5 great reasons to visit Marina Bay this week

The glossy precinct is still bursting with tourists, but these up and coming activities make Marina Bay the neighborhood we’d gladly revisit this month. 


1. ArtScience Museum has a new (permanent) digital exhibition

You don’t have to be an art aficionado to dig Future World, ArtScience Museum’s latest multi-sensorial digital artwork showcase. The permanent exhibition has high-tech works and interactive digital experience all packed into 15 exhibits set up in collaboration with teamLab, a group of multi-award winning ultra-techologists and art collective from Japan. In other words, there will be plenty of cool virtual visual effects to flood your Instagram feed with. From $14 (Singapore residents) to $17 (standard adult) . 

2. Catalunya launches a club night series

, 5 great reasons to visit Marina Bay this weekCatalunya

Not just the place for tapas with a view, Spanish restaurant Catalunya has launched The Alibi, a new club night series with F1 Podium Lounge founder Robbie Hoyes-Cock and The Monarchy VIP event series creator Steve Yallop. It features a full-service bar and international DJs like Patrick Oliver (UK) and Paul Michael (Ireland) will be helming the decks with house beats. The revelry also extends outdoors, complete with VIP booths. Fri and Sat, 10pm-late. 

3. i Light Marina Bay is happening

, 5 great reasons to visit Marina Bay this weeki Light Marina Bay

If you were all over last year’s Singapore Night Festival, then this sustainable light and art event should impress with 25 environmentally-conscious multi-media art installations by local and regional artists located around the waterfront. Some highlights include bicycles decked in LED lights and a karaoke sound system, and a towering Jenga-like sculpture made of scaffolding and over 300 electromagnetic devices emitting an abstract composition of musical notes. Of course, it’s not all about art—there are fringe events like workshops, art markets, concerts, street performances and talks. Those interested in a more in-depth tour of the exhibits can opt for a free audio-guided walk or ticketed boat rides along the precinct. Through Mar 27. 

4. Fancy cooking classes at celebrity chef restaurants

, 5 great reasons to visit Marina Bay this weekFrom left: David Myers, Lucas Swallows

Marina Bay Sand’s is whipping up a series of gourmet masterclasses at celebrity chef restaurants like Adrift, Waku Ghin and Gordon Ramsay. You can sign up for workshops hosted by the restaurants’ executive chefs and leading bartenders, such as learning how to prepare Gordon Ramsay’s famous Beef Wellington dish or making trendy, botanical cocktails. Chef David Myers will also be making an appearence in an interactive session on how to cook Japanese tapas-style plates. Through Apr 9. $89-276.

5. Saint Pierre moves to town

Reprising its fine-dining roots, chef Emmanual Stroobant’s French restaurant relocates from Sentosa to more swanky surrounds at One Fullerton. Come Mar 14, the 30-seater space will offer a more focused degustation menu, with only four and six courses available for dinner. Unlike its souped-up, molecular creations at Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove, Stroobant plans to have a more curated composition of ingredients, with a leaning towards Asian produce.