6 Hidden Gems in Singapore Worth Seeking Out

Explore the best of the city from 218 meters above ground, enjoy cocktails in a museum, and dine in the dark.

Photo: ION Orchard

1. A bird’s eye view of the city

A visit to Singapore would be sorely incomplete without a stroll through the iconic shopping belt of Orchard Road, where departmental stores and upscale boutiques line the streets. But for those who fancy a break from the crowds, ION Sky offers a different view of the city’s retail heart. Situated 218 meters above ground on Level 56 of ION Orchard shopping mall, Orchard Road’s tallest observation deck is a wonderful respite from the bustle. Its recent revamp will bring locals and tourists on an engaging and memorable journey back in time to learn about the evolution of Singapore and Orchard Road, via an eleven-minute-long multimedia animation.

Each admission is 45 minutes; visitors may visit their site or download the ION Orchard app for more details.

Where to stay: Ascott Orchard Singapore

Located in the heart of Singapore’s main shopping belt where luxurious living meets fashion, Ascott Orchard offers easy access to a multitude of high fashion brands, dining, and medical facilities such as Mount Elizabeth Hospital. Guests can expect studio, one- and two-bedroom layouts with elegant and stylish interiors, as well as penthouse suites decked in Fendi Casa furniture and accessories.

Photo: Smoke & Mirrors

2. Progressive cocktails in a museum

Museums don’t always come to mind when you think about drinking spots that serve top tipples, but Smoke & Mirrors will change your mind. Perched on the rooftop of the National Gallery Singapore, the bar offers panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline, with a creative cocktail program to boot. Its latest menu, The Playful Eye is developed by Head Bartender Yugnes Susela and his team, featuring cocktails with an intricate play on presentation and flavors. We recommend going for the Cloud & Air, an aperitif using white port as its base and homemade meringue as the “cloud”. Those feeling adventurous can go for the M.C – N.L (My Creation – No Limit), which pushes boundaries with a cacao-infused vodka cocktail served in a plant pot.

Where to stay: Ascott Raffles Place Singapore

Nestled in the heart of the Central Business District with Raffles Place MRT Station located right at its doorsteps, Ascott Raffles Place offers a multitude of business and entertainment facilities in convenience. The property offers elegant serviced suites in studio, one- and two-bedroom layouts, where timeless sophisticated design blends with heritage elements.

Photo: Timbre+

3. A food hall in shipping containers

If you’re a foodie, Timbre+ is the perfect one-stop destination for savoring the best of Singapore’s culinary scene. The mammoth 24,000 square feet gastropark by Timbre Group is an urban food hall—housed in colorful shipping containers—featuring delicious restaurant-grade food and casual eats at affordable prices. Must-tries include Iskina Cebu’s succulent lechon (roasted pig) and the fish ball noodles from Fishball Story. Apart from tucking into good food, diners will also be well entertained by nightly live music. The venue also doubles as a festival space with unique food and lifestyle events being planned out all year-long.

Where to stay: Citadines Fusionopolis Singapore

Citadines Fusionopolis is part of a mixed-use development located in one-north business park, Singapore’s research & development hub which houses more than 400 companies. A retreat for savvy independent travelers on extended stay, the serviced residence offers a range of spacious one-bedroom loft units, featuring chic interiors with high ceilings, separate living and dining area, kitchen, and bedroom.

Photo: NOX – Dine in the Dark

4. Dining in the dark

Seeking the most unique dining experience in sunny Singapore? You can’t go wrong with a meal at NOX-Dine in the Dark. As suggested by the name of this restaurant, diners will be guided through a culinary journey through taste, smell, touch, and sound, in total darkness. While seated in a pitch-black dining room, diners will be served by blind or visually impaired individuals who have been specially trained to offer guidance and reassurance to sighted guests. Diners will be treated to an exquisite menu crafted from the finest ingredients selected by the Chef de Cuisine and his team, alongside a fine wine selection and unique signature cocktails customized for each individual’s palate.

Where to stay: Citadines Mount Sophia Singapore

Situated in the lively Bras Basah-Bugis district, Citadines Mount Sophia is the perfect home base for exploring Singapore’s unique arts and culture scene. The property features studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments, which can double as a home office with wireless internet access, a fully-equipped kitchen, and separate living room.

Photo: LTA

5. A cycling trail in the heart of Singapore

The best way to see the city may be on foot but cycling will take you faster and farther. The bicycle pathways on the revitalized Bencoolen Street feature cycling routes that connect Bencoolen to the city, west, north, and south side of Singapore. As such, it’s an easy way for travelers and locals alike to explore the flourishing cultural district of the city and beyond. Best of all? They’re more than 125 bicycle parking spaces, as well as dedicated cycling paths for leisure and seasoned cyclists.

Where to stay: Somerset Bencoolen Singapore

Somerset Bencoolen sits in the old Civic District of Singapore and is located amid Singapore’s rich cultural hub with colonial buildings, churches, museums, restaurants, and art galleries. Designed for the international business traveler and family, the property offers a secure and comfortable private city apartment for business travel, holiday or relocation.

Photo: Lesley Choa/Flickr

6. Photo-worthy sculptures

When exploring Singapore, you’ll find that art can be found everywhere, not just inside art galleries and museums. Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, while popular for its culinary hotspots and night life, is also home to various heritage landmarks. Visitors can look out for “The People of the River” statues along the bank of Singapore river, which reflect the city’s history of spice trade and immigrants. Start your walk at the historical Cavenagh Bridge and spot statue sites like “First Generation”, a frozen-motion sculpture of five boys diving off to go for a swim in the river.

Where to stay: Somerset Liang Court Singapore

Overlooking unique Singapore riverside attractions along Clarke Quay and with Fort Canning MRT Station right at the doorstep, Somerset Liang Court offers easy access to major attractions, shopping and business districts. The property offers 197 spacious serviced apartments from studio to four-bedroom units and a Penthouse.

This article was brought to you by The Ascott Limited.


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