This year, Australian designer Dion Lee presented his eponymous label at Singapore Fashion Week for the first time. “Singapore has a very relaxed feel about it,” says Lee, who is a frequent visitor to the Southeast Asian nation. “The culture is very relatable, even though there’s always a lot going on.” He shares his favourite places around the Garden City...
“The St Regis is an upscale hotel with comfortable rooms and lush bathrooms, where you can unwind in a freestanding bath. The hotel has an amazing pool and spa, which offers a relaxing break from the busy city. Also, it’s near Orchard Road, a shopping hub that has an excellent mix of luxury and designer brands.”
Best Coffee/ Breakfast
“There’s a coffee house called Forty Hands that’s owned by an Australian. They have really good Australian-style coffee, which is always nice to find when you travel. They also do an amazing mushroom and truffle sandwich. It’s near Tiong Bahru Market, a food court and farmers’ market with a local feel and village atmosphere.”
“Make sure you go to Cé La Vi at Marina Bay Sands for a sunset drink or – if you’re with a hotel guest – visit the infinity pool, where you can have a cocktail and swim while being treated to a view of the skyline and bay.”
“This restaurant is quite cool. The owners have other cafés throughout Singapore; their PS.Cafes are more like lunch spots, while Chopsuey has a range of modern Chinese dishes. I usually order seafood dishes, like the whole red emperor with sesame chilli dipping sauce.”
“There’s a boutique called Inhabit in the Mandarin Gallery on Orchard Road. It carries a wide array of international designers and a selection of Australian brands, which is really great to see. There’s also a bookstore that I like, called Books Actually, in Tiong Bahru. It’s small but densely packed with the best books on design, contemporary art, fashion and Singapore culture – there’s an eclectic mix of old and new.”
“Gardens by the Bay is definitely worth seeing. It’s a park in central Singapore with amazing landscaping on a large scale. You won’t be able to miss it – there are these huge leaf-shaped parks and each has its own unique design and personality. I also like the Singapore Botanic Gardens, near the St Regis Hotel. It’s a beautiful old garden and a great place to go for a run.” ￼