By Tania Cavallo
January 27, 2015
Credit: Courtesy of Sureyya Wille

We ditched the harsh New York cold and made our way across the ocean for Art Stage Singapore, one of the most important Southeast Asian contemporary art events of the year. The country’s largest contemporary art fair brings in exhibitors from around the world and functions as the core of the cultural happenings in Singapore. With a few days of exploring under our belts, Artsy curated a list of what not to miss in this extraordinary city.

Start off your day with delicious Australian coffee, Al Green tunes and Breakfast Banh Mi tucked away on Haji Lane at CAD Cafe. This colorful area is bustling with textile and fabric stores, cafes and boutiques.

Don’t miss “Gardens by the Bay” at Marina Bay Sands. This tropical oasis includes an aerial walkway that weaves through vertical gardens filled with 16-story-high supertrees and covered in luscious greenery.

Get your art fix by stopping by Art Stage Singapore. Now in its fifth year, the contemporary art fair is bustling with exhibitors and visitors from Asia and beyond. Among the works to catch include David LaChapelle’s luring industrial print, Tracey Emin’s iconic neon and the life-size candy at UNIX Gallery is a captivating work for all ages.

Refuel by hitting Tiong Bahru, a hip art deco style neighborhood outside the city center. Here you’ll find quirky collectable shops and unique cafes and sweet treats like matcha teacakes.

Later make sure to stop by the Singapore Art Museum where you can now catch the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014 exhibition. The Gillman Barracks, is another destination within the art cluster of the city. It is located on the site of a former military camp and includes some of the hottest contemporary art galleries such as ARNDT.

End the day by scaling KU DÉ TA to get a panoramic view of the sparkling Singapore skyline at night and wind down at 28 HongKong Street, a hot speakeasy with a cocktail menu of masterful mixes with an age-old twist.