We round up where to eat, hang out and what to do while you're in Punggol
By Nicole-Marie Ng|
The waterfront heartland of Punggol is home to streams, reservoirs and an energetic atmosphere that sees it constantly pulsing with life. Watch fitness enthuasiasts out on jogs with their puppies, as well as families tucking into seafood feasts and children having a whale of a time at water parks.
Seafood restaurants such as House of Seafood, Jing Long Seafood Restaurant and Punggol Settlement dominate this stretch of eateries located at the tip of Punggol. Feast on dishes such as chilli crab, cereal prawns and steamed fish while soaking in magnificient waterfront views. The ever-popular White Restaurant is also loated withing the compound – an offshoot of the original outlet in Sembawang, this branch doles out plates of the restaurant's signature white bee hoon that's paked with seafood like prawns and squid.
Boasting a large outdoor veranda that looks out at Punggol Serangoon Reservoir, Whisk and Paddle is a tranquil oasis that's perfect for a leisurely meal. The café serves a range of pasta and thin-crust pizza alongside bar bites if you prefer something light to pair with an ice cold beer. The family-friendly space even has a small playground to keep the kids entertained as you enjoy date night with your other half.
While the train might be the most convenient way to head to Punggol, try making your way to this heartland by bike via the North Eastern Riverine Loop of the Park Connector Network. You’ll be rewarded with lush verdant views and glistening bodies of water at Punggol Waterway Park, one of four parks linked by the loop. Make a pit-stop at the water playground, a fun splash zone for the kids to while away the hours in, or settle into one of the park’s many benches to revel in the cool breeze as the sun sets.
Make a splash at this indoor water playground (from $8, free for babies below 18 months old) that covers a whopping 23,000sq ft. Set to the theme of an ‘Enchanted Deep Sea’, this mega play facility has five slides and eight play decks, all interconnected by climbing structures. Big buckets of water topple at random over a few areas, so expect most of the children here to cluster around that splash pad for a good soaking.
Bikes @ Waterway has got all your cycling needs covered. Buy a refurbished bicycle or rent one from $8 an hour and coast through the park at top speed. The shop even offers two and four-seater bikes for couples and those riding with younger children, so you won’t have to worry about novice cyclists feeling left out.
Waterway Point is a suburban lifestyle hub that offers an array of dining and shopping options. You’ll find big names brands like H&M and London Fat Duck among more independent labels such as A Tilly A Day, a small shop that carries air plants, cacti and other materials to make your very own terrarium to pretty up your office desk.