Believe it or not, there's actually more to Coronation than the Botanic Gardens and ginormous mansions. Located within the Bukit Timah neighbourhood, the area is home to a number of restaurants, cafés and shops. Here's a cheat sheet on things to do while you're in the 'hood.
Restaurants and cafés
Assembly Coffee gets a sibling café in the Coronation neigbourhood. Atlas Coffeehouse is owners Daphne Goh and Lionel Ang realisation of a goal to serve more hot food than Assembly's tiny kitchen can handle. Atlas only opened its doors in mid-January, but dishes like creamy mushrooms on sourdough ($12) with the option to add a sunny side ($2) or scrambled eggs ($3), and glazed salmon and a fried egg with crisped edges on soba noodles ($17) are their early stars. Assembly's ever-popular waffles ($12-$14) are also on the menu here, and Atlas has also introduced pancakes topped with caramelised bananas or honeycomb ice cream ($18) to its desserts menu – more sweets are on the way, including a pavlova topped with lemon curd and berry compote. If you plan on being productive after a meal like that, the coffee programme's ($3.50-$4.50) worth buying into. Two Degrees South has designed different blends for them with Land's chocolate and nutty flavours coming in as a safe bet, and Air a lighter Ethiopian roast with welcome acidity. Sea is a rotational assortment of seasonal single-origins.
The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough
The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough is a Muslim-owned bakery and café that specialises in, you guessed it, sourdough. Loaves, cookies and other pastries fly out of the oven every day – there’s also sandwiches, pizzas and toasts if you want a sit-down meal.
Nestled in the heart of the Botanic Gardens is The Garage, a new two-storey F&B concept with a café named Bee’s Knees on the ground floor and restaurant/bar Botanico on the second. Bee’s Knees is more of a first date joint, where you can have coffee and sandwiches in a casual setting, but if you’re looking to take things to the next level (quite literally), Botanico has a menu driven by the seasons, featuring dishes like lamb tartare, cured and grilled Spanish mackerel, and braised pork belly with sherry sour sauce.
Elsewhere on Coronation...
If public pools don’t cut it for you, check out this branch of Happy Fish swimming schools. It’s got an indoor pool regulated at a comfortable 30 to 32ºC, and specialises in lessons for toddlers (two to four years) and infants (four to 23 months). Fees start from $400 for 12 classes.