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The Complete Itinerary For The Perfect Family Day Out In Central Singapore

The centre of it all

From Orchard Road through Tanglin, to Bukit Timah and Holland V, this bustling area has everything you need – or just want – to do.

To do

Pretty Parks

Fort Canning Park. image: yoursingapore.com

Botanic Gardens? Been there, done that. Fort Canning, near the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station, is another great SG park for nature lovers, history buffs and bird nerds (look out for roosters near the lighthouse!).

Have kids? They’ll love Mount Emily Park. Tucked away on a hill next to the Istana estate, it has a sandbox playground with slides, swings and see-saws.

Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg

Art Stop

The Museum of Art and Design, or MAD, hosts rotating art exhibitions throughout the year. (Right now, there’s an exhibition on with works by Chinese painter Hou Qing.)

Check out the cigar and whisky bar in its premises, too!

10 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247908
Website: http://www.madmuseumsingapore.com

Yoga for Youngsters

At Canvass, children aged 7 to15 can express their natural flexibility and learn stories about the history of yoga. They can also draw poses and create “gratitude cards” if they’re feeling inspired.

Classes, held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, cost $35 each.

5A Binjai Pk, Singapore 589820
Website: http://www.canvass.com.sg

Shop to your heart’s content

Cluny Court

You could get lost inside this gorgeous row of colonial shophouses – Cluny Court is home to a stunning variety of restaurants, furniture stores, independent fashion retailers, beauty services and has a supermarket on the ground floor.

And for everything organic, Eat Organic sources its organic produce and products both locally and internationally. Best of all, the fresh finds won’t bust your budget.

Cluny Court
501 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 259760
Website: http://www.clunycourt.com.sg

Eat Organic
619H Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269728
Website: http://www.eat-organic.com.sg

Pamper yourself silly

Looking for a family-friendly salon? Providing competitively priced services for more than 30 years, Sweenys Hair & Beauty Corner in Holland Village is a unisex salon with a forte for cutting Caucasian hair (from $18 for trims). Best to book in advance.

Bellissima Nails knows nails – it’s been doing them since 1991. Its SpaManicure ($60) offers long-lasting results using natural products. One hour is all it takes to be bellissima!

Sweenys Hair & Beauty Corner
211 Holland Ave, Singapore 278967
Website: http://www.sweenys.com.sg

Bellissima Nails
400 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238875
Website: http://www.bellissimanails.com

To eat

Locavore Central

image: Open Farm Community’s Facebook page

Open Farm Community is dedicated to the art of urban farming in land-scarce Singapore. Chef Ryan creates the menu using locally grown ingredients. Bonus: OPC has lawn bowling and table tennis facilities.

130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819
Website: http://www.openfarmcommunity.com

Hipster Hangout

image: boufesg.com

In a stately white colonial bungalow, Boufé Boutique Café boasts quirky dishes like Salted Egg Yolk Crayfish ($21) for brunch and Thai Green Curry Pasta ($21) for dinner. Plus, it showcases indie fashion accessories available for purchase.

308 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247974
Website: http://www.boufesg.com

By Joshua Tan, The Finder, April 2016

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