Start your day early with an amble down Orchard Road, the city’s premier shopping strip. Designer hounds will while away the hours at Ion Orchard and Paragon or the design-forward Surrender boutique, where you can now find sustainable yet elegant Swiss fashion label Sottes.
Then take a 10-minute taxi ride to Chinatown for lunch at Bar Cicheti. The newly opened restaurant is located in a Peranakan-tiled shophouse, and the focus here is squarely on delicious handmade pasta and various wines.
Fight off the post-prandial sleepiness with some more shopping and spending. You’ll encounter an array of designer threads at Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, while over the bridge at Marina Square you’ll find the flagship atelier of high-end watch brand Rolex– watch aficionados will appreciate the store’s permanent exhibition, where customers can get a deep dive into how the timepieces are created.
The evening is a blank canvas awaiting inspiration, but luckily you are spoilt for choice. Until 15 December, the musical A Singapore Carol (a twist on the classic Charles Dickens novella) is playing at Victoria Theatre.
For many tourists – and residents – the festive lights are a highlight. This year, the Orchard Road Christmas light-up has a Disney theme, the first branded light-up in the 35-year history of the event. At Gardens by the Bay, Christmas Wonderland is the largest celebration of the festive season, with live entertainment, food and some giant light sculptures.
Be sure to make time for a culinary treat at the newly opened Zen. Headed by star Swedish chef Björn Frantzén, it serves nine-course tasting menus with dishes such as poached marron with crispy Koshihikari rice, mandarin kosho (spicy seasoning), ginger and clarified-butter emulsion.
Reflect on your day’s spoils with a nightcap at the two-month-old Whiskey Library at the Vagabond Club hotel, where you can choose from 1,000 different whiskies from around the world.
This article was originally published in the December 2018 issue of SilverKris magazine