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A first look at the new Raffles Hotel and Arcade

Skip the queues at London's Burger & Lobster and throw peanut shells on the floor while sippin' on a Singapore Sling at the legendary Long Bar.

Dewi Nurjuwita
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Dewi Nurjuwita
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After a two-year restoration, the Raffles Hotel Singapore opens its doors this August. The overhaul of the luxury hotel is said to be its most extensive since 1989, with carefully-refurbished suites that maintain their charm, exciting dining concepts like Anne-Sophie Pic's La Dame de Pic (at the spot of the former Raffles Grill), and a brand new Raffles Arcade. 

As part of its restoration, the Raffles Hotel Singapore has updated its distinctive suites with new amenities and technology, all while maintaining its colonial splendour. Three new suite categories have been added: Residence Suites, Promenade Suites, and Studio Suites.

The new Residence Suites comprise four one-bedroom and one two-bedroom suites, all located in the Raffles Arcade and named after famous local cinemas during the early to mid-1900s, a nod to its storied past. Here's a fact you probably didn't know: The Raffles Hotel started out as a privately-owned beach house built in the early 1830s.

While we patiently wait for the grande dame to open its doors on August 1, the Raffles Arcade is already open to the public. While it's not a shopping mall like Funan Singapore and Jewel Changi Airport, it's slated to be the hottest upscale food and shopping destination in town with over 30 eateries and shops. Scroll down for our guide. 

Shop

  • Shopping
  • Gifts and souvenirs
  • City Hall

Previously the Raffles Gift Shop, the Raffles Boutique re-opens at the refreshed Raffles Arcade. It delivers a new retail concept with a selection of beautiful gifts and souvenirs the storied hotel is known for. The Raffles Boutique also houses a heritage gallery and Ah Teng's Cafe, an ode to Ah Teng's Bakery owned by a local baker of the same name, who ran his business in the neighbourhood back in the 1900s. Psst: Besides the selection of gourmet coffee and tea, we heard that the homemade pastries are delicious!   

Leica Store
  • Shopping
  • Electronics
  • City Hall

The cult camera brand loved by hard-core professional photographers and wannabes has gone on a mad rush to open stand-alone shops all over Asia. This Raffles Hotel Arcade branch is the first and only one in Singapore.

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  • Shopping
  • Boutiques
  • Raffles Place

AC Boutique opens its second store at the Raffles Arcade. Home to creative and dynamic independent designers, this multi-label boutique is your go-to stop for ethically produced home, fashion and lifestyle items. Brands here include Temple Candles, Louise Hill Design, The Lab Fragrances, and Layard Interiors. 

Dine

  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • City Hall

Dying to try Burger & Lobster but can't stand waiting in line for hours? The famed London eatery opens its Southeast Asia flagship at the Raffles Arcade. It's three times bigger than the outlet at Jewel, offers a more extensive menu and most importantly, is more centrally located. Tuck into a selection of wild, live lobsters or prime cut and aged beef burgers before washing it down with a cocktail. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • City Hall

Raffles Hotel is synonymous with the legendary Singapore Sling. The gin-based cocktail may be a household name everywhere, but you've probably never tried it at Raffles Hotel's Long Bar, where it was first invented in 1959. Once a favourite spot of celebrities the likes of Somerset Maugham in its heyday, the bar has now been given a new life, inspired by Malayan plantation life in the 1920s with deep, rich colours and lush greenery. 

Trivia – you can even throw peanut shells on the floor - without getting fined! 

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Kallang

Acclaimed chef Anne-Sophie Pic makes her Asia debut at Raffles Hotel Singapore. Called La Dame de Pic, the restaurant can be found at the former location of the Raffles Grill at the main building of Raffles Singapore. Enjoy a hearty meal and try out her many exquisite signature creations, such as the Berlingots - iconic pasta parcels found in all of Anne-Sophie Pic's restaurants around the world. In line with her usual adaptation to reflect the character of each establishment's locale, the Raffles Singapore incarnation incorporates a local touch - with a new flavour association using herb of grace, also known as Chou Cao. This enhances the Berlingots' French cheese fondue filling. Prices for dinner start at $198 for a six-course meal.   

Do

  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • City Hall

The Raffles Spa has also been given a major face-lift. The new spa will be located within the Raffles Arcade, offering a holistic sanctuary to hotel guests and members of the public. Besides new and improved restorative treatments, the Raffles Spa will also offer a private area with its own treatment room and facilities for special celebrations – perfect for facials, massages, and everything nice. Hen's night party, anyone? 

  • Health and beauty
  • Barbers
  • Raffles Place

For the bros out there, Tokyo's Hiro Ginza Premium Barber makes its Singapore debut at the Raffles Arcade. The barber offers a range of grooming services, including shaving, nail and facial care, a head massage treatment, as well as haircuts for men. The luxurious private rooms are great to relax while you enjoy unique Japanese hospitality and service.   

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