Day 1: Around the track
For the past 11 years, September has seen the Lion City roar into action with the annual Singapore Grand Prix. But aside from the on-track activities, the neighbourhoods surrounding the circuit offer a host of exciting attractions. Start your day with coffee and toast topped with banana, nut butter and coconut mousse at The Glasshouse.
Then, explore the city in a restored vintage Vespa sidecar with a Singapore Sidecars tour. Choose the Civic District route, which gives you a preview of the Formula One race circuit as it zips around landmarks like Marina Bay Sands, St Andrew’s Cathedral and Fullerton Square. Continue the motorsport theme at the nearby South Beach, where the Classics in the City exhibition (14–16 Sep) displays 30 iconic automobiles, including three championship-winning F1 cars.
All the action is bound to whet your appetite, so head to Madame Fan at the NCO Club for a spot of modern Chinese fare with a twist. Lounge in plush red armchairs as you tuck into signature dim sum items like char siew bao (barbecue pork bun) with wolfberries and crispy aromatic duck made extra special with buttery, nutty kaluga caviar. Walk off the impending food coma by traipsing over to the ArtScience Museum to check out “Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes”, a special exhibition that spotlights the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s key characters from the past decade.
Further your local cultural education at the Singapore International Photography Festival (from 6 Sep), which takes place at venues across the city, including the National Design Centre and Gillman Barracks. Swing by the Arts House to check out Mark Neville’s “Child’s Play & Other Stories” and Laura Letinsky’s “Still” (from 14 Sep). Once you’re done perusing the exhibitions, rest your weary feet and take in the skyline with a ride on the Singapore Flyer. If you’ve got tickets for the Formula One race, present them and pay just $11 for the second passenger on Singapore Sling and Premium Champagne flights (valid 7–13 Sep). To end the night, take a taxi to Kimme on Amoy Street. This newly opened bistro concept is where you’ll find chefs Sun Kim and Louis Han dishing up their inventive take on modern Asian cuisine.