How to make the most of your day in our island's latest tech-savvy mall
Since its opening on June 28, the refreshed Funan has continued to draw in crowds that can rival Jewel Changi Airport. Once a shopping mall offering electronics at a bargain, the reopening of Funan positions itself as a technologically-integrated lifestyle mall that offers one-of-a-kind experiences—from KopiTech, a self-service food court that accepts e-payment, to homegrown fashion boutique Love, Bonito, which features an AR walkway for customers. A robot-enabled hands-free shopping and click-and-collect service are also expected to roll out by the end of the year, optimising the retail experience for shoppers.
If you haven't visited the shopping mall, take some time off this weekend as we've rounded up a list of unique experiences not to miss.
1. Start the day with a cuppa at PPP Coffee
Can’t start the day without a cup of joe? Head to PPP Coffee—formerly Papa Palheta—for a quality brew, from unique coffees to an archive of the best roasts constantly curated by the team. Pair them with nonya kuehs—like PPP Coffee’s ondeh ondeh with coffee-infused gula melaka filling—for a local touch. And if you’d rather make your own coffee, the space boasts an experiential brew bar for you to be your own barista.
PPP Coffee | 02-19 Funan, 107 North Bridge Road, S(179105) | 6299 4321
2. Hit the gym at TFX
Homegrown fitness brand True Group’s—which manages True Fitness—first foray into premium gyms, TFX at Funan is the company’s first fitness centre that boasts a swimming pool and outdoor deck, which overlooks Fort Canning. The technology-enabled smart gym uses the My Zone cloud system, which connects seamlessly to your personal fitness trackers and the RFID-compatible gym equipment to monitor your achievements and progression. Other tech-based facilities include the first-in-Singapore Matrix Strength Ultra Series, which boasts an Intelligent Video Training Display which offers a virtual reality (VR) experience during your resistance training.
TFX | 04-18 Funan, 107 North Bridge Road, S(179105) | 6690 2388
3. Get a blow-out at Dyson Demo Store – Beauty Lab
Now that you’ve got a great glow after the workout—pair that with a fabulous blowout. The first beauty-focused store from tech giant Dyson, the demo space is fitted with four styling stations where you can experience the much-raved Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and Dyson Airwrap styler for yourself. Complimentary styling sessions with the brand’s beauty experts are available by appointment on their website.
Dyson | 01-27 Funan, 107 North Bridge Road, S(179105)
4. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at Noka
A visit to Funan is not complete without touring the first-of-its-kind rooftop urban farm, which is part of restaurant Noka (‘farmhouse’ in Japanese). The 75-seater dining room is helmed by head chef Seki Takuma, who marries Japanese cooking techniques with local ingredients in his contemporary Japanese menu. The 5,000 square-feet urban farm itself grows more than 50 types of fruits, flowers, herbs and vegetables, from oyster mushrooms, butterfly pea flowers to Mexican tarragon. Try the omakase menu by the chef, which is an ever-changing six-course feast based on seasonal produce.
Noka | 07-38 Funan (Lift Lobby A), 109 North Bridge Road, S(179097) | 6877 4878
5. Catch a show at Wild Rice @ Funan
Show your support for the local arts scene at homegrown theatre company Wild Rice’s new home. The 20,000 sqft, three-storey space comprises a 358-seat Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre and a 60-seat Studio Theatre. Rehearsal rooms and an administrative office for the company are also located on the grounds.
The theatre will officially open in September, but you can be one of its first audiences as part of the Housewarming Season, which sees Thomas Lim’s Supervision playing out in the Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre from August 8 to 18.
Wild Rice | 04-08 Funan, 107 North Bridge Road, S(1790105) | 6292 2695