Soak up Acid Bar's understated Peranakan-style decor with live music and a drink in hand. Practically bursting at the seams on weekends, you’ll be hard-pressed to even find a decent spot to stand in. Ease yourself with its signature mojitos shaken with ginger or cucumber juice, or choose the daily happy hour specials which range from $7 for housepours to $45 for a beer bucket of five, all available from 5 to 8pm. And if you're famished, order up a pizza, burger or any one of its all-day brunch plates including the Norwegian smoked salmon bagel ($18).
If the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road get too much for you, find refuge at the quaint hideaway that is Emerald Hill. Once a nutmeg and fruit orchard spearheaded by Postmaster General William Cuppage in 1837, the area made way for members of the Peranakan community after his death in 1872. A maximalist dream, Emerald Hill is decked with a kaleidoscope of two and three-storey shophouses designed in the Straits Chinese style.
Today, most of these gorgeous abodes are residential while some houses intimate watering holes and trendy restaurants. Nonetheless, it makes the perfect escape for a peaceful stroll and some Instagram shots.