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Top Choice Gardens in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Singapore's 21st-century botanic garden is a S$1 billion, 101-hectare fantasy land of space-age bio-domes, high-tech Supertrees and whimsical sculptures. The Flower Dome replicates the dry Mediterranean climates fou…
Top Choice Gallery in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

National Gallery Singapore

Connected by a striking aluminium and glass canopy, Singapore's historic City Hall and Old Supreme Court buildings now form the city's breathtaking National Gallery. Its world-class collection of 19th-century and mo…
Top Choice Museum in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

Asian Civilisations Museum

This remarkable museum houses the region's most comprehensive collection of pan-Asian treasures. Its galleries explore the history, cultures and religions of Southeast Asia, China, the Asian subcontinent and Islamic…
Top Choice Museum in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

Peranakan Museum

This is the best spot to explore the rich heritage of the Peranakans (Straits Chinese descendants). Thematic galleries cover various aspects of Peranakan culture, from the traditional 12-day wedding ceremony to craf…
Top Choice Museum in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

National Museum of Singapore

Imaginative and immersive, Singapore's rebooted National Museum is good enough to warrant two visits. At once cutting-edge and classical, the space ditches staid exhibits for lively multimedia galleries that bring S…
Top Choice Peranakan in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

National Kitchen by Violet Oon

Chef Violet Oon is a national treasure, much loved for her faithful Peranakan (Chinese-Malay fusion) dishes – so much so that she was chosen to open her latest venture inside Singapore's showcase National Gallery. F…
Top Choice Bar in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

Smoke and Mirrors

We're calling it: this chic new bar offers the best view of Singapore. Perched on the top of the National Gallery, Smoke and Mirrors looks out over the Padang to Marina Bay Sands and is flanked by skyscrapers on eit…
Top Choice Lounge in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

Landing Point

For a decadent high tea, it's hard to beat the one at this chichi waterside lounge. Book ahead (one day for weekdays, two weeks for weekends), style up, and head in on an empty stomach. Steaming pots of TWG tea are …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

28 HongKong Street

Softly lit 28HKS plays hide and seek inside an unmarked '60s shophouse. Slip inside and into a slinky scene of cosy booths and passionate mixologists turning grog into greatness. Marked with their date of origin, co…
Top Choice Modern French in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

Odette

Muscling in on Singapore's saturated fine dining scene, this modern French restaurant had people talking even before the first dish left the kitchen. With former Jaan chef Julien Royer at the helm, menus are guided …