BK’s Singaporean sister, I-S Magazine, has just unveiled its Readers’ Choice Awards for 2012. Here’s what the locals have to say about the Merlion City’s top spots.

Best Museum:

Singapore Art Museum

Too bad for the new ArtSci museum at Marina Bay Sands, the 16-year-old museum remains the city’s favorite thanks to blockbuster shows in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in 2011 and a series of contemporary arts at its sister venue 8Q. 71 Bras Basah Rd., +65-6332-3222. www.singaporeaartmusuem.sg

Best Fashion Brand:


Wanna clad in local designs? Singaporean fashionistas can’t get enough of local womenswear designer Jo Soh’s vintage-inspired creations. Hansel was also a winner for I-S’s Best Fashion Brand last year. #02-14 Mandarin Gallery, 333A, Orchard Rd., +65-6337-0992, www.ilovehansel.com

Best Boutique Hotel:


It’s won the award two years in a row now and Wanderlust continues to lure revisiting guests with its artsy decor by different artists, charming location in the middle of Little India and its own excellent French restaurant, Cocotte. 2 Dickson Rd., +65-6396-3322, www.wanderlusthotel.com

Best Boutique:

Black Market

The 1,500-sq-feet boutique is still the place to go for edgy contemporary fashion, with a mix of quirky menswear and funky accessories. #02-10 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd., +65-6634-5201. www.theblackmarket.sg

Best Bar:

Ku De Ta

Marina Bay Sands’ rooftop bar offers killer views, good cocktails and smooth playlists—even if Bali’s Ku De Ta says they stole the name. 57/F, Sands Sky Park, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., +65-6688-7688, www.kudeta.com.sg

Best New Bar:

28 HongKong Street

Despite having a hush-hush, no sign entrance, Singapore’s freshest watering hole is one of the town’s best kept secrets thanks to its speakeasy vibe and classy cocktails. 28 HongKong St., +65-6533-2001, www.28hks.com

Best Restaurant:

Les Amis

Recently awarded 53rd best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine, this long-time favorite for fine dining boasts delicate French fare, a refined atmosphere and impeccable service. 16 Shaw Centre, 1 Scott Rd., +65-6733-2225.

Best New Restaurant:

Fat Cow

This classy new establishment is all about beef—wagyu, to be precise. If you can, seat yourself at the counter in front of the open concept kitchen—chatting with the chefs as they prep your food is half the fun. Good cocktails, too. Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Blvd., +65-6735-0308, www.fat-cow.com.sg

Best Coffee Joint:

40 Hands

We told you, Tiong Bahru is hot. And this neighborhood’s top coffee spot, founded by barista Harry Grover brews, rare selections of coffee that caffeine addicts really shouldn’t miss. 78 Yong Siak St., +65-6225-8545, www.40handscoffee.com

Best Dessert Spot:


The brainchild of chef Janice Wong, this dessert lounge offers innovative creations that often feature unusual ingredients incorporate in surprising ways. You’ve gotta love that they’re open till two in the morning, too! Holland Village, 21A Lorong Liput, +65-6291-9727, www.2amdessertbar.com


Getting There

Air Asia (www.airasia.com), JetStar (www.jetstar.comwww.jetstar.com), Tiger Airways (www.tigerairways.com), THAI Airways (www.thaiairways.com) and Singapore Airlines (www.singaporeair.com) operate daily flights from Bangkok to Sinagpore. Starting next month (Jul 7) is the new budget alternative Scoot (www.flyscoot.com), which flies from B990, one-way.