After months of feverish anticipation, the wait is finally over: Jewel Changi Airport opens its doors today (April 17) to the public for a preview ahead of its official April 17 opening.

8 DAYS was invited to a media sneak peek happening today too (though we managed to get in a few days earlier as well), and we got to roam around the cavernous 10-storey mall with over 280 shops that’s built in a circle and connected to the airport’s Terminal 1. It’s an understatement to say that the vast structure is beautiful: glittery stores line every walkway, and somehow, every tenant’s décor here is better, brighter and more puffed up to impress than their outlets outside of Jewel. Even the mall smells like Singaporean pride.

While there are many spanking new shops for you to indulge in your shopaholic tendencies (hello, biggest Nike store in Singapore), the F&B department here is truly the, er, jewel in Jewel’s crown. The building houses many beloved homegrown eateries — for instance, you’ll be able to buy Lim Chee Guan’s bak kwa and Rich & Good Cake Shop’s kaya rolls for your overseas relatives before you fly out of Singapore — as well as famous overseas F&B brands that are setting up shop on our shores for the first time (hello, Shake Shack).

Even a whole day of wandering around Jewel is not enough to fully cover its sprawling grounds, which includes a fully air-conditioned Canopy Park (trust us, the air-con there is blasted at full throttle, so head there to lepak on hot days). You’ll need to spend at least a few weekends’ worth of meals here just to explore the myriad of dining options available. Yep, the choices provided by the over 100 eateries here are overwhelming.

So we at 8days.sg put on our comfiest sneakers (“I need a scooter to get around Jewel!” wails our colleague) and hit the mall running to suss out where and what you should start munching on. Let’s start with...

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