Why should you give a fig about this District 11 neighbourhood? Two words: hawker haven.
Situated in the centre of town, Newton is named after Howard Newton, a British municipal engineer who worked in SG in the late 1800s. The nabe boasts a famous/infamous food centre (see below) plus an extra-large traffic circle, Newton Circus, in which eight roads meet. It’s easy to access via the MRT – and is less than a 10-minute train ride from Raffles Place station (see box).
Don’t miss these sights!
With a vast assortment of bottled and draft craft beers, this hip spot handcrafts all of its menu items daily, including breads and sauces. Catch your favourite football team’s matches on the big screens while you nom.
Where: 273 Thomson Rd, #01-06 Novena Gardens
The sculptures and symbols of Asian folklore on the hotel facade were designed by an art teacher from Penang, Malaysia.
Where: 36 Newton Rd
Find everything you need for an authentic Korean home-cooked meal – from kimchi to gochujang (chilli paste) here.
10 Sinaran Dr, #03-06 Square 2
The houses and buildings on this stretch are peculiar, to say the least. Stroll along to check out some eclectic architectural styles from the Art Deco and Edwardian Baroque movements.
Not at all clueless when it comes to coffee and brunch, this self-described “humble & honest” cafe will satisfy your java jonesing.
Where:189 Thomson Rd
Image: The Clueless Goat Facebook Page
No longer a kampung – the Malay word for village – this mosque was built in 1932 and remains popular for Muslims living or working nearby to perform their Friday prayers.
Where:10 Gentle Rd
Sign up for the Family Art Bonding Workshop and experience creativity with your crew, as you work together for four or five hours to design an art piece to be proud of.
Where: 273 Thomson Rd, #03-02, Novena Gardens
You can learn French, eat French food, watch French films and read French books in this colourful building – a centre of all things français in SG. Voila, lah!
Where: 1 Sarkies Rd
Try local favourites like fried carrot cake (#01-28) and popiah rolls (#01-12) in this recently refurbished, plantation-style food centre known for its touts (i.e., hustling hawkers who “reserve” your table with a menu). Interesting fact: In 2009, six American tourons, we mean, tourists paid close to $500 for a meal from one stall, prompting the government to crack down on extreme overcharging.
Where: Corner of Newton Circus and Clemenceau Ave N
At the Orchard Scotts Residences, you’ll be close to everything you need. Winner of the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 and 2015, this luxury serviced residence is a few minutes walk to Newton MRT Station, which is served by the North-South (red) and Downtown (blue) lines. Via cab, you can commute quickly to the Central Business District (10 minutes), Clarke Quay (10 minutes), Sentosa (20 minutes) and Changi Airport (25 minutes).
Staying here means having free WiFi and cable, housekeeping services, weekday breakfasts, shuttle bus services, outdoor BBQ cabanas, swimming pools, lush spaces for family activities, private dining facilities for family or business functions and even a wine cellar! You can also use dry-cleaning and laundry services (outsourced to professional cleaners), residents-approved babysitting services and lifestyle programmes like Zumba, yoga and tennis classes.
All serviced apartments are fitted with washers and dryers. Bonus: Each household receives a handy phone set that comes with free data usage, free local and overseas calls to five countries (Australia, India, U.K., U.S.A. and Japan). Look forward to enjoying holiday events for Hari Raya, Halloween, Christmas, Deepavali, Chinese New Year and other celebrations, too.