There’s more to a Friday to Sunday than lounging on the sofa and swiping across the device screen to load another drama ( though that’s perfectly fun too..) Coffee at a hip café or a day out with friends. Why not mark places on the Google map, jump into the car and head out! From the crowd conscious family, the everyman catching up with friends and everyone else in between; here are 10 places to drive to this weekend- all urban yet offbeat.
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Every Singaporean worth their Swedish meatballs knows about the furniture juggernaut called IKEA. Flip through the glossy book, inspect that single frame bed and have a nice brunch with the kids. It’s almost easy to pack the family in a car and head down for a dose of meatballs, wings and sauce. The cheap parking (free if you buy $15 worth of products) is a nice touch too.
317 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159965
60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764
Tel: 6786 6868
More info about parking available at their website, ikea.com.
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TOYOGO is easy to get to if you live near Toa Payoh- until you realize the set of plastic large storage boxes isn’t going to walk up the bus steps by themselves. Reach the industrial park early, try not to park on the double yellow line and drive off happy with your purchases. The missus will be happy with the new set of drawers and it’s an easy task to remove them from the boot.
TOYOGO Showroom: Blk 11 Toa Payoh Industrial Park Lorong 8 #01-1207 Singapore 319063
Tel: 6251 8747
BLK 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1
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The unassuming blue roofed BLK 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1 is located near Alexandra Road and often dubbed that ‘angmoh kopitiam’. All stalls there offer western meals ranging from succulent pork knuckle to lattes. Food blogs say the quality fluctuates but trust your own stomach- head down with some friends and share a big plate of crunchy chicken wings. Avoid the lunch and dinner crowds and come early, parking is limited.
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Famous clay pot rice, hokkien mee, curry rice. There’s no limit to local cuisine at ABC Brickworks. Bring pals who are tired of Maxwell market and indulge. There’s no lunch hour limit on weekends, sit down with some teh/kopi and shoot the breeze.
ABC Brickworks: 6 Jln Bkt Merah Singapore 15000
JACOB BALLAS CHILDREN’S GARDEN
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A part of the Botanic Gardens is reserved specially for kids. Located a short drive away from the Bukit Timah road lies the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. Let the children run wild and experience some outdoor fun. Mums and Dads, take the tablet away and lead your kid to the star of the playground garden- the two storey treehouse. Dora on the ipad has nothing on that.
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore Botanic Gardens (NUS Bukit Timah entrance), Singapore 259569
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If rainy weather and hazy skies deter families from outdoor play areas, SAFRA’s KidzAmaze is a great alternative. No treehouse no problem, the 3 storey slide (SAFRA Jurong), jungle gym and ball pit provide hours of fun. Just remember to bring socks for everyone!
KidzAmaze (Jurong SAFRA): 333 Boon Lay Way, 649848, Tel: 6686 4333
KidzAmaze (Toa Payoh SAFRA): 293 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, 310190, Tel: 6355 4551
BUKIT BATOK’S ‘LITTLE GUILIN’
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Bukit Batok Town Park and the surrounding park connectors (hint: visit Bukit Batok’s reserve) have sights that locals- aside from flying out the country- will rarely get to see. The ‘Little Guilin’ quarry cliffs at the town park are a complete turn from the typical hi-rise buildings that form Singapore’s urban jungle. Great jogging and exercise place aside, it’s great to just relax in the pockets of forest left.
Bukit Batok Town Park: Near Bukit Batok East Ave 5
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Mention hi-rise buildings in Singapore during a conversation and [email protected] will come up. Contrasting the nature parks of SG, the 50th storey skybridge offers instagram worthy and DSLR perfect panoramic views of Singapore’s cityscape. The skybridge is a great stopover before heading the hipster part of town for dinner- Keong Saik Road and Chinatown is but a quick drive away.
[email protected] :1 Cantonment Road, Singapore
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With Gallop Stables, horseriding has become more accessible to the public. There’s no need for fancy memberships; the packages are open to to everyone. If you’ve always harbored a secret ambition to be a cowboy, dust off that cowboy hat and meet the horses! Skip the usual weekend cycling at ECP and try riding one of the oldest mode of transport. Horsy smell and sore behind included.
Horse City Gallop Stables (Punggol): 900 Punggol Road Singapore 829168
More branch locations info can be found at http://www.gallopstable.com/
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There’s lots of retail space at The Grandstand, where the horse races of yesteryear were held. With a huge variety of F&B, education, hypermarket and the much talked about Pasar Bella food market, The Grandstand stands it’s own against other shopping centres in Singapore. The parking is free too! Some of our car rental Singapore partners are situated at turf city as well!
These places are just a very random part of what Singapore has to offer. There’s cafe hopping. Cat cafes- the new trend. Dinners at your favorite restaurant or a leisurely stroll through the local park. Don’t say bo jio, take the first step and grab some family and friends to soak up that weekend!
The Grandstand : 200 Turf Club Rd, 287994
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