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25 of the best things to do in Singapore this week (Dec 5-Dec 11)
Things to do

25 of the best things to do in Singapore this week (Dec 5-Dec 11)

Looking for things to do? Read on for our guide to the week's best events and recommended things to do

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Fun holiday camps for kids this December school holiday
Kids

Fun holiday camps for kids this December school holiday

We check out six fun children camps that’ll chase the school holiday blues away

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Top 10 things to do in Singapore in December
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Top 10 things to do in Singapore in December

Here's our guide to what's happening throughout December 2016 in Singapore

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Best cheap eats in Singapore (updated)
Restaurants

Best cheap eats in Singapore (updated)

We pick the best and most value-for-money restaurant-style dishes you can chow down for $10 or less 

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In the December issue of Time Out Singapore: It's time to get the party started
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In the December issue of Time Out Singapore: It's time to get the party started

Throw a party with our guide to gourmet caterers, cake shops and the best kids' party planners

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Guide to Christmas

Christmas takeaways 2016
Restaurants

Christmas takeaways 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so we round up the best Christmas takeaway offerings

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Best Christmas events in Singapore
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Best Christmas events in Singapore

It’s not Christmas without the trimmings – treat yourself to these festive events

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Best Christmas meals and festive menus in Singapore
Restaurants

Best Christmas meals and festive menus in Singapore

Make like a turkey and gobble your way through the Christmas season with these festive menus

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What's on in Singapore this week

Story of the Forest
Art

Story of the Forest

From the same people behind Future World, this art installation brings to life sixty-nine works from the William Farquhar Collection of National History Drawings within the museum’s Glass Rotunda. Look forward to roving animals, digital flora and seasonal weather in an expansive forest created by Japanese digital art collective teamLab.

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Playfreely: Closer to the Edge
Music

Playfreely: Closer to the Edge

Hands up if you think most pop music these days is boring, repetitive and unexciting. If that's you, you'll want to check out this two-day festival of experimental music, free improv, Downtown jams, laptronica and noise. A joint effort between The Observatory and the Asian Meeting Festival from Japan, Closer to the Edge features the likes of Otomo Yoshihide, Takashi Makino, Senyawa and Yuen Chee Wai as they coax strange, beautiful sounds from their instruments. The concerts are, to put it mildly, loose. Nothing is rehearsed. Musicians gather on stage in groups, each taking turns to play off the other – and as you'd expect, the combinations range from the cacophonic to the cathartic.

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Bill Bailey - 'Larks in Transit'

Bill Bailey - 'Larks in Transit'

The British comedian returns to Singapore after a sold-out show here back in 2014. This time armed with tales and jokes about travellers, derived from Bailey’s long list of stories culled from 20 years as a travelling comedian. You may even hear a little quip about an 'excruciating' encounter with the one and only Sir Paul McCartney.

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Public Garden Christmas 2016
Shopping

Public Garden Christmas 2016

There's still time for a last minute roundup of Christmas gifts. At this annual Christmas fair helmed by Public Garden, discover unique finds presented by local and regional sellers from cities like Chiang Mai, Bali, Jakarta, Brunei and Bangkok. Goods range from stationery and art to accessories, apparels and beauty, so you won’t leave empty handed. Look out for pop-up cards and paper paraphernalia by Paper.Therapy, original two-way tote-and-bucket bags by noise.design and DIY craft kits by the homegrown crafters at Shù.

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Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by The Bay
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Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by The Bay

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Gardens by the Bay offers a slice of ‘winter’ at the Ice Palace and ‘snowfall’ over at the Spalliera. Unleash the kids on the obstacle course at the Hi-5 Funtastic House, admire light installations, and try your hand at a carnival game. This year’s event is ticketed, so here’s hoping your cheer won’t be accompanied by a sweaty crush of people. #Grinch

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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Singapore Dance Theatre brings a reprise of The Nutcracker for this year’s holiday season. Last performed three years ago, the performance transplants the quintessentially Christmas classic to pre-WWI Shanghai. Celebrate the festive spirit with choreography and staging by SDT’s artistic director Janek Schergen, and music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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New restaurants and bars in SG

VLV
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VLV

Wine and dine in style at the restaurant that presents Cantonese dishes with a modern flair. Conceptualised by executive chef Martin Foo, who has been cooking for more than 25 years in restaurants like Lei Garden and Tung Lok Signatures, the menu features traditional dishes with a twist like black truffle roasted duck ($90/whole) and kimchi seafood fried rice ($28). Every weekend, gather family and friends for a leisurely dim sum brunch buffet ($58/person). There are seven live stations serving dishes à la minute on top of all-you-can-eat servings of dim sum, all made in-house. 

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Popbar Singapore
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Popbar Singapore

Customisable creamy gelato on a stick, minus the high fructose corn syrup? Popbar’s landed fresh from New York, and its 40 rotational flavours on offer are handcrafted daily at its Kallang popLab. Besides popGelato ($5.40), its popSorbetto ($4.90) and yoghurtPop ($5.40) offerings use fresh fruit, milk and cream. Have your bar half- or fully dipped in white, dark or milk chocolate for an extra 50 cents, then top up another half-dollar for unlimited toppings. We recommend the pistachio popGelato dipped in dark chocolate, studded with chopped hazelnuts and, yes, more pistachio.

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Plentyfull
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Plentyfull

Tucked on the ground floor of the refurbished Millenia Walk is Plentyfull, a modern casual restaurant that’s as spacious as its name suggests. By day, it serves hearty food lined up in a buffet-style spread on a long counter for the white-collar crowd to build their own bowls. Come dinnertime, it replaces the fast-paced grab-and-go menu to à la carte offerings inspired by seasonal, fresh and quality produce from its in-house farming collective Little Farms. Headed by chef Victor Loy, restaurant features must-try dishes such as the plank of Thai chicken, pork jowl and lamb sausage ($52), pumpkin pillow gnocchi ($24) and Little Farms’ vegetable dip ($16) – best shared among a big group of friends.

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Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
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Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

Opened by bara chirashi king Teppei Yamashita, Man Man is a charcoal-grilled Japanese unagi restaurant not for the faint of heart. The eels are shipped in live from the Mikawa Isshiki region of Japan and are then butchered, skewered and grilled before your eyes. For the full experience, order the una tama don set ($19.90), which comes with a generous portion of golden-brown unagi on a bed of rice. It also includes a side of tamago, pickles, soup and wasabi stem that you can grate yourself.

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Renga-Ya
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Renga-Ya

Marbled fresh cuts of imported prime beef from Hokkaido and A5 grade wagyu from Kagoshima await at this Japanese barbecue restaurant and steakhouse. Order the Renga-Ya BBQ Platter ($89/300g, $139/500g) and have the meat barbecued yakiniku-style over hot charcoal. Or tuck into a hearty 200 gram steak ($39-$89), flame-grilled and coated with ponzu radish or peppercorn sauce. Lunch is a more affordable affair with limited quantities of the Hokkaido prime beef set going for $19, as well as a range of udon and rice dishes served with Kagoshima pork or Hokkaido beef priced between $14 and $24.

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Super Loco Customs House
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Super Loco Customs House

Go loco for tacos and all things Mexican at Super Loco Customs House. Grab a seat outdoors under the fairy lights and order specialties that includes: tlayuda cecina ($20), Mexican flatbread topped with house-cured wagyu that is air-dried for three months, black bean hummus, fresh Oaxaca cheese and peppery rocket; de cangrejo ($14), a taco filled with soft shell crab, barbecued pickled pineapple, radish and lime mayo; and pescado asada con chile rojo y perejil ($46), barbecued locally sourced sea bass served with red and green salsas.

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Latest restaurant reviews

The Coconut Club
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The Coconut Club

Nasi lemak that’s 'almost' worth its price

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
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Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

Guts and gloriously good eel

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Fat Prince
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Fat Prince

Middle Eastern with a hipster touch

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Red Tail Bar
Bars and pubs

Red Tail Bar

Modern Asian bar grub

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Area guides

Telok Ayer
Things to do

Telok Ayer

Telok Ayer may have taken its name from the Malay community (it translates to ‘bay’ and ‘water’, respectively), but the area was mainly populated by Chinese immigrants back in the day. Originally a coastal road situated along the island’s old waterfront, the street has transformed itself into a buzzing lifestyle district, teeming with restaurants and bars to feed the CBD office crowd. Pay a visit to one of the museums around the area or pop into the lean shophouses that dot the strip, where boutiques, gyms and a dance studio are tucked away. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area

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Amoy Street
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Amoy Street

Anyone who tells you Amoy Street is 'boring' has clearly never stepped foot down the lane before. Because trust us, it's the complete opposite of that. Previously known for its opium-smoking dens during the British colonial era, the shophouses lined along this one-way street now house chic cafés, bars and even gyms. But if you'd like to have a taste of Singaporean flavour, hit up the hawker centre in the area that's always buzzing with people. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area

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Gemmill Lane
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Gemmill Lane

The small stretch between Club Street and Amoy Street – whose namesake is 19th-century banker John Gemmill – is home to a handful of stylish restaurants and bars, making it the perfect spot for a laid-back hangout. Don't stop at the end of the road either, the back alley of Amoy Street has a few hidden restaurants to wind down at for an after-work dinner and drinks sesh. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area

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Ann Siang Road and Club Street
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Ann Siang Road and Club Street

Named after Chia Ann Siang, a wealthy businessman, Ann Siang road is home to restored shophouses (some are still decorated with Peranakan tiles) that house clan associations, restaurants, bars and niche boutiques. There’s also a hidden green space behind the row of shophouses for a quiet stroll. On Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 1am, both Ann Siang Road and Club Street – the name comes from the Chinese clubs that used to line the stretch – come to life as the area is closed off to traffic and the crowd spills out onto the streets. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area

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