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The ultimate guide to Clementi

It might be one of Singapore’s oldest estates, but this town in the West has loads to offer.

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By Delfina Utomo |
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What used to be swampland and kampungs back in the day is now a vibrant and thriving town in southwest Singapore. The estate got its name from Sir Cecil Clementi Smith who was the Governor of the Straits Settlement from 1887 to 1893. Developed between 1975 and 1979, Clementi is one of the earliest HDB towns in Singapore. These days, it’s a bustling township with amazing food options, top schools, historic rail tracks and neighbourhood bars.

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Eat

Restaurants, Singaporean

Evertop Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice

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Evertop has been plating up Halal Hainanese chicken rice for years. From a tiny stall in Tanglin Halt, the brand has expanded to a few branches around Singapore but the recipe remains unchanged. Poached chicken might seem simple, but Evertop’s is bursting with flavour. Pair it with chilli, ginger, soy sauce and of course, the fragrant garlic rice and you’ve got yourself a winner. Turn it into a family feast by ordering dishes like braised kai lan, sambal kang kong, tofu with sweet chilli and more.

Restaurants, Bakeries

Balmoral Bakery

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Opened the same year Singapore gained independence, this old-school bakery in Sunset Way is big on the nostalgia factor. Count on them to stock traditional treats like sponge cakes with hand-piped pastel buttercream roses, hot chicken and beef pies, rum balls, cream horns and custard puffs – perfect for a casual afternoon tea session at home.

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Restaurants, Bistros

Summer Hill

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Somewhere in the heartlands of Clementi, comfort food connoisseurs are lapping up home-style favourites like French roast chicken ($32), hearty beef bourguignon with mash and salad ($39) as well as indulgent panko and thyme-crusted fried veal chops ($69). Start things off with small plates like duck rillette and brie toasties ($14), bacon and almond Brussel sprouts ($15) and creamy ricotta and marinated tomato salad with butter-fried capers and herbs ($16). Sunset Way is lucky to have this charming eatery in its hood.

Restaurants, Singaporean

Prata Alley

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A prata shop that has all the trappings of a hipster cafe, Prata Alley serves up bold versions of the classic like The Big One (a pizza and prata fusion) and the Murtabak Maggie (prata stuffed with Maggi noodles). You can still enjoy it with a side of fish curry to amp up the flavours and finish it off with a sweet cup of teh tarik. 

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Restaurants, Ice-cream parlours

The Daily Scoop

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Every neighbourhood deserves an ice cream parlour and Sunset Way has The Daily Scoop. With interesting flavours like maple crisp, strawberry shortcake, salted brown sugar and lychee martini, this place also serves up equally amazing waffles and brownies that make a great accompaniment to the ice cream. 

Ayer Rajah Food Centre
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Restaurants, Hawker

Ayer Rajah Food Centre

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Yeah, it may be a little walk outside of Clementi's central area but a trip to Ayer Rajah Food Centre is well worth the effort, whether by foot or by bus. At this hawker centre, enjoy plates from Habib's Rojak (Stall 68), a second-generation Indian rojak store. Pick as many ingredients from the display case as you can manage – we recommend the grilled squid ($4) and fried potato balls ($0.70) – and the stall owner will lightly fry them in a wok before serving them with a fab sweet dipping sauce.

Do

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Find the railroad tracks

The backdrop of many an Instagram photoshoot, the disused metal track in Sunset Way is what’s left of the old railway lines in Singapore. There were two sets – one a north-bound line towards Malaysia (North-South Line) and the other heading westwards to Jurong (Jurong Line). Take a stroll through the neighbourhood to find the tracks and if you’re feeling adventurous, continue the trek along the line and immerse yourself in the lush scenery of the Green Belt.

Shopping

Shop at Refash

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Pre-loved tops, bottoms, outerwear, shoes (some still with tags attached) from high street stores and local labels such as Topshop, Zara, ASOS, Mango and Love, Bonito are sold at a fraction of their retail price at Refash. If you’ve done a Marie Kondo and have heaps to unload from your own wardrobe, you might want to consider selling them within this space. All you have to do is pay a $20 registration fee and weekly rental of $40 to sell up to 100 pieces of clothing to fellow bargain hunters in store.

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Stroll around Clementi Woods Park

The small neighbourhood park has a shady tree-lined trail, making it ideal for a stroll or jog at any time of the day. If you want to ramp up the workout, the sloping hills and stairs
add a challenging element to your route. Since 2007, Clementi Woods Park has been a learning park for the students of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, where they implement their ideas and experiments within its grounds.

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