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Ultimate Guide to Downtown Gallery

by Sehrish Khan

Ultimate Guide to Downtown Gallery on Shenton Way

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Since opening in Singapore’s CBD last year,  Downtown Gallery has welcomed a raft of fancy new brands to set up shop within its hallowed corridors. As it’s right on the doorstep of UJ HQ, we thought it high time to have a proper root around this swish (and wonderfully smelling!) development to see what all the fuss is about. And we were pleasantly surprised to find some great new restaurants ideal for breakfast and lunchcrackin’ coffee spots, and a plethora of fitness studios offering everything from barre to boxing. If you work in the CBD and haven’t trotted over for a look around, we highly recommend you do. And if healthy living is on your agenda, you’re in luck; there’re a tonne of places to grab protein bowls, smoothies, and juices ideal for post-workout munchies. Here’re our top picks of places to make a beeline for.

Platinum Fitness

Downtown Gallery, #B1-04/05, p. +65 8445 5439.

Too busy to train during the day? Platinum Fitness offers the ultimate exercise experience around the clock. That’s right, this top-notch gym is open 24-hours so you can pop in before work, on your lunch break or even well after midnight to get a workout in. With state-of-the-art Matrix equipment, power lifting racks, a cardio area, and a dedicated functional area, you can focus on every aspect of your training programme.

Open 24 hours

Boulder Movement

Downtown Gallery #B1-03,  p. +65 6817 8340.

You never know what to expect with the Spartan Race, but they have been known to throw climbing obstacles into the mix. Get a one-up on your competition at Boulder Movement where you can join fun classes to learn basic and advanced rock climbing moves. They also have hybrid classes like HIIT for climbing to give you a full-body workout that goes above and beyond your regular training.

Open Mon 5pm – 10pm, Tues – Fri 11am – 10pm, Sat 10am – 8pm, Sun & PH 10am – 5pm

Upside Motion

Downtown Gallery #01-02, p. +65 6221 0578.

This hybrid fitness studio combines movements from multiple disciplines in fun classes that work out a wide variety of muscle groups. Try the Evolve classes for aerial maneuvers to help you stretch, strengthen and tone. The Sculpt classes feature cardio, light weight training and modified ballet barre exercises for flexibility and definition. And for better alignment, core strength and breathing techniques, the Align classes focus on yoga and pilates moves.

Open Mon – Fri 7am – 9:30pm, Sat – Sun 8am – 5pm

Veda Yoga

Downtown Gallery #03-21/22, p. +65 9678 0622.

So much more than just a yoga studio, Veda Yoga offers comprehensive health programmes that focus on fitness, nutrition, and detoxification. You start by filling out a questionnaire to determine your dosha, then the staff will create an Ayurvedic programme designed to help re-establish your optimal natural health. Think yoga classes, breath work, healthy juices, and meditation to balance the body and mind.

Open Mon – Fri 7am – 9pm, Sat 9am – 5pm

Absolute Cycle

Downtown Gallery #02-01, p. +65 6220 2688. 

Jump on a bike and let the dimmed lights, pumping music and infectious energy of your instructor and other riders get you into the zone during an Absolute Cycle class at Absolute You. The dynamic spinning-style classes will get your heart pounding and your confidence soaring as you build endurance, stamina and strength, all of which will help prepare you mentally and physically for the rigours of the Spartan Race.

Open Mon – Fri 7am – 10pm, Sat – Sun 9am – 4pm

 

Sweatbox Yoga

Downtown Gallery #05-01, p. +65 6468 0836

Yoga not only helps to hone your muscles but also your mind, and you’re going to need both in tip-top shape if you want to rise to the top of the Spartan Race. Sweatbox Yoga offers a great selection of classes in styles ranging from power vinyasa to easy-going yin yoga and HIIT yoga classes for total body conditioning. However, their specialty is hot yoga, which helps to detoxify the body and increase strength and flexibility.

STILL Boxing

Downtown Gallery #B1-06, p. +65 6800 5355

Let your inhibitions melt away as you pummel a punching bag to pulsating music at a STILL Boxing class. These innovative workout seshes take classic boxing moves and fuse them with elements from group spin classes like dim lights and funky beats to get you motivated and into the groove. Besides punching your heart out, you’ll also be doing cardio and strength training exercises to help whip your body into Spartan-worthy shape.

HAUS Atheletics

Downtown Gallery #B1-06, p. +65 6800 5355

Do two to three Haus Athletics HIIT workouts a week from now until the Spartan Race and we can pretty much guarantee you’ll see a huge increase in your fitness level. Each group workout runs for 45 minutes and includes fun beats and ultra effective exercises that focus on strength, cardio and core. Trust us when we say all that music, movement and community spirit will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired to take on the world.

The Autobus

Downtown Gallery #01-01, p. +65 6909 3406. 

If you love eating clean, you’ll love The Autobus. Serving build-your-own protein bowls (starting from a mere $10) for lunch and dinner it’s the ideal post-workout pit stop. This bespoke cycling cafe opens at 7 am meaning you can grab your morning cuppa Joe on your way into the office to boot. Great coffee and great food? We’re sold. Options include quinoa, brown rice, cilantro yoghurt baked chicken, garlic prawns, kale chips and crispy chickpeas. 

Open Mon – Fri 7am – 10pm, Sat – Sun 7am – 3pm

The Providore

Downtown Gallery #B1-07, p. +65 6431 7600. 

Featuring a cafe, a deli, a bakery, a grocery store, and a cookery school all under one roof, The Providore really is what foodie dreams are made of, and the largest of its stores can be found right here. Start the day with some organic muesli topped with fresh berries and organic yoghurt or the smashed avocado on homemade toast. Or stop by in the morning for a sinful pastry from the bakery, or pop by on a Friday night post-work for its weekly cheese and wine evening (from 6-10pm). We could spend hours browsing the yummy produce stocked here, and even more time spent working our way around the samples in the cheese room.

Open Mon – Fri 7:30am – 10:30pm, Sat, Sun & PH 9am – 6pm

Lunar Coffee Brewers

Downtown Gallery, #01-49/50.

OK, we’ll fess up; we’re kinda obsessed with Lunar. Not only because the interior is the stuff of minimalist-chic dreams, but also (and perhaps more importantly) it serves killer coffee and comfort food: hello dreamy butterscotch banana pancakes, we’re looking at you.

Open Mon – Fri 8am – 7pm, Sat 8am – 3pm, Sun closed

Milky Whey

Downtown Gallery, #03-31. 

Team fitspo, this one’s for you: Milky Whey is the brainchild of a CruCycle pack leader and serves up smoothies, juices, and smoothie bowls packed with goodness (and protein, if you fancy). The space-themed menu is filled with yummy sounding creations like Dark Matter, a smoothie comprising acai berries, homemade peanut butter, banana, homemade almond milk, and organic cacao whey protein, and Earth Cleanse 2.0, a cucumber based smoothie bowl perfect for when you’re on a cleanse. Yum!

Open Mon – Fri 8am – 7pm

Omotesando Koffee

Downtown Gallery, #04-09

Famed Japanese coffee house has opened in Singapore, huzzah! Blink and you’ll miss it, so head to the fourth floor and keep your eyes peeled. This tiny stall serves up seriously good Java that hipster coffee aficionados will love.

Open daily 8am – 6pm

Freshé

Downtown Gallery, #03-30, p. +65 9220 4138.  

For fresh juices squeezed daily, Freshe is where it’s at. You’ll find a myriad of flavours, from Veggie Detox (carrot, celery, ginger, beetroot, and lemon) to Tropical Sorbet (passion fruit, orange, and mango), and everything in between. Or you can create your own juice potion and the team will whip it up there for you on the spot. Sandwiches and salads are also available.

Open Mon – Fri 7am – 6pm

Saybons

Downtown Gallery, #01-24, p. +65 6222 0980.

Got a crepe craving? Head to Saybons and hook yourself up with a little taste of France. There are savoury and sweet options available, plus skinny crepes (expect more veg and 50% less cheese). We’re also fans of the soup here; the crepe/soup combo is the perfect antidote to rainy days in Singapore!

Open Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5pm

6oz Espresso Bar

Downtown Gallery, #01-18 & 27.  

Apparently, 6oz is the ideal size for a cappuccino, that is according to traditional European artisan coffeehouses. It’s a theory the team behind 6oz Espresso Bar have adopted, and if its brews are anything to go by, we reckon its sound advice. Expect a consistently good caffeine fix.

Open Mon – Fri 7am – 6pm, Sat 9am – 4pm

Wafuken

Downtown Gallery #B1-07, p. +65 9459 6074.

Singapore’s only sous vide themed restaurant is dedicated to serving up healthy protein bowls that are packed with nutrients and flavour. Each bowl starts with your choice of meat, seafood or an Impossible patty perfectly cooked using the sous vide method for silky textures and tenderness. Then you can opt for sides like cold buckwheat soba noodles, ramen egg or daikon pickles. We highly suggest the signature chicken breast with Furikake brown rice. 

Open Mon – Fri 11am – 8pm, Sat 11am – 3pm

Venue by Sebastian

Downtown Gallery #01-02, p. +65 6904 9688.

Chef Sebastian Ng is the creative force behind VENUE, an open-concept casual dining venue in OUE Downtown Gallery. The concept is shared plates, so it’s best to come with a group of friends or family and order up a bunch of dishes to share at the table. The style is modern European with Asian influences, so expect intriguing options like the cauliflower misti with spicy mint aioli and the Chilean sea bass with mushroom and bacon ragout and truffle yuzu butter.

Open Mon – Sat 11:15am – 3pm, 6:30pm – 10pm

OUE Social Kitchen

Downtown Gallery, #03-02/03, p. +65 6224 0355.

This unique concept is truly one of a kind in Singapore. Rent a communal kitchen space (ranging from a single hob to a huge kitchen complete with seating for large groups), bring your own ingredients and cook up a storm with your pals. Ideal if you want to host a dinner party but don’t have space at home. It’s  also home to a fully loaded bar if you fancy adding booze into the equation, and an epic sound system to pump out your favourite chooooons.

Open Mon – Fri 10am – 8pm, Sat 10am – 4pm

Superdry Sport

Downtown Gallery, #01-25/26, +65 6224 1185

Feel good and look good while you prepare for the Spartan Challenge with Superdry Sport gear. From technical gear to workout essentials, they have you covered with attire that is designed not only to enhance performance, but also to turn heads. The collection was created with non-conformists in mind, so the innovative pieces are perfect if you’re looking to push boundaries and stand out from the crowd.

Mon – Fri: 11am – 7pm, Sat: 11am – 3pm

The Big Country

Downtown Gallery, #01-41

Support your cross training routine with quality gear from The Big Country. Here, you’ll find everything you need, from bike shorts and jerseys to kit you out for those long training rides aimed at building endurance, to water bottles and goggles. We also secretly love the P.A.C headgear (reminiscent of Survivor) that helps with both sweat and hair during especially challenging workouts.

Sports Elements

Downtown Gallery, #02-04, p. +65 6222 3212

Sports Elements is our go-to sports equipment shop conveniently located in the heart of the CBD that lets us avoid annoying online orders or time-consuming shopping trips to the sporting goods store on weekends. From jump ropes to water equipment, tennis gear and foam rollers – they have everything you’ll need for those days you simply don’t want to be at the gym or in a class. This place will stock you up for those empowering self-workouts, and at-home self-care.

Open daily 10:30am – 9:30pm

Empire of Steel

Downtown Gallery, #03-19, p. +65 6222 2663.

Gents, get primped and preened at this slick barbers. You’ll emerge suitably dapper and ready for a night on the tiles.

Open Mon – Fri 11am – 8pm, Sat – Sun 10am – 7pm

The Big Country

Downtown Gallery, #01-41

Support your cross training routine with quality gear from The Big Country. Here, you’ll find everything you need, from bike shorts and jerseys to kit you out for those long training rides aimed at building endurance, to water bottles and goggles. We also secretly love the P.A.C headgear (reminiscent of Survivor) that helps with both sweat and hair during especially challenging workouts.

Flutters Lash & Nail Bar

Downtown Gallery, #03-17, p. +65 6220 0920.

Heading out after work and need a mani refresh or fluttery lashes? Give Flutters a whirl; its express gel mani is only $22 – bargain! Pssst… they also stock the best lash product (in our humble opinion!) on the market; Lilash.

Open daily 10:30am – 9:30pm

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