Singapore - Lifestyle & Culture
If you're after a touch of real culture while you're in Singapore, you're in luck. The city is home to a wealth of excellent museums and galleries, displaying fine work from Asia and beyond and from pre-history to the 21st century.
The Arts House, Parliament Lane, is home to a broad display of visual art, performance spaces and musical recitals. There's usually something going on here, so it's worth checking this grand old colonial building out.
8Q Sam, the Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road, is well worth a morning of your time. It's home to the world's largest collection of south-east Asian art, in a stunning series of galleries, with a regular programme of exhibits featuring the best contemporary artists working in the region today.
Design buffs will love the Red Dot Museum's collection of striking modern design, on Maxwell Road, while the Singapore Science Centre is an audio-visual, hands-on delight with a human body 'walk-through' experience!
Singapore's handful of temples are worth a look too. Try the Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple (397 Serangoon Road) with its huge sculpture depicting the God Vishnu's nine Earthly forms, or Thian Hock Keng (158 Telok Ayer Street), one of Singapore's oldest and largest Chinese temples, opulently decorated with gold carvings, sculptures, jade dragons and intricately carved-stone pillars brought over from China. Here you can have your fortune told with a set of fortune sticks - a popular form of divination here. Singapore's Mosques are stunning too - try the Masiid Sultan which accommodates up to 5,000 people praying at once.
Clarke Key and Boat Quay are both blazing strips of bars, clubs, restaurants and cocktail lounges popular with tourists and locals alike. It's not particularly authentic Singaporean, but, then, it's hard to tell what is. Cafe Del Mar is a far-eastern outpost of the Ibiza legend, while Cafe Opiume, overlooking the river, offers a touch more class, with elegant surroundings, great cocktails and a whiff of the orient about it. Its selection of Prosecco and Vodkas keeps this bar permanently on the circuit.
At Riverside Point, Brewekrz is reminiscent of a Czech beer hall, serving beers from its own microbrewery, as well as hearty burgers, hotdogs and pub grub. Its laid-back, convivial atmosphere makes a nice change from Singapore's style bars.
At the top of Odeon Towers, Loof is a new rooftop bar, just across the road from Raffles Hotel. Its views are sensational and its cocktails are just as good too, plus you can enjoy them from your very own snug booth.
Orchard Road and the roads running off it are another good bet. Here, you'll find Bar Stop, a two floor drinking den, with cool jazz, a garden terrace, and a good natured crowd of tourists, ex-pats and locals.
If you're looking for a night of dancing and dining head to Orgo, Singapore's current favourite all-in-one venue. Situated on The Esplanade, it's a state-of-the-art rooftop venue, sheathed in glass and pumping out dance tunes until the early hours. You can also grab a decent meal here and watch the lights of the city glimmering outside.
New Asia, at the Swissotel, Stamford Equinox Complex, is a stunning development - with views right across the city from its 71st floor location. Expect dance tunes, a smart young crowd and an infectious party atmosphere.
Singapore is fast becoming a clubbers' paradise, with a string of excellent clubs playing western and Mandpop (catchy Mandarin pop). Zouk is a perennial favourite, on Jiak Kim Street, and attracts the world's biggest DJs, while Pangea is a new venue at Marina Bay, futuristically designed to appear as if it's floating above the bay. For Mandpop, head to EZ50 Music House, within Jinricksha Station, once home to rickshaws, and now owned by actor Jackie Chan!
At Robertson Quay, the Singapore Repertory Theatre has a lively programme of traditional musicals, stage plays and child friendly theatre - always worth checking out.
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