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A Muslim-Friendly Guide To Jewel Changi Airport: What To Shop, Eat & Do

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Shasha Dania  •  Mar 26, 2021

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If you’re dreaming of your future trip to Singapore once the borders reopen, then you’ll definitely want to include Jewel Changi Airport in your itinerary! 😆  Whether you’re flying or driving into the country, you won’t regret making a stop at the airport to visit this all-in-one mall and attraction. Housing a variety of fun-filled attractions (including the tallest indoor waterfall in the world!) and halal-certified eateries, there’s something to do here for every visitor. Once it’s safe to visit, start planning for your future trip with our ultimate Muslim-friendly visitor’s guide to Jewel Changi Airport!
Make sure to follow these essential hygiene and safety tips during your future visit to Singapore:
  • Pre-book attraction tickets and eatery reservations if possible. Attractions and eateries are operating with limited capacity, and you may require a reservation or pre-booking to enter. This is similar to the protocol for most eateries during CMCO and RMCO in Malaysia.
  • Look out for the SG Clean mark, which is awarded to attractions, eateries, and accommodations that have met the safety and hygiene requirements set by the Singapore government. These include increased cleaning frequency, enforcement of safe distancing measures, and use of contactless entry methods.
  • Travel in smallgroups and maintain at least a 1 metre distance from other groups. At the moment, groups of up to 8 may congregate in public but do check for the latest updates when planning your trip.
  • Scan and check-in the SafeEntry QR codes at attractions, eateries, and MRT stations to enable contact tracing. Compared to the tracing app in Malaysia there’s one extra step - you’ll need to check-out when you leave!
  • Download and activate the TraceTogether app when you’re out and about. Switch it on when you leave your accommodation so that you won’t forget, especially as some attractions may require TraceTogether-only entrance. This will help with contact tracing if you come into contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The app is similar to the tracing app in Malaysia - you can just leave it on in the background of your phone! Download the TraceTogether app on the Google Play store and iOS App Store.
  • Keep your mask on and cover your mouth and nose at all times when you’re in public including in attractions, eateries, and private-hire transport. The mask may be removed when eating or drinking but remember to put it back on immediately afterwards.
  • If you’retravelling with kids, children under 6 years of age are not required to wear a mask. Children 12 years and below are allowed to wear a face shield in place of a mask if they have difficulty keeping a face mask on for prolonged periods of time.
How to get to Jewel Changi Airport
Public train:
  • Travel to Tanah Merah MRT station, and transfer to the airport-bound line.
  • Take the airport-bound train to Changi Airport MRT station and walk to Terminal 3. Walk 5-10 minutes across the link bridge to reach Jewel Changi Airport.
  • Do note that Jewel Changi Airport is on the land side of the airport, so if you’re transiting through Changi Airport and want to squeeze in a visit you’ll have to pass through immigration and re-enter via Departures.
  • There is also a link bridge from Terminal 2 but the terminal is currently closed until further notice.
Public bus:
  • Bus services 24, 27, 34, 36, 53, 110, and 858 travel to Changi Airport Terminal 1’s bus bay.
  • Walk to Jewel Changi Airport via the Arrival Hall at level 1 of Terminal 1.
Taxi/private-hire car:
  • Jewel Changi Airport is a familiar destination for taxi and private-hire drivers, so you can tell your driver to bringyou directly there. On private-hire car apps, there are several dedicated drop-off points for Jewel Changi Airport to choose from.
  • Do note that there is an airport surcharge starting from SGD3 if you take a taxi. Additional midnight or peak hour surcharges may also apply.
#HHWT Tip: It’s easy to get lost in the fun at Jewel Changi Airport! Make sure to plan your visit accordingly so as not to miss your flight!
  • Allocate enough time to get to the Departure Hall from the Jewel. If you’re travelling by foot, it takes about 5-10 minutes via the Jewel link bridges at the public areas or within the Departure Transit areas.
  • Alternatively, you can ride the Skytrain (complimentary service) which runs every 4 minutes with a travel time of 4 minutes. 
  • Depending on which airline you’re boarding, you’ll be able to do an early check-in. 
  • By doing so, you won’t have to worry about lugging your baggage around as you visit the different attractions in Jewel.
What to see in Jewel Changi Airport
1. HSBC Rain Vortex
If there’s one thing you must see on your future trip to Jewel Changi Airport, it has to be the HSBC Rain Vortex! This 40-metre tall waterfall is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, andis a great place to just sit and relax. Remember to snap a selfie here as a souvenir of your time in Singapore! Due to safe distancing measures, the nightly Light & Sound show has been suspended until further notice, but the Rain Vortex is still a stunning sight to behold at all hours of the day. 2. Shiseido Forest Valley The Shiseido Forest Valley surrounds the HSBC Rain Vortex, and is a lush, green area filled with plants. Enjoy a cool stroll through the greenery and enjoy the cool temperature that’s regulated at 23 degrees Celsius. It’s a distinctly different experience from the heat and humidity of Singapore’s outdoor green spaces! Do note that there are steps throughout the Forest Valley, so not all areas are wheelchair or stroller accessible. 3. Canopy Park (SG Clean Certified)
Another awesome spot to save the next time you’re in Jewel Changi Airport is the Canopy Park, located on the top floor of the complex. Universal Studios Singapore might be the country’s biggest and most well-known theme park but the Canopy Park includes the Discovery Slides, Foggy Bowls, Petal Garden, and Topiary Walkto keep you entertained forhours! The Canopy Park is especially great for families and those travelling with kids, as the little ones can burn off their energy before your flight - and there are lots of Instagram-worthy spots to snap a souvenir photo too! Do remember to travel in small groups when moving through the area, and to maintain at least a 1 metre distance from other groups. Tickets are required for entry so plan ahead and pre-book your tickets before your trip. #HHWT Tip: Large luggage isn’t allowed into the Canopy Park, but you can store your bulky items at the Baggage Storage facility on Level 1. Just remember to pick it up before you head to your flight! Ticket price: SGD5 (Includes access to Discovery Slides, Foggy Bowls, Petal Garden, and Topiary Walk only) Opening hours: Mon-Thurs; 10AM-10PM, Fri-Sun & PH & PH Eve; 10AM-11PM
The Canopy Park also includes paid attractions like the Canopy Bridge, Hedge Maze, Mirror Maze, Manulife Sky Nets (Bouncing), and Manulife Sky Nets (Walking). The Manulife Sky Nets are a must-try activity for any visitor to Jewel Changi Airport! Kids can join in the fun too, so long as they meet the minimum height requirement of110cm and are accompanied by an adult (for kids between 3-12 years old). Separate admission charges apply to each attraction, and pre-booked tickets are required for entry. You can also purchasebundle packages for a more affordable entry price overall. P.S. Do remember to keep your mask on over your nose and mouth at all times while in public! We recommend sanitizing your hands before and after enjoying the attractions too. If you’re travelling with kids, children below the age of 6 are not required to wear a mask. Ticket prices: Canopy Bridge - SGD8 Manulife Sky Nets - Bouncing - SGD22 (Adult), SGD16 (Child/Senior)* Manulife Sky Nets - Walking - SGD15 (Adult), SGD10 (Child/Senior)* Hedge Maze - SGD12 (Adult), SGD8 (Child/Senior)* Mirror Maze - SGD15 (Adult), SGD10 (Child/Senior)* * Ticket includes admission to Canopy Park, Discovery Slides, Foggy Bowls, Petal Garden, and Topiary Walk
Halal food in Jewel Changi Airport
After getting your adrenaline up at the Canopy Park’s attractions, you can look forward to a wide selection of local and international halal fare in Jewel Changi Airport’s eateries. 😋 Here are some of the must-try eateries to check out in Jewel Changi Airport on your future adventure in Singapore!  Remember these essential tips fordining out in Singapore:
  • Check if the eatery takes reservations and try to reserve your table in advance. Eateries have a limited capacity during this period, and you might have difficulty getting a table without a reservation.
  • Remember to scan the SafeEntry QR code and activate the TraceTogether app when entering the eatery. When exiting, do check-out from SafeEntry!
  • Groups of up to 8 may dine together, but this number may change so keep yourself updated on the latest developments. If you’re seated across different tables, do note that intermingling between tables is not allowed.
  • Keep your mask on over your nose and mouth anytime you aren’t eating and put it back on once you’ve finished eating.
1. Jinjja Chicken
Treat yourself to a hearty meal the next time you’re in Jewel Changi Airport with a taste of halal Korean dishes at Jinjja Chicken! This casual K-chicken chain is located next to the HSBC Rain Vortex for a scenic view as you eat, and its menu includes everything from crispy fried chicken to savoury jajjangmyeon (black bean noodles). Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Sun-Thurs; 11AM-9.30PM, Fri-Sat; 11AM-10PM Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport #B1-247, Singapore 819666 Contact: Call+65 62149817 Website | Facebook | Instagram 2. Saap Saap Thai Fast, affordable, and delicious - Saap Saap Thai’s halal Thai classics are a great way to recharge the next time you’re in Jewel Changi Airport! Satisfy your cravings with their Signature Australian Beef Boat Noodles, Thai Crispy Chicken Noodle, and “Kra-Pao” Basil Crispy Chicken With Rice. The Jewel Changi Airport outlet even has special dishes like Wings & Drummettes! Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Open daily; 10.30AM - 9.30PM Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport #B1-299, Singapore 819666 Website | Facebook | Instagram 3. So Pho
Credit: SO PHO on Facebook Refuel for your day of excitement at Jewel Changi Airport with a yummy meal at So Pho. Their halal Vietnamese dishes include classics like Beef Pho Noodle Soup, Bun Cha Noodles, and refreshing Summer Rolls filled with prawns and soft-shelled crab. If you’re not planning on having a full meal yet, indulge in some Soda Chanh made with soda, lime, and sugar syrup, or Vietnamese coffee for that sorely-needed caffeine boost. Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM - 10PM Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport #B1-248, Singapore 819666 Reservations: Call +65 62813882 Website | Facebook 4. Subway If you’re looking for a quick-fix meal, Subway’s there for you. Customize your own sandwich at this popular chain restaurant, or pick from flavours like Steak & Cheese, Cold Cut Trio, and Chicken Teriyaki. As Subway is a kiosk located in the basement of Jewel Changi Airport, do remember to maintain 1 metre distance from other patrons when queuing for your food. Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM - 10PM Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport #B2-223, Singapore 819666 Website | Facebook | Instagram 5. Sama Sama by Tok Tok
Credit: @samasamasg on Instagram Indulge yourself in Indonesian food taken to the next level at Sama Sama by Tok Tok! Enjoy Indonesian favourites like Sop Buntut, Nasi Bebek Goreng Ubud, and Sate Ayam Madura cooked to perfection. Grilled dishes like Udang Bakar Jimbaran and Ayam Bakar Taliwang are also great for sharing in a small group. Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM - 10PM Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport #03-225/226, Singapore 819666 Reservations: Call +65 69043971 Website | Facebook | Instagram
Where to shop in Jewel Changi Airport
Apart from fun-filled attractions and international halal fare, Jewel Changi Airport is a shopper’s paradise too!There are plenty of shops selling Singaporean-themed trinkets that are perfect for a souvenir to bring back home - and of course, the Pokemon Centre! P.S. Don’t forget to scan and check-in with SafeEntry and TraceTogether when entering and exiting the shops. 1. Pokemon Centre
For future visits to Jewel Changi Airport, include a stop at the Pokemon Centre! The Centre is Asia’s first permanent Pokemon Center outside of Japan. Browsing the shelves will make you feel like you’re back in Tokyo. Stock up on Pokemon games, unique travel-themed plushies, and merchandise you can’t get anywhere else. It’s the perfect place to pick up a souvenir for the Pokemon fanatic in your life! Opening hours: Sun-Thurs; 11AM-9PM, Fri-Sat & PH Eve; 10AM-10PM Location: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport #04-201/202, Singapore 819666 2. Nike While Nike is hardly new to Singapore, the outlet in Jewel Changi Airport happens to be the largest one in Southeast Asia! This duplex store boasts an extensive range of products, offering various athletic and leisure footwear, apparel and accessories to shop from. You also get the chance to do customisations at the Nike By Youcounter located on the second floor. Available for T-shirt printing,shoelace sets, patches and more, this Nike store is a must-visit for any fan of the iconic brand. Opening hours: Sun-Thurs; 11AM-9PM, Fri-Sat & PH Eve; 10AM-10PM Location: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport #02-232/233, Singapore 819666 3. Supermama Looking for unique Singaporean souvenirs to bring home? Drop by Supermama, a homegrown brand where you’ll find one-of-a-kind items ranging from porcelain plates to tea towels. Nothing says special like getting yourself a gift adorned with popular Singapore landmarks like the Merlion, Marina Bay Sands and Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay. It’s a great place to browse for presents, so make sure to add this store to your future itinerary!   Opening hours: Sun-Thurs; 11AM-9PM, Fri-Sat & PH Eve; 10.30AM-10PM Location: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport #02-207, Singapore 819666 4. Naiise Iconic Featuring locally designed merchandise, head over to Naiise Iconic for special trinkets and mementos that perfectly capture the essence of Singapore. Take your pick from a wide selection that includes plushies inspired by local delicacies, Singlish(Singaporean English)-inspired T-shirts and handcrafted jewellery. If you’re shopping for a loved one, get your item customised and have it gift-wrapped on the spot at The Gift Bar for the ultimate convenience! Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 11AM-9PM, Sat-Sun & PH Eve; 10.30AM-10PM Location: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport #02-205, Singapore 819666
Where to stay in Jewel Changi Airport
1. YOTELAIR YOTELAir is an airport hotel chain that is already present at a number of other international airports including Jewel Changi Airport. The hotel offers flexible accommodation options that are perfect for any type of visitors, with minimum stays starting from four hours.  Choose from rooms, or cabins - as they are called - for two people (Premium Queen) or four people (Family Room). Both rooms come equipped with a toilet, shower, smart bed and WiFi for the ultimate comfortable stay. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a day’s worth of adventure - so make sure to bookmark it for your next trip to Jewel Changi Airport!   Rate: Starts from SGD128 per night Website | Instagram 2. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Named the world’s best airport hotel, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is another awesome place for an amazing stay! With various rooms ranging from Premier Rooms and Deluxe Rooms to Suites, you’ll be able to find the perfect space that’ll accommodate you and your loved ones.   For something extra special, their Family Escapade package includes a 2-hour Changi Airport& Jewel tour and bicycle rental at GoCycling at Hub & Spoke for 2 Adults and 1 Child. On top of that, you can choose between their Pool Terrace room which has direct access to a private patio and their resort-style pool or the Deluxe room with views of Jewel Changi Airport! Sounds awesome? Then don’t forget to keep Crowne Plaza Changi Airport in mind on your future trip to Jewel Changi Airport. Rate: Starts from SGD330 per night Website | Facebook | Instagram While travelling may not be in the cards right now, keep your wanderlust alive as you dream about planning your next trip to Singapore. With this handy guide to Jewel Changi Airport, you’re already one step closer to having an awesome holiday! This article is brought to you by the Singapore Tourism Board.