Once a rather quiet district, Buona Vista is now not only Singapore’s science and technology hub, but also a food haven, a nature lover’s dream, and more.
So, of course we had to explore the neighborhood for ourselves. And here’s what we loved!
Formerly a canteen for a British army barracks in the area, Colbar is a 62-year-old institution that serves up kampong-style dishes for both Western and Eastern tastes. Menu items include Spaghetti on Toast, Ox Liver Chips & Peas and Fried Beef with Ginger. The range of craft beers, ales and ciders is impressive, too.
9A Whitchurch Rd, Singapore 138839
Welcome to this hawker centre by day, “gastropark” by night. Sample local delights such as fishball noodles or wanton noodles for lunch, or come in the evening when it’s lit up with establishments like the Dancing Crab Shack and Vatos Express. Hit the Bottle Shop for boutique-label beers, and kick back with live music six nights a week.
73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139957
This peaceful spot is home to several noteworthy restaurants and bars, including Beerfest Microbrewery for great beer, or cosy Italian spot Da Paolo Bistro Bar.
You might have heard of the railway that used to take travellers from Tanjong Pagar right up to the Causeway. Now defunct, the old tracks have been transformed into a walking trail that bisects Singapore. Take the kids out and explore abandoned buildings, graffiti and colonial bungalows. Enter through a slope by the car park behind Holland Drive Market.
44 Holland Dr, Singapore 270044
With its stunning architecture, it’s hard to miss this mall next to the Buona Vista MRT station. It’s home to Mexican taqueria Guzman y Gomez, Japanese food specialty store J-mart, and an array of Korean eateries, from Nene Chicken for Korean Fried Chicken and Bornga for Korean BBQ – this might just be Singapore’s new K-town.
1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
Apparently, durian is an aphrodisiac. Not convinced? Test out the effects for yourself by sampling the King of Fruits at this locally famous fruit stand.
Fun fact: there are different types of durian, from the smooth creamy Black Pearl variety to the sweet and bitter Mao Shan Wang and more.
#01-119 to 122 Ghim Moh Market, Blk 20 Ghim Moh Rd, Singapore 270020
There’s usually an iconic food centre in every district in Singapore, and Buona Vista is no exception. What’s good here: the famous Chuen Kee Braised Duck Rice (pictured), chwee kweh (Teochew steamed rice cake topped with diced preserved radish) by a man who’s run the hawker stall for some 60 years, Hainanese Chicken Rice and more.
Ghim Moh Market, Blk 20 Ghim Moh Rd, Singapore 270020
Find beautiful nature and rich history here. Don’t miss the natural pond and the Canopy Walk – an elevated 280-metre long boardwalk that connects to the other parts of the Southern Ridges.
Vigilante Dr, Singapore 118179
Want to upgrade your culinary skills? Adults and kids alike can enrol into cooking and baking classes at Palate Sensations and learn how to create different cuisines under the guidance of professional chefs.
#01-03 Chromos, 10 Biopolis Rd, Singapore 138670
What were schools in Singapore like in the early 19th century? Find out this and more at the Ministry of Education (MOE) Heritage Centre, which commemorates the contributions of educators in the country.
402 Commonwealth Dr, Singapore 149599
By Joshua Tan, February 2017 / Additional reporting by Muneerah Bee / Updated August 2019
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