1. Take the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) to the Changi Airport Station (CG2). Upon exiting the station (CG2), Jewel is accessible via link bridges located at level 2 of Terminals 2 and 3. Using the East-West (Green) Line, take a train to the Tanah Merah (EW4) station and cross the platform to transfer to an Airport-bound train. Using the Downtown (Blue) Line, Take a train to the Expo (DT35) station. From here, transfer to the East-West (Green) Line eastward to the Changi Airport station (CG2). Upon exiting the station, Jewel is accessible via link bridges located at level 2 of Terminals 2 and 3.
2. The following Bus Services will stop at Terminal 1’s basement bus bay: 24, 27, 34, 36, 53, 110, 858
Upon arrival at Terminal 1, please follow the signs to Jewel from Level 1 of the terminal.
3. There are free return buses to Bedok, Tampines and Sengkang. Plan your time wisely as the buses easily fill up.
Jewel Changi Airport Singapore Guide: Top 15 Things to Do, Eat and See
*Cue Coldplay’s Paradise*
That’s how Jewel Changi looks like. Paradise in the airport.
The long awaited mixed use development complex in Changi Airport has finally opened its doors to the public! Jewel Changi adds on to the best that is at Changi Airport in Singapore, being the world’s #1 airport by Skytrax for 4 years in a row. A week before its opening, Jewel Changi was open to a group of ticket holders, members of the media and some high profile people to actually view everything that is to be seen at Jewel Changi. It seems that this $1.3 billion investment has more to offer!
I know you’ve been reading the news, and all those invited bloggers to the preview week. Bet you don’t know what you’re about to face at Jewel, don’t you? Those media outlets and bloggers experienced Jewel without queues! And it wasn’t that crowded, so the lines didn’t take more than an hour. Well, get ready, you’re gonna need all your queueing practice to work.
I know. Being a foodie, I cannot resist just blogging that Shake Shack has added Singapore to its list of restaurant locations in Asia after Japan and Hong Kong. But to be honest, Shake Shack is a bit overrated for me. Being a New Yorker, Shake Shack is like my McDonald’s. The lines here at Jewel Changi are crazy. Expect more than 1 hour lining up and another hour for your food!
HSBC Rain Vortex
This is perhaps the highlight of my visit to Jewel. The view is spectacular by day, and mesmerizing by night. During the day, the Rain Vortex is just a great view and naturally cools Singapore’s hot weather that penetrates the complex. At night, starting at 7:30pm, the Rain Vortex has an HSBC-sponsored light and sound show, that I highly recommend that you wait and watch.
HSBC Rain Vortex Light and Sound Show
The Canopy Park attractions (Mirror Maze, Canopy Bridge, Hedge Maze) doesn’t open to the public until June 10, 2019, but now, you can see that the 5th floor of Jewel is already lively. Bars such as Prive and the soon to open Burgers and Lobsters are sure to be the centerstage as people wind down, and wait for the late night show. You get a great view while guzzling your Stella.
The East Trail starts from the 5th floor all the way down to the first floor where the rainfall vortex disappears. It’s great to go with this route because you get to be amazed at vortex while slowly making your way down. It also helps you stay away from too much retail therapy. The East Trail also gives you great view of the trains transporting people between terminals.
Where to eat at Jewel Changi Airport: A&W Cafe
A lot of you are quite happy that A&W is back after 16 years. I would say as its first branch in Singapore, it’s quite a success with its 2-hour long lines. If you’re brave, make sure to order a Root Beer float, a gold old beef burger with cream cheese and try out its Golden Aroma chicken. You gotta fill up the tank if you want to survive in Jewel Changi.
Who doesn’t like Pokemon? After being to the Pokemon Center in Gotemba Premium Outlets in Japan, I am sold with this store. With the Pokemon Center theme song playing in the background, you can get a lot of great stuff here at their flagship branch in Singapore. Check out this limited edition Pikachu in Singapore Pilot suit and Pikachu riding Lapras. You won’t find this anywhere else in the world. Also, don’t forget to check out the life-size Pokedex if you’re unsure of the Pokemon you’re buying.
While these were the standouts, there are more notable ones that I will surely come back to try:
Grocery in the airport? I dig!
Tonkatsu by Ma Maison
Link: Tonkatsu by Ma Maison review
Eggs n Things
Link: Eggs n Things in Amerikamura, Osaka review
Signature by KOI The
Some tips when you are at Jewel Changi
1. Try to remain hydrated with water. Don’t keep on drinking bubble tea! The mall can get really crowded as hell.
2. Watch your steps. Because it was so crowded, some people trip at the edge of the escalators.
3. Watch your kids and babies in strollers! Like I said in #2, some people don’t move even when they reach the top of the floor, which causes everyone to bump into each other like a domino.
4. As always, if you’re hungry, don’t line up for the sake of Instagram. It’s never worth it. Take it from me. 😉
5. Bring a power bank so you’ll never run out of juice.