• Wander your way down colorful shophouses buzzing with boutiques
• Find fashion forward jewelry, emerging Asian designers and easy beach wear
• Sample modern Australian barbecue
• Cap off the night with sea urchin pudding and drinks at a quirky Balinese bar
Chinatown’s main drag, Pagoda Street, isn’t worth any of your browsing time, but the colorful shophouses along Amoy and Club Streets buzz with boutiques. Wander the lanes and check out the globe-trotting mix of jewelry and fashion-forward silhouettes at Willow & Huxley, with everything from Australian brand Staple to Danish label Baum Und Pferdgarten (there’s a small selection of goods for men, too). This being Singapore, Chinatown is also known for food, and it would be a shame to leave without trying at least one of the restaurants and clubby cocktail joints that pack the area. Sample the daily-changing menu fired on the custom-made, apple-and-almond-wood-burning grills at Burnt Ends—expect everything from smoked quail eggs to suckling pig and bone marrow buns from the Aussie chef David Pynt. Burnt Ends only takes reservations during certain hours, so if the wait is too long, walk to Lolla for their sublime sea urchin pudding (trust us, you will find yourself longing for more the next day). Cap off the night with drinks on the top floor of the quirky Potato Head Folk, a Balinese import with a loyal following.
Start your Chinatown experience by heading over to Cross Street and Telok Ayer Street. Here, you’ll find Willow & Huxley. Head one block west, to Club Street, and you’ll find a row of great boutiques. Continue winding your way west and you’ll run into more of the neighborhood’s best dining and shopping.
WILLOW & HUXLEY: 20 Amoy St.; +65-6220-1745; willowandhuxley.com
BURNT ENDS: 20 Teck Lim Rd.; +65-6224-3933; burntends.com.sg
LOLLA: 22 Ann Siang Rd.; +65-6423-1228; lolla.com.sg
POTATO HEAD FOLK: 36 Keong Saik Rd.; +65-6327-1939; pttheadfolk.com