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#1: Gallery & Co
#01-05-17 City Hall Wing

Opening later this month, this space run by Singapore retail company &Co is where you can grab a cup of coffee or a light meal. Design items, children’s books and gallery publications can be bought too. Prices start at $5 for a cup of coffee and mains such as pastas are priced between $8 and $15. 10am-7pm (Sunday to Thursday), 10am-10pm (Friday and Saturday)

#2: Alti’s Gastrobar
#01-02 Supreme Court Wing

A stylish all-day gastrobar that serves small bites and drinks. Expect specially designed Asian- inspired fruit cocktails. There are select meals and food items at $10 and below. Opening in the middle of December. 10am to midnight (Sunday to Thursday), 10am to 1am (Friday and Saturday)

national gallery singapore aura restaurant
Photo: @aura.nationalgallery Instagram

#3: Aura Restaurant & Sky Lounge
#05-03 & #06-02 City Hall Wing

Aura by ilLido is made up of a 3,000 sq ft classic Italian restaurant and a 6,000 sq ft rooftop terrace with stunning city views. On the terrace, cocktails start at $16 and bar grub includes oyster sliders at $18. For lunch on weekdays, the buffet bar ($18 a person) serves at least 15 types of Mediterranean- style meat-based salads. For dinner, prices of the four-course set dinner are $80++. 12pm-2:30pm daily, 6:30-10:30pm (restaurant), 11am-1am (rooftop terrace). 6866-1977,

national gallery singapore odette
Photo: @chef_julien Instagram

#4: Odette
#01-04 Supreme Court Wing

This high-end modern French restaurant seats 48 in an intimate setting, with a private room for up to 12. It uses artisanal produce, such as pigeon from Plouneour Menez in Brittany. Prices start at $78 for a three-course lunch. 12pm-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm (Monday to Saturday)

national gallery singapore violet oon restaurant
Photo: @violetoonsingapore Instagram

#5: National Kitchen by Violet Oon
#02-01 City Hall Wing

Singapore culinary doyenne Violet Oon’s eatery is a celebration of local flavours, reflecting Singapore’s culinary heritage. Offerings include Hakka abacus beads, thosai and idly with house-made chutneys. Prices start from $15 for a Singapore sampler for lunch. 11am-11pm daily,

#6: Saha Signature Restaurant & Bar
#01-03 Supreme Court Wing

To open early next month, this restaurant helmed by award- winning chef Abhijit Saha from India is moving from Duxton Hill to a 4,200 sq ft space in the Gallery, which will seat 60 to 70. It will serve his signature dishes, such as Kerala vegetable stew espuma, North Indian favourite Daal Makhani (black lentil stew, $24). A two- course set lunch costs $38++. 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm daily,

#7: Yan
#05-02 City Hall Wing

This fine-dining, 154-seat Cantonese restaurant is managed by the Park Hotel Group and is its first Cantonese eatery not located in a hotel. Prices for dim sum start at $5.80 a serving. 11:30am-2:30pm & 6pm-10pm daily, 2:30pm-5pm for afternoon tea, Saturdays and Sundays. 6384-5595,

national gallery singapore smoke and mirrors bar
Photo: @smokeandmirrorsbarsg Instagram

#8: Smoke & Mirrors
#06-01 City Hall Wing

Enjoy views of the Padang and Marina Bay at this bar. Bar bites include Cantonese-style roast pork belly ($16). Enjoy drinks inspired by the artworks in the Gallery, such as Black And White c.1970-1980 cocktail ($24), which is inspired by Anthony Poon’s painting and is a mix of dark chocolate, cream and rum, curacao orange and a long finish of liquorice from absinthe. 11:30am-12.30am (Sunday to Thursday), 11:30am-1am (Friday and Saturday). 6384-5585,


Main photo: National Kitchen by Violet Oon

A version of this story was originally published in The Straits Times on November 24, 2015. For more stories like this, head to


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