One of the oldest areas on the Red Dot, Serangoon Gardens was established in the 1950s as an “estate” for British officers.
Nowadays, this heartland hood along with nearby Kovan – a tiny enclave popular with expats who want less hustle with their bustle – boasts plenty of places to eat, drink, shop and unwind.
Check out these family-friendly spots we’re loving.
During the day, hang out at this chill hideaway for its calming view. At night, watch free movie screenings under the stars – check the site for what’s on.
Bonus: myVillage occasionally hosts film festivals and concerts. Keep an eye out for their latest events here.
1 Maju Ave, Singapore 556679
Watch not ticking? Get your batteries replaced here for as little as one third of the price of other shops. Plus, the experienced pros are comfortable repairing complicated timepieces with hundreds of tiny parts.
3 Maju Ave, Singapore 556681
Treat yourself to sinful waffles at edgy Oblong cafe, which offers deliciously off-kilter flavours such as Red Velvet and Matcha topped with ice cream ($8)!
10 Maju Ave, Singapore 556688
Inspired by the fresh produce and culinary traditions of the Mediterranean with a laid-back and friendly Australian vibe, Plonk on Maju is a popular hangout for discerning Singaporeans and local expatriates. Definitely a place to go if you’re looking for great atmosphere and a local sports bar.
7 Maju Avenue, Serangoon Gardens Estate, 556685
Prep yourself for a full-on feast at this fine food store with a selection of artisan cheese, boutique wine, French cold cuts and more.
4 Kensington Park Rd, Singapore 557256
Nestled in a neighbourhood of low-rise residential houses, this hawker centre has all your local faves such as hokkien mee and sambal stingray.
Plus point: most stalls here close only at midnight – a great supper option!
20 Kensington Park Rd, Singapore 557269
For wallet-friendly, quality pasta dishes, hit PocoLoco, just a 7-minute drive from Chomp Chomp Food Centre. Possibly the first Italian restaurant to venture into the heartlands, its Ang Mo Kio outlet dishes out Vongole and Foie Gras from $12 or less!
#01-779, 408 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 560408
This sculpture commemorates Simon Road Market – a once-busy place where fishermen and farmers brought their freshest foods, and hawkers dished out local eats like hokkien mee. Demolished in 1999, it was replaced with housing estates.
Junction of Simon Rd and Upper Serangoon Rd
This quirky cafe’s menu combines Asian culinary traditions with out-there techniques. Try the one-of-a- kind Smoked Sawdust Pudding ($5) – we’re not making this up! – inspired by a traditional dessert from Macau.
212 Hougang St 21, Singapore 530212
Go bowling or enjoy a late night game of pool. This centre operates till 1 am, with two spacious levels to explore. (Bowling rates: $3-5, pool rates: from $10.)
50 Hougang Ave 1, Singapore 538885
Let your kids go wild at this indoor bounce house playground! Then, after playtime, refuel at the on-site, open-to-the-public Dat Little Café. Entry starts from $15.
#01-K2 Kovan Hub, 206 Hougang St 21, Singapore 530206
Gelato cravings? Satisfy your sweet tooth at Ice Edge Cafe. Expect beyond-the-basic flavours, as its numerous options include ones like Mao Shan Wang Durian ($5.20 per scoop). Or, top up your scoop with the molten lava cake for $14.
#01-10 Simon Plaza, 2 Kovan Rd, Singapore 548008
Contrary to its name, this store has some pretty neat cycling jerseys. The shirts’ high-quality polyester is lightweight and ideal for the Singapore heat.
93 Kovan Road, #01-03, 548178
Counter-intuitively, the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is easily accessible in this district, too. Take in the lush flora, have the kids gambol at its River Plains playground and maybe even catch sight of the park’s famous otters.
You’ll also find a lush garden spa and eateries located right in the middle of the park. Aramsa Garden Spa offers great Aromatherapy massages – they even let you choose your own aromatherapy oils before the session begins!
Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569981
Another green space, this sizable park has got pedestrian bridges and brightly-coloured shelters, and amenities like a fitness corner, amphitheatre, playground and foot reflexology paths.
Just any other heartland park? Nope – especially not when a game of laser tag is in action. Yes, in this very park!
228 Serangoon Ave 4, Singapore 550228
By Atifa Othman and Chris Ong, The Finder (Issue 283), June 2017 / Updated January 2019
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