Now, why should the central and eastern areas get all the glory?
Call it bad PR, but no one really thinks of staying in the western part of Singapore when they come for a visit. For the longest time, Singapore’s west was known only for being home to its two oldest universities, and for being an industrial area.
But the common perception that the west lacks attractions that would interest leisure tourists is set to change.With the opening of the MRT’s Circle line a few years ago, more parts of the west are now connected to Singapore’s central areas. In recent years, Jurong East has gone through a major redevelopment, and the area is now home to a whole slew of malls and restaurants that rival their Orchard Road counterparts.
But there’s so much more to Singapore’s west than shopping. Read on to find out more about some gems that have been hidden in plain sight all this while.
While Singapore’s eastside has hogged the limelight for years when it comes to variety and quality of local food, the West is also home to many culinary gems. The stretch along Cheong Chin Nam Road, for instance, is a favourite among university students for its cheap and cheery fare, while those craving for the delicious nasi lemak should make a beeline for Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak (Boon Lay Food Village, Blk 221B Boon Lay Place, #01-106), which is famous for its crispy chicken wings and potent chilli sauce. For those who don’t eat meat, there’s The Boneless Kitchen (11 Jalan Bukit Merah, #03-4458), which does vegetarian dishes with a Korean twist.
A (semi-) private beach
While it’s not exactly convenient to get to, Tuas’ beach located at Tuas South Avenue 4 has such a peaceful and tranquil environment that it’s worth the effort. It gets major brownie points from us for being way less crowded than East Coast Park.
Great accommodation options
Oasia Residence is located close to the National University of Singapore, the Singapore Science, and one-north, and a stone’s throw away from Sentosa. There are 140 studios in this serviced apartment block, with one- and two-bedroom apartments and coastal views. It’s also equipped with a 24-hour gym, gorgeous swimming pool, and BBQ pits for a fun evening out with family and friends.
A skating rink
Shopping mall J-Cube is home to the only Olympic-sized ice rink in Singapore. If you’re looking for respite from the heat, a couple of hours here ice-skating should do the trick.
Lots of green spots
The Jurong Eco-Garden located at CleanTech Park (1 Clean Tech Loop) is a literal breath of fresh air, while the Lim Chu Kang Jetty (695 Lim Chu Kang Road) is a truly rustic location with lots of Instagrammable spots, thanks to its wooden bridges.
The chance to gaze at the stars
The Observatory at The Omni-theatre, Science Centre Singapore (21 Jurong Town Hall Road), runs free stargazing sessions at the planetarium. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the big wide world out there for kids and adults alike. Stargazing sessions are held every Friday from 7.50pm – 10pm at The Observatory, in the Omni-Theatre Building. The Astronomy 101 Series is held on the second Friday of every month at 8pm and 9pm, with each talk lasting about 20 minutes.