Have a half-day to spare? We recommend an Arts Trail.
By William Low
You’ve checked out The Durian, marvelled at the architecture of the National Gallery Singapore, now what? Here’s a specially curated half-day itinerary to take in the other must-sees of Singapore’s growing arts scene.
Mint Museum of Toys
Liang Seah Street
Duration: 30 mins
Start the tour at a private museum that boasts a collection of over 50,000 vintage toys from more than 40 countries. Some of these toys are as old as 100 years, so this one-of-a-kind toy museum appeals to everyone young at heart!
Duration: 45 mins
A short 10-minute stroll will take you to one of Singapore’s coolest hangouts, Kampong Glam. Home of the charming Haji Lane and Arab Street, the real attraction is all the unique street art that decorates the corners and facades around the area. Take a slow walk around and see how many different pieces of artwork you can spot amidst the indie boutiques and restored shophouses.
17 Jalan Pinang
Duration: 30 mins
You will see many cool café hangouts along the walk at Arab Street, but if you’re looking for something a little more meaningful, head on down to Artistry Café where there’s bound to be an art exhibition, photography exhibition or live performance happening alongside the yummy food at this art gallery cafe!
9 Lock Road
Duration: 120 mins
After that café break, it’s time to hop on a bus – or book an uber ride – to a contemporary arts cluster called Gillman Barracks. The bus ride should take around 40 minutes but a car would take half that time. If you love contemporary art, this is the place to be. You will find international and local galleries like Sundaram Tagore Gallery, ARNDT, Mizuma Gallery, FOST Gallery and Yavuz Gallery representing the likes of Ai Wei Wei, Gilbert & George, Indieguerillas, Yayoi Kusama, Jane Lee, and Sebastiao Salgado. In between gallery-hopping, you can sip bubbly and chill around home-grown music at Timbre or any of the five restaurants, bars and cafes in the vicinity.