Nothing spells fun more than a good ol’ board game sesh. With attentive staff, a great selection of games plus a solid menu of brunch items, here are some of the best ones in town to check out with your best mates.

Experience Point

Experience Point

Tucked away in Little India just minutes away from Lavender MRT, Experience Point is a no-frills, almost minimalistic cafe devoting its efforts towards the curation of tabletop games. Here, you’ll see a decent variety of games, about 200, including card games, pen-and-paper roleplaying games, and more. However, unlike other board game cafes, Experience Point has all but scraped the classics and dove straight into obscure titles involving murderous abbey monks and competitive knitting. But fret not, they will still personally handpick options suited to your tastes. They carry games like Limpeh Says, the local version of Cards Against Humanity, too.

Address: 803 King George’s Ave #02-190, Singapore 200803
Opening hours: 6pm – 11pm (Mon to Fri), 12pm till late (Sat & Sun); Closed on Wed

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Games@Pi

Located smack in the centre of Singapore, this underrated, unexplored games haven proves the point that Ochard Road is more than just upscale malls and boutiques. At [email protected], it’s all fluorescent office lighting and racks upon racks of games for sale or rent. Together with the staff, you can browse and learn more about the scene. The retail area is out front, while the back area is dedicated to casual plays and tournaments alike. Pick a few to try, and if you fancy, purchase the games here too. Regular patrons appreciate the fact that [email protected] are very up to date with their offerings.

Address: Midpoint Orchard #03-01, Singapore 238852
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon to Sun)

King and the Pawn

King and The Pawn

On the second floor of a shophouse along Purvis Street is homey 55-seater King and the Pawn. With a solid menu of hearty grub, locally-roasted coffee and laidback vibes – and best of all, no imposition of a time limit, this is one of our favourite hangouts. All the cafe asks for is a “cover charge” of $8 per person (Tues to Thurs) and $13 (Fri to Sun) for whoever’s playing. Easy crowd favourites include Riff Raff , a game that tests your dexterity by having you balance tiny game pieces atop a precariously swivelling ship; and Cards Against Muggles – a clear Harry Potter twist on the notorious Cards Against Humanity (also available) – that’s bound to have Harry Potter fans and non-fans alike in stitches. Try the Tomato and Roasted Grape Bruschetta that comes with a generous tub of feta cheese; as well as the aromatic Truffled Honey Croque Madame.

Address: 24 Purvis Street Level 2, Singapore 188601
Opening hours: 5.30pm – 11.30pm (Tues to Thurs), 5.30pm – 2am (Fri), 11am – 2am (Sat), 11am – 10pm (Sun)

Mind Cafe

Mind Cafe

For 12 solid years, the longstanding Mind Cafe has seen many a gathering of board game geeks and casual groups. Conveniently situated at Dhoby Ghaut, it boasts an impressive list of 500 games with classics like Snakes & Ladders and Monopoly. As the go-to cafe for the uninitiated and experts alike, do not expect the games to be in pristine condition but depending on the purpose of your visit – including team building – your group can even enjoy having its own personal facilitators. The basic fee is $5 an hour but other packages that come with free flow drinks and snacks from Old Chang Kee and Polar will see hours of mindless noshing and gaming.

Address: 60A Prinsep Street, Singapore 188664
Opening hours: 2pm – 11pm (Mon to Thurs), 12pm – 6am (Fri), 10am – 6am (Sat), 10am – 2am (Sun)

Play Nation

Play Nation

A cash-only, fun-loving cosy space, Play Nation, with a wide variety of board and console games, closes late at 11pm earliest. It has expanded to four branches, two in the Orchard area and one in Tampines – east siders take note; and most recently, the newest one in the Philippines. Each store is a different concept, but all equally welcoming, with jaunty beanbags, a smorgasbord of Insta-worthy cafe grub such as pancakes, eggs benedict and open bagels; and beverages, as gaming accompaniments.

Address: 58 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188686
Opening hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon to Thurs), 12pm – 2am (Fri), 2pm – 3am (Sat), 2pm – 11pm (Sun)

Settlers’ Cafe

Settlers' Cafe

Settlers’ Cafe’s veritable list of 600 board game titles is its biggest draw. Being in operation for 15 years, this much-raved about halal-certified space has its loyal fans. Ambience is made cosy with low lighting, low-slung furniture and the nostalgic oak racks of well-worn games. A strong contender with the younger King and the Pawn, Settlers’ Cafe will serve you a heaping plate of fries along with other snacks that come in sharing portions. Sip a cuppa as you contemplate your next move, or order from the thoughtfully curated menu. Try the Seafood Laksa Pasta, the Pistachio Rose Cake or the Matcha Lava Cake. Here, you can have your cake and eat it too.

Address: 39 North Canal Road Singapore 059295
Opening hours: 6pm – 11pm (Tues to Thurs), 2pm – 1am (Fri), 1pm – 1am (Sat), 2pm – 8pm (Sun); Closed on Mon

A version of this article first appeared on SG Magazine.

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Sales, sales, sales! 11.11 was just a warm-up – Black Friday (and its neglected but equally important cousin, Cyber Monday) is the real deal, TBH. To help you snag the best discounts, we’ve put together a list of splurge-worthy local deals to fill your carts with once 23 November rolls around. Go on and shop away!

Amazon

You can always count on Amazon aka the Godfather of e-commerce sites to cover all your shopping needs. If you’re a Prime member in Singapore, you get access to exclusive deals on everything from beauty products to tech gear to home essentials across its bottomless inventory. Don’t miss out on discounts off items such as the GoPro HERO6, Canon All-In-One Printer and Fujifilm Instax mini 8 Instant Film Camera. The best part? Thanks to its speedy delivery service, you can get your goods delivered to your doorstep in just two hours!

Charles & Keith

There’s no better time to get yourself some new kicks or a brand new bag for school, as Charles & Keith is offering crazy discounts for more than 2,000 marked-down items! For instance, a pair of strappy flats can be yours at $17.50, while a drawstring bag that usually costs over 50 bucks is now sold for a mere $17.90. To sweeten the deal, the fast-fashion brand also provides free delivery for all orders.

Daniel Wellington

If you’re in the market for fresh wrist candy, hit up Daniel Wellington. Besides giving away free straps with any watch purchase and 20% off selected combinations, the Swedish brand is also slashing the prices of their Dapper Collection down to half – which means you can get your hands on a DW timepiece for only $130!

Expedia

Itching to go on a vacay this holiday season? Check out Expedia for special discount coupons up to 50% off select flights and hotels to hot destinations including New York, Paris and Miami. Pro tip: download the Expedia app to collect double reward points when you book via the app.

IKEA

IKEA fans, get excited ’cause the Swedish giant is holding a Black Friday extravaganza for the first time ever. With over a hundred items on sale both online and in-stores, you can grab your home essentials and furnishing knick-knacks at rock-bottom prices.

JD Sports

Touted as the one-stop shop for limited edition drops and exclusive designs, leading sports retailer JD Sports will be cutting prices up to 30% off on major brands such as adidas, Nike, Converse and Puma. What’s more, shoppers who spend a minimum of $200 at their ION Orchard store will also receive a bespoke custom tote bag.

KLOOK

With a tagline like “double the savings, double the fun”, you know you’re in for some seriously unbeatable deals from KLOOK. Besides granting you 10% off any activity and 50% off F&B activities, there are also exclusive Buy 2 Get 2 flash deals that allow you to purchase a buddy package for Ocean Park Hong Kong, early bird tickets for Everland in Seoul, and a one-day ticket to Universal Studios Japan amongst others.

Lazada

When it comes to Black Friday sales, Lazada is hard to beat. For this year’s edition, the e-commerce retailer upped the ante with a Slash It campaign where you can slash deals down to as low as $0. To help you get started, here’s a handy list of items under $9.90 to snap up which includes a wide range of beauty products, fashion accessories and electronic gadgets.

Qoo10 

What’s Black Friday without including one of the biggest players in the e-commerce market? As soon as you enter Qoo10, you’ll be greeted with tons of great deals, exclusive coupons and membership rewards to help you save major bucks. Take part in their Rocket Auction, which allows you to bid for your desired item starting from $1, all through the weekend! Some of the highlights include the Nintendo Switch Console System, Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and Sony M3 Wireless Headphones.

Sephora

In Sephora we trust. Beauty junkies can now stock up on their favourite makeup and skincare products online and in-stores at 15% off on E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. What’s more, all Sephora outlets will open their doors an hour earlier at 9am this Friday so you can beat the TGIF crowd and get more shopping done. ‘Nuff said – we’ll race you to the stores.

Shopee

In case you need more reason to go crazy on Christmas gifts, Shopee has over 100 unmissable deals across brands like adidas, Marshall, Marc Jacobs and more at the lowest price guaranteed. For the tech-savvy, you’d be glad to know that there’s also a Crazy Cyber Monday Tech Sale where you can snag the latest gizmos ahead of your geeky peers.

ZALORA

Where else to score massive fashion bargains than ZALORA? With an extensive selection of over 500 international and local brands for you to choose from, you’ll be getting some real cool outfits at impossibly low prices. Now you can look like a million bucks at a fraction of the original price!

What’s on your shopping list? Tell us in the comments below!

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Calling all witches and wizards; it’s time to head back to the Wizarding World!

Just in time for the festive season, Changi Airport has been transformed into a Harry Potter-themed paradise complete with life-sized setups, colourful Christmas lights and snow showers across all three terminals. From now till mid February 2019, fans of the boy wizard will have a chance to explore a magnificent recreation of Hosmeade Village and participate in spellbinding activities at Diagon Alley as you soak in the bewitching atmosphere. Here are some of the highlights waiting for you to discover at A Wizarding World Holiday.

QUIDDITCH TOSS

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Ever dreamed of making the Quidditch team? Well, here’s your chance to practice your skills and see if you have what it takes to make the cut for the fictional sport. Quidditch Toss will give you the opportunity to throw the Quaffles into the three hoops to score points, all while riding a broomstick. Don’t worry about the Bludgers or the Quaffles flying back at you – this is a keeper and beater free zone.

NIFFLER CHALLENGE GAME

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Challenge your fellow Potterhead pal to a balancing game with an adorable giant Niffler that won’t be stealing the shiny coins. All you need to do is spin the wheel and stack the required number of coins on your respective sides. You and your friend will each take turns stacking the coins until the Niffler tips – the heavier stack wins!

MADAM MALKIN’S ROBES FOR ALL OCCASIONS

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Show off your house pride with the Hogwarts school uniforms available for you to dress up in your Harry Potter best. To make things more magical, you can even create your very own GIF image in front of the magical mirror which makes for a perfect, lasting memento of your enchanted day out.

SNOW AND LIGHTS SHOW AT HOGSMEADE VILLAGE

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Inspired by the original Hogsmeade Village from the Harry Potter universe, be enthralled by the daily snow and lights show happening on weekdays at 6pm, 7pm, 9pm, and on weekends at 1pm, 6pm, 7pm and 9pm. Aside from photo opportunities at notable shops like Zonko’s Joke Shop, Honeydukes and the Owl Post, fans will be delighted to know that you can also get up-close to a recreation of the iconic scarlet steam engine, the Hogwarts Express!

Photo credits: Changi Airport Singapore

A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi Airport runs from now till mid-February 2019, 10am to 1pm daily.

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Things are about to get lit at Sentosa this November!

Previously known as Pop Up Night, the inaugural Island Lights 2018 returns just in time for the year-end festivities. From 16 November to 31 December, Sentosa’s Palawan Beach will be transformed into a multi-sensory wonderland with a series of photo-worthy landscapes to get your ‘gram on. Here are some of the highlights you can expect – dancing Pikachus, ASMR treats and more.

Pikachu Night Parade

Pikachu Night Parade

Everyone’s favourite Pokémon, Pikachu, will be joining the party! Taking place from 7.30pm on 14 to 16 December and 21 to 23 December, the Pikachu Night Parade will see a posse of life-sized Pikachus decked out in glowing neon lights as they march and dance along the Palawan Beach Walk. Be sure to head down early to chope your spot if you want to catch ’em all!

ASMR Wonderland

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After getting your Pikachu fix, hang out with local artist Yang at ASMR Wonderland. Serving as a “representation of pop culture and social media”, this one-of-a-kind exhibition offers a multi-sensory experience that is said to engage four of your five senses: sight, smell, touch and hearing. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Betelgeuse Supernova

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Sam Lo, aka the crowd-favourite Sticker Lady, probably needs no introduction. Be prepared to feast your eyes on a visual splendour of logic-defying structures, all exquisitely designed with reflective surfaces that make for perfect Instagram fodder.

Palawan Pirate Ship

Ahoy, mate! Have a splashing good time at this massive water playground, which will be dressed for the occasion in neon livery. If you need a break from the foam parties and inflatable play areas, you can also indulge in activities such as glitter slime-making and rock painting. 

That’s not all; there will also be live performances and delicious light bites amongst other offerings to keep you occupied throughout. Get ready to party under the sunset sky with breaking waves, lively tunes and sand beneath your feet. Because at Sentosa, the fun doesn’t stop at dusk!

Sentosa Island Lights 2018 runs from 7pm, 16 November to 31 December 2018. Visit www.sentosa.com.sg/islandlights for more information!

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Ah, virtual reality; the technology that transports you to imaginative worlds with just a simple headset. With the advent of VR in recent years, more and more companies are embracing the technology to create new immersive platforms beyond mere gameplay. Just take HeadRock VR for instance, an all-new theme park that fully utilises the power of VR for a larger-than-life escapade unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Set to be Singapore’s first and largest virtual reality theme park, this next-level digital attraction is the latest brainchild of Korean production house Mediafront and will be making its highly-anticipated debut on 17 November at Resorts World Sentosa. 

Adrenaline junkies are sure to get a kick out of the 11 thrilling rides available – from plunging into molten lava from a height of more than 1000 metres on the Flying Dive, to navigating extreme river rapids on the crowd-favourite Jungle Rafting. Or if you’re up for something more adventurous, hop on a dog sled as you brave through a snowy storm blizzard on the Storm Blizzard.

More reason to make a trip down to HeadRock VR? If you’re a fellow K-popper, you’d be surprised to know that BIGBANG’s Seungri serves as the franchise’s Creative Director and will also be in town to grace the official launch event. This marks the enterprising star’s first foray into the IT sector, having already owned several flourishing businesses under his belt including a rapidly-expanding Japanese ramen chain, a luxury lounge bar and an EDM music label.

 
 
 
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Attraction tickets priced from $35 to $65 are available for purchase on SISTIC. Early bird passes with a 15% discount are also up for grabs from 17 November to 16 December.

HeadRock VR is located at 26 Sentosa Gateway #01-38/39, opens daily from 10am to 8pm (last admission at 7pm).

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