15 places along the new Downtown Line 2 to eat & visit because we’ve helpfully put them into a list
So, the Downtown Line 2 opened on Dec. 27, 2015 and all rides are free-of-charge until Jan. 1, 2016.
Other than embark on joy rides, why not explore the following places you wouldn’t have considered going to in the first place if not for this shiny new blue addition to the MRT network map?
Bukit Panjang (DT1)
You may remember this post making its rounds on Facebook a few months back.
As reviewer MakanSusa had put it: “In my defence, why would I travel to Bukit Panjang, a place that don’t (sic) even have its own MRT (yet) to eat instant noodles?”
Indeed, unless you’re a rabid ke kou mian aficionado or a Bukit Panjang resident with an hour to kill, you wouldn’t tediously make your way to a rather inaccessible coffee shop in the west side Singapore for a dish that sounds just as replicable in your own kitchen. But the Hai Xian Zhu Zhou Koka noodles advocates will tell you otherwise! True or not, you can no longer avoid the responsibility of making your own verdict.
Oh, and remember Douglas Ng, the 24-year-old fishball noodles hawker-entrepreneur who lost out on a tender for the Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre?
The spanking new edifice opens on Dec. 29 so perhaps you might want to hop down on the next train and judge if the stalls who have made the cut are indeed offering up fare that is worth the sacrifice of a young man’s dreams.
1. Hai Xian Zhu Zhou
Blk 163A Gangsa Road, 670163
Open from 3:00AM to 2:00PM daily except Thursday
2. Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre and Market
259 Bukit Panjang Ring Rd, 671259
Open 12 hours a day, six days a week
Hup Choon Eating House is a gem tucked away along Upper Bukit Timah Road.
Housed in its midst is first of all Beng’s Old School Bak Kut Teh.
Time flies so quickly and it’s the final week of 2015! Be it good or bad times, food is still a must in my life! 😋😍 #vsco #vscocam #vscocamonly #vscophotos #vscovisuals #vscophile #vsco_you #vscofood #vscogood #vscovibes #instafood #burpple #whatiate #sgigfoodies #singaporefood #sgfood #sgfoodie #foodie #sgfoodunion #sgfoodtrend #igsg #igfood #food #foodpic #foodshot #foodstagram #foodoftheday #foodphotography #foodlover #fooddiary
Then there is also Ga Hock Seafood, famed for its salt baked crab and curry fish head.
The famous salt-baked crab! A photo posted by Tony (@tonytitanium) on
Friday night calls for a feast! My fav zi char stall but I seriously think the claypot curry fish head has shrunk! #singapore #igsg #sgig #sgfood #sgeats #sgfoodies #sgweekends #tgif #curryfishhead #zichar #jiaklocal #vscocam #trulyasia #vscofood #instafood #igdaily #foodgasm #foodporn #hungrygowhere #seafood #sgrestaurant #foodies #y2foodtrail #y2eats #mysingaporeanexperience #burpple A photo posted by y2eats (@y2jingaojiak) on
For our Muslim friends, fret not: Your halal craving will be sated with Indian curry fish head and a curry-laden feast at Karu’s Indian Banana Leaf Restaurant.
Had yummy #fishheadcurry with ma family. ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ #foodporn #indiancuisine #sgfood #howamigonnalivewithoutlocalfood A photo posted by Joan Hailey C (@joanhaileycwy) on
How could these sumptuous foods ever pave the path to your palate without the newly opened Downtown Line station nearby?
3. Hup Choon Eating House
794 Upper Bukit Timah Road, 678175
Open from 4:00PM to 11:00PM daily
4. Karu’s Indian Banana Leaf Restaurant
808 Upper Bukit Timah Road, 678144
Open from 10:30am to 10:00pm daily except Monday
A very obvious choice for cuisine here is Rail Mall. What is worth mentioning more, however, is the Rail Corridor that plods along after you get past the stretch of eateries — for you wouldn’t go out of your way to get to one of the most picturesque and overly-Instagrammed places in Singapore (now that our very own Instagram tree has fallen), would you?
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Enjoyed the run along the green corridor. Fresh air and the familiar smell of foilage. A photo posted by Gary Goh (@chompychomps) on
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OK I eat my words. You would. But hey, you can leave the bikes and running shoes at home if you want the KTM reminiscing sans sweat, blood and tears. From now on, Downtown Line 2 will do most of the transporting for you with a bonus blast of air-conditioning.
If instead of trekking south you would like to head north instead, give Hill V2 a shot. The shopping mall caters to the Hillview residents in the vicinity and so offers pricier food, but Chic-a-boo Fried Chicken sounds a) affordable, b) like a refreshing alternative to KFC and Popeye’s and c) irresistibly tantalising, doesn’t it? Fried chicken always wins. Always.
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Oh and a MASSIVE thrift store by The Salvation Army? You probably do feel pinched after all the Christmas gift exchanges so satisfy your shopping urges by procuring secondhand goods at Praisehaven Mega Family Thrift Store instead.
spent the entire day trying to find clothes for our show A photo posted by Jelaine Ng Sha-Men (@jelaineshamen) on
5. Rail Mall/Rail Corridor
380 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, 678040
6. Chic-a-boo Fried Chicken
Hill V2 4 Hillview Rise, 667979
Open from 10:00AM to 10:00PM daily
7. Praisehaven Mega Family Thrift Store
500 Upper Bukit Timah Road, 678106
Open Monday to Thursday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM, Friday and Saturday from 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Beauty World (DT5)
Where shall we begin? Longtime fans of the food haven that is Beauty World Food Centre have so much to rave about over its endless, to-die-for variety. I suspect that haikus may even have been written in praise of this quintessentially Singaporean paradise located on the rooftop of Beauty World Centre. With so many stalls to recommend, let the pictures speak for themselves instead as you begin to plot your way there via — gasp! — the train.
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Yummy Yong Tao Foo ~~ yummmmz ☺️ #sgeats #sgfood #sgfoodie #instasg #instagramsg #instagram_sg #sgfoodporn #sgfoodies #foodie #foodsg #foodpic #foodcoma #foodporn #foodstagram #foodforthought #foodshare #lovefood #foodnetwork #foodphotography #foodlovers #foodlove #yummyinmytummy #yummy #foodaddict #BURPPLE #burpple A photo posted by lysl28 (@lysl28) on
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alfresco dinning😘😘 HAHAHAHAHAAHAHA A photo posted by chloe☆ .｡.:*･゜･*(◎_◎;) (@chawamochi) on
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#yummy #peranakan #food #dulukala #localdelights #foodporn #traditional #igsg #otah #ladyfingers #ayambuahkeluak A photo posted by WeiJian Lin (@linwji) on
Or take a short hike to Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre for…
沙爹米粉 A photo posted by MYC17 (@my_c17) on
It seems a little too cruel for your stomach to remain indifferent to Downtown Line 2 now.
8. Beauty World Food Centre
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, 588177
9. Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre
116 Upper Bukit Timah Road, 588172
King Albert Park (DT6)
Once upon a time King Albert Park building would have fit in this list, even though it teemed with secondary school students who managed to find themselves huddled there after school against all odds.
Today we return to this vicinity for other things, such as Peperoni Pizzeria. Sure you may head to the more accessible Suntec one, but why not exploit the Downtown Line for pizzas bigger than your face at nett prices?
10. Peperoni Pizzeria
7 Binjai Park, 589821
Open Monday to Saturday from 12:00PM to 12:00AM, Sunday from 11:00AM to 12:00AM
Sixth Avenue (DT7)
Hark, the hipsters! They pour forth from PasarBella @ The Grand Stand! It’s where you go if you want to plunge yourself into a fancy farmers’ market experience and take photos to show that you have been there.
Because of the proximity to the Turf Club, try either Gallop Stable or the slightly more remote Bukit Timah Saddle Club for some equestrian exposure. You definitely would not head down to these stables to trot along on horses or ponies if you didn’t have the convenience afforded by Downtown Line 2.
Sharpy! Best horse to walk, ever. #ottb #tongue A photo posted by Clarissa Chua (@fireshadow1328) on
11. PasarBella @ The Grand Stand
200 Turf Club Road, 287994
Open from 9:30AM to 10:00PM daily
12. Gallop Stable @ Horsecity
100 Turf Club Road, 287992
13. Bukit Timah Saddle Club
51 Fairways Dr, 286965
Open from 8:00AM to 11:00AM and 3:00PM to 7:00PM daily except Monday
It didn’t take us long to get over the novelty of Lao Ban beancurd and return to the roots of dou hua: Soft, wobbly curd blocks that melt in your mouth. Don’t forget the youtiao, egg tarts and soya milk at Rochor Original Beancurd for a complete feast.
Finally get to satisfy my you tiao and soya bean cravings! Thanks to dad! 😉 A photo posted by Samantha Lin 欣怡 (@yellowsamantha) on
One final place of interest that we all dream of visiting but never really get round to is the iconic Rochor Centre with its signature colourful blocks. If you’ve been procrastinating on this, well, you’d better hurry because this Urban Redevelopment Authority-protected landmark is no longer protected — its demolition will commence next year in order to make way for the North South Expressway.
The candy-colored shophouses of Singapore’s Koon Seng Road get a lot of love, and deservedly so. But I found the rainbow of HDB flats scattered around town just as intriguing. Walk, #lookup, walk, #lookup. My favorite complex was the four-wing Rochor Centre, constructed in 1977 but set to be demolished next year. @ashleahalpern #cnttakeover #TravelerinSingapore #yearinasia
Everyone’s got a story. #neverstopexploring #hypebeast #hbouthere #vsco #vscocam #createexplore #justgoshoot #captureeverything #fittysense #hypegeo #citylimitless #illgrammers #instagood #vscophile #visualsgang #streetdreamsmag #vscogood #vscogrid #instagood #createcommune #shoot2kill #justgoshoot #illestgrammers #killeverygram #moodygrams #tagsforlikes #nikontop #way2ill #artofvisuals #agameoftones #instadaily #thecreatorclass A photo posted by Dean (@grinfluenza) on
You will hate yourself if you let this slip you by even with the commencement of Downtown Line 2.
14. Rochor Original Beancurd
2 Short Street, 188211
Open from 12:00PM to 12:00AM daily