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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 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 uniform, …
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 Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle. You deci…
Top Choice Museum in Chinatown & the CBD

Baba House

Baba House is one of Singapore's best-preserved Peranakan heritage homes. Built in the 1890s, this beautiful blue three-storey building was donated to the National University of Singapore (NUS) by a member of the fa…
Top Choice Public Art in Chinatown & the CBD

Thian Hock Keng Mural

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

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 two hours. St…
Top Choice Museum in Chinatown & the CBD

Chinatown Heritage Centre

Delve into Chinatown's gritty, cacophonous backstory at the immersive Chinatown Heritage Centre. Occupying several levels of a converted shophouse, its interactive exhibitions shed light on numerous historical chapt…
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 Bar in Chinatown & the CBD

Native

This hidden bar, in hot-spot-heavy Amoy St, is the brainchild of bartender extraordinaire Vijay Mudaliar (formerly of Operation Dagger), and his concoctions have everyone talking. With spirits sourced from around th…
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 a tooth of the Buddha, discovered in a collapsed stupa (Buddhist relic structure) in Mrauk U, Myanmar. While its authentici…