poetry at the Singapore Art Museum
On Sunday night: While Japanese artist Keiichi Tanaami views cities as hubs of culture, local design collective PHUNK has a far more muted take. This contrast is the basis for the collaboration between Tanaami and PHUNK, seeing them embrace the juxtaposition of their interpretations to collaborate on a floating city constructed of tatebanko, Japanese paper diorama. As an extension of the conversation on what truly makes up a city, the Singapore Art Museum has also called in a diverse group of poets to share their own perspectives inspired by Tanaami and PHUNK’s brainchild. Join in on the insightful discussion with celebrated wordsmiths like Mary Jean Chan and Jo Morris Dixon, as they speak on a world of experience they have garnered from lifetimes of travel.
Indulge in a gin cocktail soiree at Junior the Pocket Bar
On Friday night: Toast to the weekend at the new Hendrick’s Gin pop-up at Junior the Pocket Bar. Promising invigorating cocktails and refreshing popsicles, fizzes and slushies made from Hendrick’s most well-loved gins—like the Orbium or Neptunia—escape from Singapore’s sweltering heat wave in a newly-dressed space modelled after a retro lemonade stand. Your night wouldn’t be complete without the Hendrick’s Cucumber Lemonade, a stand-out from the exclusive menu offering a citrusy zing. Pair the zesty concoction with the Grilled Merguez from Junior, a tender rosemary lamb sausage reminiscent of summer barbecues.
Refresh your wardrobe and bookshelf at the Great Singapore Swap
On Saturday afternoon: If you’re on the hunt for a good read or are looking to switch up your style, head to The Great Singapore Swap held at Crane, where you’ll be able to trade in pre-loved books or clothing for new items. Hosted by Books and Beer Singapore, the extensive collection of titles at the event will have you browsing for hours—with a beer in hand, if you so wish. Spend a leisurely afternoon connecting with fellow bookworms before heading over to the clothing swap hosted by Cloop. Rejuvenate your wardrobe with unique finds, all while promoting a more sustainable fashion ecosystem.
The Great Singapore Swap runs from 30-31 July 2022 at Crane, 346 Kim Yam Rd, #01-06, Singapore 239351
Re-examine the art of Singaporean sculpture at the National Gallery
On Saturday night: The ‘Nothing is Forever: Rethinking Sculpture in Singapore’ exhibition poses an existential question—what constitutes a statue? While many would agree that statues are pieces of art that hold significant meaning, we often fail to recall their traditional counterparts—from funerary to religious artefacts—that surround us in our daily lives. The showcase challenges this notion through four sections, honing in on the power, spirituality, and craft of sculpting alongside the art form’s relationship with the human body. While journeying through each segment, viewers will be led to discover the perennial roles sculptures have played in our society and urban environment. For anyone seeking to get acquainted with the rich history of our nation and its humble artistic beginnings, this is firmly an essential visit.
‘Nothing is Forever: Rethinking Sculpture in Singapore’ runs from 29 July 2022–5 February 2023 at National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, #01 – 01, Singapore 178957
Tuck into sumptuous sandwiches at Stack
On Sunday afternoon: Waffle and sando joint Stack reopens its newly-revamped doors to welcome guests into an inviting lilac and summery yellow-toned space. Expect to be greeted by the scent of freshly baked bread topped with a mix of sunflower and pumpkin seeds—alongside a few nods to uniquely Singaporean decor. Salmon lovers should not miss out on the Puff Puff, a smoked salmon sandwich stuffed with generous servings of cream cheese, guaranteed to have you craving seconds. If you’ve got a stomach for spice, opt for the Pollo Avo Club, a smoked chicken and avocado amalgamation layered on top of a spicy aioli sauce. To end off, we recommend ordering the Berry Manilow, a perfectly-baked waffle topped with cream and berry compote—the ideal sweet treat to conclude your meal.
Stack, 155 Waterloo St, #01-07, Singapore 187962
Enquiries: 6904 8117
Groove along to Hwasa and Loco’s latest brainchild, Somebody
On Sunday night: Since the release of Don’t by K-pop royalty Hwasa and Loco, fans have been begging for a reunion in hopes that the duo would join forces to create another chart-topping song. And the pair did not disappoint, unveiling their latest collaboration with not one but two hit tracks. Entitled ‘Somebody’ and ‘Lemon’, both records ride on themes of love, featuring Hwasa’s hypnotic, sensual voice and Loco’s skillful bars. Fans and newbies to Korean R&B alike can look forward to sweet serenades that could put just about anyone into a lovestruck trance.
Listen to Somebody here.
Take a trip down memory lane with the Kwa Geok Choo play
On Friday night: There’s so much to be said about Kwa Geok Choo, Lee Kuan Yew’s beloved wife—whom, in Lee’s own words was “smarter than he but forever limited by gender to a secondary role”. Ovidia Yu sheds light on her life with a monologue, which retells Madam Kwa’s story from girlhood to her illustrious career as an esteemed conveyancing lawyer and the breadwinner of the Lee family. Her remarkable life will unfold before your very eyes in Victoria Theatre, as you immerse yourself in the gripping tale of an empowered woman who fought through tumultuous times to bring her family to where they are today.
Book a ticket here.
Get your hands on pre-loved literature from the Second charm pop-up
On Saturday afternoon: If you’re looking for a new read to accompany you on your daily commute, look no further than the Second charm pop-up, a second-hand book fair housing Singaporean literature. Helmed by Ethos Books, bibliophiles can look forward to browsing the publisher’s exclusive titles like Making Kin and Eating Chilli Crab in the Anthropocene at a discounted price. Alternatively, for those with shelves that are filled to the brim with books you won’t be re-reading anytime soon, consider participating in the book swap. Be sure to say hello to Pethos on your way out—for your once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet and greet with the publishing house’s endearing pet tortoise.
Second charm pop-up runs from now till 24 July 2022 at Ethos Books, 28, #06-131 Sin Ming Ln, Midview City, 573972
Immerse yourself in a time capsule of Singapore’s creative dawn
On Saturday night: The ‘Class Acts’ exhibition revisits the journey of various pioneers in Singapore’s creative industries, capturing their humble beginnings to the success they see today. A display of burning passion and resilience, the exhibition features various photographs and design books to marvel at, showcasing a time before Photoshop and other creative programmes existed—with hints of Singapore’s heritage interwoven within the works. Crafted by the hands of renowned local designers and street artists like PHUNK and Slac Satu, each art piece illustrates what it means to break boundaries during a time when being in the creative industry was not widely sought after.
Class Acts runs from now till 31 January 2023, at National Design Centre,111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969
Dine underwater at Ocean Restaurant in Sentosa
On Sunday afternoon: There’s nothing quite as mesmerising as watching magnificent aquatic life swim by in crystal clear water. Pair that with a delectable meal and you have the winning combination that makes Ocean Restaurant one of the most unique dining destinations in Singapore. Situated within the Equarius Hotel in Sentosa and helmed by chef patron Olivier Bellin, the restaurant has reopened after a pandemic-induced break with sleek new interior design as well as a reconceptualised menu. Bellin brings culinary expertise—as evidenced by his two Michelin-starred restaurant in France, L’Auberge des Glazicks—to seafood-forward offerings, with each beautifully-crafted dish featuring at least one major component from the ocean. Tuck into a fork-tender Bourguignon Style Wagyu Beef Cheek topped with luscious slivers of uni, or an indulgent Lobster Ravioli served in a flavoursome roasted shell sauce, with a few artfully-placed pieces of Granny Smith for the perfect, tangy garnish. Sit back, enjoy the view and savour the decadent dishes in front of you—we can confidently say there are few better ways to enjoy a leisurely afternoon.
Ocean Restaurant, Equarius Hotel, 22 Sentosa Gateway, B1M, #B1-455 & 456, 098136
Make a reservation here.
Tune in to the endearing tale of Extraordinary Attorney Woo
On Sunday night: Settle in for a cosy night with your top crew as you follow the story of the ever-lovable Woo Young-woo in Extraordinary Attorney Woo. A newcomer to a top law firm and Korea’s first-ever lawyer on the autism spectrum, Woo navigates challenges in the courtroom and beyond. Despite the many hurdles that life throws at her, Woo is constantly reminded that she’s never alone, thanks to her best friend Geurami—a fan favourite—who showers Woo with love and encouragement. Don’t be fooled by the show’s comedic nature, as there are also heart-wrenching scenes in what is a wonderful emotional rollercoaster of a series.
Extraordinary Attorney Woo is available on Netflix.
Indulge in a four hands menu with Tiffin Room and Meatsmith Little India
On Friday night: Tiffin Room and Meatsmith Little India are joining hands for yet another collaboration of epic proportions. Housed within the charming premise of Raffles Hotel, the exclusive menu lays out the finest curation from chef de cuisine Kuldeep Negi of Tiffin Room and head chef Edwin Tan of Meatsmith Little India.
And it’s quite the spread—from North Indian delights to Southern American barbecue signatures, expect a sensorial trip of bold and explosive flavours, with both chefs dialling up the spice. The meal’s highlight lands on the iconic tiffin box, where heavyweight mains from Negi shine through. A savoury lamb chop curry; a fresh red snapper steeped in a sweet gravy and our favourite of the night, Murgh Hara Pyaz, a tender boneless chicken leg cooked in an aromatic spring onion and spinach gravy. Be sure to save ample room for the selection of pillowy naans, ranging from garlic to cranberry cheese. To end things on a sweet note, Tan takes it home with Meatsmith Little India’s renowned S’mores Tart with Smoked Coconut Ice Cream.
The exclusive Tiffin Room x Meatsmith Little India menu will be available for lunch and dinner from 15 to 28 July.
Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
For enquiries and reservations, call 6412 1816
Venture into the Fresh Beauty pop-up at Merci Marcel
On Saturday afternoon: Gather your girlfriends for a light-hearted afternoon of shopping and dining at Fresh Beauty’s Rose Café at Merci Marcel. Step into the beautifully decorated space shrouded in fuschia tones, and sure to redeem a complimentary Fresh Rose Deep Hydration kit at the beauty vending machine which greets you right at the entrance. Then, head over to Merci Marcel’s cafe space to indulge in their limited edition special menu, full of Fresh-themed desserts. We recommend pairing the Rose Macaron—a fruity sweet treat—with a Rose Latte to enhance the delicate floral flavour. Before you leave, stop by the flower room replete with neon lights and a plush couch to snap a picture for the ‘Gram.
Fresh Beauty’s Rose Café at Merci Marcel runs from now till 24 July 2022 at Merci Marcel Orchard, 390 Orchard Rd #01-03, Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871
Tuck into fresh oysters from the Greenwood Fish Market
On Saturday night: If you’ve got a hankering for seafood, look no further than Greenwood Fish Market’s World Oyster Festival. Back for its tenth edition, the event brings 29 different varieties of oysters—specially flown in from seven different countries—under one roof, treating guests to a gastronomical adventure that’s not to be missed. We recommend calling for the tasting platter, featuring a special selection of eight different species of oyster. With imported shellfish from countries such as France, Japan and Ireland, be spoiled for choice as you shuck your way through a melange of flavours and textures, from silky creamy delight to the classic salty tang.
Greenwood Fish Market, 34 & 38 Greenwood Ave, Singapore 289236
Make a reservation here.
Reimagine traditional craft at a new design exhibition
On Sunday afternoon: Traditional art forms such as ketupat weaving are typically reserved for festive occasions. Incorporating these crafts into modern everyday ensembles and items, however, is unconventional and seldom considered. To challenge this notion, young Singaporean designers have partnered with traditional practitioners to showcase their takes on heritage craft at National Heritage Board’s inaugural Craft X Design exhibition. Marvel at a multitude of cultural creations, from contemporary Peranakan kebayas to lamps made from the pattern of rangoli—a colourful floor decoration that originated in India centuries ago. As you traipse through the exhibit, you’ll be inspired to think about your own cultural practices and the roles they play in your daily life.
Craft X Design runs from now till 31 July 2022 at The National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, S178897
Groove to Hot Shit by Cardi B featuring Kanye West and Lil Druk
On Sunday night: Bop along to Grammy-winning rapper and Vogue Singapore cover star Cardi B’s latest track Hot Shit, featuring Kanye West and Lil Durk. Best listened to through speakers, this is a record you’ll want to put on full blast. A step back into a more masculine sound as compared to the chart-topping hit WAP featuring Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi takes on a harder beat in her new release. Boasting an impressive set of bars, this track proves to be the burst of energy you need to power through the new work week.
Listen to Hot Shit here.
Catch the premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder at The Projector
On Friday night: Since the valiant battle against Thanos in the Avengers: Endgame movie, everyone’s favourite god of thunder Thor has lost almost everything—from his beloved hammer Mjölnir to his team members in the Avengers. Suffice to say, Thor is in need of some serious healing in the next instalment of the Marvel saga. In Thor: Love and Thunder, we follow the hero’s quest for inner peace as he goes into ‘superhero retirement’. Unfortunately for Thor, his retirement grinds to a halt when a galactic killer by the name of Gorr sets out to kill every god, with him at the top of the list.
The action-packed film sees Thor enlisting the help of his friends King Valkyrie, Korg and an ex-girlfriend who—surprisingly enough—wields his hammer Mjölnir. As the group sets out on a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the reason behind Gorr’s vengeance, expect a slew of hijinks and punchlines, the perfect formula for kickstarting the long weekend.
Book a ticket here.
Witness the ingenious works of local designers at an experimental fashion showcase
On Saturday afternoon: As the Singaporean fashion scene continues to grow, an increasing number of local designers have been catapulted to the global spotlight. Some like Harry Halim and Shawna Wu have even styled international superstars such as Charli XCX, Cardi B and many more. Through an experimental contemporary fashion showcase at The Asian Civilisation Museum, witness their creations first hand. Tap into the minds of young local talent like Lina Osman and Max Tan as their work takes centre stage, displayed on mannequins that surrounds the exhibit, brightening the space with an array of vibrant garments. With the exhibition’s theme of ‘draping’ guiding exhibition, expect traditional clothing reimagined into stunning modern silhouettes like corsets and jumpsuits.
#SGFASHIONNOW runs from 8 July till 16 October 2022 at The Asian Civillisation Museum, 1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555
Dine in harmony with nature at Kaarla Restaurant and Bar
On Saturday night: Home to the world’s highest urban farm above the ground, Kaarla’s farm to table concept opens up conversations on food sustainability over a quintessentially Australian dining experience. With a focus on coastal cuisine, Kaarla’s seasonal menu reflects the vibrant biodiversity of native ingredients traditionally used by Australia’s Aboriginal people. Start your meal with Kaarla’s signature ‘closed-loop salad’, in which every ingredient—down to the dressing—has been harvested from the food forest right outside the restaurant.
If you are one to try exotic meats, Kaarla’s salt-cured kangaroo is the perfect introduction to a possibly intimidating and yet tender protein. The sustainable spirit at Kaarla rings true even in their dessert. Freshly harvested and churned in-house, the Tigernut ice cream topped with chitose corn and calamansi jelly plays with a myriad of tastes and textures for a sublime mouthful, enhanced by a dashing view of the city skyline.
Indulge in artisanal goods from The Cheese Deli market
On Sunday afternoon: There is no better place to support local talent than at The Cheese Deli July Market, featuring an intimate curation of artisanal goods from small local businesses under one roof. Peruse a plethora of products ranging from fragrant, toxin-free soaps from SYLI Soap Emporium to comfortable activewear from Vaultage.Co, or indulge in a refreshing cold brew from Wake The Crew. As for the main event—cheese lovers can look forward to the Cheese Tasting Box, available for purchase and the perfect pairing for their craft beer, best enjoyed at a scenic picnic over a leisurely afternoon.
The Cheese Deli July Market runs from 9 July till 10 July 2022 at The Cheese Deli, 55 Upper East Coast Road
Toast to the weekend at Smoke & Mirrors
On Sunday night: Smoke & Mirrors heralds in the art of drinking with an expanded rotation of signature cocktails. Perched atop National Gallery Singapore, bask in the stunning view of Singapore’s iconic architecture against a scenic skyline as you sip on the complex flavours of inventive concoctions inspired by real artworks. We recommend getting your hands on both Monochrome and Kaleidoscope. The former is a greyscale drink which extracts richness and depth from an amalgamation of whisky, amaro and burnt bread cream. The latter is easy both on the eyes and palate, boasting an inviting red hue and fruity punch-like flavour, a tipple suitable for anyone looking for something lighter.
Treat yourself to a phenomenal dining experience at SingleThread
On Friday night: Gather your family and friends for an unforgettable night at three Michelin-starred restaurant, SingleThread. Nestled in the historic Fullerton Waterboat House, take in the stunning views of Marina Bay’s scintillating skyline as you feast upon a myriad of organic delicacies and uniquely curated wines. A sublime selection of light bites sets the tone for your night ahead—ranging from fresh Japanese-imported shrimps to a sablé biscuit of cured duck liver parfait. Afterwards, enjoy a seven-course menu featuring a wide range of tender sashimi, alongside colourful dishes full of textures and flavour. The experience is reminiscent of waltzing through a garden, acting as an homage to Katina Connaughton and Chef Kyle’s shared ambition for food and farming to create the perfect feast for both your eyes and taste buds. For a sweet finish, leave space for wagashi, a contemporary style of traditional Japanese confections that is best paired with herbaceous tea.
SingleThread, Basque Kitchen by Aitor, 3 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049215
Book a table here.
Discover an underrated side of Singapore at Capella with an immersive staycation
On Saturday afternoon: If you haven’t had the opportunity yet to fly out of Singapore, a staycation at Capella could be your answer to catch up on some much-needed rest this weekend. Introducing a line-up of four locally-inspired activities to make your stay worthwhile, Capella’s latest initiative—Capella Curates—offers a taste of the best local sights and sounds. Thoughtfully put together by Capella Culturists, go forth with an open mind and immerse yourself in Singapore’s culture and heritage with A Peranakan Way of Life, The Untamed Paths, Mornings at the Wet Market and A Walk on the Art Side.
We’re particularly intrigued by the Peranakan tour, which begins at the Koon Seng Peranakan House. You will retrace the steps of early Peranakans post-war, through a treasure trove of priceless heirlooms and ornaments such as kebayas that are interwoven with both Malay and Chinese influences. The tour concludes on a warm and homely note, as you weave through Katong and tuck into laksa and nyonya kuehs along the way.
Book your stay here.
Feast on gourmet fare for competitively low prices at True Cost
On Saturday night: Escape to the Sky Garden at Suntec City—and find yourself met with True Cost. Debuting a dining concept emblematic of their name, the glasshouse space offers a range of tantalising table fare, at some of the lowest price tags in town, upon settling the cover fee at the entrance. Work up an appetite first with their Hummus with Kimchi Cucumbers, for a textural combination that sets you up for the rest of your meal. If you consider yourself one commonly drawn to the truffle on the table, opt for the fragrant, drenched Salmon Truffle Tataki. Should seafood not be a priority, the tender Beef Cheek with Pea Purée is all yours for a hearty addition that warms the soul. Cocktails and wines are also readily available at affordable prices but for a curious turn of events, try the Ceviche Mary, a fun reimagination of the Bloody Mary concoction. Round off with The Napoleon Cake, where fresh cream and pastry couple as a sweet end to your night.
True Cost, Sky Garden at Suntec City, #03-302/303 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
Visit Kiehls’ cheeky Calendula-Mart Pop-Up at Sunday Folks
On Sunday afternoon: Does your skin need a quick rejuvenation? If you’re seeking new products for our sweltering heat, look no further than Kiehls’ Calendula-Mart Pop-Up, a first-of-its-kind activation that highlights the brand’s well-loved Calendula range. Shop for the skin-soothing essentials you deserve in the bright, cheery store, which doubles up as a dynamic supermarket installation. You’ll be greeted by the sweet fragrance of calendulas, as well as yellow baskets and display shelves which mimic your local grocery store. Don’t leave without one of the four specially handcrafted desserts by Sunday Folks for Kiehl’s, which includes a sweet and zesty Calendula Honey Saffron ice cream—unlike anything you’ve tasted before.
Kiehl’s Calendula-Mart Pop-Up runs from now till 3 July 2022 at the Sunday Folks, 44 Jln Merah Saga, #01-52 Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278116
Catch the latest season of The Umbrella Academy
On Sunday night: Family squabbles can get a little awkward, and the Hargreeves siblings are no exception. Returning for its third season, the film transports us back to present day following the heroes’ valiant rescue of citizens from doomsday. Things are not as it seems however, as our heroes face the horrifying reality—or alternative reality—that the biggest villains they’ve yet to face, is themselves. Known as The Sparrow Academy, the institute introduces us to a dark mirror image of our beloved characters. The original Hargreeves of Umbrella Academy come face to face with their sibling counterparts, driving a wedge between their relationships, proving that family dynamics can be the strongest power they’ll wield. Tune in to season three to watch this rumbling unfold—a proven nail-biting session that’ll have you on the edge of your seats.
The Umbrella Academy Season 3 is available on Netflix.
Discover the true meaning of family at the Love & Acceptance exhibition
On Friday night: What defines family? Is it simply about sharing a bloodline—or instead the security that comes from knowing that you have someone who will always love you unconditionally? For the creators behind Love & Acceptance, the answer is the latter. Seeking to celebrate all forms of kinship—especially within the LGBTQ+ community—this new showcase at Project X: Riverside celebrates the power of boundless love and found family. At the exhibition, immerse yourself in beautifully shot portraits of all sorts of diverse and unconventional broods. Bring along your own loved ones to snap a picture, create meaningful memories and end Pride month with a bang.
Love & Acceptance Exhibition, Project X: Riverside, 30 Merchant Road, Riverside Point #04-13, 058282
Celebrate Mother Dough Bakery’s fourth anniversary
On Saturday afternoon: As Mother Dough turns four, the homegrown bakery is treating customers to a curated lineup of desserts and sandwiches made by the brand as well as other well-loved local companies like Bop Gelato and Between Buns. If you are good with spice, we recommend getting your hands on Between Buns’ Citrus-brined Roast Chicken Sandwich—dressed with a habanero hot sauce that packs a punch. For a touch of something sweet after, look to Mother Dough’s renowned Vanilla Caramel Flan, a rich and creamy dessert befitting of a special celebratory treat. Once you’ve had your fill, groove to tunes from local DJ Itch, also known as Ichiro Nagasawa, to conclude your gastronomical adventure on a high note.
Mother Dough Bakery’s anniversary event runs on 25 & 26 June at 3 Jln Kledek, Singapore 199259
Rejuvenate your mind and soul at a wellness festival by the beach
On Saturday night: Escape from the busy hustle and bustle of urban living at Zentosa Fest, a festival centred around wellness hosted at Sentosa. Find your zen through a multitude of relaxing activities on offer—from tea appreciation ceremonies to invigorating outdoor meditation classes. To make a full weekend of it, opt for their beachside glamping package and enjoy two full days of island living. Spend the restful getaway stargazing from your picturesque tent, organic coconut water in hand. We can’t think of a better way to disconnect, rest and recharge before the work week starts up again.
Zentosa Fest runs from now till the 30 June at Palawan Beach, Singapore 098236
Learn about adaptive fashion at Werable’s new showcase
On Sunday afternoon: To Claudia Poh, founder of adaptive fashion label Werable and the first winner of the Vogue Singapore x TaFF Innovation Prize, fashion is much more than a garment. She sees clothing as an extension of the wearer—intricately entwined with their lives. Her debut collection, boasting chic easy-to-wear items that are both adaptive and inclusive, is a clear reflection of that ethos. Designed in collaboration with occupational therapists, people with disabilities, social workers and caregivers, Poh’s line features a number of accessibility-oriented innovations, such as clasps replacing buttons to ensure her pieces can be worn using just one hand. Try the collection for yourself at this inaugural showcase, which provides a great opportunity for visitors to spark conversations surrounding inclusive fashion.
We Are Able runs from now till 10 July 2022 at the National Design Centre, 111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969
Groove to Beyoncé’s latest track, Break My Soul
On Sunday night: Queen Bey has surprised us yet again with another earworm, titled Break My Soul. The house-inspired track is one of several singles from her new album Renaissance, which is slated to make its global release on 29 July. Till then, bust out your headsets and prepare to dance along to this latest hit, a summer anthem filled with hypnotic bass, chunky piano chords and a synth line that takes us back to house classics from the ‘90s—a nod to iconic black musicians such as Robin S. and Big Freedia. If Break My Soul is a small taster of what the Beyhive can expect from the new album, we can’t wait to see what is in store.
Listen to ‘Break My Soul’ here.
Catch the premiere of Cha Cha Real Smooth
On Friday night: The highly anticipated comedy drama Cha Cha Real Smooth makes its debut on Apple TV+. Gracing us with charming characters and witty writing, the show centres around the lives of lonesome Andrew, played by Cooper Raiff, and the enigmatic Domino, portrayed by Dakota Johnson. Romance sparks when the two cross paths on a night out at a bar, but the pair are soon met with hurdles—Domino is unhappily engaged while Andrew is in a committed, albeit tumultuous, relationship. Gather your family and friends to settle in for a cosy movie night filled with tears and laughter as you witness an unconventional love story unfold.
Cha Cha Real Smooth is available on Apple TV+.
Learn the art of grilling meat in a hands-on workshop
On Saturday afternoon: For Father’s Day, get your hands dirty in an informative meat-smoking workshop at Weber’s kitchen. Over a period of two hours, create unforgettable memories while learning how to fire up your grill, control meat temperatures and unlock a myriad of flavours. Strengthen your bond with Dad as you work together to prepare a three-course menu including juicy salmon fillets and mouth-watering black angus striploin steaks. If you get hungry while cooking, don’t fret—you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour right after the workshop with a well-deserved meal best savoured together.
Book a slot here.
Step into the nostalgic realm of technology from the past at a new exhibition
On Saturday night: How many of us can remember life before smartphones and laptops? In an era of accessibility where information is always at our fingertips, we rarely think back to a time when it took considerable effort to send and receive news. The National Museum of Singapore’s latest experiential showcase is here to transport us back to the past. Entitled Off/On: Everyday Technology that Changed Our Lives, the immersive exhibition provides a glimpse into the gadgets we used in the late ‘90s up to the early noughties. With over 10 interactive installations featuring pagers, payphones and typewriters, there will be plenty to see—including a thrilling escape room experience held right inside the venue in the evening.
Off/On: Everyday Technology that Changed Our Lives runs from now till 30 October 2022 at the National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897, Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level
Stock up on artisanal goods at the Coastal Pop-up market
On Sunday afternoon: If you are looking for chic homeware to spruce up your abode or a Singapore-inspired snack, head down to the Coastal Pop-Up, a marketplace bringing local artisans together under the same roof. Revel in the fragrance of soy candles from Whytespace permeating the air while you indulge in decadent chocolate from Mr. Bucket Chocolaterie. What’s more, fans of maximalist decor can shop from Studio Yono, an interior design store specialising in mid-century vintage collectibles. If you are a parent, drop by the Mighty Little Wonders booth to pick up a beautifully-illustrated children’s book for your little one. There is something for fur-babies too, as The Collective will also be showcasing adorable pet gear to dress your dog up in for your next walk.
Coastal Pop-up, 1000 East Coast Parkway #01-03 S449876
Coastal Pop-up runs on 18 & 19 June and 25 & 26 June from 9am – 5pm
Tune in to the Chanel Connects podcast featuring G-Dragon, Grimes and more
On Sunday night: The arts and culture podcast hosted by luxury fashion house Chanel returns for its second season with eight engaging multi-chaptered episodes. Covering a diverse range of topics like the metaverse, dance and the boundaries of art, Chanel Connects is hosted by well-loved celebrities such as Maisie Willaims, Grimes and G-Dragon. Easily digestible and immersive, each episode allows listeners to feel like they are a part of the conversation. Fans of G-Dragon will appreciate episode seven, featuring the king of K-pop himself as he delves into the power of sound in music, film and our daily lives.
Taste fine wine at a pop-up tasting hosted by Penfolds
On Friday night: Australian wine brand Penfolds is bringing a futuristic twist to wine tasting sessions with two pop-ups treating visitors to a range of their house wines alongside carefully appointed food pairings. At T Galleria, indulge in the Penfolds Max’s Rosé 2021, a refreshing concoction led by red summer fruits and rhubarb. Over at Great World City, visitors can bring home a striking red gift box designed by Australian illustrator Jason Solo. Inside, find galaxy-inspired wine canisters which will make fine additions to any dinner party. Toast to the end of your work week with a drink you deserve.
The TERMINAL 1844 pop-up will run from 6 June to 4 July 2022 at the Atrium in Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994, and for the month of June at T Galleria Scottswalk , 25 Scotts Road, Singapore 228220.
Make a booking here.
Feast on exotic flavours at Lime House East Coast
On Saturday afternoon: If you are fairly new to Caribbean food, try the hearty cuisine at Lime House’s new branch in the east. In comparison to the original outlet in Keong Saik, this restaurant is more laid back and casual, featuring tons of outdoor seating and a lunchtime service for the first time. What remains the same is the exceptional cooking and an extensive menu. Look forward to Caribbean classics like Jamaican Jerk Chicken Skewers, explosively peppery and succulent, alongside lighter dishes like the Bajan Fish Tacos, featuring flaky slabs of deep-fried snapper dressed with a tangy mango salsa. For a truly authentic Caribbean experience, get a side of Plantain Chips—deep-fried goodness. We recommend going in the daytime to enjoy the sun-drenched views of the brightly decorated restaurant, with a sweet but potent specialty rum-based cocktail in hand.
Lime House, 47-49 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428768
Make a reservation here.
Commemorate Virgil Abloh’s legacy with Louis Vuitton and Nike
On Saturday night: Calling all sneakerheads—the Louis Vuitton and Nike ‘Air Force 1’ exhibition hailing from New York City unveils their latest showing on the sunny shores of Singapore. A first in Asia, this exhibition puts on display 47 editions of the “Air Force 1” imagined by the visionary Abloh. Look through his inimitable lens to discover how the covetable sneakers were conceptualised, on digital screens framed by cloud-like walls. In a touching homage to Abloh, the two brands have joined forces to put together an event any fashion lover would not want to miss.
Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” By Virgil Abloh runs from 10-19 June 2022.
Discover a new art form with a Cyanotype Workshop
On Sunday afternoon: Printing with the sun is a niche activity that everyone should try at least once. Known as Cyanotype, the printmaking method which sees colours materialising from dull muted greens to oceanic blues under sun rays has been adapted by visual artist and printmaker Nathan Tan. Create your own illustrations through a guided session at Tan’s first solo exhibition, entitled Blue Imprint: FEEDfragileBACK (pronounced ‘Feedback Fragile’). Construct textural collages from natural materials before letting your artwork sit in the sun for the UV magic to begin. We recommended bringing along a friend or two for an afternoon of creative experimentation that will leave you with a greater appreciation for nature.
Blue Imprint: FEEDfragileBACK will be running from 10th to 19th June 2022.
Book a Cyanotype workshop here.
Jam out to local musicians at the Ms. Marvel Cosmic Block Party
On Sunday night: Celebrate the arrival of Marvel’ newest superhero, Ms. Marvel, at a block party fiesta hosted by Disney+. Look forward to a lively night of gastronomical delights, hands-on art and spectacular music by the next wave of young creators and musicians in Singapore. Swing by a food truck to savour the mouth-watering flavours of plant-based meat served by Love Handle, Asia’s first plant-based butcher. While you enjoy your meal, take in the views of Sweet Dreams, a streetlight art installation by multi-disciplinary artist Yangermeister. If you’re looking to unleash your own creativity, try your hand at digital graffiti with Electric Paints, an interactive art wall created by creative technologists from Yunora. End the night on a high note with pumping beats by local DJs and rising local artists such as Ginette Chittick and Rah.
Ms. Marvel The Cosmic Block Party, Ten Square, 100 Selegie Road, Singapore 188308
Ms. Marvel The Comic Block Party will be running from 11th to 12th June 2022.
Be transported to Bangkok at the Mahaniyom pop-up at Long Bar
On Friday night: Raffles Hotel’s historic Long Bar is trading in its hallmark Singapore Sling for Bangkok Tipples—a new cocktail residency programme on its third storey featuring a rotation of the best and brightest bars from the capital city of Thailand. This weekend, indulge in experimental cocktails crafted by Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn, award-winning mixologist and co-owner of Mahaniyom. Known as one of Bangkok’s most innovative bars, Mahaniyom’s sustainability-focused ethos revolves around creating unique flavours while utilising every part of a single ingredient. The most adventurous drink on the menu is the unctuous and savoury Squid, an earthy meld of squid ink sake and a dashi-infused preparation of its namesake ingredient. If you’re looking for something sweet, try Pomelo—a refreshing blend of Kayang Leaf Rum and pomelo leaf tea perfect for beating the scorching summer heat.
Long Bar, #02-01, Raffles Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd, 188719
Make a reservation here.
Indulge in signature Singaporean dishes at The Coconut Club
On Saturday afternoon: The Coconut Club has opened its doors to patrons on Beach Road, introducing a new day-to-night dining experience at the latest flagship store. Known for their Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded nasi lemak, The Coconut Club has expanded its menu while retaining the authenticity and quality of its signature dish. The first floor of the three-storey conservation shophouse is dedicated to a more casual dining experience, with a large communal table perfect for conversation. For a taste of their new offerings, be sure to make a booking on the second floor—which also features beautiful charcoal murals by local artist Aeropalmics.
Start off with the Gohu Ikan, a fresh tuna salad cured in calamansi juice for added zing. Chilli lovers will salivate at their Kerabu Udang Kacang Botol, a prawn dish served with a lovely harmony of spices. Also call for the Percik Kambing, a tender lamb short rib that melts in your mouth, and pair it with their Sambal Mushrooms, which comes topped with a soft boiled egg. Order a Coconut Shake to balance out the intense flavour profile at The Coconut Club, or the Coconut Club Mai Tai for a cheeky alcoholic alternative.
The Coconut Club, 269 Beach Rd, Singapore 199546
Make a reservation here.
Explore the multi-faceted world of Lonely Vectors
On Saturday night: Lonely Vectors brings about an immersive and evocative space to ponder and educate us on issues such as climate change or the long-standing COVID-19 pandemic. An exhibit to look out for is H for Humanity by Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen, which offers a contemporary take on the earth’s ever-changing ecosystems. Drawing inspiration from topics such as the region’s rainfall, step into Ho’s reimagined virtual world, where viewers can fully immerse themselves through VR headsets. An exhibit like no other, H for Humanity activates both your visual and auditory senses as you plunge into deep waters— quite literally, facing an eerie and evocative alternate universe where rising sea waters have hit their peak.
Lonely Vectors, Gallery 1, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Rd, #01-02, Singapore 089065
Lonely Vectors runs from now till 4 September 2022.
Choose a quiet day of art and relaxation at the Art X Wellness Festival
On Sunday afternoon: Embrace movement, mindfulness, and culture at National Gallery Singapore’s Art X Wellness: Art Restores Festival. When visiting art exhibits, how often do we take the time to fully understand the artwork before we snap a picture for our socials and leave? The Slow Art Guide lends a new perspective to enjoying art. Featuring works from ‘The Care Collection’, which ranges from oil paintings to sculptures, it encourages you to engage different senses that you would have never thought of using when appreciating art. Through a self-guided audio experience that deep-dives into the intricate details of creating masterpieces, it makes for a rare afternoon of quiet contemplation before the work week begins.
Art X Wellness Festival, National Gallery Singapore, DBS Singapore Gallery 2, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, #01 – 01, Singapore 178957
Art X Wellness Festival runs from now till 3-12 June 2022.
Celebrate pride month with ‘Lost & Found: A Memoir’ by LGBT+ author Kathryn Schulz
On Sunday night: The New Yorker Journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Kathryn Schulz details her journey with grief following her father’s passing in ‘Lost & Found: A Memoir’. A brilliant exploration of relationships and the role that loss and discovery play in our lives, Schulz’s book serves as both a memoir and guidebook to navigating life with all its hardships and triumphs. Expect her book to paint a nuanced portrait of grief—while there are obvious moments of melancholy, there are also tender scenes, which will take you on a reflective rollercoaster of emotions.
‘Lost & Found: A Memoir’ is available on Kinokuniya.
Step into the thought-provoking world of print where technology meets tradition
On Friday night: In this digital age, where the act of flipping through textured pages has been replaced with scrolling seamlessly on screens, the relevancy of print is a topic of discussion for many. The State of Print exhibition challenges this notion and encourages viewers to ponder the harmonious integration of digital and print. Look forward to interactive stations such as “Hey, You Got Mail!”, which lends viewers an opportunity to write postcards to seniors in nursing homes to brighten their day. Make time for a chat with the passionate people behind Typesettingsg, who will share information on Singapore’s printing legacy dating back to how newspapers were printed in the late 1900s. You’ll learn about the labour and love that goes into filling each page to crafting layouts, as well as the inking process. If you’re lucky, they might even give you a chance to try their printing press, an artefact of its time. Finally, don’t miss out on their filters that were specially made for this exhibition to make your time at State of Print as immersive as possible.
State of Print, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
State of Print runs from now till 31 July 2022 from 9am to 9pm daily.
Celebrate Tiong Bahru Bakery’s 10th anniversary in Singapore’s biggest takeaway box
On Saturday afternoon: Bask in sunny rays accompanied by the smell of lightly caramelised coffee roast and freshly baked goods from Tiong Bahru Bakery’s giant-sized pop-up installation. Located outside Raffles City Shopping Centre, the cheeky pop-up is fashioned after the bakery’s iconic takeaway box and cups. Enjoy their warm, buttery croissants and refreshing cold brew coffee—handed out complimentary at various times of the day. The gorgeous St Andrew’s Cathedral and Capitol Building will make for a perfect afternoon stroll with your delicious goods in hand.
Tiong Bahru Bakery Pop-up, Raffles City Shopping Centre, facing Stamford Road, 252 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179103
The pop-up installation will be available from 27 May to 12 June, 8am to 9pm.
Fly into the action with the newly released Top Gun: Maverick
On Saturday night: Tom Cruise returns as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a seasoned Navy aviator back to embark on a new mission—training a detachment of Top Gun graduates to take off on a specialised task like no one has ever seen before. Mitchell confronts uncertainty, faces his worst fears, and answers the unanswered from the original movie. Apart from the riveting action, Mitchell delves into a romance with bar owner Penny Benjamin, played by Jennifer Connelly. So gather your best crew and popcorn, and watch the energy and emotion unfold as you immerse yourself in two hours of rapturous, adrenaline-igniting action. If time is on your side, we highly recommend revisiting the original to help you decipher the subtler mentions in Top Gun: Maverick.
Book a ticket here.
Visit the Grow Good market by The Botanist & Her Thieves
On Sunday afternoon: The Grow Good market is back this weekend, showcasing handpicked brands for the ideal do-good, feel-good weekend. Able Bagel presents their sought-after, flavourful bagels such as their salty Lox Rox, alongside a selection of cookies and coffee.Once you’ve had your fill, head to Cloop, a second-hand, communal walk-in closet, which prides the circulation of stylish clothing in Singapore and swap till you drop. You may also wish to pick up unique island-inspired pieces from Dimension.uh—their embroidered shirts and patterned shorts are worth a second look—or trawl through Furniche Plus’ sleek and functional shelves with a utilitarian twist.
The Botanist and Her Thieves fair, TBHT Plant Club, 21 Cavan Road, Singapore 209852
Indulge in the pairings of international wine and local dishes with Clink Clink
On Sunday night: Who said wine can only be paired with Italian or French food? Conclude your activity-filled weekend with Clink Clink, a wine concierge service with Singapore-based master sommelier Benjamin Hasko, and food and beverage consultant CR Tan. They deftly pair the diverse and delicate flavours of wine, ranging from Kyoto’s Mukai Shuzō Natsu No Omoide Sake to Friuli’s Vie de Romans Ciampagnis Vieri’s Chardonnay, with some of Singapore’s favourite duck popiah, fried rice, and juicy meat-filled dumplings. Don’t forget to utilise the recipe cards that come with the bundle for your next home party.
Get a bundle here.
Enjoy a myriad of spices and flavours at Papi’s Tacos
On Friday night: End the work week with friends over taco night at Papi’s Tacos, where you’ll be treated to elevated Mexican cuisine. A feast for your eyes and taste buds, the taqueria’s newest outlet in Tanjong Pagar will transport you to the streets of Mexico as you’re greeted by the vibrant colours of its restaurant walls, lined with an intriguing mural depicting Día de los Muertos. Their colourful array of dishes boasts rich, well-balanced flavours, such as the tender beef brisket and pulled pork tacos, as well as their cheesy mushroom quesadillas. Round it off with a delightful frozen margarita or a refreshingly minty lime Agua Fresca.
Papi’s Tacos, 33 Tg Pagar Rd, #01-01, Singapore 088456
Make a reservation here.
Discover the ‘dream space’ at Fashion on Display’s first exhibition
On Saturday afternoon: Have you noticed where your mind goes in a museum? Whether it’s an unfinished to-do list, that scene from a film you watched a month ago or a childhood memory, what we think about while wandering around an exhibition is as personal to the individual as the clothes we choose to wear when we do so. This ‘dream space’, as the museum-goer’s private musings have been dubbed, is the subject of Singapore-based fashion curation studio Fashion on Display’s first exhibition. Featuring four distinct outfits from hand-selected subjects each with their own relationship to museums, the meta display invites attendees to ponder the choices we make while dressing for and experiencing the museum. To get the most out of your visit, request a guided tour from curator and fashion researcher Weiqi Yap, whose insights shed light on the thought-process behind stitching the various elements of the show together.
Experience a tranquil dinner at Bedrock Origin
On Saturday night: Indulge in the natural flavours of Bedrock Origin’s new six-course Beef & Reef series, inspired by primal culinary techniques that take surf and turf to the next level. Drawing parallels with classic Japanese flavours like dashi and yuzu, woodfire-grilled tenderloin steak is a must-try, cooked to perfection with a mild earthy flavour, wrapped in a layer of nori to enhance the taste with savoury deliciousness. Plated alongside deep-fried Yukon potatoes rendered in beef fat, and topped off with a creamy eggplant mash, the dish is reminiscent of babaganoush—creating an orchestra of textures and contrasting flavours. Elevate your fine-dining experience by opting for the top-up of six wine pairings with each course, or make room for their refreshing raspberry mille-feuille, which will balance out the heavier flavours from the night.
Bedrock Origin, 01-02, Oasia Resort Sentosa Hotel, 23 Beach View, Palawan Ridge, 098679
Make a reservation here.
Celebrate female empowerment with Simone Heng at W Singapore Sentosa Cove
On Sunday afternoon: Start the day on a high note with Simone Heng, global keynote speaker and best-selling author of the 2022 book Secret Pandemic. Heng will lead the first edition of female-centric panel What She Said held since the pandemic, hosted by W Singapore Sentosa Cove at Woobar. The event provides an intimate setting for guests and panellists to network and discuss shared experiences, all while connecting over delicious cocktails and elevated tea-time bites from Woobar. With an opening music act by LA-based Singaporean pop artist Daphne Khoo, otherwise known as Haneri, you are bound to leave with valuable takeaways about navigating today’s world as a modern woman.
What She Said Panel, Woobar, 21 Ocean Way, 098374
Book your slot here.
Settle in for the night with Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, ‘Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers’
On Sunday night: The highly anticipated album of renowned Pulitzer Prize rapper Kendrick Lamar has made its way to everyone’s beloved streaming sites, garnering over 60 million streams on its first day of release on Apple Music. Detailing the nuances of race, responsibility, religion and even cancel-culture, the album seeks to reveal truths and bring about change through songs laced with brooding bass and rhythmic beats.
Each song encapsulates a strong message, providing much food for thought on issues ranging from the effects of social media’s intensification of fandoms to the black experience in America. Topics such as these are ones that have been core to Kendrick’s music, a reflection of his experiences, breakthroughs in life and most importantly, his artistic prowess that continues to touch the hearts of millions through impactful songwriting.
Listen to ‘Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers’ here.
Catch Bling Empire Season 2’s premiere
On Friday night: Bling Empire is back and does it come as any surprise that it’s as opulent as ever? Centered around the lives of fabulously wealthy Asian-Americans from the likes of Kane Lim, Guy Tang and Kelly Mi Li, the series takes the show to a whole new level this upcoming season. With the return of beloved cast members, expect to catch more of the budding romance between Kevin Kreider and Kim Lee, as well as the burning social warfare between Anna Shay and Christine Chiu.
There’s also new people to add to the drama of it all—Dorothy Wang, who was previously on The Rich Kids of Beverly Hills and philanthropist Mimi Moris—and they will certainly bring extra glamour and compelling plot lines to the table. Gather your best friends, your most indulgent snacks, and make a night out of it.
Bling Empire Season 2 is available on Netflix.
Visit the Monde d’Hermès Kiosk at Marina Bay
On Saturday afternoon: Le Monde d’Hermès—Hermès’s bi-annual magazine—takes to the streets of Marina Bay to promote its release through a wonderfully immersive kiosk. There’s nothing quite like reading a copy of the magazine and soaking in the whimsical world of Hermès set against the scenic backdrop of Singapore’s azure skyline.
Beyond magazines, there are creatives who bring the kiosk to life, such as The Sculptor, The Portraitist, The Gardener and The Poet, who will provide you with personalised mementos and flowers to take home. Put your game face on as you get your portrait painted in beautiful hues or be the inspiration behind a personalised haiku, handwritten by The Poet.
Marina Bay Event Square, Marina Bay Event Square
Monde d’Hermes Kiosk runs from now till 16 May 2022 from 10:30am – 8:30pm daily.
Indulge in gastronomical delights at The Cellar
On Saturday night: The Cellar is 665°F Steakhouse’s latest glitzy extension from Andaz Singapore’s steakhouse. Designed by Andre Fu, the inspiration follows its eponymous name—an archway entrance that leads diners to tan-hued sofas, copper table lamps and fixtures of 400 bottles of wine. Think of it as a different cavern for the perfect date night, with the restaurant’s mainstays of prime cuts of meat and seafood, spruced with starters like crab cakes and avocado. Call for the beef wellington—a divine pastry-meat dome, deftly seasoned and cooked, best savoured with side counterparts of ‘blooming onion’ (golden-brown onion fritters) and a good portion of mac and cheese. Essentially, the Saturday night you deserve.
The Cellar, Level 38, Andaz Singapore, 189354
Make a reservation here.
Commemorate Asian-American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Ocean Vuong’s latest book
On Sunday afternoon: Critically acclaimed author of ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’, Ocean Vuong returns with an intimate poetry collection that delves into the meaning of losing control and learning to survive beyond the paradox of sitting within grief. This heartbreaking collection follows the after-effects of Vuong’s mother’s death.
Pulling readers in with the idea of processing grief, these series of poems draw parallels between human and animal bodies that are symbolic of how all loss is tragic. The book also details the meaning of family, personal loss, post-war struggles and recuperating oneself through all the mental and physical scars, manifested in the form of vivid and propulsive poems.
‘Time Is A Mother’ is available on Amazon.
Hone your chess skills at Aliwal Chess Club
On Sunday night: What started out as a casual meet-up between friends for chess over a cup of tea on the streets of Bugis has now turned into a newfound local chess community by Singapore’s local creatives. Aliwal Chess Club has been hosting game nights fortnightly since—this weekend’s event is held at Crane, where players can expect a night full of laughter and tea over the chessboard. The club welcomes people from all walks of life, across ages as well as playing levels. Settle in for a cosy night with friends and family or make new ones at Aliwal Chess Club over multiple games of non-competitive chess—who knows what you’ll take away from it?
Crane, 148 Arab Street, Singapore 199831
Join the club here.
Toast to the weekend at Analogue
On Friday night: Sustainability is top of mind for Analogue, Singapore’s first fully plant-based bar and the newest entrant to 2022’s edition of Asia’s 50 best bars. The venue features a vegan dining and drinking experience that minimises their environmental impact through both the menu and the space itself. Enjoy innovative beverages such as the Spaceman, a spin on the classic negroni that differentiates itself through the addition of peanut butter and Kyoho grapes. You’ll be served your drinks on a beautiful bar top made from recycled plastic bottles. The structure mimics the shape of a wave, dipping to a lower height and allowing greater accessibility for wheelchair users. With a myriad of plant-based bites such as nuggets, poutine and dumplings which pair well with Analogue’s natural wines, spritzers and classic cocktails, you are in for a treat.
Peek into the mind of crochet artist Kelly Limerick at Unbecoming
On Saturday afternoon: Find out how destruction can birth liberation at Cuturi Gallery, where Singaporean crochet artist Kelly Limerick invites viewers to contemplate the value of destruction in art. The thought-provoking exhibition features five sombre crocheted pots that have been singed to varying degrees, with the original pots displayed as pristine sublimation prints as memorials of what they could have been. Giving the pieces different names before and after their scorching is Limerick’s way of defining worthiness and what it means to her. The exhibition can be seen as an extension of her previous work, Time is a Commodity in 2021, where Limerick posed her audience with the question “Does the value of an object lie in the time that is spent on it? Or is value more than just a representation of time?”
Cuturi Gallery, 61 Aliwal St, Singapore 199937
Unbecoming runs from now till 8 May 2022.
Plan a movie date at Projector X: Electric Cinema
On Saturday night: The Projector is presenting yet another unorthodox way to enjoy the films you love. Set in Pasir Panjang Power Station A, a red-bricked industrial building that was once among Singapore’s biggest engines of power, the new theatre will be screening hits such as Tiong Bahru Social Club, Blade Runner, The Final Cut, Dune and many more. Feast your eyes on the vibrant lighting and unique architecture of the building, which spans across 13,500 square metres of space. Rest assured, the lights will set the mood for a unique movie experience available only this weekend.
Capture precious moments at Pitega Spaces
On Sunday afternoon: Celebrate Mother’s Day by materialising your bond in a beautiful photograph that will last forever. Photo studio Pitega Spaces offers several picturesque set-ups ranging from dainty blush tones to bohemian, rattan-filled arrangements—all of which will give your pictures an ethereal look and feel. Unlike most studios, the space is elegantly designed with chic furniture and flowers to add a dose of style to your photographs. In a two-part gift to mum, spend the afternoon posing together before bringing your mementos home to hang up.
Pitega Spaces, 3 Kim Chuan Ln, Goodland Group Building, Singapore 537069
Make a booking here.
Indulge in Marguerite’s new Spring menu at the Flower Dome
On Sunday night: End the weekend on a high note with Marguerite’s new spring menu curated and produced by chef-owner Micheal Wilson, reminiscent of a bustling garden in first bloom. Guests can expect whimsical new dishes such as a Foie gras cornetto and a Caledonian blue prawn “tagliolini”. The Dungeness Crab is a must-try, with a savoury cucumber meringue place atop aromatic french marigold, mizuna and basil. For a taste of something sweet, Marguerite pampers guests with a walnut macaron layered with creamy gorgonzola dolce that melts in the mouth. To accompany your meal, look to the restaurant’s extensive collection of fine wines and artisanal non-alcoholic beverages. We recommend the Sour Cherry, a fiery combination that packs a punch with its hot infused cacao nibs, smoked paprika and black peppercorns—guaranteed to delight your taste buds with its intricate and complex flavours.
Marguerite, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, #01-09 Flower Dome, Singapore 018953
Make a reservation here.
Indulge in an Ethiopian feast with Crane
On Friday night: Kick off the long weekend festivities with a hearty spread of traditional Ethiopian fare. Hosted by Bollywood Adventures founder Manda Foo and Cantina restaurant’s head chef Shweta Subramaniam, the latest edition of Crane’s supper club series seeks to transport you to the Eastern African region with its repertoire of authentic Ethiopian-inspired dishes. You can expect a range of traditional comfort food such as Doro Wat—the country’s national dish of a spicy chicken stew—as well as Injera, a fermented flatbread that is eaten as a staple in most parts of East Africa. If you are looking to embark on a culinary adventure this holiday, you can’t go wrong with this supper club experience.
Press flowers in a workshop with Habitat for Humanity
On Saturday afternoon: Get busy with your hands and extend the lifespan of seasonal blooms with Fresh Off The Press and Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s floral pressing workshop. The 90-minute class will teach you all about the art of flower pressing, and you will also be able to design your own pressed flower frame to take home at the end of the session. What’s more: bring along a couple of photographs to include in your frame to turn your creation into a personalised gift for Mom (with Mother’s Day right around the corner) or your loved ones. Part of the proceeds raised will also be used to support Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s housing work so rest assured that your afternoon will be a meaningful one.
Floral Pressing Workshop, Habitat for Humanity Singapore, 56 Lorong 23 Geylang #05-00. Singapore 388381
Book your workshop date here.
Celebrate the long weekend with a staycation at W Singapore Sentosa Cove
On Saturday night: There’s no better time for a wellness staycation than a long weekend that extends into the work week. At W Singapore Sentosa Cove, look forward to a truly restorative escape away from the bustling city that places your physical and mental well-being front and centre. Amidst the lush greenery and lively coastal setting of Sentosa, enjoy complimentary spa treatments at the Away Spa, alongside morning yoga sessions at the spacious lawn. In the evening, you can traipse down to Skirt, the hotel’s signature grill restaurant. End your night with a decadent dinner of prime cuts of meat and fresh sustainably sourced seafood, cooked out in the open on the venue’s Parrilla grill. We guarantee you will be rested, refreshed and ready to take on the week the next morning.
Book your stay here.
Indulge in high tea with a view at MO Bar
On Sunday afternoon: Stepping into MO Bar during the brighter hours of the day is a welcoming experience. You are greeted first by sun-drenched vistas of the city skyline through the tall windows, then the warm service of the ready staff showing you to one of the venue’s intimate, well-dressed booths. This month, you’ll be treated to an assortment of savoury bites boasting varied flavour profiles. While a devilled quail egg topped with fish roe presents a delicate yet umami bite, a heartier Cajun-marinated chicken wrap brings the satisfaction factor. The sweet offerings are nearly too pretty to eat—an avocado mousse atop an almond chestnut sponge is fashioned into a mini avocado, while the kumquat-carrot cake looks like a bright cartoon carrot. Wash it all down with your pick from the elaborate selection of teas available. We recommend the Blue Lotus, a sweet and fruity blend. If a truly luxurious afternoon is what you’re after, this indulgent yet relaxed experience is hard to beat.
MO Bar, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797.
For inquiries: 6885 3500
Piece together Marilyn Monroe’s life and untimely death
On Sunday night: Dive into the mystery surrounding the death of movie icon Marilyn Monroe in this investigative documentary series. Directed by Emma Cooper, the film pieces together the starlet’s final weeks, days and hours through previously unheard recordings of her closest friends and family. Get an inside peek into Monroe’s glamourous yet complicated life and take on a new perspective as to what went down on that fateful night 60 years ago.
The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes is available on Netflix.
Unwind by the seaside at FOC Sentosa
On Friday night: Close off the work week with delicious cocktails and a glorious golden hour at FOC Sentosa. A much-needed departure from the main city, the restaurant features a spacious patio area with comfortable outdoor seating and a welcome breeze. The elaborate menu leans Mediterranean with strong Spanish influences, highlighting fresh-caught seafood, dry-aged meats and seasonal produce. Star dishes like a rich and flavoursome chicken and prawn paella and a tender Chimichurri-laden octopus are joined by elevated Spanish staples, like the smoky, brick-red chorizo which is made in-house from scratch. We recommend bringing a group, so as to not miss out on the extravagant sharing plates—like a buttery soft turbot served whole, ready for carving. For dessert, go the classic route and try their molten chocolate cake. It is freshly baked and topped with home-made salted caramel ice cream, a perfect complement to the oozy chocolate sauce encased within.
FOC Sentosa, 110 Tanjong Beach Walk, Singapore 098943.
For inquiries: 6100 1102
Marvel at a 14-metre golden sculpture in town
On Saturday afternoon: It would be hard to miss the giant inflatable artwork from Australian artist and ecologist Lisa Roet, featuring a golden snub-nosed monkey with a provoking backstory. Her signature sculpture has travelled from Scotland to Beijing over the recent years and now, it has arrived in Singapore. To spread awareness of the impact of deforestation and habitat loss as a result of mankind’s resources, Roet has projected a piece of wildlife in an urban environment. In this case, it’s centered in a bustling neighbourhood like Bras Basah, where our tertiary art schools, museums and universities are located. More than just a photo opportunity, the 14-metre-tall sculpture holds a deeper purpose to incite conversations around environmental sustainability and for city folk like us to question what our future actions will have on Mother Nature and wildlife.
Ongoing till 21 August 2022 at 51 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189554.
Celebrate women’s voices and stories with the Aesop Women’s Library
On Saturday night: For five special days, Aesop has teamed up with local independent publishers and booksellers for their inaugural Women’s Library. The brilliant initiative involved replacing their stores’ shelves with books by predominantly Southeast Asian authors who identify as women and allies. Look forward to a wide range of literature at this pop-up, including pieces by Singapore-based writers Pooja Nansi, Melissa De Silva, Amanda Chong, Stephanie Chan and Annaliza Bakri. Take your time exploring the ephemeral library, and pick a book of your choice to take home, with no purchase required. The experience doesn’t stop there—keep your ears peeled for an audio collage created by Singaporean sound artist Weish that will round up your evening beautifully.
Aesop Women’s Library is ongoing from now till 24 April at their Vivocity and Marina Bay Sands outlets.
Indulge in a meat-loving feast at Gemma Steakhouse
On Sunday afternoon: Gemma Steakhouse’s Sunday Bottomless Brunch is a heady affair that is to be enjoyed with your top crew. Within the dim, sophisticated surrounds of the dining destination at the National Gallery Singapore, is a wondrous haven of modern Italian dishes. Think tender steaks—a Jack’s Creeks beef tenderloin and Sanchoku wagyu skirt—which melt in your mouth alongside sides of broccoli and creamy whipped potato. Gemma’s cacio e pepe is completely moreish, for cheesy and peppery goodness swirled around a plate of al dente spaghetti is comfort food at its best. Pair this with a free-flow selection of martinis, negronis, and whisky sours, amongst other drinks, and you’ll be rolling out of there a happy camper.
Enjoy a hearty southern Italian dining experience by Waterfall Ristorante Italiano’s new chef
On Sunday night: Nestled within the verdant gardens of Shangri-La Singapore, Waterfall Ristorante Italiano is elegant yet cosy—a trait that will make you feel as though you are being welcomed into an inviting Italian home. Formerly from iO Italian Osteria, Chef Simone Loisi brings with him a repertoire of authentic southern Italian specialties as well as regional delights from his hometown of Puglia. We recommend starting with the Orecchiette Broccoli E Salsicca, a pasta dish featuring familiar flavours—broccoli, Italian pork sausage, and crispy breadcrumbs for an additional crunch. Another must-try is the Polpo alla Plancia—a Mediterranean-inspired whole octopus leg dish that is perfectly succulent with just the right amount of caramelisation. You will want to save room for dessert—Chef Simone’s handmade cannoli is delicate and crisp, a wonderful end to a soul-satisfying dining experience.
Waterfall Ristorante Italiano, Shangri-La Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350.
For inquiries: 6213 4398
Get a taste of New York City at Coach’s Bagel Shop
On Friday evening: Fashion meets food at Coach’s Bagel Shop, an experiential retail concept created in collaboration with Two Men Bagel House. Style stalwarts can look forward to the brand’s Spring 2022 collection, inspired by Stuart Vevers’ vision of American classics—with opportunities to have your bag customised with bespoke Coach graffiti motifs by local artist Tiffany Lovage. Food-wise, you can expect a limited-edition bagel menu with delightful sweet and savoury options. For a true taste of New York, you can’t go wrong with Big Apple Red Dot—an apple pie cream cheese filled bagel, or 1941 Catch—a citrus house-cured trout bagelwich packed with cream cheese and fennel. A jaunt here might be your next best thing if New York isn’t on the cards just yet.
Coach’s Bagel Shop, 39 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089617.
Visit the pop-up store from now till 8 May.
Turn old into gold at a kintsugi class
On Saturday afternoon: Pick up a new skill at Gold & Behold’s kintsugi’s pottery class. Guided by founder and The Artling artist, Winnie W, learn how to upcycle broken wares into beautiful, unique masterpieces using the Japanese art of kintsugi—the practice of repairing pottery in a way that highlights, rather than hides, the artifact’s defects. Here, the art form has been fashioned into a form of healing art for the busy mind, with opportunities to break pottery apart before piecing them back together with a blended mix of rose gold powder and epoxy resin. The best part of the whole experience? You get to walk home with a renewed piece of art gleaming with proud (im)perfections.
Book your workshop here.
Savour the flavours of spring with 藝 yì by Jereme Leung’s new menu
On Saturday night: Fans of modern Chinese cuisine would be no stranger to 藝 yì by Jereme Leung. The seasonal menu, presented by master chef Jereme Leung and conceptualised together with resident executive Chinese chef Yap Poh Wang, puts an emphasis on freshly harvested greens. The double-boiled chicken soup—served with house-made Sichuan-style spinach tofu and stuffed bamboo fungus—is comforting and nourishing with the perfect balance of textures. Also not to be missed is the wok-fried Hokkaido scallops and imperial vegetables with grilled green pepper sauce, a smoky, wok-hei infused dish topped with yamakurage (mountain jelly vegetable) for an additional peppery kick. And finally, no visit to 藝 yì by Jereme Leung is complete without a serving of the restaurant’s signature golden roasted duck with rose and fermented bean sauce and pancakes—a delicious parcel of crispy duck with floral notes to remember.
藝 yì by Jereme Leung, Raffles Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd, #03-02 Singapore 188719.
The Spring menu is available from now till 19 June.
Have a leisurely Easter brunch at Rempapa
On Sunday afternoon: Celebrate the Easter holiday with a hearty spread of traditional Eurasian fare at Rempapa. Prepared by Chef Damian D’Silva—the grandfather of heritage cuisine—you can expect a sumptuous repertoire of dishes steeped in nostalgia and tradition. The highlight of the menu is Chef D’Silva’s white debal, a piquant stew of chicken, roast pork, bacon bone, vegetables and house-made achar cooked in rempah, vinegar and mustard seeds. If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional Easter fare, a meal at Rempapa will not disappoint.
Catch Everything Everywhere All At Once
On Sunday night: Michelle Yeoh plays an exhausted middle-aged Chinese American woman who can’t seem to finish her taxes in this science-fiction action adventure. When an interdimensional rupture threatens to unravel reality, Yeoh must enter the multiverse to defeat her enemies and restore the fate of the world. Written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, you can expect a hilarious comedy with action packed sequences from Yeoh and the rest of the cast—including Jamie Lee Curtis, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan and more.
Toast to the weekend with Veuve Clicquot at Siri House
On Friday night: If you love a glass of good bubbly, shed the stress of the work week at dining destination Siri House. In a new collaboration with French champagne brand Veuve Clicquot, the restaurant-cum-bar has opened the doors to a serene new garden dining experience on its terrace, shrouded in flora, fauna and twinkling lights.
Dig into an elaborate six-course menu focused on seasonal produce and high quality proteins, designed specially to complement the star champagne of the night. To start off, opt for a fork-tender Doenjang Glazed Beef Short Rib that melts instantly in your mouth, served with Pear Beef Jus, Parsnip Celeriac Puree and Ume Pickled Daikon. Then, indulge in a moreish Lobster Miso Carbonara that is so rich, it begs for a glass of Veuve Clicquot’s premium vintage La Grande Dame to wash it down. Finally comes a plethora of stunning desserts, which includes a Preserved Orange Peel Chocolate Mousse paired with Candlenut ice cream, resulting in a flawless harmony of sweet, tart and earthy flavours. Make sure to leave your night empty for a leisurely post-dinner lounge—you’ll thank us later.
Siri House, 8D Dempsey Rd, #01-02 Dempsey Hill, Singapore 249672.
Pay tribute to the creative spirit of Louis Vuitton at Louis 200
On Saturday afternoon: Head down to Marina Bay for 200 Trunks 200 Visionaries: The Exhibition, a travelling showcase by the Louis Vuitton group that features 200 iterations of the original trunk conceived by Louis Vuitton in the 1850s. The exhibition—initially conceived as a celebration of Louis Vuitton’s bicentennial birthday—is a celebration of his innovative legacy, with 200 talents and friends of the maison invited to put their own creative spin on the iconic travel vessel. Familiar names among the 200 creatives include Vogue Singapore cover stars BTS, our augural metaverse editor Krista Kim, along with Supreme, Peter Marino, Liu Wei and Fornasetti. Their designs—a mix of hand-drawn illustrations and digital art—echo the ingenious spirit of Louis Vuitton, making for a truly unique showcase.
Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018970.
200 Trunks 200 Visionaries runs from now till 27 April.
Enjoy an eco-conscious dinner at Super Loco
On Saturday night: Why not try something different and partake in a sustainably sourced, carbon-conscious meal at Super Loco? To commemorate Earth Day, the Mexican hospitality group has put together a low-carbon footprint menu featuring ingredients sourced from around the region.
Your meal begins with a round of house-baked chips, creamy guacamole and tangy salsa roja, followed by Garden Flautas—a plate of crispy deep-fried spinach tortillas topped with earthy Mexican truffle, creamy goat cheese and a zingy cactus pico de gallo. The plant-based Fable Al Pastor Tacos arrives next, featuring slow-braised mushroom “meat”, crunchy kale and watermelon radish wrapped in a bamboo ash tortilla. Be sure to save room for dessert as the Pomegranate Tres Leches is one for the books. The traditional Latin American dessert is given a summery update with a tart pomegranate gelée, complete with an additional crunch from the bed of charcoal crumble. When it comes to their drinks menu, the Zero to Hero is a must-try. Crafted by infusing fruit offcuts into Arquitecto Blanco tequila, this zero-waste cocktail was the perfect refreshing accompaniment to our hearty meal.
Super Loco, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323.
Super Loco Earth Month Menu is available across its three outlets till 30 April.
Savour a leisurely afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton
On Sunday afternoon: Round up your girlfriends and live out your Bridgerton fantasies with an afternoon tea at the swanky new Republic. You’ll feel like you’re in the Big Apple—the space has been given an uplift by New York-based Tonychi Studio, with a modern mint green colour palette, floral-patterned chandeliers and rattan details, paying homage to our nation’s Asian roots. Come hungry and expect a plethora of buttery scones, savoury sandwiches and expertly crafted petit gâteau. Our favourite item on the menu? The salmon pithivier—a flaky parcel of moist fish, aromatic truffle mushroom and leafy kale—served with a creamy champagne sauce. Pair it with a cup of tea from the lounge’s extensive tea selection—the malty Irish Whisky Cream is a must-try—and you will be set for a memorable afternoon.
Republic, 7 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039799.
For inquiries: 6434 5288
Explore the life of Julia Child with Julia
On Sunday night: Get your popcorn ready and catch Julia—a biographical drama about television chef Julia Child—on HBO Max. Actress Sarah Lancashire stars as the show’s titular character alongside David Hyde Pierce as Paul Child and Bebe Neuwirth as Avis DeVoto—the editor of Child’s renowned cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The plot of the eight-episode series is simple but entertaining—covering the life of the late American television personality as she embarks on the filming of her iconic culinary show, The French Chef.
Julia is available on HBO Max.
Reserve your seats for Chef Tom Sellers’ residency at Flutes Restaurant
On Friday night: No flights or VTLs needed—UK Chef-Founder Tom Sellers of two Michelin-starred Restaurant Story will be hosting a four-week residency through the month of April at the National Museum of Singapore’s award-winning Flutes Restaurant. Titled ‘Museum Story’, you can expect an innovative tasting menu of delicate, masterful dishes inspired by stories of Sellers’ personal life. Look forward to his signature dishes such as Paddington Bear—Sellers’ homage to the childhood character’s favourite meal of a marmalade sandwich, now elevated with foie gras and cardamom. There’s also the Rabbit Sandwich, a dish taken from Sellers’ own childhood when his family would go hunting for rabbits. Here, the dish is presented the same way his father made it, featuring pressed rabbit leg coated in polenta and fried with citrus pickled carrots and a tarragon emulsion.
Create your own signature scent with Maison 21G
On Saturday afternoon: Try your hand at fragrance creation at Maison 21G’s Love Atelier. The custom perfume workshop has been specially tailored for you and a partner to craft and personalise your own signature scent, as well as a couple’s fragrance to accentuate the connection you share. Guided by an expert perfumer, you will also be able to uncover the rich history of perfume and learn the hidden secrets of scent creation through this interactive workshop. Start by uncovering your scent personality, before choosing from the brand’s exclusive range of 35 essences and creating a unique perfume with your choice of bottle design.
Book a workshop here.
Stay up late with your loved ones at Lumo
On Saturday night: With a name that means ‘light’ in Esperanto (an international auxiliary language created by Polish ophthalmologist Ludwig Leizer Zamenhof to unify people across the world), we can think of no better place to celebrate the relaxation of rules for social gatherings. Tucked away on the ground floor of a post-war art deco shophouse, you might miss Lumo’s unassuming exterior. Once you’re inside, however, the warm, modern interior is a refreshing juxtaposition to the building’s vintage façade, with a 40-seater bar and a 20-seater open kitchen to cater to your needs. Food-wise, expect hearty and comforting Modern European fare, with an emphasis on dishes grilled over the restaurant’s apple-wood and oak-wood fire. Pair your meal with signature cocktails from the bar and you are all set for a memorable night ahead.
Unwind with a daycation experience at Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore
On Sunday afternoon: If your weekends are chock-a-block with social gatherings and you only have a short amount of time to unwind, the unconventional daycation may be right up your alley. A daycation—a term coined recently after the pandemic hit—offers guests all the luxuries of a hotel stay for the span of a few hours, without the need to spend the night. Dayuse’s well-curated partner hotels range from five-star hotels to cosy boutique hotels, and each experience typically comes with an option of dining credits or an addition of a spa treatment. The best part is the unrivalled flexilibility offered—you can book without a credit card, pay upon check in and cancel for free up to the last minute.
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore was our pick from 10am to 5pm, for its lush, resort-like feel, a breathtaking pool and jacuzzi pods, and the solid massages offered at Devarana Spa. The Thai food at the hotel’s in-house restaurant, Greenhouse, was sumptuous, so don’t leave without trying their tom kha or pad thai, while watching planes take off and land in the distance.
For more information, visit Dayuse.
Learn the secret to connection with Simone Heng’s new book
On Sunday night: If you have ever felt like you wanted to connect with others on a deeper level, pick up a copy of professional speaker and host Simone Heng’s debut title, The Secret Pandemic. Birthed from what she calls a “loneliness epidemic”—which became even more pressing during COVID-19 isolation—Heng’s new book is informed by her background in communication and public speaking. The read can be described as part-self-help guide and part-memoir, both informative and intimate, thanks to Heng’s candid revelations about her own upbringing. She touches bravely on the subject of childhood trauma and explores her own baggage, leading back to how our experiences growing up shape the way we connect today. A timely read for the era of separation we are living in—especially if you want to truly nurture the relationships in your life.
The Secret Pandemic is available on Amazon.
Indulge in classic cocktails at Last Word
On Friday night: Bid goodbye to the work week and embrace the weekend with a range of craft cocktails and Japanese tapas. Situated above Nutmeg & Clove, the space at Last Word could not be more different from its sister outlet, with a minimalist wooden interior that echoes the venue’s Japanese influences. The showpiece of the space is without a doubt, the elegant eight metre-long wooden bar where guests can watch the team in action. You can expect a seasonal Japanese dinner menu alongside a classic cocktail programme of martinis, whisky sours, John Collins and more. Our recommendation? You can’t go wrong with the bar’s namesake—The Last Word—a cult-favourite vintage cocktail made with gin, green chartreuse and maraschino liqueur.
Last Word, 8 Purvis St, #02-01, Singapore 188587.
For inquiries: 9187 5719
Celebrate female artists and creators at Projector X: Riverside
On Saturday afternoon: Pay a visit to Women Make Things: An Art Market, a one day only art market organised by Projector X: Riverside in commemoration of International Women’s Day and The Projector’s Women Make Film festival 2022. Here, the spotlight is, of course, on female-run businesses—from limited edition prints by Deniseardenise, to photography zines from Your Local Newsstand, custom papercut products from River Bespoke and even a floral bar by Copper Garden. Other highlights include textile prints and illustrated trinkets from independent textile studio Yabai Yabai and handmade leather goods from UrbanKraft. With a total of 14 vendors showing out at this pop-up fair, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Projector X: Riverside, Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road, #04-13, Singapore 058282.
RSVP for Women Make Things: An Art Market here.
Enjoy a Michelin-starred meal at Buona Terra
On Saturday night: Indulge in an exquisite meal at the charming Buona Terra, which recently had a facelift. Cocooned in a soft blush palette, the restaurant boasts a brighter facade, cushioned with swathes of white from the table setting. The current season sees the best of winter produce coming together, masterfully helmed by chef Denis Lucchi. At the core of Buona Terra are recipes steeped from memory, which are then innovated with contemporary gastronomic influences. The dining experience starts with his signature frozen tomato gazpacho spheres, squid ink tarts stuffed with fresh Kegani crab and creamy avocado mousse. Flavours are pronounced yet deftly balanced with garnish like lime and the occasional fauna. This is witnessed again in a yellowtail carpaccio, jazzed with lime powder, horseradish snow and its secret weapon—Amalfi lemon purée. A refreshing take on the raw fish starter, it opens up the palate with ease. Even with the heavier dishes like a carbonara iteration midway through the meal, you can expect that nothing is overtly rich. Chef Denis cooks up a parmesan cheese broth, coating every bit of al dente spaghetti, sautéed with smoked butter and finished with cured egg yolk and black truffle shavings. You’ll have plenty of room for the main course—a succulent Irish duck that was dry-aged for ten days before a bincho treatment. Glazed with honey and slathered with herbs and spices, the tender slab of duck is paired with a root vegetable and a black garlic puree, while fragrant morel mushrooms complete the dish. A solid homerun, in our books.
Join 5 on 25’s weekend dim sum club
On Sunday morning: Savour over 25 varieties of handcrafted delicacies at Andaz Singapore’s Cantonese restaurant, 5 on 25. Crafted by head chef Lim Hong Lih (previously from Summer Pavilion) and Dim Sum chef Peh Teik Seong (formerly of Hakkasan restaurant in Abu Dhabi), the menu features an array of sumptuous delights—from classics Scallop Siew Mai with Fish Roe to crowd-pleasing dishes of Steamed Shrimp Dumplings and Honey Barbecue Pork Puff Pastry. Don’t leave without ordering the Fried Rice with Wagyu Beef and Truffle Sauce—a luxurious upgrade on the familiar comfort dish, as well as Chef Lim’s Signature Deep-Fried Duck Roll—a unique addition to the classic dim sum menu that comes stuffed with diced duck, mushrooms and chives before being deep-fried to golden perfection.
5 on 25, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354.
For inquiries: 6408 1228
Stream the heart-warming Dear… on Apple TV+
On Sunday night: Created by Emmy-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler (Listen to Me Marlon, Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry), Dear… is a charming docuseries that profiles global icons through letters written by those whose lives have been changed through their work. Previous features include Hamilton-creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Olympic medallist Aly Raisman, Grey Anatomy’s Sandra Oh, actor, writer and red-carpet darling Billy Porter, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, just to name a few. The latest episode of Dear… tracks the life and lasting impact of the late André Leon Talley, former Vogue editor-at-large and global fashion icon, as he recalls his interactions with the late Karl Lagerfeld, and how he himself has inspired a new generation of fashionistas through his career.
Dear… is available on Apple TV+.
Indulge in a rum-filled night at Sugarhall
On Friday night: Wind down from the work week by heading to the Central Business District (CBD) to the coolest speakeasy on Cecil Street—with a hidden side lane entrance to boot. Sugarhall is not a completely new kid in town—rum fans will recall its buzzy vibe when it was on Amoy Street. Back after a four-year hiatus, the new iteration of Sugarhall has more of an intimate pub-like ambience, with lounge-y booths lined along most of its walls and well-spaced stylish tables and chairs that immediately make you want to kick back in. Other than that, the concept remains the same—it still serves some of the most potent and tasty rum cocktails in town, now curated by Manager Davide Boncimino. The bar’s signature Dark & Stormy is a must-try—with Hampden overproof rum, house-made ginger beer and a slice of lemon. The Daiquiri with Bacardi Superior 1909 Rum, Veritas rum, lime and sugar appears innocent but nonetheless packs a punch. If you want to get a bit more into your rums, Mulata Daiquiri with Flor De Caña Rum, Chinato Vermouth, cocoa nibs and fruity notes. The extensive rum offerings will definitely need more than one visit. That said, there are a few good martinis on the menu too, such as the Espresso Martini with a touch of salted caramel as well as gin cocktails. So hit the CBD early (ironically) before the fairy lights on the ceiling get turned off—that signals the end of happy hour. The bar is as discerning about the bites it offers—so the food menu is yet to be launched. But the fact that it sits on top of Rosemead means you are not going to go hungry on your night out.
Sugarhall, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704.
For inquiries: 9815 0246
Check out an art, fashion and lifestyle activation at Design Orchard
On Saturday afternoon: Re-explore the Orchard Road precinct with The Non Season, a public art and lifestyle activation curated and presented by creative collective Hyphen BB. Featuring the works of 20 Singaporean/Singapore-based artists and designers, including Mike Chang, Divaagar, Aki Hassan, Marla Bendini and Kristal Melson, you can expect visually impactful, humorous and thought-provoking art pieces decorating the interiors and exteriors of the Design Orchard building. Highlights include Totem TV by Urich Lau, a mixed media installation that plays on notions of big data and surveillance and Seasonless Desires, an exhibition by Masuri Mazlan that showcases garments made from seemingly incongruent elements—think industrial materials, natural fibres, vibrant colours, hard-edged forms and more—in designs that defy the conventions of construction and wearability in an attempt to get audiences to re-examine what it means for fashion to be timeless, genderless and seasonless in today’s society.
Enjoy a night of live music and rap at Sands Theatre
On Saturday night: Celebrate Singaporean culture, music and talent at Majulah Live x It’s A Rap. The one-night-only live entertainment extravaganza features a diverse mix of 13 local veteran and up-and-coming artists across the genres of music, rap and comedy. Look forward to live music performances by RRILEY, Jon Chua JX, Rangga Jones, Feez and Joy Alexis, along with some of the best rap acts in town: Sheikh Haikel, ShiGGa Shay, Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba and AE$OP CA$H. Hosted by comedians Fakkah Fuzz, Jacky Ng and Qamarul Haziq, Majula Live x It’s A Rap promises a night of fun and excitement with some of the nation’s most celebrated acts.
Venture into Gotham City with Batman
On Sunday afternoon: Catch Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Barry Keoghan and more in The Batman. When a sadistic killer strikes Gotham City by murdering the city’s key political figures, Batman must enter Gotham City’s underworld to investigate the city’s hidden corruption and unmask the culprit. As the evidence mounts, our hero must forge new relationships and re-examine his past to bring justice to the metropolis. Directed by Matt Reeves (Felicity, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) with cinematography by BAFTA-winner Greig Fraser (Dune), The Batman promises a gripping watch—perfect for fans of the comics and casual moviegoers.
Dine with a view at Bali on the Cove
On Sunday night: Treat yourself to a dinner in “Bali” with Bali on the Cove’s new dinner menu. Prepared with the freshest ingredients, you can expect a fusion of Balinese and Mediterranean flavours, complete with the restaurant’s own house-made sambal. Start your Bali experience with a yuzu scallop ceviche, before moving on to a curry-infused wagyu tartare and the restaurant’s take on classic Indonesian dishes Soto Ayam and lamb rendang. Other not to be missed dishes include the Balinese spice-infused paella and the black pepper beef loin—the restaurant’s spin on a traditional weekend roast. To round off your meal and complete your “trip” to Bali, pair your meal with a cocktail (or two) from the extensive drinks menu. Our pick? You can’t go wrong with the Bali Sunset—a pineapple rum concoction that is sure to transport you to the stunning beaches of Seminyak.
Bali on the Cove, Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, #01-16, Singapore 098375.
For inquiries: 8236 7476
Toast to World Margarita Day at Smoke & Mirrors
On Friday night: Raise a margarita in celebration of World Margarita Day 2022. The classic drink—comprising Cointreau, tequila, lime and salt—receives fancy upgrades at 12 of Singapore’s top bars and restaurants in honour of the festivities. Our favourite rendition? Smoke & Mirrors’ Asian-inspired margarita—Wok’s the Smell. Made with Cointreau, fat-washed spicy Lap Cheong tequila, mezcal and a homemade lime cordial, this wok hei-inspired cocktail is probably unlike any other drink you’ve had before.
Smoke & Mirrors, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road #06-01, Singapore 178957.
World Margarita Day special menu is available from now till 20 March.
Savour Japan in full bloom with Fukui’s new omakase menus
On Saturday afternoon: Helmed by head chef Nick Pa’an, Fukui’s new omakase menu shines a light on Japan’s Spring specialities, the chef’s own sushi creations and a selection of the restaurant’s all-time favourite dishes. Premium seafood selections this season include the delicate noresore (young conger eels), hotaru ika (firefly squid) and the succulent flesh and roe of kegani (Hokkaido hairy crab). Other highlights include the fatty ishidai (striped beakfish), a fish indigenous to Japan’s waters and mehikari (green eyes fish), a bold, oily deep-sea fish with a slightly sweet taste. Seasonal offerings aside, a must-order dish is the Ise Ebi with Imo Tofu (spiny lobster with homemade yam tofu), where Japanese yam is first cooked over a slow fire, before being lightly fried and served in a decadent lobster potage sauce. A physical trip to Japan may still elude us, but a meal at Fukui is sure to bring Japan to you.
Learn what it means to be a Nusantara woman with Sarah Bagharib
On Saturday night: Tune in to the inaugural episode of Nusantara Women Conversations, a weekly Instagram live and podcast series that aims to explore the shared cultural heritage and identity of women from the Malay Archipelago. Hosted by communications specialist Sarah Bagharib, the series deep dives into the lives of Nusantara women, identifying the commonalities and differences between their lived experiences. The first episode features Malaysian celebrity chef Anis Nabilah, the youngest chef to be featured on the Asian Food Channel. With over 17 years of professional cooking experience and a whole range of awards under her belt, chef Anis opens up about her journey in the culinary world and what being a Nusantara woman truly means to her.
Listen to Nusantara Women Conversations here.
Enjoy fashion and food at Valentino Café x Merci Marcel
On Sunday afternoon: Embrace the spirit of Rendez-Vous, Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection. To celebrate this latest offering, Maison Valentino has collaborated with French bistro, Merci Marcel, to bring the spirit of Rendez-Vous from the streets of Paris to Singapore. You can expect a uniquely Valentino experience within the café, as well as a special Valentino menu conceived exclusively for this occasion. Highlights include an eggplant caviar, tarte flambee, beef tenderloin carpaccio and red snapper à la meunière. No meal is complete without dessert and the café presents three stunning treats—crème brûlée, chocolate mousse and a deconstructed lemon pie—for a sweet finish to your luxurious afternoon.
Valentino Café x Merci Marcel, 7-9 Club Street, Singapore 069403.
Valentino Rendez-Vous runs from now till 14 March.
Pay homage to the greatest rock band at the Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic concert
On Sunday night: Celebrate the legacy of Queen and Freddie Mercury by immersing yourself in the spectacle, grandeur and energy of the world’s greatest rock band. Get ready for a night of non-stop rock anthems with classic hits We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, Radio GaGa, I Want to Break Free, Somebody to Love, Don’t Stop Me Now, Another One Bites the Dust, A Kind of Magic and Bohemian Rhapsody as they come alive on stage and in concert, with big sound, big screens, crazy lighting and outlandish costumes. Perfect for Queen fans and rock music lovers, consider this your invitation to take a night out to indulge your senses with a band of true talent, genius and character.
Get your tickets for Singapore Ballet Gala 2022
On Friday night: Singapore Ballet’s debut showcase presents a triple bill that is reflective of the company’s new identity as a solo institution away from the Singapore Dance Theatre. The line-up includes Timothy Rushton’s Evening Voices, Singaporean Choreographer Choo-San Goh’s In the Glow of the Night as well as the internationally-recognised Theme and Variations by George Balanchine. The company’s inaugural performance happening Friday night will also be attended by the distinguished Guests-of-Honour PM Lee and Mrs. Lee, along with the Patron of Singapore Ballet, Dr. Tony Tan. Bring a friend along, show them the magic of ballet and experience a whole new world of dance.
Indulge in a fashion-inspired afternoon tea at 1864 Lobby Lounge
On Saturday afternoon: Enjoy impeccably styled delicacies and fashionable creations resembling clothes and accessories at Sofitel Singapore’s Fashion Afternoon Tea. Conceptualised by Executive Pastry Chef Sam Leong, the menu draws inspiration from Olivier Rousteing’s sketches from Balmain Dreams 10: OR, a thematic anthology collection between Balmain and Z2 Comics. You can expect an exquisite medley of bite-sized treats celebrating classic French flavours with highlights like Opalys Chestnut Mousseline Blackberry Tart, Fraisier Dôme, Yuzu Matcha Gateau and more. Pair your afternoon respite with a glass (or two) of Tattinger Champagne and you are all set for a stylish teatime experience.
Discover the world of Australian gin at Raffles Courtyard
On Saturday night: Delight in an extraordinary line-up of cocktails created by Raffles Courtyard and Four Pillars Gin—Australia’s top craft spirit—amidst a lush, landscaped alfresco setting. The collaborative menu offers six specially curated gin cocktails—four from Raffles Courtyard’s bartenders, and two from the team of Four Pillars Gin—with each creation featuring a different type of gin from the award-winning brand. Cocktail lovers can expect to start the night off with Courtyard Sling featuring Four Pillars Original Rare Dry Gin, earl grey cinnamon nutmeg syrup, strawberry puree, pineapple and lime, or Manzanilla, a botanical and herbaceous concoction made with Four Pillars Olive Leaf, Zuleta Manzanilla and Green Chartreuse St Germain. If you are a gin aficionado, the Four Pillars Gin Flight includes three flavours of gin with tonic—perfect for a no-frills night out.
Raffles Courtyard, 328 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188719.
For inquiries: 6412 1816
Raffles Courtyard’s collaboration with Four Pillars Gin is available from now till 23 June.
Travel back in time to 1957 New York City with West Side Story
On Sunday morning: Catch Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed West Side Story on Disney+. The Academy Award-nominated film tells the reimagined tale of fierce rivalries and young love set against the backdrop of New York in the 50s. Featuring a stellar cast including Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez and Rachel Zegler, with music by internationally-renowned conductor Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this well-loved take on the classic musical is one not to be missed.
West Side Story is available on Disney+.
Taste the flavours of the Mediterranean at White Marble
On Sunday night: Dine at the newly opened White Marble restaurant, Chef Otto Weibel’s loving tribute to the Mediterranean region. You can expect a gastronomic journey with flavours from the three Mediterranean regions—Middle East, Southern Europe and Northern Africa. Highlights include the Chicken Leg Bone-in Tagine, which is a classic Moroccan stew cooked to perfection inside a tagine—a traditional earthen pot with a cone-shaped lid that helps to deepen flavours by preserving the moisture of the stew. The skewered dishes are not to be missed either—take your pick of fresh Seafood, Black Angus Beef or chermoula marinated Australian Lamb, each accompanied by three sauces: lemon garlic cream, harissa aioli and salbitxada. To complete your trip to the Mediterranean, round off your meal with the restaurant’s Crema Catalana—the Spanish equivalent of the classic crème brulée.
Tune in at music-centric establishment Offtrack
On Friday night: Round up your friends and pay a visit to Offtrack, the latest music-centric bar and restaurant concept from the co-founders of homegrown music collectives Darker Than Wax and Ice Cream Sundays. Music is, of course, the highlight here, with a music programme that shines a spotlight on homegrown and regional artists. The space is also home to two beautifully restored Klipsch La Scala Speakers—the very same horn speakers used by DJ David Mancuso for his loft parties in New York City. Sit back, enjoy a selection of Pan Asian bites and cult classic cocktails and treat yourself to a night of good food and even better music. Trust us, the party is just getting started.
Mix art with science at Motion Art Space
On Saturday afternoon: Get your hands dirty with a pendulum and spin painting at Motion Art Space. No experience is required here as you simply harness the forces of gravity and inertia to create your very own masterpiece. The art jamming studio offers a variety of packages for all group sizes—from a relaxing solo session to a couple or double date kit, and even a group bundle perfect for weekend get-togethers. Each one-hour session comes with an abstract artwork to add to your collection. The best part? No clean-up is required after.
Enjoy a pairing of seafood and sake at Whitegrass
On Saturday night: Ignite your taste buds with “Seafood Loves Sake”, a sake pairing activation organised by the Japan Food Product Overseas Promotion Centre. The campaign, which seeks to bring awareness to the art of pairing sake with various culinary delights, is available at 30 participating restaurants. Our favourite iteration is at the one Michelin-starred Whitegrass, where Head Chef Takuya Yamashita showcases classic French fare with a Japanese touch. Two delightful pairings await you here. The first, Hakurakusei Junmai Ginjo with fresh Hokkaido scallops and creamy mont d’Or cheese, makes use of the sake’s subtle sweetness to bring out the seafood’s umami taste, while the second, Momokawa Junmai Sake with kan-buri (winter yellowtail), shungiku (chrysanthemum leaves) and cashew nut, utilises the sake to cut through the oiliness of the fish, leaving you with a clean aftertaste.
Celebrate the Peranakan way of life at the Asian Civilisations Museum
On Sunday afternoon: Discover the worlds of our Peranakan communities at Apa Khabair? – Peranakan Museum in the Making, a pop-up exhibition held at Asian Civilisations Museum’s Contemporary Gallery. Immerse yourself in the community collaborations on display, trace the transformation and timeline of the Peranakan Museum and marvel at a selection of 17 objects depicting the Peranakan way of life, some of them on display for the first time. Objects of note include a ceremonial carriage likely used in a traditional Tedun ceremony (where a child selects objects that will symbolically predict their future personality and interests), as well as two sireh sets. Also happening on Sunday is Peranakan Parade, a fun programme for the family with hands-on craft activities, a storytelling session and a drama performance. If you want to learn more about Peranakan culture, we can think of no better place to start your journey.
Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555.
Apa Khabair? – Peranakan Museum in the Making runs from now till 29 May.
Enjoy a limited-edition menu at 50Fifty
On Sunday night: Embark on a culinary journey of six delectable courses and four spectacular dessert cocktails at the intimate pocket bar, 50Fifty. The February-only menu is the collaborative effort of Janice Wong and Tryson Quek of 2am:dessertbar and Bannie Kang of Sidedoor. Your dinner begins with Algae, a No.3 Irish Oyster served with a side of cucumber, kombu and frost, and comes paired with the first cocktail of the night—Clean Water, a light blend of The Macallan Sherry Oak 12Y, guava, Osmanthus, sencha and verbena. Next, enjoy an entrée of confit duck rillette paired with White Meat, a creamy concoction of Brugal Especial, pineapple, coconut and cream clarified. For dessert, a boozy indulgent affair of whisky crème anglaise, sea salt caramel and bergamot await. Wash it down with Double Red, a spirit-forward concoction made of The Macallan Double Cask 12Y, strawberries, Campari, amaro, amontillado sherry and a dash of bitters.
50fifty, InterContinental Singapore, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909.
For inquiries: 8399 0679
Enjoy a night of music backed by strings at the Drama Centre
On Friday night: Treat your ears to a beautiful pairing of vocals and (many) strings as six of Singapore’s most prolific singer-songwriters—weish, Jack & Rai, lewloh, Jaime Wong, Amanda Tee and Krysta Joy—take to the stage alongside a seven-piece string ensemble and a rhythm band. Helmed by local veteran music composer Bang Wenfu, the one-night-only concert aims to take audiences on a theatrical and immersive journey through themes of heartbreak and love, despair and hope, and transformation. Featuring fresh interpretations of songs performed live for the first time, Singer-Songwriters: Some Strings Attached promises will be a concert to remember.
Dine alfresco in The Lawn at Panamericana
On Saturday evening: If you can’t travel but are looking to escape the humdrum of the city for one evening, the new outdoor space at Panamericana is an inviting option. Launched as an extension to the original clifftop restaurant, the new area is aptly named “The Lawn”, and features a sprawling grassland filled with bohemian tents and plush seating perfect for lounging in, drink in hand.
Look forward to an array of tropical beverages—with delicious non-alcoholic mocktails and fresh fruit juice also available—to wash down the hearty South-American-inspired menu. The food is finely executed and highlights farm-to-fire grilled, roasted and charred meats, seafood, greens and grains. For a meat-lover’s galore, start your meal with the Argentinian Empanadas, a lamb-filled puff pastry accompanied by an acidic aji amarillo sour cream. As for your main, don’t miss out on the Lamb Al Asador, served with endive salad and aji verde. The meat is slow-roasted for seven hours with Jarrah wood, resulting in a juicy, tender and succulent bite.
Panamericana, 27 Bukit Manis Rd, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore 099892
Inquiries: 6253 8182 / panamericana.sg
Experience ‘Pandamonium’ at Gallery 1819
On Saturday afternoon: Celebrate the birth of Le Le, the first giant panda cub born in Singapore, at watercolour artist Julie Zhu’s latest exhibition. The showcase features multiple works created using Chinese ink, including the titular piece ‘Pandamonium’, a 1.7-metre-long painting of 100 pandas with Le Le, the newest addition to the family, prominently featured in the middle.
Zhu’s solo ink painting exhibition also presents ‘Pandamania’, a set of NFTs created in collaboration with Gallery 1819. Inspired by her art piece ‘Mr Right’, the series is available as both physical artworks and a digital NFT art piece—a move that allows you to experience the art in the metaverse.
Pandamonium, Gallery 1819, Tan Boon Liat Building #02-04, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074.
Pandamonium is showing from now till 22 February.
Reignite your love affair with carbs at Mr Holmes Bakehouse
On Sunday afternoon: Sink your teeth into a selection of small bakes and hearty sandwiches at Mr Holmes Bakehouse. The bakery-cum-café presents a brand-new menu of playful and inventive bakes catered to the local palate. Standouts include the extra-crispy twice-baked croissant, Everything Donut—the bakery’s spin on an everything bagel, as well as the brand’s first-ever savoury cruffin, Sundried Tomato & Bacon Jam. Bits of salty gruyere are first incorporated into the dough before the cruffin is stuffed with a filling of tomato and chive cream cheese and bacon jam. Café-lovers who veer towards the savoury rather than sweet, this is the place for you.
Catch a play at KC Arts Centre
On Sunday night: Sit back and enjoy playwright Amy Ng’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. Set in post-World War II-Singapore, the play stars Heidi Parsons as Julie, the daughter of a British tycoon and Steve Chusak as the Asian servant John—the couple at the heart of it all. Co-produced by Singapore Repertory Theatre and Hong Kong Arts Festival, the startlingly provocative play challenges preconceptions about racial supremacy, sexuality and taboo relationships, while also examining themes of class difference, colonialism and nationalism.
Dine with a view at Artemis Grill
On Friday night: Woo your loved one with a decadent four-course set menu at Artemis Grill. Located 40-floors atop the CapitaGreen building, the sky-high dining concept offers Mediterranean-inspired dishes, all accompanied by a spectacular view of Marina Bay. Your dinner date begins with an amuse-bouche of Périgord Truffle arancini served with Parmesan Sabayon, before moving on to a selection of starters that include Mushroom Consommé with Truffle Ricotta Dumplings, Hamachi Tartare and Burrata and Braised Leeks. For mains, choose between Beef Tenderloin, Iberico Pork Chop, Olive-fed Duck Breast and Black Cod. For those on a plant-based diet, the Housemade Cavatelli Pasta is a good pick. For a sweet finish, the popular Sticky Date Pudding is a firm favourite, or opt for the dessert upgrade of a Dark Chocolate Ganache, Hazelnut Praline & Raspberry Cake, a shareable option for two—perfect for an early Valentine’s Day celebration.
Celebrate love stories with Van Cleef & Arpels
On Saturday afternoon: Explore the streets of the City of Love at Van Cleef & Arpels’ latest watchmaking event—A Journey Through The Poetry of Time. The Maison celebrates some of its emblematic sources of inspiration with four themed galleries—love stories, ballerinas and fairies, poetic astronomy and enchanting nature—all set in a recreation of France’s capital city. Immerse yourself in the romantic ambiance of Paris’ iconic landmarks and for those looking for a full Emily in Paris experience, take a seat next to the river Seine installation and watch the afternoon pass by with a cup of coffee and a pastry in hand.
Indulge in an early Valentine’s Day dinner at Buona Terra
On Saturday night: Treat your loved one—and yourself—to a romantic dinner at Buona Terra. Helmed by Resident Chef Denis Lucchi, you can expect a menu that is living and vital, while still being very much rooted in soul and tradition. This season’s menu highlights include The Scampi—bincho-grilled Mozambique scampi served in a rich winter baugna càuda anchovy sauce, as well as the 10-day dry-aged Irish duck dish, Anatra. Glazed with Italian acacia honey and grilled to a perfect doneness, the duck breast is carved from the bone and served with salsify presented two ways—the first, in a puree of root vegetables poached in milk and coffee beans, and the second, as deep-fried crisps. Housed in a cosy extended wing of Chateau Tcc—one of Singapore’s few remaining black-and-white colonial bungalows—the Michelin-starred restaurant promises contemporary Italian gastronomy in a charming environment that is sure to put you in the mood for love.
Experience Danish conviviality at Leckerbaer Keong Saik
On Sunday afternoon: For a cosy get-together away from the bustle of the city, pay a visit to Leckerbaer’s new flagship outlet at Keong Saik. The Copenhagen-based pastry shop presents its signature småkagers (Danish cookies), small bakes and open-faced sourdough sandwiches in an inviting Scandinavian-inspired setting reminiscent of its original store at Ryesgade Street. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a cup of coffee (or tea) and a selection of your favourite Danish bakes with your loved one, or try your hand at pastry decoration with the shop’s Valentine’s DIY cookie kit. Our recommendation? Share a box of Raspberry and Vanilla Småkager at the café’s inviting space before bringing home the DIY cookie set to experience the best of both worlds.
Leckerbaer, 14 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089121.
For inquiries: 6223 3053
Embrace love in all forms with The Projector
On Sunday night: Catch French director Céline Sciamma’s 2019 film Portrait of a Lady on Fire at The Projector or stream it online with Projector Plus. The winner of the Best Screenplay and Queer Palm awards at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival features an incandescent romance between Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a reluctant bride to be, and Marianne (Noémie Merlant), the adventurous artist hired to paint her wedding portrait. A ravishing celebration of female passion and desire, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a reminder that love and intimacy doesn’t always have to be physical—a fitting tale for those celebrating Valentine’s Day amid the pandemic.
Eat, drink and be merry with 8 by Bottles & Bottles
On Friday night: Imbibe in some quality vino at a pop-up event featuring the best of Penfolds. The Australian wine producer channels its famed flight tasting at Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door at 8 by Bottles & Bottles’ newly opened outlet at Great World City. Savour a bottle of the brand-defining Grange, with its multi-district blending philosophy that presents South Australia’s finest Shiraz, or opt for a bottle of St Henri from chief winemaker Max Schubert’s revolutionary Max’s range. Not to be missed are the two tasting flights exclusive to the pop-up. For an in-depth introduction to Penfolds, pick the quartet of Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling 2020, Max’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Bin 8 2019 and Bin 28 2019. Seasoned oenophiles will enjoy a highlight of Penfolds’ best, which includes Bin 389 2019, St. Henri Shiraz 2018, RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018 and Grange 2017.
8 by Bottles & Bottles, Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994.
Penfolds pop-up runs from now till 15 February.
Celebrate joyous reunions at Chopsuey Cafe
On Saturday afternoon: Enjoy a sumptuous spread at an east-meets-west escape nestled in the lush surroundings of Dempsey Hill. A selection of Chinese comfort dishes with contemporary Anglo-Chinese and Southeast Asian dishes awaits as part of the restaurant’s Lunar New Year menu. The five-course menu kicks off with a prosperity toss of Chopsuey’s Lucky Lunar ‘Lo Hei’. With ingredients including kale, celeriac, red radishes and blueberries, this wholesome variation of the traditional Yu Sheng is a healthier take on the typical hearty festive fare. Next, take your pick of three starter options: Shredded Filo Seafood Roll, Sticky Chicken Rice Balls and Caramelised Pork Belly Bites, before moving on to the mains. Choose from seafood-based delights such as the Caramelised Orange Barramundi, or land-based protein dishes including the Chargrilled Beef Short Rib. Our recommendation? The Red Curry Slipper Lobsters and the Grilled Yellowtail Cheek. Moist, tender and full of flavour, these fish dishes are sure to help you usher in a year of wealth and prosperity.
Chopsuey Cafe, 10 Dempsey Rd, #01-23, Singapore 247700.
For inquiries: 6708 9288
Enter The School for Good Mothers
On Saturday night: Unwind and get ready for the new week with Jessamine Chan’s debut novel, The School for Good Mothers. Set in a dystopian universe where the state actively measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion, protagonist Frida Liu must prove herself worthy of keeping her daughter Harriet after a moment of poor judgement. A searing page-turner that explores the perils of “perfect” upper-middle class parenting, the violence enacted upon women by both the state and—at times—one another, the systems that separate families, and the boundlessness of love, The School for Good Mothers is a story of and for every woman.
Purchase ‘The School for Good Mothers’ here.
Welcome the arrival of spring at Dahlia Dream
On Sunday morning: Embrace nature and the beauty of spring at Gardens by the Bay’s latest showcase. Two-thousand blooming dahlias of over 70 cultivars make up the exhibit, with festive favourites of azaleas, celosias, coleuses, chrysanthemums and cymbidiums also on display to add to the celebration. Highlights include larger-than-life floral lanterns of peony and narcissus design, as well as The Four Gentlemen—a set of four Chinese paintings featuring four plants: plum, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum, to represent the four seasons and the four human virtues of nobility, righteousness, modesty and purity. Talk about injecting symbolism into your weekend activities.
Continue the celebrations at home with The Coconut Club’s Lemakase Feast
On Sunday night: For a taste of something truly lovely, look to The Coconut Club’s Lemakase Feast. A delicious medley of home cooked heritage fare—including exclusive dishes not found in the restaurant or on the a la carte menu—await you. Start with a crisp and moreish Tauhu Bergedil with Kicap Manis before moving on to mains of Ayam Tempra, Sayur Lodeh and Gado Gado. Not to be missed, Pomfret Assam Pedas satisfies with a rich, appetising sauce over tender fish, while the Telur Sambal Ikan Bilis turns the heat up with some spice. To finish, indulge in a spread of freshly made kueh using The Coconut Club’s own proprietary blend of premium cold-pressed coconut milk. Choose between the Signature Kueh platter of Kueh Kosui, Kueh Bingka and Kueh Salat, or opt for the limited edition One Kueh, Or Another platter created in collaboration with Singapore’s kueh master Christopher Tan, featuring three lesser-known kuehs: Kueh Sarang Semut, Kueh Bakar Tapai and Nagasari Pisang.
Journey through Europe’s Art Deco capitals at Atlas Bar
On Friday night: No visa or VTL flights necessary—just an evening to yourself or with loved ones. Wind down for the week with a sensory tour of six European cities through Atlas Bar’s new cocktail menu, Sense of Place. Developed by Head Bartender Jesse Vida and his team, each drink on the menu captures the vibe, sounds and smells of the city it represents. Your check-in point is Singapore’s own Art Deco landmark Parkview Square, the Gotham-esque building that houses Atlas Bar. Start your evening with an ode to our national flower—the light pink non-alcoholic Vanda Mist served coddled on small chunks of ice is as beautiful as the hybrid flower itself. Grapefruit sits as the hero with cream, almond syrup, salt and cinnamon joining in to forge a wave of memories of refreshing welcome drinks in island resorts. There is plenty more to look forward to on the menu, which is designed like a picture postcard with a whimsical illustration representative of an Art Deco landmark in each city—there are three cocktails to choose from under each city. Move on from there to Lisbon for cocoa-infused cachaca drink Biaxa Centro, then stop for a refreshing Sungate Spritz in Madrid—raspberry-infused sherry blend, dry vermouth, peach, rosemary and royal botanic tonic partake in the medley. Pont Neuf Daisy with cognac, calvados, grappa, elderflower, plum and lemon is perfect while people-watching in Paris, while Sir Giles ushers in memories of apple pie, moonshine, sherry bars and more in London. Brussels and Helsinki are next on the list ringing in thoughts of Belgian waffles and curry dips, and rye bread and salty liquorice respectively. Jet lag may not be an issue, but a delightful hangover is a given.
Atlas Bar, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore, 188778.
For inquiries: +65 63964466
Toast to the convivial spirit of Lunar New Year at Zafferano
On Saturday morning: Get a head start on the new year festivities with brunch at Zafferano. The Italian restaurant serves up a festive edition of its lavish champagne brunch complete with auspicious dishes of tiger prawns, spanner crab and fish to herald a year of good fortune. Your feast begins with an enticing array of starters: tuna carpaccio, beetroot-cured salmon and tiger prawns, just to name a few. Before moving on to the mains, tuck into a luscious risotto with black winter truffle and smoked caciocavallo cheese, as well as a mesmerising pasta dish of trofie with spanner crab. To commemorate the festive occasion, the restaurant presents two main courses with Asian-inspired flavours—honey-glazed duck breast with black pepper jus, and roasted cod with garlic, galangal and soy sauce. Assorted fruits and desserts complete your festive brunch—a sweet ending to a sumptuous meal and a symbol of more good things to come in the year ahead.
Zafferano, Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 04931.
For inquiries: +65 65091488 / info@
Engage with the world anew at Light to Night festival 2022
On Saturday night: Develop new perspectives and states of mind at Light to Night festival 2022. The visual arts festival returns with an expanded line-up of day and night programmes across a greater number of festival locations. Highlights include Move For?ward (Unseen: Inside Out), a multi-sensory art installation that spotlights the visually impaired community. Presented by Unseen Art Initiatives, the project invites audiences to step into the shoes of the visually impaired by participating in an audio walk of the installation while navigating through a web of strings. Not to be missed is also Art Skins on Monuments, Singapore’s biggest facade light show. Embark on a psyberpunk journey through the multiverse with Refractioned by Metamo Industries with Benedict & Palmer. Blending photographs of HDB facades with iconic Singaporean architecture, the team invites viewers on a transcendental journey that offers novel ways of perceiving time and space.
Admire panorama paintings at The Arts House
On Sunday morning: Treat your eyes to a rare showcase of panoramic pictures on loan from private art collections in Singapore. Curated by Art Agenda, Everything Light Touches: Panorama Paintings from Private Collections is an exhibition that traces a capsule history of modern Asian art. Highlights include Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita’s paradisiac Visionary Landscape (1917): a work that marked modern Asian art’s birth in the artistic fountainhead of early 20th century Paris, as well as Affandi’s At The Beach (1982), a monumental abstraction of the crashing waves at Parangtritis beach in Indonesia.
The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Ln, Singapore 179429.
Everything Light Touches: Panorama Paintings from Private Collections runs from now till 6 February.
Embark on a 360° cinematic journey to a future of good fortune
On Sunday night: Usher in the new year at The Cosmic Voyage by Glenfiddich—a multisensory experience set on the rooftop of Design Orchard. Follow the Royal Stag and embark on a futuristic space exploration complete with familiar Lunar New Year sights of sky lanterns, fireworks and lion dancing. For something more slow-paced, bask in the festivities at the Tree of Fortune. Adorned with auspicious Chinese red lanterns and red packets, it is the perfect spot to take the time to slow down, reflect on the passing year and make your wishes for the upcoming year ahead.
Experience The Real Art of Drinking at Smoke & Mirrors
On Friday night: Elevate your happy hour with the perfect pairing of art and cocktails. Organised in collaboration with National Gallery Singapore as part of the line up for the Light to Night Festival, this one-of-a-kind Art X Cocktails tour gets you an unofficial behind-the-scenes with the muses behind Smoke & Mirrors’ new cocktail menu: The Real Art of Drinking. The menu comprises 10 drinks and each item draws inspiration from an artwork on display in the gallery. Opt for the Georgette Chen-inspired Bananas in a Glass, the bar’s take on the century-old Negroni, or consider the Cheong Soo Pieng homage: Flowers in the Afternoon, a whisky-based visual stunner—think an Asian take on a classic Modigliani, complete with flowers, batik sarong and pineapple fruit.
Picnic amongst the clouds at Cé La Vi
On Saturday evening: Indulge in picnic-style dining alongside bottomless cocktails at the third edition of Cé La Vi’s Picnic in the Clouds. Held in partnership with Grey Goose Vodka, the three exclusive “Cloud Cocktails” created for this session are the Kurundu Blitz with Grey Goose Vodka, cinnamon, raspberry and pineapple; Summer in Greece with Bombay Sapphire gin, Blue Curaçao and crème de cacao white and One last thyme with Bacardi 8 Anos rum, Triple Sec, Angostura Bitters, passion fruit and orange. For a full picnic experience, we recommend you give the food selection a try. It has been crafted to resemble traditional picnic fare with an Asian twist, so take your pick of Asian-inspired dips, Charcuterie, wraps and quiches, before ending with a selection of sweet treats. Now that’s life!
Cé La Vi, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, Singapore 018971.
Celebrate the coming of Spring with Joanna Dong
On Saturday night: Catch Joanna Dong in her first-ever Lunar New Year concert, You Must Believe in Spring. Sit back and enjoy classic jazz hits Joy Spring and You Must Believe in Spring, as well as the first ever live performance of Joanna’s Lunar New Year single Kuai Kuai Le Le. It wouldn’t be a Lunar New Year concert without the classic hits Gong Xi Gong Xi and He Xin Nian and Joanna promises a whimsical and warm take on these festive favourites. Apart from being a treat for the ears, You Must Believe in Spring also promises a visual spectacle with a vibrant set created in collaboration with award-winning botanical design studio This Humid House. With the concert specially conceptualised to revisit the spirit of the coming of spring, we can think of no better way to usher in the new year festivities.
Discover heritage neighbourhoods in East Singapore with ArtWalk 2022
On Sunday morning: Singapore’s beloved celebration of the art and culture of a heritage neighbourhood is back for its eighth edition. Part of Singapore Art Week, and jointly organised by Lasalle College of the Arts and Singapore Tourism board, ArtWalk 2022, in keeping with its theme ‘Looking Back Going Forward’, extends its multisensory experience from Little India to one other cultural precinct in Singapore: the Katong-Joo Chiat area. Mixing in with the neighbourhood’s heady blend of hipster cafes, Peranakan culture and historic shophouses are two new murals, Jalan Jalan by Didier ‘Jaba’ Mathieu and The Phoenix by Boon ‘Baked’. Albeit two artists with different styles, the cultural influences in both murals are unmistakably Joo Chiat—think colours borrowed from Peranakan tiles on freely roaming cats in the former and the symbolism of the hero image in the latter. More from Monster Day Tours on the day itself during their guided walking tours. Straits Enclave and Eurasian Association join in the immersion with a sketching workshop and a Eurasian crafts workshop and tour, respectively. Look forward to a busy Sunday morning.
Rethink your relationship with brands at Brand Love
On Sunday afternoon: Re-examine your relationship with consumerism and things at Eduardo Enrique’s second solo show, Brand Love. Designed as a faux “Nike” retail and pop-up shop, the installation reimagines sporting goods from the brand as a series of provocative artifacts, all with the aim to urge visitors to re-evaluate their association with brands and material goods. Ironic, humorous and altogether witty, the exhibition is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Defend the Earth with Marvel’s Eternals
On Friday night: Reunite with Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie and the rest of the Eternals team on Disney+. When the Deviants—monstrous creatures and sworn-enemies of the Eternals—return, our crew of crusaders must reunite to defend humanity once more. Directed by Academy Award winner Chloé Zhao and filmed across Spain, England and the US, you can be sure that you are in for a cinematographic experience unlike any other. Whether you are new to our band of heroes or are waiting to rewatch your favourite bits, make Eternals your weekend watch with Disney+.
Eternals is available on Disney+.
Unwind with a stunning view at Hortus
On Saturday afternoon: Stop, smell and dine among the roses at Hortus, a garden cafe dining experience offered by one-Michelin-starred chef Michael Wilson at Gardens by the Bay. Delight in a meal amid the lush greens and blooms of the Flower Dome, or pay a visit when at nightfall for a romantic meal under the restaurant’s pergola. Our recommendation? The Afternoon Tea for an experience reminiscent of Netflix’s Bridgerton. Savour Confit Tomato Tarts, Smoked Salmon Cucumber Finger sandwiches, Coconut and Rose Lamingtons, Financiers with Fennel Pollen and other dainty delights to experience life amongst London’s high society.
Rethink the idea of art with Crossroads
On Saturday night: Experience art in a whole new light with Crossroads. The first of its kind exhibition in Southeast Asia takes over major billboard displays at ION Orchard and Ten Square to prompt audiences to rethink their interactions with structures that shape our collective lived experiences. Witness animated films, computer-generated imagery and generative art from 6 diverse local multidisciplinary artists. From Phua Juan Yong’s cheeky take on old Shanghainese posters to Howie Kim’s whimsical Bongdirk on the Big Screen, we are sure that these works will make you stop in your tracks.
Catch Crossroads at ION Orchard or Ten Square. Find out more here.
Usher in the Year of the Tiger with Design Orchard
On Sunday afternoon: Celebrate new beginnings and get a head start on your festive shopping with Design Orchard’s Chinese New Year fair. Pick out your new year outfit from a curated selection of bright, elegant and modern fashion apparel from local designers that include Cheongsam Shoppe, Elly, Minor Miracles and more. With your festive clothing needs settled, it’s time to select some treats to serve your guests when they pay you a house visit. Choose between Kele’s pineapple treats, Aunty Hong’s handmade cookies, Kim Choo Kueh Chang’s Nyonya kuehs and Violet Oon’s Peranakan delicacies. With all your festive needs housed under one roof, there is no reason for new year shopping to be a stressful experience this year.
Design Orchard, 250 Orchard Road, Singapore 238905.
Embark on a culinary trek through Latin America at Kilo Singapore
On Sunday night: Savour dishes from Kilo Singapore’s wood-fired grill at Kilo Collective’s flagship restaurant. The menu here is heavily influenced by the flavours of Latin America and the team takes your Latin experience one notch further with an open format kitchen where you can witness the cooking in action. Start your meal with Kilo Ceviche, a generous serving of tuna, seabass and red prawns, before picking out your choice of protein to be cooked over the restaurant’s signature charcoal fired grill. For drinks, pair your meal with Kilo Negroni, Kilo Singapore’s twist on the classic drink that comes with additions of sweet Vermouth, Aperol, Fino Sherry and a torched orange peel for some additional flair.
Kilo Singapore, 97 Duxton Road, Singapore 089541.
For inquiries: 9625 0279
Explore flavours of the Pacific with MO Bar
On Friday night: Join MO Bar on the fourth edition of their nomadic journey around the Asia Pacific. Their latest line-up draws inspiration from the untouched flavours of countries around the Pacific Ocean—from the sweetness of South Korea’s Asian pear to the smoky notes of Singapore’s very own satay. Highlights include Holi, a dazzling display of gin, buttermilk and spices inspired by India’s festival of colours and Full Moon, a rice paper rum cocktail from South Korea with hints of wheatgrass. If your new year’s resolution is to cut back on the alcohol, MO Bar’s newest drink menu comes with a series of non-alcoholic concoctions for an inclusive and memorable drinking experience. Delight in Lakeside, a Kombucha-based beverage with hints of lemongrass and spices reminiscent of a trip to Sri Lanka, or treat yourself to Ube, a medley of purple yam and jackfruit from the Philippines.
MO Bar, Marina Square, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797.
For inquiries: +65 6885 3500
Indulge in buttery croissants at the new Tiong Bahru Bakery Maju
On Saturday morning: Looking for a new brunch spot to channel your inner Emily in Paris? Fans of homegrown brand Tiong Bahru Bakery will be pleased to learn that the Parisian-inspired boulangerie has opened up its latest branch in the eclectic enclave of Maju, surrounded by cool stores of all kind and a breezy neighbourhood worth making the trek to. Open from 7.30am daily, expect to tuck into the bakery’s trademark array of baked goods—from their perfectly fluffy freshly-made croissants and kouign-amann to savoury treats like a variety of quiche and French sandwiches. Wash it all down with an aromatic cuppa from the coffee bar by Common Man Coffee Roasters for a perfect start to the weekend.
Tiong Bahru Bakery, 8 Maju Ave, Singapore 556686.
For inquiries: +65 68774890
Create your own ceramic art at The Potters’ Guilt
On Saturday night: Pick up a new skill from the artists at The Potters’ Guilt’s in-house ceramics studio. If you are new to the wheel, start your journey in vessel creation with one of their beginner classes, before working your way up to the intermediate and advanced courses. Looking for something more hands-on? The Potters’ Guilt offers Handbuilding lessons for you to experiment and mould clay into tableware and other unique sculptural pieces. And if you’re not yet ready to commit to a full class but eager to try out the potter’s wheel, sign up for a short course and enjoy an afternoon of interactive fun—perfect as a date, a friend outing or a team-building activity.
Get up close and personal with Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall’s iconic clock tower
On Sunday morning: Explore the inner workings of Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall’s iconic clock tower on a tour unlike any other. Climb the 54-metre tall clock tower and examine the internal mechanisms of the tower’s 5 majestic bells. Keep your ears peeled for the melodic Westminster chime—the same tune played by London’s Big Ben—as it sounds out every 15 minutes. While you’re up there, don’t forget to soak in the surrounding views of Boat Quay and the Singapore River. If the past year of local tourism has you scratching your head for something new to discover, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall’s clock tower climb is sure to hit the spot.
Discover the future of food in Paco Underhill’s How We Eat: The Brave New World of Food and Drink
On Sunday night: Unwind and get ready for the new week with Paco Underhill’s latest release. The bestselling author behind Why We Buy and What Women Want uncovers our changing relationship with food—from the way it is grown and processed to how it is purchased and consumed. Discover how food intersects with political, environmental, economic and racial issues of today and the importance behind making our relationship with food a positive one. In a world where cities are increasingly populated with farmers’ markets and rooftop gardens, what does the future look like for mainstream merchants and farmers around the world?
Purchase ‘How We Eat: The Brave New World of Food and Drink’ here.