Next month we’re unleashing the latest Hotels G property on the world, this time in the Lion City of Singapore. For travellers designing a stylish city escape, the hotel is sure to satisfy with vintage décor and cutting edge contemporary amenities, not to mention a location on Middle Road near Orchard Road right in the centre of all the action. With the opening coming up we’ve had Singapore Slings and futuristic city skylines on our minds, not to mention wondering what to do after dark.
Near the hotel you’ll find some of Singapore’s most vibrant shopping and nightlife, particularly at the Bugis Street Shopping Arcade and along Haji Lane. While Bugis Street used to be infamous for its less than innocent reputation – it was filled with gambling dens and unsavoury characters – it’s now home to the city’s most famous night street market overflowing with affordable fashion finds, electronics and more. Situated in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood, Haji Lane is another shopping street that really turns into the place to be at night. Here you’ll spot people from all walks of life unwinding in cool cafes or bars and testing out Singapore’s cocktail scene. Wander down the road and see what strikes your fancy.
If you’re lucky, your stay in Singapore might coincide with the popular MAAD Night Market held at the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore. Standing for “Market of Artists and Designers”, the vibrant gathering is held just one night a month (check the market’s website for upcoming dates) but always draws a crowd attracting up to 3,000 attendees. In addition to being Singapore’s largest creative marketplace where enterprising artists, designers and other creatives can come together to showcase their work and connect with other likeminded individuals, the monthly gathering also features MAAD Sounds! with live music performances throughout the evening.
You’ve probably seen photos of the futuristic-looking “trees” at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay development, but you can’t beat standing in the Supertree Grove at night for the real deal. While tourists may get in the way during the day, the grove is open until 2:00 am allowing late-night visitors to soak up a practically private light display.
For a unique weekend cinema experience, check out Movie Mob and see a film under the stars. The company organises outdoor drive-in movies (you don’t need a car, just a cushion and FM radio) and “silent” films around town where the audience wears wireless headphones for memorable movie nights. Make sure to visit Movie Mob’s website or Facebook Page to join the mob and access announcements of upcoming screenings.
Of course, one of Singapore’s biggest draws is its sizzling food scene. From sprawling hawker centres to high-end restaurants, wining and dining in Singapore is a treat, no matter your budget. While there’s plenty of food to find, we’ll be making a date at Ginnet, the new wine bar and restaurant opening at Hotel G Singapore. Open everyday from 7:00 am to 2:00 am, the contemporary, airy restaurant will be a great stop for an evening meal of tapas or nightcap and midnight snack after coming back for the night.