Your ultimate GE2015 guide to makan places near rally sites: South edition

This one covers rally sites in Holland-Bukit Timah, Jalan Besar, Mountbatten, Potong Pasir, Radin Mas, Tanjong Pagar and CBD.

By Mothership | September 4, 2015

Food is abundant. Especially in Singapore, it’s all around us. Turn left and you see food. Turn right and you see more food. Close your eyes and once you open them, voila, food.

But it’s the hustings. So if you fail to plan (for food), you are planning to fail.

It’s okay. We shall help you plan — where to eat!

You’ll also need to head home after the rally, and for that, we strongly advise against waiting for taxis or trying to get Uber or GrabCarsas they’ll very likely be few and far between. Public transport is the way to go.

Without further ado, for rally sites in the South (see our North, East and West editions too):

Holland-Bukit Timah GRC

Rally location 1: Field along Commonwealth Ave, beside Commonwealth MRT Station
Makan location: Two Chefs (116 Commonwealth Crescent #01-129)
A popular tze char stall amongst residents here. Top-selling dishes include Butter Pork Ribs (with milk powder sprinkled on top) and Salted Egg Yolk Pork Ribs.

Screenshot from Instagram user @activetvglobal
Screenshot from Instagram user @activetvglobal

Rally location 2: Field in front of Blk 204 Clementi Avenue 6
Makan locations: The Clementi Avenue 3 cluster has plenty of food to offer:
– Clementi Mall has Seoul Garden Restaurant, Sushi Express as well as Thai Express.

– City Vibe next door has Blackball Dessert.

– 321 Clementi also houses the cheap perennial favourite Saizeriya, and there’s also

– Block 448 Market and Food Centre

Jalan Besar GRC

Screenshot from Instagram user @giselleong
Screenshot from Instagram user @giselleong

Rally location 1: Field in front of Blk 4 Boon Keng Road
Makan locations: Walk out to either Serangoon or Bendeemer Road. Nearest MRT is Farrer Park, estimated 10 min walk away

Right over there is City Square mall, but there are also a few kopitiams in the area, such as Li Yuan Food Court Kopitiam (next to Gap Year Hostel at 322 Lavender St), and Fu You Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant (310 Lavender St). If you’re really early, just hop over to the cafes in the Jalan Besar area a few streets down!

Screenshot from Instagram user @nakamasaniwa
Screenshot from Instagram user @nakamasaniwa

Rally location 2: Field opposite Blk 16 Jalan Tenteram
Makan locations: 
– Whampoa Makan Place Hawker Centre (90 Whampoa Dr) would be one of your better bets around the area – we hear Hoover’s Rojak there is a must-try!
– Whampoa Community Club (300 Whampoa Dr), an estimated 10 min walk.

Mountbatten SMC

Google Street View image
Google Street View image

Rally location: Field between Stadium Road and Stadium Blvd
Makan locations: (All within walking distance!) Kallang Wave Mall Foodfare (air-conditioned too!); Leisure Park Kallang Koufu and Geylang is just nearby.

Potong Pasir SMC

Screenshot from Google Street View
Screenshot from Google Street View

Rally location: Field opposite 120 Potong Pasir Avenue 1
Makan locations: 
– New Trend Eating House (120 Potong Pasir Avenue 1)
– 148 Potong Pasir Avenue 1

Radin Mas SMC

Screenshot from Instagram user @y2jingaojiak
Screenshot from Instagram user @y2jingaojiak

Rally location: Delta Hockey Pitch, 900 Tiong Bahru Road
Makan location: Redhill Food Centre offers an array of local food that will delight any local tastebuds. We recommend Nan Heng Hainanese Chicken Rice.

Tanjong Pagar GRC

Screenshot from Instagram user @rice_cow
Screenshot from Instagram user @rice_cow

Rally location 1: Queenstown Stadium.
Makan locations: Walk along Commonwealth Ave. Nearest MRT is Queenstown MRT, estimated 10 min walk
– Mei Ling Food Centre (159 Mei Ling St) is well-known among many Singaporeans, head over to fill up at Ah Pang Steamboat Seafood and Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice before attending your rallies.
– Al Zaman Eating House (158 Mei Ling St) is a good option for Halal diners.

Photo from Wildfire Burgers Facebook page
Photo from Wildfire Burgers Facebook page

Rally location 2: Sports field in front of MOE, 21 Evans Road
Makan locations: The 26 Evans Road stretch should need no introduction to foodies and Instagrammers, with Assembly Coffee and Wildfire. Those after something a little more Singaporean could get their prata and the tarik fix at Mr Prata.

Lunchtime rally, CBD

Photo from BK Eating House Facebook page
Photo from BK Eating House Facebook page

Rally location: Promenade area beside UOB Plaza
Makan locations:
– Circular Road — There are numerous restaurants along Boat Quay but we recommend BK Eating House on Circular Road (32 South Bridge Rd) for those who want to relive their post-Butter Factory suppers.
– McDonald’s next to UOB Plaza 2
– Raffles XChange at Raffles Place MRT station offers food options like Soup Spoon, TCC and Coffee & Toast. Upstairs you’ll find Change Alley/The Arcade, with fancy coffee or salad cafes.
-Lau Pa Sat, if you are willing to brave the heat, offers a variety of choices.


Check out our makan recommendations for other rally sites in Singapore — NorthEast and West.


Top photo from Wildlife Burgers Singapore.

With input from Lydia Shah, Sarah Tan, Matthias Ang, Eisabess Chee and Damon Yeo. 

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