#01-03 ASIA SQUARE
TOWER 2, 018961
Not only does this super-charged coffee shop offer rocket fuel espresso, but it’s a great meeting spot for a more casual business meeting. Open from 7.30am, get here before the 10am rush or set-up with your laptop and eavesdrop on some of Singapore’s power players over a plate of Chinese fried pork strips ($12).
6A SHENTON WAY, 068815
Need to find a great gift in your lunch-hour? Need a breather between meetings? Go for a wonder around the pop-up shops and bespoke stores at this concept-style mall. Use the touch-screens at The Beauty Bar for an instant make-up fix, order bespoke shoes from the Parisian Septième Largeur or stock up on cool branded cycling gear like La Famiglia and Velo Velo.
Also try the OUE Social Kitchen where you can communally cook with your office family or OUE Re:Store where you download the Downtown Gallery app to order food and collect from the vault on the third floor. Gimmick or great? You decide.
YU TANG CLAN
1 SHENTON, 068803
The fish soup whizz kids at this hole-in-the-wall opposite Asia Square are a must-visit – just go later in the afternoon to avoid the rush. With only two rows of tables and fragrant comforting bowls of broth and noodles tantalisingly on offer, this place is packed each lunchtime. Simply work your way through the touchscreen menu to pick the best bowl for you.
THE WORKING CAPITOL
140 ROBINSON ROAD, 068907
Ready for your big idea to have its own space? Why not take a membership at a co-working space like this ideally placed location in the CBD? Rent a workspot from $255 a month and take full advantage of the 20m lap pool, meeting rooms, restaurant and sky garden for some contemplative time. Work hard and play hard.
#02-01 DOWNTOWN GALLERY
This just-opened studio is the Singapore take on the much- Instagram-ed Soul Cycle; tough workout spin classes to great beats. They are perfectly placed to appeal to the CBD crowd and offer early morning, lunch-time and post-work classes. Be sure to get there 15mins before your class to learn the foundation basics.
LEVEL 2, ASIA SQUARE TOWER 2, 018960
Essentially a glossier food court, this is an ideal place to head to mid-week. Go healthy with salmon and sobu noodles or throw caution and calories to the wind with curries.
#B1-03 DOWNTOWN GALLERY
Looking for an alternative class or sport? Why not try bouldering? It’s a full-body workout of indoor climbing where all you need are the right shoes and chalk, and a focus on problem-solving, strength, flexibility and persistence. First timers can get a free trial lesson so drop them a line and see when you can give it a go.
ASIA SQUARE TOWER 2, 018961
A big open plan style bar with bustling alfresco dining too, this is a busy mid-week haunt. An extensive wine menu (mid-range bottle $70) and a huge foodie choice makes this a popular spot for when you just can’t decide what you fancy. Try bar bites like mini burgers and calamari (around $15), local favourites such as abalone hokkien noodles ($26) or get the grill fired up for a New York Strip Steak ($32). If you’re looking for a quick celebration after closing an afternoon deal, the bar offers $10 glasses of prosecco 3-6pm.
#06-02 ASIA SQUARE TOWER 2, 018961
Whether you’re sweating away the day’s tough decisions in an ashtanga class or trying aerial or wall rope yoga for something a little different, there is plenty on offer at this studio. Sign up for a free trial after work and relax and de-stress. Also try a smoothie at the in-house nood food café.
#01-05, ASIA SQUARE TOWER 1, 018960
Wednesday nights have people snaking around the block; so popular are the free flow ladies nights. From 6-10pm the gals can enjoy lychee martinis, margaritas and glasses of rose in this New York style bar. To soak up a little of that alcohol, peruse the Australasian menu from executive chef, Kacey Whaitiri-Roberts.
HI SO BAR
SO SOFITEL SINGAPORE, 35 ROBINSON ROAD, 068876
Located a-top the Sofitel So Hotel on the corner of Boon Tat and Robinson, this golden-tiled poolside bar is a glorious find in the heart of the city. Another favourite amongst the Wednesday night crowd, the Femme So Fatale evening offers complimentary free flow prosecco – don’t worry boys, you’re looked after too with $10 beers and wines – and a backdrop of great beats from visiting DJs.
EXTRA VIRGIN PIZZA
#01-04 ASIA SQUARE TOWER 1, 018960
Come here for a quick post-work bite or if you need to grab some sustenance and a break ahead of a long night in the office. The pizzas are delicious as they use only the finest ingredients, leaving the dough to rest for three days and cooked to get that perfect crispy on the outside, chewy on the centre texture. If you don’t have to go back to the office, they have a happy hour with one-for-one craft beers Mon-Fri, 5-8pm.
#02-16, ASIA SQUARE TOWER 1, 018961
“Never be put off by restaurants in malls” so said one of our friends when recommending this sushi and teppanyaki place – and how true. Those who are old hands in Asia know this to be true, but for any newbies, follow your nose – and the queues – to find a goodie, like Tatsu. For a quick bite, opt for the bar counter or if you have clients in town, book one of the private dining rooms. Trust the staff to pick all the best bits from the menu.