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Here are the best things to do, eat, and shop for at this stunning airport mall.
It's an understatement to say that Jewel Changi Airport is jaw-dropping. This stunning glass and steel dome development (by Safdie Architects, the same folks behind the iconic Marina Bay Sands), has got it all – gardens, attractions, activity, areas, retail, dining, and more. And of course, that cascading waterfall in the middle of the Shiseido Forest Valley.
A coveted stopover destination for travellers, Jewel Changi Airport is also a popular mall destination for Singaporeans. While the crazy queues seen at Jewel's initial mall opening have died down, it remains a magnet for travellers and locals in search of things to do, eat, and shop. To help you sort through Jewel Changi Airport's many offerings, here's a guide to the best things to check out.
Live large and catch a movie at the Shaw Theatres in IMAX. Whether you're in Singapore on transit or an Eastie spending a weekend at Singapore's newest mall concept, watching a film is the best way to kill some time. Choose from the latest releases and end the day on a high, dining at one of the eateries in the mall.
Bundt By The Backyard Bakers is famed for its blackout brownies – and rightfully so, as you'd be hard-pressed to find brownies as rich and chocolatey than the ones here. Now, you can get these delightful bakes in the East, at its second outlet in Jewel Changi Airport. Besides the brownies, you can also buy its fragrant madeleines, chunky banana bread, brookies (a cross between a cookie and a brownie) and beverages.
When you're done with shopping at In Good Company, grab a scoop from ice-creamery Birds of Paradise. There are perpetual long queues for its artisanal gelato created from herbs, fruits, spices and botanical ingredients – think flavours like Masala Spice and White Chrysanthemum – wrapped in a fragrant and freshly-made thyme-infused waffle cone.
Whether you’re a tourist on the hunt for local cuisine or a Singaporean craving Peranakan comfort food when you touch down, Violet Oon Singapore is sure to hit the spot. Gather around the communal tables at the brand's biggest outlet to date and dig into Violet's signatures like the beef rendang ($28), dry laksa ($29) and ngoh hiang ($20). Remember to get some roti prata ($2) to mop up any leftover gravy, and round off the meal with pulut hitam with coconut ice cream ($14) for dessert.
For an elevated Halal European dining experience, look no further than Elfuego by Collin's. Located at Jewel Changi Airport, this restaurant offers a wide spread of hot and cold appetisers, seafood mains, and charcoal-grilled meats. Start off with seared Hokkaido scallops ($20) or tuna tataki ($12) before moving on to mains that include baked Tasmanian ocean trout ($29) and Wagyu flank steak ($32). If you've got a big group of people with big appetites, then go for the hefty charcoal-grilled Australian Black Angus Tomahawk steak ($139). Want a good meal at a steal? We recommend coming for the two-course or three-course lunch set, which only costs $19.90 and $25.90 respectively.
After a long sixteen years since its departure from Singapore, A&W returns to make our Coney dog and root beer float dreams come true. Located at basement two of Jewel Changi Airport, the 80-seater joint is open till late, serving both famished international travellers and locals looking for a hot of nostalgia. All its classics are on the menu, including the famous root beer float ($3.50), chicken or beef coney dog ($5.20) and curly fries ($3.60). It also includes some new-to-Singapore creations that have become hits around the region. There's the Golden Aroma Chicken ($3.20) from A&W Indonesia and Cream Cheese Chicken or Beef Burger ($4.90), which are popular in its Okinawa outlets.
Shake Shack at Jewel Changi Airport is Singapore – and Southeast Asia's – very first outlet. Now that the insane queues have disappeared, you can comfortably head down to find out why this New York-born burger brand has grown to cult status despite its humble origins as a hot dog cart. Other than its juicy all-natural Angus beef burgers, do also try Singapore exclusives like the Pandan Shake ($7.80) or Jewela Melaka ($7.50/$9.50), a vanilla custard blended with coconut salted caramel, shortbread, gula melaka and Lemuel chocolate chunks.
Helmed by chef Daniel Chavez, the culinary mastermind behind Ola Cocina del Mar and Tono Cevicheria, Tonito is an all-Latin American dining experience where you can savour dishes from Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, Argentina and beyond. As Mexican folk music plays in the background, tuck into hearty plates of tacos, quesadillas and anticuchos, Peruvian-style grilled skewers while soaking in the atmosphere and the majestic view of Jewel Changi's indoor waterfall. Hot tip: dine between 7.30pm to 8.30pm to catch the five-minute light and sound show.
Taste the flavours of Southwestern China at the largest Yunnan food and beverage chain in the world. Yun Nans has over 150 outlets in China and is making Singapore, and Jewel Changi Airport, its first international outpost. The restaurant specialises in highland cuisine, as there are seven tropical belts in Yunnan, offering the region a diversity of ingredients you've probably never tried before. Yun Nans brings most of its ingredients in fresh from the province to make its signature dishes like the Steamed Pot Chicken Soup ($23.90), which uses steam and condensation to create a heady chicken broth best eaten with a plate of cold rice noodles, chicken, vegetables and egg tossed in a vinegary sauce. If you're up for a spicy challenge, get the beef stew in copper pot ($24.90), an intense beef broth filled with beef shin, tendon and offal peppered with a generous amount of chilli.
Not only is the Starbucks at Jewel Changi Airport the brand's first flagship store in Singapore, it's also the largest. Occupying two storeys, the outlet celebrates the journey the brand has taken in Singapore thus far, with art that highlights both the brand and local elements. If you love studying at Starbucks and the airport, this massive space offers free Wi-Fi, plenty of seats and power plugs alongside a wide selection of flagship-exclusive drinks and treats. Sample locally inspired offers like Hainanese chicken rice quinoa salad, satay chicken ciabatta and Milo tiramisu. Or if you want to stick to coffee, the store offers cups made through manual brewing methods like the Chemex or siphon brew. For something more refreshing on a hot day, check out what's on offer at its four-tap nitro bar. Favourites include the nitro flat white, nitro caramel macchiato and nitro green tea, which we dare say are smoother and richer than their hand-brewed counterparts.
Watch the world (and Changi Airport's Skytrains) go by at Lady M's fifth local outlet. The spacious café is located along the mega-mall's wide walkway, making it an airy and open space ideal for people watching as you dig your fork into its signature mille crêpes. Also try its savoury items, including bites like crab salad on toast, cauliflower soup and chicken and pesto sandwiches.
Bring a slice of Lady M home with you, no matter your destination. The Jewel Changi boutique sells frozen mille crépe cakes as well as exclusive bon bons. There are over 23 different types available, including cocktail-inspired gummies like the Gin Tonic Casino as well as flavoured nuts and chocolates like the Cognac Orange Liqueur Chocolate. The bon bons come packed in sets of three, five and eight, and each box depicts the iconic architecture of different cities: La Mansarde (three-pack), Paris’ Haussman-style architecture; The Brownstone (five-pack), New York City's townhouses and Qing Zhuan Dai Wa (eight-pack), Beijing's traditional hutong homes.
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Don Don Donki is ubiquitous across the island, but its outlet at Jewel Changi Airport stands out. This store not only has aviation-inspired decor, but is also home to the chain's first Halal food corner in Singapore. Besides a massive variety of Japanese-imported items, the Jewel Changi Airport outlet also has a new food hall, complete with a made-to-order sushi bar, freshly-fried takoyaki, and soon, even a mochi-making machine. Thirsty? You can slake it at the sake bar which houses more than 40 types of sake.
With pastel-coloured walls and high ceilings, what draws you in the store is how much it looks like a museum. In Good Company offers visitors a retail experience beyond just clothes. The curated collection includes their womenswear, menswear and children's wear which is known for its timeless silhouettes and quality fabrics; and also books, accessories, scented candles and chocolates.
The first centre to open outside Japan, the Pokémon Center Singapore is an exact replica of the original. The centre is a specialist store for all things Pokémon and where to collect 'em plush toys, video games, trading cards, Pokémon apparel and other official merchandise. The store in Jewel Changi Airport also stocks Singapore-exclusive official merchandise which you can't get in the Japan store.
Gone are the days of tacky souvenirs and cheesy airport gift stores. At Gift by Changi Airport, it's all about thoughtful gifts. The wide range of specially curated travel lifestyle products celebrates the best of Singapore and also Singapore's creatives. Find exclusive Changi Airport candles by local makers Hush Candles, Peranakan-inspired jewellery by Eden+Elie, bags and purses from Gnome and Bow and more. From exclusively designed items to travel products which evoke a sense of wanderlust, shoppers will be left spoilt for choice to pick a gift for their family, friends or even themselves.
Just another shoe store in town? Not quite. For the first time in Southeast Asia, Nike will feature its full product showcase across all sports and lifestyle categories, right here at the Jewel at Changi Airport store – which is why the store is also the largest one in Singapore. Both like a Nike museum and store, fans of the brand can browse through the huge collection of footwear, apparel and accessories for your running, cross-training, football, basketball and other sporting lifestyle needs.
Offering sleepwear, lingerie, gym wear, beachwear, footwear and accessories, Spanish retailer Oysho celebrates feminine sophistication and also comfort, which you can see in its collection and the fabrics used in the apparel. The concept store in Jewel Changi Airport is also the Singapore flagship outlet and is designed to create a warm and open atmosphere so you can shop in clarity and ease.
Going to a shoe store doesn't always have to be about shopping for your next pair of sneaks. At Foot Locker in Jewel Changi Airport, you can shop in the largest outlet in Singapore and also enjoy a few extra perks in the store. Ladies can take a breather from retail therapy and get a manicure in-store before snapping a couple of selfies at the selfie mirror. On the first floor, you can squeeze in a gaming sesh at the Xbox arena. When it comes to celebrating sneaker culture, no one does it better than Foot Locker – it's not just about the shoes, it's a lifestyle.
Located at basement two of Jewel Changi Airport is Singapore's leading grocer, NTUC FairPrice Finest. The store caters to both locals and tourists and is well-stocked with everything from everyday essentials and foodstuff to premium products and international gourmet items. The outlet is designed in collaboration with Superunion, a creative brand agency that made the space more than just a grocery shop. It's filled with more experiential and local elements like Peranakan-inspired illustrations and tiles as well as illustrations by Singaporean illustrator, Charmaine Tan.
Crowds can be disorienting sometimes and if you're going to be gallivanting around Jewel Changi Airport, a quick stop at The Smell Lab can be quite therapeutic. Take some time to indulge in an evocative sensory experience, while also picking up some items to go. Sample the scents and products in the range or try out the DIY lab space where you can make your own bespoke scented product.
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