With an abundance of great food and nature, this suburb in Singapore is where to go for a slightly slower pace. You’ll see many container ships and cranes along its coast, all of which form a stunning silhouette during sunset.
It’s also close-ish to the city (20 minutes by cab), making it an increasingly popular spot for expats to call home.
At this free university gallery, you’ll find more than 7,000 artefacts and artworks of Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian origins.
But note: It’s only open between Tuesdays and Saturdays.
University Cultural Centre, 50 Kent Ridge Cres, Singapore 119279
Skip the supermarket and catch the best deals on meat, seafood, veggies and even eggs at this wet market.
Pro tip: Markets like this usually wind up by 12 p.m. so plan to get there early.
726 Clementi West St 2, Singapore 120726
Queues often form here for its delicious Cantonese-style roasted meats like char siu (honey BBQ pork shoulder), siu yoke (crispy pork belly) and siu aap (roasted duck).
Dine in or take away for a family dinner.
#01-192, 725 Clementi West St 2, Singapore 120725
We can’t help but mention this quirky (and haunting) park again – it’s that unique.
262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628
You don’t have to actually own a big boat to hang out at this yacht club.
Hit up La Pizzeria at the Bridge & Beacon Bar, which is open to all, for Chef Romano’s Penne Al Pesto ($13) for a lovely weekend lunch by the sea.
52 West Coast Ferry Rd, Singapore 126887
There aren’t any rare Pokemon to be found here (we checked!), but the sprawling playgrounds, jungle gyms and sandpits will remind you what it was like to be a carefree child before smartphones. Or you know, take your kids to play here.
70 West Coast Hwy
Here, you can sample Penang delicacies without flying up north (or busting your budget).
Hot favourites include the assam laksa (tangy mackerel soup noodles, $5), Penang char kway teow (spicy stir-fried rice noodles, $6) and cendol (coconut milk and palm sugar dessert, $3).
#01-126, 721 Clementi West St 2, Singapore 120721
Enjoy a hot cuppa made from fresh, locally roasted Highlander coffee beans (from $3 for an espresso) and pair it with something sweet such as the Salted Caramel Cake ($6.80).
Plus, the bistro is set on a quiet street corner, so you may even be able to get some work done in peace.
39 Jln Mas Puteh, Singapore 128637
Head noodle tosser Ms. Reina Kuribara is affectionately known as the Japanese Mee Pok Girl in Singapore.
Spice-phobes will be glad to know that her Signature Mee Pok (Teochew yellow noodles with minced meat, $4) is made with a subtle chilli paste that won’t leave you reaching for the milk.
Weng Kwang Coffee House, 710 Clementi West St 2, Singapore 120710
By Joshua Tan, The Finder, October 2016 / last updated August 2019