Before your holiday plans even kick in, have a ball of a time at Changi Airpot’s brand new Terminal 4.

Throw your dreary pre-flight routines out the window. Here, you’ll be wishing you’re stuck in an airport like Tom Hanks in The Terminal. The shopping and dining experience in this transit hall is like no other, and here’s our definitive guide on how to make every second count.

Wine & Spirits by DFS

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The Cocktail Bar, Changi Airport terminal 4 transit.

Right off the bat, you’ll be greeted by the massive integrated duty-free zone.

To the right, a seemingly endless collection of luxurious cosmetics and perfumes line the shelves of The Shila Duty Free. Before diving into the tax-free price tags of popular brands such as Lancome and Shu Uemura, we suggest popping over to the Cocktail Bar to calm to those pre-flight jitters. An affable bartender can be found serving cocktails made with spirits purchasable at DFS and ingredients you can find in supermarkets. Not only is it a great way to sample the liquor, you can also pick up a few tips and tricks for recreating the drinks back home.

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The Craft Collection

Venture in deeper and you’ll find The Whiskey House. Perfect for those new to whiskey, or is looking to expand their collection, the experts behind the bar are always ready to share more about their impressive selection of single malts and blends – in the form of complimentary tastings.

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Gwei Lo IPA

The Craft Collection ends the DFS adventure with a fizzy pint of craft beer, or a simple cocktail with a small batch spirit of your choice. Blipin ciders, gwei lo and our homegrown archipelago beers are available on draft right now, but we suggest giving Suntory’s newly launched Japanese gin, Roku, a try. #01-12, #02-25, #02-57. 

TWG Tea Boutique

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TWG Tea Boutique

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Tea Tasting Counter

The dramatic facade of an 11-metre tall tea wall is impossible to miss. TWG Tea Boutique pulled out all the stops to give travellers a quick insight into the rich heritage of tea. They offer an experiential of their single-estate, fine harvest teas and exclusive blends at the first ever Tea Tasting Counter. The leaves are treated with utmost care and brewed meticulously for that perfect cup to go with their many tea-infused chocolate bonbons ($1.67/piece) and macaroons. #02-29. Tel: 6582 1837

Tiger Den

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Tiger Den

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Tiger Beers

After Micheal Kors and Kate Spade wears you down, take a break at Tiger Den. An ice-cold pint of Tiger beer and a couple bites of local favourites such as chicken satay ($9/3 pieces or $16/6 pieces) or chilli crab bun sliders ($12) is sure to have back on your feet. Those travelling with friends will love the Tiger Den Sharing Platter ($60), which features a selection of bar bites and a pitcher of Tiger Beer. #02-39.

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Tiger Beers and bar bites

Yi Dian Xin by Imperial Treasure Restaurant Group

Quality dim sum can be found all day long at Yi Dian Xin. We can’t get enough of the adorable Deep Fried Porcupine Bun with Red Bean Paste ($6.30/3 pieces) or their signature Steamed Salted-Egg Yolk Black Custard Bun ($5.70/3 pieces). Since its by Imperial Treasure Restaurant, the Treasures Signature Noodles with pig’s trotters, beef brisket, wanton and shrimp dumpling ($11.50) and homemade roasted duck ($15) are also on the menu. #02-41. Tel: 62833282  

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Peranakan cocktail bar pop-up along DFS

International Food Hall

Or, fill up at any of the nine mini restaurants specially curated for the International Food Hall. The self-ordering kiosks comes with an easy card payment system which accepts most cards, and is available at stores such as Hong Kong Sheng Kee Noodle House, Pho Street and Lou Yau (Ipoh hor fun). What caught our attention was the numerous bowls stacked into precarious columns at Bowl Thai, which serves a toothsome Thai boat noodle soup packed with beef and greens. #02-228.