Established in 1854 as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus, Chijmes is now home to several bars, restaurants and clubs and is a popular destination for an evening out. Its location in the heart of the Colonial District, makes it a popular stop for visitors to Singapore to end a day of sightseeing with a hot meal and a cold drink. The Colonial District is one of the first areas in Singapore that visitors head to - it not only provides a glimpse into the city's beginnings, but reveals some of the most picturesque perspectives of Singapore, and takes in many of the city's most famous landmarks.
One of the best ways to take in the views of this historic part of Singapore is to jump aboard a traditional bumboat to take a leisurely cruise up the river, and so Singapore River Cruises heads up our list. The best place to start these cruises is at Merlion Park, our 3rd entry on the list, from where you can admire the sights of the impressive Marina Bay with its modern architecture.
Many of the neo-Palladian buildings that are typical of the area now house museums, theatres and art galleries, and so this is also the area to head for a bit of culture. Don't miss the Asian Civilisations Museum on the banks of the Singapore River, where you can learn about the rich cultures that make up Singapore's multi-ethnic society through the 13,000 artefacts safeguarded within its eleven themed galleries. Also in the area is the Singapore Art Museum, with the world's largest public collection of modern and contemporary South-East Asian art, the Arts House showcasing contemporary visual and performing arts, and the Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall, home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and showing several visiting theatre and musical companies.
1 North Bridge Road
Suite 15-06, High Street Centre
See Singapore from the comfort of a bumboat...
1 Empress Place
South bank, at the mouth of the Singapore River, adjacent to One Fullerton
71 Bras Basah Rd
South-East Asian Contemporary Art... read more
North Boat Quay
Statue of the Founder of Singapore... read more
1 Old Parliament Lane
At the south end of the Padang, next to the Supreme Court
Palladian-style mansion turned government building... read more
9 Empress Place
At the southern end of the Padang
Singapore's Cultural Renaissance... read more
1 Beach Road
#01-01/02/03 Raffles Hotel
St. Andrew's Road & Connaught Drive
Opposite City Hall
11 St. Andrew's Rd
Across from the Padang