Fifty years ago, Serangoon made a name for itself as an expat enclave. The quiet town was home to British soldiers and their families in the 1950s. Now, the quaint North-East suburban town is awash with cool, contemporary cafés, restaurants and shops that stand alongside all-time supper favourites. Take a stroll down the tranquil neighbourhood and discover the hidden gems tucked along its endearing small streets.
What to do
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Work those leg muscles and break a sweat along the running tracks of Serangoon Stadium housed within the Sport Centre. Alternatively, cool off by dipping your toes in the swimming complex. If you’re up for a friendly match, grab your racket and swing a serve or smash at the Burghley Squash and Tennis Centre.
Where to eat
Get your dose of caffeine with The Aftertaste’s selection of freshly brewed specialty coffee (from $3) including the house blend Bold Heart that is roasted in Singapore. Balance the bitter yet smooth flavour with oven-fresh croissants and sweet treats such the Matcha Strawberry ($7.50) and Madagascar Speculoos Crunch ($7.50).
It doesn’t matter if you’re perking up for the morning or having a late-night craving, this bustling 24-hour restaurant will sort you out with prata (from $1.50) accompanied with an extensive range of curries and hot teh tarik ($1.60). Besides its specialty South and North Indian comfort food, it also serves local favourites like mee goreng ($6.60), satay ($11 for 10 sticks) and roti John (from $4.40).
After a long day, kick back and relax – Aussie style – with wine and tapas at this bistro and bar. Guzzle down pasta and gourmet pizza but not without ordering up its original Australian chicken parmigiana ($23). And if you’re there on the weekend, have brekkie your way by building your own plate.
Aficionados of cured curds of all stripes will appreciate the reasonable prices of the cheeses offered here. Besides artisan cheese, this narrow store also stocks a myriad of boutique vinos, French cold cuts, fresh bread and pastries, and home- cooking provisions that will soothe even the most homesick expat.
What was once a popular private dining set-up is now finally a
full-fledged restaurant. Fans should already know about chef
Gan Ming Kiat who spent time in the kitchens of Candlenut
and Goto. His omakase-style menu combines Singapore
flavours with Japanese cooking techniques.