It’s Pasir Ris, not Paris.
But hold the disappointment – this heartland-ish far East of Singapore, Pasir Ris, which stretches to Changi, is more posh than you think. If you’re not a member of, say, the Changi Beach Club or SAF Yacht Club, there’s still a host of leisure options that make this corner worth checking out. Plus, it’s home to the world-famous Changi Airport.
Here are the most Instagrammable spots and the must-visit places and eateries while you’re there!
1. Park Avenue Changi Hotel
Book your next staycation at the 4-star Park Avenue Changi Hotel (from $158), where the rooftop pool gives you a stellar view of the three surrounding golf courses.
2. NEWater Visitor Centre
Discover how Singapore purifies sewage water to make it suitable for drinking at the NEWater Visitor Centre (hey, NEWater meets up to 40 percent of the island’s current water needs, so there’s a good chance you’ve drank it before without realising!).
3. Pasir Ris Park
Fact: Pasir Ris supposedly translates to “beach bolt-rope”, so it’s no surprise that there’s tons of action going on at Pasir Ris Park. Here, you can rent a barbecue pit by the waters and with a permit, you can even camp here for the night!
4. Kids playgrounds
Got kids? Pasir Ris Park is also home to one of the largest playgrounds in Singapore, plus modern activities like pony rides and inline skating.
5. Wild Wild Wet
Or, it’d be much easier to brave the hot weather at water park Wild Wild Wet, which boasts high-speed flume rides with crazy curves, near-vertical water slides and more.
6. Adventure Paddlers
Meanwhile, Adventure Paddlers lets you venture into the real waters for a challenging kayak expedition. The waters near Pasir Ris are relatively calm, and are ideal even for beginners.
7. AL Jasra Restaurant
Trust this area to always feed you well. Tuck into 16 varieties of sweet and savoury roti prata – from cheese and mushroom to honey – at 24-hour AL JASRA Restaurant’s prata buffet ($7.90).
8. Little Island Brewing Co.
Come dusk, pop by Little Island Brewing Co., a self-pour microbrewery with a wide range of draft beers, ciders, stouts and more (from $2). Bonus: Changi Beach is just a stroll away!
9. Changi City Point
9. While there isn’t much novelty, shopping around here promises convenience and good bargains. Case in point: You’ll find ultra-deep discounts on international brands like Adidas and Lacoste at Changi City Point. Tip? They even have a kids mini water park on level 2!
By Pinky Chng, The Finder (Issue 283), June 2017 / Updated July 2019 / Updated by Isabel Wibowo, February 2021 / Images: courtesy of the respective business credited.
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