(Updated August 2016) After years of work, the project to redevelop the old Capitol theatre and its adjoining buildings into a theatre/residential/retail complex, the Capitol Development is now almost complete.
From what we can gather, there will be a hotel (The Patina), a condominium (Eden Residences), a theatre (the Capitol Theatre) and a retail component called Capitol Piazza. The theatre and the Capitol shopping mall are now complete and open to the public. We are of course curious to see how the place has been transformed and in particular what restaurants and f & b outlets are setting up there. Here is a quick look at the transformed Capitol building and the Capitol Piazza shops & restaurants.
The whole development is white, very crisp and with modern parts blending well with the conserved areas. Don’t forget your sunglasses as it is blindingly bright on a hot Singapore afternoon.The Capitol Theatre looks magnificent. The view of the combination of the modern with the St Andrew’s Cathedral also works quite well.
Will they use tickets like this again?
Capitol Piazza is spread out over two main buildings named Neue and Galleria respectively. Neue is directly linked to the City Hall MRT Station.
Many shops are now open for business. There is a nice mix of familiar names and interesting new-to-Singapore concepts .
Napapijri (a fashion boutique opening its first store in Singapore) and Doc Martens are amongst the first to be operating in the mall. The whole stretch of shopfronts at street level of the Capitol building facing St Andrew’s Cathedral carries the high-end watch brands by Cortina Watch.
Other shops include Benjamin Baker (men’s shirts), Carmina (handmade shoes), Alexandre de Paris (up-market hair accessories), Converse, Soap Stories, Marimekko (brightly coloured prints and related products), The Reckless Shop and SabrinaGoh (Singapore designer labels – yay!), Manifesto (minimalist multi-brand concept store), Branche Hair & Nail, Via Bus Stop (Japanese multi-brand store) Pink Parlour Prestige (waxing, hair and nails), Truefitt & Hill (world’s oldest barbershop!),.417 (skincare products), Eagle’s Eye Art Gallery and quite a few others.
Food & Beverages
Our main interest however remains focused on the places to eat. The restaurants have been opening at a staggered pace. It seems like most of the food places are now operational.
Ramen & Tonkatsu Ma Maison (B2-51 Neue) – Japanese restaurant featureing Hokkaido Cheese Ramen and Ma Maison’s signature Tonkatsu. Read our review here.
Ryu’s Japanese Restaurant (L1-87 Galleria) – is a small Japanese restaurant taking up the innermost space in the Galleria side. This seems to be Ryu’s first overseas branch outside Japan and the sake collection looks interesting. See our post Ryu’s Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar – Great value set meals.
Kaiserhaus Restaurant (TR L2-06 Theatre) – Central European (e.g. German, Austrian, Czech) cuisine and beers in a formal setting. “An unprecedented experience showcasing the café, bar and dining culture of the illustrious Habsburg Empire”. Read our reviews here and here.
Naughty Nuri’s Restaurant (L1-84 Galleria) – Indonesian restaurant specializing in pork ribs and other grilled items.
Dazzling Cafe 蜜糖吐司專賣店 (GL-85 Galleria) – one of the most famous cafes in Taiwan, has done a soft opening in Capitol’s Galleria. The Dazzling Honey Toasts, salad, spaghetti and other interesting desserts are available in this nicely decorated Dazzling Cafe. You can read our review on Dazzling Cafe Singapore here.
1933 (GL-83 Gallerie) – Asian flavours and Western fare from the 1930s era given a modern interpretation. You can read our review on 1933 here.
TAP Craft Beer Bar (GL-88/90 Galleria) – more beer – Cheers!
Equilibrium (01-86 Galleria) – by the owners of Italian restaurant Supply & Demand at Orchardgateway. You can read our review here.
Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant (L2-27/29 Neue) which apparently hails from London is famous for their roast duck. You can read our review on Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant here.
J-Story (B2-53 Neue) – see our post on J-Story or Juk Story.
Spizza Mercato (B2-52 Neue) which we believe is Spizza’s 7th outlet in Singapore.
Hoshino Coffee (B2-55 Neue)
Llao Llao (B2-29 Neue)
Gong Cha (B2-31 Neue)
Gelare (B2-32 Neue)
Nalan Vegetarian Restaurant (B2-54 Neue)
Palette (B1-20/27 Neue) – a new concept food hall with a collection of local eateries such as Ah Yat Seafood, IndoChili, Ah Koong Restaurant, Balestier Bak Kut Teh etc. – see Palette at Capitol Piazza (renamed Food Republic).
May 2016 update – Palette has been transformed into a Food Republic Food Court.
Capitol Piazza – shops and restaurants around the new Capitol Theatre – can be an exciting food destination. Stay tuned. We will update this page when we next visit the new Capitol Theatre.
Here is the restaurant and food directory as at August 2016.
Capitol Piazza is directly linked to he City Hall MRT Station. The entrance to the underground carpark is along Coleman Lane and carpark charges during peak hours will be $1.40 per half hour or part thereof (for rates see www.capitolpiazza.com/facilities.html).
13 Stamford Road
Arcade and Neue
Monday to Sunday – 10:30am to 10:30pm
Sunday to Thursday – 10:30am to 12:00am
Friday Saturday & Eve of Public Holidays – 10:30am to 3:00am
Nearby Stations : City Hall, Bras Basah