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A Day Out: 9 Hidden Gems In Singapore’s West Coast That Will Make Eastsiders Jealous

With an abundance of great food and nature, this suburb in west coast of Singapore is where to go for a slightly slower pace.

You’ll see many container ships and cranes along the west coast of Singapore, all of which form a stunning silhouette during sunset. It’s also close-ish to the city (20 minutes by cab), making it an increasingly popular spot for expats to call home.

1. NUS Museum

At this free university gallery, you’ll find more than 7,000 artefacts and artworks of Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian origins.

But note: It’s only open between Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NUS Museum, University Cultural Centre, 50 Kent Ridge Cres., 119279

2. West Coast Market Square

Skip the supermarket and catch the best deals on meat, seafood, veggies and even eggs at this wet market.

Pro tip: Markets like this usually wind up by 12 p.m. so plan to get there early.

West Coast Market Square, 726 Clementi West St. 2, 120726

3. Rong Liang Restaurant

Queues often form here for its delicious Cantonese-style roasted meats like char siu (honey BBQ pork shoulder), siu yoke (crispy pork belly) and siu aap (roasted duck).

Dine in or take away for a family dinner.

Rong Liang Restaurant, #01-192, 725 Clementi West St. 2, 120725

4. Haw Par Villa

We can’t help but mention this quirky (and haunting) park again – it’s that unique. Walk through the 10 Courts of Hell at this eerie but fascinating attraction.

*Note: Due to upgrading, this attraction is temporarily closed until 31 March 2021. Stay tuned on its website for more updates!

Haw Par Villa, 262 Pasir Panjang Rd., 118628

5. Republic of Singapore Yacht Club

You don’t have to actually own a big boat to hang out at this yacht club. Tip? Hit up La Pizzeria at the Bridge & Beacon Bar, which is open to all, for Chef James Yap’s lovely weekend lunch set by the sea.

Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, 52 West Coast Ferry Rd., 126887

6. West Coast Park

There aren’t any rare Pokémon to be found here (we checked!), but the sprawling playgrounds, jungle gyms and sandpits will remind you what it was like to be a carefree child before smartphones. Or you know, take your kids to play here.

West Coast Park, West Coast Ferry Rd., 126978

7. Island Penang Kitchen

Here, you can sample Penang delicacies without flying up north (or busting your budget).

Hot favourites include the assam laksa (tangy mackerel soup noodles), Penang char kway teow (spicy stir-fried rice noodles) and cendol (coconut milk and palm sugar dessert).

Island Penang Kitchen, #01-126, 721 Clementi West St. 2, 120721

8. W39 Bistro & Bakery

Enjoy a nice afternoon brunch at W39 Bistro & Bakery with its brunch menu that pairs a suitable drink for a unique experience every meal. It even has a Lazy Couple Da Pao (takeaway) special and menu for those who are feeling a little too homey (we all have those days, right?).

Plus, this bistro is set on a quiet street corner, so you may even be able to get some quick work done in peace.

W39 Bistro & Bakery, 39 Jln Mas Puteh, 128637

9. Ah Hoe Mee Pok

Head noodle tosser Ms. Reina Kuribara is affectionately known as the Japanese Mee Pok Girl in Singapore.

Spice-phobes will be glad to know that her Signature Mee Pok (Teochew yellow noodles with minced meat, $4) is made with a subtle chilli paste that won’t leave you reaching for the milk.

Ah Hoe Mee Pok, Weng Kwang Coffee House, 710 Clementi West St. 2, 120710

By Joshua Tan, The Finder, October 2016 / updated August 2019 / Updated by Willaine G. Tan, March 2021 / Images: Courtesy of the respective establishments’ social media pages.

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