Living It Up in Singapore

Singapore: Crazy Rich Asians

Experience the city like the characters from the movie.

Living It Up in Singapore

By Stefan Roesch

'It's not a movie. It's a movement'. Crazy Rich Asians has been described as revolutionary in Western cinema. It's the first time that a Hollywood blockbuster has starred an all-Asian cast.

It's also the first time that Singapore, the main location in the movie, has seen a global influx of film tourists. And the city has plenty of experiences on offer for fans who want to follow in the footsteps of Rachel, Nick, Colin and Araminta. We've put together a selection of experiences that don't require a filthy rich bank account.

 

1. Check out some of the movie's iconic locations

The story was filmed all over the city, including some of Singapore's landmark features such as Merlion Park, Gardens by the Bay and the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel. You're literally spoilt for choice which is why we have compiled a Top Ten list of locations you should visit.

Here's just a couple to give you some travel inspiration:

Colin and Araminta get married at Chijmes. What used to be a church...

Colin and Araminta get married at Chijmes. What used to be a church...

...is now a food court and event venue.

...is now a food court and event venue.

Rachel and Nick get engaged...

Rachel and Nick get engaged...

...at the rooftop bar Ce La Vie, wich is part of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel.

...at the rooftop bar Ce La Vie, wich is part of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel.

2. Eat at a Hawker Stall

Hawker stalls are an integral part of Singapore's food scene. Actor Chris Pang who plays Colin Khoo in the film recommends the Maxwell Food Centre in 1 Kadayanallur Street. Apparently, is has the best chicken rice in the city. Also try bak kut teh – a dark, savoury pork soup.

The famed chicken rice at the Maxwell Food Centre.

The famed chicken rice at the Maxwell Food Centre.

Another option is the Newton Food Centre in the city district of Newton. It's the first location in CRA where Nick takes Rachel after their arrival in Singapore. They meet Nick's friends Colin and Araminta and indulge in some delicious street food. Two of the stalls are listed in the Michelin guide: Heng, which serves fried carrot cake and oyster omelettes, and Alliance Seafood, which is known for barbecued seafood and black pepper crab.

Vendor and customers at Newton Food Centre.

Vendor and customers at Newton Food Centre.

3. Operation Dagger

Listed amongst the world's best, Operation Dagger is unlike any bar you have seen before. First of, there is no name on the door. But we have the address: 7 Ann Siang Hill, #B1-01, 69791, Singapore.

The apothecary-style bottles behind the bar have no names either but rather bar codes that only the bartenders can decipher. It's all about the sensory experience which is why the cocktail menu does not specify the type of alcohol, only the other ingredients.

4. Shopping

Nothing beats Chinatown for a genuine shopping bargain. Our advice: Get away from the main drag to avoid the tourist knick-knack. Head to Club Street for trendy wine bars.

It's easy to get yourself lost in the maze of Chinatown's crowded streets.

It's easy to get yourself lost in the maze of Chinatown's crowded streets.

The precinct of Ann Siang Hill is dotted with eateries in little boutique shops. In CRA, Nick's mother Eleanor can be seen walking along a row of roofed shop fronts, while she is on her way to meet Rachel.

Ann Siang Hill.

Ann Siang Hill.

The Grassroots Book Room is one of Singapore's most prominent Chinese bookstores.

The Grassroots Book Room is one of Singapore's most prominent Chinese bookstores.

5. Need for Speed

Jealous of Colin and his garage full of super cars?

Well, here's the thing - for a fraction of the purchase price, you can testdrive a Ferrari California, BMW i8, or Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder along the inner city's F1 circuit.

Just remember that even movie stars have to stick to the speed limit.

Just remember that even movie stars have to stick to the speed limit.

6. The Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel

No words needed - other than that you have to be a hotel guest to take the plunge.

7. Other Instagram Hotspots

Here's a bunch of additional ideas to spam your social media channels.

The colourful Peranakan shophouses in Joo Chiat.

The colourful Peranakan shophouses in Joo Chiat.

Dance alongside superstars of Indian Cinema at Madame Tussauds Singapore.

Dance alongside superstars of Indian Cinema at Madame Tussauds Singapore.

Fly your own Boeing passenger jet with Flight Experience Singapore.

Fly your own Boeing passenger jet with Flight Experience Singapore.

8. Where to stay CRA-style

You will find plenty of swanky hotels in Singapore but if you prefer your accommodation experience to be something more local, then opt for a shophouse hotel. These are former historic shophouses that have been converted to host visitors who prefer an authentic overnight stay.

However, if you're a true CRA fan you might want to stay at the historic Raffles Hotel where Nick and Rachel were booked - you will have guessed - into the Presidential Suite. If you don't need your own butler and 24-hour dine-in service, the hotel also offers small room suites.

Raffles Hotel lobby.

Raffles Hotel lobby.

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