On 28 August, Saturday at the end of last month, the much-anticipated Thomson-East Coast Line 2 finally opened to the public.
If you’ve been complaining about not having much to do in Singapore, we suggest exploring the different attractions and food options along the line. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of places that are less than an 11-minute walk from each station. Have fun!
Springleaf Prata (3 min walk)
When one mentions Springleaf, the first place that comes to mind is the legendary Springleaf Prata and its scrumptious Plaster Blaster prata.
Fortunately, the new Springleaf MRT station makes it even more accessible — it’s only a three-minute walk to the eatery!
Address: 1 Thong Soon Ave, Singapore 787431
If you’re in the mood for Thai food, take a short one-minute walk from the station to Thai Hao Chi Mookata.
The food here is a fusion of Thai and local flavours so apart from ingredients including Thai-style abalone and Mama noodles, they also have interesting options such as bak kwa.
Address: 908 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 787111
To work off all those calories, you can stroll over to Springleaf Nature Park.
While it’s not as large as its neighbours like MacRitchie Reservoir Park, it’s still a nice place to have a walk and immerse yourself in nature.
Address: 1230 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 787129
Chelabela: Korean Food by Korean Chef
This humble Korean eatery went viral a number of times and is popular for its authentic and homely Korean dishes.
They were previously located in Woodlands but have since moved to Ang Mo Kio and are a 10-minute walk away from Lentor MRT Station.
The menu here includes army stew, anchovies and three kimchi dishes.
Address: Block 603 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Singapore 560603
Lentor MRT Station happens to be near one of the popular Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak chain outlets.
For those of you who don’t live near Adam Road Food Centre, visiting the Ang Mo Kio outlet is now more convenient than ever.
Address: Block 603 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Singapore 560603
Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh (4 min walk)
For a soothing bowl of bak kut teh, you can consider checking out Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh
They serve Malaysian-style bak kut teh, which has more of a herbal flavour as compared to our peppery local version.
Address: 11 #01-138 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, Block 107, Singapore 560107
If you’re hankering for some Cantonese and Hokkien fare, Gim Tim is a good restaurant to satisfy those cravings.
The restaurant, which has been around since 1975, serves up classic dishes including Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, Peking duck and salted kampong chicken.
Address: Blk 157, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 #01-546 Singapore 560157
Fish enthusiasts can pop on over to Long Cheng Aquarium, known for its good variety of fish and aquarium supplies, and reasonable prices.
Address: 157 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, #01-582, Singapore 560157
You don’t have to travel all the way to Bangkok just for Thai-style wanton mee because Ang Mo Kio is home to a stall that does a pretty good rendition of it.
The owners learned the recipe from his Thai godbrother who resides in Bangkok so you can expect some pretty legitamate Thai-style wanton mee here.
Address: Blk 151, Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Singapore 560151
Two Chefs Eating Place (3 min walk)
Known for its famous butter pork ribs and drunken cockles, Two Chefs Eating Place is one of the more popular zi char restaurants in Singapore.
Their extensive menu features dishes such as seafood hor fun, prawn paste chicken and sliced fish hor fun.
Prior to this, you could only reach the restaurant by bus or car but now, you can just hop on a train.
Address: 410A Sin Ming Ave, #02-01, Singapore 570409
Love having a stroll at the sprawling Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park? Some good news is that the new Thomson-East Coast Line 2 has made the place even more accessible.
The massive park has a variety of attractions like the Adventure Playground, Lotus Garden and Water Playground. Dog owners can also let their furkids stretch their legs at the dog run.
Address: 1384 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Mention Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and one of the first things that come to mind is Grub, a cosy bistro that serves hearty dishes including fish and chips, chili crab pasta and brunch plates.
It’s a great place to chill at after a day of fun in the park!
Address: 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983
Another park in the vicinity that is worth checking out is Windsor Nature Park.
Here, hikers can explore different trails such as the Hanguana and Drongo Trail. It also is linked to MacRitchie Reservoir and other parks in the area.
Address: 30 Venus Dr, Singapore 573858
Upper Thomson, as most know, is home to numerous cafes and bars — it’s a cafe hoppers idea of paradise!
Some of the more popular ones include One Man Coffee, Salted Caramel Artisan Ice Cream and Knockhouse Cafe.
Not feeling cafe food? There are also eateries like Kampong Chicken Rice and The Roti Prata House that have Asian options.
Unleash your creativity and make a mess at Splat Paint House, Singapore’s only splatter paint studio.
Here, participants don protective coveralls and create their own masterpieces by flinging paint, shooting water guns and using spray bottles.
Address: 207a Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574346
Recently, Thomson Plaza has gone through a major revamp and the mall now has even more stores and eateries to explore.
The mall is also home to popular restaurants such as Omoté Sushi Restaurant, Hajime Tonkatsu Ramen and Nyonya Memories by Ivins.
Address: 301 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574408
Creamier (6 min walk)
Just a six-minute walk away from Caldecott MRT is popular ice cream joint Creamier.
They have a myriad of interesting ice cream flavours to choose from including blue pea vanilla, butterscotch almond and rum & raisin.
Currently, they also are offering locally-inspired seasonal flavours like kopi peng and teh peng.
Address: Lor 1 Toa Payoh, #01-02 Blk 131, Singapore 310131
Toa Payoh West Market & Food Centre is home to some famous stalls such as Come Daily Hokkien Mee and Chey Sua Carrot Cake.
You can also enjoy some hearty halal prawn mee from Deanna’s Kitchen.
Address: 127 Lor 1 Toa Payoh, #02-25, Singapore 310127
This stretch along Thomson Road has quite a few plant nurseries and florists and is popular among plant enthusiasts for its wholesale prices.
Check out Far East Flora Market for their array fresh blooms stored in a cold room — just remember to bring a jacket as it gets chilly!
Address: 557 Thomson Rd, Singapore 298182
Text: Melissa Teo/AsiaOne