It’s no secret that eating and shopping are Singapore’s favourite pastimes; what better than to do exactly that on National Day?
So feast on the best of local treats and find out about the best firework-viewing spots over the long weekend in Singapore this week.
Whether you’re keen on escaping the crowds or being in the heart of the National Day action, here are the top places we’d love to be at for Singapore’s 48th birthday.
And All Things Delicious National Day promotion
Why not order treats online, if you prefer to stay home over the National Day holidays.This new halal online bakery serves up boxes of homemade baked goodness we love — the moist, crumbly carrot cake ($45) and sugee ($42) in particular, were our favourites when we'd tried them last week. Give these a try with the bonus 20 per cent discount for herworldPLUS readers, just for the month of August 2013. Key in HWNDP upon checkout, when you shop at http://andallthingsdelicious.com/, from August 1 to 31, 2013.
This promotion is valid from August 1 to 31, 2013. Go to http://andallthingsdelicious.com/ for more information.
Capella Singapore Satay Club
Indulge in satay, grilled seafood and soak up the island resort atmosphere at Capella Singapore this National Day. Besides Singapore favourites like the sambal stingray and chicken thigh satay, other highlights of the "Satay Club" selection include Wagyu beef satay, barbecued short ribs and tandoori chicken.
Date and Time: August 8 to 10, 2013, from 7pm
Venue: Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297
Prices: From $3* per stick of satay to $12.50* each for sticks of selected grilled seafood and meats. Call 6591 5046 for more information.
Kinki Rooftop Bar: Music and fireworks
Chill out with your best pals and toast to Singapore's 48th birthday at Kinki with Japanese food and sights of the National Day fireworks. Hip hop and funk tunes will be played all night long; perfect for a night out with your favourite folks.
Date: August 9, 2013
Venue: 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02, Singapore 049323, Tel: 6533 3471
Prices: From $128* per person for the five-course dinner or $600* for a reservation-only group of eight; the latter is inclusive of two bottles of Moet & Chandon Brut Champagne, eight shooters, one bottle of Belvedere Vodka and three mixers.
National Day party at Lantern
With its “frontseat” location at the Marina Bay waterfront, you're set for spectacular views of fireworks over drinks and tapas at this rooftop bar. Located next to the pool of the Fullerton Bay Hotel, you're set for stunning pictures while you toast with Champagne and share a platter of cured ham, smoked salmon wraps, beef sliders and more with the National Day platter ($48++).
Date and Time: August 9, 2013, from 4.30pm
Venue: The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326, Tel: 6877 8933
Prices: $98* per person, inclusive of two glasses of Champagne, house wines, beers, soft drinks or juices
Pan Pacific National Day room promotion
There's still time to plan for a cosy staycation with this deal from Pan Pacific Singapore. Stay at the Harbour Studio room over the long weekend and catch the fireworks as they light up the skies for the National Day parade.
Date: August 9 to 10, 2013
Prices: From $530* a night for the Harbour Studio room; price includes buffet breakfast for two at Edge
Swissbake's Special for National Day
Sport the colours of Singapore flag on your celebratory cakes too, with these Swissbake treats. Choose between the four options for this occasion: the white chocolate raspberry cremeux, strawberry cream cheese, Swiss chocolate truffle cake and Swiss carrot cake. Theme-wise, the Swiss chocolate truffle cake may be a colour cop-out but we'll make an exception for this popular chocolate sponge.
Date: Available from now to August 30, 2013 at all Swissbake Cafes and outlets.
Venue: Cafe locations include Anchorpoint, Central, Nex and Plaza Singapura. Go to http://www.swissbake.com/ for more information.
Prices: $4.90 per slice and $18 per box
Stellar at 1-Altitude
Watch the National Day fireworks from the 62nd floor; you'll get to taste the latest Stellar at 1-Altitude menu too. Highlights include the hand-rolled truffle gnocchi (above), porcini ravioli and Hokkaido scallop wrapped in handmade pasta.
Venue: Former OUB Centre, Level 62, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616, Tel: 64380410
Prices: From $95* for a four-course meal
Street 50 Restaurant & Bar launches its black pepper lobster
Sup on the new black pepper lobster ($48++) at Street 50, created for the occasion of the nation's big birthday bash. Like the ever-popular black pepper crab dish, the restaurant's lobster dish uses the Chinese-style black pepper sauce, ginger, onion and Chinese wine for that smoky wok-fried flavour.
Date and Time: From now 'til August 11, 2013
Venue: Bay Hotel Singapore, 50 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 098828, Tel: 6818 6681
Prices: $48* for the black pepper lobster
Summer Palace National Day Set Lunch
Celebrate the Singaporean love for all things spicy with steamed chilli crab pau, hot and sour lobster and seafood soup at Summer Palace. The restaurant's five-course lunch menu also includes classics like stir-fried rice and deep-fried ribs in coffee sauce. Then, wash down the tongue-on-fire flavours at the end of your meal with chilled lemongrass and aloe vera in lime juice.
Date and Time: August 1 to 14, 2013, from 12pm to 2.30pm (Mondays to Saturdays), 11.30am to 2.30pm (Sundays)
Venue: Level 3, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, Tel: 6725 3288
Prices: $48* per diner
The Halia at Raffles Hotel: Uniquely Singapore Set
Camp it up with a Singapore Sling and a chilli crab-inspired dish for National Day with The Halia's Uniquely Singapore Set. Said to be a hot favourite in The Halia's Hanoi outpost, The Halia Chilli Crab Spaghettini is an al dente pasta cooked with spicy egg-based gravy inspired by the Singapore chilli crab dish. The Halia's Singapore Sling gets a bit of a twist too, with a secret orange liqueur and the fresh, floral Hendrick's Gin.
Date and Time: August 1 to 18, 2013
Venue: Raffles Hotel Arcade, #01-22/23, Tel: 9639 1148. The Uniquely Singapore set is also available at The Halia at SIngapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden (enter via Tyersall Avenue), Tel: 8444 1148.
Price: $48* for the Uniquely Singapore set, which comprises of the chili crab spaghettini and Singapore sling
*Prices exclude service charge and prevailing good and service tax