Neighbourhood Secrets: 18 TIC

Tampines’s Hidden Gems

There’s more to the East than the hip neighborhood of Joo Chiat and Katong. Here are our picks for great desserts and affordable fun in the area!

EAT

Alt-Yard
Brainchild of the cafe veterans behind Penny University and Fluff Bakery, this dessert and specialty coffee bar serves up freshly fried churros with your choice of good ol’ chocolate ganache, liquid cheese, or gula melaka dips.
Tampines West Community Club, 5 Tampines Ave 3, Singapore 529705. Call 9610 8946. $

Goodyear Seafood Village
Cheap and good, it’s no wonder taxi drivers love this zi char place! Must try dishes include their Pontian Bak Kut Teh, fried German pork trotters, assam fish, and the weekend-only special cabbage chicken claypot soup.
15 Tampines Ave, Singapore 529788. Call 9642 5800. $

Harry’s
Everyone needs a post-work bar to rely on! Who better to call on than Harry’s, well-known for their solid beer options and tasty wings. Don’t like beer? Select from growing list of wine and cocktails.
9 Tampines Grande, #01-09, Singapore 528735. Call 6587 7140 or 6587 1741. $$$

Meet & Melt
The original shop that first catapulted this family-run shop to fame, Meet & Melt serves delicious Shibuya-style toasts and waffles that triumphs over other joints. Their unorthodox menu offers both savory and warm sweet toasts like Molten Lava Toasts in Thai Milk tea and Green tea, the classic Cookies & Cream Toast, and Black Charcoal Waffle with Salted Egg Yolk Ice Cream.
Blk 915 Tampines Street 91, #01-49, Singapore 520915. Call 9185 8173. $$

Smith Marine Floating Restaurant
A first of its kind, this halal-certified kelong dining destination offers diners the freshest seafood in Singapore. For $35, diners can opt to fish their very own snapper or sea-bass and have the chefs cook their catch. To get to the restaurant, head to Changi Point Ferry Terminal and take a 15-minute bumboat ride. Be sure to call and set-up your transportation ahead of time!
Johor Straits, GPS Coordinates: 01’23’52”N – 103’57’42”E. Call or Whatsapp 97927609.

EXPLORE

I-Darts YOLO
Bored of sitting around in bars? Grab your friends and learn to play darts! This classic pub-friendly game is the perfect stress-reliever and ice-breaker. Friendly dart instructors here will guide clueless beginners and seasoned players alike.
SAFRA Tampines, 1A Tampines Street, Singapore 528882. Call 6260 3162. $

IKEA
This Scandinavian chain needs no introduction. Shop affordable fuss-free furniture before fueling up at the café.
60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764. Call 6786 6868. $$

Bedok Reservoir Park
Water-sports enthusiasts, rejoice! This reservoir is a popular jogging area, but the clear water is perfect for wakeboarding, kayaking, and dragon-boating. Don’t worry about tipping over your boatthe only crowd you’ll encounter is a handful of Temasek Polytechnic students. Not a fan of sports? Sit on the floating deck, read that book you’ve been wanting to finish, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.
Bedok Reservoir Park, Singapore 479233. $

Pasir Ris Beach
If you need some fresh air, take a walk around Pasir Ris beach, which is less crowded than neighbouring Pasir Ris Park. Head over to Ohana Beach House and 5 Drunken Rabbits for post-stroll nosh or even a romantic night out!
169 Pasir Ris Rd, Singapore 519145. $$

Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Tampines
Bowl away your Monday blues. This bowling alley opens until 1am on weekdays and 3am on weekends. Head back to the 70s during Cosmic Bowling Nite, where you can bowl in the dark under the influence of dance music and disco lights (only available on Saturdays at 9pm).
SAFRA Tampines, 1A Tampines Street 92, Singapore 528882. Call 6783 6001. $