Feeling like you’re stuck in a rut after weeks’ long of slogging at work? Or simply wondering what else there is to explore in our sunny little red dot? Check out our list of beautiful places in Singapore. Going on a short getaway might not be as hard as you think it is!
1D Cluny Rd., 6733-0185.
Located by the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Blue Bali restaurant is probably as close as you can get to being in the actual tropical oasis of a getaway. Here you can tuck into contemporary Indonesian food, kicked back under one of their wood pavillions overlooking surrounding greenery.
100 Neo Tiew Rd., 6898-5001.
Founded by feisty nature-lover Ivy Singh-Lim and her husband, the Kranji countryside venue features a 10-acre farm, health food cafe and a food museum, and hosts tours and exploratory activities.
70 Collyer Quay, 6557-2590 (The Fullerton Heritage).
An expat haunt that provides a dazzling view of the Marina Bay Sands skyline and financial district, Customs House is one of our favourite spots for merrymaking. What used to be a heritage building, it now houses five restaurants serving up flavours from Japan, Thailand, Cuban and Florence.
From Woodlands Rd to Kg Bahru
There aren’t many places in Singapore that look like this anymore. By this we mean bathed in adulterated ‘green-ness’ and vast in space. The only sign of civilisation there are the remnants of the old railway line that used to take folks from Singapore to Malaysia and back. Since this service was shut down in 2011, the Green Corridor has become quite the destination for runners and basically anyone with a passion for insects other than Aedes mosquitos.
1 Chinese Garden Rd., 6560-0056.
Just a stone’s throw away from Chinese Garden MRT station, the Japanese Garden is linked to the Chinese Garden by a bridge. It’s picture perfect from every angle, made possible by the site’s design and layout, and of course the colourful bonsai trees and pagodas. Best experienced with a mat and a book in the cooler late afternoon.
Photo: Jurong Lake Run
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8 Lorong Buangkok.
Kampong Lorong Buangkok might be the only village left in Singapore to have resisted the city’s habitual gentrification. There is a small community of 28 families that still occupies the village today. This place genuinely looks untouched since it was built in 1954, with dirt roads and from what we’ve heard, $6.50 — 30 rent a month.
Bukit Batok East Ave. 5.
This park is popular for its resemblance to popular tourist attraction Guilin in China. The Singapore version features a rock cliff towering over a peaceful lake, which on its own makes a typical background for selfie-ing cyclists and trekkers.
Photo: National Parks Board
900 Punggol Rd., Track 24, 6690-0900.
Tucked away in a corner of Singapore where people don’t often expect to find anything remotely exciting, the Punggol Ranch Resort surprises us with a range of activities for a fun family or couple outing, such as horse or pony riding and horseback archery. These Gallop Wagons (see photo) are not stables for the horses, but chalets opened to the public — a cowboy resort if you will.
380 Upper Bukit Timah Rd.
A stomping ground for many Bukit Timah residents, The Rail Mall is a one-stop place for meals, spa treatments, grocery shopping and merrymaking over coffee. This stretch of road, which used to be the neighbourhood’s best-kept secret, is now a hangout place for people from all around Singapore. When you’re there, tuck into guilt-free ice-cream at Sugalight — we like their Dutch chocolate flavour, which is something like Awfully Chocolate’s Hei except it’s apparently low in calories.
Sengkang Floating Wetland’s a piece of art created as part of the Active, Beautiful and Clean (ABC) Water programme in 2008. The place exudes an air of tranquility and is perfect to take a walk in to relieve the weight of the city’s hustle bustle after a long week. The fruit-themed boardwalk that features cutesy floor decals and mangosteen pavillions overlooks the Punggol Reservoir where sports activities are held.
Photo: Public Utilities Board
1 Cove Ave.
The water here may not be as crystal clear as in the Maldives, but the vibe at Sentosa Cove makes up for it. Take a weekend off to relax at W Singapore, a top standard hotel that carefully incorporates Singaporean island living in its design, or take off on a boat from the prestigious One15 Marina.
Photo: W Singapore Sentosa Cove
131 Tanglin Rd.
Situated right beside Tanglin Shopping Mall, this stretch of shophouses looks like ’80s. The quaint shopping street is where humble art galleries, home décor shops, Turkish rugs, and — unsurprisingly — a café by famous Parisian brand Hediard, can be found.