Whether you’re looking to break the monotony of your daily commute or simply buying time to escape rush hour, hit up one of these diverse offerings around key SMRT stations to add some flavour to your commute.
Start your journey in the heart of Singapore’s CBD, Raffles Place. Grab a healthy breakfast from SF Farm Mart @ Raffles Xchange. This no-frills store offers an extensive range of affordable air-flown fruits and guilt-free snacks. If you’re lucky, catch one of its live-cooking demonstrations to learn how to whip up a simple yet nutritious meal.
#B1-01/04/05, Raffles Xchange.
If you’re looking for something a little more filling, head to Waa Cow for its flame-torched wagyu beef rice bowls. Alternatively, there’s Roji Chaseki, a Japanese tea shop set up by the founder of Gryphon Tea Company and Jigae Jigae, which specialises in Korean stews made from a rich collagen stock.
#B1-63/#B1-64/#B1-65, Raffles Xchange.
Ang Mo Kio
Sample the array of convenient takeaway meals Chef-in-Box Vendcafé has to offer. This one-of-a-kind “café” may well be the future of food. It houses vending machines that dish out everything from thoughtfully prepared hot meals to light refreshments in under 3 minutes, allowing for fuss-free dining at any hour of the day. Crowd favourites include seafood hor fun, nasi biryani and butter chicken with cumin rice.
#01-01, Ang Mo Kio Xchange.
Hop on board the North-South MRT line and commute up to Ang Mo Kio station. It’s home to Juewei, a snack food shop hawking dishes like braised duck neck and mala edamame. Fuel up quickly at the station or buy one of its take-home packs to enjoy the moreish Chinese specialties in the comfort of your home later.
#01-06, Ang Mo Kio Xchange.
Take the MRT further up north to Yishun MRT station and you’ll find everything you need to prepare dinner at NTUC FairPrice supermarket. Conveniently located within the station, the supermarket also sells personal care products just in case you need to stock up.
#01-02, Yishun MRT Station.
Pamper and polish
Nothing says “treat yo’self” like a fresh mani-pedi. Decked out in rustic wood, the cosy Maco Nail Spa is the perfect place to pamper yourself after a hectic day. Get a classic mani-pedi for just under $50 or a long-lasting gel manicure for $88. Conveniently located within Holland Village MRT, there’s no excuse for your digits to go unpolished.
#B1-01, Holland Village MRT Station.