Exciting happenings in & around Singapore in June 2023

With almost half of 2023 already behind us, it’s time to make the most of the June holidays and embark on a journey of unforgettable adventures. Whether you’re craving delectable culinary delights, eager to immerse yourself in captivating shows and exhibitions, or simply looking to have a blast with friends, ’tis the season for endless fun and excitement.

Join us as we explore the very best things to do in June, hand-picked to ensure you don’t miss out on the most exciting events happening in Singapore. Get ready to eat, drink, party, and create unforgettable memories that will make this June an unforgettable chapter in your journey of epic experiences.

1. Make your own perfume with the orchids of Singapore

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Credit – Scentopia Sentosa
Immerse yourself in a fragrant masterpiece as you harness the essence of Singapore’s enchanting orchids to create your own signature scent!

Scentopia Sentosa is a perfume making workshop that allows you to create your own unique perfume. The workshop, located in Sentosa, is open to adults and children aged 12 and above. A 100ml bottle costs S$125, while a 50ml bottle is S$95.

The workshop begins with a brief introduction to the art of perfume making. You will learn about the different types of fragrances, the different notes that make up a perfume, and the process of creating a perfume.

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Credit – Scentopia Sentosa

Once you have learned the basics, you will be given the opportunity to create your own perfume. You will start by choosing a base note, such as sandalwood, musk, or amber. You will then add top notes, such as citrus, floral, or spice, and heart notes, such as rose, jasmine, or lavender.

As you pour your custom fragrance into an exquisite bottle, you’ll feel a sense of pride and accomplishment, knowing that you’ve created a scent that is truly your own. With each spritz, you’ll be transported to the vibrant streets of Singapore, relishing in the memories and emotions that your bespoke perfume evokes.

What I love the most is that the ingredients are all infused with orchids of Singapore! Click here to view the list of oils.

2. Revitalise with the Wellness-themed afternoon tea at Portman’s Bar

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The best afternoon treats are found… in a suitcase! First impression: Hurry, click a dozen pics, and post on IG! What lay on my table was a feast for my eyes, let alone my taste buds.

Say hello to the brand-new Wellness-themed afternoon tea at Portman’s Bar. Get ready to experience a delightful assortment of savoury and sweet treats adorned with freshly-picked herbs and edible flowers sourced directly from the hotel’s own Urban Farm.

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Chef de Cuisine Leon Yee and Pastry Chef Christopher Eng have created magic. The exquisite spread features a variety of mouthwatering treats, including a homemade carrot scone, healthy salmon sandwich, Impossible™ meat puff pastry roll, nourishing smoked chicken focaccia, indulgent lobster roll, peanut coconut praline cake, and more.

In addition, a selection of patisseries, macarons, pralines, and cookies awaits at the Sweet Wagon (yes, a whole wagon!), providing a sweet ending to this memorable culinary experience.

The Wellness-themed afternoon tea experience will not only leave you with a satisfied tummy, but also a collection of incredible photos, and an overwhelming urge to call your friends and share the excitement.

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Available from now until 30 Jun 2023, Portman’s Bar Wellness-themed Afternoon Tea includes free flow of coffee or tea, and is priced at S$58 per person. Complete your indulgence with a two-hour free of either Taittinger Champagne at $68++, or Prosecco at $38++.

First seating: 1pm to 3pm; Second seating: 3.30pm to 5.30pm

For reservations, please call +65 6845 1119 or email [email protected].

3. Seas await. Board the Royal Albatross.

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Credit – Royal Albatross

Looking for a unique and unforgettable experience to celebrate the June holidays? Look no further than Royal Albatross’ dine and sail packages. With their award-winning crew and delicious food, you’re sure to have a fantastic time from start to finish.

Indulge in a gastronomic journey with their exquisite 4-course and 7-course dinners, expertly paired with wines to enhance each delectable dish. For those seeking a unique experience, their spirit pairing menu perfectly complements the gourmet menus, adding an extra touch of sophistication.

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Credit – Royal Albatross

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as you witness the seamless transition from sunset to moonlight aboard the Sunset Sail Cruise (S$225++/adult, S$125/child). This magical journey allows you to savour the best of both worlds.

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Credit – Royal Albatross

The enchantment doesn’t stop with the surroundings. The luxury Tall Ship takes centre stage, captivating guests with its traditional rigging, towering masts, and 360-degree sea views. The ambiance is enhanced by carefully placed mood lighting, creating a dining experience like no other. Step into the stunning air-conditioned Grand Salon on the main deck, where you can relax and unwind.

Enjoy the convenience of their 2 premium bars, a unique flying seat over the water, and carefully curated live entertainment. The harbour cruises and dinner cruises promise an unforgettable evening on board the magnificent super yacht.

To book a cruise package, click here.

4. Indulge in Hotel Telegraph’s new Weekends Grill & Roast menu

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Credit – Hotel Telegraph

Hotel Telegraph‘s newest culinary offering, the Weekends Grill & Roast Menu at The Dining Room, offers a wonderful selection of grilled and roasted delights every Saturday and Sunday.

This June, satisfy your taste buds with a delectable array of mouthwatering butcher cuts, featuring premium selections such as tender Beef Tenderloin (S$36++), flavourful Black Angus Ribeye (S$32++), and juicy Striploin (S$32++).

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Credit – Hotel Telegraph

Indulge in tantalising poultry and pork options like the aromatic Tandoori French Poulet Tikka (S$25++), the rich and tender Duck Leg Confit (S$25++), the impressive USA Pork Tomahawk (S$30++), and the irresistible Char Siew Baby Back Ribs (S$25++). For seafood enthusiasts, savour the exquisite flavours of Sambal Skate Wing with Cincalok (S$22++), Whole Sea Bass Bakar Balado (S$22++), or the mouthwatering Baked Half Cheesy Boston Lobster (S$32++).

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Credit – Hotel Telegraph

Enhance your main course with a delectable variety of sides and flavourful sauces, while also treating yourself to the nutritious salad bar at no extra cost when you order a main dish.

Conclude your dining experience with a touch of sweetness by indulging in the exquisite dessert options, such as the yummy Baked Kueh Bingka, the tantalising Deconstructed Tiramisu, or the exquisite Apple Crumble Cake, all available for only S$6++ each.

Situated in the bustling CBD of Singapore, Hotel Telegraph’s Weekends Grill & Roast menu offers a perfect dining option for those who enjoy the freedom to customise their meal with their preferred sides, meats, and desserts. Join them every weekend from 11.30 am to 3 pm (last order at 2.30 pm) and savour the flavours of their grilled and roasted dishes.

View the menu here.

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5. Step aboard Genting Dream for a foam party

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Credit – Resorts World Cruises

Step aboard the grand Genting Dream by Resorts World Cruises, a colossal ship that offers an abundance of activity options to cater to every guest’s desires. Whether you seek socialisation, relaxation, skill-building, adrenaline-pumping adventures, or simply a way to pass the time, this ship has it all covered. I’ve had 2 sails with them in the past year, and I must say, I’m ready for my 3rd!

There are 3 fantastic options onboard that won’t cost you a cent! Indulge in the delectable buffet at The Lido, savour delightful meals at Dream Dining Lower Deck, or elevate your dining experience at Dream Dining Upper Deck. Simply stroll in and enjoy these complimentary dining venues to your heart’s content. If the fare gets repetitive or if you want to savour some fine dining, there are a host of specialty restaurants to pamper your palate.

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RWC has gone above and beyond to create an extraordinary entertainment experience. The talented troupe of professional entertainers onboard is simply exceptional. With their infectious warmth and lively personalities, they effortlessly bring joy and laughter to even the most introverted guests, coaxing them out of their shells to join in the fun and excitement.

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Genting Dream is home to Zouk Beach Club, a name that will bring a smile to the faces of all 80s and 90s kids (me!). As the sun sets, Zouk comes alive with an exhilarating foam party that will transport you back to your carefree days. And the excitement doesn’t stop there! As the night deepens, the venue transforms into the ultimate clubbing destination, featuring both indoor and outdoor dance floors where you can dance the night away to pulsating beats. It’s a true haven for music and party enthusiasts, capturing the essence of fun and celebration.

Genting Dream sails to nowhere, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Phuket (NEW!).
To check out destinations and book a cruise, click here.

6. Eat like a tai-tai at SKAI’s Katsushika Hokusai-inspired afternoon tea

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Credit – SKAI

SKAI has partnered with ARTiSTORY and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to introduce the 2nd installment of a 4-part series of art-inspired afternoon tea events. Named “Gathering of The Greats, A Wave from The East,” this unique culinary experience invites guests to embark on a captivating journey through Katsushika Hokusai’s renowned woodblock print collection, “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.”


The menu draws inspiration from Katsushika Hokusai’s floral prints. The Duck dish is visually stunning, resembling petals and infused with flavours of chrysanthemum from Hokusai’s “Chrysanthemum and Horsefly” print. It incorporates chrysanthemum leaves, raspberry, and an oat cracker. The Celeriac dish puts a creative twist on SKAI’s regular high tea menu, using beetroot shards, whole grain mustard, and sourdough bread to evoke the majestic Mount Fuji in Hokusai’s “Rainstorm beneath the Summit.”

Chef Paul’s Salmon dish is inspired by the “Blackberry Lily” print and is garnished with hibiscus cress, granny smith, and wasabi, creating vibrant colours and a citrus flavour. The Eel dish takes inspiration from “Peonies and Butterfly” and features a tart-based morsel with delicately piped hummus and olive oil caviar, presented with green peas resembling leaves.

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Credit – SKAI

The Chocolate Fuji dessert is a visually stunning creation, featuring an ivory white chocolate shell and a mango passion fruit coulis centre, meticulously crafted to resemble the iconic Mount Fuji. The Vanilla Cloud Mousse captures the essence of the clouds in Hokusai’s prints, including “Umezawa Manor in Sagami Province” and “Under the Wave off Kanagawa,” and is served with a delightful raspberry marmalade.

Chef Ming pays homage to Hokusai’s “Chrysanthemum and Horsefly” with 3 dainty pastries: a Yuzu Crémeux presented as a yuzu tart with a flower sable on top, lightly garnished with sea salt; a Rose Grapefruit, a beautiful mascarpone-based cream puff designed to resemble a chrysanthemum; and a Matcha Sando Sandwich, a decadent cookie sandwich featuring green tea, lemon, and grapefruit to represent the leaves in the same print.

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The experience will be available from 2 June to 1 July 2023, held daily from 3pm to 5pm at SKAI, situated on Level 70 of Swissôtel The Stamford. It is priced at S$68++ per adult and S$34++ per child (6 to 12 years old).

7. Illuminate your June at the i Light Singapore 2023 exhibition

As the beacon of sustainable creativity, i Light Singapore emerges as Asia’s premier light festival illuminating Marina Bay.

Since its inaugural edition in 2010, i Light Singapore has been a captivating showcase of luminous art installations crafted by talented local and international artists. These awe-inspiring artworks not only captivate the senses but also embody the spirit of sustainability, utilising energy-saving lighting and environmentally-friendly materials.

i Light Singapore 2023 will take place from 1 to 25 Jun 2023. The festival will be held in 3 different locations: Marina Bay, South Beach, and Millenia Walk. The theme of the festival is “A New Wave“. The festival will feature a variety of light art installations that explore the theme of sustainability.

Some of the highlights of i Light Singapore 2023 include:

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Credit – i Light Singapore
  • Glacier Dreams is a large-scale projection on the façade of ArtScience Museum. The installation depicts a melting glacier and the effects of climate change.
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Credit – i Light Singapore
  • Trumpet Flowers is an interactive display of colossal blooms at Clifford Square. Visitors can walk through the installation and interact with the flowers.
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Credit – i Light Singapore
  • Bleached is an immersive installation of an illuminated ocean floor. The installation explores the effects of pollution on the ocean. Location: South Beach Avenue – Level B1M.

i Light Singapore 2023 will be held from 1 – 25 Jun 2023, 7.30pm to 11pm daily with extended hours to 12am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Admission is free, while charges apply for certain programmes.

8. Enjoy a leisurely Sunday brunch at Waterfall Ristorante Italiano

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Credit – Waterfall Ristorante Italiano

Recently launched is a new buffet concept, Domenica All’ Italiana, also called the Italian Sunday – a Sunday Brunch at Waterfall Ristorante ItalianoShangri-La Singapore. At S$78++ per person (including 1 coffee or tea), you’ll be definitely getting your money’s worth.

Chope Reservations

Experience a feast like no other as you embark on a culinary journey through their diverse and mouthwatering spread. Immerse yourself in a world of flavours as you indulge in a wide range of culinary delights carefully prepared by the talented chefs.

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From antipasti to artisanal cheeses and delectable seafood and meats, the spread has something to satisfy every palate. Don’t forget to save room for the irresistible desserts (the velvety Panna Cotta was out of this world!).

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Experience the culinary artistry firsthand as the skilled chefs work their magic at the live pasta station. Prepare to be amazed as they craft and cook a variety of fresh and flavourful pastas right before your eyes. From perfectly al dente spaghetti to mouthwatering ravioli, each dish is expertly prepared and customised to your liking.

You may choose to add-on: S$20++ free flow of soft drink, juice, coffee and tea;
S$68++ free flow of alcoholic beverage package inclusive of: Prosecco Ruggeri, Fantini Chardonnay, and Fantini Montepulciano D’Abruzzo.

This Sunday buffet takes place every Sunday from 12pm – 2.30pm. Make sure to add this to your must-visit-in-June list!

View the menu here.

9. Smell the roses at Gardens by the Bay’s Rose Romance 

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Credit – Gardens by the Bay

From 2 Jun to 16 Jul 2023 (9am – 9pm), get swept away by the enchanting allure of Rose Romance at the Flower Dome in Gardens by the Bay, a captivating floral exhibition that celebrates the majestic beauty of the Queen of Flowers. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Singapore, this year’s display transports you to the romantic region of Puglia in southern Italy.

Immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes adorned with charming trulli, the iconic whitewashed houses with conical roofs that dot the countryside. Amidst this idyllic setting, surrounded by blooming roses, love fills the air, creating an atmosphere of pure enchantment.

The display features over 100,000 roses from all over the world, arranged in a variety of beautiful and romantic settings. Visitors can wander through the display and enjoy the beauty of the roses, as well as the sounds of Italian music and the smell of Italian food.

You can find out more here.

10. Chill-out at the Summer Grill-Out at The Alkaff Mansion 

Date: 1 July 2023, 7pm till late

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Credit – The Alkaff Mansion

End the month of June with something truly extraordinary on the 1st day of July! Embrace the essence of summer at The Alkaff Mansion‘s courtyard, where the tantalising aroma of grilled delicacies fills the air and live music sets the perfect ambiance. Save the date for a memorable Summer Grill-Out, located at The Alkaff Mansion Al-Fresco Terrace, where you can unwind and enjoy a laid-back Saturday night.

Chope Reservations

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Credit – The Alkaff Mansion

Indulge in a delectable array of freshly-fired meats, satay, kebabs, and seafood, expertly prepared on the grills. To complement the flavours, the Botanist Gin Cart will be on hand, serving up refreshing G&Ts and exclusive cocktails crafted specially for the Grill Out event.

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Credit – The Alkaff Mansion

For those seeking a more spirited evening, the Free-flow Summer Sangria + Botanist Gin & Tonic package (S$58++ per person) ensures the drinks keep flowing.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, savour mouthwatering dishes, and raise a glass to the joys of summer at this captivating event!

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