Worldwide icon-chevron-right Asia icon-chevron-right Singapore icon-chevron-right The ultimate guide to Pasir Ris
Pasir Ris Park Mangrove Boardwalk
Photograph: Ravenblack7575/Flickr

The ultimate guide to Pasir Ris

Journey to the far east of Singapore for some fun under the sun at the beach, mangrove forest, and massive water park

By Cam Khalid
Advertising

Take a one-way (MRT) trip to the far east of Singapore, and you'll find more than just the beach, chalets, and army boys. Historically, Pasir Ris dates back to 1844 when it was first mentioned in land surveyor John Turnbull Thomson's map as 'Passier Reis'. This could have been derived from the words 'pasir' (sand in Malay) and 'hiris' (to shred or slice in Malay), which could reference the white sandy beachfront.

Like many neighbourhoods, it was once a kampong before it made way for residential estates and recreation areas such as Downtown East and Wild Wild Wet. But even after its modern makeover, this tranquil side of the city remains a breezy escape for laid-back locals and nature lovers.

RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Jurong and the ultimate guide to Tampines

Do

Pasir Ris Park
Photograph: NParks

Pasir Ris Park

Attractions Beaches Pasir Ris

Be one with nature at this beach-park-mangrove forest combo. Located by the stunning coastline, Pasir Ris Park features playgrounds and maze gardens where the kids can burn some energy, and barbecue pits where the adults can fire up the grill for a family cookout. But for a spot of wildlife, bird-watch from the three-story viewing tower, and explore the six-hectare mangrove forest via the boardwalk. If you're lucky, you might spot mudskippers, tree-climbing crabs, and also monitor lizards in the waters. 

Gallop Stable
Photograph: Gallop Stable/Facebook

Gallop Stable @ Pasir Ris

Things to do Raffles Place

Saddle up – horse riding isn’t just for trust fund babies or polo players. Start your new passion by picking up horse riding as a leisure activity. Gallop Stable provides beginner classes in the form of private or group lessons (from $45), where you'll learn the basic principles of riding such as leading your horse, mounting, the correct riding position, walking, trotting, stopping, and safely dismounting. The little ones can have a go on the pony rides ($10).

Advertising
Wild Wild Wet
Photograph: Wild Wild Wet

Wild Wild Wet

Things to do Pasir Ris

From rapid flume rides to four-storey slides and wave pools, there's no shortage of fun at this water park in the east. The little ones can take it easy in the meandering river or splash around in Yippie!, a shallow sloshing area. The Yakult Professor’s Playground – with its slides, ladders, water cannons and fountains – will entertain older kids for hours. More adventurous ones can take on an exhilarating trip down the Ular-Lah raft slide, complete with high, banked corners and 360-degree spins. Otherwise unleash your inner daredevil for the 19-metre-tall Vortex.

HiRoller Indoor Skating Rink
Photograph: HiRoller Indoor Skating Rink

HiRoller Indoor Skating Rink

Things to do Pasir Ris

Show off your fancy footwork while burning around 250 calories every 30 minutes like they do in the '70s at this roller skating rink at E!Hub @ Downtown East. It offers state-of-the-art experiences on both inline and roller skates – think disco lighting and thumping music. Don't worry about falling flat on your face – there are inline skating athletes and certified instructors to guide you through your glide. It's also a great spot to introduce the kids to both inline and roller skates.

Advertising
D'resort
Photograph: Downtown East

D'resort

Hotels Pasir Ris

Make your trip to this side of town more memorable with a stay at D’Resort. Sure, the name leaves much to be D’sired, but the quiet surroundings and affordable prices make it worthy digs for your next staycation. For large gatherings, check out the Mangrove Walk rooms, which have two queen beds, a balcony, and access to the BBQ pit. Families can book a stay at the Rainforest Family decked with themed bunk beds and decor. Don't forget to pack sunscreen and swimwear for a splash at its next neighbor – Wild Wild Wet.

Eat

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre
Photograph: Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre/NTUC Foodfare

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre

Restaurants Pasir Ris

Managed by NTUC Foodfare, this hawker centre is designed to bring the next generation of hawkers, or hawkerpreneurs, together under one roof. It's home to 42 stalls, so expect a good mix of traditional street food and modern, fusion fare. On the first floor, you'll find the usual suspects – from ayam penyet and Hokkien mee to bak chor mee and fish soup. Upstairs, you'll discover innovative plates and Instagram-worthy nosh like Thai boat noodles, Cajun seafood boils and healthy grain bowls – hardly the hawker staples we’re accustomed to.

yumen hut
Photograph: Yumen Hut

Yumen Hut

Restaurants Pasir Ris

Opened in 2008 as a casual dining spot for handmade noodles at E!Hub @ Downtown East, Yumen Hut has become a favourite among Eastsiders for comforting ban mian and you mian dishes at affordable prices – most cost less than $5 a pop. Its snaking queues even resulted in a second outlet next door at Market Square @ Downtown East, complete with alfresco dining. The noodles here are made using vegetable juice for that rich umami flavour. Besides the classics, the menu also features pasta sauce pumpkin noodles and laksa paprika noodles if you're feeling adventurous.

Advertising
Cottage Pies Cafe
Photograph: Cottage Pies Café

Cottage Pies Café

Restaurants Pasir Ris

Follow the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to this cosy little cottage located in the corner of White Sands Mall. Have your fill of New Zealand-style crispy pastries that are freshly baked in-house. Take your pick from the savoury chicken and beef pies to the sweet chocolate banana pies, and pair it up with a warm cuppa. If you've got a sweet tooth, the café also does mini roll cakes with fresh vanilla cream and chocolate eclairs.

Rasa Istimewa Restaurant @ Pasir Ris
Photograph: Rasa Istimewa

Rasa Istimewa Restaurant @ Pasir Ris

Restaurants Seafood Pasir Ris

If exploring Pasir Ris Park got you working up an appetite, take a break at Rasa Istimewa Restaurant, located within the park itself. This Halal restaurant prides itself for its mouth-watering local dishes including chilli crab, nonya curry fish head, and barbecue seafood at reasonable prices. It also features an indoor and outdoor dining area, so that you can savour the flavour while soaking up nature's beauty. Unlike its sister restaurants, it also has a café with the latest magazines, charging points for your mobile devices, and free Wi-Fi, so that you can dine with a peace of mind.

Advertising
mukshidonna
Photograph: Mukshidonna

Mukshidonna

Restaurants Pasir Ris

Calling itself a 'Toppoki' restaurant, Mukshidonna is the place to go for delicious budae jjigae, a Korean spicy sausage stew. Choose from a variety of soup bases from bulgogi (beef) and budae (chicken sausage) to mussels and mushroom (and if you want the extra kick, add $1 to make it spicier). You can further expand your dish with add-ons like eggs, scallops and odaeng (fishcake), as well as fried rice and noodles. The literal translation of the name is: eat (muk), rest (shi), pay (don) and leave (na) – so get Mukshidonna.  

Drink

Georges MADBar
Photograph: Georges MADBar

Georges @ The Cove

Restaurants Pasir Ris

Nothing beats chilling at this 'friendly neighbourhood bar' by Pasir Ris beach. Booze-wise, it has everything including blended Scotch whiskey, single malt whiskey, wine, bourbon, gin, tequila, rum, and vodka sitting on its shelves. Otherwise, couple your ice-cold beers with Western grill faves such as the signature Georges burger, beer-battered fish and chips, and barbecue chicken. Enjoy it all with the cool sea breeze, occasional live band or sports screenings, and if you're feeling a lil' competitive, hit up a friendly game of pool with your buddies after a meal.

Ohana Beach House
Photograph: Adventure Paddlers

Ohana Beach House

Bars and pubs Pasir Ris

Besides offering watersports experiences, Adventure Paddlers also spearheads this seaside bar which makes a breezy escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The beach house has a large selection of beers, spirits, and even coffee for you to enjoy under the moonlight. As for quick bites to go with your drinks, it has salads, sandwiches, mac and cheese, and buffalo wings on the menu. The bar also has darts, pool and foosball table for some friendly games with your mates.

 

Advertising
Forest4 Darts Café
Photograph: Forest4 Darts Café

Forest4 Darts Cafe

Bars and pubs Pasir Ris

Try to hit a bullseye after a couple of drinks – we dare you. This forest themed café/bar takes darts to a whole new level with 18 Dartslive2 electronic dartboards lining the walls of the 2,200-square-foot space. However, it doesn't play games when it comes to booze – there's a cut-off time at 10.15pm. Nonetheless, Happy Hour runs until 8pm for its draught beers and bottled beers, but if your poison is wine, soju, cocktail, or housepour, those are available over the counter too. There are also non-alcoholic drinks including the classic kopi, as well as bar bites like korean chicken, nacho cheese chicken, and cheese tofu if you need to refuel for the next throw.

Shop

Owndays
Photograph: Owndays

Owndays

Shopping Opticians Pasir Ris

Need a fresh pair of spectacles? Look no further than the local eyewear brand Owndays. It offers a simple price system from $98 to $198 with frames in over 1,500 styles, including in-house brand lines. Expect them fitted with high index aspheric lenses that come with UV protection and dust-resistant coating. After getting your eyes checked and paying for your chosen pair, you'll only have to wait around 20 minutes until your glasses are completely processed and ready to wear – talk about fuss-free.

The Green Party
Photograph: The Green Party

The Green Party

Shopping Lifestyle Pasir Ris

All about green living, this lifestyle store is a one-stop-shop for everything from quality houseware and kitchen supplies with playful designs to innovative office stationery and fashion accessories. You'll even find sustainable wares for your zero-waste journey as the brand takes pride in its eco-friendly practices and practical substantiality through its product innovation. With its eye-catching designs, you won't be able to resist grabbing a shopping basket for your fill.

More neighbourhood guides

Advertising
Recommended

    You may also like

      Advertising