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October 23, 2007updated Dec 14, 2015

Concierge Recommendations for a Perfect Day Out in Singapore

By Chris Boyle

We asked Singapore’s top concierges to share their personal recommendations for the perfect time in the city

Musa Anshari

Musa Anshari at The Mandarin Oriental

Musa recommends you start your day with an indulgent breakfast buffet at MELT – a multi-cultural dining smorgasbord – then head to Old School, a privately run arts center atop Mount Sophia where you can enjoy the independent creative scene.

Live music by up-and-coming bands are showcased here and galleries display diverse art pieces. You can also catch local Asian films at the Sinema theatre. For lunch, he suggests heading to Absinthe, a charming French restaurant on the fringes of Chinatown. Afterwards, why not discover the bustling streets nearby and pick up a chic souvenir or two before heading to Haji Lane – a quaint bohemian district bursting with designer boutiques. For dinner, kick back and relax at Blu Jaz Café, a popular boho-style café-cum-lounge bar with world-class live music, ranging from jazz quintets to Latin bands. End the evening on a 282 meter-high – and a stunning panoramic city view – from 1-Altitude, a bar and restaurant at the top of One Raffles Place.

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Best Restaurant

Jaan par André

Cuisine: Fusion fine dining

Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, 178882

Au Petit Salut

Cuisine: French

40C Harding Rd, 249548

Cherry Garden

Cuisine: Cantonese

Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, 039797

Best Shop

Books Actually

9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, 168645

Best to Do

Catch the sunset from 1-Altitude with a whiskey in your hand

Carolina Lee

Carolina Lee at the scarlet hotel

Carolina Lee, Assistant Front Office Manager, The Scarlet Hotel

+65 6511 3311

Best Restaurants

To experience local food, Carolina recommends the following dining destinations: the Maxwell Food Centre, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Lau Pa Sat and the Newton Food Centre.

The best restaurants include the No Sign Board Seafood venue at The Esplanade, Banana Leaf Apolo at Race Course Road for great Indian cuisine and True Blue Cuisine at Armenian Street for authentic Peranakan food.

Best Shopping

The trendy shopping malls of Singapore showcase the best the city has to offer, which include ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City, Paragon and 313@Somerset. But Carolina suggests offbeat shopping can be enjoyed at smaller venues such as Arab Street, Haji Lane, Holland Village, Chinatown and Little India.

Best to Do

The Night Safari

The world’s first nocturnal zoo with a three-star Michelin rating. Exploring the different trails, visitors are able to see how the animals behave in their natural habitats at night.

Singapore Flyer

The world’s largest observation wheel standing at 165 meters (the height of a 42-storey building), offers one of the best views of Singapore.

Sentosa Island

Singapore’s favorite playground, teeming with events and special programs all year round, including attractions such as Underwater World Singapore, Dolphin Lagoon, Fort Siloso, and many more!

Marina Bay Sands

Offers a worldclass luxury casino, entertainment and high-fashion shopping.

The Merlion

No trip will be complete without a visit to Singapore’s most iconic landmark.

Party People

Enjoy the nightlife at Zouk, Clarke Quay, The Cannery, St James Power Station, Timbre and many more!

Culture Vultures

Enjoy a visit to the Peranankan Museum at Armenian Street, the Asian Civilization Museum at Empress Place, the National Museum of Singapore at Stamford Road, the Chinatown Heritage Centre at Pagoda Street and the Malay Heritage Centre at Sultan Gate.

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