As the festive season approaches, a slew of exciting events await. From an insightful masterclass unpacking Met Gala fashion at the Singapore Writers Festival to an interactive art experience at ArtScience Museum, look no further than our guide to this weekend’s happenings.
Discover vegetable gastronomy at Restaurant JAG’s new space
On Friday night: Restaurant JAG’s new space is an apt reflection of the Michelin-starred restaurant’s ethos. Surrounded by greenery and bathed in natural light, it takes up the second floor of a beautifully restored 19th-century warehouse and is filled with specially commissioned art. Here, edible botany is explored with La Balade du Végétal—or The Vegetable Journey, the restaurant’s exquisite vegetable-centric menu. The Autumn menu explores the immense potential of fall produce from France and Italy, including unique items such as celtuce, rutabaga and chayote.
Jerusalem artichoke, for instance, is presented in five ways: raw, braised, pickled, in a tuile, and as sand. Each comes together to form a wonderfully cohesive dish full of textures and bursting with flavour—paired with Scottish blue lobster to complete the plate. The celeriac dish, too, is a standout. With utmost creativity, the root vegetable is prepared in a torsade, pickled and in a puree, with beautifully cooked venison to accompany the plant. By the time dessert rolls around (a cheese trolley and three distinctly different courses to end the night on a sweet note) you’ll find yourself seeing vegetable gastronomy in an entirely different light.
Restaurant JAG, 41 Robertson Quay, #02-02 STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery, Singapore 238236
Book a stay at Pullman Singapore Hill Street
On Saturday afternoon: Pullman Singapore Hill Street is located in a prime position—just a stone throw’s away from City Hall, yet tucked away from the jostle of the busy streets. With end-of-year festivities just around the corner, book a stay at one of its executive suites to enjoy unparalleled views of New Year’s fireworks from the hotel’s rooftop bar and pool—which is also open for the public to make reservations. Furbished with nostalgic design details like floor-to-ceiling installations of vintage carriers to antique-style elevators, each room is modelled after private railroad cabins. The main pool on the second level is replete with spacious cabanas and a jacuzzi; while those who are looking to work up an appetite can hit the hotel’s well-equipped gym. We’re talking rowers, assault bikes and even punching bags at your disposal. For dinner, book yourself in at Moga, a modern Japanese izakaya that serves up spirit-forward cocktails and sharing plates of fresh sashimi and sushi.
Pullman Singapore Hill Street, 1 Hill Street, Singapore 179949
Attend a fashion masterclass at Singapore Writers Festival 2023
On Saturday night: Every year the Met Gala exhibits fashion’s biggest and boldest as celebrities walk the carpet in dazzling costumes that ooze opulence and glamour. Look closely however, and you’ll discover layers of narratives that hold profound meaning beneath the exquisite couture. Delve into the world of storytelling and fashion with Vogue Singapore’s fashion features editor Maya Menon in a fashion masterclass as she dissects the Met Gala’s most memorable outfits to uncover the unique stories that are carefully weaved within.
‘Strutting Through Stories: A Fashion Masterclass Talk’ is on 25 November from 8 to 9pm at The Arts House.
Immerse yourself in an interactive art experience at ArtScience Museum
On Sunday afternoon: The immersive art experience ‘Deep Field’ has entered Asia for the first time at ArtScience Museum. Harnessing the high-performance capabilities of the iPad Pro and its accompanying Apple Pencil, participants will get to exercise their creativity by sketching and creating drawings to nature-related prompts—in line with ‘Deep Field’’s overall aim to create a virtual ecosystem of otherworldly botanicals inspired by their very own surroundings. Designed as a sonic art experience by Australian artists Tin Nguyen and Edward Cutting of Tin&Ed, each participant will then have a chance to witness their own experimentations being brought to life via augmented reality (AR), watching wondrous artworks blossom into enthralling 3D structures on the iPad when ported around the surfaces of the museum’s space. Adding to the overall impact? An imaginative soundscape drawn from the real-life sounds of long forgotten and extinct species.
Register for a slot here.
Catch The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
On Sunday night: When The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes begins, the arena where the Hunger Games is supposed to be held is little more than a stadium—entirely unlike the deadly battlegrounds we are familiar with in Suzanne Collins’s original trilogy. It is the 10th iteration of the Games, 64 years before Katniss Everdeen will come into play, and a young Coriolanus Snow—future president of Panem—is assigned to be part of the first batch of mentors. His assigned tribute: District 12’s Lucy Gray Baird, who shocks the people of Panem when she slips a snake into the clothing of the mayor’s cruel daughter and begins to sing defiantly on stage at the reaping ceremony. What’s most fascinating, then, is watching how the Hunger Games evolve into the spectacle that we know it to br—with every decision made here echoing through the years to shape both the Games and Snow himself in haunting ways.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is in cinemas now.
Party for a cause at Gallery Underground
On Friday night: For one night only, the National Gallery Singapore is putting on an unprecedented soirée. Held within the enchanting edifice of the museum, Gallery Underground is the National Gallery’s inaugural fundraising gala, promising an immersive experience. Expect grand revelry, with guest DJs from Zouk and a spellbinding music curation by Soho House. The after-hours enthralment continues with complimentary bespoke cocktails from Smoke & Mirrors. To end the night with a bang, enjoy an exclusive preview of Tropical: Stories in Southeast Asia and Latin America before it opens to the public. Ticket sales support the gallery’s efforts in making art accessible for all.
Book a ticket here.
Revel in the future of fashion at Next in Vogue
On Saturday afternoon: A captivating extravaganza awaits at Next in Vogue, Vogue Singapore’s landmark event as we celebrate our third anniversary. Delve into insightful discourse on the impact of innovation and culture on fashion at Next in Vogue Conversations, bringing together two days of panels with leading voices in the industry. An immersive playground of fashion and technology sits in the Vogue Closet, featuring a curation of bold and imaginative works by Asian designers Bad Binch Tong Tong and Miss Sohee, marking their debut showcase in Singapore. Beauty aficionados may look no further than the Vogue Glam Room where ticket holders can look forward to the latest beauty trends and exclusive masterclasses and pop-ups by the likes of Mudo Labs, Dyson and SK-II. The future of fashion sees a vision like never before.
Next in Vogue runs from 17 to 19 November 2023.
Discover the local literary scene at Singapore Writers’ Festival
On Saturday night: Embrace the unpredictable as Singapore Writers Festival brings together an eclectic array of events across language and genre. Following this year’s theme of ‘Plot Twist’, over 200 programmes will explore familiar genres through unconventional lens, bridging unlikely topics and disciplines. A welcome curveball lies in ‘We Never Thought Hip Hop Would Bring It This Far’, an experiential performance celebrating five decades of hip hop. Be entranced as writers respond to their favourite hip hop song with hot surefire reads and vibe through the evening with a live DJ on the festival lawn. Festival-goers can also expect to see illustrious names in the literary field from Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen to Jack Edwards, the internet’s “resident librarian” and author.
Singapore Writers Festival runs from 17 to 26 November 2023. Book a ticket here.
Shop for holiday gifts at Boutiques at the Pit Building
On Sunday afternoon: The return of Boutiques at the Pit Building heralds an enchanting holiday shopping affair like no other. Discover a myriad of exclusive product launches from more than 300 independent brands across the globe, each a product of visionary craftsmanship. Delve deeper beyond the shopping experience, fostering meaningful conversation with brand owners and designers to unravel stories behind their craft. You’ll be spoiled for choice, from women’s and men’s fashion and accessories to home décor, lifestyle products, children’s toys, and delectable food and beverages all in one place. The Vogue Singapore Foundation will also host a pop-up at the fair as we spotlight three exceptional local designers who exemplify mastery of craft-focused design, showcasing their unique processes and techniques.
Boutiques at the Pit Building runs from 17 to 19 November 2023. Book a ticket here.
Indulge in Cat Bite Club’s new menu
On Sunday night: What better way to be merry than with Cat Bite Club’s newest cocktail menu? Tucked away in the vibrant Duxton Hill neighbourhood, the bar places focus on agave and rice spirits, experimenting with flavour and aroma. Explore reinterpretations of classics such as their signature Cat Bite Margarita or Soju Sprint, with its underlying fresh citrus tones. Try the Rice Rice Daisy if you’re feeling adventurous, as the cocktail blends shochu and rum with miso, coconut and coriander. For a tropical twist, perhaps opt for the Ghost’een, a curious mix of mezcal and mangosteen, chilli and a hint of fresh citrus. The revamped menu sees a total of 17 cocktails, as Cat Bite Club takes guests on a fascinating journey through the lens of unconventional agave and rice. The Cheshire cat grin at the entrance is a hint for what’s to come–a night out that’s curious, excited and slightly mischievous.
Cat Bite Club, 75 Duxton Road, Singapore 089534.
Groove to Dua Lipa’s latest single
On Friday night: Trust the pop songstress to take your weekend up a notch with her imminent new single. This comes after a series of cryptic teasers posted on the singer’s socials that were quickly scrapped in the blink of an eye–a nod to the title, taken after illusionist Harry Houdini. Just gauging from the teaser alone, Dua Lipa’s ‘Houdini’ is a bright and bold groove, marked by an upbeat tempo of hypnotising synths and funky electro beats. Following her chart-hit ‘Dance The Night’ for the Barbie soundtrack earlier this year, we expect nothing less from the disco pop majesty herself.
Listen to ‘Houdini’ here.
Usher in the holiday season at Crane’s festive market
On Saturday afternoon: ‘Tis the season for all things merry and bright, and community platform Crane aims to bring you festivities that are just that. At Crane’s annual festive market, enjoy a bustling afternoon surrounded by small local businesses and artisans in search for a gift with a meaningful touch. You’ll find a plethora of handmade treasures, organic artisanal skincare and art from independent artists and creatives. In anticipation of the upcoming holidays, Crane Living’s Christmas collection will be on display too, so you can get your festive home decor fix in no time.
Crane’s festive market runs from 10 November 2023 to 2 January 2024, 11am to 6pm daily at Furama Riverfront.
Be immersed in The Dark Side of the Rainbow at The Projector
On Saturday night: The Projector presents an immersive cinematic experience of a lifetime with a screening of The Dark Side of the Rainbow, an internet phenomenon that pairs Pink Floyd’s album The Dark Side of the Moon with the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. That’s not all, Asia’s only Pink Floyd tribute band Welcome To The Machine (WTTM) will also perform a live rendition of the album to the original film classic. Expect captivating musical synchronicities as the lyrics and melodies of the album align perfectly with the film’s events, and celebrate the legacy of rock’s biggest names as the indie cinema stages a multi-dimensional screening you won’t forget.
Book a ticket here.
Explore artworks at Affordable Art Fair 2023
On Sunday afternoon: The 16th edition of the Affordable Art Fair Singapore is back with a bang. This year’s rendition hosts an expansive selection of contemporary artworks hailing from 20 countries across the globe. Whether an experienced collector or a budding art lover, no one will feel out of place at this cosmopolitan art marketplace. Browse through thousands of original compositions before unleashing your own inner artist at a variety of workshops held in partnership with Visual Arts Centre. Perhaps experimenting with alcohol ink coasters enthrals you or botanical watercolour is up your alley; either way, a trip to the Affordable Art Fair is bound to be an eventful one.
Affordable Art Fair runs from 10 to 12 November 2023, 11am onwards.
Pack on delicious carbs at Italian pop-up Casa Vostra
On Sunday night: Faithful followers of Italian chef Antonio Miscellaneo’s permanent fixture at Joo Chiat, La Bottega, will be pleased to know of casual weekend pop-up, Casa Vostra at Ann Siang Hill. Under the guise of a temporal testing ground for Miscellaneo to create new dishes, the bistro serves up homemade pastas, pizzas by the slice, house-cured meats and gelato—all of which available at an accessible price. Hailed for its crisp yet airy bite, his legendary pies comprise a dough made of select Italian white and brown flours—the same that’s dished out at La Bottega. Of course, expect no less from the pastas here, made from 100 percent semolina flour—each plate cooked al dente and mastered in varying forms. Choose from our personal favourite Aglio Olio to Cacio e Pepe and Ragû di Salsiccia, a lesser-known pasta type of curlicue shaped gramigna in a rich and heady sausage sauce, plied with shreds of parmesan.
8 Ann Siang Hill. The Casa Vostra pop-up will be open across 4 November to 31 December 2023, from Friday to Sunday, 11am – 10pm. Walk-ins only.
Add Jungkook’s new solo album to your playlist
On Friday night: Two words: golden maknae. The nickname coined for Jungkook is a nod to his multifaceted skills, and also the theme of his debut solo album, aptly titled Golden. Comprising recent hits like ‘Seven’ and 3D’, the 11-track album will reveal a new side of the singer, unveiling a unique timbre that will captivate fans worldwide. The album features a medley of magnetic and soulful tracks, illustrating the BTS’s member’s versatility and musicality (in true golden maknae fashion). With star-studded collaborations from the likes of Major Lazer and DJ Snake and hitmakers Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes listed on the credits, Golden is a comeback that’s not to be missed.
Listen to Golden here.
Explore indie sustainable brands at a festive craft pop-up
On Saturday afternoon: Discovery platform Zerrin ushers in ‘Crafting of Change: Best of Asia’, a festive pop-up celebrating the region’s best of sustainability, heritage and craft. Over the course of 2 months, the pop-up will see an exciting curation of Asian indie labels you won’t find elsewhere spanning fashion, beauty, wellness and living. Expect to be immersed in elevated designs imbued with ethical craftsmanship, rediscover the elegance of hand-painted batik, and delve into plant-based skincare, amongst others. Got an eye for bargains? Pop by their preloved and secondhand fashion corner for unexpected finds.
Crafting of Change: Best of Asia runs from 3 November to 31 December 2023, 10am to 7pm.
Anchorpoint Shopping Centre, 370 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159953.
Dig into the diverse wood-fired offerings at Butcher’s Block
On Saturday night: Spearheaded by Hawaiian chef Jordan Keao, the culinary vision of Butcher Block pays ode to longstanding native traditions of cooking with wood-fire; where local flavours and a sea of influences come into play. As its name explicitly suggests, Butcher’s Block apportions most of its efforts to the butchery of meats—with a zero-waste vision in place.
You’ll catch a semblance of this right at the entrance of the restaurant, with a glorious display of the current cuts of meat (of beef, duck, pork, fish and lamb) suspended from above. From the butchering to dry-ageing the produce for a longer purpose, everything is done in-house. The new IMUA menu, which means ‘moving forward with strength and spirit’ in Hawaiian, features the restaurant’s starry highlights. The lauded local staple, poké reclaims itself—sans any traces of pineapple—through smoked hamachi cubes aged with housemate ponzu and served alongside puffed rice and an earthy blend of seaweed foam and herb dashi. Chef Keao also made sure to honour his country’s locally grown produce like tropical fruits, as he paired a frothy starfruit curd with likes of a grilled Japanese mackerel. What made the dish come to life however, was the tangy achar paste served on the side, made out of red chili, candlenut, shallots and a distinct rainbow swiss chard from France.
But what we’ll be pining for? The signature Dry-aged Duck, first cooked in ambient heat for five hours before going on the grill till the meat is delectably smoky and skin is crisp. Duck tongue serves as a “garnish” of sorts atop, first brined, then braised and deep-fried. Making sure no part of the animal goes to waste, on the the plate there’s a pan-seared dumpling concealing a mix of crispy duck skin and minced duck meat as well as duck jus rendered from the carcass and seasoned with a sweet vintage madeira. A dish that’s too, available to order should you choose to go à la carte.
Butcher’s Block, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
Catch the Into The Woods musical at Esplanade theatre
On Sunday afternoon: Classic fairy tales such as Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk get a dazzling twist at Into the Woods. Delve into this dazzling medley of myth and magic, heroes and villains as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack, and the Baker team up to defeat their scoundrel antagonists and save their kingdom. Playwright James Lapine’s sharp and witty words are brought to life by a spellbinding soundtrack crafted by Stephen Sondheim, as the audience encounters heartwarming moments of love, friendship and family through a clash of good and evil, and life and death.
Into the Woods runs from 27 October to 12 November 2023.
Indulge in The Astor Grill’s newly-expanded menu
On Sunday night: Following the success of its three-month pop-up, The Astor Grill is now a permanent fixture at The St. Regis Singapore. With over 20 years of experience in the art of grilling, new chef de cuisine Angelo Sergio assembles an extraordinary selection of bone-in, dry aged and shell loin cuts—each prepared on a custom-built parrilla grill with charcoal and vulcan stones for nuanced smokiness and a lightly charred crust. Most notable on the menu is the Full Blood Autumn Wagyu, beautifully tender with rich buttery flavours. The Bone-in New York Striploin is also outstanding, a crossbreed wagyu from Australia and Japan integrating the best traits of each region. This is a steakhouse that clearly knows their beef well—but their non-steak options are impressive as well. The Grilled Spanish Octopus with chorizo chickpea puree and semi-dried tomatoes is a highlight, as is the Grilled US Kurobuta Pork Chop. To end your meal, go for the Baked Alaska. Italian meringue conceals a delightful medley of pistachio gelato, raspberry sorbet and chocolate sponge, making for a wonderfully refreshing sweet treat.
The Astor Grill, 29 Tanglin Road, Lobby Level, The St. Regis Singapore, 247911
Indulge in Japanese seafood at Ikkagoyo’s ‘Jewels of Ishikawa’
On Friday night: A thoughtful and intimate experience awaits at Ikkagoyo’s ‘Jewels of Ishikawa’, an eight course prix fixe menu showcasing a stellar selection of in-season ingredients from the Ishikawa prefecture. The seafood-focused course unravels like a symphony in crescendo; the hairy crab, maitake mushroom and tosazu jelly starter is smooth and light on the palate before making way to decadent courses teeming with notes of umami. The blackthroat seaperch course is grilled in two ways, exemplifying its richness and depth. Other highlights include a velvety mashed lotus root, an Ishikawa specialty, and traditional jibu-ni, a Kanazawa specialty. Traditional wooden architecture and carefully considered plating transports you to a tranquil sanctuary as chef-owner Mitsutaka Sakamoto demonstrates his culinary skill and omotenashi hospitality.
The ‘Jewels of Ishikawa’ menu is available from 24 to 28 October 2023.
Ikkagoyo, 115 Amoy St, #01-04, Singapore 069935
Experience the timeless magic of Abba’s greatest hits in Mamma Mia!
On Saturday afternoon: It’s impossible not to have a good time at Mamma Mia!. Set to Abba’s catchiest hits, the jukebox musical is two hours of unadulterated, exuberant joy—with infectious beats, glitzy costumes and energetic choreography transporting audiences to the fictional Greek holiday island of Kalokairi. Here, we meet 20-year-old Sophie Sheridan in the lead-up to her wedding. Wanting to be walked down the aisle by her father, she invites three of her mother’s former lovers to the ceremony in hopes of figuring out his identity—unbeknownst, of course, to the free-spirited Donna Sheridan (played by Sara Poyzer).
Jess Michelmore shines as Sophie, capturing both her youthful optimism and her endearing playfulness with a beautifully expressive voice. But what truly brings the show together is the stellar chemistry between the cast. There’s plenty of laughter to be had whenever Donna and the Dynamos take the stage together, and even more anytime Pepper and the guys make an appearance. Amid moments of chaotic hilarity and rousing renditions of Abba classics, it is the mother-daughter relationship between Donna and Sophie that gives Mamma Mia! its heart—such that Poyzer’s tender performance of ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’ in a moment alone with Sophie before the wedding stuns just as much as the impressive full-scale choreography of ‘Voulez-Vous’.
Mamma Mia! runs until 5 November 2023.
Usher in the Halloween spirit with this eclectic party
On Saturday night: Get ready to paint the town red. A collaboration between American-themed diner OverEasy and party collective Eatmepoptart, this event is the latest to join the versatile line-up of Halloween parties happening this weekend. Titled ‘Redrum on the Dancefloor’, groove to infectious pop melodies and 80s throwback anthems by renowned DJs KiDG and weelikeme. For a multifaceted party experience, pre-book a specially curated drink bundle that also comes with delectable snack platters and an automatic table reservation. Join in on the fun of dressing up in costume, and you might just stand a chance to win the best-dressed prize.
The OverEasy x Eatmepoptart event runs from 8pm to late.
Catch an intriguing film at this student-led festival
On Sunday afternoon: Organised by the undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University, the 16th edition of the Perspectives Film Festival: Breakthroughs in Cinema presents Sound Wave—an ode to the sensorial soundscapes of indie cinema. Featuring an array of films spanning across various cultures and artistic genres, these films were specially picked for their usage of distinctive sounds as the focal medium for storytelling. From exploring the complexity of a character’s inner psyche to unveiling important themes, catch films such as Paco; a surrealist comedy or the The Klezmer Project; a tribute to colorful Eastern European folk melodies.
The Perspectives Film Festival runs from now till 29 October 2023.
Visit an insightful exhibition focused on mental health realities
On Sunday night: Amid growing conversations about where humanity stands with AI, the Prompting Feelings exhibition by creative innovation agency R/GA comes on the back of its increasingly prevalent benefits. Done in collaboration with the Singapore Association for Mental Health, this showcase is poised as the world’s first generative AI exhibition, where you’ll gain educational insight into the externalised reality of eight individuals living with different mental health conditions. The artworks produced are a combinative result of closed door conversations with the participants and a set of parameters provided to the technology, in order to best reflect their internal psyches whilst in-keeping with their respective artistic mediums and preferences.
Prompting Feelings runs from 27 October to 3 November 2023 at Visual Arts Centre.
Tantalise your tastebuds at Kita Food Festival
On Friday night: An annual regional food event that unites leading chefs and culinary minds, Kita Food Festival will be returning to Singapore this weekend. Fostering an appreciation for Southeast Asian cuisine amongst a close-knitted community of gourmands, the festival is hosting a series of stellar Four-hand meals at Singapore’s best restaurants. On Friday, visit Fico Masseria to experience the collaboration between chef-owner Mirko Febbrile and food author Anissa Helou. Expect an exquisitely crafted meal at this charming seaside Italian restaurant. If you crave bolder flavours, a remarkable Six-hands dinner at Fiz will be the treat of a lifetime. A collaboration between chef-owner Hafizzul Hashim, chef Ivan Brehm of Nouri and chef Deepankar Khosla of Haoma, this eclectic menu is an ode to the influence India’s culinary heritage has had on Singapore and the Malay Peninsula.
Kita Food Festival runs from now till 23 October 2023.
Dive into the relationship between science fiction and Asian mythology
On Saturday afternoon: Held in the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, New Eden: Science Fiction Mythologies is a new exhibition exploring the dystopian realm of science fiction and its relationship to nature. Uncover the unique relationship between Western science fiction paradigms and Asian philosophy in Worlds and Worlds and Ways of Folding Space. While concepts like parallel universes and interdimensional travel have gained popularity over the years, the exhibition traces how these ideas have long been found at the heart of Asian spirituality. Apart from analysing the intricate ties between mythology and culture, The Monstrous Feminine features artworks that depict powerful female figures transformed into fearsome creatures—a reclamation of the patriarchal representation of women in science fiction films.
New Eden: Science Fiction Mythologies runs from now till 3 March 2024.
Dance the night away at a Halloween party
On Saturday night: If you’re already looking forward to the ghoulish weekend of Halloween, here’s the spooky party you need. Hosted by Club Kiki, Turn Off The Light is a Halloween special that promises a petrifying time. With a dark techno set kicking off the event, followed by exhilarating hardstyle beats blasting into the night, there’s no better way to usher in the gothic spirit of the season. The club implores that you come dressed in your most horrifying fits, and tap into divine energies through a personalised Shamanic reading—if you dare.
Club Kiki, The Backroom, 36 Club Street, Singapore 069469
Drop by Singapore’s largest plant fair at Gardens by the Bay
On Sunday afternoon: If you’re thinking of sprucing up your home with some natural elements, there is no better time to visit the planters market held at Gardens by the Bay this weekend. Drawing in a passionate community of growers and nurseries, drop by to exchange horticultural tips with fellow hobbyists or simply to purchase the myriad house plants that’ll be on sale. Featuring a diverse array of plants, flowers, gardening supplies and even handcrafted artisanal plantware, this is a haven for every plant parent.
Planter’s Market runs from 20 to 21 October 2023.
Immerse yourself in Rye’s design-forward new boutique in Joo Chiat
On Sunday night: Slow fashion label Rye unveils its second boutique this weekend, nestled in a Peranakan shophouse along Joo Chiat Road. From rustic clay walls to a hand-crafted floor mosaic at the entrance, the space keeps with the earthy, minimalist aesthetic the brand has become known for, while infusing a burst of culture inspired by its historic locale. Drawing inspiration from architectural luminary Geoffrey Bawa, the space boasts thoughtfully chosen design fixtures like sculptural column racks, a Tekiò horizontal lamp by Anthony Dickens, and a custom rug made by Tanchen, a local textiles design studio. Each detail comes together to form a beautiful tapestry of art, craft and fashion—making for a truly immersive shopping experience when you drop in.
Rye, 201 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-03, Singapore 427472
Sip on Japanese cocktails at The Bar Kakure
On Friday night: There is an enigmatic quality to The Bar Kakure. Its entrance is entirely discreet—blending in with the wall panels on the second floor of a colonial black-and-white bungalow—and can only be unlocked with a keycode that changes daily. Within its intimate space, a dining experience is defined by omotenashi, the concept of Japanese hospitality. Head bartender Kazuhiro Chii helms the bar with an intuitive ability to personalise his service according to each guest’s mood—whether it’s a friendly chat over the counter that you seek, or the solitude of a quiet nightcap. His masterful artistry arises from technical precision and a deep respect for tradition and form, cultivated over more than two decades behind the bar.
The signature Fresh Fruit Cocktail is an undeniable highlight here. Choose from a selection of the season’s finest Japanese fruits—we recommend the peaches if they’re available—which Chii then uses to create a delightfully refreshing tipple. Another unique standout is the Yamaoroshi, a smooth, creamy libation of wasabi-infused gin, cacao liqueur and freshly grated wasabi. If you find yourself feeling peckish halfway through the night, a carefully curated menu of elevated Japanese snacks pairs superbly with Chii’s cocktails. You’ll find what is possibly one of the best renditions of Japanese curry rice in Singapore in the Mini Miyazaki Wagyu Curry Rice, while the Toro Katsu features tender cuts of fresh otoro coated in a special charcoal-infused panko then deep-fried to wonderfully crisp perfection.
The Bar Kakure, 29 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228224
Visit Archifest’s design exhibitions across the island
On Saturday afternoon: Titled Interim: Acts of Adaptation, the 17th edition of Archifest is back with an exceptionally diverse and comprehensive line-up. With more than 80 events comprising eclectic installations, guest panels and design workshops taking place across the entire island, every aspect of Singapore’s adaptive architecture is analysed through the lens of our evolving cityscape. Centred around the historic Kampong Glam, learn more about the intricate narratives surrounding our ecological circumstances and engage with ideas on how we can pursue modernity whilst preserving our local heritage.
Archifest runs from now till 28 October 2023.
Indulge in prime cuts of beef and decadent pastries at Boeuf
On Saturday night: The Boeuf x Le Matin patisserie sharing set menu is an exquisite marriage of prime cuts of meat and fine French pastries. A four-hands collaboration between chef Carlos Gan of Boeuf and chef-owner Mohamed Al-Matin of Le Matin Patisserie, this all-day menu is deeply evocative of the respective concepts’ signature flavours. Best suited for two, the decadent Burratina di Puglia and Wagyu Tartare topped with a herb-infused yolk and lumpfish caviar eases your palate; unfurling into abundant notes of umami and a subtle sweet aftertaste. The crème de la crème of this course is the Filet Mignon Rossini—densely marbled Australian tenderloin is nestled between a slab of luxuriously seared foie gras and laminated brioche feuilletée, topped with a drizzle of spiced pepper jus. For a spellbinding finale to your meal here, every spoonful of the Fromage de Vos Reves and Moelleux au Chocolat is a comforting reminder of why you save the best for last.
Available at Boeuf, the Boeuf x Le Matin Sharing Set Menu runs from now till 31 October 2023.
Re-centre your mind and body at a wellness festival
On Sunday afternoon: Hosted by sustainability collective Green is the New Black, the Conscious Festival is an experiential two-day festival which explores the complex relationship between humanity, climate, technology and wellness. With workshops and a ‘Conscious Leaders’ bootcamp hosted by industry experts, gain some purposeful insight into the importance of sustainability and the latest in innovation. If a leisurely afternoon is more up your alley, a series of relaxing wellness-centric workshops will have you feeling deeply rejuvenated. Pick your fancy from restorative sound bath sessions, guided dream meditation or mastering the art of breathwork.
The Conscious Festival runs from 14 to 15 October 2023.
Vibe to Troye Sivan’s newest album
On Sunday night: Australian pop star Troye Sivan is slated to release his first full-length album this weekend. Titled Something to Give Each Other, Sivan’s new album is set to be a vibrant celebration of “sex, dance, sweat, community, queerness, love and friendship” across a tracklist of 10 songs. As the since-released lead single ‘Rush’ has been steadily building anticipation for the album; not to mention the viral features by PinkPantheress and HyunJin from Stray Kids, the sultry track conveys a freeing sense of spontaneity and provocativeness with lyrics like “I feel the rush / Addicted to your touch”. Revel in an aural-pleasing Sunday night with light-hearted pop anthems that’ll leave you feeling exuberant.
Something to Give Each Other by Troye Sivan is out on 13 October 2023.
Soak in the vibes at an eclectic music festival
On Friday night: Located at Marina Central, District M presents a line-up of Asian artists from the region, including the likes of Filipino-Australian Grentperez, Ice Cream Sundays’s DJ KiDG and local favourite Sezairi. Divided into four different music zones playing a variety of genres from electronic to jazz, this festival is poised to be a buzzing hub of creativity—playing host to a series of interactive workshops and creative craft sessions. From demystifying your future with a tarot card reading, upcycling tote bags and even customising your bespoke blend of essential oils, the options for a fulfilling night here are endless.
District M runs from 6th to 7th October 2023.
Explore a nostalgic pop-up hosted by The Slow Press
On Saturday afternoon: A leisurely afternoon of premium Japanese coffee, whimsical knick-knacks and an atmosphere imbued with an artisanal charm—if this sounds like the ideal way to spend your Saturday, drop by this one-day pop-up held at coffeehouse Kurasu. Organised by indie zine Slow Press, this community event will see the independent collective launching Gai Gai, a capsule collection featuring wet-market inspired goods designed in collaboration with local artist Yabai Yabai. Awaken your inner child as you browse through their selection of nostalgic products, and for the foodies—indulge in delectable snacks like curry pop tarts and lemongrass kaya baby cakes.
The Gai Gai pop-up will run from 10am to 6pm on 7 September 2023.
Tuck into the new seafood offerings at Cut by Wolfgang Puck
On Saturday night: The one-Michelin star restaurant in Marina Bay Sands has long been lauded for its fine cuts of steak, but its fresh seafood dishes stole the show during our last visit. Their venture into seafood is “an evolution”, explains Chef Wolfgang Puck. and is a showcase of how they are “continuously looking for ways to celebrate great cuisine and service”. The first change you’ll notice in the restaurant is a custom-built installation, which features a brilliant display of oceanic treasures such as sustainably-sourced oysters from New Zealand and razor clams from Scotland. Call for the refined wagyu tartare or the grilled jumbo prawns, laced with Argentinean chimichurri, brown butter and lemon for a rich flavour bomb. These are wonderful accompaniments to your steak, which you may still indulge in. What could stand on its own, however, and the biggest surprise of the meal, is the porridge-like dish of Binchotan-grilled jade abalone, razor clam, uni, guanciale, bonito butter and chives. Its comforting charm will not be lost on most, superbly refined through its excellent use of ingredients—and delivers a perfectly salty, buttery taste that is deeply welcome.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck, 2 Bayfront Ave, B1 – 71, Singapore 018972
Catch Shepard Fairey’s first-ever exhibition in Asia
On Sunday afternoon: This September, trailblazing street artist and founder of Obey Clothing, Shepard Fairey will be presenting his inaugural Southeast Asian exhibition at Opera Gallery. Titled The Future is Unwritten, the collection encompasses a diverse plethora of mixed-media paintings synonymous with Fairey’s distinct visual style and motifs. Intertwining a hopeful optimism for the future and the bleakness of current-day crises from climate upheaval to nationalism—Fairey’s inventive take on socio-political narratives is akin to a breath of fresh air.
The Future is Unwritten runs from now till 15th October.
Discover Hanazen’s new omakase menu
On Sunday night: Treat yourself to an indulgent, comforting omakase at Hanazen. A refreshed 10-course menu awaits you, each one a showcase of Michelin-starred chef Taisei Iwao’s French culinary sensibilities inflected with Japanese precision. The opening dish exemplifies this; a crisp Uni Brioche topped generously with Murasaki uni making for a playful meld of cream and spice. The star of the night is resolutely the abalone served with rice, drizzled with a deeply complex koshihikari liver sauce that sweetens every spoonful. A close second would be the unassuming Beef Curry, where wonderful simplicity is derived from a bowl of braised beef, slow-cooked with sweet Japanese fruits and served with rice. If you are partial to the dessert course, await the lightness of the Peach Soup, which sees a scoop of celery ice cream paired with fresh Yamanashi peaches beneath.
Hanazen, 30 Victoria St, #01-21/22 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
Discover La Dame de Pic’s decadent new menu
On Friday night: Michelin-starred French restaurant La Dame de Pic has ushered in a new era with the arrival of its new Chef de Cuisine, Alexandre Alves Pereira. Having worked closely with Chef Anne-Sophie Pic for nearly five years, Alves Pereira is no stranger to her signature style—seamlessly combining refined French technique with bright local flavours in a new summer menu. Expect a fine balance of light, floral plates punctuated by the earthiness of the latest iteration of the iconic Les Berlingots. This season, the delicate pyramid-shaped pasta parcels are stuffed with a bouquet of mushrooms from all around the world. A potent bluefoot variety hails from France, meeting the softer flavour of Japanese shimeiji and white maitake—all sitting in a rich and peppery mushroom consommé infused with ginger and Indonesian vanilla beans. Look forward to a particularly creative beverage pairing programme, including drinks like a locally-brewed hibiscus beer, as well as a non-alcoholic Melati cocktail deepened by coffee and pandan.
La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
Master the art of pottery-making with a clay camp
On Saturday afternoon: There’s nothing quite as rewarding as getting your hands dirty by learning one of the oldest art forms in the world. Organised by Mud Rock Ceramics to commemorate the homegrown studio’s 10th anniversary, Clay Camp is a week-long extravaganza of ceramic events, vibrantly intertwined with live music and afterparties. Suitable for both seasoned ceramicists and novices, attend workshops, tours and even bespoke masterclasses taught by world-renowned pottery masters. Be it exploring the intricacies of porcelain-throwing or lounging by a sprightly campfire, there’s something for everyone.
Clay Camp Singapore runs from 27th September to 3rd October 2023.
Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival at an immersive party
On Saturday night: Sharing mooncakes with loved ones during the Mid-Autumn Festival might be an annual cherished tradition—but why not switch things up with a night of unbridled partying this year? The first of a three-part event series, The Dragon Chamber has partnered with Peddler’s Gin to kick off a Full Moon Party inspired by Shanghai’s notorious underbelly of secret societies and elusive back alleys. Expect the eclectic bar to be transformed into a kaleidoscopic nightclub, offering delectable bites, curated booze packages and live music. Headlined by guest DJ KiDG, let loose as you revel in the electrifying soundscapes of Nu-Disco and Asian Funk.
Make a reservation here.
Indulge in an elevated meal of tempura at Tentsuru
On Sunday afternoon: Fine dining tempura is an art form of its own. Master Chef Daiki Kawaguchi’s light batter consists of a unique blend of three different flours from Hokkaido, which delivers a non-greasy, clean crunch to this tempura. Watching Kawaguchi dip fresh seafood into hot oil for a precise amount of time, then plate it up delicately over the counter is a mesmerising experience. Kurumaebi, a rich, sweet tiger prawn served with its head and paired with pink salt or lemon juice, is cloaked in sophistication with every bite. Other masterpieces include the scallop, Miyazaki beef sirloin and Satsumaimo (sweet potato), complementing each other with varied flavours and tender textures. With each morsel, Chef Kawaguchi recommends a sauce for you to pair it with. To finish, you can select between Tendon and Tencha—a final showdown of tempura served on top of either fluffy white rice or porridge—which rounds out your meal beautifully.
Tentsuru, 29 Tanglin Road, The St. Regis Singapore, Singapore 247911
Catch a Tony-nominated Broadway musical
On Sunday night: An inventive take on the classic Romeo and Juliet, & Juliet is an unconventional twist on the tragic love story with an alternative ending that culminates in a celebration of self-discovery and second chances. Exploring the “what ifs” and unorthodox sub-plots of this iconic Shakespearan-inspired play, which incorporates a modern touch with glittering pop anthems and an exceptionally diverse cast.
& Juliet runs from 21st September to 8th October.
Revel in a decadent tipple for a good cause
On Friday night: Kickstart your weekend by participating in Negroni Week—an annual tribute to the enigmatic cocktail that spans thousands of participating bars across the world, with proceeds going to charity. Having raised over $4 million for the Slow Food movement, there’s nothing like indulging a tipple or two for a good cause. From September 18 to 24, drop by renowned local joints like Jekyll and Hyde, Mandala Club and 67 Pall Mall for a classic Negroni or its eclectic variations.
Negroni Week runs from 18 to 24 September.
Explore the latest in contemporary design at FIND Design Fair
On Saturday afternoon: If you’re seeking a dose of design inspiration, head to the Sands Expo & Convention Centre for the second edition of the FIND Design Fair Asia, featuring the latest in bespoke furniture and innovative contemporary design. The event gathers over 10,000 renowned brands, independent designers and galleries at the same meeting point—resulting in a one-of-a-kind haven for design lovers in Asia. From thoughtfully crafted homeware to abstract conceptual blueprints, let an afternoon at the fair deepen your curiosity about your own design philosophy.
FIND Design Fair, 10 Bayfront Ave, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level 1 Halls A, B and C, Singapore 018956
Discover the culture behind an ancient dynasty at Junior the Pocket Bar
On Saturday night: For its latest immersive theme, Junior the Pocket Bar is looking all the way back to the fourteenth century—at the royal Joseon dynasty. Inspired by the culture and dishes born from the remarkable era, the new menu has been crafted with great focus on Korean ingredients and traditional meals. Indulge in Snack, a clever play on a corn dog with deep-fried spam and cheese on a stick, served with a moreish kimchi mayo sauce for dipping. For a more refreshing option, try the Naengmyeon. Sweet potato glass noodles arrive steeped in an invigoratingly cold seafood broth, topped with succulent tiger prawns and scallops. Pair your meal with any one of the bar’s inventive curated cocktails—our pick lies in Kimchi, a bright blend of Roku gin, kimchi tomato cordial, mezcal and sherry.
Junior the Pocket Bar, 6 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069787
Visit an inclusive, female-empowered exhibition at Objectifs
On Sunday afternoon: Featuring a diverse portfolio of works by female artists from all around Asia, the seventh edition of the Objectifs’ Women in Film and Photography is poised to present a deeply thought-provoking experience. As each artist unravels powerfully vulnerable narratives in their work, the illuminating theme of “Bodies” is intimately explored through a plethora of mediums—embark on a guided tour, catch a short documentary and witness the mesmerising movements of cultural dance forms for a fully holistic experience.
The Objectifs’ Women in Film and Photography exhibition runs from 22 Sep to 5 Nov 2023.
Engage in a feast for the senses at the ArtScience Museum
On Sunday evening: The Sensory Odyssey exhibition at ArtScience museum takes immersion to the next level—literally. With all videos taken in 8K resolution accompanied by specially designed scents and sound effects, you’ll be able to see, hear, smell (and even feel) the ecosystem you’re “transported” to. From vast African savannahs to the remote Arctic Circle, explore the profound beauty of our planet’s biodiversity through this multi-sensory experience.
ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Gift a loved one with a nostalgic Peranakan Tingkat filled with local treats
On Friday night: Centred around Peranakan traditions and delicacies, local foods label Shermay’s Singapore Fine Food is introducing its signature keropok in new Peranakan-inspired packaging. Referencing vintage tiffin carriers that are quintessential to Peranakan homes, the Tingkat Series houses delectable plant-based and seafood crackers in bite-sized containers—perfect as thoughtful housewarming gifts or easy snacks on-the-go.
The Tingkat Series is available here.
Treat yourself to the richness of Van Leeuwen’s ice cream
On Saturday afternoon: Popular New York City creamery Van Leeuwen’s first international outpost has reached the shores of Singapore. Housed in Orchard Central, the candy-coloured ice cream store will make for a delightful midday pitstop. Look forward to trying out their delectable range of flavours—all known to be made with double the amount of egg yolks for double the richness. For those with a sweet tooth, try the Honeycomb or Brown Sugar Cookie Dough Chunk, paired with the signature waffle cone. Not to be missed either are their vegan ice cream flavours, such as the Vegan Strawberry Shortcake, which will be a surefire hit with those who prefer their dessert with a slight tang.
Van Leeuwen, 181 Orchard Road #01-19/20, Singapore 238896
Sip on cocktails at rooftop bar Las Palmas
On Saturday night: Pastel-hued furnishings and a poolside view transforms Las Palmas into the tropical desert oasis of California’s Palm Springs. Situated on the 33rd floor of Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena, the rooftop bar’s outdoor deck lends itself to a weekend of lounging by the pool with a drink in hand, whilst its indoor space—with its fluted oak timber walls, blue terrazzo floor and pink stone quartz countertop—evokes the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age for a chic night out.
The bar’s menu, too, takes inspiration from the famous desert city—offering innovative cocktails and dishes inspired by the stories, films and locations of Palm Springs. Take the bar’s signature Rose Bowl cocktail for instance, named after the city’s iconic stadium. Crafted with London dry gin, framboise, citrus, rose and lemon thyme, it makes for a light and refreshing tipple to start the evening. We also recommend the Big Trouble in Little China, with Chinese gin, raspberry and citrus. The cocktail’s true strength, however, lies in the mala seasoning added, giving it a hint of spice that makes it all the more satisfying. For a special treat, make a booking for one of the bar’s pastel pink poolside cabanas—a picture-worthy hideaway perfectly positioned for a quick dip in the water and a view of the setting sun.
Las Palmas, 99 Irrawaddy Rd, Level 33 Courtyard Marriott Singapore, Singapore 329568
Elevate your home at the Sojao x Hay pop-up
Homegrown lifestyle and bedding brand Sojao is collaborating with cult Scandi design label Hay for a home goods pop-up in their Joo Chiat store. Characterised by innovation and bold designs, Hay creates home and living items that are built to last. Shop a plethora of homeware at the pop-up, ranging from borosilicate tableware and rim carafes to wavy candleholders and portable lamps.
The Sojao x Hay pop-up runs from 26th August to 1st October 2023.
Celebrate the end of a thrilling F1 race at Amber Lounge
On Sunday Night: If whizzing race cars on white-hot asphalt weren’t show-stopping enough—take your revelry to the next level with an exclusive after-party hosted by Amber Lounge. With an array of bespoke Weekend Party Packages to pick from, choose your fancy between ultra-private suits to VIP tables and individual passes. From 11pm to 5am, celebrate with an intoxicating night of electrifying music, live entertainment and free-flow Champagne for a party unlike any other.
The Legendary Amber Lounge After Party runs from 16 to 17 September 2023.
Book a seat for Senses of Capella
On Friday night: Capella Hotel Group is bringing a unique Michelin-starred dining experience to Singapore. Named Senses of Capella, this event will gather esteemed culinary stars from eight distinguished Capella properties around the world, presenting a gastronomic odyssey of epic proportions. Guests will experience the hotel group’s signature hospitality through exclusive four-hand collaborations, with an intercontinental menu ranging from a one Michelin-starred teppanyaki experience, traditional Cantonese with a twist, contemporary Italian and the best of Australian Brasserie.
Senses of Capella runs from 9 to 10 September 2023. Make a reservation here.
Indulge in a four-hands cookout at Osteria Mozza
On Saturday afternoon: One-Michelin-starred celebrity chefs Nancy Silverton and Dave Pynt come together for a four-hands cookout of epic proportions this weekend—putting together an impressive menu that showcases the best of both their culinary prowess. Silverton serves up not just her beloved wood-fired pizzas from Osteria Mozza, but also iconic burgers from her award-winning Los Angeles restaurant Chi Spacca. Meanwhile, look forward to delectable signatures like the Beef Katsu Sando and Loaded Sanger Fries from Pynt—chef-owner of modern barbeque restaurant Burnt Ends. With cocktails and live DJ music to round out the experience, ready yourselves for an afternoon of outstanding gourmet festivity.
Make a reservation here.
Get your groove on at EAR WAX Issue 01 with Choice Cuts
On Saturday night: Put your dancing shoes on for a night of partying at Choice Cuts, headlined by MidFreq. The musical collective composed of Dong, Primer and Artofeon are bringing a curated selection of funk, soul, disco and house tracks to the indie pizzeria-cum-vinyl record shop frequented by the likes of celebrity DJ Peggy Gou. If you’re in the mood for an electric night of music, food and dance, get ready to groove to the pulsating beats of vinyl—with a delectable slice of pizza in your hands, of course.
EAR WAX Issue 01 with MidFreq will run from 7pm to 11pm on 9 September 2023.
Gear up for F1 at a Tommy Hilfiger and Mercedes pop-up
On Sunday afternoon: Tommy Hilfiger has collaborated with the Mercedes-AMG F1 team and New York streetwear brand Awake NY to create an exclusive collection for the upcoming Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. The designs reveal a marriage between the two fashion brands, resulting in a fusion of Hilfiger’s signature preppy aesthetic with New York’s eclectic street style. The collection is an ode to classic Americana, comprising seven gender-inclusive styles, from polo shirts to baseball jerseys. Visit the pop-up at Raffles City to see all the items—as well as try out a Formula 1 simulator game for a taste of the Grand Prix circuit.
The Tommy x Mercedes-AMG F1 x Awake NY pop-up runs from 4 to 17 September 2023.
Spend an evening watching ballet under the stars
On Sunday night: Revel in a romantic evening at Fort Canning Green with the Singapore Ballet’s Ballet Under The Stars. Held on an outdoor stage, experience the best of classical ballet while unwinding with a moonlit picnic. The second weekend of Ballet Under The Stars will feature three iconic ballet works—‘4Seasons by Natalie Weir’, ‘Purcell Pieces by Nils Christe’ and ‘Swan Lake Act II’.
Ballet Under The Stars runs from 1 to 3 and 8 to 10 September 2023.
Visit Eat and Cook in Kuala Lumpur for a gastronomic joint menu with Singaporean restaurant Path
On Friday night: Singapore and Malaysia both commemorate National Day in August. To celebrate, Singaporean restaurant Path and Kuala Lumpur’s Eat and Cook have collaborated on a monumental dining experience—giving guests a taste of the helming chefs’ interpretations of their favourite dishes from home. First offered for a weekend in Singapore, the experience has now moved to Kuala Lumpur for two days.
To elevate the evening further, the collaborative menu features an array of unique ingredients farmed, foraged and sourced in Malaysia. This is seen clearly in dishes such as the Penang Oyster, a homage to the ubiquitous oyster omelette found in both countries. The fresh oysters are delectably smooth, paired with creamy hollandaise sauce. Another highlight not to be missed? The Local Aged Tilapia which sees Path’s chef Marvas Ng’s put his own spin on a plate of chicken rice. While his rendition finishes the dish with hamachi, what you’ll experience at Eat and Cook will be designed with the same concept in mind—albeit different ingredients.
Eat and Cook, H-6-1, Pusat Perdagangan Bandar, Persiaran Jalil. Kuala Lumpur
Indulge in an afternoon tea for a good cause
On Saturday afternoon: Sofitel Singapore Sentosa’s Tropical Afternoon Tea is a delightful showcase of Peranakan flavours—from the savoury relish of the Slow Pulled Wagyu Beef Rendang Tartlet with Toasted Serunding to the tender sweetness of Ondeh Ondeh and Prune Kueh Lapis. For a special treat, pair the afternoon tea with a series of exclusive cocktails inspired by ingredients commonly used in Peranakan cooking, carefully crafted by head mixologist Daniel Anthony. Held in collaboration with chef Violet Oon, $5 will be donated to Community Chest for every diner that orders the Tropical Afternoon Tea.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa’s Tropical Afternoon Tea runs from 1 to 30 September 2023.
Revel in a taste of Argentina at the Brasero and Floreria Atlántico pop-up at One-Ninety Restaurant and One-Ninety Bar
On Saturday night: The buzzy, colourful streets of Argentina might not be on your agenda for now, but its zippy dishes could be. Renato “Tato” Giovannoni—recognised as one of the top 10 bartenders worldwide—and culinary maestro Alex Resnik have taken over One-Ninety Restaurant and One-Ninety Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, as they showcase a vibrant slice of their rich culinary heritage. Brasero Atlántico has rolled out a full-throttle menu of local favourites, including asado (Argeninian barbecue) and empanadas (a baked or fried crescent-shaped pastry stuffed with a variety of ingredients). Flavours are intriguing yet familiar, with a range of dishes to suit your individual preference for new tastes and textures. Pair it with Floreria Atlántico’s delicious classics, such as the Negroni Balestrini, a gin, Campari and eucalyptus concoction, or the El Dorado, a refreshingly cool tipple of Cachaça, Manifest and sugar cane juice.
The Brasero and Floreria Atlántico pop-up runs from 1 August to 31 October 2023.
Shop local brands at Virgin Active’s Better Sundays marketplace
On Sunday afternoon: Wind down for the weekend at Virgin Active Raffles Place, where a Sunday market brings together an array of local fitness and wellness brands. Browse trendy activewear, sample sustainable food options and discover clean skincare products to add to your beauty regimen. Also look forward to group exercise classes at the event—from which proceeds will be donated to the Society for the Physically Disabled and Project Dignity.
Better Sundays will run from 11am to 5pm on 3 September 2023.
Explore Notes From the Ether at the ArtScience Museum
On Sunday night: Step into the future of digital art at Notes From the Ether, which delves into the rapidly developing technologies shaping our contemporary world of art. Seeking to push the boundaries of what art can be, the exhibition brings together 20 artists navigating the disciplines of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and AI-generated art—showcasing the diverse potential of these new technologies in myriad ways. A reflection of how artistic practices evolve to mirror our shifting society, Notes From the Ether welcomes a future where art, culture and technology are seamlessly intertwined.
Notes from the Ether runs from 19 August to 24 September 2023.
Catch a fashion show for a good cause
On Friday night: 16 cancer survivors take to the runway in local labels like In Good Company and Charles & Keith at the Fashion for Cancer charity show, born of a wish to empower and bring joy to those battling cancer. Created by model Ong Bee Yan after her son was diagnosed with stage three pancreatic cancer, the event celebrates the resilience and strength of cancer survivors through fashion. Proceeds from the show go towards the NCCS Cancer Fund, which supports cancer research and provides financial assistance for patients in need.
Book a ticket here.
Indulge in innovative plant-based brunch fare at Back to Eden
On Saturday afternoon: At Back to Eden, cutting animal products out of the menu is in no way a downside—but rather an invitation to be innovative with plant-based ingredients. The newest kid on the block in Singapore’s growing plant-based dining scene, the cafe puts a unique twist on classic brunch staples.
Start your meal with the Holy Chips, delicate layers of deep-fried lotus root tossed in savoury house-made mala powder. Addictively crisp, they come served with Lao Gan Ma mayo dip on the side for a satisfying fiery kick. Also go for the Oyster Mushroom Berempah, coated in a flavourful mix of herbs and spices then deep-fried with curry leaves. An herbaceous lime mayo dip balances the dish with light tanginess, cutting through the heavier flavours on the plate. On the mains front, try the Crispy Potato Rosti. Cooked to golden-brown perfection, it comes with creamed spinach and a pesto-topped roasted tomato. And to complete your dining experience, pair your meal with one of the cafe’s refreshing smoothies. We recommend Purple, a delightful concoction of blackberries, blueberries and frozen bananas. A dash of cinnamon provides the final touch, adding an aromatic layer to the drink that makes it a definite highlight.
Back to Eden, 64 Prinsep St, Singapore 188667
Enjoy Singapore Repertory Theatre’s production of 2:22 A Ghost Story
On Saturday night: At exactly 2:22am every night, Jenny encounters uncanny occurrences in her new home. The sound of footsteps circle her sleeping daughter’s cot, while a man cries in the dark. Dismissed by her sceptical husband, she attempts to prove the truth of her situation by making a pact with their first dinner guests. Together, they stay awake together until the clock strikes the witching hour, yet nothing will prepare them for the shocking discovery they will make. Anchored by an outstanding cast, this atmospheric, suspenseful production is a thrill to watch.
2:22 A Ghost Story runs until 3 September 2023.
Celebrate Common Man Coffee Roasters’s 10th anniversary
On Sunday afternoon: To mark a decade of championing specialty coffee in Singapore, Common Man Coffee Roaster’s 10th anniversary birthday bash is a weekend-long celebration of the beloved cafe’s remarkable growth. Try your hand at creating your own latte art at the mini Barista Academy booth, groove to live DJ sets and shop local brands like The 3 Keys and Kraton Home. All this, of course, while indulging in the cafe’s signature coffee offerings and a special food menu prepared exclusively for the occasion.
A Common Wonderland runs from 26 to 27 August 2023.
Catch Past Lives at The Projector
On Sunday night: A24’s latest film centres Nora and Hae-sung, close childhood friends forced apart after Nora’s family moves from South Korea to New York City. Reunited for a fateful week 20 years later, they are left to ponder over destiny, connection and the choices that define a life. Tender and powerful, Past Lives is a vivid portrait of love in all its heartbreaking complexities.
Book a ticket here.
Discover Italian open-fire grill with Griglia’s refreshed menu
On Friday night: Griglia sets itself apart from other Italian restaurants with its unique focus on open-fire grill—inspired by grigliata, an Italian summertime barbeque tradition. Step through its doors and you’ll find a space that is both elegant and rustic, with plush leather seats against charming brick walls. A convivial atmosphere fills the room, as a refreshed menu by Napoli-native executive chef Andrea De Paola delivers authentic Italian flavours enhanced by the smoky char of the grill.
Begin your meal with the menu’s newest additions: finger-food snacks, known as cicchetti in Italian, a Venetian variation of tapas. Smoked Eel sits atop a buttery brioche bun topped with a burst of trout roe, while Marinated Olives come steeped in Martini vermouth and aromatic Italian herbs with a hint of Calabrese chilli for a fiery kick. Beloved signature items also remain on the menu, such as the Hokkaido Scallops Crudo with grilled white corn and Saffron Rice with sicilian red prawn and amalfi lemon. When it comes to the mains, the Whole Mediterranean Seabass is a highlight, seasoned simply to allow its flavour to shine through, then cooked over open fire. The Suckling Pig Porchetta is also a standout, slow-cooked over the grill for hours to achieve what might be one of the most tender renditions of pork roast you’ll ever have. To finish, go for the Cappuccinomisu, the restaurant’s interpretation of a tiramisu woven with an Italian cappuccino. Decadent buffalo mascarpone infused with port wine comes topped with a fluffy cappuccino foam, making for the perfect sweet treat to end the night.
Griglia Open Fire Italian Kitchen, 37 Craig Rd, #01-01, Singapore 089675
Visit Sam Lo’s solo exhibition Loosey Goosey
On Saturday afternoon: With his vibrant and playful style, Sam Lo has made a name for himself as one of Singapore’s most renowned urban artists today. His latest exhibition traces the artistic journey that he’s taken to get here, revisiting older pieces and introducing new experimental forms to find the common thread that ties his whole body of work together. Titled Loosey Goosey, the exhibition is a display of self-discovery as Lo looks back on his street culture roots and reconnects with his inner child. Alongside the show, a meet-the-artist session will also take place on Saturday afternoon, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Lo’s creative process and delving into the stories behind his works.
Loosey Goosey runs from 11 to 25 August 2023. The meet-the-artist session will happen from 4pm onwards on 19 August 2023.
UltraSuperNew Gallery, 168 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207572
Revel in festivities after evening falls at the Singapore Night Festival
On Saturday night: The annual Singapore Night Festival is back, and it brings with it a slew of exciting activities to light up the Bras Basah and Bugis area after dark. Time is a Black Circle takes us back to the disco fever of the seventies with a roller skating experience that puts Singaporean artist Dawn Ng’s Disco Time Portal—a cylindrical structure of colours and melodies—at its centre. Meanwhile, The Theatre Practice’s Four Horse Road unveils decades of Waterloo Street’s history in an immersive theatrical production that unfolds across two heritage buildings. End the evening with some late-night retail therapy at the Art Night Market hosted by Super Freak, where you’ll find everything from vintage ware to homemade crafts by local creatives.
Singapore Night Festival 2023 runs from 18 to 26 August 2023.
Shop Coachtopia at the Coach Play Singapore Shophouse
On Sunday afternoon: Newly launched in Singapore, Coachtopia is Coach’s sustainable new sub-brand dedicated to circular and collaborative craft. With conscious luxury in mind, its new collection of bags, accessories, ready-to-wear and footwear is created from recycled and renewable materials—designed specifically so it can be repurposed for use multiple times. To mark its launch, an interactive art installation at the Coach Play Singapore Shophouse captures the movements of each visitor and turns them into cloud-like displays. Don’t forget to drop by the in-house Coach Cafe to end your visit—where a newly-launched cloud-themed dessert menu is sure to satisfy any post-shopping hunger pangs.
Coachtopia products are available exclusively at the Coach Play Singapore Shophouse.
Catch The Projector’s Anime August showcase
On Sunday night: Spotlighting the wonder of Japanese animation, The Projector’s Anime August curates a selection of films that showcases the genre’s many diverse facets. Our pick from the line-up is the visually stunning and emotionally charged Tekkonkinkreet. Amidst the dystopian streets of metropolis Treasure Town, orphaned street kids Black and White forge an unbreakable bond. Embroiled in a fight against a powerful Yakuza gang to defend their home, the duo discover that the secrets lurking beneath the town’s surface prove even more sinister—and far more dangerous.
Book a ticket here.
Pick up a copy of Kirsten Han’s The Singapore I Recognise
On Friday night: In The Singapore I Recognise, activist and journalist Kirsten Han paints a heartfelt portrait of our home country and the people who live in it—many of whom go unseen and unheard. Through researched interviews and personal reflections, she unveils aspects of our country that don’t follow the conventional narrative most have come to recognise as the Singapore story. Examining civil society’s experiences of Singapore, she offers a hopeful way forward by considering the communities that are already moving towards communal care, solidarity and empowerment. As we celebrate our nation’s birthday this week, The Singapore I Recognise is a poignant—and much-needed—portrayal of home.
Pre-order a copy here.
Catch Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret at The Projector
On Saturday afternoon: Since its release in 1970, Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret has impacted generations. Capturing the experience of growing up as a girl with humour and honesty, the timeless coming-of-age tale arrives on the big screen for the first time. Starring Abby Ryder Fortson as the titular character and Rachel McAdams as her mother, the film follows 11-year-old Margaret Simon as she goes through the tumultuous throes of puberty with new friends in a new school, after moving to a new state.
Book a ticket here.
Indulge in a National Day special from Caviar Colony x Sunday Folks
On Saturday night: What happens when the world’s most indulgent roe meets the sweet swirl of ice cream? Some might call it a risky dance but here, we call the unlikely collaboration between local brands Caviar Colony and Sunday Folks a total game changer. A glorious by-product of tedious research and development featuring Russian Hybrid caviar, the result is every bit indulgent as one would expect—with two creations that delicately straddle the best of both worlds.
The first, comes in a handy classic cone: filed with two scoops of Caviar Colony x Sunday Folks ice cream—enveloped with copious dollops of the salt-cured roe and bearing a hint of rosemary—then topped with even more caviar, alongside a savoury cheddar cheese chip. But if we had to choose the real initiation into the uncharted waters of caviar ice cream, it would be sitting in a heavy ceramic bowl—joined by cold piped mash potato “strings”. In this special dessert bowl, comes an additional 10g tin of Caviar Colony Russian Hybrid Caviar to savour as you wish. A deft pairing of sweet and savoury, as the heavy brine from the cheese chip completes the rich and complex spoonful. Be sure to definitely share this decadent treat with a fellow caviar fan.
Available only from 1 August to 13 August 2023 at Sunday Folks’ ION Orchard outlet, with limited quantities daily. Pre-book your dine-in slot here.
Tantalise the senses with Peruvian street food fare at Canchita’s Peruvian Street Food Fiesta
On Sunday afternoon: A slice of Peru has arrived back home, as Canchita’s chefs Daniel and Tamara Chavez launch Singapore’s very first Peruvian Street Food Fiesta for all to enjoy. Tantalise the senses with bold, textural flavours and fragrant aromas of authentic Peruvian street fare. Start off with the simplicity of the Maiz, Papaz & Salsas Andinas sharing platter, where sweet corn blooms into something unexpected when paired with traditional Peruvian sauces. When it comes to mains, the Ceviche Carretilla is not to be missed—tender red snapper seasoned with plenty of tang and kick, then juxtaposed with the satisfying crunch of calamari. Follow with the hearty Papa Rellena, a homemade potato croquette stuffed with a creamy filling of beef stew and organic eggs. No meal is complete without dessert and the Arroz Zambito is one you’ll want to return for, as cold Peruvian rice and pudding is layered with a sweet chancaca sauce, and topped with freshly grated coconut.
The Peruvian Street Food Fiesta will be hosted at Canchita till 30 August.
Canchita, Dempsey Rd, #9A 9B, Singapore 247698
Groove to Asian music acts at the Sundown Festival
On Sunday night: A celebration of Asian music, entertainment and culture, the Sundown Festival brings together a two-day line-up of spectacular acts from around the region. Catch Japanese ‘God of Guitar’ Miyavi as he weaves intricate fingerstyle techniques with fierce rock energy, or chill out with Korean singer-songwriter Shaun—known for his hit single ‘Way Back Home’—as he delivers mesmerising vocals on stage. Alongside the performances, a pop-up food village also invites festival goers on a journey to experience the array of tantalising cuisines from all around Asia.
Sundown Festival runs from 12 to 13 August 2023.
Add ITZY’s new album to your playlist
On Friday night: ITZY’s new album is a story of triumph against adversity. Titled Kill My Doubt, the six-track EP takes a slight departure from the group’s typical youthful and energetic sound, instead laying bare the quintet’s personal insecurities and the courage it takes to overcome them. Accompanying the album, a three-part album documentary offers an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the record—from the boxing classes the group took to fully immerse themselves in the concept of the album, to the blood, sweat and tears shed along the way.
Listen to Kill My Doubt here.
Shop local produce at a farmers’ market
On Saturday afternoon: Urban farm City Sprouts’s farmers’ market is a place for community and connection. In its Heritage Harvest edition—held in celebration of National Day—the event brings together 25 independent local businesses for an afternoon of delectable grub and fresh produce. Take home fresh banchan from Wanting Kimchi, sourdough bakes from Marymount Bakehouse and artisanal honey from The Rare Honey. Alongside the fair, look forward to a kueh-making workshop, where you’ll learn to transform ingredients harvested straight from the urban farm into fragrant puteri ayu.
The City Sprouts Farmers’ Market: Heritage Harvest Edition will be held on 5 August 2023.
Spice up your date night at Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh
On Saturday night: There’s nothing subtle about the medley of flavours that await at Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh—considering the Mexican-Italian restaurant is the brainchild of kooky celebrity chef Gaggan Anand. And if you’re on a sojourn to tackle some of the restaurant’s greatest hits, alongside new additions, your best bet would be their latest degustation menu.
The à la carte option still remains for diners who prefer to eat at their own pace—with the freedom of choice. Start with the restaurant signature, cheekily named Love At First Bite, this papdi chaat snack is a one-bite mouthful, where a chaat masala yoghurt amalgamation is concealed in a crisp sphere. Another Indian street snack classic is interpreted in the form of deep-fried airy golgappa pillows, sealed with a sweet blend of Hokkaido white corn puree and topped with uni. It’s a snack that comes on strong at first, then to be tapered down with its accompanying tequila-based green verdita cocktail. New on the list: call for the pork vindaloo tacos—where a warm shell holds slow-cooked pork collar, marinated in a heady vindaloo-based sauce. Within, a sweet sour touch of pineapple salsa gives the complete taco the lift it needs. And lastly, whatever you do, make space for Gaggan’s Crab Curry—satisfying yet approachable with an entry-level spice—best enjoyed with a fluffy bed of coconut rice.
Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh, 43 Craig Rd, Singapore 089681
Enquiries: 9654 4351
Dig into Tiong Bahru Bakery’s collaborative special with Birds of a Feather
On Sunday afternoon: Right in line with the upcoming celebrations of Singapore’s 58th birthday, Tiong Bahru Bakery (TBB) delivers a punchy burst of flavours through its joint move with executive chef Eugene See of Birds of a Feather. Where TBB’s artisanal bakes meet the latter’s Sichuan-inflected profile. The satisfying goodness of a hearty meal unravels through three exclusive specials: the Sichuan Roast Beef Croissant, Sichuan Rojak Chicken Bun and the Kopi Pecan Kouign Amann. The former two comes with a welcome kick of heat—derived from variations of its Sichuan spice blend teamed with generous fillings of beef and chicken respectively. For those who prefer something closer to home, the latter makes for a nostalgic throwback, marrying the bitter notes of the cafe’s signature roast with the soft, buttery texture of its pastry.
Available at all Tiong Bahru Bakery outlets nationwide from 1 August to 31 August.
Catch a preview of Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City
On Sunday night: The year is 1955—or rather, a retro-futuristic version of it—and the brightest young minds from across the country are gathered in a tiny American desert town for a Junior Stargazer and Space Cadet convention. When the festivities are disrupted by out-of-this-world happenings, the visitors are forced to confront their very human issues head-on. With a spectacularly star-studded ensemble cast, Wes Anderson’s latest film is a tribute to the 1950s—meticulously crafted, of course, via his iconic cinematic lens.
Book a ticket here.
Dance the night away with J Balvin
On Friday night: Brace yourself for an electrifying experience as superstar J Balvin brings the sizzling Columbian heat all the way to Singapore. Held in the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, the singer will perform chart-topping hits such as ‘Mi Gente’, ‘I Like It’, and ‘Loco Contigo’ in a one-night-only concert as part of Marina Bay Sands’s Latin Festival 2023. Jam to infectious Latin grooves and reggaeton rhythms as the night comes alive with memories that will linger long after the music stops.
J Balvin Live In Singapore will be held on 28 July 2023.
Walk through Singapore’s heritage with a cocktail tour
On Saturday afternoon: Raise a toast to Singapore’s rich history at the Market, Mingle, Mixology tour. As an exciting addition to the Singapore Food Festival’s satellite activities, this cocktail tour promises a unique experience that highlights our city-state’s heritage by inviting participants to immerse themselves in the vibrant local market scene. Keep your eyes peeled for a chance to unleash your inner bartender and craft bespoke cocktails yourself.
The Market, Mingle, Mixology tour will be conducted on 22 July and 29 July 2023.
Discover Braci’s delightful new Spring menu
On Saturday night: Finding Braci is half the fun of your weekend adventure. Located on the fifth floor of one of Boat Quay’s iconic shophouses, you’ll be navigating a plethora of seafood restaurants on the ground level before being ushered into Braci’s quiet haven. The one Michelin-starred restaurant, a brilliant collaboration between restaurateur-chef Beppe de Vito and Chef de Cuisine Matteo Ponti, is a 30-seater hideaway complemented with views of the twinkling Singapore River.
Its current Spring menu is a stunning presentation of fresh flavours and produce, as Chef Matteo showcases some of his favourite Italian memories. His Rosso su Rosso is a must-try, a sweet prawn best enjoyed raw and inspired by his childhood holidays by the Ligurian Coast. The Carpione, a North Italian tradition of preserving fried fish in a vinegar and vegetable solution, is also deeply satisfying. Cured kingfish, smoked eel and black radish combination, alongside a carpione jelly—made with smoked eel broth, white vinegar and Amalfi lemon—may sound complex but it comes together beautifully on your tongue. With simplicity at the heart of the main dishes, Chef Matteo’s Linguine in Laguna is a moreish plate that we wish we could have regularly. He employs Monograno Felicetti, a premium pasta from the Dolomite Mountains, and tops it off with hamaguri clams, sea asparagus and borage.
Braci, 52 Boat Quay, #05-01/ #06-01, Singapore 049841
Spot the gourmet food trucks at Resorts World Sentosa
On Sunday afternoon: Resorts World Sentosa is joining hands with Food Truck Nation to create a one-of-a-kind culinary experience for the whole family. Named The Gourmet Park, a flagship food truck and container park brings together 18 unique culinary businesses in one spot. Located at The Bull Ring—outside Universal Studios Singapore and near the S.E.A. Aquarium—the space is perfect for a stopover if you’re out for a sunny beach day.
Among the 18 trucks are Michelin-starred Chef Rishi Naleendra of Cloudstreet and Kotuwa, and renowned Chef Alain Devahive of Olivia restaurant, together with mouthwatering local favourites Blue Smoke snd Spank My Dough. Seafood lovers can look forward to fresh, juicy oysters at the Seafood Bar by Bleu, or opt for savoury lobster rolls at Luke’s Lobster. For a refreshing drink in the heat—head over to the Jamba truck for a tasty smoothie.
Gourmet Park, The Bull Ring, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, 098269
Explore an exhibition by a Singaporean artist
On Sunday night: Step into the world of monochromatic creations at the STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery’s latest solo exhibition, In Praise of Silence by lauded Singaporean artist Jane Lee. Discover the profound interplay of light and shadow, black and white, and yin and yang; opposing forces that deftly shape our perception of the world. Lee’s latest paper-making collection draws inspiration from Eastern philosophy, embracing austerity in form and expression. To see more of her work, catch her institutional solo show, LILA: Unending Play, held at the Singapore Art Museum till the 24 September 2023.
In Praise Of Silence runs from 29 July to 3 September 2023.
Add NewJeans’s new album Get Up to your playlist
On Friday night: It hasn’t even been a year since NewJeans made their debut, but they’ve already cemented themselves as one of the most prominent groups in K-pop. It’s no surprise, then, that the quintet’s latest comeback also pushes the boundaries of what’s expected from the genre. Each of the six tracks on their new album comes accompanied by a music video, featuring unprecedented collaborations with global franchises and surprise guest stars to look forward to. The music video for ‘New Jeans’, for example, was produced in collaboration with animated series The Powerpuff Girls, while ‘Cool With You’ features model and Squid Game star Jung Ho-yeon.
Listen to Get Up here.
Discover works of Bhutanese art at Patterned Prayer
On Saturday afternoon: In Bhutan, traditional motifs in textiles and architecture reflect nature, culture, identity and heritage. Thought of as sacred by the Bhutanese people, these patterns are imbued with a sense of life. In her first solo exhibition, Bhutanese artist Galek Yangzom reimagines these traditional designs, exploring the presence of the spirit outside the contexts of fabric and architecture. Drawing inspiration from the abundant traditions of Bhutan, she highlights the endless possibilities that can stem from its time-honoured artistic practices.
Patterned Prayer runs from 21 to 22 July 2023.
Have a nightcap at Jungle Ballroom
On Saturday night: At Mondrian Singapore Duxton’s house bar, Jungle Ballroom, your libations take an interesting turn—as Asian mixology intertwines with playful themes. Orchestrated by head bartender Adrian Besa (who has been recognised on the World’s 50 Best Bars list), the tipples here span a wide range, each embodying a distinct ingredient sourced from the region.
Backed by a spirit importing licence which allows access to some of the most interesting and rare finds, the Jungle Ballroom houses the most extensive Southeast Asian spirits collection. All of which, are creatively incorporated in tantalising, colourful cocktails; the Queen of the Jungle presents a unique herbaceous drink, made from rye whiskey, barolo chinato and New Orlean bitters, while a refreshing spritz lies in the form of Rose Hued Waterfall, a sweet and tart blend of bianco vermouth, pomegranate, Yellow Chartreuse and Rosè Pet Nat. If you’re a fan of sour plum, opt for the Phantom Rickshaw, a minty citrus elixir, that riffs off the taste of a mojito, with a special zing from the Asian preserved fruit. The grub here, too, complements the spices found within the drinks—with addictive “Chicken Rice” Crackers paired with chilli romesco as well as smokey, fork-tender cumin lamb ribs, an instant favourite for the night.
Jungle Ballroom, 16A Duxton Hill, #03-03, Singapore 089970
Catch Barbie and Oppenheimer
On Sunday afternoon: The cinematic event of the decade has finally arrived. With two of this year’s most anticipated films opening this weekend, what better way to celebrate than with a ‘Barbenheimer’ marathon at the cinema? While social media users have been debating the preferred order to catch the two films in, we recommend starting with Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan’s biographical thriller based on the life of the physicist who developed the first nuclear weapons. A gripping epic that highlights Nolan’s unparalleled ambition—the director chose to recreate the first nuclear explosion on screen without the use of CGI—the film delves into the implications of the Atomic Age. To keep the mood from getting too bleak, end the afternoon on a lighter note with Barbie. With a spectacular spread of costumes, poppy musical numbers and, of course, a ton of pink, Greta Gerwig’s fantasy-comedy feature is equally as grandiose—but decidedly more fun.
Barbie and Oppenheimer open on 20 July 2023.
Indulge in farm-to-table dining at Open Farm Community
On Sunday night: The greenery that envelopes Open Farm Community is where the magic of the restaurant stems from. Plants line the entrance and crawl up trellises, giving the space a rustic charm. But beyond that, the vegetation makes up the restaurant’s urban farm, from which it collects herbs, spices and vegetables that then go into its newly refreshed menu.
Dishes here make creative use of local and regional ingredients, presenting them in surprising ways and combinations to showcase their potential. The juicy tartness of Heirloom Tomatoes is balanced out by the sweetness of dehydrated strawberries and umami-rich shiso ponzu, while Hay-Smoked Baby Potatoes are tossed in preserved kombu radish—more commonly known to us as cai poh—for a familiar local spin. The tender Grilled Mangalica Pork Collar is a highlight, dusted with black bean powder and paired with charred greens. To accompany your meal, a selection of unique botanical cocktails comes handcrafted with herbs and flowers harvested from the restaurant’s own garden. We recommend the Pandan, a fragrant libation of whiskey, coconut, gula melaka and pandan—indulgently rich and velvety smooth.
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819
Catch the music video of Jungkook’s first solo single
On Friday night: As the beloved youngest member of global K-pop sensation BTS, it’s no surprise that Jungkook’s solo debut comes surrounded by soaring excitement. Titled ‘Seven’, the energetic summer track features Grammy-nominated rapper Latto and is accompanied by a highly-anticipated music video starring Korean actress Han So-hee. In the lead-up to the video’s release, a teaser reveals the duo starring as a couple arguing in a restaurant—oblivious to the rest of the world even as a chandelier crashes down behind them.
Watch Seven here.
Get ready for a three-week music festival at Marina Bay Sands
On Saturday afternoon: Where Music Takes Over is set to be a music festival like no other. Over the span of three weeks, the multi-genre festival brings together over 10 acts that range from indie bands to world-class musicians. Look forward to concerts from the likes of The 1975, Sabrina Carpenter and The Strokes—and end the night at Marquee as top guest DJs take the stage to deliver electrifying sets that will bring the house down.
Where Music Takes Over runs from 15 July to 2 August 2023.
Discover Indonesian art at The Neglected Dimension
On Saturday night: “The neglected dimension” is how prominent Indonesian art critic Sanento Yuliman once described the art forms of calligraphy and abstraction—methods that were historically used by artists in the country to reinterpret Islamic traditions and expressions of spirituality. Today’s modern experimentations in calligraphic abstraction mark the return to a form previously marginalised in the region’s modern art history. In The Neglected Dimension, a range of Indonesian Islamic art takes us from the ‘60s to the modern day—tracing the evolution from early Indonesian abstract art to new, contemporary mediums.
The Neglected Dimension runs from 7 July 2023 to 25 February 2024.
Tuck into Yàn’s new à la carte menu with your loved ones
On Sunday afternoon: There’s nothing casual about a Cantonese meal, given the meticulous preparation and labour of love that goes into every dish. At Yàn, you can expect to have a convivial time with your loved ones—all in the spirit of sharing.
In the restaurant’s new à la carte menu, double-boiled soups take precedence. Try the new Double-boiled Collagen Soup with Fish Maw and Conpoy, a rich broth comprising pork bones, mature hen and sustainably-sourced shark cartilage. Loaded with plenty of collagen, this nourishing bowl is flavourful and hearty, with generous amounts of premium ingredients to savour. Adopting a Hakka touch, the poached free-range chicken is another winning dish—first steeped in an ice bath to bring out the meat’s tenderness, then seasoned with a piquant sand ginger paste and stir-fried in peanut oil. There’s also merit to retaining famed signatures here, as is the case of the Wok-fried Live Sri Lankan Crab with Pan-fried Cheong Fun in Chef’s Special Pork Lard Sauce. A visit to Yàn simply wouldn’t be complete without this indulgent dish, dreamed up with the magical char of wok hei.
Yàn, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, #05-02 National Gallery, Singapore 178957
Enquiries: 6384 5585
Shop the wardrobes of Singapore’s trendsetters
On Sunday night: Putting a stylish spin on sustainable second-hand clothes shopping, the Fashion Insiders Market gathers Singapore’s fashion personalities for a two-day event where their preloved pieces can find new homes. Browse from the wardrobes of personalities like Janice Koh and Preeti Nair, and take home a beautiful new piece of clothing. Presented as part of the Asian Civilisations Museum’s Fashion Playground weekend festival, also look forward to a series of fashion-led workshops and activities at the event.
Fashion Insiders Market runs from 15 to 16 July 2023.
Book a ticket for a screening of local short films
On Friday night: In a first-of-its-kind screening that brings local short films to mainstream cinema, Fresh Meat gathers six works by up-and-coming Singaporean filmmakers. Spanning a range of genres from action to horror to documentary, the curation presents a diverse mix of stories told through a distinctly Singaporean lens. From reflections on the oddities of everyday life to perspectives on less-discussed topics such as abortion, these short films reveal the powerful voices of a new generation of artists—each with their own story to tell.
Fresh Meat will be screened on 8 July and 12 August 2023.
Shop archival fashion at Milieu’s reopening
On Saturday afternoon: For young fashion lovers in the know, Milieu is a treasure trove. An archive clothing store that aims to foster genuine connections over shared love for fashion, it’s here that you’ll find vintage designer pieces highly sought after for their significance to various designers or brands. Reopening this weekend at a new location in Jalan Pemimpin, step in and browse the racks for hidden gems from renowned brands and obscure labels alike.
Milieu, 45 Jalan Pemimpin, #09-01, Singapore 577197
Discover the best rums from around the world
On Saturday night: The inaugural Singapore Rum Festival presents a curation of over 20 of the best rum brands from around the world, including a special spotlight on regional Southeast Asian rums. Get a glimpse into the Thai rum scene with Phraya and Chalong Bay, and discover Cambodia’s popular Samai. Held at The Capitol Kempinski Singapore, look forward to a delectable array of food and cocktails at the event, as well as masterclasses and exclusive tasting sessions.
Singapore Rum Festival runs from 8 to 9 July 2023.
Visit illustrator Amien’s immersive exhibition
On Sunday afternoon: Known for his skilful use of imaginative realism, Singapore-based illustrator Amien pays tribute to surrealism through his dreamlike style. In his first solo exhibition, titled The Banquet, he invites guests into an alternate universe where a grand banquet comes underscored by an uneasy tension. As he unveils 12 new paintings, collaborations with five local artisans of different mediums bring Amien’s full artistic vision to life. Produced by artist Kelly Limerick, the exhibition features a soundscape designed by musician Weish and augmented reality aspects created by visual designer Siah Tiong Hong.
The Banquet runs from 8 to 16 July 2023.
Shop sustainably at Green-House
On Sunday night: Built on the belief that sustainability begins in the home, Green-House is Singapore’s largest eco-conscious shopping fair. An inclusive space that welcomes open conversation, the fair brings together a community united by the shared goal of working towards a low carbon footprint lifestyle. Spend the evening browsing over 70 brands that range from eco-fashion labels to sustainable children’s products—and take part in a meaningful workshop or two while you’re there.
Green-House runs from 8 to 9 July 2023.
Add Olivia Rodrigo’s new single to your playlist
On Friday night: It’s been two years since Olivia Rodrigo dropped Sour, the album tinged with Y2K nostalgia that catapulted her meteoric rise. Marking her first release since her debut record, Vampire puts an end to fans’ wait for new music. The lead single off her upcoming sophomore album which will follow on 8 September, the track bleeds vulnerable anger. Escalating beats build upon melancholic piano melodies and Rodrigo’s heartfelt vocals to create a track that is undoubtedly worth the wait.
Listen to Vampire here.
Shop vintage Chanel and Hermès at the Mint Museum of Toys
On Saturday afternoon: Look to the Mint Museum of Toys’s Guerilla pop-up for an exhibition where you’ll be able to try-on and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces from luxury houses. My Grandfather’s Things, a vintage collector in Singapore and Hong Kong, will present a curated collection of 60 vintage flaps sourced from fashion brands like Chanel and Hermès. Experienced connoisseurs and budding enthusiasts alike are invited to trace the history of luxury fashion through discontinued styles and rare colorways of beloved purse icons such as the Kelly. Guests can also look forward to an exclusive array of house-made bag accessories, including bespoke bag inserts, chain wraps and bag handle scarves that you can buy to complement your clutch.
My Grandfather’s Things pop-up runs from 30 June to 2 July 2023.
Indulge in modern Thai restaurant Soi Social’s new seasonal menu
On Saturday night: Chic and vibrant, Soi Social is the place to head to for a weekend hangout with family and friends. Look forward to Thai gastronomy creatively reinvented, from a creamy Thai-spiced chicken and coconut dip served with tapioca crisps, to barramundi fillet in a delectable turmeric coconut soup with roasted chilli oil.
The restaurant’s new seasonal menu shines a spotlight on the Phuket bamboo lobster, prepared in an array of tantalising methods that showcase the immense potential of the ingredient. We recommend the Geang Cha Plu Goong Mang-Gorn, which sees the light sweetness of wok-roasted lobster complemented by an aromatic yellow curry with wild betel leaves—a medley of flavours that makes for a hearty, satisfying dish. Also try the Geang Cua Nue, which consists of Kagoshima A4 wagyu charcoal-grilled to tender, smokey perfection. Doused in rich red curry, it rests upon a bed of eggplant that works wonderfully to cut through the heavier flavours on the plate. To end the meal, the restaurant’s desserts are a veritable treat. For something more familiar, go for the Mango Sticky Rice, served with a refreshing coconut ice cream in place of the usual coconut milk. The Thai Tea-ramisu, meanwhile, is a creative spin on tiramisu that makes use of Thai tea instead of coffee, a must-try for anyone who loves Thai milk tea.
Soi Social, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Ave8, 098269
Enter the world of Stranger Things at Bugis+
On Sunday afternoon: While fans eagerly anticipate the final season Stranger Things puzzle slated for release in 2025, Netflix’s hit series is coming to Bugis+ this month with an immersive adventure. From Joyce Byer’s house to the Starcourt Mall and even the Upside Down, journey through the town of Hawkins with Eleven and the gang. Afterwards, indulge in ice cream sundaes at Robin and Steve’s Scoops Ahoy, and nosh on pizzas from Argyle and Jonathan’s Surfer Boy Pizza. Keep an eye out for digital memorabilia straight from the Stranger Things universe, which can then be used to personalise your very own avatar and customise your merchandise.
Stranger Things The Encounter runs from 30 June to 1 October 2023.
Treat yourself to a sumptuous meal at Path with the launch of its new menus
On Sunday night: As Asian fine dining continues to blaze a trail across our shores, one particular restaurant is quietly working hard to layer tastes and textures for a moreish balance of East Asian flavours. Chef Marvas Ng of Path delivers each dish as a memory—where they are prettily-plated, yet taste wholly comforting and familiar.
His eight-course expedition menu is a thoughtful, experiential journey, in which the Pork Trotter “Crepinette” is one of the rich and playful dishes to look forward to. Presented as a golden sphere surrounded by a dark sauce, Chef Ng digs deep into the nuances of a favourite dish of his—hakka-braised pork belly with preserved vegetables—while utilising a classic French technique where pork is wrapped with caul fat and pan-fried. The Shanghainese Hairy Crab Roe and Oriental “Bouillabaisse” are equally satisfying, the latter an aromatic broth of two different housemade stocks—one of chicken and prawn, and another of fish. You’ll find a silky “moneybag” inside, stuffed with generous slivers of sea cucumber, shrimp, bamboo shoots and Beijing cabbage, a magical pairing we want more of in our life.
Path, 12 Marina Boulevard, Tower 3, #01-05/06 Marina Bay Financial Centre, 018982
Indulge in chef Jeremy Gillon’s exclusive menu for 67 Pall Mall
On Friday night: Shining a spotlight on the biggest names in our local culinary scene, 67 Pall Mall’s newly-launched Resident Chef series invites a cadre of acclaimed chefs to helm the kitchen of the private members’ club—diversifying its menu to complement and accentuate its extensive range of wines. The first to take up the mantle is chef Jeremy Gillon of Restaurant JAG. With a focus on seasonal vegetables, he explores the immense potential of France’s incredible produce in plant-based dishes that are as creative as they are delicious. Confit onion is stuffed with caramelised green onion to resemble a dumpling, while glazed celtuce is topped with miso butter and accompanied by sourdough bread—meant to be enjoyed like bone marrow on toast.
Try the White Asparagus, presented in three ways to showcase the versatility of the ingredient: braised, brunoised and, most interestingly, in a delightful ice cream. The unassuming Fennel Salad is another standout, brightened with a passionfruit dressing that provides a refreshing tartness. To end, go for the Black Garlic. The choice of ingredient, while unexpected for a dessert, proves to be perfect as it is incorporated into a crème brûlée, ice cream and caramel base, complemented with smoked chocolate ganache and cocoa nib tuile.
Chef Jeremy Gillon helms the kitchen from 1 June to 31 August 2023. His first menu is available until 30 June 2023.
67 Pall Mall, 1 Scotts Rd, #27-00 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
Tuck into The Coconut Club’s anniversary menu
On Saturday afternoon: The Coconut Club is ringing in its first year anniversary at its Beach Road front. To commemorate the occasion, a special menu titled Signature Lemak Medley runs till 2 July—with collaboration dishes from local culinary stalwarts like Jeffrey Chia from NonyaBong and Annette Tan from Fatfuku. With heritage flavours always at the forefront, the special dishes naturally complement the restaurant’s signature nasi lemak—especially its fragrant coconut rice. Chia’s Sambal Pati brings together tender pieces of chicken heart, liver and gizzard in an aromatic amalgamation of a sambal balado sauce. And there’s more to go around in Lee’s special recipe for Sambal Prawn Belimbing—a sweet, sour and spicy blend of sambal titek sheathing fresh succulent prawns. There’s also the flavourful Asam Pedas Skate Wing in a sweet, comforting tamarind broth by Daniel Sia, managing partner of The Coconut Club. It comes in a considered portion within a nasi lemak set for a hearty lunch, or à la carte come dinnertime.
Signature Lemak Medley is available till 2 July 2023 at The Coconut Club’s Dining Room at its Beach Road location.
Visit a kebaya exhibition at the Peranakan Museum
On Saturday night: Rooted in the traditional fashion of the Malay-Indonesian community and worn by women across Southeast Asia since the 15th century, the kebaya is a garment that represents years of heritage and culture. Within the Singaporean context, it is an intrinsic piece of our local Malay culture and our history as a port city. A celebration of the kebaya and the indelible role it plays in our local heritage, Her Kebaya presents kebaya ensembles worn by women from all walks of life—each with its own history and story to tell.
Her Kebaya runs from 23 June to 15 October 2023.
Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941
Wind down for the weekend at the Cheeselads Sunday Market
On Sunday afternoon: Cheese shop by day and cheese bar by night, Cheeselads was created to make artisanal cheese more accessible for unfamiliar customers through thoughtful pairings and curations. Bringing together a community of independent local businesses, its Sunday market is a space for creativity and discovery. From cult-favourite candles to handmade ceramics, there’s something for everyone. Pick up delectable fresh bakes, groove to live DJ sets, and of course, don’t miss out on indulging in some artisanal cheese while you’re there.
The Cheeselads Sunday market runs from 12pm to 6pm on 25 June 2023.
Cheeselads, 117 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207546
Catch Monster at The Projector
On Sunday night: Awarded Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film begins with a mother storming into her young son’s school after discovering that a teacher is responsible for the change in his behaviour. Shifting between the perspectives of the mother, son and teacher, the truth gradually comes to light. With the close friendship between two schoolboys anchoring the story, the film is both a celebration of what they’ve found in each other, as well as a statement of Japanese society’s harsh view of the world.
Book a ticket here.
Experience an enigmatic, immersive contemporary dance production
On Friday night: Fresh off their run in London last year, PheNoumenon beckons its audience to dive headfirst into a dystopian journey, masterfully presented by The Human Expression (T.H.E) dance company. Experience a thought-provoking performance as past confronts present, and natural and nurtured worlds collide. The 90-minute spectacle serves as a haunting portrait of our present reality, where mankind finds itself grappling with the weight of our actions in the social, spatial, political, technological and environmental spheres. Following the show, gain deeper insights into the inspiration behind the captivating production in a post-show dialogue.
PheNoumenon runs from 15 to 18 June 2023.
Indulge in two-Michelin-starred restaurant Jaan’s new spring menu
On Saturday afternoon: A celebration of the fresh produce and vibrant flavours that Spring brings, Jaan’s seasonal tasting menu is a delight. Reaffirming chef-owner Kirk Westaway’s dedication to modern British dining with striking craftsmanship, the gastronomic experience begins with a series of small bites that take creative inspiration from classic British dishes. The Fish Pie is Westaway’s ingenious interpretation of fish and chips, while the Smoked Cheddar Pancake cradles delicately-smoked cheese from a farm nearby his family home in Devon. The restaurant’s signature items make an appearance too, including the exquisite Burnt Leek and Potato Soup.
Shining a spotlight on the wide variety of Spring greens, lightly-sweet langoustine is complemented by a medley of Swiss chard, romanesco, broccolini, choy sum flowers and cavolo nero—each cooked individually in housemade dashi stock before being served in a velvety brown butter mayonnaise. Meanwhile, light and clean flavours shine in the Spring Asparagus, which comes glazed in seaweed butter and served alongside braised English pork belly. An elegant slice of strawberry pie proves to be a wonderful end to the meal—topped with pristine strawberries that provide a welcome burst of tart sweetness.
Jaan by Kirk Westaway, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Rd, Level 70, Singapore 178882
Tune in to Korean drama King the Land
On Saturday night: In a highly-anticipated reunion of some of second generation K-pop’s biggest stars, Girls’ Generation’s Yoona and 2PM’s Junho come together in romantic comedy King the Land. Junho is Gu-won, heir to the King Group luxury hotel conglomerate. In the midst of a tense inheritance battle, he clashes with model employee Sa-rang. Optimistic and hardworking, she is known for always having a smile on her face—that is, until she meets Gu-won.
Watch King the Land on Netflix from 17 May 2023.
Celebrate Father’s Day with an all-American barbeque bonanza at Rosemead
On Sunday afternoon: This Father’s Day, treat your Dad at Rosemead’s barbeque bonanza in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and this farm-to-table Californian restaurant is ready to make his heart content. Start off with a selection of five starters, followed by a mouthwatering array of fresh and seasonal dishes, flame-kissed to perfection using their wood hearth. Complete the feast with an all-you-can-eat dessert spread. The little ones won’t miss out either, with classic favourites like Beef Bolognese and Chicken Mac & Cheese available.
Rosemead, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704
Check out Rye’s latest Love+ collection in support of Pride Month
On Sunday night: Local label Rye is celebrating their 7th year anniversary with a heartfelt tribute to the LGBTQ+ community in Singapore. Just in time for Pride month, the brand has launched an exclusive collection of sateen scarves adorned with the monogram ‘Love+’. These scarves are available in a range of prints, colours and sizes, allowing you to wear them in a multitude of ways—whether wrapped around the wrist or fashioned into a top. If you’re looking for a way to give back this Pride month, it’s worth noting that all profits from the collection will be donated to The T Project, a shelter providing support to the transgender community in Singapore.
The Love+ collection is available online and in stores.
Catch Milk at The Projector in support of The T Project
On Friday night: This weekend, honour Pride month at The Projector with the captivating true story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in America. Set against the backdrop of San Francisco in the late 1970s, Milk’s courageous activism inspired a movement that emboldened individuals to fight for equal rights accessible to all Americans. Proceeds from the screening will contribute to The T Project—a non-profit organisation in Singapore providing temporary safe havens for homeless individuals within the transgender community.
Book a ticket here.
Rejuvenate mind, body and soul at a beach festival
On Saturday afternoon: At the Zentosa LiveWell Festival, well-being takes centre stage in five distinct realms—play, bond, feel, rest and eat. Spanning an entire month, the invigorating festival commences this weekend with a wide array of yoga classes. Take your pick between a serene sunset class immersed in nature’s embrace, or an exhilarating glow-in-the-dark session enlivened by infectious beats. Additionally, fans of the reality competition series Physical:100 have the opportunity to register early and join Choo Sung Hoon on a discovery walk along the hidden paths of Sentosa, before delving into his family’s straightforward yet impactful wellness regime.
Zentosa LiveWell Festival 2023 runs from 10 June to 9 July 2023.
Indulge in modern Italian fare at Altro Zafferano
On Saturday night: Each dish in Altro Zafferano’s new Journey menu tells a story. With thoughtful creativity, the menu takes diners across different parts of Italy, interpreting the rich history and culture of each region through elegant dishes that put a modern spin on traditional flavours.
Fishermen Perks, for example, embodies the respite that Italian fishermen find after a long day in the simple dish they enjoy by the shore—fresh sea urchin with bread and olive oil. Altro Zafferano’s rendition features a luscious sea urchin flan topped with fresh sea urchin, extra virgin olive oil and charcoal-grilled bread cream. Scoop it up with the house-baked sourdough that is served on the side, and you’ll find a wonderfully satisfying bite. Meanwhile, Friday’s Sole comes inspired by the country’s devotion to Catholicism. With Friday’s abstinence from meat products a habitual part of life for Italians, the dish presents tender sole fillet with a savoury trout roe caper mugnaia sauce and white asparagus. To end the night, the Ancient Panna Cotta features velvety Stracchino cheese custard and fresh Japanese strawberries. Topped with pistachio tulle and 100-year-old Balsamico, the unique dessert brings an exquisite meal to a close on a sweet note.
Altro Zafferano, 10 Collyer Quay, Level 43, Singapore 049315
Visit a compelling exhibition celebrating the talents of the disability community
On Sunday afternoon: In the world of art, limitations dissolve, and creativity knows no bounds. Enter A Piece of Home, a riveting new exhibition that celebrates the unique perspectives and talents of 26 extraordinary individuals with disabilities. In a rare and powerful display of over 60 awe-inspiring paintings, prints, and ceramics, this curation is an ode to breaking free from convention and celebrating the profound authenticity of the human experience. Curator John Tung extends an invitation to embrace fresh lenses, and reflect on the way art rises above restrictions. Alongside the exhibition, a capsule collection of lifestyle and fashion items designed by five up-and-coming artists with disabilities will be available—with all sales going towards supporting the artists themselves as well as the running of art programmes for the disability community.
A Piece of Home runs from 9 to 18 June 2023.
Immerse yourself in the epic theatrical journey of Hotel
On Sunday night: A hotel in Singapore opens in the 1900s. As we check in to meet its guests every 10 years—from Indian mutineers to Cantonese nannies, Japanese soldiers to Malay movie stars—over a century’s worth of comings and goings unravel and meld into each other. Empires are destroyed and reborn, pivotal moments are lived out, and every decision made can haunt generations that come after. Throughout the years, the hotel stands as a microcosm of Singapore and its shifting place in the world.
A modern theatrical masterpiece that weaves together an intricate tapestry of empire, nationhood, migration and identity, Hotel explores the profound connections between time and memory, and the fevered clashes between the old and the new. From the minds of Alfian Sa’at and Marcia Vanderstraaten, this immersive and multi-generational epic unfolds over nearly five hours and nine languages.
Hotel runs from 8 June to 8 July 2023.
Sink your teeth into Meadesmoore’s decadent new menu
On Friday night: Situated in the heart of town, Meadesmoore is a modern steakhouse with a twist—the establishment prides itself on serving unusual cuts of meat with unique flavours that melt in your mouth. Most notable is the Meadesmoore Cut MS8/9, a beautifully marbled steak that offers three distinct flavour profiles on one plate. The new menu also includes executive chef Victor Loy’s fresh and creative take on classic dishes. For appetisers, dig into the Beef & Crab Tartare. Unlike conventional beef tartare, Meadesmoore’s is an ikura-topped harmony of flavours. After indulging in savoury goodness, enjoy the sweet and sour S’mores. Chef Loy elevates the classic dessert, sprinkling in sour berries and coconut sorbet in a marshmallow mousse-covered cookie—all topped off with a shot of vodka that is flambéed by the table.
Meadesmoore, 21A Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620
Take part in a multi-day fitness festival with Les Mills
On Saturday afternoon: Les Mills Live Singapore aims to change the way we experience fitness. Shaping the future of training through the strategic combination of live and digital experiences, the two-day festival kickstarts a global tour of dynamic fitness events as part of the celebrity-favourite fitness brand’s new partnership with Adidas. Challenge yourself to iconic Les Mills workouts like the Bodypump, Bodycombat and Bodybalance for the training experience of a lifetime—all led, of course, by the brand’s most prominent instructors.
Les Mills Live Singapore runs from 3 to 4 June 2023.
Catch up with friends over French-inspired fare at Alkove Bistro
On Saturday night: Steer clear of the bustle of the city and seek out a casual dining spot closer to the heartlands with Chef Haikal Johari’s Alkove Bistro. Nestled away in a neighbourhood in Kovan, the restaurant serves up delightful French-inspired spreads—starting with a plateful of crunchy Oyster Mushroom Chips or Smoked Jambon Croquettes, crispy on the outside with a creamy filling that soothes the soul. As for the mains, opt for a hearty bowl of Seafood Bouillabaisse, teamed with cheesy garlic bread that is served piping hot. Alternatively, try the Chicken Vin Blanc, boasting vibrant flavours and a delectable melt-in-mouth experience. To round things off, head straight for the Bread Butter Pudding—an indulgent classic guaranteeing a sweet ending to your evening.
Alkove Bistro, 2 Kovan Road, 01-10 Simon Plaza, Singapore 548008
Visit an inclusive social market at the Museum of Ice Cream
On Sunday afternoon: Kick off Pride month at Pasar Pink, a social market that embraces inclusivity and welcomes all. Held in collaboration with Sunday Social Market, the yearly affair is part of Pink Fest, an annual festival that celebrates Pride month in Singapore. For the first time, the event will be held at the Museum of Ice Cream, bringing together over 40 independent brands within the installation’s whimsical walls. Groove to live DJ sets, pick up a snack or two at the food trucks, and soak in the merry atmosphere.
Pasar Pink runs from 11am to 6pm on 4 June 2023.
Explore a travel-themed exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore
On Sunday night: Step into the National Museum of Singapore, and you’ll be greeted by the familiar sight of the iconic Changi Airport flight information analogue flip board—a hint of what is to come in Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel. Through a fascinating curation of artefacts that bring forth memories of travel to and from Singapore, the exhibition uncovers the evolution of Singapore’s identity as a travel destination over the years. From a display of the first-generation prestigious Suites Cabin seats in Singapore Airlines’s A380 aircraft to a disco-themed room that reflects the country’s most vibrant entertainment attractions, the exhibition invites all to rediscover Singapore and its place in an increasingly globalised world.
Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel runs from 27 May to 19 November 2023.
Tune into Disney+’s American Born Chinese
On Friday night: A modern-day tale underscored by traditional Chinese folklore, Disney+’s American Born Chinese once again brings together the cast of Everything Everywhere All At Once. With the Asian immigrant experience at its centre, the series follows high schooler Jin Wang, who struggles to find a sense of identity and belonging in the United States. As he unwittingly gets caught in the middle of a battle between Chinese mythological gods, the series transforms into a veritable spectacle of gripping action sequences and fantastical costumes. Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Gene Luen Yang, the action-comedy stars Michelle Yeoh as Guanyin, Stephanie Hsu as Shiji Niangniang and Ke Huy Quan as actor Freddy Wong.
Watch American Born Chinese on Disney+ now.
Indulge in a decadent afternoon tea at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
On Saturday afternoon: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore’s new Caviar and Chocolate Weekend Afternoon Tea embraces the finer things in life. Start with the freshly baked scones, served wonderfully warm with clotted cream, lemon curd and strawberry rose preserves on the side. Caviar d’Eden pearls take centre stage, while gourmet Valrhona chocolates come infused in beautifully handcrafted desserts—of which the pistachio financier with white chocolate ganache is a standout. The savouries are also delightful, ranging from a delectable Wagyu Beef Bresaola with Smoked Burrata to a light Cucumber, Heirloom Tomato and Lemon Creme Fraiche Sandwich. And to complete the meal, opt for the bar’s selection of a la carte craft cocktails, created especially for the afternoon tea. The Breakfast Martini 2.0, inspired by the flavours of orange marmalade, balances out the rich flavours of the menu, while the Chocolat Glace—containing bourbon, valrhona chocolate and cream—is perfect for those who can’t get enough of the sweet treat.
The Caviar and Chocolate Weekend Afternoon Tea is available on weekends until 18 November 2023.
Treat yourself to Wakuda’s indulgent new omakase experience
On Saturday night: Helmed by head sushi chef Daniel Tan, Wakuda’s latest omakase offering is presented in a private room within the restaurant—endowed with distinctive touches of Japanese architecture and set against an open window backdrop that allows soft, natural light to filter through. Although the menu consists of 18 courses, the full spread boasts expert portioning and stellar pacing—two elements integral to the omakase experience.
Start with the high-temperature dashi broth and Mushi Awabi, a slow-cooked Tasmanian abalone spliced with wasabi for a hit of spice. The restaurant’s emphasis on the freshness and quality of its produce is demonstrated through a Deep Fried Takenoko, a flavourful expression of bamboo shoots flown in from Kagoshima, Japan. With that said, the main focus of an evening here is undeniably Wakuda’s multitude of sushi dishes. From a firm Hirame to the fatty Otoro and the Sendai Wagyu, each one offers an exquisite melt-in-mouth moment, paired with beds of rice heated to the perfect temperature. The dessert course is also sure to send you home feeling content—with a delicious Green Tea & Azuki Bean Terrine that would delight any matcha lover.
Wakuda Restaurant & Bar, Lobby, Hotel, Bayfront Ave, Tower 2, 018972
Make a reservation here.
Explore the works of designer Andrew Gn at the Asian Civilisations Museum
On Sunday afternoon: As one of Singapore’s most prominent fashion designers, Andrew Gn’s works capture a diverse spectrum of cultural and historical inspiration, interpreted through the most luxurious materials. A celebration of his journey in fashion over the years, Andrew Gn: Fashioning Singapore and the World is a magnificent look at the global impact of Gn’s distinctive craft. With over 100 works on display, the exhibition reveals the minute details and expert craftsmanship that goes into his designs, and examines how cross-cultural expressions of Asian and Western art and history has influenced his pieces.
Andrew Gn: Fashioning Singapore and the World runs from 27 May to 17 September 2023.
Learn about the connection between language and power in South Korean society
On Sunday night: The starting point for Lolling & Rolling is the phenomenon of South Korean people getting tongue-tie surgery in an effort to better pronounce the English language—in particular, to alter their enunciation of the letter “r”. Presented as part of this year’s Singapore International Festival of Arts, the play weaves performance with multimedia elements to uncover the history of linguistic imperialism within Korean society. A compelling one-man show that explores how closely the English language is tied to political power, Lolling & Rolling demonstrates how language can be used as a tool to draw the line between the privileged and the oppressed.
Lolling & Rolling runs from 27 to 28 May 2023.
Book a ticket here.
Add (G)I-dle’s new album I Feel to your playlist
On Friday night: Returning with their sixth EP, (G)I-dle reaffirms their position as one of the most prominent girl groups in K-pop today. As with previous records, all six tracks on this album come co-written and co-composed by the members themselves. Following the music video of B-side track Allergy—in which leader Soyeon contemplates getting plastic surgery—title track Queencard continues the storyline in a decisive show of self-love and confidence. As Soyeon ultimately rejects the idea of altering her features, Queencard is a bold and poppy reminder to embrace yourself no matter your appearance.
Listen to I Feel here.
Embark on an exciting culinary journey at the newly-rebranded Rumours Beach Club
On Saturday afternoon: With refreshed interiors and a brand new slate of activities on offer, the recently rebranded Rumours Beach Club is now open with a reimagined menu, holistic wellness programmes and regular beach parties to look forward to. Workshops and cultural events surrounding fashion, music and art transform the space into a buzzing hub for the community to gather, while exciting culinary collaborations continually bring something new to the table. Kicking off the beach club’s innovative gastronomic programme is Rumours Has It, a one-day-only menu curated by executive chef Natasya Soetantyo—offering a taste of what is to come for the lifestyle destination.
Visit Rumours Has It: Culinary Journey Featuring Executive Chef Natasya Soetantyo on 20 May 2023.
Rumours Beach Club, 40 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, 098996
Visit a trio of diverse art exhibitions at the Singapore Art Museum
On Saturday night: For the first time, the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is launching three exhibitions at once—and they’re a versatile exploration of a myriad of societal issues. Factory of the Sun by internationally renowned German filmmaker Hito Steyerl was first shown in 2015, yet the commentary and predictions Steyerl makes remain ever-relevant today. Watching the assemblage of news footage, dance clips, and gameplay content from a comfortable beach chair is an experience not unlike the flurry of TikTok dance trends, reports of global unrest and general chaos we witness online every day. Jane Lee’s Lila: Unending Play will have viewers considering how we define a ‘painting’. By deconstructing the basic materials every artist employs, Lee turns the room itself into a canvas. Finally, SAM invites local artists to take a long, hard look at our past, present and future. Expect to learn something new about Singapore’s history from works by Anthony Chin, Khairulddin Wahab and more, in SAM Contemporaries: Residues & Remixes.
Singapore Art Museum, 39 Keppel Rd, #01-02 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
Tuck into PS.Cafe Katong’s new weekend brunch menu
On Sunday afternoon: If a hearty brunch sounds like your ideal way to start a weekend morning, head down to PS.Cafe Katong. The cafe’s new brunch offerings span both typical brunch fare and elevated local favourites—from a delectable Avocado Mushroom Bruschetta to a bold Crab and Prawn Laksa, To start, we recommend the Prosciutto Eggs Benedict, which gives the traditional brunch dish a unique spin with parma ham. Avocado salsa completes the dish, providing a refreshing hint of zestiness. Also consider the PS. Prawn Noodle Soup, which delivers rich seafood flavours with a tinge of spice. As the cafe’s take on a familiar Singaporean dish, it features king prawns and vermicelli in a traditional brew, topped with shallot pork crumbs for a satisfying bite.
PS.Cafe Katong, i12 Katong, 112 East Coast Rd, #01-01/02/03, Singapore 428802
Catch Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman at The Projector
On Sunday night: Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s distinct brand of magical realism is translated onto the screen in Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. Effectively capturing the weird and wondrous heart of Murakami’s works through whimsical animation and enigmatic writing, the film takes six short stories—not just out of the titular collection, but also from After the Quake and The Elephant Vanishes—and weaves them into a single narrative about three people confronting the trauma of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Sunday evening’s screening concludes with a post-show chat featuring local book industry veteran Kenny Chan and writer Daryl Qilin Yam. As fans of Murakami’s fantastical works, the duo will share their thoughts on Murakami’s screen adaptations and the author’s lasting appeal.
Book a ticket here.
Tuck into sourdough pizzas and natural wines at the newly-rebranded Common Man Night Shift
On Friday night: If a slice of pizza paired with a glass of wine sounds like an ideal Friday night, head down to Common Man Night Shift. Previously known as Drunken Farmer, the newly-rebranded after-dark extension of Common Man Coffee Roasters offers over 80 labels of artisanal natural wines—all ethically sourced from small-batch producers around the world. To accompany the wines, a refreshed menu offers a delightful medley of flavours that take inspiration from cuisines across the globe.
To start, we recommend the Green Hummus. Served with freshly baked oregano flatbread, the Middle Eastern dish is given a unique local twist with laksa leaves that prove to be a wonderfully aromatic addition. The unassuming Grilled Vegetable Salad is another highlight—flash grilled and drizzled with orange miso and anchovy cream dressing. Of course, a visit to Common Man Night Shift isn’t complete without the restaurant’s signature sourdough pizzas, of which we recommend the Umami Magic and the Sweet Dreams of Stracciatella. The former is a burst of rich flavours with oyster and shimeji mushrooms, topped with a poached egg and mala chilli crisps. Meanwhile, the latter offers a sweeter bite, combining the savoury flavours of mortadella and mozzarella with honey and creamy pistachio paste—an unexpected combination that comes together perfectly.
Common Man Night Shift, 11–12 Stanley Street, Singapore 068730
Add Aespa’s new album to your playlist
On Saturday afternoon: Aespa’s new EP is a testament to the group’s knack for acing a diverse range of music styles. Titled My World, the quartet’s third mini-album is led by title track Spicy, which moves away from the group’s usual EDM roots to take on a pop lean. Furthering Aespa’s unique sci-fi narrative, the six-track record ditches previous futuristic concepts for a more urban look that grounds the group in reality—signifying a shift from their previously established fictional dimension of Kwangya to the real world.
Listen to My World here.
Embark on a mysterious bus ride at the Singapore HeritageFest 2023
On Saturday night: Adventure awaits at Undisclosed. For those who dare to take it on, the mystery tour brings its passengers on an evening bus ride through dense vegetation and remote paths—leading to an unrevealed destination with plenty to explore. Presented as part of Singapore HeritageFest 2023, the programme reveals our city’s unique public transportation history and highlights the way it has evolved over the years.
Book a ticket here.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with an afternoon tea at The Westin Singapore
On Sunday afternoon: For a truly indulgent Mother’s Day treat, The Westin Singapore’s seafood-centric afternoon tea offers a lavish spread of sweets and savouries with a focus on nourishing superfood ingredients. Presented in collaboration with local vegan skincare brand Sigi Skin, the menu includes highlights such as Salmon with Ikura and Fine Herbs on Pumpernickel, Chia Seed Pudding with Acacia Honey and Avocado Mousse and the signature Lobster Thermidor. The first 15 bookings will take home a complimentary set of skincare essentials from Sigi Skin, while the first 100 bookings will receive a self-care kit—so be sure to make a reservation before heading down.
Make a reservation here.
Catch a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Fort Canning Park
On Sunday night: For almost 25 years now, Singapore Repertory Theatre has brought Shakespeare’s iconic works to life amidst the verdant landscape of Fort Canning Park. Audiences are welcome to lay out their picnic mats, bring their favourite food and drinks along and enjoy the show under the open night sky. After a five-year break, the annual production returns with the bard’s most popular comedy. As four young lovers, a group of amateur actors, and the Fairy King and Queen fall victim to the pranks of mischief-maker Puck on Midsummer Night, they will find themselves intertwined in a hilarious predicament that grows increasingly difficult to escape.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs from 3 to 28 May 2023.
Catch an electrifying dance production
On Friday night: Forget what you think you know about ballet, because Ballet Revolución showcases the dance form in a completely new light. With a distinctive Cuban flair, the global dance sensation blends the classical form with contemporary dance and hip-hop to create electrifying numbers set to top hits from pop’s biggest names. In celebration of the show’s 10th anniversary, an explosive new production arrives in Singapore—full of boundless passion, exuberant energy and extraordinary athleticism.
Ballet Revolución runs from 5 to 6 May 2023.
Indulge in a two-Michelin-starred omakase experience at Shoukouwa
On Saturday afternoon: Step into Shoukouwa’s newly-revamped space and you’ll be greeted by striking red Japanese stucco walls and a water feature reminiscent of the fountains in Shinto shrines. Every facet of the restaurant’s new interiors, from the ceiling’s wooden beams to the bonsai plant set against the backdrop of a wave pattern wall, has been carefully selected to pay homage to Japan’s cultural traditions and natural beauty. A pebbled walkway takes diners to an intimate sushi counter, where a remarkable omakase experience begins.
Using impeccably fresh ingredients flown in four times a week from Japan’s famed Toyosu Market, head chef Nishida Kazumine crafts exquisite pieces of Edomae sushi. Finely diced ika (squid) is lightly seasoned with salt and sudachi lime before being sculpted into nigiri and placed directly into the diner’s hands, while otoro (fatty tuna) is seared at the table to bring out a light smokiness. Chef Kazumine’s signature cooked dishes also deserve special mention, from the refreshing Mozuku (rock seaweed and sea urchin with kuruma ebi in cold vinegar) to the umami-rich Kegani (Hokkaido hairy crab with crab roe sauce and N25 Kaluga caviar). For an especially indulgent meal, opt for the restaurant’s new wine and sake pairings—curated by Singaporean Master of Wine Tan Ying Hsien. Thoughtfully considered wines and sake from top wineries and breweries accompany each course, further accentuating the rich flavours of Shoukouwa’s omakase offerings.
Shoukouwa, 1 Fullerton Road, #02-02A One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
Sample tipples crafted by world-famous mixologists at the Singapore Cocktail Festival
On Saturday night: The ninth edition of the Singapore Cocktail Festival kicks off with the event’s largest festival village yet. Sip on libations created by renowned mixologists from Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, India and Australia—all of whom will come together to present delicious creations exploring the future of cocktails. An artisanal spirits showcase spotlights drinks from all corners of the world, while the food street serves up decadent bar bites to accompany your tipples. With live music adding to the buzzy atmosphere, the event is a celebration of the cocktail community and craft—and makes for the perfect place to unwind after the work week.
Singapore Cocktail Festival’s Festival Village runs from 5 to 7 May 2023.
Purchase a festival pass here.
Celebrate Willow’s first-year anniversary with a brand-new spring menu
On Sunday afternoon: Asian and Asian-fusion fine-dining restaurants in Singapore have of late served as an inspiration to others—with familiar, yet refined flavours, they have certainly made an impact on the food scene here. Willow, Nicolas Tam’s year-old restaurant on Hongkong Street, reveals a stunning new spring menu worth booking in for. His delicate firefly squid, lightly grilled over the binchotan and served with a homemade onion chilli jam, is delightfully bold in taste and reminiscent of sambal sotong. Willow’s steamed Sakuradai, a cherry bream that ushers in the spring season, is also a must-try. Accompanied with salt-preserved Sakura flower sauce made with clam and dashi, each mouthful is fresh, light and exquisite. Tam’s perfectly-cooked Kinmedai with koshihikari rice and fish bone broth rounds out the meal—you’ll be asking for seconds, for this final savoury dish will send you into a particular state of bliss.
Willow, 39 Hongkong Street, Singapore 059678
Dive into a local zine reimagining a sustainable future for fashion
On Sunday night: This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory building collapse in Bangladesh, which led to 1,100 deaths and 2,500 injuries—making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. This entirely preventable tragedy was the trigger for the formation of global advocacy movement Fashion Revolution, which campaigns for a clean, fair and accountable fashion industry through research, education and pushing for policy change. This year, Fashion Revolution’s Singaporean chapter has released an original zine entitled Manifesto, available online and free of charge. With 10 entries from regional organisers, writers and creatives spanning essays, crochet poems and outfit journals, the project covers a wide range of topics in and around the world of sustainable fashion, ultimately weaving together a love letter to a reimagined fashion future—one that measures success by more than profit, and more importantly, celebrates life.
Read Manifesto here.
Explore an exhibition inspired by Around the World in Eighty Days
On Friday night: Written over 150 years ago, Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days was born from a fascination with the technological advancements of the 19th century that made rapid circumnavigation possible. Today, the timeless classic remains remarkably modern. Taking inspiration from the novel, Move! Around the World spotlights the groundbreaking French innovations that have redefined the way we travel on land, by sea and in the air. Featuring rare collectible items and travel memorabilia, the interactive exhibition invites visitors to embark on a journey to discover the evolution of transportation through the ages.
Move! Around the World runs from 27 April to 15 July 2023.
Sip on refreshing cocktails at the Hendrick’s Wildflower Garden pop-up
On Saturday afternoon: The latest limited release from Hendrick’s Gin greets diners with the alluring aroma of fresh blossoms. As part of the brand’s revered Cabinet of Curiosities series, the Hendrick’s Flora Adora adds a floral dimension to the distillery’s signature house style with lush and sweet botanicals. In line with the new release, a pop-up at Caffe Fernet invites all to discover the enticing spirit with a selection of Hendrick’s Flora Adora cocktails and pairing dishes.
The aperitivo-inspired Hummingbird is bittersweet and refreshing, while the Butterflies & Bees puts a fruity spin on the classic Gin Sour. Meanwhile, the delightfully sweet Blossom is infused with sakura tea, peach and sparkling strawberry wine. For a winning meal, pair your libation of choice with a delectable spread of dishes from Caffe Fernet’s new menu refresh. The Burrata is a highlight, served with macerated strawberries and cherry tomatoes, a drizzle of citrus-balsamic sauce and topped with pine nut granola for a delicious crunch. Also try the Golden Pomfret, pan-seared to crisp perfection and finished with a Calabrian pepper spread and Kalamata olive crumble—the rich and savoury flavours contrasting the refreshing tipples wonderfully.
The Hendrick’s Wildflower Garden pop-up runs from 25 April to 25 June 2023.
Caffe Fernet, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-05 Customs House, Singapore 049323
Indulge in a dessert-led evening at Le Matin Patisserie
On Saturday night: For anyone with a sweet tooth, Le Matin Patisserie’s latest delight will prove to be the ultimate indulgence—the Croissant Amazake Soft Serve. Made with sustainability in mind, the soft serve is whipped up using the fermentation process used to make Japanese amazake, where the natural sweetness of glucose—in this case, croissant and pastry trimmings—is extracted for concoction. The dessert patisserie offers four different ways to enjoy the soft serve, from a punchy pairing with affogato or in the flaky-soft package of a croissant cone. But the star of the evening might be the Croissant Amazake With Brown Butter Waffles. A true melt-in-your-mouth experience, the swirling soft serve forms a wonderful combination with the buttery crunch of the golden brown waffles, served hot.
Le Matin Patisserie, ION Orchard #B2-49, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Browse indie art, design and fashion brands from around Asia at Public Garden
On Sunday afternoon: Public Garden is one of the best places to uncover surprising finds from independent brands all across Asia. With no restrictions on industry or sector, the event welcomes any business with an outstanding concept and products. As a result, you’ll find everything from handmade ceramics and beautiful art prints to unique fashion and handcrafted jewellery. Regional brands are specially invited, forming a diverse tapestry of participating businesses—full of unexpected treasures to be discovered.
Public Garden runs from 29 to 30 April 2023.
Pick up a copy of Jolene Tan’s After the Inquiry
On Sunday night: A political mystery novel steeped in secrecy and intrigue, After the Inquiry begins with police sergeant Hafiz in a coma after a gunshot to the head. The investigation determines it to be a game of Russian roulette gone wrong, and the case is closed—but when concerns rise in the Ministry, civil servant Boon Teck and his young colleague Nithya are sent to take a second look. Re-released with a new cover after its first print run sold out, the novel navigates the maze of Singapore’s ironclad bureaucracy—where polished surfaces conceal terrible secrets, and those who seek the truth risk getting lost.
Order a copy here.
Add Suga’s new album to your playlist
On Friday night: Titled D-Day, BTS’s Suga’s new album marks the final instalment in a trio of works under his alter ego, Agust D. While the ten-track album might possibly be the rapper’s final record before his enlistment into South Korea’s mandatory military service, it also signals the start to a series of promotional activities that fans can look forward to in the weeks to come. A documentary titled Suga: Road to D-Day is slated for release on the day of the album drop, and a world tour with a three-day stop in Singapore kicks off at the end of the month.
Listen to D-Day here.
Check into Oasia Hotel Downtown for a wellness-oriented getaway
On Saturday afternoon: Wellness permeates every aspect of a stay at Oasia Hotel Downtown. From its lush green spaces—designed so guests can enjoy the open air without being at the whims of the weather—to its roster of yoga and aqua spin classes, each facet of the hotel’s experience is crafted to help guests take a step away from the bustle of city life. For a weekend retreat that will leave both your mind and body feeling refreshed, consider the hotel’s newly launched Revitalising Escapade staycation package.
Begin your getaway with an afternoon tea at The Marmalade Pantry, where the lavender-hued spread of delightful sweets and savouries make for a grand welcoming treat, before heading up to the Club Lounge. Here, an infinity pool overlooks the cityscape. It’s the perfect place to unwind, and when evening hits, it offers a beautiful view of the setting sun. Enjoy cocktails and canapes by the poolside, and indulge in a neck and shoulder massage that will melt away the knots in your body. To complete your stay, the hotel offers a series of programmes catered to different wellness goals. Choose from either the Historical Cycling Tour or the Mental Wellness Workshop—but rest assured that both choices will have you recharged and ready for a new week ahead.
Book a stay here.
Indulge in Michelin-starred Marguerite’s new winter menu
On Saturday night: Within a year of opening its doors in Gardens by the Bay, contemporary fine-dining restaurant Marguerite has already earned its first Michelin star. This season, chef-patron Michael Wilson is introducing a refreshed menu inspired by a European winter. Featuring seven courses, expect an exquisite culinary journey bursting with impressive flavour. In this new iteration of Marguerite’s offerings, the element that shines through the strongest is Wilson’s mastery of texture.
To start, one particularly memorable canape showcases the different parts of Mallard duck. Named Duck, Duck, Duck, Cherry, it sees a duck fat financier layered with duck liver parfait, cherry fruit gel and a sliver of cured and dry-aged duck breast—then topped with a stretchy and chewy sour cherry veil for a dose of whimsy. Meanwhile, a silky Roscoff Onion Custard envelopes wood-grilled Scottish diver scallops. The stunning main course arrives in the form of dry aged St Peter’s Fish, plated alongside a side of heart of palm. For dessert, Wilson presents a truly picturesque plate modelled after a wild forest floor. A creamy and savoury Jerusalem Artichoke gelato sits on a bed of cocoa and coffee soil. To finish his masterpiece, Wilson adds chocolate twigs, a drizzle of 20-year aged balsamic vinegar, coffee oil and—for a final flourish—a crown of pumpkin maple leaf crisps.
Marguerite, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, #01-09 Flower Dome, Singapore 018953
Explore an exhibition by acclaimed artist Rirkrit Tiravanija
On Sunday afternoon: The starting point for We Don’t Recognise What We Don’t See was Charles Darwin’s tree of life. A model to explore the evolution of life and map out the relationships between species both living and extinct, it formed the basis Rirkrit Tiravanija’s latest exhibition, where the artist explores humankind’s destruction of the natural world and our imminent extinction as a civilisation. Designed to provoke a visceral response by engaging the mind and senses with a series of 40 artworks, the exhibition speculates on a reality where extinction looms over the lives of the multispecies world we live in.
We Don’t Recognise What We Don’t See runs from 8 April to 4 June 2023.
Discover artisanal brands at the Brewing Good Times pop-up market
On Sunday night: Wind down for the weekend at the Brewing Good Times pop-up market, where you’ll find a curated showcase of local and regional artisanal brands. From sustainable beauty products and stylish homeware to upcycled accessories and local literature, there’s something for everyone. Spend the evening browsing through the offerings or participating in engaging workshops—and if you’re feeling peckish, pop by Madu The Bakery for a delectable pastry or two.
The Brewing Good Times pop-up market runs from 21 to 23 April and 28 to 30 April 2023.
Millenia Walk, L1 Atrium (The Great Hall), 9 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039596
Tuck into modern Japanese-Korean cuisine at Akira Back
On Friday night: Reinvention and play have always been key markers of a good time at Akira Back, the namesake restaurant of celebrity chef Akira Back. Combining heritage with experimental cooking, Akira Back’s modern take on Japanese cuisine is boldly inflected with distinct Korean influences—most notably seen in a refreshed menu presented by head chef Chanik Chang. For starters, keep it light and dig into a sharing plate of the tantalising AB Tuna Pizza doused with umami aioli and truffle oil. For a hit of sour and spice, try the Salmon Tataki that is brightened by a karashi mustard and miso dressing. Meat lovers will take to the Pork Belly (Bossam)—that borrows from the Korean tradition of wrapping meat in fresh lettuce—or the scrumptious AB Wagyu Tacos. Be sure to leave space for dessert as the AB Cigar is not one to be missed. Combining a decadent coffee mousse with macadamia praline and almond dacquoise, this rich, smoky finale will only leave more to be desired.
Akira Back, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, Level B1M, 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763
Pick up a new read at The Singapore Art Book Fair
On Saturday afternoon: A celebration of contemporary art books and zines, The Singapore Art Book Fair brings together artists, designers, distributors, galleries and small presses to deepen the appreciation of art books in Singapore. Having established itself as one of the leading art book fairs in Asia, this year’s event is set to be the largest edition yet, with over a hundred exhibitors taking part. Look forward to an array of gorgeous art books from all over the world—along with book launches, discussions and artist talks to encourage the exploration of this diverse medium as an essential aspect of art practices.
The Singapore Art Book Fair runs from 14 to 16 April 2023.
Book a ticket here.
Enjoy happy hour at modern seafood restaurant Humpback
On Saturday night: Set in a 1930s conservation shophouse in Bukit Pasoh, seafood restaurant and wine bar Humpback has undergone a revamp eight years after its initial launch. Once a raucous hangout lined with bar seats, the new face of the restaurant is elegant and minimalistic, with soft pendant lights hanging low over marble tabletops, paired with calming sage green upholstery. The food has been elevated accordingly—expect a menu focused on clean flavours and fresh ingredients, anchored by confident European culinary technique and lifted by Japanese influence.
Start your meal with the restaurant’s signature oysters. Shucked minutes before they reach your table, these oysters are seasonal and hand-picked from a farm in Washington. Our current favourite on the menu is Hama Hama, a plump, impossibly clean-tasting oyster with a juicy bite. Amidst the small plates, a sweet red prawn tartare stands out, enlivened by a light tosazu jelly and pomelo for texture. Elsewhere, savoury purple clams are dressed in a funky toasted koji (rice yeast) sauce—moreish and comforting. If you like the intense savouriness of swordfish, the Ricotta Cavatelli with Swordfish Bacon and Chitose Corn might be one of the best seafood pasta dishes in town. Sinfully creamy and full of umami flavour, it’ll go down easy with our favourite bottle of wine from the carefully curated list at Humpback: the Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Chardonnay 2020—delicate, acidic and infused with a hint of lemon for perfect pairing with seafood.
Humpback, 18-20 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089834
Immerse yourself in a feminist art workshop at PerForm Open Academy
On Sunday afternoon: An art event of epic proportions is in town this weekend. Singapore-based independent art company T:>Works is hosting an inaugural live event for its international fellowship programme PerForm, bringing together 14 fellows from the Global South—Africa, Arab world, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, South America—and its diaspora. As these intersectional practitioners operate across diverse disciplines of curation, research, education, visual culture and performance, expect everything from workshops on tarot card reading as a tool for understanding art history, to an intimate keynote by Vietnamese art collective Art Labor, where attendees are welcome to nestle into hammocks for an evening of storytelling, food and warm conversation.
Catch The Projector’s Polish Film Showcase
On Sunday night: The Projector’s Polish Film Showcase is an invitation to discover stories and traditions from Poland that we otherwise might not get a chance to experience. The films, purposefully selected, reflect a slice of Polish culture. Our pick from the line-up is Sonata. Taking home Best Film and Best Debut Actor at the Polish Film Festival, the film is based on the deeply moving story of musician Grzegorz Płonka. Misdiagnosed with autism as a child which led to his hearing impairment going undetected for years, Płonka only discovers sound as a teenager. As his love for music grows, he desires to become a pianist and perform at a great philharmonic concert hall—even if the odds are stacked against him.
The Projector’s Polish Film Showcase runs from 14 to 23 April 2023.
Catch the premiere of Riceboy Sleeps
On Friday night: A tender exploration of Asian parenthood and the immigrant experience, Riceboy Sleeps follows a Korean mother and her son as they relocate to Canada in the 1990s. As she fights to provide a better life for her child, the film offers a glimpse into the emotional weight of coping with life in a foreign country and bringing up a strong-willed child alone. Having earned 21 awards across various film festivals—including Best Motion Picture at the Toronto International Film Festival and Audience Award at the Busan International Film Festival—Riceboy Sleeps premieres in Singapore with a post-show talkback session with director Anthony Shim.
Book a ticket here.
Visit a kebaya exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore
On Saturday afternoon: The beautiful kebaya goes beyond just being a piece of clothing. Traditionally worn by women in Southeast Asia, it is a representation of our region’s shared heritage and identity. At the same time, it reflects the diverse cultures present in Southeast Asia as its style evolves across different communities to adapt to each group’s customs. Launching at the National Museum of Singapore before travelling to various locations around the country, Love, Kebaya invites all to discover the significance of this iconic garment—documenting the kebaya worn by various communities in Singapore across different time periods and occasions.
Love, Kebaya runs from 4 to 23 April 2023.
Try a refreshed omakase experience at Fat Cow
On Saturday night: Loyal fans of Fat Cow would know the restaurant takes its beef offerings very seriously—their decadent wagyu donburi and wagyu sandwiches are winners across our island. Their Chef’s Table omakase programme, on the other hand, is their best-kept secret, and Chef Shingo Iijima has revamped it to focus on seasonality and kaiseki elements. Wagyu is the core ingredient in a stellar line-up of dishes, as is balance, which Iijima achieves through a variance of ‘light-heavy-light-heavy’ dishes as he moves into stronger flavours with each cycle.
The Wagyu Yuba To Kakabu No Taitan, a simmered turnip and Miyazaki A4 wagyu concoction, is light on the palate as the meat melts in your mouth, while the Kaga Renkon Mochi Ikomi Wagyu—a lotus root glutinous cake with wagyu beef filling—is crisp, chewy and deep-fried to perfection. The sushi course is wonderfully fresh, served at exact temperatures. Don’t leave without trying Iijima’s dessert course, a baked Japanese sweet potato, which is steamed, passed through a sieve and mixed with butter, cream and wasanbon, before it is shaped and baked. The result is sweet, homely flavours, served with vanilla ice cream and gloriously fresh strawberries, that will transport you to an idyllic Japanese countryside.
Fat Cow, Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard, #01-01/02, Singapore 248649
Celebrate Easter with a brunch feast at Tanglin Gin Jungle
On Sunday afternoon: Joining hands with Chef Son Pham of Sonny’s Pizza and brand ambassador David Yeung of Campari Group, Tanglin Gin presents a celebratory brunch feast in the spirit of Easter. Wind down amidst lush greenery at the distillery’s rustic cosy enclave, where Chef Son Pham will serve up unlimited helpings of unique Vietnamese-inspired dishes. Look forward to fresh variations of familiar brunch favourites, and pair them with refreshing Aperol and Campari tipples for a winning meal. If you’re feeling indulgent, opt for a bottomless selection of cocktails to accompany your lunch, or explore a gin flight that includes the returning Cacao Gin as well as the new Triple Tangerine Mandarin Orange Liqueur.
Tanglin Gin’s four-hands Easter brunch runs from 12pm to 6pm on 9 April 2023.
Tanglin Gin Jungle, 26B Dempsey Rd, Singapore 247693
Pick up exclusive creations at the Bea Bongiasca Jewellery trunk show
On Sunday night: As one of the most distinctive fine jewellery designers of today, Bea Bongiasca’s colourful candy-like enamel creations have been worn by the likes of Dua Lipa, Doja Cat and Blackpink’s Lisa and Jennie. Putting the Italian designer’s beautiful creations on display, the Bea Bongiasca Jewellery trunk show will be held at Dover Street Market Singapore with a vibrant installation that echoes the playful spirit of the brand’s pieces. Alongside the showing, a special collection that includes DSM exclusives will be available for purchase in-store for a limited period of time.
The Bea Bongiasca Jewellery Trunkshow runs until 10 April 2023.
Dover Street Market Singapore, Block 18 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249677
Add Jisoo’s new album to your playlist
On Friday night: The excitement and anticipation surrounding Jisoo’s first album is soaring. As the fourth and final member of K-pop girl group Blackpink to make her solo debut, her album—set to be released on 31 March—comes long-awaited. Titled Me, the record will be led by the single ‘Flower’, and will also feature the track ‘All Eyes On Me’. With gorgeous posters and an intriguing teaser being released in the lead-up to the drop, the album promises to deliver a new side to the singer that fans will be eager to discover.
Listen to Me here.
Pick up a copy of Sean Buranahiran’s Weapons of the Wise
On Saturday afternoon: An author, philosopher and one of Thailand’s top influencers, Sean Buranahiran is driven by his determination to make a positive change in the world. With the hope of spreading positivity and wisdom, he shares stories of philosophy, self-development and spirituality both through his videos and in his writing. In Weapons of the Wise, he crafts an empowering read that delves into the five Sigmas of life. Sectioned into Self Mastery, Social Mastery, Success Mastery, Spiritual Mastery and Suffering Mastery, it combines practical how-tos with philosophical concepts and personal stories to form an inspiring guidebook on navigating through life.
Order a copy here.
Indulge in a whisky pairing menu at table65
On Saturday night: Exquisite modern European cuisine meets smooth, rich spirits at table65, where a collaboration with La Maison du Whisky Singapore sees a limited-time six-course dinner menu expertly paired with a selection of Nikka whiskies. Seated at a communal chef’s table with an unobstructed view of the open kitchen, the meal starts with a delectable trio of Canapes that each deliver distinct and complex bursts of flavour, followed by the rich and buttery table65 Signature Caviar Dish. Seafood is given an inventive spin, as brown crab is topped with a dollop of cauliflower foam and accompanied by a sauce with a comforting hint of vanilla. Meanwhile, Japanese influences come through in the katsuobushi and dashi albufeira served with the langoustine.
Each course is served with a different Nikka whisky carefully selected to enhance the flavours of the dish. The Nikka Miyakikyo complements the Fluffy Egg Souffle with Vin Jaune, Bacon and Truffle perfectly, while the iconic Nikka Tailored further brings out the rich, savoury flavours of the Venison with Olive and Pumpkin. Closing the meal is a dish that appears, at first glance, to be a golden leaf. Dig in, however, and you’ll find rich dominican chocolate with sea buckthorn and marigold—a delightful way to bring a stellar dinner to an end.
The table65 x Nikka Whisky Pairing Menu is available until 30 April 2023.
table65, 8 Sentosa Gateway, #01-104 & 105 Hotel Michael, 098269
Make Nobu’s new weekend brunch a staple on your days off
On Sunday afternoon: Nobu, famed for their Yellowtail Jalapeño and Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, alongside its stunning locales worldwide, has inaugurated a brunch that will offer guests a host of Nobu staples and a vibrant Japanese-Peruvian dining experience. The delightful line-up includes its prized signatures, a counter selection of Nobu sushi rolls, sashimi, cold dishes and salad, and cooked-to-order hot dishes such as its Black Cod Miso, Rock Shrimp Tempura and F1 Japanese Beef Toban-Yaki. Its brunch offering is distinctly Nobu, ideal for anyone who relishes eating all its star dishes in one sitting, without the guilt of excessive ordering. The bottomless alcohol packages and dessert room are not to be missed out on, either. Pile your plate with the Nobu-style cheesecake and Yuzu Meringue Tarts as you sip on your flute of Taittinger champagne—it is undoubtedly a brunch worth waking up for.
Nobu, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore 190 Orchard Blvd, Level 3
Register for design showcase City Utopia
On Sunday night: As we rapidly move towards a future that demands a more cohesive and sustainable way of living, it’s expected that we’ll see our cities change significantly. Bringing together top design and sustainability innovators to unpack the future of urban design and the ways in which it can better serve its citizens and environment, acclaimed design festival Semi Permanent introduces City Utopia, a capsule edition of its usual event. Look forward to presentations by designer and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Liam Young, who will be introducing Planet City, a speculative city for the Earth’s growing future population created as a collaborative response to climate change.
City Utopia runs from 4 to 6 April 2023.
Indulge in modern Indonesian fare at the newly opened Salt & Palm
On Friday night: Filled with rattan and indoor greenery, entering Salt & Palm instantly makes one feel at ease. WIth a successful first branch already launched in Sydney, the restaurant’s second outlet opens its doors in the bustling streets of Joo Chiat. To start, try the Coconut Mojito. A unique spin on the classic cocktail served in a fresh young coconut, it is a fine introduction to the restaurant’s innovative take on Indonesian cuisine—accomplished by combining contemporary cooking methods with traditional ingredients and spices to create complex flavours.
The Hokkaido Scallops come lightly torched and elevated by a chilli peanut lime dressing reminiscent of satay sauce, while Balinese-style Fish Cakes are topped with crisp chicken skin tuille and a savoury chilli lemongrass shallot salsa that offers a satisfyingly spicy kick. A strong highlight is the Porchetta—the restaurant’s iteration of babi guling featuring tender pork belly, crispy crackling and an aromatic sauce made from coconut and Balinese spices. There are also numerous options for vegan diners, from a delightful Mushroom Rendang to Potato Cakes topped with vegan mayo and seaweed caviar. Also part of the vegan selections are two exquisite desserts—a fragrant Pandan Coconut Crème Brûlée, and a refreshing aquafaba Pavlova with mango passionfruit cream.
Salt & Palm, 467 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427678
Discover local literature at Sing Lit Shuttle
On Saturday afternoon: A celebration of all things local, Sing Lit Shuttle presents panel discussions, book signings and poetry readings—alongside more unconventional experiences such as combat demonstrations and gastronomic encounters. From up-and-coming writers like Jonathan Chan and Ng Ziqin to established names like Balli Kaur Jaswal, Rachel Heng and Tse Hao Guang, the event brings together some of Singapore’s brightest writers. Delving into the worlds they create with their words and the way writing relates to the spaces we inhabit, Sing Lit Shuttle explores literature in a new light.
Sing Lit Shuttle runs from 25 to 26 March 2023.
Book a ticket here.
Witness a powerhouse Asian comedy trio at the Queens of Asia show
On Saturday night: Bringing International Women’s Month to a close with a bang, the Queens of Asia show assembles three female comedy powerhouses for a trio of trailblazing stand-up acts. YouTube comedy sensation Yumi Nagashima and Queen of Malaysia comedy Joanne Kam are joined by Aditi Mittal—whose Netflix special Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say is filled with fun and wit. Hosted by Hossan Leong, come prepared for a night of hilarity that will touch on everything from shopping stories and savage truths to the controversial Singapore versus Malaysia debate.
Queens of Asia runs from 24 to 25 March 2023.
Book a ticket here.
Catch Rina Sawayama’s film debut in John Wick 4
On Sunday afternoon: With the stakes raised higher than ever, the fourth instalment of the John Wick franchise sees the legendary hitman take his fight against the High Table global. Before he can earn his freedom, however, he must go against a new enemy with the power to turn old friends into foes. As the price on his head increases, a new ally appears in the form of Akira—played by Vogue Singapore’s November/December cover star Rina Sawayama in her first film role—the daughter of the prestigious Osaka Continental Hotel’s manager.
Book a ticket here.
Celebrate Binary’s first anniversary with a refreshed menu
On Sunday night: Binary’s concept is an interesting one. The restaurant presents each piece of produce in two styles, either Asian or Western, offering the distinct flavours of both culinary practices in one place. To celebrate its first anniversary, a refreshed menu and a new cocktail programme invites guests to discover the ways in which familiar ingredients and flavours can be reinvented. Tiger prawn cooked Asian-style arrives as deep-fried Hong Kong sesame prawn toast with kecap manis, while a Western take on cheese sees fresh burrata with homemade impossible meat sauce and basil.
Amongst the restaurant’s new creations, the juicy Spatchcock Chicken cooked with Mum’s secret recipe is a highlight, as is the oven-baked King Prawn with cajun herb butter. Long-standing signature items brought over from the previous menu are not to be missed either. The pillowy Kubaneh Bread served with compound garlic butter and kombu butter is an easy favourite, and the grilled Octopus tossed in lao gan ma spicy chilli crisps boasts an addictive bite. To end your meal, go for the Valrhona Dark Chocolate Terrine. Rich, smooth and accompanied by vanilla chantilly cream, it’s the perfect way to bring your dinner to a close on a sweet note.
Binary, 01-01A, 390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871
Groove to Harry Styles’s best tunes at his Love on Tour concert
On Friday night: Pop sensation Harry Styles is in town. Following the release of his Grammy-winning album Harry’s House last year, the British singer-songwriter brings his Love on Tour concert to our shores. Taking the stage at the Singapore National Stadium this Friday evening, Styles is expected to perform a line-up of songs from his new record, iconic fan-favourites that have endured the test of time, and even a nostalgic track from his One Direction days.
Book a ticket here.
Browse through local indie brands at Boutique Fairs Singapore
On Saturday afternoon: Twice a year, Boutique Fairs Singapore gathers the best independent designers and brands from the country and region for three days of exclusive shopping, workshops and experiences. From fashion and accessories to homeware, food and lifestyle products, the fair’s Spring Summer 2023 Edition brings together over 250 artisanal brands that will leave you spoilt for choice. Also on the list is a selection of children’s labels that offer everything from handmade dolls and clothes to special needs resources. Soak in the merry atmosphere, and treat yourself to a day of leisurely shopping after a long week.
Boutique Fairs Singapore: Spring Summer 2023 Edition runs from 17 to 19 March 2023.
Book a ticket here.
Let loose with your friends at Yang Club
On Saturday night: Round up your friends for a night of fun at Yang Club—known for its thrilling parties with electrifying sound. Housed within the heritage mansion of The Riverhouse, its unique location gives way to an intriguing contrast of rich cultural legacy and exhilarating party spirit. Saturday nights at the club are reserved for The Takeover, with a setlist that includes a heavy-hitting combination of electro house, future bass, big room and hardstyle. And if you’re looking to let your hair down on a weekday night as well, consider dropping in for Yang Club’s newly-launched The PreShow on Tuesdays or Thursdays—where you can look forward to outstanding live music, bespoke cocktails and delightful Asian tapas.
Yang Club, 3A River Valley Road, #01-02 Clarke Quay, 179020
Visit artist Shavonne Wong’s first solo exhibition The Ties That Bind
On Sunday afternoon: The creative behind Vogue Singapore’s first NFT cover, Shavonne Wong is one of the country’s most prominent digital and NFT artists. Seeking to explore the intricate complexities and ever-evolving nature of the human condition, her first solo exhibition is an invitation to reflect on the universal experiences that tie us all together. Through vivid colours, striking imagery and a broad range of medium and style, the digital works presented offer a unique and thought-provoking take on the connections we share with each other and the world we live in.
The Ties That Bind runs from 18 to 31 March 2023.
Catch the latest instalment of the Scream franchise
On Sunday night: 27 years after the original film rewrote the rules of the horror genre, the Scream series leaves the small town of Woodsboro for the first time and takes its story to a place where everything is bigger and all the stakes are higher: New York City. Four survivors of the previous films hope to start afresh there, only to find a new killer donning the Ghostface mask. With a stellar cast that includes the likes of Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega and Courtney Cox, the satirical slasher continues to shock at every turn.
Scream VI is in cinemas from 9 March 2023.
Add Miley Cyrus’s new album to your playlist
On Friday night: With her lead single Flowers already topping the charts and breaking several records, anticipation is high for Miley Cyrus’s new album. Endless Summer Vacation comes split into two parts: ‘a.m.’, which captures the fresh possibilities of a new day, and ‘p.m.’, which offers both grit and glamour. Alongside the album, the singer is also reviving her Backyard Sessions series with a special on Disney+, where she will perform eight of her new songs and a rendition of the nostalgic tune The Climb.
Listen to Endless Summer Vacation here.
Have a ladies’ brunch with your girls at Neon Pigeon
On Saturday afternoon: Urban izakaya Neon Pigeon’s International Women’s Day celebration brings you back to the glorious days of the 1990s. Against catchy hits from the girl bands that defined the decade, indulge in an afternoon of ’90s cocktail favourites and delectable brunch items. And to mark the occasion, 15 percent of the proceeds will go towards women’s rights and gender equality advocacy group Aware Singapore.
Neon Pigeon, 36 Carpenter St, #01-01, Singapore 059915
Celebrate female filmmakers at The Projector’s Women Make Film festival
On Saturday night: Shining a spotlight on the stories women tell, The Projector’s Women Make Film festival brings together a selection of outstanding films by female directors from the Philippines, Czech Republic, UK, US, Japan and Brazil. From feminist new wave productions to social realism classics, a diverse curation highlights the unique perspectives that women bring to cinema. Our pick is Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. A melancholic meditation on teenage longing and ennui through the story of the suicides of five sisters from Lisbon, the acclaimed director’s mesmerising debut feature has cemented itself as a coming-of-age classic.
Women Make Film runs from 8 March to 2 April 2023.
Commemorate Holi with a festive spread at Tiffin Room
On Sunday afternoon: The Festival of Colours is a messy, joyous affair. Wrap up your celebration with an indulgent meal at the beautifully-restored Tiffin Room, a historic North Indian restaurant in Raffles Hotel Singapore. Presented through a multi-course lunch or dinner experience, the restaurant’s festive menu brings forth both vibrant flavour and colour. Start with Thandai, a refreshing concoction of almond, fennel seed, black peppercorn and rose petal—a beverage popular in India’s hot summers. The dishes that follow are flavoursome and satiating, from Gulabi Macchi Tikka, a silky tandoori black cod, to a rich and creamy chicken Badami Korma. Finish your meal with crispy fried sweet samosas, and a bright yellow Moong Dal Halwa, perfect for Holi.
Tiffin Room, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
Tune into the latest episode of Masaba Gupta’s podcast, featuring Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
On Sunday night: In How I Masaba, designer, actress and creative multi-hyphenate Masaba Gupta sits down with successful and inspirational women to have candid conversations full of insight, epiphanies and hard-learned lessons. In the latest episode, Gupta is joined by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who plays Devi Vishwakumar in Netflix’s Never Have I Ever. Chatting about childhood heroes, her taste in television and the issue of diversity and representation in Hollywood, Ramakrishnan brings the first season of the podcast to a close with humour and grace.
Listen to How I Masaba here.
Tuck into bar snacks and draught cocktails at Underdog Inn
On Friday night: With graffiti-covered walls, plush booths and a convivial atmosphere, Underdog Inn brings the buzzy spirit of New York taverns to our shores. Sourcing whole animals from an Australian meat purveyor, the bar boldly embraces the spontaneity of nose-to-tail gastronomy with a zero-waste dining menu spotlighting different cuts most might not be familiar with. From a rich, buttery Duck Liver Parfait served with crisp witlof leaves to an indulgent Pig Head Scrumpet reminiscent of a croquette, the dishes here make creative use of every part of the animal. At the same time, an extensive specials board changes nightly depending on what is available—ensuring that no two visits to the bar offer the exact same experience. Accompanying the smoky flavours on the food menu are 18 “Tavern Taps”—with 12 draught cocktails and six beers on rotation. At the end of a long work week, this lively venue might just provide the perfect way to let loose.
Underdog Inn, 115 Amoy St, #01-03, Singapore 069935
Sample a variety of craft beers at the Urban Beer Festival
On Saturday afternoon: Bringing together some of the best independent craft beer makers in Singapore, the Urban Beer Festival is a grand two-day celebration of the art of brewing. Variety is key here, with over a hundred types of lagers, pale ales, session IPAs, stouts, sours and more to look forward to. And to accompany the drinks, a selection of beer-friendly bar bites awaits. From Gyu San, Wagatomo and Frenchie come culinary offerings that include katsu sandos, A5 wagyu gyozas, French hotdogs, buttermilk karaage and potato raclettes—the perfect addition to a casual weekend afternoon of indulgence and relaxation.
The Urban Beer Festival runs from 3 to 4 March 2023.
Book a ticket here.
Catch homegrown theatre company Wild Rice’s An Inspector Calls
On Saturday night: An Inspector Calls begins with a middle-class family’s celebratory dinner being cut short by an inspector bringing news of a young woman’s tragic death—but the play goes beyond being a simple whodunnit. Weaving mystery with morality, it calls for its audiences to examine the worrying disparities in the world caused by power and privilege. Written by J. B. Priestley and first performed in 1945, the play has been boldly reimagined by director Glen Goei, providing a timely reminder of how far we still have to go when it comes to equality.
An Inspector Calls runs from 2 to 25 March 2023.
Book a ticket here.
Witness the beauty of traditional dance forms at the Asian Civilisations Museum
On Sunday afternoon: Crossing Cultures: In Motion celebrates the strength and grace of the human body through the beauty of traditional dance and movement forms. From the dynamism of traditional Balinese dance—performed by Singapore’s only Balinese dance group—to the fluidity of belly dance, which originated from the Middle East, each physical discipline comes with its own unique story to tell. Be inspired by a weekend of enchanting performances, and maybe even try your hand at a new dance form or two.
Crossing Cultures: In Motion runs from 3 to 5 March 2023.
Immerse yourself in Van Gogh’s gorgeous works of art
On Sunday night: At Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, the renowned painter’s works are brought to life through a mix of beautiful replicas, impressive digital projections and atmospheric light and sound design. A remarkable blend of art, technology and storytelling comes together to plunge visitors into Van Gogh’s gorgeous works of art, reshaping the traditional idea of fine art only being found in galleries and museums. Debuting in Singapore is a space that shines a spotlight on the influence of the Japonisme movement on Van Gogh’s works. An homage to Asian artistic practices, the room also features a matcha tea demonstration from Matchaya. At the heart of the exhibition is the ‘Immersive Room’, an expansive space with a mesmerising 40-minute digital projection mapping showcase of the painter’s most iconic works. Here, take a moment to sit back and experience the magnitude of the stunning display. And to end your visit on a sweet note, a trip to the Café Terrace promises delectable Van Gogh-inspired desserts by local chocolatier and chef Janice Wong.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience runs from 1 March to 1 October 2023.
Book a ticket here.
Sip on cocktails while enjoying a mermaid performance at The NCO Club’s Fish Pool
On Friday night: The first thing that catches your eye when you enter Fish Pool is the Olympic-standard diving pool that sits beside the restaurant, separated from the dining area by a glass pane that affords you an uninterrupted view of whatever happens below the water’s surface. It is here that Syrena—Singapore’s first professional mermaid—performs, putting on an enchanting underwater show that is sure to impress guests as they indulge in cocktails and fresh seafood from The NCO Club’s newly-reopened raw bar. Taking influence from Asian, European and Latin American flavours, the relaunched menu offers raw seafood in three styles: crudo, ceviche and sashimi. Try the Red Prawn, a gorgeous plate of finely sliced Argentinian red prawns meticulously layered and topped with basil pesto, lemon and olive oil for a burst of umami. Meanwhile, the velvety richness of the Uni and Caviar is balanced out by a crisp nori cone and seaweed crème fraîche, while the Seabass Tiradito is perfectly enhanced by a touch of sambal chilli, yuzu juice and some cilantro. To close your night, a selection of imaginative craft cocktails awaits—each drawing inspiration from either the ocean, the forests or the mountains.
Fish Pool, 32 Beach Rd, The NCO Club, Singapore 189764
Explore the history behind sneaker culture at the ArtScience Museum
On Saturday afternoon: Beyond being products of sports or fashion, sneakers have evolved into somewhat of a cultural phenomenon today. Celebrating the creativity and vibrance of sneaker and street culture, Sneakertopia: Step Into Street Culture brings together over 100 limited-edition sneakers alongside murals, installations, designs and original artworks. Making its Asian premiere at the ArtScience Museum, the exhibition is a look at the defining role that sneakers play in pop culture today. Collaborating with local and international artists, creatives and brands, the exhibition delves into the art and history behind sneakers to reveal their connection to design, entertainment and technology.
Sneakertopia: Step Into Street Culture runs from 25 February to 30 July 2023.
Groove to local and international acts at a female-led music festival
On Saturday night: Returning for its second edition, The Alex Blake Charlie Sessions assembles an impressive line-up of performers that include American indie singer-songwriter Soccer Mommy, South Korean DJ Didi Han and Vietnamese-American R&B singer Thuy. This year, the female-fronted music festival also features local acts such as Singaporean alt-rock trio Coming Up Roses—alongside collaborations with creatives in art, design and film. Look forward to a night of music that ranges from indie pop to techno and shoegaze, as the Pasir Panjang Power Station transforms into an industrial playground of creativity and artistry.
Book a ticket here.
Tuck into Brazilian-inspired cuisine at Dempsey Carnaval Brunch Festival
On Sunday afternoon: Marked by the Carnival of Brazil—the annual Brazilian festival held in the beginning of Lent—Chefs Daniel and Tamara Chavez of Canchita are celebrating the occasion in their own way, with a brunch festival that honours the event. Dig into a variety of Brazilian-inspired dishes as live grill stations and Brazilian Samba Batukada performances add to the convivial atmosphere. Taking the culinary offerings to the next level, chefs from neighbouring Dempsey Hill restaurants will also be joining in on the festivities—including the likes of Chef Julien Mercer from Claudine and Chef Bryan Soon from The Dempsey Cookhouse.
Make a reservation here.
Immerse yourself in a multimedia funhouse experience
On Sunday night: Stepping into 29Rooms is like entering a whole new world of fun and creativity. Like its name suggests, the immersive experience features 29 rooms—each differently-themed with its own multimedia artworks and impressive installations. A Billie Eilish room draped in gold fabric comes inspired by the singer’s fragrance, Eilish, while ‘Merry-Go-Round’ is a neon-lit space reflecting the lifestyle of the average local citizen. Write a postcard to your future self at ‘Long-Lost-Friend’, or enjoy a cold beer in the ‘X room’. Making its international debut in Singapore, the globally celebrated event is a space for discovery, contemplation and wonder.
29Rooms runs from 10 February to 16 April 2023.
Book a ticket here.
Catch hit broadway musical Frozen as it makes its only stop in Southeast Asia
On Friday night: When Jemma Rix—the enigmatic Elsa—belts out an emotive version of ‘Let It Go’ with her rich, powerful vocals, coupled with a magical outfit change on stage, you realise that Frozen is hardly just a musical for children. For two hours, you’ll be swept up in the fairytale of Anna (played by Sarah O’Connor) and Elsa—entranced by all the songs from the animated feature, as well as 12 new songs written especially for the stage. The sets are absolutely breathtaking, transforming seamlessly from the inside of the girls’ bedroom to the spectacular façade of their ice castle in Arendelle. Also, kudos to the talented Matt Lee, who plays Olaf. That scene of our favourite snowman dreaming of his idyllic island in summer had to be one of the most heartwarming moments of the show.
Frozen runs at Sands Theatre till 19 March 2023.
Book a ticket here.
Tuck into The Coconut Club’s brunch menu at its new Siglap branch
On Saturday afternoon: With a breezy open dining space and a backdrop inspired by the verdant hues of the ketupat’s woven leaves, The Coconut Club’s second branch is a modern reimagination of a modest nasi lemak stall. Aside from the restaurant’s signature Nasi Lemak and beloved favourites, the Siglap branch also debuts a new weekend brunch menu with outlet-exclusive specials. Putting a twist on familiar Malay and Peranakan flavours, the offerings celebrate the way coconut milk can enrich the most unassuming dishes. From the fragrant Dry Laksa to the indulgent Apom Berkuah with Pisang Pengat, all dishes come infused with the restaurant’s signature coconut milk blend—extracted from a customised cold-press machine built by a Formula 1 engineer.
The Coconut Club, 97 Frankel Ave, Singapore 458222
Enjoy casual Thai fine-dining at Sarai
On Saturday night: If you enjoy Thai cuisine but don’t have a high tolerance for spice, you might be a fan of Sarai, a new casual fine-dining restaurant putting a subtler spin on flavours from Thailand. Hidden away in Tanglin Mall, the restaurant spotlights traditional ingredients through elegantly plated dishes. Each dish is distinctively light—from the grilled Australian wagyu sirloin topped with an aromatic panang curry sauce to a buttery piece of cod enveloped in an addictively-tangy chilli lime garlic sauce. The unlikely hero of the meal is Tom Klong Pla. In place of the ubiquitous hot and sour Tom Yum, this Thai soup served at Sarai is lesser known but immeasurably complex in flavour, made from smoked dry fish and an array of herbs. If you’re looking to pair the meal with a fruity cocktail, our pick would be the Sarai Signature—a sweet and sour mix of bloody shiraz gin, elderflower and lime juice.
Sarai, 163 Tanglin Rd, #03-122 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933
Visit the newly reopened Peranakan Museum
On Sunday afternoon: Reopening after nearly four years of renovation, the new Peranakan Museum is conceptualised like a jewel box, with each of its galleries highlighting a different aspect of Peranakan culture and boasting its own distinct look and feel. With over 800 artefacts on display, the museum is a multi-faceted look at Peranakan culture and communities through the concepts of origin, home and style. To celebrate its reopening, look forward to a special edition of the museum’s usual yearly Armenian Street Party—inviting all to revel in a homecoming weekend of delightful performances, workshops and delicious Peranakan cuisine.
Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941
Pick up a copy of A Bad Girl’s Book of Animals
On Sunday night: Dealing with the innate loneliness and inarticulateness of the human condition, 2022 Windham-Campbell Prize Winner Wong May’s works are about wordlessness rather than words. Originally published in the US in 1969, her debut poetry collection, A Bad Girl’s Book of Animals, offers a poignant look at rootlessness, freedom, transnationality, selfhood and estrangement. Painting a picture of a universal experience that is timeless and enduring, the collection penned by the poet who grew up in Singapore is now being reissued here 54 years after its initial publication—continuing to fascinate and intrigue readers to this day.
Pre-order A Bad Girl’s Book of Animals here.
Catch a Valentine’s screening of Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love
On Friday night: Often listed as one of the greatest films of all time, Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love paints a delicate picture of romance and longing. Against the backdrop of 1960s Hong Kong, two neighbours form an intimate bond after a discovery about their spouses brings them closer together. A nostalgic tale of fleeting moments and missed opportunities punctuated by a stirring score, this film is a tender watch that ushers us into the season of love.
Book a ticket here.
Tuck into a romantic brunch at Paul
On Saturday afternoon: French patisserie Paul unveils a new outlet in Jewel Changi Airport just in time for Valentine’s Day, introducing a love-themed menu to boot. Decked out in pink tones and whimsical design details, the café is the perfect pitstop for a quick but romantic brunch with a loved one. Pick from their range of fresh-baked breads to start—we’re partial to the pain au chocolat. As for your main, you won’t go wrong with the Croque Madame, which comes perfectly toasted and oozing with Emmental cheese. But if there’s only one thing you order from the menu, let it be the Chocolat—Paul’s very own blend of hot chocolate that boasts a perfect balance of sweetness and depth, warming your soul from the inside out.
Paul, 78 Airport Blvd, Jewel Singapore Changi Airport, #B1-225
Indulge in a Valentine’s buffet at Hilton Singapore Orchard’s Estate
On Saturday night: For an epicurean Valentine’s feast, Estate’s highly-popular lobster, crab and seafood buffet returns for a limited time. Savour fresh oceanic delights such as the Maine Lobster, Snow Crab Legs and premium oysters—alongside the restaurant’s extensive variety of local and international flavours. From familiar favourites like Chilli Crab to unique highlights such as the Crab Rillette with Avocado and Lobster Thermidor, the buffet spread promises a decadent treat for seafood aficionados. To end your night, a selection of seasonal desserts closes the meal on a sweet note—including a boozy Cherry Champagne Pudding and a luxurious Triple Fermented Chocolate Cake.
The Lobster, Crab and Seafood buffet is available from 10 to 14 February 2023.
Estate, Hilton Singapore Orchard, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore
Visit a weekend market at Arts & Antiquities
On Sunday afternoon: Tucked away within the industrial estate of Jalan Ampas, Arts & Antiquities is a hidden treasure trove of vintage and Japanese design. Bringing together a community of small local businesses, its weekend market is a space to foster creativity and friendships. From house plants to hand-dyed crafts, the event offers a little bit of everything. Indulge in a cup of coffee from Kurasu or delectable bakes from Mother Dough as you explore, and unwind after a long week.
Arts & Antiquities’ weekend market runs from 10 to 12 February 2023.
Explore a contemporary Italian art exhibition
On Sunday night: Embark on an insightful journey through the history of Italian art at The Grand Italian Vision: The Farnesina Collection. Making its international debut in Singapore, the exhibition features 70 thoughtfully curated works of sculpture, mosaic, painting, photography and installation. Amid the extraordinary curation, you’ll find iconic pieces such as Umberto Boccioni’s futuristic bronze sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity in Space and L’etrusco, a gilded bronze iteration of the renowned Etruscan statue by Michelangelo Pistoletto. Highlighting the grandeur of Italian art from the 20th century through till today, the works come together to reflect the essence of Italy—a country where art is intricately woven with civilisation and lifestyle.
The Grand Italian Vision: The Farnesina Collection runs from 7 to 25 February 2023.
Add TXT’s new album to your playlist
On Friday night: Inspired by the tale of Peter Pan, TXT’s The Name Chapter: Temptation attests to the group’s dynamic sound and ability to tell intricate stories through their music. Exploring the whimsy of youth and sentimentality of growing up, the album puts a slightly darker spin on the classic fairytale. Across its five tracks, it charts a comprehensive arc as the group dives into temptation and settles into their new existence before having to wake up and accept their reality. Delivering a more mature and experimental sound, the album also reflects the group’s growth—especially with all five members being involved in the production of the track Happy Fools.
Listen to The Name Chapter: Temptation here.
Explore a farmers’ market at City Sprouts
On Saturday afternoon: Situated at the site of the former Henderson Secondary School, City Sprouts transforms the space into a lively urban farm. This weekend, its farmers’ market brings together a vibrant community for a good cause. With the fair coinciding with World Cancer Day, part of the proceeds made will go towards the Singapore Cancer Society. Look forward to the freshest greens of the season—alongside local businesses offering delicious small-batch homebakes, artisanal crafts and more. Enjoy the live music, craft your own terrarium and soak in the merry atmosphere.
City Sprouts, 102 Henderson Rd, Sprout Hub, Singapore 159562
Admire Japanese ceramics by Yukiharu Furuno and Takanao Todo
On Saturday night: Now the core aesthetic of the Japanese tea ceremony, wabi was originally a concept alluding to the negative feeling that arises when something is lacking. Japanese artist Sen no Rikyū found beauty in the idea, and used it to shape the aesthetics in the traditional tea ceremony. Exploring the evolution of the concept, Post-wabi showcases works by Japanese ceramicists Yukiharu Furuno and Takanao Todo. Pushing the boundaries of the traditional aesthetic, the artists challenge its simplicity through the incorporation of technology and the use of vibrant and contrasting colours in their craft.
Post-wabi runs from 31 January to 4 February 2023.
Japan Creative Centre, Embassy of Japan in Singapore, 4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372
Indulge in bagels by the beach at Rumours Beach Club
On Sunday afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon of sun, sea and sand as Rumours Beach Club joins hands with Two Men Bagel House to present a two-day beach party filled with delicious event-exclusive culinary offerings and plenty of prizes to be won. A limited-edition menu featuring bagel bites, acai bowls and natural wines await, as DJs like Matty Wainwright and David Howarth provide catchy party beats. For a chance at the lucky draw, come dressed in your best orange beach outfit.
Rumours Beach Club and Two Men Bagel House’s beach party runs from 4 to 5 February 2023.
Rumours Beach Club, Siloso Beach, Sentosa, 40 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 098996
Immerse yourself in local artist Joo Choon Lin’s multisensory art
On Sunday night: To Singaporean artist Joo Choon Lin, a combination of all the senses are essential for experiencing the world—an idea that drives her new showcase at the Singapore Art Museum. Challenging the conventions of human perception, Joo Choon Lin: Dance in the Destruction Dance functions as both an art installation and a performance space. An atmospheric environment designed by Joo, it assembles experimental object sculptures, video and performance to explore the difference between what is known and what can only be sensed. As the space is activated through theatrical performances, elements in it will shift as they adjust and adapt for various functions each time.
Joo Choon Lin: Dance in the Destruction Dance runs from 13 January to 16 April 2023.
SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Rd, #01-02, Singapore 089065
Visit the newly-opened Woaw Gallery
On Friday night: Nestled amidst the bustling streets of Ann Siang Hill, the newest outpost of Woaw Gallery represents the Hong Kong-originated art space’s inaugural foray into Southeast Asia. Occupying a charming corner shophouse unit, it aims to act as a meeting point and build a community for emerging and established artists in the region. Vibrant and playful, the gallery’s opening exhibition brings together works from 12 artists—many of whom are showcasing their art in Singapore for the first time. Titled As Partners & Friends, the show is, as its name suggests, a celebration of a tight-knit community.
Woaw Gallery, 4 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069786
Treat yourself to a gin brunch party at Fat Prince
On Saturday afternoon: Indulge in an afternoon of gin cocktails and catchy beats as reward for getting through the first month of 2023. Known for delicious kebabs and unconventional tipples, contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant Fat Prince’s Ginuary Blowout Brunch Party is a suitable event to unbutton your collars and unwind. Expect imaginative and refreshing cocktails alongside the restaurant’s popular brunch menu offerings—with Afro-Latin, hip-hop and reggae beats to liven up the meal, courtesy of local DJ Sivanesh.
Fat Prince’s Ginuary Blowout Brunch Party runs from 11.30am to 4pm on 28 January 2023.
Fat Prince, 48 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079317
Discover the power of photography at the National Gallery
On Saturday night: From its history as a tool of European exploration to its performative nature in studio portraits, photography has evolved greatly over the years. As a medium, it is seen as fine art, just as much as it is considered a form of documentation to capture the realities of war and the tragedies of the era. Tracing the shifting roles of photography in our region, Living Pictures: Photography in Southeast Asia lays out the various ways in which the art form has been used over the years—from the colonial archives all the way to the memes and selfies that fill our social media feeds today.
Living Pictures: Photography in Southeast Asia runs from 2 December 2022 to 20 August 2023.
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
Pick up an indie zine or two at Singapore’s first zine fair
On Sunday afternoon: Creativity runs abound at Cut Copy Paste 2023, Singapore’s first-ever zine fair and an expansion of the Singapore Art Book Fair’s zine room in previous years. Here, you’ll find works focusing on everything from beautiful art to personal stories and socio-political discussions. Accompanied by an exciting line-up of workshops, dialogues and film screenings, Cut Copy Paste 2023 invites you to explore the imaginative and thoughtful works created by zine-makers, small presses and artists from Singapore and around the region.
Cut Copy Paste 2023 runs from 27 to 29 January 2023.
Temasek Polytechnic, 21 Tampines Ave 1, Singapore 529757
Catch Tár at The Projector
On Sunday night: Nominated for six Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards, Tár is a hypnotic tale of power, ego and manipulation set in the world of classical music. Cate Blanchett delivers the performance of a lifetime as she steps into the role of revered conductor and composer Lydia Tár, whose unethical actions set in motion her own downfall just as she prepares for a career crowning moment. As she unravels on screen, the film raises a host of complex questions that are all too relevant in today’s society—without providing any easy answers.
Book a ticket here.
Add Got the Beat’s new album to your playlist
On Friday night: Got the Beat brings together some of the biggest female names in the K-pop industry. Consisting of BoA, Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon and Hyoyeon, Red Velvet’s Seulgi and Wendy and Aespa’s Karina and Winter, the supergroup made a strong debut last January with the release of the single Step Back. Returning after a year, the group’s catchy new album comes underpinned by experimental sounds and powerful vocals. Titled Stamp On It, the six-track EP will take you on a sonic journey set to shifting beats and filled with unexpected twists and turns.
Listen to Stamp On It here.
Pick up a copy of Ethos Books’ Not Without Us
On Saturday afternoon: As Singapore slowly moves towards inclusion and accessibility, how does the disability community feel about such efforts? A groundbreaking collection of essays both critical and creative, Not Without Us: Perspectives on Disability and Inclusion in Singapore calls for us to reevaluate the way we think of disability in our lives. Examining what it means to live with disabilities in a supposedly inclusive nation, this insightful read is one that will hopefully shift attitudes and inspire change.
Order a copy here.
Relish in contemporary Indian fare with Revolver’s latest menu
On Saturday night: Head into the long weekend with a bang at Revolver—where a new experiential menu titled ‘Bullet 8’ features eight spectacular courses, weaving Executive Chef Saurabh Udinia’s culinary sensibilities into a contemporary Indian fare. Kick off your evening with the refreshed Snack Box featuring three bite-sized treats, from a tantalising Sago Crab Fritter to the decadent Wagyu Caviar Tostadas. Next comes Revolver’s divine Paneer, topped with a fantastic combination of mango and habanero for a welcome hit of spice. The irresistible mains on the menu include a Spiced Hamachi Collar—wood-fired and brightened with paprika—and an immaculately handled Australian Marron, generously doused in a rich mint butter sauce. Expect a refreshing change for dessert, where sea buckthorn, cherry and panjiri—a North Indian favourite—make for a sweet and sour end to your night.
Revolver, 56 Tras St, Singapore 078995
Splurge on a luxurious yu sheng from 藝 yì by Jereme Leung
On Sunday afternoon: A sumptuous yu sheng platter is a necessity at any Chinese New Year reunion table—and this one is as lavish as it gets. Assembled in an elegant tiered red box that lends itself to both convenience and exquisite presentation, 藝 yì by Jereme Leung’s Prosperity Yu Sheng consists of an auspicious selection of ingredients elevated by abalone, ibérico ham and honey melon. Topped with a delightful Yunnan rose dressing, this dish promises abundance and prosperity for the new year.
Place an order here.
Catch a special preview of The Fabelmans at The Projector
On Sunday night: Awarded Best Director and Best Motion Picture (Drama) at the Golden Globes, Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans is a coming-of-age tale that explores the power of movies in helping us to see the truth about ourselves and the people around us. A semi-autobiographical story loosely based on Spielberg’s adolescence and early years in the film industry, The Fabelmans follows aspiring young filmmaker Sammy Fabelman as he discovers a shattering secret about his family. Originally conceptualised in 1999 with an initial screenplay written by Spielberg’s sister, the film is a deeply moving dedication to the acclaimed director’s late parents.
Book a ticket here.
Get up to date with the art world at ART SG
On Friday night: Bringing in over 160 galleries from around the world, the inaugural edition of ART SG is the largest-ever art fair presented in Southeast Asia. Look forward to a range of exceptional works from both local and international artists, since the convention offers a vital meeting point for global galleries and collectors alike. And it’s not just traditional artistic mediums you’ll find here. With a curated film selection and a section dedicated to works presented or made using digital technology—including the likes of animation, immersive installations and non-fungible tokens (NFTs)—the fair is an exciting look at the ever-evolving nature of art and the most compelling works that the scene has to offer.
ART SG runs from 12 to 15 January 2023.
Book a ticket here.
Catch up with friends over Anti:dote’s vegan afternoon tea
On Saturday afternoon: Take delight in rousing the palette via Anti:dote’s latest offerings: a vegan afternoon tea. For just one month, the alternative experience offers a splendid exploration of both savoury and sweet treats composed by vegan pastry chef Richard Hawke and executive chef José Luis Del Amo. Begin the experience with a crisp Karana Gyoza that bursts with spicy, tangy flavour. Then, seek out the juicy Impossible Beef Meatball centred on a tomato pastry that guarantees a bite akin to the real deal. But when at Anti:dote, make sure to leave plenty of space for the desserts on your top tray. From a perfectly balanced Chocolate Sponge mired by a smooth passionfruit cream, to an exquisite macaron dessert filled with rich, dark chocolate ganache, the sweet course is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.
Level 1, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560
Make a reservation here.
Discover contemporary art from Southeast Asia at S.E.A. Focus
On Saturday night: Anchoring this year’s Singapore Art Week is S.E.A. Focus, a showcase and art market hub dedicated to contemporary art from Southeast Asia. Now in its fifth edition, the exhibition puts forth diverse works from both established and emerging artists around the region, acting as a platform for multifaceted cultural exchange and appreciation. This year’s theme, ‘a world, anew’, examines the idea of new beginnings and how immense potential can be found in the humblest places. Alongside the main exhibition, a line-up of exciting experiences—including thought-provoking dialogues and exclusive access to art spaces—invites you to immerse yourself in the beauty of Southeast Asian contemporary art.
S.E.A. Focus runs from 6 to 15 January 2023.
Catch Babylon at The Projector
On Sunday afternoon: Ahead of its release in Singapore, Babylon’s multiple Golden Globe nominations and its win for best original score has only made the anticipation surrounding the film grow. Set in 1920s Los Angeles, the film chronicles the rise and fall of multiple characters as early Hollywood transitions from silent to sound films—an age defined by its wild hedonism. Directed by Damien Chazelle with a cast that stars Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Diego Calva, this tale of ambition and excess is led by glamour, humour and an outstanding score.
Book a ticket here.
Celebrate meaningful works of theatre at Singapore Fringe Festival
On Sunday night: This year’s Singapore Fringe Festival does not have a curatorial theme. Instead, organisers invited artists to share what they were concerned about within their own communities—resulting in an insightful line-up that opens up discussions about the growing divide between the privileged and the marginalised, and what we can do to create a more hopeful future. Our pick from the list is Foreign Bodies. Created and performed by Birds Migrant Theatre—a theatre group consisting of migrant workers from Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines—and directed by Haresh Sharma and Serena Ho, the play tackles some of the challenges that migrant workers go through in Singapore. For other options to consider, look to Django in Pain, a digital production that explores depression, creativity and love through tabletop puppetry—or Kafka’s Ape, a hard-hitting performance that provides a metaphorical perspective on the intricacies of identity in a post-apartheid South Africa.
Singapore Fringe Festival runs from 4 to 15 January 2023.
Jam to NewJeans’ new single, OMG
On Friday night: K-pop girl group NewJeans has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame since their explosive debut in July last year, with their first EP propelling the group to the top of several global music charts. It’s no surprise, then, that their new single is following suit. Titled OMG, the track is catchy but laid-back, complemented by bright vocals that attest to the quintet’s youthful energy. With a music video that comes accompanied by three different performance versions, the new single undoubtedly cements the group as one to watch out for this year.
Listen to OMG here.
Explore the history behind book destruction at the ArtScience Museum
On Saturday afternoon: Delving into the history of book destruction and its impact on the future of knowledge, Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book is part of artist Shubigi Rao’s decade-long project exploring the subject. Five years in the making, the exhibition marks the midpoint in Rao’s ten-year undertaking. Presented as part of Singapore Art Week, the current showing follows a successful seven-month run at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Catch daily screenings of Rao’s film, Talking Leaves, and pick up a copy of her book, Pulp Vol. III—housed in an abstract studiolo. With the display of books changing over the course of the exhibition as copies are dispersed, the installation serves as a reminder that each book is a messenger and a call to action.
Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book runs from 6 to 24 January 2023.
Enjoy perfectly-paired oysters and champagne at Chef’s Table
On Saturday night: Embrace an evening of indulgence at Capella Singapore’s latest dining concept: their oyster and champagne bar at Chef’s Table. Escape from the bustle of the city to an intimate dinner housed in the cosy, romantic locale of the sprawling resort. Led by a spectacular array of fresh seafood, the restaurant’s star dishes include creamy, rich oysters sourced from the coasts of France and the vast oceans near Ireland. Also not to be missed is its opulent collection of caviar. One can savour the slow release of flavour from the French Sturia Oscietra, or opt for the punchier Kaviari Kristal Selection from China—all served with golden-brown blinis and luscious condiments that range from egg mousseline to tangy dollops of sour cream.
Should you fancy a seafood platter, head straight for the Chef’s Reserve Platter, featuring Boston lobster, Alaskan king crab, rich sea urchin and succulent spot prawns—making for an ideal sharing plate for two. For the perfect end to the first week of the year, we recommend pairing your meal with a glass or two of champagne from the restaurant’s extensive wine list.
Chef’s Table, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa, Singapore 098297
Make a reservation here.
Immerse yourself in the music of Queen in this rock musical
On Sunday afternoon: Part-musical and part-rock concert, We Will Rock You presents 24 of Queen’s most iconic hits in a new light. Created by Elton John, the jukebox musical is set in a dystopian world where rock music is dead and the people all dress, think and act the same way. As a group of rebels—known, of course, as the Bohemians—try and save rock and roll, familiar anthems like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions and We Will Rock You will have you jamming along to the music.
Book a ticket here.
Catch Emily at The Projector
On Sunday night: Emily imagines the short but extraordinary life of one of the world’s most famous authors. Emma Mackey takes on the role of Emily Brontë—a rebel at heart, misfit and an enigmatic writer who is remembered even over a century after her death. As she pens Wuthering Heights—the book that the world will come to know as a literary classic—the film dives into the relationships that inspire her along the way. From her sisterhood with Charlotte and Anne to her forbidden love for the young curate William Weightman, Emily paints a beautiful and bittersweet portrait of an incredible young woman whose legacy lives on till this day.
Book a ticket here.