The Best Ways To Clear Your Annual Leave In The CBD (Part 2)

Let the stresses of work wash away with some quality self-care—here’s how you can have a wellness day off within the CBD.

That stunning bird’s eye view of the CBD sky-line makes Artemis Grill & Sky Bar the perfect place for date night. Image from Artemis Grill & Sky Bar’s

Need a break from work but not sure what to do on your day off? You’re not alone. Taking leave without having any fancy or concrete plans feels strange, and it might even feel like we’re wasting our day off. With so many uncertainties and social restrictions in place, it’s especially important for us to take a breather  and care for our mental health . One good way to start would be by taking some time off work to have a wellness day—within the CBD.

It might sound strange to take time off work only to hang around an area synonymous with it, but trust us, the CBD is full of hidden gems and spots that will help you to unwind and feel like the best version of yourself.

Previously, we recommended some fun activities you can do on your day off within the CBD, but if you’d rather have a more relaxing day off, this one’s for you. Here are our top picks for wellness-related activities  for a good refresh and recharge.

EBring on the heat with Kafe UTU’s Swahili fish curry. Image from Kafe UTU’s Facebook

1. Treat your tummy

Nothing boosts our mood quite as quickly as some good food . If you’re a fellow foodie, you’ll be happy to know that the CBD area houses quite a number of interesting cuisines, enough for a whole day’s worth of exploration and more.

Start your day off at Kafe UTU, a cosy eatery serving up hearty African food. If you’re unfamiliar with the cuisine, rest assured there’s bound to be something for everyone. There are bold spices and flavours in dishes like their Swahili fish curry, and creamier, subtler fare like their matoke, a Ugandan plantain stew made with peanut butter and herb butter.

After filling your tummy, head over to Wine Connection to pick up a bottle or two of your favourite wine. The Wine Connection Group owns and operates the largest chain of wine retail shops in the region, importing and stocking over 400 different labels of wine, so no matter where your favourite wine is from, chances are you can find it here. Apart from an extensive selection of wines, Wine Connection also stocks accessories like decanters and wineglasses, so you can pick up everything you need to host an impromptu wine tasting session at home.

Next, satisfy those midday munchies with a visit to Bee’s Knees Urban. Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer savoury bites, the all-day treats on their menu are sure to satisfy you. After all, they have quite a decent offering of teatime bites, from decadent s’mores brownies and their signature BKU honey cake, to beef pies and mushroom soup. They also have an extensive selection of teas, coffees, smoothies, and juices as well if you’re not feeling too peckish.

For dinner, treat yourself to something a little fancier at Artemis Grill & Sky Bar. Located on the 40th floor of CapitaGreen, you’ll get an amazing view of the city skyline, all while enjoying some delicious Mediterranean food. Vegan options are available on their menu, and they’ve also got a good selection of desserts, bar snacks, and drinks, so you can have a nice, slow evening of feasting.


Kafe UTU — 12 Jiak Chuan Road. Open 10am to 5pm and 6pm to 10:30pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Wine Connection — Raffles City Shopping Centre, #B1-43F. Open 10am to 10pm daily.

Bee’s Knees Urban — CapitaSpring, #01-02. Open 8am to 10:30pm Monday to Friday.

Artemis Grill & Sky Bar — CapitaGreen Rooftop (Level 40). Open 11:30am to 2:30pm and 5:30pm to 10pm Tuesday to Friday, and 5:30pm to 10pm Saturday.

2. Pamper yourself

Stress can manifest itself physically in different ways—from teeth grinding and jaw clenching, to tension headaches and other bodily aches and pains. If you hold your stress in your jaw, then a trip to the dentist might be the best way to take care of yourself on your wellness day. Though known for their teeth straightening services, i.Dental also offers teeth whitening, concealing, cleaning, and contouring services. We might have to wear masks all the time at the moment, but having clean teeth always makes us feel good.

To relieve tension in your body, you might want to visit a chiropractor or go for a relaxing foot massage instead. Total Health Chiropractic has been around for over 10 years, and is known for treating poor posture, chronic back and neck pain, headaches, and migraines among other bodily problems through adjustments. Having your joints popped in places you’d never expect might seem scary in videos, but most of the time, chiropractic sessions are painless and even relaxing. So if you enjoy cracking your knuckles regularly, you’d probably enjoy chiropractic care.

If returning home after a day of pampering doesn’t feel like the most satisfying option, why not have a good night’s rest (or two) with a staycation at lyf Funan? They’ve got rooms of all sizes, from a cosy studio for two, perfect for singles, couples, or best friends, to quaint apartment-style spaces with up to six bedrooms, great for accommodating a fun catch-up with the whole gang. No matter which room you choose, you’ll get high-speed wifi, round-the-clock security, and a mobile access key, which is really all you need to get a good, undisturbed breather.


i.Dental — Capital Tower, #01-04 and #13-04. Open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4:30pm Saturday.

Total Health Chiropractic — Capital Tower, #09-08. Open 10:30am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm Monday to Tuesday and Thursday to Friday, and 9am to 2:30pm Saturday.

lyf Funan Singapore — Funan, Level 4.

Get that pearly white smile at i.Dental and a good night’s rest at lyf Funan to complete your self-care day. Images from Google and lyf’s Instagram respectively.

3. Get a new look

Sometimes, we just need a change to feel like our best selves again. If a fresh cut and colour is what you need, head to PRIX Salon by Kevin Neo. Stylists here are experienced and professionals in what they do, and service is known to always be top-notch. Apart from your regular wash, cut, and colour, they also offer scalp treatments, perming, and rebonding services, so if you’re craving a change, you might as well go all the way.

For a more subtle change, go for a manicure and pedicure at Renaza Nail Spa. They offer express, Gelish, and spa nail services, and can even cater to men and kids. Prices are affordable, and their nail artists can do most everything, from classic French tips to intricate nail art.

Finally, go for some retail therapy and get a whole new outfit at the homegrown design studio, Beyond The Vines. Their apparel and accessories boast clean, simple lines and colours, and can be easily dressed up or down. Pieces are not only aesthetically pleasing, but functional as well—for instance, their iconic dumpling bag in XL is water-resistant, and can hold a ton of stuff, including a laptop, water bottle, and workout clothes, perfect for those office-to-gym days.


PRIX Salon by Kevin Neo — Funan, #B1-16. Open 11am to 9pm daily.

Renaza Nail Spa — Asia Square Tower 2, #02-19. Open 11am to 7pm Monday to Friday.

Beyond The Vines — Funan, #02-08. Open 11am to 9pm daily.

Refresh your wardrobe with classic pieces from Beyond The Vines. Image from Beyond The Vines’ website
Soak up some Vitamin D at Ann Siang Hill Park, and become a florist for a day at Fleuriste’s floral arrangement course. Images via @lnmjstn on Instagram and Fleuriste’s Facebook respectively.

4. Soak in the greenery

Stopping to smell the roses might be cliché, but fresh air is something that we often forget to appreciate, especially during hectic work days. Spending time outdoors might be difficult in Singapore’s heat (or rain!), but it can actually be very therapeutic, even if only for a few minutes a day.

Like we mentioned previously, there are many green spaces within the CBD, just waiting for us to stumble upon them. For a midday stroll, Pearl’s Hill City Park and Ann Siang Hill Park are two quiet green spaces that have ample shade, so you can sit peacefully and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature for as long as you wish. For something a bit different, the Urban Farm @ Funan is a great space to soak up some sun while learning a bit more about edible gardening.

If you’re willing to go one step further and get your hands dirty, you can try your hand at one of Fleuriste’s floral arrangement courses (you can even pay for them with your Skillsfuture credits!), or Edible Garden City's edible garden workshops, where you can learn how to grow your own veggies, herbs, and superfoods at home. For gardening  beginners, they even offer RGB grow kits that come with a self-watering planter system, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to water your precious plants. Even if you don’t quite have a penchant for working with plants, you can still treat yourself to a bouquet of flowers (fresh or dried) or a terrarium from Hibiscus Florist. They even offer subscription services, where you can get a new arrangement of fresh blooms sent to you every week, like a little weekly perk-me-up.


Edible Garden City Urban Farm @ Funan — Funan, Level 7.

Fleuriste — 38A North Canal Road. Open 11am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 10:30am to 3:30pm Saturday and Sunday.

Hibiscus Florist — Capital Tower, #01-06. Open 11am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday.



For all of the worries and stress we face at work, there are spots in the CBD that can help us relax and forget our troubles. So maybe the area isn’t so bad after all, huh? We hope this little series has inspired you to go out there and explore an area you wouldn’t think of visiting, because who knows what you might discover.

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