Downtown Line may be the newest kid on the block, but its prominent neighbourhoods definitely have been popular hangout spots for tourists and the local gallivants.
Some of the most interesting finds along this line are art and culture places, leisure and entertainment, as well as outdoor activities on the Downtown Line Mrt Map.
On the top floor of Beauty World Centre lies a quaint, open-aired hawker centre. Here, you can find comfort food like your warm bowls of mee hoon kway, wanton mee, beef ball noodles, satay bee hoon, and more.
Popular among supper-goers, Cheong Chin Nam Road is just a stone’s throw away from Beauty World MRT, and can also be known as the supper stretch of Beauty World. With most stalls open till 1am or later, you can expect to find a variety of cuisine here – Western, Chinese (frog porridge and Dim Sum), Indian and Korean.
If you’ve not been to this food centre, you have to today. It is not an exaggeration when we say this is Singapore’s biggest hawker centre. Spanning over 4 different wings, there are a total of 260 stalls here serving up your favourite delights.
Some of the popular stalls here are the Michelin-starred Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice, Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao, Ann Chin Popiah, just to name a few.
When it comes to food, Chinatown definitely doesn’t let down with its variety of food places. At People’s Park Complex, not only can you find many Mala options, but also tonic soups, yong tau foo, roast duck rice and the traditional loh mei dish.
While Sunshine Plaza may be a quiet mall known mainly for its cheap printing services, this building also has many dining spots that most might not know of. Some of the famous picks include Victor’s Kitchen serving dimsum, Oven Pie’s chicken pie, Steakville, and Ichi Tei Japanese Dining.
Leisure and Entertainment
At a height of 165m, the Flyer is Singapore’s own version of the London Eye. Not only do you get to catch stunning sunsets and the horizon of our little red dot on board the capsule, you can even dine in them while on rotation.
If your intended destination is Marina Bay Sands, remember that the MRT station to alight at is Bayfront and not Marina Bay.
While it is not untrue that MBS is a very atas place to be, that doesn’t mean you can’t visit here during the weekends. With the variety of shopping brands and affordable to mid-high eateries here, this is a mall you can consider going to.
Take a stroll at Gardens by the Bay and admire the different species of flora that you will see here. The park has three waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central which are all open the public. Otherwise, tickets are also available if you wish to access the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and OCBC Skyway.
GBTB’s light shows are definitely not one to be missed at 7.45pm and 8.45pm daily!
Although Sim Lim Square has gotten a bad name over the past few years for horrible customer service, it is still undeniable that this is the go-to mall for anyone looking to purchase your electronics.
As the largest IT marketplace in Singapore, it is located just 1 minute away from Rochor MRT Exit A.
After its renovation in 2018, King Albert Park has become a place for residents in the area to get their weekend brunch fix. Although it only has 3 levels to its mall, KAP Mall features an arcade, eateries, as well as a cinema and cafe by EagleWings Loft.
If you’re around the area and need a dose of Melbourne-styled coffees, Bukit Timah has a few cafes which are worth checking out. Some suggestion off the top of the list are Atlas Coffeehouse with specialty coffee and all-day brunch, KARA Café and Dessert Bar, Carpenter and Cook, and the RITUAL.
Art and Culture
Sometimes, the best things to do in life can also be free. With endless rows of shophouses and 2000-era buildings, Chinatown makes for a good spot for nostalgic photographers. If you are feeling a little adventurous, take a trip down the streets of this neighbourhood and you will find yourself lost in the sound of Mandarin dialects, shop signs and excitable dinner-goers.
Located in the Downtown Core of Central Singapore, the Arts Science Museum is shaped intentionally like a lotus, resembling a giant hand which is supposedly “the welcoming hand of Singapore”.
Exhibitions here mainly focus on the intersectional possibilities of art, science and technology. While some exhibitions are free, others require a ticketed entrance.
Fort Canning Park is a hilltop located in the heart of town, accessible from both Fort Canning MRT, Clarke Quay or Dhoby Ghaut MRT. Not only is Fort Canning a place for the arts, it is also place for the history buffs with artefacts from WWII.
Those who are familiar with the scene would also know about the Shakespeare in the Park, Ballet Under the Stars and Films at the Fort being held here.
Cited as a World Heritage Site in 2015, Singapore Botanic Gardens is the only tropical garden to be on the list today. Located right outside of Exit A of Botanic Gardens MRT, visitors can visit the famous swan lake, orchid garden and Sundial garden here.
Orchestra performances are also often held at the Shaw Symphony Stage.
The Bukit Timah Rail Corridor is accessible from Hillview MRT and stretches about 4km to Bukit Timah MRT. With its lush greenery and off-the-beaten tracks, the Rail Corridor throws us back to a time where goods were transported to and from Malaysia. Today, it is a novel spot for trekking enthusiasts.
A bus away from Sixth Avenue MRT, The Grandstand comes alive especially during the weekends with sporting activities such as soccer and touch rugby trainings. Here, there is a soccer pitch for rent, paintball park, horse stables, electric karting arena, and a dog pool.
If you’re not up for these sporting activities, there is also a farmer’s market and bistros here for you to chill at.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is probably one which needs no introduction, accessible from Beauty World MRT Exit A. Home to the tallest summit in Singapore, this reserve has been declared an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2011. Be prepared to come in here for a good hike while observing the flora and fauna.