SUNTEC CITY (3 Temasek Boulevard)
Suntec City–five towers of shopping, eating, linked offices and MICE
Lots of good feng shui vibes in this 20-year-old mall. The towers look like a left hand from above, the bronze fountain a ring in its “palm”. The balance of metal and water bring success, with flowing water symbolising wealth. Suntec’s Chinese name ?? (x?n dÃƒ ¡) also means “new achievement”. Retail, convention and office floor space measure over four million square feet.
Towers 1 and 2 will be ready in 2015. You can get from the spanking new Tower 5 to Towers 3 and 4 via the recently renovated Fountain Terrace in the basement. The floor-toceiling glass panels showcase the beautiful water displays as you dine in Food Republic (#B1-115 to 120) and many of the restaurants encircling it. What was formerly Carrefour is now a mix of telecommunications namely OPPO (#01-627 to 630) and Schmidt (#01-631/632); and sports and lifestyle brand Liv Activ (#01-623 to 626). Marché MÃƒ ¶venpick (#01-612 to 614) now occupies the former F&B area which used to house Don’s Pies, Han’s and other outlets. Also new is Singapore Post (#03-383) which just opened on 29 Sep, and Golden Village (#03-373, goodbye Eng Wah) which will open in November with three Gold Class cinema halls and a selfservice bistro. They’ve stopped shuttle services to City Hall MRT station due to the proximity of Promenade MRT station.
Alive Museum (Towers 3/4, #03-372)
This South Korean experiential outing hails from Jeju Island and features over 80 interactive 3D art scenarios. Wash your hair under the Merlion, do breakdance handstands or tower above the Singapore Flyer. Free Wi-Fi, kids’ birthday packages (from $468) and wedding shoots too. Admission $25. Daily 10am-9pm. alivemuseum.sg
Bistro-Cool/Cool De Sac (Tower 5, #02-380/381 and #02-384)
Fun fusion fare like har cheong calamari ($12) and Korean BBQ beef burger ($17) with a handmade patty are cool picks. The housemade orange beetroot slice ($7.50) with a light cream cheese frosting is a moist delight sans the artificial colouring, while the java bar’s run by consulting barista Ryan Pang of Habitat Coffee fame. Fussy tots will love the sprawling adjoining edutainment playground where they’ll nosh on baby-friendly purees (from $2), toddler fodder butternut pumpkin risotto ($4) and kid-sized mac & cheese ($6). From $10 for unlimited play time with two accompanying adults free. Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm. Tel: 6337 0734 (bistro) 6337 0205 (play area)
Detour (Towers 3/4, #03-340)
Fancy a sleep spa ($27/30min) on a Zero Gravity Sleep bed? Also on the menu: a hydrating facial ($117/60min), full body massage ($127/60min), classic pedicure ($37/45min) and fish spa ($23/20min). They’ve also swopped out hefty packages with a membership ($77/month). At the Tox & Detox Bar (coming soon), find cakes, snacks cold-pressed fruit juices (from $5.70) and Illy coffee (from $3.30). Daily 11am-9pm. Tel: 6733 8687
Ginza Lion Beer Hall (Towers 3/4, #01-649/650)
The opening was delayed at time of press, but this 1899 Tokyo product is bigger than its Rodyk Street outlet. There’s Japanese fare like sea bream carpaccio and wagyu beef in a wrap, and drinks like Sapporo beer, beer cocktails, wine and house spirits.
Lockdown/Coffeemin (Towers 3/4, #03-377/378)
Get your adrenaline pumping with the Haunted? theme room (from $19). The real-life escape game’s a 60-minute spook fest of fumbling with clues and uncovering a school’s secrets with your pals (at least you’re not alone). If you opt out, chillax at coffeemin ($1/10min, $30/day) and enjoy the free Wi-Fi (tabao-ed food welcome) as you co-work, play board games, shoot pool or challenge a friend on the Xbox. Daily 11am-10pm. Tel: 6238 0370
Fountain of Wealth
Check out 1998’s Guinness Book of Records largest fountain in the world for daily Touch Water sessions (10am-12pm, 2-4pm, 6-7.30pm) to absorb positive ‘qi’ energies and nightly light displays. The mall’s flowing centrepiece is inspired by the Hindu mandala, representing unity in spirit and harmony within Singapore’s multiracial society.
MILLENIA WALK (9 Raffles Boulevard)
Millenia Walk–for car-spotting and posh dining
Set foot in this chic designer haven (designed by Pritzker Architectural Prize Laureate Philip Johnson) with a 280-metre-long private street with a Park and Dine concept. Chill at Singapore microbrewery Paulaner Brauhaus (#01-01) or sip wines from classy stemware at Wine Universe (#01-109) while you admire supercars like flashy Lamborghinis or Ferraris. Duck inside for high ceilings, a long shopping street and flagship Harvey Norman (#02-57).
One wing of the mall used to house PARCO Marina Bay. Itadakimasu, its restaurant zone, once housed six authentic Japanese concepts including Keisuke Tokyo (now located at Suntec), Saboten (outlet’s now at 313 Somerset), and Nantsuttei (now at Orchard Central). Since PARCO’s exit in February this year, the management has been tight-lipped about the new concept, only noting that it will be a “mixed use” section which will be ready in 2015.
Fika Swedish Café & Bistro (Halal, #01-20)
Savour Swedish signatures: pickled herring with rye bread and a boiled egg ($14.90), chilled rosehip soup ($7.90), the Fika Plank Special ($69.90) that’s a trio of BBQ ribs, mash and grilled tomato with cheese. Dive into their juicy meatballs with potatoes and lingonberry jam ($19.50), and end with hallonkrÃƒ ¤m med mjÃƒ ¶lk ($7.90), sweet Swedish raspberry cream served with fresh cold milk. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Tel: 6336 7234
Gyu-Kaku Prime (#01-03)
We know you’re here for the full-blood wagyu beef. There’s ribeye steak ($119.90/200g) from Mayura Station in Australia with a marbling score of 8 to 9, or make a beeline for the wagyu trial platter ($129/320g) which includes Kobe wagyu tongue and fillet, Tajima wagyu rump cap and karubi, Rangers Valley wagyu nakaochi and brisket, and Kagoshima Japanese wagyu chuck roll. Sides, starch, desserts, alcohol and other meats available. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. Tel: 6337 5070
Books Actually (#01-83)
A pop-up store till February 2015. The cubbyhole’s a warm wooden bookworm’s delight. Check out The Adventures of Fatman & Superchub ($20) by Stephanie Raphaela Ho, The Resident Tourist series ($19.90 each), stationery, tote bags, DVDs and other loveable trinkets. Daily 11am-8pm.
Chinese Heritage Museum (#02-21)
Social enterprise the Chinese Heritage Foundation’s goal is to share its knowledge with future generations. Inside this cross between a museum, gallery and retail space, you’ll find artefacts from a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony, antique cabinets and feng shui art pieces. Daily 11am-7pm. Tel: 6438 5698. www.chinese.org.sg
If you’re a on a rainbow diet, market-style MEDZS has just the cake ($6.90) for you. In addition to its signature Mediterranean fare like Spanish paella (from $17.90), rosti (from $6.90) and crispy duck leg ($18.90), MEDZS’ Asian kitchen turns out tiger prawns in pumpkin broth ($19.90), spicy kampung seafood fried rice ($9.90), and Japanese crispy salmon skin salad ($8.90). Also boasts value lunch sets (from $8.90) and a bar that’s perfect for after-work drinks. Daily 11.30am-11pm. Tel: 6337 7507
Tart Blanc (#01-102)
This unassuming speciality café is gaining a following for its well-built tarts (from $7) like raspberry praline and the new spiced espresso delight which is filled with coffee crÃƒ ¨me brÃƒ »lée and a gingery chocolate fudge, paired with textures of java jelly and espresso tuile. Don’t dismiss the savouries: try their soups, sandwiches, pitas and wraps; great with artisan tea and coffee from local roasters (lunch sets from $9.90). Mon-Fri 10.30am-9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9.30pm. Tel: 6238 6893
Oishii Japan (16-18 Oct 2014, Convention Centre Halls 404-406)
6,000 sqm of floor space (up from 4,000 sqm in 2013) is dedicated to over 200 Japanese names in F&B, kitchenware, traditional craft items, agroinnovation, food machines and more.
Highlights: prefecture specialities like Sanuki olive wagyu beef, Aomori apples, Kyoto Japanese tea, Ibaraki fruit yokan, Hokkaido seafood, Kagoshima shochu, Nadagogo sake and themed areas like confectionery heaven J-Sweets and cutting-edge J-Food Tech. $4 (public, 18 Oct 11am-5pm), $20 (trade, 16-17 Oct 10am-5.30pm)