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You think you know Singapore? Check out these top places that offer you the best ways to kick back in the lion city.
Before being amazed by the light and sound show at the spectacular Supertree Grove, head to the top of these striking man-made "trees" to sip perfectly-mixed cocktails and enjoy creative bites at SuperTree by IndoChine (18 Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay, (65) 6694-8489, open Sun-Thu 10am-noon (Drinks), noon-1am (Meals and drinks). Fri-Sat 10am-noon (Drinks), noon-2am (Meals and drink). Run by Asia’s top restaurant group IndoChine, this stunning venue offers an experience like no other, blessed as it is with a location at the top of the highest Supertree, some 50 meters above the ground. Snack on delicious finger food like crispy lychee with Kurobuta pork loin or terrine of chicken with walnuts and jamon iberico while enjoying sweeping views of the Marina Bay skyline and the spectacular architecture of Marina Bay Sands—either from the comfort of the indoor section, or at the al fresco bar.
If you’re after something even more elevated, 1-Altitude (61-63/F, 1 Raffles Place, open Mon-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am, Sun 6pm-1am, www.1-altitude.com) is an absolute must-visit. Set on the top of 1 Raffles Place building, it is currently the world’s highest al fresco bar. At a height of 282 meters, its 360-degree panoramic views of Singapore impress with breathtaking cityscapes at every turn. For drinks, you can expect a long list of creative cocktails (try the Altitude Affair!), as well as a premium wine list designed to perfectly match a menu of favorites ranging from a succulent seafood platter to spicy Thai chicken or prawn dip with crispy rice crackers. 1-Altitude’s sister venue, Stella, is another top choice for dinner, voted Best Restaurant to Impress in I-S Magazine’s Reader's Choice Awards. Make sure to arrive before sunset to witness the sky taking on a host of magical colors as Singapore dramatic skyline turns on the lights.
Chilling often means a casual atmosphere and a great wine list. That's exactly what Napoleon Food and Wine Bar (206 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore, (65)6221-9282. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-midnight, Sat 6pm-midnight) serves up, stirring up quite the buzz since it opened its doors last year. The enomatic wine dispensing machines is our favorite part, as it allows you to sample an impressive selection of 32 different European wines by the glass. On the food front, expect Southern European delicacies such as warm spinach salad with crispy bacon, lamb shank parma tier and braised chicken leg in red wine, carrot puree and vegetable. The desserts here just as elegant and delicious—the lemon tart with lime sorbet is simply to die for! Ordering is actually part of the entertainment, too, as you are given an iPad Mini to explore the menu before the attentive staff step in to serve you as soon as you push the order button. You don’t need to worry about blowing your budget, either, as Napoleon is renowned for its great value for money, with wines by the glass starting at just $8. What's more, as it’s situated on the hottest dining street in Singapore, Telok Ayer, you have the perfect chance to walk around the old town to absorb the beautiful architecture before enjoying the best food experience in town.
If you’re headed to Sentosa, set aside some time to take a stroll along Tanjong Beach Walk, which is home to the retro-luxe Tanjong Beach Club (120 Tanjong Beach Walk, (65) 6270-1355, open Tue-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat-Sun 10am-midnight. www.tanjongbeachclub.com). Modeled after a 1950s beach resort, the club comes replete with a pool overlooking panoramic views, two bars, a restaurant and plenty of chill-out spaces. Here you’ll find a range of cool cocktails like the Tanjong Martini, a refreshing yet heady concoction of vodka, lychee, lemongrass syrup and apple juice, the dark rum and apricot brandy-laden Tanjong Punch, as well as the Red Sangria. Their food list is just as irresistible. The aromatic Tanjong Nurger or Half Spring Chicken show their just as comfortable with turf as with surf (do try the oysters from the Arctic Sea). The club is also home to one of the hottest beach parties in town, where swimmers frolick in the pool to waves of dance music, ranging from disco to house, from the likes of DJs Has, KFC, Hook and more. Plan ahead if you want to enjoy the fun to the max as Tanjong Beach Club also hosts full moon events, too. With Tanjong, Sentosa has really go its sexy back.
After some late-night sweet treats? You’re in luck. Singapore is home to the aptly-named 2am : dessertbar (Holland Village, 21A Lorong Liput, (65) 6291-9727, open Mon-Sat 6pm-2am. www.2amdessertbar.com), which gets packed out after dinner. Here they serve up scumptious desserts that you can’t find anywhere else, all of which can be enjoyed with special wine pairings. You might feel a bit guilty tucking into these truly beautiful desserts, though, due to the artistry of Singaporean celebrity chef and owner Janice Wong. Her innovative creations often feature unusual ingredients that she incorporates in surprising ways. Try the Kayambe H2O and Basil White Chocolate, with passion fruit puff, coconut sorbet and sea grapes. What’s more, you can nibble on your favorite treats while lying on the long white beds, the best spots in the place.
“My trip was so chill. When the evening comes, Singapore is so vibrant, with a really colorful nightlife. I really love exploring the old Chinatown as it’s full of charming old buildings that have been transformed into hip cafés and bars. One great place to hang out there is Napoleon Food and Wine Bar which is a super laidback spot given the fine dining food and has a superb wine list.”
“If you’re looking for an al fresco place to live it up at night, 1-Altitude and SuperTree by IndoChine are my faves. Catch a cool breeze during sunset at IndoChine before heading to sip drinks and enjoy the 360-degree views at 1-Altitude, the highest al fresco bar in the world. The view up there is unbeatable.”
“One of my guilty pleasures is eating desserts at night and I’m pretty amazed that there is a bar like 2am : dessertbar that serves sweets until really early in the morning. Superb!”