Best Picnic Spots: Eat, Laugh, Talk, And Chill The Day Away With Your Friends!

Clear skies, bright, sunny weather – Singapore is essentially the perfect place for a good picnic. Imagine tucking into a homemade and scrumptious spread of good food, with hearty conversations and peals of laughter filling the air. With numerous picnic spots to choose from, what are you waiting for?

It’s time to roll out those picnic mats and enjoy the abundance of lush greeneries in the great outdoors. To help you make planning for the picnic easier, here are the best picnic spots in Singapore!

Fort Canning Park

If you walk towards the picnic field, you will pass by the spice garden where you get to explore interesting archeological remains before furling out that picnic mat.

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The picnic field is a great space for a game of frisbee or a long awaited catch-up session.

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Position the picnic under a large shady tree, and you’ll be set for a great time!

Fort Canning Park 
River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
Opening Hours: 24 Hours

Hort Park

This one-stop gardening hub consists of huge, green lawns that are splendid for picnics.

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There are 20 different themed gardens in the park, so you’ll get to do some exploring before you settle down at a spot!

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Besides the themed garden, there’s also a butterfly garden. You’ll learn all about all the distinctive qualities of the different plant and butterfly species on this picnic trip!

Hort Park
33 Hyderabad Road, Singapore 119578
Opening Hours: 6am – 10pm

Gardens by the Bay

Spacious open lawns, swaying palm trees and a modern, contemporary view of the Marina Bay skyline – a picnic at Gardens by the Bay is going to be such an experience.

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Take your pick from a variety of open spaces that are great picnic spots. You can choose to settle at the boardwalk (dragonfly & kingfisher lakes), bay east garden, or even at the super tree grove, just to name a few picnic spots.

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If you’d like to combine picnic and activity, just head down to the conservatories to enjoy the air-conditioning and ever-changing display of flowers and plants.

Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Opening Hours: 5am – 2am

Also, read 5 Secret Spots In Gardens By The Bay That’ll Make You Wonder WTH They’re Doing There

Upper Seletar Reservoir

Arrive at Upper Seletar Reservoir in the evening to savour a striking view of the gorgeous setting sun.

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For nature lovers, you can take a leisurely stroll and appreciate this quiet, simple park.

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This is one of the most tranquil picnic spots if you are looking for a calm and peaceful hideout away from the concrete jungle.

Upper Seletar Reservoir
Along Old Upper Thomson Road
Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm

Labrador Nature Reserve

The panoramic sea-view at Labrador Nature Reserve is sure to take your breath away!

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This very zen park is a hidden paradise nestled in our bustling city – a great excuse for a short relaxing escapade from your usual busy lifestyle.

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There are also barbecue pits available if you are thinking of organising an evening barbecue picnic.

Labrador Nature Reserve
Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119187
Opening Hours: 24 Hours

Kranji Reservoir Park

Kranji Reservoir Park is a quaint little space perfect for a picnic spot.

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If you’d like to try your hand at fishing, don’t forget the fishing rods! There are two designated fishing spots at the park if you are up for a therapeutic fishing experience.

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If you are just looking to spend some time with your loved ones, nab one of the pavilions and get a kick out of the spectacular view of the Straits of Johor.

Kranji Reservoir Park
11 Neo Tiew Lane 2,Singapore 718814
Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm

Mount Faber Park

Planning a romantic picnic for your other half? Mount Faber Park is the way to go!

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You get to rejoice in some of the best scenic views of the island.

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If you are up to some physical activities, go on a hike at the Southern Ridges. Comprising of 10km of green, open spaces, you can stroll through Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve all in a day.

Mount Faber Park
Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 099448
Opening Hours: 24 Hours

Hindhede Nature Park

Hindhede Nature Park is a hidden, quieter spot at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

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Roll out your picnic mat and revel in the view of the photogenic Hindhede Quarry over the delectable picnic grubs that you’ve prepared.

Hindhede Nature Park
Hindhede Dr
Opening Hours: 24 Hours

The Lawn @ Marina Bay

This picnic space is the ultimate urban oasis that is facing the ever-evolving Marina Bay Waterfront.

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Inspired by Byrant Park in New York, this 13,000 square feet park features lush green lawns lined by park benches and shady trees.

Lawn @ Marina Bay
8A Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018984
Opening Hours: 24 Hours

Organising a picnic is not tough at all. Simply pick a location from the various picnic spots featured, pack some food, call up your friends and you are good to go! An awesome picnic session is awaiting you.

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Also, read Ultimate Guide To Dog-Friendly Places: Hang Out With Your Doggy All Day, Every Day!

7 Places For A Christmas Feast So You Can Gorge Yourself Silly Like A Stuffed Turkey!

2016 is coming to an end, you’ve worked hard this year. It’s really time you and your loved ones indulge in some good food. DiscoverSG did the homework for you – we have compiled a list of restaurants with exclusive Christmas specials for you to choose from.

  1. Oasis Restaurant

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A poolside barbecue buffet? YES PLEASE! Known for their all-day dining poolside restaurant that is set among the lush greeneries in the tranquil outdoors, Oasis has something special in store for you this Christmas Eve.

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Indulge in their Christmas Specials – roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing, salmon coulibiac and for the beef lovers, quality grass-fed Australian beef sirloin. All these at their special carving and barbecue stations.

Complete the feast with some lovely Christmas treats such as their Christmas stollen, cookies and pudding.

Oasis Restaurant
10 Scotts Road, 5th Level Terrace Wing, Grand Hyatt Singapore
Christmas Eve buffet begins at 7:00pm
$108++ per adult (with alcohol)
$58++ per child (ages 4 to 12)

2. Oscar’s Cafe & Terrace

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Can’t decide on a particular cuisine? Fret not, because we’ve totally got you covered.

Be sure to check out the very impressive international buffet spread at Oscar’s Cafe & Terrace. From our favourite local delights to international cuisine, fresh seafood and a huge variety of desserts, the spread is bound to satisfy your palette.

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Remember to look out for the various Christmas activities that Oscar’s has put in place for the occasion. Aside from Christmas Carol sing-along sessions with the National University of Singapore’s choir, you can also enjoy a photo-taking-session with Santa!

Oscar’s Cafe & Terrace
Address: Conrad Centennial, 2 Temasek Boulevard, 038982
Christmas Brunch (25 December 2016) starts from 12.30pm till 3.30pm
•       $218++ per person with free flow of Champagne, house wines and selected cocktails
•       $158++ per person with free flow of soft drinks and juices
•       $  79++ per child from the age of 6 to 12 years old enjoys
Dinner Includes Dessert House 6pm to 10pm
•       S$158++ (Adult) / S$79++ (Child) Child from the age of 6 to 12 years old enjoys 50% off the buffet pricing.  Includes free-flow of soft drinks and juices
•       S$218++ (Adult) Child from the age of 6 to 12 years old enjoys 50% off the buffet pricing.  Includes free-flow of Laurent Perrier champagne, house wines, beers or cocktails
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Celebrate Christmas the Italian way. Pete’s Place presents a classic Italian experience with their rustic trattoria settings.

What’s more, they specialise in authentic Italian cuisine – serving up rustic homemade pastas, risottos and wood-fired oven pizzas.

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This year, Chef Cataldo Chiloiro has designed a special Christmas menu for the restaurant.

On top of their traditional pastas and pizzas, you can also savour a huge selection of appetisers such as spicy Italian devilled eggs, and classic buffalo mozzarella caprese salad. Also, do not forget to try the baked Christmas turkey and mediterranean style roast barramundi cartoccio from the craving station. Che Delizia!

Pete’s Place
Address: 10 Scotts Rd, Grand Hyatt Singapore Hotel, Singapore 228211
Christmas Eve buffet begins at 7:00pm
$108++ per adult (with alcohol)
$58++ per child (ages 4 to 12)

4. Lawry’s The Prime Ribs

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This year, Lawry’s is committed to bringing you and your loved ones a classic and memorable festive feast.

A meal at Lawry’s is incomplete without their Signature Roasted Prime Ribs of Beef carved from the iconic silver cart. That’s not all though, because the team at Lawry’s has crafted a special festive menu this year.

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Seafood lovers are in for a treat – try the Atlantic Lobster Tail and Salmon Roll-Up with Crab Meat and Spinach drizzled with Balsamic cream sauce or the White Cod and Hokkaido Scallop.

Then, complete your feast with a Croissant Pudding served with a scoop of delectable vanilla ice-cream. Fantastic!

Lawry’s The Prime Ribs 
Address: 333A Orchard Road, #04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
Christmas Eve Dinner
1st Seating at 5-8pm, 2nd Seating at 8:30pm
Christmas Day Brunch available on Sunday, 25th December 2016
Varies according to your order

5. Jamie’s Italian

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Fancy a three-course feast curated by Jamie Oliver himself – in Singapore?

Book a table now at Jamie’s Italian! With that modern Italian-vibe and a menu endorsed by Jamie Oliver himself, this will certainly be a special treat for you and your loved ones.

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The special Christmas menu includes a selection of starters, mains and of course, desserts.

What really attracted us was the Gennaro’s Porchetta. It’s a main dish consisting of slow-cooked pork belly stuffed with apricot, apple, fennel & garlic, then served with braised red cabbage & pan juices.

Also, did we tell you that all guests will be presented with a glass of bubbly upon arrival? What a perfect way to start a Christmas feast!

Jamie’s Italian
Address: Jamie’s Italian Forum, 583 Orchard Road, #01-01/04 Forum, Singapore 238884
Jamie’s Italian VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-165/167, Vivo City, Singapore 098585
Christmas menu available from 28 November – 31st December 2016
Lunch available on Mon-Sun from 12-4pm, dinner available on Mon-Sunday from 5-10pm
$49.90 ++ per person for lunch
$65.90++ per person for dinner

6. The Black Swan

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Housed in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, The Black Swan injects a fresh breath of air into the dining scene with it’s classic European glamour decor.

You might just go back in time to the 20s with their detailed and sophisticated interior.

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In the lead up to Christmas, The Black Swan will feature a live carving station with an Oven-roasted 150 Days Grain-Fed Black Angus Côte de bœ. A highlight at The Black Swan this year will be a one-night only Jingles & Jazz – a luxurious 4-course dinner featuring Hokkaido scallops, seared foie gras and juicy tenderloin.

The Black Swan
Address: 19 Cecil St,, Singapore 049704
The Black Swan Christmas Lunch Specials
Monday-Friday from 28th Nov-30 Dec 2016, $42++ per person for two courses
The Black Swan Christmas Dinner Live Carving Station
Monday-Friday from 19th–22nd Dec & 24 Dec 2016, $48++ for 300g
Jingles & Jazz
23rd December, Friday
4-course Dinner & Jazz at $118++ per person
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Tucked in a spacious and cosy space over at Dempsey Hill, Don Quijote is the place you have to check out for authentic, Spanish cuisine.

Besides the usual tapas, paellas and salads, Don Quijote is of course, ready for the festive season with their usual Christmas classics.

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You can look forward to good old Christmas classic dishes such as Oven Roasted Turkey and Honey Baked Ham. When you’re there, be sure to order the special Turkey and Ham Paella as well! We guarantee that friends and family are bound to fall in love with their homely food and ambience.

Don Quijote
Address: Dempsey Road, #01-02,Block 7, 249671
Varies according to your order

Serious Foodies Only: Here Are The Best Restaurants In Singapore For 2016!

“Some people live to eat, others eat to live. But I am sure we all agree that food will always have a special place in our stomach, and in our hearts.”

These were the opening words by Minister for Manpower, Lim Swee Say, as he kicked off the annual Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) Epicurean Star Award Gala Dinner.

The purpose of the dinner? To honour innovative F&B establishments that curate unique dining and culinary concepts, and that provide culinary and service excellence.

Alas, this means that the winners are truly the best restaurants in Singapore. Here’s the seoul1

They were awarded the Best Asian Restaurant (Chain) and you can look forward to a menu of delectable and authentic Korean food.


Seoul Yummy pays meticulous attention to their food preparation process. Hence, spices and ingredients are specially imported from Korea, giving their food that authentic, rich and appetising Korean flavour.


We had to give the Andong Jjim Dak a try. This flavourful dish is a potpourri of tender pieces of chicken, vegetables and chewy Korean glass noodles cooked in a ganjang(soy)-based sauce.

Enjoy an order of Andong Jjim Dak at only $28 (U.P. $39.90).
Terms & conditions:
1) Available at all outlets
2) This promotion is valid from 5 December to 31 December 2016.
3) Other terms and conditions may apply.

Seoul Yummy
For addresses and opening hours, arteastiq

The avant-garde ambience of the teahouse is going to tease your senses and tantalise your taste buds.

arteastiq2At the media session, we had the opportunity to try the Boston Love Boat Ciponio. The name of the dish sounds intimidating but it is actually a simple, warm and hearty seafood stew. It’s cooked in a tomato-based sauce, baked with en feuillantine, and served with a side of crunchy arugula salad.

Our ambassador, Diana, was at the tasting. Here’s her experience:

With such amazing food and atmosphere, it’s no wonder that they were awarded the Best Café this year.

Customers enjoy 15% off items ordered from the dinner menu.
Terms & conditions:
1) This promotion is valid from 5 December to 31 December 2016.
2) (Weekdays ONLY excluding public holidays).
3) This promotion is applicable for Arteastiq’s dinner menu only.
4) This promotion shall not be used in conjunction with other promotions, specials, and/or privileges.
5) Other terms and conditions may apply.

Arteastiq Mandarin Gallery
Mandarin Gallery, #04-14/15, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Weekday, 11AM – 10:30PM; Weekend, 10AM – 10:30PM
6235 8370/ 6235 8705

Tong Le Private Dining (OUE Tower)

Tong Le Private Dining is the recipient of the Best Chinese Restaurant (Fine) award. Within the revolving tower of the OUE Building sits Tong Le Private Dining.


The excellent location allows diners to enjoy a world-class dining experience while enjoying the gorgeous and stunning paranomic view of the Marina Bay waterfront.


The classic Braised ‘Dong Po’ Pork Belly was served. As it is an age-old dish originating from the Song Dynasty, only an experienced chef is able to prepare this dish.

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The meat is marinated in aged Hua Diao wine, then slow-cooked for 48 hours. The tremendous effort taken to prepare this dish is certainly worth it when you savour that soft and juicy meat.

Customers receive a complimentary welcome drink with a minimum of two Chinese Set Menus ordered.
Terms & conditions:
1) Customers must LIKE Tong Le Private Dining’s Facebook Page at or FOLLOW them on Instagram at @tongleprivatedining. (please show staff for verification purposes before placing an order)
2) Reservations are required. For reservation, please call 6634 3233
3) Not available on the eve and on public holidays.
Tong Le Private Dining
OUE Tower, Level 8 & 10, 60 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049322
6634 3233
Doesn’t it all sound appetising? We bet you are salivating now. With such promotions in place, it’s time to treat yourself and your loved ones to some award-winning goodness.
For the full list of winners and nominations, .
Image Credit: Restaurant Association of Singapore

A Taste Of Home: Paradise Classic’s New Menu Will Remind You Of Grandma’s Cooking

Winning our hearts with Chinese cuisine since their opening in 2009, our favourite Paradise Inn has since rebranded themselves as Paradise Classic. The intention is to allow everyone to appreciate the art of fine Nanyang-style cuisine.

Inspired by the widespread use of local ingredients and spices, together with the different cooking styles across Asia, a new menu was born. As expected, the dishes are all well-prepared with the hearts of a team of well-trained chefs, bringing you that familiar taste of home-cooked dishes.

The Menu

The nutritious Double-boiled Chicken Soup ($24.80 per pot) is a mainstay on their menu. Kampong chicken, together with seven Chinese herbs, are slowly simmered for more than 4 hours to produce a nourishing and satisfying pot of soup.


So robust and rich in flavours, this soup is a definite must-try.

Craving for something a little more to the classic side?


Try the Crisp-Fried Fish Tossed in Sweet and Spicy Sauce ($6.80 per portion). The balance of sweet and spicy notes is sure to stimulate your palate.



A new addition to their mains is the Espresso Chicken ($13.80 [Small]). Switching things up a little, Paradise Inn has replaced the usual pork ribs with chicken for this dish.

A full hour is needed to condense and reduce the coffee sauce to a glaze, so you can imagine all the efforts their chefs take to perfect this dish.


The Braised Tofu with Crystal Prawns ($18.80 [Small]) has accompanied Paradise Classic since their early beginnings and of course, this simple but wonderful dish will be staying on the menu.

Just look at those succulent prawns perched on top of the soft and silky tofu. What a wonderful combination!


Another returning favourite is their Stir-fried Pork Ribs with Bitter Gourd ($13.80 [Small]). Pairing the juicy pork ribs and crunchy bitter gourd with black bean sauce brings out the delightful and unique taste of the dish without overpowering it.

Tantalising Desserts

End the exquisite gourmet Nanyang experience with dessert.

A new dish inspired by our local flavours, the Trio Layered Osmanthus Pandan Cake ($4.20 per portion) looks as good as it tastes.


Layers of coconut milk, pandan and osmanthus jelly come together to create that well-balanced harmony.

Take a bite to relish the interplay of flavours of the three layers.


If that’s still not enough, try the chilled Lemongrass Jelly with Lemonade ($3.80 per portion).

This dessert will certainly wow you with its tantalising citrusy note. Perfect for cleansing the palate after a great meal.

Our ambassador, Diana, visited Paradise Classic. Here’s what she had to say:

Yearning to book a table at Paradise Classic already? No one is stopping you, so do it! Enjoy a classic and divine meal that is full of Nanyang’s heritage with your family.

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Ultimate Guide To Dog-Friendly Places: Hang Out With Your Doggy All Day, Every Day!

Have you had your little pooch begging you with those innocent puppy eyes hoping that you’d bring them along with you? Well, you are not the only one. We too, spend at least 5 minutes every single day at the door assuring them that we’d be back in a few hours. However, that doesn’t mean that we aren’t guilty leaving them all alone. *inserts crying emoji*

Why not bring your pooch along to your next gathering? We have compiled a fun list of dog-friendly places: cafes, beaches and even a hotel, that allows you to spend some time with your fur-kid! No more sad, droopy eyes staring back at you. Plus, they also get to socialise and make some new friends. That’s definitely a win-win for doggy and us!

Dog-Friendly Restaurants/Cafes

Admit it, all of us dog owners secretly wish all cafes are dog-friendly.

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We’re glad to announce that this secret dream of ours is actually coming true. There are quite a few dog-friendly cafes with excellent food in Singapore.

Not all of them have separate menus for our furry friends though, but we are sure that they are contented just lying around and spending time with us!

1) The Coastal Settlement

A superb area located in Changi, The Coastal Settlement has both indoor and outdoor seating areas. It is a cosy and spacious cafe with pretty awesome food for the humans. Also, water bowls are complimentary for our little ones.

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This will be great for some quality, cosy time with both your human friends and furry loved ones. Order some finger food to share and enjoy the well-deserved weekend!

The Coastal Settlement
200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529
Tue to Sun: 10.30am – 12am (Closed on Mondays)
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Think wood-fired pizzas and our favourite pastas. Casa Verde is a splendid place with great, authentic Italian food. Awesome, yummy food and you get to spend time with your little one – what’s more to ask for?

Casa Verde
1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Monday – Sunday: 7:30am to 11pm
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Aside from the usual food, pet accessories and apparels are available as well, if you are intending to give your little one an even bigger treat.

Happenstance Cafe
39 Opal Crescent, Singapore 328425
Mon to Tue, Thu to Fri: 12pm – 10pm; Sat to Sun: 11am – 10pm; Closed on Wed

4) Coastes

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Located at Siloso Beach Walk, Coastes is a beach-side bar with plenty of shady spots, sun beds and benches. Both of you get to enjoy a rustic, chilled-out day right along the beach.

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Enjoy simple Western fares like the usual Eggs Benedict and barbecued ribs. Fancy some ice cold beer while soaking up the sun? You can do that too!

50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000
Mon-Thur:  9am – 11pm; Fri, Sat & Eve of Public Holiday:  9am – 1am; Sun & Public Holidays:  9am – 11pm
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This is also a great place to hang out with your friends over a bowl of mussels and a few Belgian beers. Your fur kid gets to tag along as well. Perfect!

Brussels Sprouts 
80 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-12 The Pier @ Robertson, Singapore 239013
Mon to Thu : 3pm to 12am; Fri : 2pm to 2am; Sat : 11am to 2am; Sun : 11am to 12am
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The cafe is divided into two areas – one for the humans and the other one for the humans with the fur kids.

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If you are there for a weekend brunch, be sure to get the Big Brekkie for yourself. For the pets, they have a pretty great selection that includes Cream Cheese Salmon Rolls and Beef Shepherd’s Pies. With those yummy treats, your furry one is definitely going to jump around with joy after that hearty meal.

Bonus: They serve really decent and affordable coffee!

Sun Ray Cafe
79 and 81 Brighton Crescent, Serangoon Gardens Estate, Singapore 559218
Mon & Tue: 6PM – 11PM; Wed – Fri: 11AM – 11PM; Sat & Sun: 10AM – 11PM; PH: 10AM – 11PM

The whole restaurant is dog approved and dog friendly – both their indoor and outdoor alfresco dining areas!

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Head on down if you are craving comfort western food and a comfortable friendly place to dine with your doggy. All doggies get a bowl of ice water when they arrive too!

Pasta J
205 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574345
Weekdays: 12pm-3pm and 6pm-10pm; Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.30am-10.30pm
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What’s more, a few of their outlets are also pet-friendly!

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Your fur-kid will be so stoked by the aroma of the pizza. They can’t have any, but a little bit of crust once in a while wouldn’t hurt, right?

Pepperoni Pizzeria (Pet-friendly Outlets)
6 Greenwood Avenue, Hillcrest Park, Singapore 289195
Mondays to Saturdays: 12pm to 11pm; Sundays: 11am to 11pm; closed from 3pm to 5pm on Mon to Thurs

BIOPOLIS, 10 Biopolis Road, #01-01, Chromos Block, Singapore 138670
Mondays to Sundays: 11am to 10pm; closed from 3pm to 5pm on Mon to Fri
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The casual environment at The Garden Slug is perfect for a lazy weekend with your furry friend. They will thank you as well, since it is located next to a few pet stores and you could get some doggy treats or toys!

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Since they are famous for their huge platters that are great for sharing, grab your buddies and head down together!

The Garden Slug
55 Lor L Telok Kurau, Singapore 425500
Mon-Thu 6pm-10.30pm; Fri 11am-10.30pm; Sat, Sun, PH 9am-10.30pm
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There are a few fenced up areas in Singapore called dog runs. These facilities are created just for our cute little ones. Remove those leashes and set them free, so they can enjoy the freedom of being in the great outdoors at least for awhile. We reckon they’d be so happy (and tired!) afterwards.

1) Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

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An area that spans over 3km – we get why this place is a hot favourite on the weekends! There is also a fenced area designated for the bigger doggies out there.

Bishan Park
Along Bishan Road and Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569981

2) West Coast Park

A place for the Westies! The park is open at all times so you can head there for a workout with your dog any time of the day.

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On top of providing biodegradable poo bags, water taps are also available, just in case our little ones get thirsty.

West Coast Park
West Coast Highway, West Coast Park, Singapore 126844

3) Katong Park

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Though the dog run is not that big, we are sure it is sufficient for a mid-week workout and training for our furry kids.

Katong Park
59 Fort Rd, Singapore 439105

4) Tampines Central Park

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Though the dog run is small, you can go for a walk with your doggy together in the spacious dog-friendly park.

Tampines Central Park
Tampines St 83 (Tampines Avenue 5)

5) The Animal Resort Off-Leash Park

This animal resort is more than just big. It’s massively huge – spanning across two hectares!

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Besides a dog run, there are also other facilities such as a pet hotel, grooming school as well as agility facilities. Time to train our fur kids!

The Animal Resort
81 Seletar West Farmway 5, Singapore 798061
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am to 5pm, closed on Mondays

Dog-Friendly Places

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All dogs are required to be leashed up (except for Marina Barrage) at these places, but we are certain that doggy won’t be blaming you for that leash, since they will be spending some quality time with their favourite person!

1) East Coast Park

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One of the most popular parks in Singapore, East Coast Park, is huge so there are plenty of spaces for your pooch to run around. A picnic with both your dog and human friends sounds really great!

East Coast Park
East Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore 449876

2) Botanic Gardens

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A walk with your furry companion in the scenic, award-winning Botanic Gardens is just pure enjoyment. Definitely a photo-worthy location for the both of you!

Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569

3) The Green Corridor

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Want a good, long walk with your pooch and explore a little bit of Singapore’s history at the same time? Try The Green Corridor!

With a photogenic old railway line connecting to a few other green spaces like the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve – things are certainly going to get interesting.

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Marina Barrage is our ultimate favourite kite-flying site in Singapore and of course, our little ones are tagging along! Spend a peaceful family day at the open space flying your kites and having a picnic with that amazing paranomic view of Singapore’s cityscape.

Marina Barrage
8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951

We are really glad to see so many great dog-friendly places that warmly welcome our pets. After all, we love them (a lot!!!!) and always want to give them the best.

Just hanging out together and giving them a small little treat once in a while is certainly worth it. So, give these dog-friendly places a visit and we are pretty sure that your furry kid is so going to jump around with joy.

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Also, read The Ultimate Guide To Work-Friendly Cafes With WiFi In Singapore For 2016!

Late Night Gyms: Because You Build Muscles While Others Sleep

Ever heard of the saying, “Treat your body like a shrine”? Besides ensuring that you have a nutritious diet, exercising is also a must. Late night gyms are on the surge in Singapore because there is definitely a demand for some of us nocturnal creatures.

Sometimes we get that intense rush of adrenaline in the middle of the night (especially when we want to take our mind off work, or if we had a particularly sinful dinner) and have to look for ways to expend those extra bouts of energy. That’s where late night gyms make all the difference.

1) Anytime Fitness

24-hour or late night gyms aren’t just a privilege anymore because they are slowly crawling into our residential areas. United States based fitness chain Anytime Fitness is a thriving franchise with over 30 late night gyms across the island.

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Unlike typical gigantic gyms, Anytime Fitness operates on a smaller scale in your neighbourhood.

Equipped with cardio machines and free weights – basically everything you need to get a great workout in, we are sure the gym is perfect for everyone.

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Since these late night gyms are usually unmanned after 9pm (to 9am, on weekdays), members will be given an all-access pass where they can access all 3,400 Anytime Fitness gyms worldwide, 24/7! We have to admit that this is kind of insane, but totally worth it.

Anytime Fitness
Anytime Fitness Branches

2) Gymmboxx

Gymmboxx was established in 2010 and they have branded themselves as an affordable gym brand ever since.

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Looking for a spacious gym with premium workout equipment? This is it!

If you typically go for a run in the great outdoors and hit the gym only occasionally, Gymmboxx is perfect for you as well.

At just $6 per entry (for 2 hours), you can switch up your usual workout and make full use of the equipment that is available in the gym.

Do note that only 3 out of their 7 branches are open 24/7.

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Both their branches are open till 12 midnight from Mondays to Saturdays. With a space of over 32,000 sq-ft (Asia Square branch) and a wide array of state-of-the-art fitness equipment from all over the world, you can get an extraordinary workout in a modern and comfortable environment.

Pure Fitness
Asia Square
Level 6, Asia Square Tower 1, 8 Marina View, Singapore 018960

Ocean Financial Centre (Opening December 2016)
Level 4, Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315

Opening Hours
Monday-Saturday: 6am – 12midnight
Sunday & Public holidays: 8am – 10pm

With all these late night gyms island-wide, we can now avoid the evening crowd and workout at our own pace, and time.

This is too good to be true! Having more time (and less excuses) to get a workout in, we are now a step nearer to our fitness goals. Say yay to a stronger body and a better health!

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We’re Going Nuts! 7 Places To Buy Nut Spreads & Milks That Taste So Good, You’ll Drool

We are going nuts… over nuts! Taking over the world by storm, nuts are essentially one of the healthiest snacks to reach out for when you are feeling a little peckish. We’re talking about locally made nut-based products like nut milk and nut spreads.

So, we found some healthy, interesting and delicious nutty concoctions from various artisans brands that you can get right here, on our sunny little island.

1) Baking Blocks

Baking Blocks’ has an amazing collection of Pure Hazelnut, Pure Almond and Pure Pistachio Pastes.

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Made with nuts and only nuts, a jar of their nut paste is loaded with healthy and creamy goodness, without those nasty additional additives.

Open a jar of their nut paste and there – a whiff of fragrant, nutty aroma that you are so gonna love. Are you a baker? Use these nut pastes in your homemade baked goods. Or just spread a dollop of them generously onto your morning toast.

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Be careful though, because eating them straight right out of the jar is an addictive vicious cycle.

Baking Blocks
$13.50 to $28.50 per 250g jar

2) Wild Butter Co

Fresh batches of nut butters churn out from Wild Butter Co’s kitchen every Saturday.

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With a new batch available every week, you can be sure that what you get is the freshest deal. 

Available in several interesting flavours, Wild Butter Co will not disappoint the adventurous and crazy side of your palate.

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If you are going to only choose one item from Wild Butter Co, it will undoubtedly be their Earl Grey Peanut Butter.

The combination of freshly ground Earl Grey tea leaves with a base of peanut butter is so going to be love at first taste. Yum!

Wild Butter Co
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Fret not, it is not just about the good ol’ almond butter, because they have quite a few awesome nutty flavours in their collection.

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The Almond Macadamia flavour is the bomb! Naturally rich and creamy macadamia nuts are added into their original almond spread to create a pleasant and delicious taste.

Nuts About Butter
$14 to $22 per 350g jar

Besides the fact that they are 100% raw & cold pressed, made to order, and are free from additives, they also come in interesting flavours. Think Choco Sutra, Chai Express and Longan Loco.


Longans are one of our favourite tropical fruits. A Juicery hit the nail on the head by infusing those sweet and juicy longans into a base of cashew milk.

The end product? A decadent healthy and sweet treat that relieves insomnia while keeping a healthy heart.

A Juicery5) Gorilla Press

Gorilla Press’ Nut Mylks are made from a blend of almonds and cashews, resulting in a perfectly rich and velvety nut beverage.

They use the traditional hang-squeeze and double-filtration method to produce their nut milks. By doing so, they retain the maximum nutritional values in their products.

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Lightly sweetened with medjool dates (one of the healthiest natural sweetener in the world), a bottle of nut mylk from Gorilla Press Co is packed full of energy and hence, makes a really great pre-workout meal or snack.

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Inspired by their Asian roots, flavours such as matcha and black sesame are blended into their nut milks to give them that extra oomph and creaminess.

Ditch that green tea latte from Starbucks and give their matcha nut milk a try!

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Taking such great care in perfecting their product formulations, the end products are a collection of high-quality and nutrient-packed beverages.

A great dairy-free perk-me-up from HIC is their coffee nut milk.

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It’s a really simple blend of almond milk, cold brew coffee and medjool dates. Now, you can perk yourself up the healthy way!

Cafe by HIC: #01-104, The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238843
Cafe by HIC: #02-63, Triplefit, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596
HIC POPUP: #B2-K6, Canal Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
The Shop by HIC: #02-470 Suntec City North Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
The Pantry by HIC: #B1-K09 Raffles City Mall, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103
7) Antidote

Antidote has stated that they choose their ingredients really carefully and use only top quality raw nuts in their beverages.

The result? Nut milks pumped with body-loving superfoods.

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A bottle of nut milk from Antidote is essentially a body-fueling nutritional powerhouse.

So abundantly filled with nutritional superfoods, a bottle is great enough to fuel your body for a workout, or until your next meal.

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Antidote’s Real Cacao Milk consists of a blend of almond milk with superfoods such as raw cacao, maca powder and cinnamon.

Unlike the usual chocolate milks that are filled to the brim with sugars and preservatives, Antidote uses raw cacao to give their nut milk that rich, chocolaty flavour.

Raw cacao is also extremely rich in antioxidants, so ladies, drink more of those to retain that youthful look!

A bonus: Maca root powder helps to keep you in shape by regulating the fat distribution process in your body!

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G’day Mate! 7 Australian Cafes In Singapore That Feel Just Like The Real Deal

G’day mate! Our experiences tell us that some of the best coffee and food in the world comes from down-under – Australian cafes.

As coffee lovers, we can’t help but fall in love with that fragrant, freshly roasted cuppa joe. Pair it with some delicious and wholesome food (especially breakfast!) and ta-da, your day is made.

Though we are in fast-paced Singapore, it is true that you can find some really authentic, slow and relaxed Australian cafes here!

1) Luxe Sydney Singapore

Fall in love with the unpretentious Australian cafe over at Luxe.

Founded in Sydney, Luxe is an artisan bakery that focuses on making their own premium breads and pastries.

Their awesomeness has since expanded into Singapore, creating that approachable environment that offers amazing food, all day.

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Sourdoughs are simple, un-fancy, but it is certainly ultimate comfort food.

The sourdoughs over at Luxe are freshly baked, toasted and served with butter & their house-made berry jam. So delightful.

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Another must-try – the ricotta pancakes. There aren’t many places in Singapore serving them, and the one at Luxe is a real gem.

If you are really missing Australia, Luxe has got you this time round because those pancakes are the bomb.

Luxe Sydney Singapore
Address: 1 Keong Saik Road #01-04 Singapore 089109 (The Working Capitol building)
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 10pm, Sunday – Monday 9am to 4pm
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The specially designed space and concept of Robert Timms is curated to create the rustic and casual dining ambience that we all love.

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The classic Australian cuisine is always famed for using the freshest ingredients.

The outlet at Wheelock Place serves up your favourites ranging from the classic eggs & toast, Aussie baby ribs, and desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth! May we have some lamingtons please!

The House of Robert Timms
Address: Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road, #01-02/03, Singapore 238880
Tel: 6735 9201
Open:Sunday to Thursday & PH – 8am to 11pm, Friday to Saturday & PH Eve – 8am to 1am*

Address: Marina Bay Link Mall, 8A Marina Boulevard, #B2-11, Marina Bay Link Mall, Singapore 018984
Tel: 6509 8117
Open: Monday to Friday – 7.30am to 7.30pm, Closed on Weekends & PHs
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Located in Robertson Quay, their outdoor seating area overlooks our Singapore River.

Their indoor seating is large and welcoming with high ceilings – the cafe is almost always ready to impress you.

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Behind every cup of awesome coffee is a great barista and Toby’s Estate totally gets that.

Every single cup and brew is specially crafted by their highly trained baristas, ensuring you get a perfect caffeine fix every single time you visit.

Toby’s Estate
8 Rodyk Street, 01-03/04 Singapore 238216
Tel: +65 6636 7629
Open: Sunday – Thursday  7.30am-6pm, Friday – Saturday  7.30am-8pm

Upholding their really simple philosophy of sourcing the best coffee and using the freshest ingredients in their food preparation, Jamaica Blue has expanded in 7 countries out of Australia.

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With their casual and minimal interiors, Jamaica Blue is an ideal place to savour your cup of mid-day coffee.

From the classic Aussie banana breads to scones and a wide selection of bread and pastries, the cafe has them all.

A really wise choice would be to pair a little snack with a cuppa latte. Relax, chill and enjoy.

Jamaica Blue
Address: Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-606/607, Suntec City Mall. 038983
Open: Mon – Fri: 07:30 – 22:00, Sat: 09:00 – 21:00, Sun: 09:00 – 17:00

Address: Citylink Mall, #B1-10, Citylink Mall, 1 Raffles Link, 039393
Open: Mon – Fri: 07:30 – 22:00, Sat – Sun: 10:00 – 22:00

Address: One Raffles Place#01-62, One Raffles Place Tower 2, 1 Raffles Place, 048616
Open: Mon – Fri: 07:30 – 18:30, Closed: Sat, Sun & PH
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Their only outlet in Singapore is located at Dempsey Hill.

The modern, brightly-lit and large space perks you up instantly and is certainly a great choice for your weekend breakfast.

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The highly comprehensive menu consists of a plethora of dishes, ranging from a simple fare of fresh fruits & vanilla yogurt to creating your very own cheese platter.

Choose from a pretty insane list of cheeses – Brie de Meaux from France to Gruyere Reserve from Switzerland. The world’s best cheeses right at your fingertips. Wow!

Jones the GrocerHill
Block 9 #01-12 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill, Singapore, 247697
Tel: +65 6476 1518
Open: Monday – Sunday 8:00am – 11:00pm
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Besides serving up the usual Australian gourmet fares and artisanal coffees, Rokeby is staying true to their Australian roots.

They have some mean varieties of Australian wines and beers!

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You won’t be able to resist some good ol’ waffles served with a knob of butter. Oh, and not to forget, that drizzle of maple syrup!

Isn’t that what Australian food is? Simple, hearty, delicious and close to your heart.

Address: 15-9 Jalan Riang Singapore 358987
Open: Mon: Closed, Tue to Fri:  11am-10pm, Sat/Sun: 9am-10pm
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They have your usual Eggs Benedict and Chicken Parma, but they are always having special dishes on their menu, thanks to their experimental chefs!

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Housed in a glasshouse with floor-to-ceiling windows (Goodman Arts Centre), the interior feels warm, inviting and really laid-back.

A perfect spot for a weekend breakfast/brunch with your family. The communal tables at the outdoor seating area are also great for a gathering with your group of friends.

Cafe Melba
Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Blk N #01-56, Singapore, 439053
Open: Monday-Friday: 10am – 10pm, Weekends and Public Holidays: 8:30am-10pm

Address: Mediapolis, 1 Stars Avenue, #03-01, Singapore, 138507
Open: Daily, 8am-10pm
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Reignite The Magic Of Christmas On Orchard Road With ION’s Tiffany & Co. Xmas Tree!

It’s that time of the year again. Prepping for Christmas feasts and enthusiastically looking for the perfect gifts for your loved ones? You can trust us, Orchard Road is definitely worth a visit! With tons of festive activities laid out by Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA) and ION Orchard, there is certainly something for everyone.

The Tiffany & Co. Christmas Tree

Titled ‘Season of Resplendence’ – ION Orchard aspires to evoke the wonders of Christmas joy with their shoppers.

To do that, they have spruced up the mall with a series of activities and promotions just for you.


A major project this year is the partnership between ION Orchard and Tiffany & Co.. Together, they have created an enthralling walk-in Christmas tree for their shoppers throughout this beautiful season!

Standing at 20 meters tall – right outside Tiffany & Co., the glamorous structure features over 2,000 custom-designed ornaments including the famous Tiffany Blue Boxes.

Here’s what our ambassador, Nicole, had to say about the Xmas tree!

After a magical experience at the photo-booth, guests can collect their photos at the Tiffany & Co. duplex located at Level 1.

Likewise, you can share a video of that special moment with your friends on social media.

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Right next to the glamorous Christmas tree is an illuminated Christmas labyrinth decorated with glittering-ornaments, a larger-than-life reindeer centrepiece, toy soldiers and other festive ornaments.

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Step into this fantasy maze and find yourself immersed into the magic of a wonderful fairytale. What a perfect spot for your holiday photos!

On the Streets of Orchard Road

Our famous shopping street is transformed into a glamorous galaxy, adorned with glowing reindeers, shimmering stars, and other celebratory elements that turn it into a Christmas spectacle.

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Spanning over a distance of 2.88 kilometres from Tanglin Mall all the way to Plaza Singapura, it is certainly going to be a sight.

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Christmas Light-Up Period

The Light-Up Period takes place at the following times of the day:

  • 630pm – 600am on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve;
  • 630pm–200am on Fridays and Saturdays; and
  • Except as stated above, 630pm – 1200midnight on Mondays to Thursdays and on Sundays

Music in the Air

A novel approach by ORBA this year, visitors get to enjoy their favourite Christmas Carols piped through 16 to 20 outdoor speakers that are lined through ION Orchard to Ngee Ann City.

Furthermore, song requests from a pre-selected list of Christmas favourites are accepted on weekends. Now you can truly immerse yourselves into the magic of the season.

Available from 12th November to 25th December 2016 from 5 to 10pm daily.

Exclusive Pop-Up Shops and Spending Rewards at ION Orchard

Looking for some Christmas gifts, or just a little end-of-year reward for yourself?

The exclusive pop-ups on Levels 1 and Basement 4 of ION Orchard will provide you with an abundance of gifting ideas!

First, get your shopping fix at the Club 21 Accessories pop-up store in L1 Atrium.

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Besides shopping from a vast collection of accessories from brands such as Alexander Wang and Marni, you can also do your part for charity by dropping off cash donations at the store! This is made possible due to ION Orchard’s partnership with Rainbow Centre.

Club 21 Accessories Pop-up
19 Oct – 31 Dec | L1 Atrium

Next, beauty junkies are in for a treat as well.

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Find gift items from MAC, Origins, Bobbi Brown and Lab Series at the Estée Lauder pop-up.

Estée Lauder Companies Christmas Store
5 – 30 Dec | L1 Atrium


ION Orchard is also partnering with American Express to reward Card Members with attractive offers during this period. More details can be found

Yuletide Entertainment at ION Orchard

Spice up the festive season by participating in some activities at ION Orchard!

Kids can meet Santa – happening at L56 ION Sky.

With that beautiful view, this is going to be such a great experience for both parents and children.

Music connoisseurs, look out for Harpist and Acapella Choir performances that will also be happening in the month of December.


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Special Promotion for ComfortDelGro and Uber Riders

Get $5 off your trip to and from Orchard Road.

A novel collaboration between Mastercard, ORBA and ComfortDelGro Taxis, this will be happening every weekend from 12 November 2016 to 1 January 2017 (capped at 900 trips per weekend). More details #OrchardRdXmas to share your joy and happiness with everyone!

Also, read Under $25: 9 Super Local Christmas Gifts That Will Surely Amaze Your Friends!

9 Places With Wholesome Good Food That Will Inspire You To Eat Clean!

They say that you are what you eat. But, how many of us can keep eating healthy food, terrible vegetables, and plain food? Healthy eating seems like a tough choice. However, we’re here to prove that you can eat clean.

What if we tell you that incorporating a mindful diet need not be that boring after all? We’ve found some scrumptious and clean food from all over Singapore! You will get to eat clean and appreciate wholesome natural food. Let’s get hungry!

1. Joe & the Juice’s Breakfast Club

Danish-Scandinavian inspired destination coffee and juice bar, Joe & the Juice, has become a cult favourite in 70 cities across Europe, New York, Nice, Reykjavik and South Korea.

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Now available in Singapore, we too, get to enjoy an amazing combination of taste and nutrition in a cafe environment that is inviting and full of inspiration.

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The menu at Joe & the Juice is designed to offer delectable alternatives to quick-fix meal options, so you can eat clean.

Our recommendation – the Breakfast Club is a cup of acai, strawberry, banana and almond milk blend topped with granola. High in protein, vitamin and full of the goodness of whole foods, this meal in a cup is bound to satisfy both the tummy and your taste buds.

Joe & The Juice

Chevron House: 30 Raffles Place, #01-35A, Singapore (039803)
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday: 11am – 3pm

Quayside Isle: 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove #01-09, Singapore (098375)
Opening hours:
Monday to Tuesday: 8am – 8pm
Wednesday: 9am – 8pm
Thursday to Sunday: 8am – 8pm

Wisma Atria: 435 Orchard Road, #B1-56 to 59, Singapore (238877)
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 8am – 10pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10am – 10pm

2. Haakon Superfoods and Juice’s Acai Bowls

Haakon Superfoods and Juice got their inspiration from the Scandinavian style of healthy living.

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Believing in nourishing the body with a well-balanced diet, they have craved out a menu that includes a variety of superfood smoothies, freshly pressed juices and not forgetting our favourite  – the acai bowl.

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Originating from Brazil, the acai bowl has made its way to Haakon Superfoods and Juice.

Haakon’s Classic Acai Bowl consists of an organic acai blend base and is topped with coconut flakes, banana, strawberries and blueberries.

If you are looking for an authentic Brazilian experience, try the Original Rio Bowl. The organic acai and banana blend is toped with coconut, pitaya and cocoa nibs.

They are perfect as your post-workout treat.

Haakon Superfoods and Juice
Address: 118 Holland Ave, #01-03 Raffles Holland V, Singapore 278997
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8am to 10pm
Price: $7.90 – $12.90 for the acai bowls
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It offers a laid-back and relaxing environment, so you might want to visit if you need some mindfulness from your busy life.

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Something to suit the local palette – their quinoa goreng is definitely a dish that is lighter and healthier than the traditional nasi goreng.

What an interesting choice of grain to substitute the Jasmine rice that is used in the usual nasi goreng.

Red Baron
Address: Gillman Barracks, 45 Malan Road, Singapore 109455
Opening Hours:
Closed on Mondays
Tuesday – Wednesday, Sunday, 11am to 6pm
Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 10pm
Price: $16
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So, believe us when we say this is good stuff. They believe that people deserve to feed themselves better, and with fuss-free nutrition. No diets, no counting calories, just good and wholesome food so you can eat clean.

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As interesting as these two words – Poke Bowl – might sound, it is essentially a raw fish salad.

At A Poke Theory, they serve fresh, marinated cuts of salmon and tuna with a base of either their Signature Sushi Rice, brown rice, lemon herb quinoa or romaine lettuce. It is then topped off with a mix of toppings such as avocadoes, roasted cashews and furikake.

Finally, a salad that isn’t boring.

A Poke Theory
Address: 27 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 06962
Opening Hours:
Weekdays – 11am to 8pm
Weekends – 11am to 4pm
Closed on Sundays
Price: Varies depending on your order
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You can see from the generous amount of food in each bento – they are sure to fill you up until your next meal.

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Their Chicken Breast Sausage & Protein Waffle Toast that comes with oozing melted mozzarella cheese from their brunch menu is only 367 calories.

What are you waiting for?

Lean Bento
Address: 43 Holland Drive, Singapore 270043
Opening Hours:
Weekdays, 8am to 8pm
Weekends and Public Holidays, 9 am to 2pm
Price: From $9.95
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With 5 outlets in the CBD area, they are the perfect choice for those who’d like to eat clean and good food.


What got our attention though, is their offering of soba salads with interesting Japanese inspired dressings like yuzu, teriyaki and sesame.

Here’s a meatless soba salad with sesame sauce and wakame. So light and refreshing, your body will thank you for it!

WHEAT Baumkuchen
One Raffles Place B1-32
Asia Square Tower 1, 8 Marina View, #02-02.
International Plaza, #01-19.
Raffles City, #B1-78.
Republic Plaza #B1-08
here for opening hours
Price: Varies depending on your order

7. Sarnies’ CocoWhip

A little cafe located in the Telok Ayer district, Sarnies serves up some pretty mean sandwiches.

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But what really caught our attention was the Cocowhip. It’s like a froyo, but not so much like one.

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Made with only coconut water, vegan stabilisers and organic bio-fermented coconut, this frozen dessert is vegan, gluten and dairy free.

Try their Cocowhip Breakfast Bowl. It’s creamy and delicious Cocowhip topped with a fruit salad and a medley of nuts & gogi berries.

We won’t say no to healthy and delicious “ice-cream”.

Address: 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601
Opening Hours:
Monday – Tuesday, 7:30am to 10:30pm
Wednesday to Friday, 7:30 am to 12am
Saturday to Sunday, 8:30am to 4pm
Price: $10
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Each of these bowls have been concocted with goodness in mind so you can indulge in them without feeling guilty.

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Sprout offers a range of salads, incorporating flavours from different cuisines.

The Korean Chicken Bowl consists of chicken breast meat that was marinated with kimchi and accompanied with shiitake mushrooms, carrots, Japanese cucumber, and a soft boiled egg.

Address: 41 Duxton Road, Singapore 089505
Opening Hours:
Weekdays, 10am-8.30pm
Saturday, 11am-7pm
Price: $18.90

9. Grain Traders’ Build-Your-Own-Bowl

Looking for a quick fix with quality, wholesome food during your lunch hour? Grain Traders is the place.

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Ken Yuktasevi, one of the founders of Grain Traders, wanted a space for people to be able to spend that time in the best way possible by feeding themselves right, catching up with people, and simply taking a break from the daily grind.

They can do all these at Grain Traders, where they will feel that they’re being taken care of.

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You can build-your-own-bowl at Grain Traders!

Choose from a selection of grains – brown rice, bulgur wheat, soba noodles, to name a few, and top it up from there. Select your veggies, proteins and sauces. There, your bowl of wholesome goodness.

Grain Traders
Address: CapitaGreen Building, #01-01/02/03, 138 Market Street, Singapore 048946
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-8PM
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