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“Interesting but with ordinary restaurants”
Review of Chijmes

Chijmes
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Private Group Half-Day Singapore Discovery Tour
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Singapore's Colonial District Walking Tour
Ranked #57 of 826 things to do in Singapore
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Owner description: CHIJMES (pronounced “chimes”) stands for the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus, a Neo-Classical style building which houses one of Singapore’s most aesthetically-pleasing dining and entertainment venues.
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Interesting place with loads of history but generally restaurants are ordinary and quite expensive. Good for a lunch but wouldn't go back for dinner - there are much better places around.

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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Actually... it's just a chapel now i think...BUT... The place is surrounded by bars and restaurants.. And it has a great variety of them too... Spend a few days/nights checking this place out... Lots to do and see.

Thank MRadoye
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

CHIJmes used to house a convent school - Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ). Established during the colonial days of Singapore, it was (and still is) an all-girls' school. The teachers are no longer Catholic nuns though.

When land prices in Singapore started rising in the 1980s onwards, schools located in the Central Business District were relocated to the suburbs and fringe areas. The building of those schools that relocated earlier were torn down, for example, the site where Raffles Institution once stood was redeveloped into the existing Raffles City.

Other former school buildings (including this site) were spared that fate through adaptive conservation - The original structures were preserved, but taken over by private enterprises and converted to more lucrative uses, including retail and F&B.

The current name incorporated the initials of the former school, while sounding like the chimes of the school bells that used to ring regularly.

There are restaurants inside for a nice meal and a drink or two in the evenings. In the day time, especially the weekends, you may come across a wedding ceremony being held inside the former chapel.

Remember to walk along the outside of the boundary walls of the development. You will come across a small metallic gate along one of the walls. In the old days, girls and women who gave birth out of wedlock would leave their baby girls outside this gate. Baby girls were also abandoned because then, boys were deemed to be more precious and valuable because they carry on the family lineage. The kind nuns would take in these abandoned girls and adopt them.

Admire the architecture, enjoy the food and drinks, but do take some time to soak in the historicity of the place as well....

2  Thank Klwl
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

A very interesting and nice place to just chill out (church turned into a dinning/ drinking forum) . I don't think the restaurants here are superb but if you are staying nearby, do visit at night.

Thank Gary Y
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

This used to be my school for 10 years. The restallation work for the compound was very well done..... I can still vivdly remember most of my school days joy while I was having a drink after work in the evening with friends.

1  Thank Aloon65
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