Thursday, 30 July 2020

24 hours in Singapore’s history-rich City Hall area

*Produced by SilverKris for The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore*

9am: Start the day with breakfast at Berthold Delikatessen 

Situated at the Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski, Berthold Delikatessen is a European-style deli that serves mouth-watering German delights. Skip the usual toast and eggs and opt for a hearty German salami sandwich or the beef pastrami that’s topped with horseradish and sauerkraut on toasted sourdough bread. If you prefer something lighter, you can go for a ham and gruyere cheese croissant or a serving of the Berthold Muesli to start the day with a satisfied tummy.

11am: Explore the boutiques of Capitol Singapore

Linger around Capitol Singapore after a hearty breakfast and explore its diverse array of lifestyle boutiques for some retail therapy. Takumi Artisans, an upscale Japanese retailer that specialises in handmade, gold-plated jewellery and home accessories, is a must-visit. You can also pick up some fresh flowers at Petals Artistry or go gift shopping at ARCH, a homegrown brand with a focus on Singapore-inspired designs. For dapper footwear, swing by Carmina, a Mallorca-based, fourth-generation business that offers classic oxfords and loafers.

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The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore has a wide range of dining options, including Broadway American Diner

1pm: Indulge in American comfort food for lunch 

Transport yourself to a 1960s-era American diner at the Broadway American Diner, a retro-themed joint at the Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski. The revamped version of the defunct Magnolia Snack Bar – an iconic local F&B gem that first opened here in 1937 – is known for its burgers and milkshakes. Go all out for lunch with the Stamford burger, which serves Black Angus beef in an egg wrap, and a Chendol Milkshake for a local twist to the meal. You can even order a 1m-long hotdog for you and your friends to devour. Newer dishes that also deserve a taste include the Philly Steak Sandwich, a decadent classic stuffed with steak slices, mozzarella and Colby cheese, the equally over-the-top Double Black Angus Cheese Burger, and the Chilli Beef Hot Dog, served with smoked beef sausage, chilli con carne and pico de gallo.

3pm: Get up close to the finest art in Southeast Asia 

Unleash your inner culture vulture while strolling through the permanent exhibitions of Southeast Asian art at the National Gallery Singapore. This cultural landmark is home to the world’s largest public collection of local and regional art, featuring everything from the iconic works of watercolourist Ong Kim Seng to the more experimental installations of up-and-coming artists. Don’t forget to take in the building’s grandiose architecture – from the regal façade to the ornate friezes.

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The historic CHIJMES. Photo credit: Shutterstock

5pm: Spend a romantic evening at CHIJMES 

CHIJMES, a historic, former Catholic convent known for its gothic architecture, is where many weddings have taken place (including an on-screen one in Crazy Rich Asians). Besides being one of the most romantic spots in Singapore, it’s also where you’ll find some of the best eats in town including French-Japanese restaurant Whitegrass and matcha specialist Hvala, where you can indulge in a time of reflection with a carefully curated cup of tea.

7pm: Savour Asian-inspired dishes at 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung

Come sunset, mosey over to 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung (conceptualised by the two Michelin-starred chef, who also serves as a judge on MasterChef Canada), the perfect dinner spot located at the lobby of The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore. Get a taste of the culinary maven’s interpretation of Asian classics against the backdrop the fine-dining establishment’s elegant interiors. Start with the Grilled Cauliflower, a simple yet well-loved appetiser that elevates the flavour of the humble vegetable. The artfully plated Grilled Eggplant, which is topped with almond slices, saikyo miso and Nanami chilli pepper, is another must-try. Don’t miss the Singapore Laksa, a gourmet twist on a local favourite, or the Fremantle Octopus, a more adventurous dish that pairs fire-grilled octopus with jambu slaw and wok-fried chilli.

War Memorial Park
Just a short walk away from The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore is the War Memorial Park. Photo credit: Shutterstock

10pm: End the night at the War Memorial Park

At the heart of the War Memorial Park at City Hall is a stately, 61m-tall monolith that was unveiled in 1967 to commemorate the victims of World War II. Also known affectionately as The Chopsticks, it is made of four white pillars, which represent the multiracial communities of Singapore. A quiet, calm location, it makes for a good place to rest your feet and wind down after an eventful day.

With a stay at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, a luxury hotel situated along Stamford Road, at the heart of Singapore’s City Hall, you won’t have to venture far to hit up these top spots. What’s more, you’ll get to return to a plush hotel suite with contemporary, upscale amenities and access to facilities such as a salt water pool and luxury spa.

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