GO ON A STREET ART AND FOOD TOUR (TOUR)
Check out the colourful street art in Little India and Haji Lane. The tour (woknstroll.com.sg/product/street-art-food-tour) is about three-and-a-half hours long and will take visitors through the well-preserved shophouses and back alleys. Visitors will discover the stories of Singapore and appreciate artworks of local and international mural painters such as Yip Yew Chong and Ernest Zacharevic from Lithuania. Besides art, visitors also get to sample Indian and Malay dishes such as murtabak (panfried bread stuffed with meat and spices) and dosai (Indian pancake made from fermented rice and lentil batter).
EXPLORE AN ART ENCLAVE (EXPLORE/EXPERIENCE)
Set in a former military barracks dating back to 1936 and surrounded by lush tropical greenery, Gillman Barracks is a contemporary arts cluster in Singapore. It is home to leading international and homegrown art galleries such as Chan + Hori Contemporary (chanhori.com), FOST Gallery (fostgallery.com), Ota Fine Arts (otafinearts.com/sg) and more. Visitors can expect to see international art, local art, Southeast Asian art, and may even meet local artists at the art residences. Parents with young children can visit Playeum’s Children’s Centre for Creativity (playeum.com), Singapore’s first dedicated creative space for children aged one to 12. The venue offers hands-on displays to encourage children to interact with art and creative workshops designed to teach art expression.
Visitors can end their visit with a break at Creamier (creamier.com.sg) located opposite Block 6 of Gilman Barracks, to enjoy homemade ice-cream, waffles and coffee. Creamier is distinctly known for their well-loved seasonal flavours such as Sea Salt Gula Melaka (palm sugar), Roasted Pistachio and Earl Grey Lavender.
GET HANDS ON WITH ART
After spending time appreciating art, visitors can channel their inspirations with an art jamming session at My Art Space (myartspace.com.sg). Located amidst the greenery of Istana Park, visitors can relax and let their creative spirit take over. The studio provides materials, tools and one drink of the day for a hassle-free, laidback experience.
WATCH A CONCERT AT THE ESPLANADE —
THEATRES ON THE BAY (EXPERIENCE/DINE)
Visitors who love music and the arts will appreciate the complimentary concerts at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (esplanade.com; visit the “Free Programmes” section of the website), an iconic performing arts centre. A complimentary performance is held every evening at the Concourse, while free shows are held at the Outdoor Theatre Fridays through Sundays. Most performances are by homegrown talents, which offer the audience a chance to enjoy the local music scene. After watching a concert or two, visitors can head to Restaurant Labyrinth for dinner. The modern Singaporean restaurant features local dishes with a twist such as deep-fried soft-shell crab with chilli crab ice cream.