One of the best parts of Chinese New Year (besides the food and the traditions) is the fireworks! Fireworks are believed to scare off evil spirits and offer a glitzy way to usher in a new year of prosperity.
Located in the new, beautiful and popular National Gallery, local celebrity chef Violet Oon’s restaurant offers stunning views of Marina Bay. Reserve a spot on the veranda and enjoy small bites and cocktails.
Where: 1 St. Andrew’s Road, City Hall Wing, #02-01
Hours: 12pm–3pm; 6pm–11pm
Tel: 9834 9935
The Sky Lounge at Aura will impress all your senses. Look out over Marina Bay while sipping on classic cocktails and noshing on refined Italian dishes like Pappardelle with Oxtail and Mushrooms, Foie Gras with Caramelised Apple and Duck Jus or Italian Seabass with Artichokes and Saffron Sauce. Even if you opt for a table indoors, you’ll still get a view of the Bay from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Where: 1 St. Andrew’s Road, City Hall Wing, #05-03
Hours: 12pm–2.30pm; 6.30pm–10.30pm
Tel: 6866 1977
The romantic setting at Smoke and Mirrors is the perfect venue to oogle the colour CNY fireworks. Boasting a drinks menu of curated wines, whiskeys, craft and draft beers as well as signature cocktails, and bar bites such as homemade crispy roasted pork belly or the artisanal cheese board, you’ll enjoy a festive and elegant evening.
Where: 1 St. Andrew’s Road, City Hall Wing, #06-01
Hours: Sun–Thu: 11.30am–12.30am; Fri–Sat: 11.30am–1am
Tel: 6384 5595
Looking for somewhere a little more traditional? Try Yan for sophisticated Cantonese cuisine. The focus here is definitely on the cuisine offering familiar flavours with a modern twist. Yan is offering a special Lunar New Year menu which you can view here or opt for the a la carte menu.
Where: 1 St. Andrew’s Road, City Hall Wing, #05-02
Hours: 11.30am–2.30pm, 6pm–10.30pm; Sat–Sun (afternoon tea): 2.30pm–5pm
Tel: 6384 5585
Not in the mood for a fancy dinner? Try one of these cheaper spots!
If you’re not afraid of crowds, The River Hongbao is probably the best place to catch the best of Chinese New Year’s in Singapore. Here you can catch the Chingay Parade (kind of like Mardi Gras), jaw-dropping floats, colourful costumes, fire-eaters, magicians, dancers, traditional foods and even traditional Hokkien masquerade performances. For the fireworks, be sure to head down on Opening Night (Feb. 6) and Chinese New Year Eve (Feb. 7).
Where: Floating platform @ Marina Bay
When: February 6-14, 2 pm – 11 pm daily (extended to 1 am on Feb. 7)
Pack a picnic, a blanket and pop a squat at the Padang. A little further from the noise and the crowds, this open green field provides the perfect vantage point to catch all the action — without being in the middle of the action.
Where: Between the National Gallery and Esplanade Park
By Kathleen Siddell, January 2016