Life in the slow lane at the Singapore F1 Grand Prix
Going full-steam ahead at this year’s F1? Here’s how to unwind, relax and recharge when you’re away from the track.
Motorheads, corporate bigwigs and partygoers living it up in luxury hotels – the Singapore F1 Grand Prix is back from 18-20 September, and that means fast cars, celebrity-studded events and some of the hottest parties of the year.
Amid all of the glitz and glamour, here’s how you can enjoy your time away from the track, so that when the festivities start, you’ll be charged up and ready for the race.
Walk amid Supertrees
Located in the Marina Bay area and close to the F1 circuit is green lung Gardens by the Bay. It is home to 10 attractions, each offering a unique experience – such as the beautiful blooms on display in the Flower Dome as well as the Cloud Forest, a cool, moist conservatory with temperature- and climate-controlled settings to mimic higher, cooler altitudes.
And of course, you can’t miss the iconic Supertrees. Designed as vertical gardens, these stunning spectacles range from 25–50m tall. Majestic against the morning light, they turn into something out of a sci-fi film when they come alive at night in an amazing light display.
Spa in the hills
A 10-minute car ride from the city centre and you’ll be cocooned within the lush surroundings of Dempsey Hill. At the Spa Esprit Beauty Emporium there’s an array of treatments to choose from – for a post-party fix consider the Classic Scentsational Massage. Combining Swedish, Hawaiian and Indonesian techniques with high-quality essential oils, this could be some of the most relaxing 90 minutes you’ll have on your trip.
Sit down for a Cantonese feast in the city
When you’re rejuvenated, take advantage of your location and head to the nearby Orchard Hotel to satisfy your culinary cravings. Offering sumptuous Cantonese cuisine in a private, elegant setting in the heart of Orchard Road, Hua Ting will keep your hunger at bay far away from the crowds that stream into town for the weekend.
Grab a late-night bite
The F1 festivities tend to stretch late into the night, but there’s no reason to crawl into bed hungry. Instead, make your way to Swee Choon to fill up on piping-hot snacks before turning in.
Swee Choon is a favourite among local foodies looking for a good dim sum fix at an odd hour (dim sum is usually served during brunch). Get the mee suah kueh, a specialty that is essentially rice vermicelli noodle cakes deep fried until golden crisp.
Sample a mooncake (or two)
Last but not least – be sure to schedule some time to sample a mooncake.
The F1 race coincides with the mooncake season, when these delectable cakes are specially created to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival on 27 September.
Traditional mooncakes are filled with a sweet lotus-seed or red-bean paste and baked in a cake-like ‘skin’, with an optional salted egg-yolk centre. These days, you’ll just as easily find ice-cream fillings with chocolate truffle centres.
Schedule an afternoon at Ngee Ann City’s Takashimaya Square, where the annual Mid-Autumn Festival celebration takes place. Taste your way through the booths set up by hotels and restaurants, where you’ll find unique new mooncakes created for the event.
For a classier option, Orchard Hotel’s Hua Ting Restaurant is the best place to pick up some exquisite mooncakes. Its culinary team has taken its signature snow skin mooncakes to another level this year, adding two new flavours to its menu. In celebration of Singapore's Golden Jubilee, the mooncakes will also be packed in a beautiful limited edition tin box featuring Singapore icons.
This will definitely be the perfect sweet ending to your F1 experience.