Reasons to visit Singapore

From where to take a seat for brunch to where to lay your head at night, we fill you in on Singapore's hottest spots this year.


Will Horner (Atlas)

Brunch: The Fat Prince

Congee, kopi, kaya toast… hummus? It’s a sign of the rapid change under way in Singapore’s cosmopolitan food scene that ventures like this upmarket Turkish café-kebab store are thriving. Avocado toast accented with za’atar and falafel Scotch eggs exemplify the gutsy, imaginative house style. And on-theme drinks such as harissa-spiked Bloody Marys and boozy Turkish coffee are on hand to keep the party going.

48 Peck Seah St, Singapore

Turkish kisir at Fat Prince

Power lunch: The Masses

In striking distance of the downtown business hub, this fresh-faced eatery fills the void between hawker casual and the expense of white-tablecloth dining. The hit rate is high across the eclectic menu: lush chawanmushi crowned with salmon and flying fish roe is a no-brainer, and grilled wild Argentinian red prawns are typical of the more Mediterranean-style dishes on offer. Prices are easy on the hip pocket (the menu tops out at $23) and the pace is lunch-hour friendly.

85 Beach Rd, Singapore, +65 62 660 061

Dinner: Bistro November

Technically, this place is a pop-up wine bar, but the interesting wines poured by former Cutler & Co sommelier Sally Humble are only half the story. Humble’s partner and chef, John-Paul Fiechtner, writes his menu anew each day, creating dishes based on what he finds at the nearby Chinatown markets. The result is an original, compelling take on bistronomy, with the likes of straciatella with charred snake beans and olive oil infused with laksa leaf.

50 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore

Drink: Atlas

More is unquestionably more at this grand three-storey bar at the Gotham-esque Parkview Square building. When designing Atlas, the creative agency Proof & Company (the force behind top-shelf local watering holes 28 HongKong Street and Manhattan) looked to the interwar bars of Europe for inspiration. Thus, Art Nouveau murals and furnishings beautify the stunning space, debonair staff dress (and serve) to impress, and Champagne and gin – a thousand bottles and rising of the latter – underpin the grown-up, late-night drink offering. Imaginative cocktails by Roman Foltán (late of Artesian at the Langham Hotel, London) match the glamour of the architecture.

Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Rd, Singapore

Sleep: The Warehouse Hotel

A one-time disco, this warehouse on the banks of the Singapore River has been transformed into a sleek 37-room boutique hotel. There’s a strong local angle throughout, from the spare aesthetic created by designer Chris Lee to the parochial food offering (minibars packed with local snacks and beverages, luxe renditions of bak kut teh, satay and other Singaporean signatures at in-house restaurant Pó). Ascend to the rooftop infinity pool for views and respite from the humidity.

320 Havelock Rd, Singapore

A room in the Warehouse Hotel

Coming soon: Intercontinental Robertson Quay

Scheduled to open at the end of the year, the island’s newest Intercontinental will also be its grandest. The anchor tenant of the new Quayside development has NYC smarts, from the project’s architect and interior designer, SCDA (the firm behind New York projects including Soori High Line), to the rollcall of food and drink tenants including Publico and Big Apple favourite Wolfgang’s Steakhouse.

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