Gill­man Bar­racks

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pi­ran­has, mana­tees and sea cows. An­other high­light is the Gi­ant Panda For­est en­clo­sure, home to rare red pan­das and the park’s fa­mous black-and­whites, Kaikai and Ji­a­Jia. un­likely ur­ban oa­sis. Un­like the High Line, how­ever, the Green Cor­ri­dor is a rel­a­tively wild crea­ture – a grassy track cut­ting through sub­urbs, sec­ondary for­est, grass­lands, small farms and mud­flats on its way from the old rail­way sta­tion of Tan­jong Pa­gar in the south to the Malaysian bor­der in the north. Given Sin­ga­pore’s heat and the Green Cor­ri­dor’s lack of fa­cil­i­ties and sig­nage, only the most in­trepid would at­tempt walk­ing or cy­cling the en­tire route. For most peo­ple, a leisurely stroll along a small sec­tion is a sat­is­fy­ing, in­vig­o­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Where sol­diers once stomped, cu­ra­tors now roam. Built in 1936 as a Bri­tish mil­i­tary en­camp­ment, Gill­man Bar­racks (gill­man­bar­racks. com) is now a ram­bling art out­post, with 15 world-class pri­vate gal­leries set in 4.6ha of calm­ing, green sur­rounds. It’s a civilise civilised way to spend a la late af­ter­noon, b brows­ing e ex­hi­bi­tions of p paint­ing, sculp­ture a and photography fr from some of the w world’s most cov­eted cre­atives.c it­self, is stud­ded with ar­ti­san cafes and in­de­pen­dent shops ped­dling edgy lo­cal de­sign. Top billing goes to Ny­lonl Cof­fee Roast­ers (ny­lon­cof­, a small, stand­ing-room-only cafe and roaster with an epic rep­u­ta­tion for phe­nom­e­nal sea­sonal blends and im­pres­sive sin­gle ori­gins. At the helm is a per­son­able crew of cof­fee fa­nat­ics, chat­ting away with cus­tomers about their lat­est sourc­ing trip (they deal di­rectly with the farm­ers) or the virtues of French press. Ven­ture be­yond espresso with Clever Drip­per, a brew­ing method that shows off the more sub­tle notes in your cup of cof­fee. L Love (bit­ter­ is homeh to some of the city’s top bar­keeps,b who stir, shake and slurps lo­cal-twist li­ba­tions like th the rum-based, tea-in­fused KayaK Toast. When the drinks are this good, you don’t need sig­nage to draw the crowds. P Peck­ish? Swoon over but­tery Wagyu beef cubes or get deca­dent with sea­sonal live oysters.

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