Travel to the east for this neighbourhood that’s brimming with cafés, playgrounds and endless sporting activities. Zipline across the reservoir, tuck into scrumptious local delicacies and cool off at the estate’s new lifestyle hub while you’re in Bedok.
Where to eat
Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre
For some seriously good heartlands grub, make for Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre. It houses famous shacks like Song Zhou Fried Carrot Cake’s stall (#01-37). Order the white version of the dish ($3-$5) – it’s fluffy, comes in a generous portion and has just enough chilli for a decent kick of spice. And did someone say free wifi? Download the Wireless@SG app from your app store and you can scroll through Instagram without worrying about your data bill taking a massive hit.
Blk 208B, New Upp Changi Rd. Various times.
Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery
This humble family-run sweet shop churns out trays of traditional kuehs the old-school way: handmade and crafted with love. Lek Lim started out as a home kitchen in the 60s and has since become famous for its Peranakan delicacies like the ang ku kueh, which are 50 cents a piece. Sink your teeth into the kueh’s sticky, chewy skin that’s loaded with either a mung bean paste or peanut-filled centre.
#01-21 Blk 84, Bedok North St 4, 6449 0815. Mon-Sat 6.30am-6pm, Sun 6.30am-2pm.
What to do
Heartbeat @ Bedok ActiveSG Swimming Complex
This feature’s all about the heartlands – but here’s a Heartbeat. Beat our perpetual summer by taking a dip in the neighbourhood’s swimming complex at the all-new Heartbeat @ Bedok. The lifestyle hub (it integrates a polyclinic, senior care centre, public library and swimming complex under one roof) features an eight-lane swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a wet playground for tots that’s fitted with colourful slides and water jets. And swimming enthusiasts won’t have to worry about cloudy days, either – the hub’s indoor training pool’s got you covered, rain or shine.
11 Bedok North St, 6443 1787; heartbeatbedok.sg. Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun 9.30am-9.30pm; Tue & Sat 8am-9.30pm.
Make like Tarzan as you swing across the lush foliage of Bedok Reservoir. Walk on a tightrope, balance on wobbly planks and zipline over water as you navigate your way through this treetop obstacle course which features three kid-friendly circuits. Big kids won’t miss out on the fun either. Those aged 10 and up can try the Grand Course ($50 an adult, $46 a student) where you have to tackle 44 different challenges six metres off the ground.
Where to shop
Penny boards, camping gear, inflatable kayaks – with more than 95,000 sports products on display, you’re bound to find something at Decathlon that’ll cater to your fitness needs. The store even lets you test out the equipment. So have a go at swinging (read: gently) some golf clubs or practice your best Steph Curry b-ball moves. Got a bike that needs fixing? The outlet also has a bicycle repair workshop where you can get your two-wheelers sorted.
Part shopping mall, part housing estate – there’s more to East Village than meets the eye, despite its minuscule scale. Apart from being a hotspot for Halal eateries such as pancake café Sarah’s and takeaway dessert bar Chulop, this mall is also a goldmine for hijab-wearing fashionistas. It offers a range of trendy Muslimah fashionwear, including scarves, accessories and clothes from local blogshops like Cloud 9 Studio and Maqayla.
430 Upper Changi Rd. Daily 9am-midnight.