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 and peas and fried beef with ginger.
The range of craft beers, ales, and ciders is impressive, too.
94 Whitchurch Road
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
3. Rochester Park
This peaceful spot is home to several noteworthy restaurants, including UNA for haute Spanish tapas such as Atlantic cod fish garnished with Shepard-style bread crumbs, chorizo and grapes.
1 Rochester Park
4. Da Paolo Bistro Bar
Also nestled in the lush Rochester Park, come here for their mushrooms and black truffle pizza with mascarpone and mozzarella (pizzas can be gluten-free on request, too).
3 Rochester Park
5. The Greenway
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 Drive
6. The Star Vista
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 to Bornga for Korean BBQ.
1 Vista Exchange Green
7. And A Performing Arts Centre
Another part of The Star Vista is The Star Performing Arts Centre, a 5,000-seat performing arts centre with state-of-the-art technology.
Many concerts and performances are held here — find out the venue’s upcoming events here.
#04-01, 1 Vista Exchange Green
8. Ah Seng Durian
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 Road
9. Ghim Moh Market
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, chwee kweh by a man who’s run the hawker stall for some 60 years, Hainanese Chicken Rice and more.
Ghim Moh Market, Block 20 Ghim Moh Road
10. Kent Ridge Park
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 pats of the Southern Ridges.
11. Palate Sensations
Want to upgrade your culinary skills?
Adults and kids alike can enroll 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 Road
12. Artisan Boulangerie Co.
Tuck into ABC signatures like pan-seared seabass fillet, braised beef short ribs and the eponymous ABC wagyu burger, or lighter bites like pastries and salads.
#01- 12, The Metropolis, 9 North Buona Vista Drive
13. The Lawn
This healthy food joint is perfect for salads and other light bites if you’re in the area.
#01-07 Nanos, 31 Biopolis Way
14. MOE Heritage Centre
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 Drive