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The Cheat Sheet: Underrated UNESCO sites, The Warehouse Hotel bar, and the history of the Hermès Birkin bag

What a week it has been. On Wednesday evening, Singapore’s Restaurant André was declared the 14th best restaurant in the world, at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants award ceremony in Melbourne. The two-Michelin-starred establishment’s current ranking is an impressive 18-spot climb from its position on last year’s. Coming out tops was New York’s Eleven Madison Park — toppling last year’s champion Osteria Francescana to second place.

It wasn’t just the local dining scene that witnessed remarkable developments. Fashion mavens here also had much to look forward to, with the launch of Adidas’ much-coveted NMD R2 shoes. The chunky soled sneakers come in various options including a polka-dotted rendition, and are the latest edition to the sports brand’s NMD range. To refresh your memory, the NMD R1 was released last year and proved a resounding success, with the shoes being sold out in most parts of the world.

Beauty junkies will get their turn tomorrow, when Chanel’s highly awaited Coco Café launches tomorrow at the Visual Arts Centre in Dhoby Ghaut. The pop-up store is stocked with products such as the label’s new Les Indispensables De L’été cruise collection, so customers can swatch makeup while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea.

To round off an already amazing week, we recommend trying out some the newly opened restaurants around town, getting your tipple fix at The Warehouse Hotel‘s bar, and reading our feature on the iconic Hermès Birkin bag.


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Chicken liver pâte at Firebake, which bakes its own bread from scratch. (Photo: John Heng/ Firebake)

The past weeks have seen a slew of new restaurants popping up with fascinating concepts, gorgeous interiors and — naturally — sumptuous food. From acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first Singapore establishment, to a casual eatery that bakes its own sourdough from scratch, here are 10 restaurants to visit for your next feast.


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The bar.

We recently stopped by The Warehouse Hotel’s lobby bar for a midday pick-me-up, and were well pampered with its delicious Asian-inflected, nostalgia-tinged cocktails. Our recommendation? The Kopi Cat, a decadent blend of salted caramel-infused vodka, espresso, condensed milk and hazelnut, topped with a Cadbury Crunchie bar.


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Hermes Birkin bags at the Maroquinerie de la Tardoire, a Hermes workshop that specialises in calfskin. (Photo: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP)

The iconic Hermès Birkin has long been a symbol of status and exclusivity in the sartorial scene. And even with its lavish S$17,000 price tag, it remains one of the most coveted bags in the world. Here’s everything you need to know about this beloved bag.


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Luang Prabang, Laos. (Photo: Gedsman/Flickr)

Venture off the beaten track and make a trip to one of these underrated UNESCO sites around Southeast Asia, which range from the scenic Laotian town of Luang Prabang to Thailand’s historical city of Ayutthaya.

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Pumped up kicks.

We recently got a sneak preview of Adidas’ latest kicks, the Adidas NMD R2 Primeknit. The collection is now available on Adidas’ website and at Pedder on Scotts.

Follow us @LifestyleAsiaSg on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for a live feed on the most happening food openings, fashion previews, cocktail parties and celeb sightings in Singapore.

(Main and featured photos: Ultimate Indonesian Yachts)

Sara Yap
Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)
Sara Yap is the Deputy Director of Digital Operations at BurdaLuxury, and a contributing writer to Lifestyle Asia’s dining and jewellery beats. When she’s not on the lookout for exciting new restaurants or bejewelled trinkets, she’s probably buried in a riveting read, or reminiscing the good ol’ days with her favourite playlist of ’90s boyband hits.
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