We’ve got the lowdown on the most exciting things to eat and do at Labrador Nature Reserve.
If you enjoy exploring parks in Singapore and hiking our most beautiful nature trails, you’ll love Labrador Nature Reserve. This sunny corner of the Lion City is perfect for adventurers and families with little kids in tow. History buffs will like that it’s steeped in history, with several war remnants and secret tunnels preserved in memory of World War II. Ready to dive in? These are the best things to do at Labrador Nature Reserve.
How to get to Labrador Nature Reserve
There are a couple of ways to get to this park: by public transport and by car. If you’re intending to take the train down, board the Circle Line and stop at Labrador Park MRT station. From there, it’s just a quick 15-minute walk along Labrador Villa Road to reach the reserve.
If you’re driving, there are two spots to park your car: Carpark A and B. The former will leave you near Tamarind Hill restaurant (great if you want to grab a bite before returning home); the latter will place you closer to the park’s playgrounds and public toilets. Choose wisely!
Labrador Nature Reserve guide: Lush trails and playgrounds
1. Berlayer Creek mangrove trail
If you want something relatively easy to conquer, Berlayer Creek mangrove trail is the perfect place to start. It takes less than an hour to complete, and the boardwalk is pretty straightforward to tackle – it lacks steep climbs and curves. Keep an eye out for critters lurking within the trees and mangrove swamp, such as the coastal horseshoe crab, monitor lizard, otters and stork-billed kingfisher. This trail also leads you to the Bukit Chermin boardwalk that winds around Keppel Harbour for some awesome coastal views.
2. Maritime history trail
Before you take a turn into the Bukit Chermin boardwalk, you’ll see a sign pointing you in the direction of the maritime history trail. Take this route for a deeper dive into Singapore’s storied past. You’ll find sights like the Dragon’s Teeth Gate and Red Beacon, both of which acted as navigational markers for sailors back in the day.
3. Heritage trail
Remember the secret tunnels and war remnants we talked about? Continue on from the end of the maritime history trail, and you’ll find brick walls that mark the entrance to the heritage trail. This route takes you through Fort Pasir Panjang and contains old artefacts like cannons and walls with gun emplacements. You’ll also find the gate to secret tunnels which were used by soldiers to store ammunition during the war.
4. Labrador Nature Reserve playgrounds
Got kids in tow? There are two playgrounds at Labrador Nature Reserve to keep them entertained. The smaller playground near Dragon’s Teeth Gate comes with a little merry-go-round, see-saws and a swing. The larger one on the east side of the park sports a more elaborate set-up with slides, tunnels and places to climb on. Take note these spots are both filled with sand, so you’ll want to come ready with extra shoes or wipes to clean up.
Labrador Nature Reserve guide: Restaurants and cafes
5. Tamarind Hill
If you’ve ever wanted to dine in a colonial bungalow, reserve a seat at Tamarind Hill restaurant for delicious Thai cuisine. This dining establishment is steeped in old world charm, and sits amidst lush greenery and quiet waters. We can’t get enough of its beautiful high ceilings and candle-lit wall lamps. Looking for an alfresco experience? Just opt to sit in the outdoor area. The views here are stunning.
Tamarind Hill, 30 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119189
6. The Three Peacocks
An outdoor buffet? Yes, please. The Three Peacocks is a fab dining option if you’re craving BBQ meat and seafood in Singapore. Think free-flow wagyu beef, sashimi and oysters for just $56 per person. Delish! It’s even pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friend after a walk through the reserve.
The Three Peacocks, 8 Port Road, Singapore 117540
7. Canopy HortPark
A day out at the park isn’t complete without a stop at a cafe. Grab brunch and a fresh cuppa joe down at Canopy HortPark. This spot is a short walk away from Labrador Park MRT and is filled with hanging plants and greenery for a good dose of nature. You can get your fill of creamy scrambled eggs and sourdough toast right here.
Canopy HortPark, #01-01, Hort Park, 33 Hyderabad Road, Singapore 119578
Put Labrador Nature Reserve on your list of places to explore this weekend.