East and west blend in many details all over Singapore.
Near Chijmes, a small church shows a western Christian look, but, seen in detail, the bell tower is more Indian than European.
That's the strength of Singapore: enhancing the best from east and west.
Chijmes is now one of the Premier Shopping and Dining and Nites pot Destination in Singapore. It is just a stone's throw in my hotel in Oxford that I must try it. This Gothic syle Monument now house some of the coolest Club Lounges and Bars and restaurants in Singapore. Chijmes' walls offer all types of cuisine from Chinese to Mediterranean and the variety of bars allow for romantic or Friendly and even Flirting conversation in spots such as Ocho, hard clubbing at China Jump and live music at Insomnia and Tapas at Bobby's tapas Bar and loud Music at Central. A lot of foreigners also go here and the price of the food and the drinks especially the beers don't come cheap! (at least $ 10 a draft glass at happy hour price which lasts from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am and $ 15 for large draft beers like Guiness or Tiger or Heineken or Carlsberg).
the best areas to party in in the middle in the huge courtyard where the center of the action is where the music blares loud, for really silent conversation, try the restaurants and bars at the periphery and the club lounges are at the basement.
Chijmes is a former catholic convent that has been turned in to a social area full of restaurants, cafes and bars.
The church still has services though, so it has still retained some of it´s original purpose.
It dates back to the middle of the 19th century and is a really charming place that is great to hang out at especially at night.
Be prepared to pay some fairly high prices though as the place is quite posh.
It´s located right across from Raffles Hotel so it has a lot of that clientele and it´s a fancy place, but a lot nicer than most fancy places in this world if you ask me.
like what i've said, Chijmes, since it was near my hotel in Oxford is a must try for me and the experience did not disappoint! this one block huge former Roman Catholic Convent and School plus the Caldwell House Reverted to Government Control in 1983 and became a national monument of Singapore and the present reincarnation as a Fine Dining and Bar plus Club Scene. Although the prices here are a lot higher than in other areas like the draft beers costs here $ 13 fora half liter mug, the experience is worth it. The club scene has entrance fees of $ 25 for males and $ 20 for females unless you're in the guest list then the entrance is free. Bar chow starts at $ 8 for cheesesticks. for the shopping part, not much time since I went here to party at night.
CHIJMES IS BEAUTIFUL!
THE HISTORY OF CHIJMES........Established in 1854,
it was once the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus.
The construction of the Chapel which is built in Neo - Gothic style, started in 1901 and was completed 1904. The stained-glass windows were made by a Belgian artist and the two storey galleries at both sides of the Chapel were added around 1913 in the same neo-gothic style....................
it is simply stunning!
It is now a dining, shopping and entertainment site and the restored chapel, is used for musicals, recitals, theatrical performances and weddings.
It is said to resemble London's Covent Garden, I can't say, as I haven't been, but it is very nice with lawns, a sunken forecourt, water features, and wall murals.......lovely area for fine dining and for those specialty souvenirs!
The shops open at 11am, and you will find many Boutique ones here.
Chijmes, aside from now being home to great food and party places, is also an architectural gift.
1. Go there before 8am if you want great pictures of the structure.
2. Leave the place and check out the neighboring sites like the SAM (Singapore Art Museum) or Orchard. You can return to Chijmes around noon and then also enjoy its new status as a food and party place.
Once a convent and orphanage, Chijmes was destroyed during World War II only to be refurbished into an entertainment hub. It also has a shopping arcade that specializes in Asian artefacts and antiques, jewellery and homeware. It comes to life especially during nighttime with it's numerous bars and restaurants.
This entertainment place opposite of the Swissotel Stamford in the middle of the city used to be a chapel, but has be refurbished to become a great place to dine and have a drink. With a wide variety of restaurants catering to very different tastes, this upscale place has all the amenties to enjoy a night out.
Adding to the restaurants are a number of pubs to enjoy. I'd recommend eating at the Brazilian restaurant, offering a succulent all you can eat freshly cut meat sliced at your table buffet.
Chijmes is previously a Catholic convent.It was re-opened In 1997 after S$100 million of restoration.
Today,Chijmes is a shopping and dinning place for both the locals and tourist.
Join the historial walk from Mon-Fri.Tours are at 11am,2pm & 4pm.
Charges:S$6 (inc drinks)
Meeting Point: CHIJMES Hall
Contact tel: 6338 2529
Chijmes is an old convent, which now houses lots of shops and restaurants. The church, which is now deconsecrated is used for weddings and small concerts. This place is stunning at night. People have been so impressed with this place, that it recently became an UNESCO world heritage site.
Most of the restaurants serve western food, but there is a good Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant-if you are looking for alternatives.
This former Convent has been converted to an upscale mall and entertainment center. Despite this it maintains its former architecture and beauty.