Stretching more than 15 kilometres and welcoming around 7.5 million visitors each year, East Coast Park is probably Singapore’s most popular park.
But, if you’re only on the East Coast for the park itself, you’re missing out on other great things it has to offer. Neighboring Joo Chiat, Geylang, Paya Lebar and Bedok have history on their side, no more so than culture-rich Katong! In addition, nearby Kallang has plenty of free sporty and splashy activities to try, while Siglap is a expat-friendly enclave.
What are you waiting for? Head out!
Since you’re here, take a stroll down Koon Seng Road in Joo Chiat to admire the multicoloured shophouses built by Peranakans before the second World War.
What better way to immerse yourself in the culture than to actually stay there, though? Check in to the Peranakan-themed Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong Hotel (housed in the former Joo Chiat Police Station) for a mini-staycay. It’s got a secret rooftop infinity pool, and an authentic (and chic!) eatery Baba Chews on the ground floor.
At this Michelin-recommended gelato shop on East Coast Road, the frozen treats include botanical flavours like Strawberry Basil, Pandan, fresh Mango sorbet and more. The made-to-order waffle cones are infused with rosemary, and taste like nothing around! Warning: There’s often a queue out the front door on weekends.
Malls not your thing? A stroll down Joo Chiat Road will reveal lots of quirky retail options. The WYLD Shop (pictured), which is run by one of our 2019 Expatpreneur Award winners, is a must-stop for cosy, chic fashions and lifestyle items, while The AC is beloved for its excellent curated collection of indie brands. You can even pick up some vinyl (records, that is) at Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee!
This mural – at the junction of Joo Chiat Terrace and Everitt Road – features two children play-fighting with a paint roller and a mop dipped in paint. It was done by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic, the same artist behind the lively street art in the heritage city Georgetown, Penang!
Tip: Keep walking north on Everitt Road, and you’ll find the laid-back Smokey’s BBQ American Smokehouse & Bar
Give wakeboarding a go at the Singapore Wake Park. Kids from 6 and complete beginners are welcome to participate, too.
While there, grab a bite to eat at the adjacent, open-air Coastal Rhythm cafe, or walk or bicycle east to Siglap along ECP’s recently renovated path, and get your hands messy cracking into Chilli or Black Pepper Crowd Crab and other local seafood delicacies at long-standing chain like Long Beach and JUMBO Seafood there.
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder (Issue 283) / Updated by Melodi Ghui, July 2019 / Updated by Jashleen Kaur, December 2020
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