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Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Chinatown & the CBD

Operation Dagger

From the 'cloud-like' light sculpture to the boundary-pushing cocktails, 'extraordinary' is the keyword here. To encourage experimentation, libations are described by flavour, not spirit, the latter shelved in unifo…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Chinatown & the CBD

Employees Only

This outpost of the famous New York cocktail bar of the same name has brought a slice of big city buzz to Singapore, along with a dazzling array of innovative drinks. Some of the sting from the eye-watering prices i…
Top Choice Public Art in Chinatown & the CBD

Thian Hock Keng Mural by Yip Yew Chong

Spanning 44m, this mural, painted by Singaporean artist Yip Yew Chong (accountant by weekday, artist by weekend), tells the story of Singapore's early Hokkien immigrants. You'll find it on the outside rear wall of t…
Top Choice Hawker in Chinatown & the CBD

Chinatown Complex

Leave Smith St's revamped 'Chinatown Food Street' to the out-of-towners and join old-timers and foodies at this nearby labyrinth, now home to Michelin-starred hawker stall Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noo…
Top Choice Barbecue in Chinatown & the CBD

Burnt Ends

The best seats at this mod-Oz hot spot are at the counter, which offers a prime view of chef Dave Pynt and his 4-tonne, wood-fired ovens and custom grills. The affable Aussie cut his teeth under Spanish charcoal dei…
Top Choice Seafood in Chinatown & the CBD

Momma Kong's

Small, funky Momma Kong's is run by two young brothers and a cousin obsessed with crab. While the compact menu features numerous finger-licking, MSG-free crab classics, opt for the phenomenal chilli crab, its kick a…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Chinatown & the CBD

Tippling Club

Tippling Club propels mixology to dizzying heights, with a technique and creativity that could turn a teetotaller into a born-again soak. The 'Sensorium' menu, created in collaboration with International Flavors and…
Top Choice Cafe in Chinatown & the CBD

Nylon Coffee Roasters

Hidden away in the Everton Park public housing complex, this pocket-sized, standing-room-only cafe and roastery has an epic reputation for phenomenal seasonal blends and impressive single origins. At the helm is a p…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chinatown & the CBD

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Consecrated in 2008, this hulking, five-storey Buddhist temple is home to what is reputedly the left canine tooth of the Buddha, recovered from his funeral pyre in Kushinagar, northern India. While its authenticity …
Top Choice Hawker in Chinatown & the CBD

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle

With its newly bestowed Michelin star, this humble hawker stall has been thrust into the culinary spotlight. The line forms hours before Mr Chan Hon Meng opens for business, and waiting times can reach three hours. …