My city: Aarika Lee and Chanel

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Text: Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

Photo: Vanessa Caitlin

Image: Alvin Choon

In the second episode of our #ChanelxPedderOnScotts fashion video series, marketing director Aarika Lee tells us where to eat, drink, and revel in local Singapore culture

When travelling to a country, the best way to discover a place is to have a local take you around. In our second episode of our fashion video series, marketing director of Elementary & Co., Aarika Lee takes us on a local tour of some of her favourite haunts and hangouts in Singapore. Think of it as a personal city guide. Let's go exploring. 

"If I had to pick one, it would have to be Joo Chiat for its good mix of old and new. Many of the buildings still look exactly the same as they did when I was a kid. And despite the new cafés and restaurants sprouting up every few years, these establishments have always shown great respect for the old charm that Joo Chiat has to offer." 

"I could eat Peranakan and Eurasian food for days. My favourite dishes are sambal prawns and Curry Devil (or Devil's Curry to some) respectively. Every Peranakan and Eurasian will tell you that the best food comes from your mother's kitchen and I totally agree. But if you want to try some good local fare, I recommend Glory Catering at Joo Chiat. The nasi padang is authentic and every dish is amazingly yummy. After you're done with your main course, just step out to buy some local snacks for dessert." 

"I love Super Loco for their Baja fish tacos, cocktails and all around good vibes. Kith cafe at Sentosa Cove is great for their delicious selection of salads and desserts with a great view of the pier and a play area for the kids. The other brunch spot I'm obsessed with is Open Farm Community. The restaurant spearheads local farming and champions the 'Grow Your Own Food' movement with its fresh dining concept. I love how the chefs prepare a menu using the produce and herbs grown on the garden grounds that surrounds the restaurant. The menu varies slightly depending on what's grown, but my must-have is the Mud crab spaghettoni with Thai curry sauce. And make sure you leave room for their caramelised mango with textures of coconut." 

"Weekends are for the outdoors. We spend a lot of time at the pool or the park. Both my kids are nature loving and I hope it's something that will stay with them as they grow up. Gardens By The Bay is always a great place to experience nature from around the world, especially the Flower Dome that changes seasonally. My family also enjoys spending time at Punggol Waterway Park taking walks and doing outdoor activities. I'm really grateful that Singapore has beautiful parks and that we're always surrounded by greenery." 

"For its diversity. People often say that we don't have a strong culture or identity because we're too busy being a cosmopolitan city. But hidden in this city are local gems like Little India, Geylang and Joo Chiat that gives our home a lot of character if you just take the time to notice." 

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Fashion Direction: Dora Aljoofri
Directed by: Vanessa Caitlin

Production by: MLC Productions

Director of Photography: Alvin Choon

Production Coordinator: Marianne Koh

Video Editor: Siti Khairunnisa
Wardrobe: Chanel

Hair & Makeup Artist: Joy Tan / Indigo Artisans
Hair & Makeup Artist: Aaron Ng
Locations: Sinpopo Brand, Glory Catering, National Gallery Singapore and Super Loco