June’s here, and besides it being World Cup season and vacation break for many students in Singapore, it also marks the start of shopaholics’ well-loved annual event – the Great Singapore Sale!
From the 8th of June to 12th August 2018, shops islandwide will be putting out irresistible promotions and discounts – a shopaholic’s dream come true. For those who are not into shopping as much as their partners are, this article will be right up your alley! This two-part guide will be split into multiple areas of Singapore, each with their own location recommendations and fun activities for you to check out while your significant other hits the shops.
And where else is a better place to start off one’s GSS shopping spree than Orchard, the epicentre of shopping in Singapore?
Scotts Square is relatively quieter than the other parts of Orchard, and this makes The Coffee Academics a great place to prop your feet up and spend a quiet afternoon with a cuppa while your partner’s shopping around the area.
True to their name, they have an interesting range of specialty java which coffee enthusiasts will appreciate. Additionally, the outlet at Pedder on Scotts has seven stations, one of which gives you views of the open kitchen. They also have a Hand Brew Bar station which allows you to sit and enjoy hand brewed coffees of single origin. For tea lovers, there’s also a Tea Academics station where you can enjoy a selection of curated teas.
2. Arteastiq @ Mandarin Gallery
Unleash your inner Picasso at Arteastiq, where you can enjoy an afternoon of art jamming before proceeding to the cafe located just beside the art studio for a range of exquisite high tea selections. Each art jamming session costs S$48; it comes with a free canvas and unlimited amounts of art tools and acrylic paint, in addition to a beverage on the house. It’s a great bonding activity too, so rope your partner in, and paint your stresses away!
Find it at Mandarin Gallery, #04-14/15 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238867.
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3. ION Sky
Enjoy breathtaking views of Singapore’s skyline at ION Sky, located on the 55th/56th floor, 218 metres above ground. Simply spend S$20 at ION Orchard for an admission of 45 minutes, according to the daily showtimes. Revel in the panoramic city views as a multimedia show by award-winning Singaporean Singer Dick Lee introduces you to Singapore’s historical transformation over the years, and see how Singapore and Orchard Road used to look like back in the good ol’ days when they were fruit orchards and nutmeg plantations.
Find it at 2 Orchard Turn, Level 56, Singapore 238801.
Just a couple of stops away from Orchard is Bugis, another popular shopping destination in Singapore. Here, you can check out several pet cafes that are around the area, chow down classic New York brunch plates in hearty portions, and entertain yourself with some darts while bae’s shopping!
Sporting the cheeky acronym WTF, We Are The Furballs is Singapore’s first dog-petting cafe. Located on the top floor of Bugis+, you can get to enjoy an afternoon with adorable canines at S$10.90 per entry from Mondays to Thursdays, or S$12.50 for the first two hours, and S$2.50 for every subsequent 30 minutes for weekends, public holidays, and eve of public holidays.
Find it at 201 Victoria St, Bugis+, #07-07, Singapore 188067.
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2. The Cat Cafe
If felines are more of your thing, then check out The Cat Cafe that’s located just beside Bugis Street, where it’s home to 15 rescued cats. Here, you can play with furry felines while you sip on artisanal coffee, snack on light pastries, and people-watch from the third storey of the shophouse where the cafe is situated in. Admission is S$15 with a free drink.
Find it at 241B Victoria Street, Level 3, Singapore 188030.
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Their fluffy stack of pancakes crowned with fresh blueberries alone is reason enough for you to head over to this cafe located at Purvis Street, just a short walk down from Bugis Junction. Besides lip smacking New York brunch grub in hearty portions, the East Village bonhomie at Clinton Street Baking Company is also what attracts the crowds. Fuel up with their Chicken & Waffles, Eggs Benedict, sumptuous Southern Breakfast plate and more before you conquer the malls with your S/O!
4. iDarts Halo
If your bae’s still checking out the latest range of lippies at Sephora, you know she’ll be in there for a looong time. Let her swatch to her heart’s content while you chill out with a couple of dart games and drinks upstairs, on the third floor of Bugis+. Each dart game will only set you back S$1, so shoot away!
Find it at 201 Victoria Street, Bugis+, #03-24, Singapore 188067.
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