The world's first F1 night race is entering its 11th year in Singapore over the weekend from 14-16 September. This year the entertainment surrounding the races remains as electrifying as ever, with a sterling line-up of concerts featuring top acts like Jay Chou, Liam Gallagher and Simply Red.
With all the high octane action taking place after nightfall, here are our recommendations for 5 relaxing distractions in the day over Singapore's F1 weekend.
5. Sampling local flavours at Clifford Pier, Fullerton Bay Hotel
Once a landing point for immigrants before it became the terminal for travellers to Singapore's southern isles, the beautifully restored Clifford Pier is now a dining annex of the Fullerton Bay Hotel with a wide selection of local cuisine to choose from. We would recommend the 'Best Bak Chor' (minced meat) noodles, renowned for being the city's most expensive version at S$27++.
Signature 'Best Bak Chor Mee' at Clifford Pier, Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
4. Check out artworks at Opera Gallery, Ion Orchard
Opera Gallery Singapore has been showing the seminal works of post modern masters like Salvador Dali, Amedeo Modigliani and Fernando Botero during the F1 weekend since the inaugural race in 2008. This year they are bringing in the major works of Pablo Atchugarry, the Uruguayan artist best known for his abstract sculptural art. Besides the 5 monumental sculptures on display along Orchard Road, many of the artist's pieces will be on showcased at the gallery from 14 Sept - 14 Oct 18.
Uruguayan artist Pablo Atchugarry photographed with his monumental sculpture along Orchard Road
3. Sip tea and snack on dainties at Capella Singapore, Sentosa
Sentosa is Singapore's only resort island and Capella Singapore is of late its most famous landmark, having just recently hosted the Trump-Kim conference. Carved from the colonial relics left by the British, this former military barracks has been transformed by Norman Forster with a masterful old-new blend. Afternoon tea, which consists of superbly blended teas, scrumptious scones and other baked delights at its bright and charming Chef's Table, is a most relaxing way of spending a weekend afternoon.
A grand selection of tea and scrumptious delights await at Chef's Table, Capella Singapore
2. Explore regional cultures at Asian Civilisations Museum
Singapore is a melting pot of many cultures as it sits at the crossroad of the maritime trade route. At the Asian Civilisations Museum one can have a better understanding of these bygone kingdoms through the wide array of fascinating artifacts that showcase the historical, artistic and cultural significance these heritage pieces retain for modern eyes.
An exhibit at the Asian Civilisation Museum Singapore
1. Take a stroll through the lushness of UNESCO listed Singapore Botanical Gardens
Singapore's only UNESCO listed heritage site is its beautiful botanical gardens set on a sprawling site surrounded by prime residential and embassy districts just minutes from the retail belt of Orchard Road. This 158 year old grandee features several theme gardens on its grounds, with the National Orchid Garden its most famous attraction. Regularly scheduled performances are held over certain weekends, and a symphonic concert, "Beethoven Im Garten: Celebrating German-Singaporean Connections And Friendship" will be held at its Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage on 15 September from 6-7 pm.
Beautiful orchids on display at the Singapore Botanical Gardens