Known as an iconic destination for shoppers, nature lovers, and even design enthusiasts, Jewel Changi Airport has become a must-see tourist attraction. The nature-themed entertainment and retail complex was designed by Moshe Safdie, the same brilliant mind behind Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort. As with Marina Bay Sands, Jewel too has iconic features, such as its dome-shaped facade made of glass and steel that evokes Singapore’s Esplanade.
The floor spans 135,700 square metres across 10 levels, with the most recognisable feature being the HSBC Rain Vortex, the world’s highest indoor waterfall. There are also over 280 retail stops including theatres, restaurants, a hotel, parks, walking routes, and playgrounds around the complex that connect to Changi International Airport.
If you’re passing through Changi Airport or spending a few days in Singapore, here are the best things to do around the iconic airport-mall.
What to do:
1. Shiseido Forest Valley
The Shiseido Forest Valley is one of Singapore’s largest air-conditioned indoor gardens, featuring flowers from all over the world, including 2,000 trees and 100,000 shrubs. The 40-metre-high HSBC Rain Vortex is among the much-anticipated features, which has now been noted as the world’s biggest indoor waterfall.
2. The Shaw Theatres
Looking for a way to pass time while waiting for your next flight? Drop by the Shaw Theatres to enjoy some IMAX movies. With 11 screening halls and over 800 seats, this particular branch of the cinema chain is one of the biggest in the country. Two of the 11 halls feature Shaw Lumiere, a new luxury concept with large leather reclining chairs.
YOTEL, famed for its self-service hotels with rooms and robots, debuted its first YOTELAIR in Asia at Jewel. YOTELAIR, designed after airline luxury cabins, is meant to give travellers all they need during a lengthy stopover. From Serta SmartBeds, televisions, and charger ports, you’ll find everything you need for a complete rest and retreat.
Where to shop:
1. Pokémon Center
The Pokémon Center Singapore, the first outlet outside Japan, is an identical copy of the original store. The centre is a one-stop shop for all things Pokémon, including plush toys, video games, trading cards, and other official items. The Jewel Changi Airport store also sells Singapore exclusives that are not available at the Japan store.
2. Don Don Donki
Don Don Donki can be found all around Singapore, but the Jewel Changi Airport outlet is unlike any other. This outlet not only features an aviation-themed interior, but also houses the chain’s first halal cuisine area in Singapore. Apart from a huge selection of Japanese-imported merchandise, the Jewel Changi Airport location includes a new dining hall with a made-to-order sushi bar, freshly-fried takoyaki, and a mochi-making machine. Yum!
3. In Good Company
The store’s pastel-coloured walls and towering ceilings are sure to entice you to walk in. In Good Company provides tourists with a shopping experience that extends beyond clothing. From womenswear, menswear, and childrenswear to books, accessories, fragrant candles, and chocolates. This concept store is a great place to shop for all your souvenirs at one go!
What to eat:
1. Burger & Lobster
This UK-born seafood company provides prime-cut burgers and luscious lobster rolls, according to its moniker. Enjoy tantalising cuisine while taking in great views of the beautiful 40-metre-high rain vortex.
2. Devil Chicken
Go to this famed Taiwanese street food stall to sample their Taiwanese-style crispy fried chicken cutlet for something fast and fulfilling. Their tender chicken cutlets are covered in a light batter before being cooked till golden brown. It’s a quick and hearty bite if you’re soon going to board your flight.
3. Pazzion Café
Before boarding your flight, head down for brunch at Pazzion Café. Apart from standard meals like traditional English breakfasts or avocado on toast, try the aromatic cold truffle spaghetti and El Cubanos.
4. Birds of Paradise
Craving for something sweet? Walk to the famous Birds of Paradise to taste a handcrafted gelato prepared with herbs, fruits, spices, and botanical ingredients which is then packed in a fragrant and freshly-made thyme-infused waffle cone.
Tonito, the culinary brainchild of Ola Cocina del Mar and Tono Cevicheria, is an all-Latin American dining experience where you can sample delicacies from Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, and Argentina.
6. Lady M
In its fifth Singapore outlet, this dessert chain from New York City debuted its first-ever range of bonbons. Mojito Leaves and Criollo Chocolate are among the famous 23 various flavours available, and boy are they delish! Lady M is also famed for her trademark mille crêpe cakes constructed out of 20 paper-thin layers. You’ll also find Jewel-exclusive frozen cakes here.