Take some time out of your packed business travel schedule to visit these quintessentially Singaporean places of interest. Here are some refreshing experiences to turn a work visit into your own Singapore holiday.
Experience breakfast Singapore-style upon arrival
Indulge in delicious Singaporean kopi (coffee), soft-boiled eggs, and kaya (coconut jam) toast any time of the day upon landing in Changi Airport. Old Town White Coffee at Terminal 3, 1983 Cafe Nanyang at Terminal 2, or Killiney Kopitiam at Terminals 1 and 3. Kopi outlets are situated at virtually every terminal and serve up local breakfast favorites any time of the day.
If you are craving a heartier meal, hit up any of the sit-down restaurants throughout the airport, or the Singapore Food Street within the transit area before you go through immigration. The Singapore Food Street at Changi Airport showcases a variety of hawker cuisine, and has a slightly quirky card payment system. Note down the exact total price of the dishes you want to buy before loading your card with money, so you can simply return your card without having to wait for a refund before you leave!
Imbibe traditional brews at a Chinese tea shop near Chinatown
Image: Tea Chapter
More of a tea person?
Tea Chapter on 9 Neil Road offers traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese dining spaces and live demonstrations on the right way to brew different varieties of tea: green, white, oolong, red, black, floral, and more.
For over 20 years, Tea Chapter has shared its expertise on tea appreciation with international visitors and been host to many local Chinese cultural and literary events.
Tea Chapter is also located near many places of interest, such as the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Chinatown’s restaurants and souvenir shops, and shophouses with quaint five foot ways. Once home to warehouses and Chinese coolies living in crammed abodes, the neighbourhood has transformed with quirky cafes, boutiques, and designer studios now occupying these architectural icons.
Enjoy modern art at the National Gallery Singapore
Occupying the former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings in Singapore, National Gallery Singapore is Singapore’s newest art gallery destination.
An icon of Singapore’s unique heritage with a central geographical location, the Gallery highlights on Singapore and Southeast Asian art while featuring masterpieces from leading museums around the world. Custodian of the largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern art in the world with a breathtaking 8,000 artworks, the Gallery won the “Best Attraction Experience” 2016 accolade at the Singapore Tourism Awards for its contribution to Singapore’s tourism scene.
Don’t miss grabbing a drink or two at the Aura Sky Lounge at the National Gallery, with a spectacular view of the Marina Bay skyline.
Feast your eyes and stomachs on the Singapore Flyer
If the sky’s the limit for you, you would love the Singapore Flyer.
Inspired by the design of the renowned London Eye, each capsule of the landmark 165-metre Singapore Flyer has UV protection, cooling, a backup air-conditioning system, and a roof to protect you from the elements. Precision engineering stabilises each capsule so you will hardly feel that you are moving, if not for the spectacular view of Marina Bay.
Get the VIP treatment on Singapore’s observation wheel by booking a Singapore Sling or a Premium Champagne flight (30 minutes each), available daily. Premium Sky Dining Flights (one hour each) come with a 4-course menu. Both come with complimentary entry to the Journey of Dreams multimedia showcase, highlighting the history and construction of the Flyer.
If you have some extra time to spare, dip into the tropical rainforest, fish reflexology and spa service, souvenir shops, and local food outlets on site. The Singapore Flyer can be accessed from Promenade MRT Station (Exit A), bus, car (20 minutes from Changi Airport), or taxi.
Unwind at Asia’s longest bar
Sometimes, all you want to do is relax over a cocktail before retiring to your room.
A good place to do so is Pan Pacific Singapore’s very own Atrium bar.
Located within the heart of the hotel, the bar features an eclectic collection of seating pods that appear to float over a reflection pool.
With a 44-metre long bar – the longest in Asia – the Atrium provides a beautiful and inspiring backdrop as you sip on its curated collection of premium beers, wines, exquisite spirits and Pacific-inspired cocktails.
We cannot think of a better way to relax and chill at the end of a busy working trip.
Looking for more treats for your Singapore break? Bring your friends and family to seven of our favourite dining stops in Singapore’s Central Business District on the Pan Pacific blog.