Celebs' favourite hangouts on the little red dot

Stake out at these places for a spot of star gazing 

Stake out at these places for a spot of star gazing
Stake out at these places for a spot of star gazing
08 Aug 2017

Stake out at these places for a spot of star gazing

Ever wondered where Xu Bin hangs out with his furkid or where Carrie Wong and Hayley Woo like to catch up for drinks? Well, wonder no more. In light of National Day, we caught up with some local celebs to find out their favourite haunts in Singapore so that you can rub shoulders and perhaps snag a selfie or two with the stars. Just be sure to ask first, okay? 

Ya Hui
Ya Hui
08 Aug 2017

Ya Hui

Hotspot: Labrador Park

If you are at Labrador Park during the “golden hour”, you might just bump into Ya Hui. As a nature lover, she is obsessed with sunsets and has no qualms about driving to the park or Lower Pierce and Lower Seletar reservoirs to “immerse” in the rays.

“Recently, I have been going to Labrador Park because I love the sunset there. If I finish work at 6pm and the sky colour [looks promising], I will drive there immediately and just sit there and relax. I try to explore different spots in the park [for a different view]… it’s a nice place to clear my mind. I don’t know why I am so attracted to clouds and nature,” said Ya Hui.

Photos: Ya Hui

Shane Pow
Shane Pow
08 Aug 2017

Shane Pow

Hotspot: Robertson Quay

While Shane says he doesn’t go out much nowadays, if you’re lucky, you might catch him sipping some bubbly with his friends.

“Favourite hangout spot in Singapore? Hmm – Mojo is quite nice! It’s one of my favourite hangouts, I go there quite a bit,” he joked. But how about when Mojo is closed?

“If I’m with friends, usually we’ll go to the Robertson Quay area,” he said, after almost a minute of thinking. “It doesn’t have to be any particular bar, but it’s any bar in general. Or like, Club Street. I feel that the crowd there is tamer than in a lot of places. So usually if we want a night out, we’ll go to Robertson Quay for drinks and wine.”

When he’s with friends from abroad, however, he’ll take them to a hawker centre. "Food is very important, and the hawker centre is something they should experience,” he said. “I kind of like Bedok 58 -- not 85 – because 58 has really good breakfast.”

Photo: Instagram/@shanepowxp

Carrie Wong
Carrie Wong
08 Aug 2017

Carrie Wong

Hotspot: Sentosa

When Carrie wants a change of scenery, her destination of choice is Sentosa because it “makes me feel like I am on holiday”. Apart from the Universal Studios theme park, which is a must-visit when she has friends in town, the lounge at W Singapore, which she frequents with good friend and fellow actress Hayley Woo, is her favourite chill out spot in Sentosa: “Hayley and I always go to W Hotel for drinks and catch up with one another. We are red wine freaks. It is very out of the way but I really love the place. Actually, the journey home is the difficult part. You think you are finally going home but oh my goodness, it’s so far.”

Photo: Instagram/@carriewst

Romeo Tan
Romeo Tan
08 Aug 2017

Romeo Tan

Hotspots: Dempsey Hill and Mount Faber

If you want to spot Romeo, your best bet would be Dempsey Hill, which the actor frequents because of the free parking (how practical!) and the variety of hipster cafes. His go-to location is Jones The Grocer for a coffee run or for brunch, where he can catch up on his scripts.

“If I am very free, you might see me at Dempsey around three to four times a month. I like the feel of the place. In the day, I will go to Jones The Grocer for brunch, where I will have the eggs benedict. I have to share tables but it’s okay because it’s mostly ang moh [and they don’t recognise me],” laughed Romeo. And when he isn’t working, he takes the opportunity to catch up on his other passion – photography. You will find him getting trigger-happy at Mount Faber or the Habourfront area, where he achieves Zen while taking photos of sunsets.

Photo: Romeo Tan

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
08 Aug 2017

Desmond Tan

Hotspot: Dempsey Hill

Another star who digs the vibe of Dempsey Hill is Desmond. The quaint neighbourhood, which is home to quirky antique shops and restaurants, is a top choice for the actor when he wants an escape from the hustle and bustle of Singapore.

“I love going to Dempsey because it has a unique serenity that takes me away from the daily buzz. Also, I love the character of the conserved buildings, which reminds me of the rich milestones of our military history,” said Desmond.

“I go there with my friends around once or twice a month for dinner or drinks as it has a wide variety of cuisines. CM-PB is one [restaurant that] I visit quite often. I bring my overseas friends there too.”

Chen Hanwei
Chen Hanwei
08 Aug 2017

Chen Hanwei

Hotspot: Chin Mee Chin confectionery

It might be a challenge getting a table at Chin Mee Chin confectionery during the weekends, but if you are a fan of Chen Hanwei, it’s worth the visit. The veteran actor loves his kopitiams and one of his favourite haunts is the old school confectionery along East Coast Road, which he’s been patronising for decades. In fact, he is such a regular that he can skip the queue and the staff there know his order. #celebperks

“I always eat the same thing - their kaya butter bun with teh-C and sometimes the soft boiled eggs. Very standard. Most coffee shops use sliced bread but they use buns and they know how I like my bun – with two slabs of butter. They are pretty big but I can eat three or four of them, that’s how much I like it,” said Hanwei.

“The owners are very happy when they see me. We will chat and sometimes they even give me free cakes but I will always reject them. It’s a place that I can go to every day.”

Photos: Toggle, Chen Hanwei

Felicia Chin
Felicia Chin
08 Aug 2017

Felicia Chin

Hotspot: The East Coast

Felicia’s happy place is the East Coast, as it holds a lot of sentimental value.

“I’ve always stayed in the East, my schools were always in Katong area, and the East Coast area. I really like the East – it’s a place where I have memories where I bonded as a team in school, where I spent time with my loved ones as well. When I was a kid many families memories eating at the seafood restaurants when they were there back then, spending quiet times cycling or sitting near the break waters, so it’s one of my favourite places. When I came out to work, a lot of my scenes were actually shot there as well, so I’ve spent a lot of time at the East Coast! It’s place of beautiful memories.”

Photo: Instagram/@iamfeliciachin

James Seah
James Seah
08 Aug 2017

James Seah

Hotspot: Marina Bay Sands

Taking a stroll outside MBS? Then you might just spot James, who enjoys the outdoor area’s romantic atmosphere. 

“I like to hang out at MBS,” he says. “It has a very nice ambiance outside by the water. I like to chill there and it feels very relaxing. There’s also the laser show [that I like], and an open area where they hold events like Cirque Du Soleil, which are memorable.” 

Photo: Instagram/@jamesseah

Xu Bin
Xu Bin
08 Aug 2017

Xu Bin

Hotspot: Bishan Park

If you are a fan of Xu Bin, bring your pooch and stake out at the Dog Run @ Bishan Park. The 28-year-old, who lives in the vicinity, hangs out with his poodle, Captain, at the park around three times a week, where the pup can run free and mingle with his animal counterparts for two hours. Who knows, if you bump into him there often enough, maybe both your furkids could become BFFs.

When it comes to socialising of his own, you’re most likely to find him at the kopitiam below his flat or chowing down supper at Swee Choon “because it’s cooler to go out at night”. “When I meet up with friends, it is usually for a meal. We will meet at a kopitiam nearby because I don’t like to travel far. I find Junction 8, which is just two bus stops away, a bit far,” said Xu Bin. Super pampered, this one.

Photo: Instagram/@xubin_

Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
08 Aug 2017

Sheila Sim

Hotspots: Ice Cold Beer and Dempsey Hill

Dempsey Hill sure is a celeb hotspot. Like Desmond, Sheila likes to go restaurant-hopping and explore different parts of the bohemian enclave, but always finds herself back at her “lao di fang” (old meeting place), Wine Company, for drinks. Another watering hole that she used to be a regular fixture at is Ice Cold Beer at Emerald Hill. “I love their chicken wings and you can throw peanut shells on the floor,” squealed Sheila. “When I was drinking more beer, I used to go there like once a week. But if I want to go for drinks, I will go there after 9pm because their martinis are one-for-one!”

Bonus: Zheng Geping
Bonus: Zheng Geping
08 Aug 2017

Bonus: Zheng Geping

Hot spot: Star Fitness gym

Judging by the number of times we have bumped into Geping in his activewear, we’d be surprised if he DIDN’T say the gym!

Photos: Instagram/@zhenggeping

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