What to eat…
1. Burger & Lobster
Famed London restaurant chain Burger & Lobster will also be debuting, specialising in what it does best –a variety of burgers and lobster dishes. The restaurant will be located on Canopy Park, the highest floor at Jewel, offering views of the indoor waterfall. Expect to see new dishes inspired by local flavours, exclusive to Jewel. The outlet will only be opened to the public in mid-May.
2. Shake Shack
The famous New York burger chain is making its highly anticipated debut in Southeast Asia at Jewel, bringing in signature menu items like the ShackBurger – a grilled Angus beef patty topped with American cheese and sandwiched between two potato buns. The double-storey outlet will be Shake Shack’s Asian flagship after openings in Hong Kong, Dubai, Japan and South Korea.
3. Tiger Street Lab
Singapore’s iconic beer brand will be launching its first global flagship store at Jewel, featuring exclusive seasonal beer made with local ingredients. Also be sure to try the concept store’s twist on local hawker food, a collaboration with Keng Eng Kee Seafood – order the Tiger Radler Lemon-infused chicken cutlet or coffee pork ribs for a uniquely Singapore flavour.
4. Emack & Bolio’s
Boston’s decadent ice cream chain Emack & Bolio’s is bringing its rock-and-roll-inspired treats to Jewel. The chain is famous for its extravagant and funky flavours such as Deep Purple Chip – black raspberry ice cream swirled with white and dark chocolate chips – and Space Cake, cake batter ice cream mixed with shortbread cookie pieces and red velvet cake chunks. Be sure to get your scoop in a cone, since the cones – which also come in a variety of flavours – are sights to behold in themselves.
After a 16-year absence, A&W returns to Singapore to serve up its iconic root beer floats in frosty mugs alongside curly fries and waffle ice creams at Jewel. The American fast-food chain will be using this Singapore outlet as its flagship in Southeast Asia, launching special menu items that include a savoury cream cheese chicken or beef burger from its Japanese stores.
6. Shang Social
Shangri-La Group is opening its first standalone restaurant, offering an extensive menu of Chinese delicacies created by three executive chefs from Shangri-La hotels in Singapore and China who specialise in Cantonese, Huaiyang and Sichuan cuisines. Shang Social will have 220 seats across three dining concepts that include a casual pop-up feature kitchen, a formal dining space, and an elegant bar that will serve Asian-inspired cocktails and tapas with a Chinese twist.
7. Birds of Paradise
This local gelato parlour has partnered with homegrown fashion label In Good Company to set up a café in the latter’s boutique at Jewel. Birds of Paradise will be serving up the botanical flavours it is known for – gelato made from natural ingredients such as fruits, flowers, herbs and spices. Its signature thyme cones will also be made fresh on location.
8. Lady M
This New York patisserie chain will be launching its first-ever line of bonbons at its fifth store in Singapore at Jewel. The sweets will come in 23 different varieties such as Mojito Leaves, a sweet-and-sour chewy gummy with zingy lime and mint flavours, and Criollo Chocolate, which is made from Peruvian cocoa beans. Lady M, known for its signature mille crêpes cakes which feature no less than twenty paper-thin layers, will also be selling Jewel-exclusive frozen cakes which are meant to stay fresh no matter the destination.
What to do…
1. Shiseido Forest Valley
Furnished with plants from all over the world, including 2,000 trees and 100,000 shrubs, the Shiseido Forest Valley is one of Singapore’s largest air-conditioned indoor gardens. Much-anticipated highlights include hiking trails to Jewel’s highest floor and the 40-metre-high HSBC Rain Vortex, which is currently the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
2. Canopy Park
Canopy Park is Jewel’s topmost floor and features Sky Nets, comprising a walking net suspended 25 metres above ground and a trampoline net that, at eight metres above Canopy Park, provides a thrilling experience for everyone. Venture through the park’s hedge and mirror mazes for additional fun.
Known for its self-serviced hotels with cabins and robots, New York brand YOTEL opens its first YOTELAIR in Asia at Jewel on 12 April. Inspired by airline luxury cabins, YOTELAIR is designed to provide guests with everything they might need for a long layover. This includes shower facilities as well as Serta SmartBeds, televisions, multiple power and USB points and easy connectivity. The hotel is now open for reservations.
4. Shaw Theatres Jewel
This special branch of the cinema chain will be one of the largest in the country, with 11 screening halls and around 800 seats. Of those 11 halls, two will be offering a new premium concept called Shaw Lumiere, which will feature roomy leather reclined seats, armrests that can be folded up to create love seats and individual USB charging ports as well as a state-of-the-art sound system. The theatre will also be the first in Singapore to showcase IMAX’s next-generation theatre, IMAX with Laser, in one hall.
Where to shop…
1. Naiise Iconic
Local lifestyle brand Naiise is introducing a new retail concept store at Jewel. A duplex unit, Naiise Iconic will be featuring products from homegrown designers, food creators and other local collaborators. After personalising and gift-wrapping your presents at the gift bar, stop by the store’s Tea Bar by Teapasar and café for some small bites and drinks.
Another homegrown brand, Supermama is a gallery store best known for exquisitely designed crafts, gifts and souvenirs. The new outlet will also feature teacups and saucers in porcelain design, inspired by and produced for Jewel.
3. Pokémon Centre
The first Pokémon Centre outside of Japan, this outlet will include seasonal and regional toys, stationery, trading cards, jewellery and chopsticks. What makes Pokémon Centre Singapore different from its Japanese counterparts will be the exclusive Pikachu plushies in airline uniforms available for purchase.
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