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Top Choice Fusion in Orchard Road


Iggy's dark, slinky design promises something special, and head chef Masahiro Isono delivers with his arresting, poetic takes on fusion flavours. Menus are tweaked according to season, though the knock-out capellini…
Top Choice Chinese in Orchard Road

Paradise Dynasty

Preened staffers in headsets whisk you into this svelte dumpling den, passing a glassed-in kitchen where Chinese chefs stretch their noodles and steam their buns. Skip the novelty-flavoured xiao long bao (soup dumpl…
Top Choice Italian in Orchard Road

Buona Terra

This intimate, linen-lined Italian is one of Singapore's unsung glories. In the kitchen is young Lombard chef Denis Lucchi, who turns exceptional ingredients into elegant, modern dishes, like seared duck liver with …
Palace in Orchard Road


The grand, whitewashed, neoclassical home of Singapore's president, set in 16 hectares of grounds, was built by the British between 1867 and 1869 as Government House, and is open to visitors five times a year: on La…
Cafe in Orchard Road

Killiney Kopitiam

Start the day the old-school way at this veteran coffee joint, pimped with endearingly lame laminated jokes. Order a strong kopi (coffee), a serve of kaya (coconut jam) toast and a side of soft-boiled egg. Crack ope…
Bar in Orchard Road

No 5

Not much imagination went into naming this long-running boozer, set in a 1910 Peranakan shophouse complete with hanging red Chinese lanterns. Sure, it’s damned touristy around here, but the cool evening ambience is …
Russian in Orchard Road


A Russian coffee house in Singapore? Thumbs up for uniqueness. Tuck into tender beef, chicken or pork shashliks or oxtail stew before finishing up with bombe Alaska, expertly ignited by one of the old-school waiters…
Books in Orchard Road


Browse more than 400,000 titles in Singapore’s largest, most comprehensive bookshop. It also stocks stationary, DVDs and collectable toys.
Chinese in Orchard Road

Din Tai Fung

This outlet of the prolific Taiwanese chain was the first to open in Singapore. Years later, its mere mention still leaves dumpling diehards in a drooling mess. Scan the menu and tick your choices, which should incl…
Bar in Orchard Road

Ice Cold Beer

One thing you can be sure of here is that your beer will be ice cold – served in -3°C glasses from ice tanks, it's positively chilly. Throw in some rock tunes and it's back to raucous international beer-swilling at …