In a beautiful garden city like Singapore and amongst high-rise buildings lies many hidden gems. Read on to discover beautiful sights and historical buildings, and unlock the joy of eating, relaxing, and shopping in the buzzing central district.
First stop: Raffles City Shopping Centre
(via City Hall MRT Station)
Raffles City is a premier integrated complex located in the heart of Singapore’s Business District. It is designed by world renowned architect I M Pei to be the ‘city within a city’. Be spoilt for choices with wide ranges of fashion, beauty, F&B brands including Michelin-starred restaurants here, for a one-stop shopping experience.
SK-II Boutique Spa has been around since 2004 and is the first and only spa in Singapore to use prestige skincare brand SK-II in its facial services. The spa doesn’t just pride itself on efficacious and luxurious treatments, but also boasts its suite of value-added services.
Address: Raffles City #02-26B, 252 North Bridge Rd, S(179103)
2. Bynd Artisan
Enjoy the relaxation of doing handicrafts in the hustle and bustle of the city. Indulge in the joy of personalising and handcrafting your own leather gifts for yourself or loved ones.
Address: Raffles City #03-24, 252 North Bridge Rd, S(179103)
Second stop: Funan
(via City Hall MRT Station and Funan's Underground Pedestrian Link)
Skip on down to Funan from Raffles City via our Underground Pedestrian Link from City Hall MRT station, Exit D.
Be it rain or shine, enjoy sheltered access between Raffles City and Funan, as well as to various destinations in the Civic District, including beautiful sites like Saint Andrew’s Cathedral.
Reopened in 2019 as a new paradigm for live, work and play in the heart of the Civic District, discover novel experiences at Funan such as an indoor cycling track, indoor rock climbing, rooftop urban farm, world’s #1 flight simulation experience, that's bound to break your stereotype of typical shopping malls.
1. Climb Central
Experience the highest climbing walls in the civic district at Climb Central. Extending from basement 2 to the second floor, there are a total of 46 rock climbing routes for both beginners or advanced climbers to choose from.
Address: Funan #B2-19, B2-21, 107 North Bridge Rd, S(179105)
2. Love, Bonito
Love, Bonito is the largest homegrown fashion brand created for real women, by real women. Love, Bonito offers a wide selection of quality workwear, casual wear and occasion wear. Funan has Love, Bonito's largest physical store in Singapore. The whole shop is decorated in pink, perfect for the ‘gram!
Address: Funan #02-09, 107 North Bridge Rd, S(179105)
Third stop: St Andrew's Cathedral
(2 mins walk from Funan)
Right across Funan, visit Singapore’s largest cathedral and the oldest Anglican house of worship.
Fourth stop: Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall
(5 mins walk from Funan)
Restored to its original neo-classical 1905 structure, Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall is one of Singapore's oldest performing arts venues and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Singapore. Having played a role in the country’s history for over 150 years, the Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall continues to be an exciting mid-sized platform, supporting the growth of Singapore’s arts industry.
Fifth stop: Plaza Singapura
(via Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station)
Plaza Singapura is located along Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt, and directly linked to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT interchange station, which connects three MRT lines – the North South Line, the North East Line and the Circle Line. You can find many popular dining and entertainment stores for fun times with your families here.
1. Baker's Brew
Singapore’s leading baking and cake company, savour the best premium cakes in town that are both delicious and exquisite in design. Induldge in novel and unique cakes, such as their best selling signature Ondeh Ondeh cake, with two layers of soft and moist pandan sponge, filled with fragrant gula melaka and dessicated coconut - a perfect blend of local flavours.
Address: Plaza Singapura #B2-42, 68 Orchard Rd, S(238839)
K.STAR is Singapore's first-ever and best themed karaoke bar. There are a total of 22 themed karaoke rooms, including themes like old school disco and space adventure. Their futuristic set-up will truly take you out of this world with its eclectic, boundary-breaking decor that’s beyond your wildest imagination.
Address: Plaza Singapura #04-09, 68 Orchard Rd, S(238839)
Final stop: The Istana
(14 mins walk from Plaza Singapura)
Built in 1869, The Istana is one of the oldest in National Monuments Singapore. It is also an architectural wonder. It has a Neo-Palladian architectural style and was built during the British colonial time, designed by engineer and architect Major John McNair. The Istana Park is open to the public only five days a year.