The new Tropical Montane Orchidetum at Singapore Botanic Gardens showcases the most diversity of orchids found in tropical montane forests, in a single location in Singapore. It comprises three display houses – The Sembcorp Cool House, Tan Hoon Siang Mist House, Yuen Peng McNeice Bromeliad Collection, as well as the surrounding outdoor display areas that showcase lowland forest and stream habitats, and a Secret Ravine that emulates habitats that can be found in deep, narrow valleys of tropical mountains. The Sembcorp Cool House in particular, features the largest collection of high elevation montane orchids in Asia.
Designed in a way that allows visitors to see the orchid species and varieties set amid naturalistic landscapes resembling the habitats where they are typically found, the Orchidetum also plays an important role in the ex-situ conservation of these increasingly endangered orchids, as researchers will now be able to study at close range, rare orchids that would otherwise only be found naturally at higher elevations in other countries.
Visitors will be able to enjoy a seamless experience akin to that of one ascending a tropical montane forest as they make their way through the Orchidetum. Each of the display houses within the Orchidetum has been expanded beyond their original size, increasing by almost threefold the combined display area.
The Botanical Art Gallery is housed within Singapore Botanic Gardens' second refurbished conserved building, Gallop House No. 7 (Inverturret), which was built in 1906. The gallery highlights the vital role that art plays in the scientific documentation of plants in Singapore and the region, as well as how art can inspire renewed appreciation of the natural world around us. This will be Singapore’s first permanent display of botanical art, where visitors will be able to see a selection of the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ collection that includes more than 2,000 botanical paintings, as well as hundreds of sketches, line drawings and photographs. The display will also showcase various art forms, from original watercolours and ink drawings to prints and printing blocks.
Some of the iconic artwork on display includes the oldest dated painting in the Gardens’ collection completed in 1890, of Phaius tankervilleae, an orchid which grows in freshwater swamp forests, as well as an illustration of Durio singaporensis, which is commonly known as the Singapore Durian.
Visitors will also be able to try their hand at the various techniques involved in botanical illustration, such as sketching, mixing colours, and composing scenes. The activity room also offers sweeping views of the forested areas surrounding the house.
The Botanical Art Gallery will also feature changing exhibitions that complement the Gardens’ permanent artwork collection. The first show, ‘Plants in Print’, will showcase a collection of rare books that records the development of early colonial botany in South and Southeast Asia. Local artists such as Shubigi Rao and Weixin Chong have also been commissioned to offer creative responses to these books and produce a series of contemporary artworks.
Gallop House No. 5 (Atbara) is Singapore’s oldest surviving colonial era or black-and-white bungalow. Built in 1898, it now houses the Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum, which showcases Singapore’s forest ecosystems, and highlights the importance of conserving them. Through a series of interpretive and interactive displays, visitors can enjoy a bird's eye view of Singapore’s diverse forests, and learn about the Gardens’ historical role in conserving them. Highlights include a photographic installation of forest trees, family-friendly displays and videos featuring three distinctive forest habitats found in Singapore, and their unique flora and fauna.
The Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum will also host the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Tropical Forest Ecology Research programme. This programme reprises a historical role for the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which dates back to the late 1800s. One of the Gardens’ early superintendents, Nathaniel Cantley, was tasked to survey the forests in the Straits Settlement in 1882. His report led to the demarcation of the first forest reserves in Singapore in 1884, in order to prevent the ecology and climate from further deteriorating.
Complementing the Forest Discovery Centre is the OCBC Arboretum, which is a first-of-its-kind high-tech arboretum in Southeast Asia. Opened in October 2019, the arboretum plays an important role in the Gardens’ conservation work, housing and displaying the Gardens’ growing collection of rare dipterocarps.
The team behind Craftsmen Specialty Coffee have opened a new joint at Cluny Court. If you are looking for a comfort spot to chill out with friends or planning to have a family dinner, be sure to visit Prairie at Cluny Court.
Savour every bite of their crispy Duck Confit with a side of sauteed mushroom and roasted potatoes. Simply perfect for lunch or dinner!
The Source Bulk Foods at Cluny Court is the first Singapore branch of Australia’s largest bulk foods and zero-waste retailer. They carry a wide range of pantry staples, numbering over 350 products that include premium whole foods and treats, and packaging-free household products. The opening marks a step towards cultivating healthy lifestyles and building a healthier planet, right here on the little red dot!
Founded in 2012 in Byron Bay, Sydney, Australia, The Source Bulk Foods has established itself as a pioneer of sustainable living, promoting an ethos of zero packaging, as well as encouraging customers to buy and use only what is needed. The brand also prides itself in offering good old-fashioned service – shopping at The Source Bulk Foods is akin to dropping by a friendly neighbourhood grocer, where customers are received with a warm and genuine welcome.
Celebrating the opening, Rob Behennah, Master Franchisor of The Source Bulk Foods, Southeast Asia, shares, “We are incredibly excited to open Singapore’s very first The SourceBulk Foods store! We are as much about providing nutritious products as we are about embracing a zero waste goal, and creating a healthy community. Our passionate team looks forward to delivering wholesome food, nourishing families, and in doing so, take a hands-onapproach to nurturing our planet.”
The Source Bulk Foods encourages customers to bring along refillable bags, containers, or jars, as well as purchase as much or as little as needed. Franchise Partner, Sarah Widjaja, who is also a full-time Nutritionist, explains, “The Source Bulk Foods is revolutionising the way we shop. At every step of the way, suppliers, retailers, and customers can reduce their use of unnecessary packaging and single-use plastics. By buying only what is needed, we can alsominimise food waste.”
Shopping at The Source Bulk Foods is simple and fun, involving just three easy steps: grab a bag (or refill a jar), write the product code, and fill the bag with the desired amount of the chosen product. Customers then proceed to the cashier, where their groceries will be weighed, and payment can be made.
Visitors may browse the store’s affordable range of products, which have been carefully sourced and selected for quality, and which caters to vegan, paleo, organic, and gluten-free diets.
Stocked with plenty of ingredients for the kitchen, The Source Bulk Foods is every homecook’s dream! Pick from beans, grains, seeds, and flours, to herbs and spices, nuts; whether raw, insecticide-free, roasted, salted, or smoked, as well as a variety of cooking oils and condiments.
The National Parks Board (NParks) has opened the approximately 1 hectare Ethnobotany Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This new themed garden is the first in Singapore where visitors can learn about plants used by indigenous cultures of Southeast Asia; and it features a centre for ethnobotany which complements the outdoor landscape with an interpretive exhibition of artefacts and interactive elements.
The Ethnobotany Garden is in the Gardens’ Bukit Timah Core and located at an area historically known as the Economic Garden. This section of the Gardens was previously a space for experimentation with plants that had potential commercial applications, many of which were first derived from traditional uses.
Development of the Ethnobotany Garden is aligned with the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ UNESCO World Heritage status, supporting its Outstanding Universal Value by showcasing its unrivalled collections of economic, medicinal and ethnobotanical plants – the largest such collection in Southeast Asia. This new garden enhances the Gardens’ role as an educational provider, which is in line with UNESCO’s mission.
Founded six years ago at McCallum Street, homegrown brand SPRMRKT was the pioneer of multi-concept experiences in a singular space. It was the go-to place for the food- and arts- savvy cosmopolite and one which provided daily inspiration in necessary but simple ways by melding the enjoyments of dining, discovering and experiencing – a rethinking of nourishment and consumption.
SPRMRKT has relocated to the charming Bukit Timah neighbourhood at Cluny Court. At this quaint locale, SPRMRKT stays true to this philosophy of inspiring daily life through thoughtful dining (simple all-day fare accented with Southeast Asian flavours), arts and lifestyle programmes, with an introduction of a new bi-weekly activity – hands-on cooking classes conducted by Chef-Owner Joseph Yeo.
Founded by Singaporeans Sue-Shan Quek and Joseph Yeo, SPRMRKT is a unique culinary-cultural concept that merges F&B, retail and art into a single, yet multi-faceted, experience. The homegrown brand operates 3 venues for a lifestyle-oriented following and neighbouring residents. SPRMRKT (Cluny Court) focuses on simple all-day fare accented with Southeast Asian flavours. At Robertson Quay, SPRMRKT Daily is a lifestyle and dining riverside destination with casual all-day offerings and SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar is an ideal catering and private events space dedicated to hospitality and transformative experiences. Integral to the eateries are a retail space featuring thoughtfully curated, high-quality artisanal merchandise emphasising local and regional sources, and a space for contemporary art.
Regular and new diners can expect a menu of simple all-day fare accented with Southeast Asian flavours, derived from Chef-Owner Joseph Yeo’s roots as a Singaporean with Indonesian heritage and his training in modern European cuisine.
Fuel up with a selection of SPRGRN Bowls brimming with healthful ingredients like the Acai, Pili Nuts & Overnight Oats Bowl, Asian Bean Bowl with brown rice, tempeh, French beans and tofu braised in savoury Kecap Manis and a sous vide egg, as well as the Slow-Braised Pork & Goji Berry Bowl featuring slow-braised pork with miso, bean curd skin & wolf berries.
All-day breakfast favourites such the toothsome SPRMRKT BRKFST, Oven-Baked Eggs and Avocado On Toast make a delightful meal at anytime of the day, while the quintessential eggs florentine is given a light makeover with scrumptious housemade organic quinoa cakes.
Dinner takes on a separate menu highlighting Salt-Baked Beetroot with Anchovies, Smoked Snapper slow-cooked in preserved soy bean, Slow-Roasted Soto Chicken Thigh, 600g Grilled Bone-In Ribeye with Sarawak Peppercorn sauce and Salted Egg Bernaise.
Weekend brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays.
An enticing cocktail selection has been curated for day-drinking, and more so at leisurely weekend brunch gatherings. To quench and delight is the order of the day with refreshing, tropical or piquant ingredients so there can never be “one too many”. Upping the fun factor are the Spiked Milkshakes in variations of mocha, peanut butter as well as cookies & cream, with non-alcoholic options to choose from.
Envisioned as a place for communal life, SPRMRKT is delighted to host the neighbourhood at their new series of bi-weekly hands-on cooking classes, held within the restaurant at the open-concept, ‘social kitchen’. These will be launched from June 2018 onwards.
SPRMRKT retains its thoughtfully curated, artisanal collection that emphasises local and regional producers who share their values and aspirations – often family-run with deep traditional and/or artisanal roots. Merchandise includes fresh produce, food products, beauty, wellness, household and design-related items.
Food For Tots is the newest concept of the Food For Thought group - a self-service kids café that aims to encourage a love for Good Food in children. Situated in Asia’s first garden dedicated to children, Food For Tots draws influences from Jacob Ballas Children’s Gardens’ mission to cultivate an appreciation for the natural environment.
Inspired by its location amidst a lush landscape of flora and fauna, their eco-conscious café features an upcycled colander light installation and a potted herb wall – all in alignment with the Gardens’ mission to instil a love of nature in visitors.
Food for Tots' intimate space also boasts an interactive play area and weekly programmes for the little ones, so let the children come and play while you indulge in our all-day brunch items for all the delicious reasons.
Located at Singapore Botanic Gardens' Tanglin Gate, Fusion Spoon is a casual self-service dining place for families and friends.
Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of affordable food and beverages from various cuisine choices such as Western, Asian and Japanese. There is also a waffle and Korean bingsu ice kiosk at Fusion Spoon, for those looking for a little treat after a day out at Singapore’s first UNESCO site!
The main indoor dining area with its warm earthy interiors and green wall brings nature into the restaurant, while the outdoor dining area brings diners closer to nature through an al fresco dining experience.
An indoor as well as an outdoor play area for kids are available plus a 'Harvest Corner', all providing little ones with fun-filled activities while parents dine.
Ever tried banana with coffee? Asia’s first affogato bar, The Affogato Bar will offer you that combination with their 'Banana Ramble'. It comes with fresh bananas and banana cake paired with aromatic double-espresso shots from Dimattima (a household name in Melbourne’s coffee scene).
What exactly is affogato? It is commonly explained as an Italian dessert consisting of ice cream topped with shot/shots of espresso coffee. This cosy cafe tucked within Bukit Timah’s quiet Cluny Court offers five different Affogatos.
Enjoy their hand-rolled bagel sandwiches too. Their newest addition is the Toasted Black & White Sesame Bagel with New Zealand Smoked King Salmon.
Once a stable for cars, The Garage is now in the driver’s seat of culinary adventure with two brand-new Food & Beverage destinations at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
The Garage sits at the nexus of history and style: an elegant 1920s Art Deco conservation building within Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visually it floats like a white-clad mirage, the seven vaulting garage bays lifting the structure weightlessly above the surrounding greenery. Through its two F&B concept offerings – Botanico and Bee’s Knees – The Garage offers people a way to reconnect with nature through the enjoyment of thoughtfully executed food, thus completing their botanical adventure.
Located on Level 2 and helmed by Spanish-born Chef Antonio Oviedo, Botanico at The Garage offers a contemporary-bistro, seasonality-driven menu, presenting the gifts of soil, land and sea in a cuisine inspired by the natural cycles of the year and by bistronomy. On the same floor is the hidden garden bar located on a spacious outdoor terrace.
To accommodate the growing number of their customers, The Fishwives which is known for providing sustainably grown gourmet food sans additives, chemicals, and genetic modification, opened its new larger outlet at Cluny Court in September.
Now with the 635 sq. ft. new store, The Fishwives owner Rebecca Forwood hopes to offer larger space to serve their customers as well as to accommodate a wider selection of ethically-produced meat and seafood alongside popular pastry offerings from homegrown Tiong Bahru Bakery.
The Fishwives was founded in Hong Kong in the early 1990s by Rebecca's mother and aunt. She then brought the brand to Singapore in 2001 where it was launched as an online shop. Eventually, the brand opened its first brick-and-mortar storefront in early 2014.
The Fishwives is a gourmet food emporium specialising in ethically and sustainably produced meat and seafood from New Zealand. The brand’s ethos revolves around being clean, green, and no nasties.
The Fishwives prides itself in being the exclusive retailer of pure BLACK, a hormone and antibiotic free grass-fed beef from Australia; Akaroa Salmon, an award-winning King Salmon product from a family-owned business in Canterbury, New Zealand; and Australia’s Oyster Coast Oysters, a group of 44 oyster farms claiming of supplying the best quality environmentally sustainable oysters.
Apart from its selection of fresh meat and seafood, they also bills itself as Singapore’s first independent store to offer freshly baked pastries by the popular Tiong Bahru Bakery. They offer a wide range of its signature bakes, including crowd-favourites croissants and Kouign Amann.