With easy access to the city and some of real treasures for food, culture, shopping, nature and leisure, it’s no wonder more and more expats are calling the history-rich, North Central region, comprising Toa Payoh, Thomson, Braddell and Bishan, home.
Browse the gallery below to check out more!
Discover Singapore’s public housing story through cool multi-sensory exhibits from the ’60s, and get a sneak peek of future public housing developments.
HDB Hub, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh 310480
NEXT: Grin affairs →
It’s no grim affair at Grin affairs – natural and real ingredients you’d have in your own kitchen go into making simple yet satisfying desserts. The best part about their cakes in glass jars: get yourself a second serving to take home if your first wasn’t enough!
Grin Affair, #01-408 Blk 505d, Bishan St 11 574505
NEXT: Toa Payoh Heritage Trail →
Explore nine interesting heritage spots in the estate. Our fave? The iconic Dragon Playground, designed in the ’70s. Your kids will get a tremendous kick out of venturing inside its colourful spine and sliding down the terrazzo tiles.
Toa Payoh Heritage Trail, 28 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310028
NEXT: Mellben Seafood →
Dig into crabby delights and other seafood offerings at this popular Chinese restaurant. The Claypot Crab Vermicelli Soup, served in a thick, milky and savoury broth, will lure you back. Or, the classic Chilli Crab never disappoints.
Melben Seafood, #01-11/15, 211 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh 310211
NEXT: Macritchie Reservoir →
With hiking trails, a canoe shed and pontoons aplenty for kayakers, it’s no wonder this lush 12-hectare green space is a must-visit for land and water recreational activities. Nature lovers will also enjoy exploring the native biodiversity along the designated trails.
Machritchie Reservoir, Along Lornie Rd
NEXT: Bukit Brown Cemetery →
Check out this ice cream parlour’s unique flavours like Stout and Chocolate, Camomile Honey and Espresso and Caramel Biscuit. Oh, don’t forget to try their Chocolate Sorbet – it’s not only vegan, but also dairy-free. Perfect on a hot Singapore day!
Salted Caramel, 246F Upper Thomson Rd 574370
NEXT: Epigram Books →
This local book publisher encourages you to hold Singapore in your hands in the form of novels, short stories, plays, graphic novels, chapter books, picture books and poetry. Keep an eye out for its pop-up stores to get books at a great bargain.
Epigram Books, #03-08, 1008 Toa Payoh North 318996
NEXT: Aramsa The Garden Spa →
Set within lush greenery of Bishan Park, this spa administers a range of services in contemporary treatment rooms. Pamper yourself with a milk manicure and exfoliating scrub, a slimming treatment or facial. Plus, Aramsa offers face treatments and body massages for kids from age 4 to 14.
Aramsa – The Garden Spa, Bishan Park 2, 1384 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 569932
NEXT: Harmony Centre →
Find out more about the Islamic civilisation via exhibits and artefacts at this learning centre cum museum at An-Nahdhah Mosque. It facilitates inter-faith dialogues through talks and activities to promote better understanding and engagement between all faith communities in Singapore.
Harmony Centre, 9A Bishan St 14 579786
NEXT: Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery →
Not only is this the oldest Buddhist monastery in Singapore, it’s also the only one to be gazetted as a National Monument. Built in the 1900s, its historical and architectural values are evident in the beautiful nine-metre-tall gates, pagoda, pond and various halls.
Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery, 184 Jln Toa Payoh 319944
NEXT: Yoga Seeds →
Green spaces soothe your soul, as does yoga. And yoga in green spaces? Sign us up – at Yoga Seeds, we mean. Whether new to yoga or sworn yogi, classes from Yoga Bsics to Heart Flow and more give you clarity and calm.
Yoga Seeds, Bishan Park 2, 1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 569931
NEXT: Les Patisseries →
We hope you’re Team Waffles (after all, they’re pancakes with abs), as this French patisserie does a seriously indulgent one, crisp on the outside and exceptionally fragrant on the inside. Plus, all their pastries and confectioneries are freshly baked daily in-house!
Les Pâtisseries, 222 Upper Thomson Rd 574354
NEXT: HDB Gallery →
By Muneerah Bee, The Finder (Issue 281), April 2017 / Updated April 2019
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