Formerly a convent school, this century-old catholic monument now serves as a commercialized hub that combines history with modern amenities such as shops, fine-dining restaurants, and an entertainment center.
The modern complex hosts a plethora of celebrations and events such as private cocktail parties and lunches, as well as musical and theatrical performances. To match Singapore’s diverse history and peoples, the restaurants inside offer cuisines that range from French and Italian to Cantonese and Malay. While not a well-known attraction, Chijmes often features on tours of Singapore’s Colonial District, as well as well as tours of filming locations from Crazy Rich Asians.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Chijmes is a popular dining and nightlife hotspot, as well as a quiet oasis by day.
- The complex is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
- Most businesses within Chijmes accept major credit cards.
How to Get There
Chijmes is on Victoria Street near the Raffles Hotel. Several public buses stop nearby, or you could take the MRT to City Hall, Bras Basah, or Esplanade Stations, from all of which Chijmes than 10 minutes).
When to Get There
Though the complex is open 24 hours a day, each business maintains its own operating hours. The complex tends to be liveliest at night, when many of the bars and restaurants host live entertainment.
Discovering the Architecture of Chijmes
The convent-turned-entertainment complex is notable for being a self-contained city block, and its buildings represent a variety of architectural styles. Chijmes Hall, the main building, is a Gothic Revival chapel complete with frescoes and stained glass panels.