The new year is here and there’s hardly a day that goes by in Singapore where social media feeds aren’t flooded with a new craze to get excited over! Gather your family, friends, and the kids and venture off into the new year with our list of top new places to explore!
Not to be confused with the Botanic Gardens, or the similarly-named residences, The Botanic is the hottest new restaurant to hit up within the central district. Taking over the space previously held by Salt Tapas Bar, The Botanic lives up to its name of being a lush setting for your meals. Allow chefs from around the world delight you and the family with a smorgasbord of flavors from cuisines ranging from Nyonya to Mediterranean, while you soak in the laidback atmosphere from indoors or alfresco seating.
The Botanic, #01-22A, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103, https://thebotanic.com.sg. Opens Monday to Sunday from 12noon to 11pm.
Other New Family-friendly Eateries
Chee Kei Wonton Noodles, https://www.cheekeiwonton.com/ - Famous Hong Kong noodles opens in SG
Almost Famous Craft Beer Bar, https://almostfamous.sg/ – Minimalist bar
Kota88 Restaurant, https://www.kota88restaurant.com/ - Authentic Chinese-Indonesian fusion dishes
Violet Oon, https://violetoon.com/ – Peranakan fare from profound food critic
Kinobe, https://www.facebook.com/kinobesg/ - Affordable Japanese rice bowls
Fast Food Openings
A&W, https://www.facebook.com/rootbeerSG/ - Nostalgic fast-food makes a comeback!
Shake Shack, https://www.shakeshack.com/ – World-famous burger chain set to open in March 2019
Three Buns Quayside, http://www.threebuns.com/singapore/ – The folks of Potato Head’s newly-launched burger concept
Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari, https://www.littlestepsasia.com/singapore/articles/play/tiong-bahru-bakery-dempsey
Joe & Dough Holland Village, https://www.joeanddough.com/ - Coffee group’s first full-dining concept
Casa Rustico, https://www.facebook.com/casarustico/ - Pastas, breakfast and homemade desserts!
Get Your Sugar Fix
Nayuki, https://www.facebook.com/nayukisg/ – Cheese Tea Café
Taigai, https://www.facebook.com/taigaisg/ - Bubble Tea bar from China!
Heytea, https://www.heytea.com/ - New bubble tea chain
It might have taken a while for The Capitol Kempinski Hotel to finally open at The Capitol Piazza, but the wait was well worth it. Boasting 157 rooms and suites, this swanky hotel is conveniently located in the heart of it all, a stone’s throw from the main shopping districts and near countless eateries. Combining modernity and traditional designs, this landmark will make the perfect venue for your next family staycation.
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, Capitol Piazza, 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906, https://www.kempinski.com/en/singapore/the-capitol-singapore/
Other Newly-opened Hotels:
Six Senses Duxton, http://www.garchahotels.com/duxton-singapore - Suites in the city
Ann Siang House, https://annsianghouse.com/ - Revamped boutique hotel
Hotels To Open In 2019:
The Outpost Hotel @ Sentosa, http://www.stayfareast.com/en/hotels/the-outpost-sentosa
Village Hotel Sentosa, http://www.stayfareast.com/en/hotels/village-hotel-sentosa
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, https://www.dusit.com/dusitthani/laguna/singapore/
New Experiences At Hotels:
Shangri-La Singapore, http://www.shangri-la.com/singapore/shangrila/ - Launch of new Family Deluxe Rooms, Family Dining Experiences, and Travel Light Amenities.
Cute creatures are set to take over the big screens in the coming year, with flicks like Dumbo and How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World releasing in the first few months. Of course, who can forget that we’ll also finally be finding out the aftermath of the last Avengers movie? Before long, you and the kids will get all wrapped up with the action again. Ready for some popcorn?
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2386490/
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon:_Detective_Pikachu
Sonic The Hedgehog, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3794354/
Frozen 2, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3794354/
Toy Story 4, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1979376/
There’s no shortage of museum galleries, art installations and workshops to get involved in together with the kids – with some even being completely free! Before they end their limited run, make sure to make a date with the fam for a fun day out with these activities.
Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. – National Gallery, https://www.nationalgallery.sg/exhibitions/minimalism-space-light-object
Between the Lines - Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, http://www.sysnmh.org.sg/
Going Play-ces, Playeum, Children’s Centre For Creativity, https://www.playeum.com/
The Little Prince: Behind The Story, Singapore Philatelic Museum, https://www.spm.org.sg
Latest multi-activity park to hit our shores is SuperPark Singapore. Located in Suntec City, this Finnish-designed arena boasts of 40,000 sq feet of space filled with 20 exhilarating play activities for kids, teenagers, and adults! There are 3 main play areas: Adventure Area, Game Arena, and Freestyle Hall. From flying foxes to tube slides and paddle cars, there are activities catered for everyone of different ability levels. A great way for some family bonding time!
SuperPark Singapore, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Tower 1, #02-477 (North Wing) Singapore 038983, https://www.superpark.com.sg/. Opens Mon-Fri 10am – 9pm, Sat, Sun, Public and School Holidays 9am – 9pm.
Other Places To Check Out:
Headrock VR, https://www.headrockvr.sg/
Goglamping, https://www.goglampingsg.com/ - Glamping experience right along East Coast Park!
Mini-Golf Club Holey Moley, https://www.littlestepsasia.com/singapore/articles/play/mini-golf-club-holey-moley-opens-sg
Take coloring to a whole new level for the kiddos with these washable silicone drawing mats lovingly crafted by Jessica Tan. The DrawnBy: Jessica mats are not only environmentally-friendly as they are reusable, but they are also free from harmful chemicals and substances. Each mat depicts doodles of everyday things and creatures that kids are familiar with. Best part, the mats can double-up as gorgeous placemats!
DrawnBy: Jessica, https://www.drawnbyjessica.com/
Other New Stores To Check Out:
Wild Sundays, https://shopwildsundays.com/
Kraton Home, https://www.kratonhome.com/
The Upmrkt, https://www.theupmrkt.com/
SkyTropolis Funland, Level 1 First World Plaza, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia, +60 3-2718 1118, http://www.rwgenting.com/themepark/Skytropolis
Also Check Out:
SuperPark Malaysia, https://www.littlestepsasia.com/kuala-lumpur/articles/play/superpark-kuala-lumpur
100+ Activities To Do With Babies, Toddlers, Kids, Teens In Singapore