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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 European (and some local!) delights. The recently revamped Breakfast Club menu features everything from freshly baked viennoiserie, such as pain au chocolat and German peach plunder, to much heartier affairs such as the French toast with lime mascarpone and spiced vanilla syrup. But if you’re looking for something savoury to power you through the day, sit down to a stewy eggs shakshouka with olives, capers and ham.
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. Gentlemen may want to make an appointment at TRS Groomers which offers a wide range of men’s grooming services, such as haircuts, beard trims, face massages and lots more, with the option of a luxurious private room.
1pm: Indulge in an authentic Italian lunch
Transport yourself to an Italian summer’s day with La Scala Ristorante at the the sun-drenched Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski. Paying homage to the famous Milanese opera house of the same name, La Scala Ristorante is big on smart-casual elegance, featuring wooden floorboards, red-brick walls and white Roman pillars, with a wood-fired oven that dishes out handcrafted pizzas. Also on the menu are fresh pastas, done-to-perfection steaks and fish and Italian desserts with a twist, all courtesy of chef Diego Forte who grew up on the Adriatic coast.
Too many choices? Don’t miss the indulgent signature, Pizza “La Scala” which comes with slivers of black truffle and rich taleggio cheese, as well as sour cream and black pepper. On the pasta front, you can’t go wrong with classics such as the house-made tagliatelle bolognese and spaghetti carbonara with aged pork cheek. Whatever you do, save room for the tiramisu and lemon panna cotta with white chocolate, as well as a glass or two from the all-Italian wine list.
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.
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 establishment’s colonial-inspired interiors.
The restaurant has recently added an exciting grill section, firing up carnivorous delights with a big focus on provenance. Red-meat lovers will love the Tajima Wagyu and Black Angus steaks, and the Murray Bridge pasture-fed lamb, while seafood aficionados should try the Maine lobster and the Skull Island wild king prawn. Grilled dishes come paired with Asian-forward condiments, such as a Sarawak pepper sauce and buah keluak sauce, that make even the classics feel new and exciting.
Pair your hearty meal with inventive sides such as the grilled cauliflower, which comes with an intriguing Thai-inspired Hollandaise sauce, or the shoyu-poached daikon with cordyceps flower. And do start things out with one of the restaurant’s other claims to fame: fresh, perky and Asian-inspired ceviches.
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.