Spend a day in the 'Goon for your share of all-day brunch, classic hawker fare, tasty desserts – and even a bit of shopping
Serangoon Gardens is a suburban estate that’s a great respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Oozing with a quiet, laidback charm, the neighbourhood’s growing popularity with cafes, restaurants, and bars makes it a promising alternative to the oft-too-crowded Holland V. Not only that, it’s brimming with hidden gems. Heck, we even managed to track down an Olympic-sized swimming pool! Here’s our definitive neighbourhood guide to Serangoon Gardens.
Ask any Singaporean and they’ll nod in approval when Chomp Chomp Food Centre is mentioned. With local favourites like barbequed wings, sambal stingray and fried Hokkien Mee all under one roof, this is the place you want to bring your friends who are visiting for a truly Singaporean supper experience.
Brave the queues of Ah Seng Braised Duck Rice stall at the Serangoon Garden Market and Food Centre for some juicy duck meat. For the more adventurous, try the Teochew braised pig offal dishes at Garden Street Kway Chap. While you’re at it, pop by the Bakery and Confectionary at stall 45 for some good ol’ fluffy luncheon meat buns to go with your kopi.
We can never say no to good Hainanese chicken rice, and Pow Sing Restaurant’s one of our picks when it comes to this oh-so oily but tasty dish. The Nonya restaurant serves up some mean Peranakan nosh too – we love their curry fish head and Babi Ponteh (stewed pork with fermented soya beans).
More great eats
For those with a sweet tooth, Wimbly Lu Chocolates is the place to be. Add some spark to your date night at this whimsical café. We love their waffles (crispy on the outside, soft on the inside!) with homemade ice cream and could have it any time of the day.
The Wild Rocket folks who brought us Relish Burger have now opened another outpost at Maju Avenue – that’s one more place to go for your burger fix! Wash down their signature Wild Rocket beef burger with some sangria.
Kick back with some wine and tapas at PLONK. Owned by two chefs from Down Under, it’s no wonder this cheery bistro and bar reminds us of a day on the beach. Featuring different live musicians every week on their upper deck, this new kid on the block is set to add some spice to your nights.
The friendly Korean lady boss at Hanwoori Restaurant never fails to brighten up our day. Free flow side dishes, succulent beef ribs, and excellent service? We now have a new place to go when we have our Korean food cravings.
Don’t be misled by its name – the only massage you’ll get at Chillax Massage Café is perhaps one for your intestine. With drool-worthy culinary creations like the Char Siew Shabu Pork Chicken and Chicken Katsu Pancakes on the menu, we’re not complaining!
Happy Daze is a sports bar, board game café and deli all rolled into one. Here’s another one for the animal lovers: Besides your favourite Asian and Western dishes, this pet-friendly bistro serves up some healthy doggie meals so you can enjoy your food with your pooches!
The Coffee Daily
Those rainbow cakes you’ve been seeing on your Instagram feed? Chances are they were probably from The Coffee Daily! Have a slice of their signature cake and a cup of jo at this charming café on Brighton Crescent. We could sit there all day.
Other neighbourhood gems
We chanced upon this gem during our walk around the estate. Lemon Chiffon’s collection of tresses in bright retro prints, bags and accessories will have your stylish grandma nodding in approval.
Award-winning Organic Basic might just be your answer to affordable premium daily essentials. Established by Singaporean owner Tracy, its range of health and beauty products are 100% botanical and free of synthetic chemicals – great for the whole family!
Perhaps one of Serangoon Gardens’ best-kept secrets, dressmaker Molly Toh Ean has been in the tailoring business for over 30 years. Located at a shophouse at 3 Kensington Park Road, this nostalgic shop space brings us back to the basics with custom-made cheongsams and dresses.
That Olympic-sized swimming pool we mentioned earlier? It belongs to Serangoon Gardens Country Club. Aside from that, it’s also home to a gym, indoor playground, and water play area making it an ideal family-friendly spot to while away those lazy afternoons and weekends. It’s open to members only, but definitely worth checking out if you live in the hood!