Changi Airport revamps the basement of T3 with new shops, a hangout space, and an indoor garden

Indoor garden. Photo: Changi Airport Group
Indoor garden. Photo: Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport, AKA the world’s best airport, just got a bit of a revamp prior to the highly-anticipated launch of billion-dollar development Jewel on Apr 17. Basement 2 of Terminal 3 now features a new community event space, an indoor garden, and a sprinkle of new shops and restaurants — just in case you were thinking of hanging out at the airport this weekend.

The atrium space, ST3PS, can seat about 200 people in its stepped amphitheatre that faces an ultra high-def screen 6m-wide and 3.5m-high. Movies will be screened here for free each day, alongside live sports matches and performances on weekends. Nearby, an art-themed indoor garden will soon fill up with large-scale sculptural installations that’ll make their home among the 15 varieties of plants.

ST3PS. Photo: Changi Airport Group
ST3PS. Photo: Changi Airport Group

The current line-up of 50 retail, service and F&B stores has also been updated, welcoming eateries like aviation-themed food hall Terminal M by MOF, Japanese joint Ramen Champion & Hokkaido Paradise, Thai place Saap Saap Thai and its dessert arm, coffee spot Mr Teh Tarik Express, and a multi-concept space housing Stuff’d, Crave and newcomer Coffee Boy.

In the upcoming months, look out for Tai Cheong Bakery’s second outlet for more egg tarts, a fusion of Cantonese, Chinese, and Japanese cuisines at dual-concept restaurant Le Shrimp Ramen and Canton Paradise Noodle & Congee, and the Singapore debut of Wain’s, known for its traditional biscuits and snacks like salted egg crisp with seaweed.

Plus, Don Don Donki is bringing its discount Japanese goods to its first airport outlet outside of Japan, with a space at T3’s Departure Hall for visitors to grab snacks, sweets, and more. And at KinderPLAY’s revamped Cartoon Network-themed indoor playground, expect the place to undergo a Ben 10 and Powerpuff Girls makeover.

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