We bring you to our favourite spots in Tampines!
Did you know? Tampines is essentially the largest residential area in Singapore, and the second largest commercial hub located in the heartlands of our country! And as much as we’re frequent visitors of Singapore’s central district, we must admit Tampines makes for a pretty stellar location to spend a day in. Not convinced? Read our extensive guide to this beautiful heartland!
Coming from a mixed cultural society, it’s no surprise that we’re pretty fond of fusion food. That’s how Miam Miam easily made its way into our list of favourites. This spot is a French cafe with a Japanese twist offering some of the best fusion dishes in town. Try their Miam Miam spaghetti, french toast and plain pancakes if you do drop by, the team swears by their quintessential flavours! Bask in the hip interior too, since you’ll be surrounded by brick walls and minimalistic designs.
Opened just last year, Toasties is a sandwich shop which functions much like Subway, allowing you the option of creating subs and wraps completely from scratch. Not that into bread? Try their baked rice and salads, topping the meal off with a side of nachos, soup or cheesy sausages. Responses seem to be more than satisfactory so far, the restaurant even sporting long queues from time to time. The best part? Toasties is Halal certified!
Toasties, #01-1171, 201D Tampines Street 21, 524201, (+65) 6786 8336, www.facebook.com/toastiesSG
IKEA needs no introduction, since it has long become one of our favourite store to visit whenever we’re in need of furniture and home accessories. Plus, Tampines houses the biggest branch in Singapore, serving as a hot spot for residents during the weekend, even if they’re merely popping by for a meal. We totally get them though, because there’s no denying IKEA’s dining hall provides the best Swedish selections. Even if not for the food, a simple stroll through their interior mockups and massive aisles of furniture makes for quite a therapeutic arvo!
IKEA, 60 Tampines North Drive 2, 528764, (+65) 6786 6868, www.ikea.com/sg/en
If you need a dessert fix while exploring Tampines, drop by 320 Below, located at the basement of Tampines 1. Have a taste of their unique liquid nitrogen desserts, freshly made right in front of you! Their menu covers a range of ice-cream flavours, sorbets and yoghurts, and if these freezing treats aren’t enough, pair them with a dose of 320 Below’s pastries or waffles. Feel free to eat your heart out by the way, because their desserts are low in sugar, meaning they’re not going to make your calorie count surge!
320 Below, #B1-32, 10 Tampines Central 1, Singapore 529536, (+65) 6555 6341, www.320below.com
The Korean craze has brought in an influx of Korean fried chicken franchises, and Chicken Up, a popular option, has weaved its way into Tampines. Besides their top chicken dishes, Yangnyum and Ganjang, the menu is backed up by an assortment of awesome small bites too. The restaurant is also known for its home-brewed soju, and dessert maniacs have been raving about their delectable fruit Bingsus; a shaved ice dessert consisting of balls of fruit topped off with ice-cream.
Chicken Up, 2 Tampines Central 5, #01-44 Century Square, 529509, (+65) 6588 0308, www.chicken-up.com
Singapore is big on desserts, but when you try to hunt for a decent crepe place, you feel as if you’re searching for a needle in a haystack. It often puzzles us, but we’re glad we’ve found Ned’s Crepe sitting at the basement of Tampines Mall! The stall offers both soft and crunchy crepes, available in an assortment of sweet and savory flavours. And if you so happen to have an extremely sweet tooth, try their cheesecakes in a jar too, featuring funky flavours like Kinder Bueno and Snickers.
Ned’s Cre pe, B1-K18 4 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529510, www.facebook.com/nedscrepes
We’ve got Japanese restaurants littered all over the three malls in Tampines, but none is quite as unique as Roll Out. The place offers takeaway sushi infused with a Singaporean flavour, and we bet good money that you’ve never seen or tasted anything like this. Imagine elements of your Hainanese Chicken Rice or Chilli Crab dish being mixed with sushi rice; doesn’t that sound like quite a treat? But of course they’ve got more classic Japanese flavours as well, such as unagi and salmon options. Although minimally decorated, you won’t miss the stall because the sushis they put out on display look to good to pass up.
Roll Out, B1-K11 4 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529510, www.rollout.com.sg
Cosmic Bowling at Orchid Bowl
Unsure where to go once most establishments have closed for the night? Try cosmic bowling at Orchid Bowl, SAFRA Tampines! You’ll have a blast under the flurry of neon and strobe lights. They’ll even pump up the atmosphere with super rad party music, and in no time we’re sure you’ll find yourself boogey-ing along too. It’s definitely a great activity for night owls, especially since they’re open till 3am on Fridays, Saturdays and the eves of public holidays, and 1am every other day.
Orchid Bowl, 1A Tampines Street 92, Safra Tampines, 528882, (+65) 6783 6001, www.safra.sg