#1 Walk in a rainforest after dark
What: Rainforest Lumina at Singapore Zoo
When: From 1 July 2018, opens at 7.30pm
Where: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road
Tickets: SGD 22 for adults, SGD 16 for children aged 3-12
You’ve never seen the Singapore Zoo like this. For the first time in the country, Lumina Night Walks is taking over the zoo after dark to blow your socks off with an interactive 1km walk through the tropical rainforest. Rainforest Lumina is not unlike its cousins in Canada and Japan, which employ good ol’ technology and phenomenal light design to bring Hollywood-worthy fantasy to reality.
#2 Make friends with cats
What: Singapore Cat Festival
When: 14 – 15 July 2018, 11am to 9pm
Where: Level 1 Atrium, Leisure Park Kallang, 5 Stadium Walk
We all know it – you don’t own a cat, the cat owns you. Despite this anomaly in our seemingly superior existence, these highly independent, intelligent and attention-loving creatures know how to make us love every one of their jellybean toes for life. Head to the festival to meet other cats and cat-lovers, shop for your feline friends, and maybe even adopt a new catto.
#3 Stop and smell the roses
What: Singapore Garden Festival
When: 21 July – 3 August 2018, 9am to 10pm
Where: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive
Tickets: From SGD 12 (adults), from SGD 6 (senior citizens and children)
The world would be a lot bleaker if flowers didn’t exist. Landscape artists and floral designers have come from far and wide to showcase their skill with flowers and foliage. Be sure not to miss the Orchid Extravaganza display in the Flower Dome.
#4 Eat at one of the world’s best restaurants
What: Modern French cuisine
Where: Odette, National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road
Even if we don’t talk about the food, we can all agree on one thing: Odette paints a stunning picture, especially in the daytime with natural light pouring in. The modern French restaurant, run by chef Julien Royer, ranked 28th in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Naturally, tables are being snapped up very quickly so don’t be surprised if you can’t book anything this month if you hesitate.
#5 Drink craft beer
Where: Little Creatures, 36 Club Street
Opening hours: Daily, 8am to midnight
Originally from Fremantle, Perth, famed brewery Little Creatures opened its first Singapore branch at the end of May. It prides itself in its signature Pale Ale, but also offers various other brews, all of which will quench your thirst after a day in the city (in the Singapore climate, any cold drink is welcome). This family-friendly joint also offers hearty meals throughout the day, with many items portioned to share.
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#6 Still hungry? Here’s more food
What: Streat 2018 @ Singapore Food Festival
When: 13 July 2018 (5pm-10.30pm) and 14 July 2018 (12pm-10.30pm)
Where: Empress Lawn
A 17-day food fiesta can be pretty overwhelming, so if you need to pick something out of the long Singapore Food Festival itinerary, we suggest going for the headline event Streat, where highbrow gourmet meets soulful street food in the many food stalls and workshops. There’s also a ticketed pop-up restaurant run by Chef Emmanuel Stroobant (Saint Pierre, one Michelin star) and Chef Haikal Johari (Alma, one Michelin star), serving a 5-course meal for SGD 55 per person.
#7 Watch the World Cup final
What: The World Cup final on a 3m-wide screen at the Timbre+ courtyard
When: 15 July 2018, 11pm
Where: 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent
Timbre+ usually hosts live music performances, but for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, they’re screening all the matches, including the final, on a 3-metre LED screen in its courtyard. Dress up in your team’s colours, gather your friends, get ready to scream (or argue about the Video Assistant Referee), and enjoy the beautiful game.