As well as being the “best rom-com of the decade,” Crazy Rich Asians is basically an ode to the opulence and luxury of Singapore, with its six-star hotels, mouthwatering food markets and chic rooftop bars.
When you see the film, you’ll want to book a one-way ticket to Singapore. Stat. Luckily for you, we’ve written a guide to Singapore – Crazy Rich Asians style. You’re welcome.
Where To Stay
Andaz hotel/ Hyatt - situated right in the thriving hub between Little India and Kampong Glam, this hotel looks like a giant metal bee hive, complete with 24 hour gym, rooftop infinity pool, and our personal favourite, complimentary wine time from 5pm-7pm. Mr Stork is the hotel’s rooftop bar, where you can sip your champagne or cleverly crafted cocktail while taking in the 360-degree views of Singapore.
Where To Eat
The hawker centres – as seen in the movie (Newton Food Centre is where Colin & Araminta take Nick and Rachel when they land) is a smorgasbord of the most iconic and delicious Michelin-starred street foods. Hot tip: try the fried carrot cake. Although the name suggests a delicious slice of cake, it's actually more like a radish, egg, & garlic omelet. Order white fried carrot cake or black (made with dark soy sauce) this dish is so moorish, you'll be lining up again and again.
Have a pre-dinner drink at Gibson Bar in Bukit Pasoh where in the movie, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) vents to best friend Peik Lin (Nora Lum aka Awkwafina) about her boyfriend’s crazy mother. We highly recommended the cocktails Buddah's Mule and Sake-tini.
CÉ LA VI is a restaurant overlooking the Singapore skyline on top of the Marina Bay Sands. That strange looking architectural miracle that looks like a surfboard on top of three buildings. The menu is modern Asian and unlike a hawker market, you'll need to make a reservation well in advance. The top of the Marina Bay Sands is also the venue for the engagement party in the movie.
Have a nightcap at the opulent Atlas Bar which looks like something out of a Marvel comic - it's gilded metal interior was created by property mogul CS Hwang, it features a tower of gin from all over the world & dates back to 1910 - a haven/ heaven for all gin drinkers!
328 Katong Laksa. We don’t need to say much about this. It’s spicy, it’s hearty, it’ll cure your cold or even hangover. It’s simply the best.
Where To Explore
Chijmes (pronounced Chimes) - at one point, was a convent and school, is a beautiful 19th Century gothic chapel where for two days, they filmed 'that' wedding scene in the movie. Yes, they plumbed the water into the building, a pipe may have burst in the aftermath. Was it worth it? Absolutely!
Gardens by the bay – every night unveils a spectacular light show in the massive supertree grove. Vertical gardens climb the 25-50 metre ‘trees’ and is best viewed lying down on the warm ground at night to watch the lights dance to music. This was the backdrop to Colin Khoo (Chris Pang) and Araminta Lee’s (Sonoya Mizuno) extravagant wedding reception scene.
Take insta-worthy shots along Koon Seng Road where you’ll find the most colourful houses worth a cool $30 million.
For more inside secrets visit: www.visitsingapore.com
Crazy Rich Asians hits cinemas on August 30