Although much of Circle Line serves as residential and work areas, that doesn’t mean this line is all that boring.
If you find yourself along this line, check out the local food options here, as well as shopping malls. As you explore a little further off the line towards the end, you can expect to unwind in the serenity of nature.
For another wallet-friendly food adventure, Old Airport Road Food Centre ias a 40-year-old hawker centre which offers a variety of 150 stalls. Some recommended options are Albert Street Prawn Noodles, Lucky Char Kway Teow, Nam Sing Hokkien Mee, Chee Cheong Fun, and more.
Circuit Road Food Centre is a smaller hawker centre located in the middle of Macpherson. Do not be deceived by its exterior – here, there are about 5 to 6 rows of stalls for you to choose from and closes at 4am. Just in time for the owls to get your share of supper!
Almost like a town of its own, Serangoon Gardens is known for its late-night food options. Here, you can find cuisines such as Western, Thai, Indian and also Chinese. What most like best about Gardens is the availability of post-dinner treats at dessert places like Oblong and Dessert Bowl.
Leisure and Entertainment
Located right outside of Stadium MRT, Kallang Wave Mall is a relatively new and vibrant mall which opened in 2014. Branding itself alongside the active lifestyle movement, not only is it a stone’s throw away from the Sports Hub, the mall itself also houses fitness and climbing gyms, as well as dance studios.
However, there are also Western and Japanese dining options, a FairPrice Xtra, as well as some shopping to do here
Although Kallang Leisure Park may not seem as happening as Kallang Wave Mall, there are still a couple of entertainment activities here. Many teenagers come here for ice skating, bowling and to catch a movie at the cinemas as well.
NEX is the largest mall in this North-East region, directly accessible from the MRT. Although it is a neighbourhood mall, there are multiple amenities here, apart from food, which will keep you occupied for a solid couple of hours. On its rooftop, there is a library, a dog playground, fitness gyms and some benches where you can chill on.
Just done with the week and not sure where to go for celebrations? Holland Village will welcome you with its lively bars and bistros, not forgetting their happy hours.
Apart from just these bubblies, there are also a couple of cafes located just down the street if you prefer a quaint and calmer vibe to end off your week.
Art and Culture
Known as the iconic durian-like building, the Esplanade is one of the home ground for arts and culture in Singapore. The Esplanade Theatre has seen many orchestras, plays and shows over the past few decades. Although many of these shows are ticketed, keep your eyes peeled for the occasional free performances!
Bras Basah is the district for museum planning area in Singapore – which is no surprise why there are many cultural houses lined up along this street.
The Substation is the first contemporary arts centre founded in 1990. Here, there are yearly exhibitions and programmes held which aims to support the arts and cultural scene in Singapore, with the aim of probing deeper into societal issues.
Housed in the former Tao Nan School, the Peranakan Museum has a total of 3 levels and 10 galleries, showcasing the unique culture of Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia. Here, you will learn about wedding customs, food culture, religion, costumes and more.
Ever kept stamps as a hobby when you were younger? This is the place to relieve your childhood memories. The Stamp Philatelic Museum features stamps throughout the decades of Singapore – from the early years of development to post-independence. Seasonal exhibitions and programmes are also held here occasionally, mainly for the family-friendly crowds.
Once known as Tiger Balm Gardens, Haw Par Villa was built in 1937 and aims to depict what 13 levels of hell looks like, according to beliefs of Chinese folklore. While this is an intriguing place to visit, be ready to stomach some gruesome imagery as you walk past over 1500 statues and dioramas.
Labrador Nature Reserve is part of the Southern Ridges, and is accessible from Labrador Park MRT. The most fascinating part about the nature reserve has to be its coastal walk, where you can take in beautiful views of the sea and rich biodiversity. There is also the Berlayer Creek, where you can take on a 1km mangrove trail.
If you’re feeling a little hungry, Tamarind Hill is a picturesque place which serves Thai and Burmese cuisine while Three Peacocks is more widely known for their grilled barbeque buffet.
Along the same stretch as Southern Ridges is Telok Blangah Hill Park. The highlights of this Hill Park are both the famous wave-like structured Henderson Waves and the Terrace Garden, where you get a 360 view of Singapore from atop.