Journey to the far West of Singapore and discover the best places: restaurants, shopping malls and fun-filled family activities in Jurong!
Often forgotten, there’s more to Jurong than meets the eye. While Jurong is not exactly as hip as Telok Ayer or Keong Saik, this huge suburban estate has its own charms and offers a handful of interesting things to do here and there. It’s time to discover what the very West side of Singapore has to offer with our nifty guide to this offbeat neighbourhood. West is best? Jurong sure makes a strong case!
While Westgate is a lifestyle and shopping destination, it’s also commonly known as the food mecca in Jurong, housing some of the best eateries in Singapore. For a more upscale dining experience, Westgate provides restaurants like Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant, Poulet, Coco Ichibanya, Menya Musashi Takatora, Ippudo SG, Tim Ho Wan, Zaffron Kitchen and lots more. Searching for more local taste? Try Hajjah Mariam Café for its kick-ass Nasi Ambeng or 328 Katong Laksa for the laksa that many Singaporeans can relate to. Craving for some sweet treats? With Lady M Confections, Paul Bakery, GODIVA, llaollao and many more, you’ll find it hard to run out of dessert options here.
Westgate, 3 Gateway Dr, Singapore 608532, p. 6908 3737
Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak
If you’re already in Jurong, you cannot not visit Boon Lay Place Market and Food Centre to grab a plate of the famous Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak (#01-06). As one of the best nasi lemaks ever in Singapore, don’t be surprised if there’s a very long queue. But trust us; it’s worth the wait!
Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak, #01-106, Blk 221B Boon Lay Place, Singapore 642221, p. 6266 4466
The Usual Place
Situated near Chinese Garden MRT station – just a five to 10 minutes walk away, this brunch spot offers casual dining in the heart of Jurong. Here, you can definitely find affordable Western comfort food, like honey grilled chicken ($8.90), aburi vongole ($8.90) and banana waffles ($7.50). But our recommendation is definitely its salted egg prawn pasta ($12.90); you can hardly go wrong with anything infused with salted egg!
The Usual Place, #01-73, Blk 346 Jurong East St 31, Singapore 600346, p. 64251517; Open Tue-Fri & Sun, 11am-3.30pm & 5.30pm-10pm; Sat 11am-3.30am, closed on Mon.
Head over to v360 (also known as view 360) to enjoy a delectable selection of sweet treats. Here, you can get churros, chocolate lava cake, waffles with ice cream, and brownie with ice cream. But what’s great about v360 is its awesome royal early grey cake – very fluffy and super fragrant! And if you are craving for savoury meals instead, they offer a variety of all-day breakfast sets. Apart from good food and drinks, v360 has also outdone itself with its interior. From plastering different sections of the café with picturesque landscapes to its outback-inspired furniture, this quaint café is definitely a nice place to escape the bustling modern city life and chill.
v360 Café, #01-321, Blk 526, Jurong West Street 52, Singapore 640526, p. 9195 5088; Open Mon, 11am-9.30pm; Tue-Wed, 4pm-9.30pm; Fri, 11am-10.30pm; Sat, 10.30am-10.30pm; Sun 10.30am-9.30pm. Closed on Thu.
If you dig Bugis Street, there’s a Westie version of it at JCUBE, level 2. From blogshop dresses to cool hipster accessories, you can surely find interesting, affordable buys here. Psst…there’s also a brand new DAISO store on the same level – yay!
JCUBE, 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731, p. 6684 2153
JEM can be dubbed the ‘Orchard Road in the West’. As the third biggest neighbourhood retail therapy spot in Singapore, JEM has all sorts of stores, suited for various needs (and wants). From H&M and Topshop to MANGO and Charles & Keith, you’ll surely be spoilt for choice. We’re also certain that Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, MUJI and Kinokuniya might distract you along the way. There’s Fairprice Xtra, just in case you’d want to do last-minute grocery shopping before you leave this shopping haven.
JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549, p. 6225 5536
While IMM has long been recognised by many as the place for electronics, furniture and grocery shopping at the hypermarket GIANT, you can also find a slew of outlet stores in this huge shopping mall. Charles & Keith, Agnès B., Juicy Couture, Cole Haan and Furla – just to name a few, and who can resist a NIKE outlet store!
IMM, 2 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 609601, p. 6665 8288
Jurong Bird Park
Looking for a fun day with your family? Jurong Bird Park is just a short drive away. Experience close-up encounters with a myriad of beautiful and colourful birds at feeding sessions and be entertained by their show-stopping tricks at exhilarating bird shows.
Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925, p. 6265 0022
Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden & Jurong Lake Park
Take a walk in the Chinese Garden and visit the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum. Cross the bridge and you’ll reach the Japanese Garden for a change of scenery. Also, just a stone’s throw away, there’s Jurong Lake Park. Here, you can kayak or dragon boat on the lake.
Chinese Garden, 1 Chinese Garden Rd, Singapore 619795. For more details on kayaking or dragon boating, click here.
Escape the sweltering heat outside and head over to the first ever Olympic-sized ice rink in Singapore at JCUBE. What’s more? JCUBE also provides the first IMAX theatre in the hood, offering extremely crystal-clear images and exceptional sound, for an immersive movie experience.
JCUBE, 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731, p. 6684 2153
Science Centre, Observatory Deck
Few things are dreamier than stargazing with your lover right next to you. If you’re up for an astrological date, head over to The Science Centre Singapore’s Observatory Deck for their weekly sessions, happening every Friday. You can also look through the telescopes to see various objects in the sky (and beyond).
Science Centre, Observatory Deck, 15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081
Singapore Discovery Centre
Get ready to time travel as you’ll learn a thing, or two, about Singapore’s history at Singapore Discovery Centre. For some fun, step into the arena for Crossfire Paintball, enter the four-lane computerised simulated shooting range for some target practices, or hop on the 4-D simulator ride for a thrilling adventure.
Singapore Discovery Centre, 510 Upper Jurong Rd, Singapore 638365, p. 6792 6188