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Pasir Panjang: Things To Do + Where To Eat, Drink And Shop

Southwest? Only the best!

Here’s where you can see the old and new Singapore in one place

Pasir Panjang means “long sand” in Malay. The name refers to a beach that used to run along Singapore’s southwest coast, back in the late 1800s.

Now, Pasir Panjang and its nearest neighbours, Keppel Bay and Quayside, are home to sleek architecture and luxury condos with beautiful ocean views. But the area also has traditional eateries and attractions that make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Whether you’re looking for luxury, greenery or a taste of old Singapore, the southwest has it all. Read on for all things you can do, eat, drink and shop at Pasir Panjang.

*Disclaimer: At the time of publication, in view of the Phase 2 Heightened Alert measures, dining in is prohibited at all eating establishments until 18 August 2021. Take outs, however, are still allowed. We’re doing our best to be accurate, but please double check with the restaurants before you visit.

Things to do at Pasir Panjang

1. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at Pasir Panjang, Singapore
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Founded in 1878, this is one of the oldest museums in Singapore, built to safeguard the national collection of animals and natural heritage. If you are planning to bring your kids, don’t worry that they will be bored by dull displays – because there is a ton to do there. The kids will especially enjoy the dinosaur skeletons on display, constructed from real bones, discovered in Singapore.

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Address: National University of Singapore, 2 Conservatory Dr., 117377
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Wed. to Sun.)

2. HortPark

Green fields at Hortpart plant education centre, pasir panjang, Singapore
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This green zone is an eco-friendly hub and and educational centre about plants and gardening. It’s also an ultra-relaxing area to escape the city. You can wander around fruit and vegetable gardens, ask plant experts for tips – and even get free plants at their regular plant giveaways. Oh, and it has a lovely Butterfly Garden.

HortPark
Address: 33 Hyderabad Rd., 119578

3. Gillman Barracks

Gillman Barracks arts enclave, pasir panjang, Singapore
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Set in a former British military barracks, this collection of pretty white buildings is nestled amongst greenery, which makes it nice for a stroll. Gillman Barracks is also a focal point in Singapore’s arts landscape, thanks to its international and homegrown art galleries. Complemented by an array of cafes, bars and restaurants, Gillman Barracks is a place for art lovers, art collectors, and anyone who just fancies a stroll away from traffic.

Gillman Barracks
Address: 9 Lock Rd., 108937
Email: gillmanbarracks@gmail.com 
Opening Hours: Online (Tue. to Sun.)

4. Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves bridge, pasir panjang, Singapore
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Experience a unique pedestrian-friendly bridge suspended 36 metres above the ground! This wavy wonder connects Kent Ridge Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park, so it’s a great place to start a hike along the Southern Ridges trail. And because you are up at tree level, you get a unique up-close-and-personal look at the tropical flora and fauna of Singapore.

Henderson Waves
Address: Henderson Rd., 159557

5. Mount Faber Park

View fom the top of Mt Faber Park,  panjang, Singapore
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From Henderson Waves, why not head to nearby Mount Faber Park? It boasts Singapore’s second-highest hill, with a peak that gives you a gorgeous bird’s eye view over the southwest area of the island. There’s also a bar and restaurant right at the top. It has an inside area and a romantic open-air viewing platform, if you need a little extra motivation to climb up.

Mount Faber Park
Address: Junction of Kampong Bahru Road and, Telok Blangah Rd., 099448

6. Marina at Keppel Bay

Marina at Kepple Bay luxury residential area, pasir panjang, Singapore
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This luxurious private island is home to breathtaking waterfront views, ultra-modern condominiums and high-class bars and restaurants. You can also walk around a marina full of sleek motor and sailing yachts, or stroll along a boardwalk that hugs the edge of the sea. If that’s too tame, you can charter a private yacht, or enroll in a sailing course at the Keppel Bay Sailing Academy (KBSA).

Marina at Keppel Bay
Address: 2 Keppel Bay Vista, 098382
Tel: 6303 8448
Opening Hours: Online

7. Haw Par Villa

Decorated gate at Haw Par Villa, also known as Tiger Balm Gardens, pasir panjang, Singapore
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When you want a vintage slice of Singapore, head to Haw Par Villa. Formally known as the Tiger Balm Garden, this 8.5-hectare Asian cultural park was opened in 1937 by the family who founded Tiger Balm medicated ointment. They made a fortune! To celebrate they build a gorgeous villa (now sadly gone), surrounded by this astonishing park. Full of colourful statues and displays based on Chinese legends, philosophy and history, this vintage beauty is the last of its kind in the world. A treasure trove of Asian culture, and an Instagrammer’s dream.

Haw Par Villa
Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Rd., Singapore 118 628
Tel: 6773 0103 
Opening Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)

What to eat + drink at Pasir Panjang

1. Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House

Blue Lotus Eating House, pasir panjang
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Known as the place to go to for chilli crab in Singapore, this restaurant in the lavish Quayside Isle area of Sentosa island is a true destination eatery. You can sit inside in air-conditioning, or outside on the terrace, where you can admire the luxury yachts tied up a few meters away. The food is New Age Chinese cuisine. If we had to pick one dish, the Blue Lotus Signature Chilli Pomelo Crab costs $9.8 per 100 g.

Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House
Address: 31 Ocean Way, #01-13 Quayside Isle, 098375
Tel: 6339 0880
Opening Hours: 6 to 10 p.m. (Mon. to Thu.); 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 6 to 10 p.m. (Fri. to Sun.)

2. Uncle Ho’s Tuckshop

Uncle Ho's Tuckshop, pasir panjang
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If you have a craving for authentic Vietnamese cuisine, it’s good to know Uncle Ho’s Tuckshop is near the Pasis Panjang MRT station. The decor is not the attraction – it’s a clean and tidy family restaurant, not a decorator’s dream. But fans rave about the house special, Hanoi-style Fresh Summer Spring rolls ($8.50) and the Sweet and Sour Fish Soup with Dill ($14.50).

Uncle Ho’s Tuckshop
Address: 100 Pasir Panjang Rd., #01-04, Old Behn Meyer Building, 118518
Tel: 9624 5761
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)

3. Kaisen Ichi Restaurant & Bar

Kaisen Ichi Japanese Restuarant and bar, pasir panjang, Singapore
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This Japanese restaurant and bar can be a little confusing to find, because it’s inside a business complex. But it’s worth the effort. Kaisen Ichi is known for quality donburi lunch bowls with generous portions of premium ingredients on a bed of Aomori Masshigura Japanese rice. The dinner menu includes a wide range of yakitori and grilled dishes. Try the Kaisen Bara Chirashi Donburi ($18). As a bonus, this place also has an outside eating area under trees and bamboo – you feel like you are in Japan.

Kaisen Ichi Restaurant & Bar
Address: 40 Pasir Panjang Road #02-36, Mapletree Business City, 117383
Tel: 6358 3858
Opening Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 6 to 10 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.)

4. Esarn Thai Corner

Esarn Thai Corner restaurtaurant, pasir panjang
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Do you like a little sugar, spice and everything nice? Well, this Thai restaurant serves just that. Serving popular dishes from the North of Thailand, it does a good Tom Yum Soup ($9.50) and Basil Chicken ($12.50) that pairs well with rice. If you prefer to eat at home, you can get Bento boxes of Thai food from $12.50.

Esarn Thai Corner
Address:  130 Pasir Panjang Rd., 118548
Tel: 6473 3716
Opening Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30 to 9 p.m. (Wed. to Mon.)

5. Yuzutei Japanese Restaurant

Yuzutei Japanese restaurant, pasir panjang, Singapore
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A casual dining place that is popular with locals, Yuzutei takes soup base seriously. To ensure the soup base is top quality, the chef insists yuzu fruit is specially air flown in from Tokushima Perfecture in Japan. Then the chef simmers the broth for six hours, over low temperature, to create a Japanese superior stock. The Signature Yuzu Shabu Set is $26 per person, for the Japan Shirobuta Pork version.

Yuzutei Japanese Restaurant
Address: 100G Pasir Panjang Rd., #01-01, Interlocal Centre, 118523
Tel: 9689 4092
Opening Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4 to 10 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 12:30 to 10 p.m. (Sat.)

6. 3 Monkeys

burgers and cheese fries at 3 Monkey's restaurant, pasir panjang, Singapore
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3 Monkeys is great if you are looking for a cozy and casual restaurant – and it’s a winner if you are eating out with children. The menu offers a wide range of pastas, burgers and grills, including Baked Cheese Fries ($10.90) and the chunky King Kong Burger ($16.50). The adults in your party can try the wide range of locally brewed craft beer that’s offered on tap.

3 Monkeys
Address: 122 Pasir Panjang Rd., 118544
Tel: 6471 3224
Opening Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 6 to 10 p.m. (Tue. to Sun.)

7. Brass Lion Distillery

Brass Lion Gin Distillery, pasir panjang, Singapore
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Gin is made right here in Singapore, at the Brass Lion Distillery. The Tasting Room is located on the upper floor of the distillery and it functions like a bar, with a variety of cocktails for sale, including exceptional gin and tonics. How about a gin and tonic made with Butterfly Pea Flower Gin? Or the aromatic Pahit Pink Gin? Besides drinks, The Tasting Room also offers a selection of light bites,such as oysters and tacos. The Brass Lion Signature cocktail is $20, while the Singapore Dry Gin & Tonic is $16. Bonus: Brass Lion Distillery also sells bottles of gin, and you can get the lables personalised.

Brass Lion Distillery
Address: 40 Alexandra Terrace, 119933
Tel: 6954 0602
Opening Hours: 4 to 10:30 p.m. (Tue. to Fri.); 1 to 10:30 p.m. (Sat.); 1 to 7 p.m. (Sun.)

8. Canopy

Canopy restaurant, pasir panjang
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Canopy makes the most of its lush surroundings. This all-day dining spot is in the middle of HortPark eco-park, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that give you a great view of the greenery outside. It’s the perfect place to relax with family, friends – and pets. Dogs are welcome, as long as you sit outside on the terrace to eat. Remember to check with the waiter about prices, as they are not indicated on the menu.

Canopy
Address: 33 Hyderabad Rd., HortPark, #01-01, 119578
Tel:  6556 1533
Opening Hours: 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)

9. The Kins’

Mentaiko pasta at The Kins' cafe, pasir panjang, Singapore
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Add this to your list of cafes to visit. Serving all-day brunch, specialty coffee and their Signature Burnt Cheesecake, The Kins’ is always packed with Millennials and Gen-Z couples spending time with friends. The Scrambled Egg Croissant ($16) and Mentaiko Pasta ($16) are especially good.

The Kins’
Address: 2 Jalan Mat Jambol, BIJOU, #01-08/09, 119554
Tel: 8286 2230
Opening Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Thu. to Tue.)

10. Diamond Kitchen

Diamond Kitchen chilli crab, pasir panjang, Singpore
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If you love eating crab, this is the restaurant for you. This Chinese seafood restaurant focuses on dishes with a home-cooked taste – and they serve 20 different kinds of crab dishes. In keeping with tradition, live seafood is displayed in tanks. You can let the waitor pick for you, or point out the fish you want to eat. Most dishes here are Cantonese, but you can find some Teochew and other cooking styles on the menu. Fans rave about the Superior Stock Clam Bee Hoon (from $16) and the Salted Egg Crab. All crab dishes are priced seasonally.

Diamond Kitchen
Address: 87 Science Park Drive, #01-01, Oasis, 118260
Tel: 6464 0410
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)

Where to shop at Pasir Panjang

1. KEEPSFRESH

Keepsfresh frozen food specialists, pasir panjang, Singapore
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This grocery specialises in frozen food from all over the world, at just-above-wholesale prices. You can find whole frozen chicken, chicken parts, whole seafood and fillets and all types of shellfish. If you have a large-enough freezer, this place can save you money, and many trips to the supermarket. If you drive, you’ll be happy to know there’s a big carpark right outside.


KEEPSFRESH
Address: 218 Pasir Panjang Rd., #01-11, ICON Building, 118579
Tel: 6258 2026
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)

2. ZENXIN Organic Food Singapore

Zenxin wholesale organic supermarket, pasir panjang, Singapore
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If you are all about eating healthy, ZENXIN Organic Food Singapore should be stored in your phone. From fresh to dry goods, they have it all, and it’s all organic. Even better, the vegetables and fruits are grown in Singapore or Malaysia, not flown across the world. This helps reduce carbon miles. Normally you can browse through the supermarket freely pre-Covid times at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre. But with the rising cases, it might be safer to order from the website and have it all delivered.

ZENXIN Organic Food Singapore
Address: Blk 14 Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre, #01-25, 110014
Tel: 6778 7369
Opening Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)

3. Teak & Mahogany

Teak & Mahogany furniture store, pasir panjang, Singapore
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Since 1996, Teak and Mahogany has introduced new and exciting lifestyle products, with a focus on the garden, patio, balcony and pool. Even if you don’t have much outdoor space, this store is worth visiting, because it stocks decor touches like cushions and vases. Designs tend to be Scandi sleek, which makes sense because the founders (and designers) are a Danish couple who’ve lived in Singapore for decades. This company can also make bespoke furniture for you, including outdoor furniture upholstered with all-weather fabric.

Teak & Mahogany
Address: 100E Pasir Panjang, #07-02/03/04, 118521
Tel:  6273 8116
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.); 12 to 6 p.m. (Sun.)

4. Danish Design Co

Danish Design Co, pasir panjang, Singapore
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Danish Design Co brings the finest Danish and Scandinavian furniture from past and present to Singapore. Its full collection is larger than the display in the store, so make sure to ask for a catalogue when you are there. All furniture is made in Europe, to be customisable, ecological and toxin-free.

Danish Design Co
Address: 100E Pasir Panjang Rd., B&D Building, #06-03, 118521
Tel: 6270 8483
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.); 12 to 6 p.m. (Sun.)

5. Lee’s Antiques & Interiors

Lees Antiques & Interiors in pasir panjang
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Are you more of an antique collector? Lee’s Antiques & Interiors is a father and daughter business, who source antiques from various parts of China. Some of the pieces are left as is, while others have been tastefully renovated to suit modern interiors.

Lee’s Antiques & Interiors
Address: 102E Pasir Panjang, CitiLink Warehouse, #06-09, 112589
Tel: 8100 0428
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.)

By Atifa Othman, The Finder/ Last updated by Jasia Shamdasani

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