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The ultimate guide to Potong Pasir

Culture, nature, and exceptional dining spots come together in this idyllic hood

Written by
Michelle Yee
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Located between Toa Payoh and Sennett Estate, Potong Pasir is one of the rare few estates left in Singapore that is seemingly void of mega malls and tall buildings. In fact, residents living in the neighbourhood often cite the estate’s laidback kampong charm as one of the main reasons why they love living in the area. Other plus points include its convenient location in the central region of Singapore and its close proximity to a slew of amenities as well as to nature and greenery. Here are some places to explore when you are in the hood. 

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Do

  • Things to do
  • Toa Payoh

A host to a slew of interest groups, Potong Pasir Community Club, located just a few minutes walk away from the train station, offers plenty of opportunities to try out new activities and pick up a new sport. Among the unique ones to consider include archery. Being one of the few community clubs in Singapore to have its own indoor archery range, it welcomes archers of all levels to make the most of the facility, which is equipped with quality archery equipment. There are also lessons offered to beginners keen to pick up fundamental archery skills. 

ABC Waters @ Kallang River (Potong Pasir)
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ABC Waters @ Kallang River (Potong Pasir)

If you’re looking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, ABC Waters @ Kallang River offers a lovely change of scenery. Spanning close to two kilometres, the waterway, which connects Potong Pasir to Bishan Park and all the way to Kallang Waterway, is great for taking nice leisurely strolls or even short runs. Find ABC Waters @ Kallang River (Potong Pasir) located between Potong Pasir Avenue and St Andrew’s Junior School. 

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  • Things to do
  • Toa Payoh

A popular hangout spot among dog owners, Potong Pasir Dog Park is situated within walking distance from Potong Pasir MRT Station and is well-loved for offering ample space for dogs to roam and run freely. Despite being located within HDB estates, the park is spacious and well organised with well-maintained grass patches. Dog owners will also appreciate that there are designated pathways for people to walk, so they don’t risk stepping on unpleasant material. Amenities include benches and a tap, which can be used to rinse your dog after their activity. 

  • Attractions
  • Religious buildings and sites
  • Toa Payoh

One of the best ways to discover Singapore’s multi-religious and multi-racial society is to take time to explore the various temples, mosques and churches that are situated across our island. One notable temple to visit when you are in the Potong Pasir neighbourhood is Sri Siva Durga Temple, which is home to the deities Shiva and Durga. First erected on Lavender Street in 1906, and then on St. Georges Road in the 1960s, the sacred site finally found a permanent home in Potong Pasir in the 1980s. Not just a place of worship and prayer, this temple also holds various educational programmes and performing arts activities. Stop by to offer up prayers or simply to appreciate the stunning architecture, murals and sculptures, which were constructed by sculptors, architects and skilled workers from India. 

Eat and drink

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Toa Payoh

Owner Shan Chew started Folk Yard with the intention of bringing exceptional sandwiches and coffee to the neighbourhood. Almost one year on, the cosy café is drawing foodies from all over the island. Offering a concise menu of six sandwich selections, the Breakfast Sandwich ($16) and the Patty Melt ($17) are some of their most popular creations. The former comprises a decadent combination of cheesy scrambled eggs, maple hash browns and candied bacon, sandwiched between two thick and fluffy slices of shokupan bread, while the latter consists of caramelised onions, gruyere cheese and a perfectly grilled wagyu patty, packed between crusty sourdough bread.

Come evening, diners can look forward to a different menu offering scrumptious sourdough pizzas at pocket-friendly prices – we highly recommend the burrata ($19), a creamy, savoury and sweet pie that is chock-full of cheese, strawberry jam, balsamic and candied walnuts. 

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Toa Payoh

Not just another local heartland café, Kizuna, which means “close relationships forged through mutual trust and support” is a key gathering spot where Potong Pasir residents get together and bond over good food and coffee. 

In the day, guests can unwind over excellent coffee and cakes, and in the evening, the place transforms into a modern izakaya serving a great selection of sake and an extensive array of modern Japanese dishes like ankimo (monkfish liver) kaya sourdough ($15), negitoro kueh pie tee ($20 for 3 pieces), uni cream pasta ($15), and hotate carpaccio ($20). The menu, created in collaboration with local chef Angus Chow, changes depending on the availability of ingredients – check their online menu for the latest offerings. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Toa Payoh

Located under a HDB block just minutes away from Potong Pasir MRT Station, Rise is an unassuming café that serves incredible desserts made with premium quality ingredients. Start with the brown butter waffles ($7.90), which we recommend topping with gelato – some notable flavours include the black sesame, lemon curd speculoos and blue milk vanilla ($3.90 for single scoop, $7.50 for double scoop). Their signature cakes are equally impressive, offering the perfect balance of flavours and textures. Try the yuzu mascarpone cheesecake ($8.20), featuring rich, creamy cheese and yuzu puree atop a golden graham cracker base, and the black sesame kinako cake ($8.20), featuring a black sesame sponge with soy chantilly cream and black sesame ganache. 

  • Restaurants
  • Hawker
  • Toa Payoh

This prawn noodle stall alone is a good enough reason to warrant a visit to the Potong Pasir neighbourhood. Reputed for serving some of the best prawn noodles in Singapore, River South (Hoe Nam) has been around for more than five decades, and it’s easy to see why they continue to draw snaking crowds – their broth is one of the best we’ve tried. Prepared with prawn heads and shells and simmered with pork ribs for more than 8 hours, the broth is rich and full of umami flavours. The pork ribs big prawn noodles (from $9.70) is a must-try – we prefer the dry version (with the soup served separately), featuring fresh and plump prawns and tender ribs served atop a bed of noodles tossed in their housemade chilli sauce. Other popular offerings include the small prawn pig’s tails noodles (from $9.70) and the baby abalone big prawn noodles (from $18.70). 

Shop

  • Shopping
  • Grocery stores
  • Toa Payoh

Fans of Japanese snacks should check out Every, an under-the-radar Japanese convenience store located just a short walking distance from Potong Pasir MRT Station. Stocked with a wide variety of Japanese snacks, cooked meals and condiments, it'll leave shoppers and snack lovers spoilt for choice. Check out the cup noodles section that is chockful of unique flavours like clam chowder, curry udon, Sapporo shrimp miso and more. There is even a café within the convenience store, which serves scrumptious dishes like potato croquettes with different fillings like chestnuts and cheese. Other notable dishes to try include the oden, chicken karaage, and omu curry rice. 

  • Shopping
  • Raffles Place

Why pay more when you can get your household essentials at half the price? The next time you need to stock up on necessities, swing by ABC Bargain Centre, offering an extensive array of items, from toiletries like detergent, soap and shampoo to snacks, drinks and more. Expect to make greater savings when you shop here as the items are priced less than what you would pay in most department stores. 

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