If you grew up in Singapore, you probably spent more than one weekend chilling at Cineleisure. Crowded with youths, the Orchard mall was full of edgy and affordable brands, so your limited spending power didn’t take too hard a hit thanks to cheap(ish) food court stalls and retailers targeted at students.
In the years since, Cineleisure’s popularity has dwindled a smidge — possibly because we outgrew it and another generation took over, or more likely due to the abundance of online shops. Whatever the case, if you’re up to re-live your teenage dream, you may or may not recognize the building the next time you step in. After undergoing a recent facelift, the interior now features elements of concrete and wood timber, contrasting earthy shades with grey steel.
But not all has changed — stalwarts like Burger King and PastaMania are still prominently spotted from the entrance, along with those ubiquitous kiosks hawking trinkets, stuffed toys, and gadget accessories.
Besides the new look, the mall is also welcoming three new concepts. Tenkaichi Japanese BBQ and Shabu Shabu (#02-11) offers a “premium” buffet for $59.90, where you can get unlimited grilled wagyu beef slices, and $10 donburi sets including options like chirashi don and hotate mentai mayo don.
Plus, making their Singapore debut are The Alley Luxe (#02-06A/B) and Amazing Castle (#02-04A/05). The former is a Taiwanese bubble tea chain known for its brown sugar pearl milk, and it’ll be setting up its first-ever “premium lifestyle cafe” with pastries to go with the drinks. As for the latter, it’s apparently the only one of its kind in Asia so far: A huge kingdom-themed entertainment play center with nine activity stages for kids to get their battle mode on.