Secret Spots to Explore

Discovering Singapore's secrets

Look beyond the soaring skyscrapers and you’ll find the most unexpected pockets of nature, creativity and old world charm in Singapore.

Deck

1. DECK

Stacked together like lego bricks in the middle of the city are 19 shipping containers housing two galleries, an artist's studio and more.

Drop by to check out works by local shutterbugs, peruse photography tomes for inspiration at its library. Also keep an eye out fot the line up of exhibitions and events held there.

120A Prinsep St, Singapore 

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Ann Siang Hill Park

2. Ann Siang Hill Park

The ever-hip Ann Siang area is known for its cool bars and eateries tucked inside heritage shophouses, but not many people have ambled through Ann Siang Hill Park.

The lush trail begins at Telok Ayer Green and ends at Club Street, passing by historic landmarks such as Thian Hock Keng temple.

Bincho

3. Bincho @ Hua Bee

By day, bowls of mee pok (minced meat noodles) are tossed up in this 70-year-old kopitiam (coffee shop). At night, the modest little space is transformed into an ultra-cool yakitori (grilled skewers) bar.

Another surprise awaits in the back of the premises: a fashionably frowzy, dimly-lit cocktail bar that resembles an underground bunker.

01-19, 78 Moh Guan Terrace, Singapore

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Wessex Estate

4. Wessex Estate

Once home to British officers, this elegant enclave of black and white colonial buildings nestled amidst lush greenery is where a community of local artists now live, muse and create.

You can tour their studios (pictured) at the regular Artwalk @ Wessex sessions, or make appointments with individual artists to have a gander around their workspaces at other times.

10 Whitchurch Rd, Singapore

Central Horizon

5. Central Horizon

In land-scarce Singapore, many buildings serve more than their purpose. Take the rooftop gardens all around Singapore for instance. As part of NPark's Skyrise Greenery Project, you'll find them all around Singapore, atop HDB blocks, hospitals and more. Try Central Horizon, a residential building in Toa Payoh with a 500 square metre plot of green at the very top.

79B Toa Payoh Central, Singapore

Kampong

6. Kampong Lorong Buangkok

For a taste of life as it was in the '60s before the advent of multistorey carparks and air-conditioned malls, head to Singapore's last surviving kampung (village).

Some 20 families live in this sleepy hamlet of zinc-roofed houses connected by dirt paths. Here, chickens roam freely amid gardens lined with chilli, lime and hibiscus plants.

7 Lorang Buangkok, Singapore

Container bistros

7. Container bistros at Punggol East

Love the hipster food scene of Los Angeles or London? This cluster of breezy bistros, housed in vibrant, avant-garde containers by the riverside, are so hipster they don't even have an official name. Dig into no-nonsense nosh like Fish and Chips and Korean Fried Chicken, as well as local favourites like Sambal Stingray, and wash down with cheaper-than-average craft beers.

Never mind the calories - bike along the boardwalk to the nearby Coney Island after!

50 Punggol East, Singapore

Bollywood veggies

8. Bollywood Veggies

Occupying a sizeable plot of land in the sprawling Kranji countryside is the organic farm bearing pineapples, bananas, starfruits, eggplants and more.

Tour the farm, learn about local culinary history at the Food Museum, then tuck into a delicious meal featuring fresh produce at the fabulous farm-to-table Poison Ivy bistro.

100 Neo Tiew Rd, Singapore

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North Korean Embassy

9. North Korean Embassy

Just another busy street in Singapore, right?

Right. But just so you know, in one of the buildings along this street is the North Korean Embassy. Fact: Singapore and North Korea established diplomatic relations since the 1970s, and Singaporeans are one of the only two nationalities - Malaysia being the other - able to travel to North Korea without a visa.

High Street Centre, 1 North Bridge Rd, Singapore

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Published here by Pinky Chng, adapted from SilverKris, March 2017


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