The Best Things to Eat, See, and Do at Jewel Changi Airport

Singapore’s latest crown jewel is a lifestyle destination with a hotel, retail and dining, as well as a massive 40-meter-tall waterfall surrounded by verdant gardens.

World’s tallest indoor waterfall.

The most Instagram-worthy spot is …

The HSBC Rain Vortex, a 40-meter high behemoth that’s also the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Located at the heart of Jewel Changi, the waterfall is a sight to behold by day, as the surrounding greenery and cascading waters catch the sunlight at every angle. In the evening, the Rain Vortex takes on a life of its own, transforming into a magical scene of lights, colors, and sounds. If this surreal landscape looks a little familiar … you’d be delighted to know that Jewel architect Moshe Safdie took inspiration from science fiction film Avatar (2009). Some of the best viewing spots include the Shiseido Forest Valley, which spans the circumference of the Rain Vortex, as well as from the Tiger Street Lab, an indoor beer garden. If you’d like to avoid crowds, stay up for the last light and sound show at 12:30 a.m.—at least you’d be guaranteed of an unobstructed view. Mark your calendars for the Canopy Park’s reopening on June 10, which will allow visitors to enjoy a much closer view of the waterfall at Jewel’s top-most level.

To savor authentic local cuisine …

Head to Violet Oon Singapore to enjoy elevated heritage dishes from The Lion City’s Nyonya, Chinese, Indian, and Malay cultures. Diners can look forward to freshly grilled satay from the glassed-in open grill room, specially crafted cocktails from the long bar, and gourmet delicacies that are perfect for souvenirs.

Meanwhile, there’s also Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, which was first established in 1969. The time-honored restaurant serves tender slabs of pork ribs in its signature peppery soup—the perfect way to perk oneself up after a long flight. Chicken rice lovers will love Pow Sing for its soft and fragrant chicken, which is served on a bed of hot rice and paired with a piquant chili sauce.

For a quick bite, check out Hawker, an Asian fast food restaurant serving Singapore-inspired burgers, wraps, and desserts. The brainchild of No Signboard Seafood Restaurants, which is famous for its white pepper crab, Hawker offers scrumptious burgers in local flavors like nasi lemak, satay, and chili crab.

Juicy beef burgers at Shake Shack.

If you’ve got burger cravings …

Make a beeline for American gourmet burger brand Shake Shack on level two—unmissable with its neon green burger motifs. Here, cravings will be duly satisfied with juicy Angus beef burgers, crinkle cut fries drizzled with warm dollops of cheese, and decadent frozen custard in various flavors. As the first Shack in Southeast Asia, the Jewel outlet also offers the Singapore-exclusive Pandan Shake, which comes topped with gula melaka crumble. 

Meanwhile, there’s also A&W on basement two, serving its signature root beer float alongside crowd-favorites like Mozza Burger and Coney Dogs. Come May, London’s famous Burger & Lobster will also be opening its doors, bringing its prime burgers and wild Atlantic lobster-filled buns to Jewel Changi.

For a relaxing coffee break …

Visit Starbucks Reserve, the Lion City’s biggest Starbucks outlet yet. Spanning two levels, the coffeehouse is decked out in elegant wood and brass furnishings, contrasted by pops of lush greenery. Keep your eyes peeled for a massive mural of the Starbucks siren, beautifully etched into the walls by a local artist. Drinks wise, expect a premium line of single-origin coffee, as well as rare and exotic beans.

If you prefer Singapore-style coffee, otherwise known as kopi, homegrown coffee chain Toast Box is your best bet. Don’t forget to enjoy your kopi with kaya toast, curry chicken, and more. For hand-dripped coffee, make your way to Hoshino Coffee, which specializes in Japanese-Western style cuisine. The menu at the Jewel Changi outlet also features pork- and lard-free items for diners with dietary restrictions.

Hand-crafted mille crepes at Lady M.

Sweet treats await at …

New York cake boutique Lady M, known for its well-loved mille crepes. Its airy, open-concept café at Jewel Changi will retail the brand’s first-ever Bon Bons line—marking its international debut in Singapore. We recommend the rich and delicious Salted Caramel Mille Crepes, which goes well with the fragrant Crème de la Rose brew. Otherwise, the Yuzu Cheesecake is a light and refreshing treat, especially after a savory meal. 

Ice cream lovers can get their fix at Birds of Paradise, which specializes in botanical gelato. Located within local label In Good Company, the ice cream parlor offers gelato flavored with fruits, flowers, herbs, spices, and nuts. Must-tries include the strawberry basil and spiced pear.

Porcelain plates with locally-inspired motifs at Supermama.

The best gifts for your family and friends back home ….

Can be found at Supermama, a local Gallery store that designs and produced meaningful omiyage (contemporary giftware). If you’re tired of tacky gifts that won’t impress, Supermama will be a delight with its wide selection of culturally-inspired goods. Think porcelain plates patterned with kebaya prints, local architecture, and landmarks like the Marina Bay; as well as beautifully illustrated postcards of past and present Singapore. For a touch of kitsch, take home a Merlion plush toy or two for the kids.

Soon to open is Naiise Iconic, a brand-new concept by Singapore designer retailer Naiise and also the only local brand to occupy two levels at Jewel. Expect to shop from a well-curated selection of homegrown brands, as well as new-to-market brands like cult customized stationery brand Ana Tomy, which will be making its debut in the Lion City. There will also be a gift-wrapping bar for jewelry engraving, hot foil stamping, and more.

Shop local designers at ….

In Good Company, a retail space that marries fashion with a cool collection of books, accessories, scents, and other collaborative projects. Shoppers can easily build a versatile wardrobe with its minimalist and timeless silhouettes, from dresses to jumpsuits. 

Looking for new shoes to accompany you on your next journey? Homegrown lifestyle brand Charles and Keith offers stylish and comfortable footwear, along with eyewear, bags, and costume jewelry.

Plush toys galore at Pokémon Center.

The little ones will love …

The Pokémon Center, home to original merchandise including plush toys, stationery, Pokémon Trading Card Games, video games, and more. As the first permanent Pokémon Center in Asia outside Japan, its Jewel outpost retails exclusive items such as Pikachu plush toys dressed in Singapore-themed pilot and cabin crew uniforms. Plus, be prepared to whip out your camera for photo opportunities with life-sized Pikachu and Lapras figurines.

On the entertainment front, Jewel Changi Airport also has Singapore’s’ first dedicated cinema hall for families, called Dreamers. The kid-friendly theater at Shaw Theatres Jewel comes with reduced volume, soft lighting, colorful seats, as well as bean bags for the little ones.

Yotelair at Jewel Changi Airport.

Plan your stay at …

Asia’s first Yotelair, located on level four of Jewel Changi Airport. If you’re spending the night in the airport, especially for a layover, you might as well be staying in one of Yotelair’s futuristic-looking rooms. Inspired by luxury first-class cabins, these cozy rooms come with an en-suite bathroom with a rain shower, a pull-out workstation, a flat-screen TV, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. The premium queen cabin in which we stayed, was comfortable yet simply furbished with thoughtful details like a comfortable SmartBed, multiple plugs, as well as adjustable mood lighting to combat jetlag. Aside from overnight stays, the cabins can also be booked by the hour, inclusive of gym and shower usage.

Mark your calendar …

In June, the lifestyle destination will also welcome a bunch of new attractions for the young and old. Highlights include a mirror maze, a giant trampoline that makes you feel like you’re bouncing among trees, a giant sculptural playground with slides, as well as a hedge maze.

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