Take a look at Singapore’s little suburbia, Sixth Avenue.
This neighbourhood has welcoming and homely vibes that is comforting to its residents and peaceful to its visitors. It’s like stepping out of the bustling city into a quiet enclave. Although known for its suburbia homes, Six Avenue’s food scene is growing with lovely restaurants and cafes, plus other neighbourhood gems.
Here’s a short guide on what to do and where to go around Sixth Avenue.
Things to do at Sixth Avenue
1. Take time off at Ikeda Spa
Need to take a breather? Check out this authentic Japanese spa that is an oasis from the chaos of the city. Be transported into open-air zen gardens – it’s the first in Singapore! Head over to experience the Ganbanyoku Detox Massage ($190) to get a unique massage from the Ganbanyoku hot stone bed and the use of healing essential oils for pure relaxation. Or step into the Hinoki Onsen Bath ($80) for a true escape Japanese style.
Address: 787 Bukit Timah Rd., 269762
Tel: 6469 8080
Opening hours: 1:30 to 10:30 p.m. (Daily)
2. Namly Veterinary Surgery
If you live in the area with a furry friend, rest assured your pet can receive great care for any problem big or small. This boutique animal clinic has top quality veterinarians, all of whom have their own special fields. This clinic comes in handy for any neighbourhood pets who tangle themselves up in accidents.
Namly Veterinary Surgery
Address: 74 Namly PL, Shamrock Park, 267223
Tel: 6469 4744
Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m. (Sat.)
3. Explore around mini parks and playgrounds
Sixth Avenue and the surrounding areas are the definition of family friendly. You can find small parks to get fresh air, take the dog for a walk, or let your child roam free in the playgrounds. Getting out in nature doesn’t mean a huge hike around MacRitchie, these friendly neighbourhood parks could be just what you need for some wholesome family time.
Address: Coronation Rd. W
Sixth Avenue Playground
Address: Along Sixth Ave.
Ming Teck Park Garden and Greenleaf View Playground
Address: At the end of Greenleaf View
4. Champion Golf
Just a short drive away from Sixth Avenue neighbourhood is this friendly public golf course. Tucked away in verdant greenery, the golf course is newly renovated and open on a first come first serve basis. There’s even a driving range to practice those skills. Add this spot to your weekend itinerary with your mates for a little downtime.
Address: 60 Fairways Dr., 286966
Tel: 8564 2752 (WhatsApp for bookings)
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Daily)
5. Get creative with Arthaus
Feeling creative? Check out this quaint art gallery that offers art jamming workshops ($70) and three day art courses ($260) for adults. Your kids can also join the fun with various art jamming ($70) and fine arts classes ($205–$235). This is a great neighbourhood activity to try out! Tip: There’s even a virtual art class on zoom!
Address: 901A Bukit Timah Rd., 589619
Tel: 9023 0458
Opening hours: See website
Where to eat and drink at Sixth Avenue
*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.
1. Brazil Churrasco
Say hello to Singapore’s first and best churrascaria since 1994! Indulge in authentic Brazilian buffet fare, with 14 barbecued cuts of meat and a to-die-for salad bar to complement. The staff are extremely friendly, waving around beautiful cuts of meats which wafts through the restaurant. At any time, you can ask for more and the waiter will simply strip more meat onto your plate. Yup, free flow meat and salad bar – what more can you want? Open for dinners, you can get the adult buffet for $55 per person, whilst children are $23 per child.
Address: 14/16 Sixth Ave., 276476
Tel: 6463 1923
Opening hours: 6 to 10 p.m. (Daily)
2. Baker & Cook
In a lovely shophouse corner building sit Baker & Cook, the quintessential neighbourhood cafe. Whether it be a place to get your weekly loaves, or simply a place to chill and grab coffee on quiet mornings, Baker & Cook serves as the go-to spot. Get a loaf of crowd favourites like Tartines ($14.50), a French open faced sandwich with Tuna mayonnaise, parmesan, hard-boiled eggs and chives. Pair it with a cup of joe and that’s a stellar brekkie.
Baker & Cook
Address: 64 Namly Place, Namly Estate, Bukit Timah, 267208
Tel: 6466 2208
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Daily)
3. 6th Avenue Wanton Mee
The roots of this humble family-owned wanton mee eatery stretches back to the 1980s. Until today, 6th Avenue Wanton Mee is still led by the first and second generation. Think traditional and seriously delicious Wanton Mee, with springy noodles that absorb the luscious chilli and sauced, topped with char siew and paired with wanton soup. These noodles start from $3.50! You simply can’t beat family recipes at low prices.
6th Avenue Wanton Mee
Address: 24 Sixth Ave., 276481
Opening hours: 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Daily)
4. Meat N’Chill
Steak lover? You’ve got to head out to Meat N’Chill where it specialises in juicy meats and tender ribs. This is an ideal family friendly place for finger-licking good ribs – “kissed by smoke, hugged by sauce, licked by fire”. The meanest ribs in town start from $24 with a range of special sauces such as Caribbean and Jalapeno Mustard. Tuck into other delicious mains like the Cubano Sandwich ($17) and Truffle Mac N’Cheese ($25). Tip: Out with the family? Get the Family Platter ($105) which comes with pork ribs, braised chicken leg, angus rib eye steak, beef tacos, fries and greens.
Address: 805 Bukit Timah Rd., #01-04, 6th Avenue Centre, 279883
Tel: 8812 4455
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. (Tue. to Sun.); Closed on Mondays.
5. The Living Cafe
If you’re a fan of raw and plant-based cuisine, check out neighbourhood favourite, The Living Cafe. This boho cafe literally caters to every dietary need – gluten-free, vegan, paleo, keto and more. You can find anything from wholesome Paleo Berry Waffles ($20) to hearty Tempeh Buddha Bowl ($18). Even better, you can tuck into a delicious range of raw desserts such as Raw Blueberry Cheesecake ($10.50) and Raw Tiramisu ($9.50).
The Living Cafe
Address: 779 Bukit Timah Rd., 269758
Tel: 9735 9404
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Tue. to Fri.); 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.); Closed on Mondays.
Right in the heart of the Namly Estate, you’ll find this modern yet authentic Italian restaurant. Amano, meaning “by hand” in Italian, serves up hearty Italian dishes for a delicious neighbourhood fix. Pasta lovers with drool over the wide selection of pastas, from Foie Gras and Truffle Tagliatelle ($32) to Porcini Ravioli ($24). The pizzas are also win, where you’ll find classics like Prosciutto De Parma ($28) to bold choices like Ham, Artichoke & Mushroom ($26). Who doesn’t love Italian fare?
Address: 76 Namly Place, 267226
Tel: 6762 1587
Opening hours: 12 to 9 p.m. (Daily)
Where to shop at Sixth Avenue
1. Everyday Vegan Grocer
Just a short drive from Sixth Avenue is the convenient and fun-filled, The Grandstand. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop health food store, Everyday Vegan Grocer is just what you need. From dairy free yoghurt, delicious chocolate bars, plants meats and organic fresh produce – it’ll make shopping vegan so easy you have no excuse not to.
Everyday Vegan Grocer
Address: 200 Turfclub Rd., #01-15A, The Grandstand, 287994
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Sat.); 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Sun.)
Need some bike supplies? Or maybe you’re thinking of starting to hop on the cycling bandwagon. Bikehaus is located right at the end of Sixth Avenue, offering a range of stellar bikes from street bikes to mountain gear. (Read about how to cycle around Singapore safely!)
Address: 785 Bukit Timah Rd., 269761
Tel: 6468 3887
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)
Originally by Isabel Wibowo, July 2021