Bukit Batok is a great place; with a granite mountain in your backyard, some of the best tze char in Singapore and so near to the ‘second Orchard Road’ in Jurong, it’s a great neighbourhood to live in. However, many may not know of the many secret spots to visit, activities to do and places to eat. And yes, we are more than just Little Guilin.
Bukit Batok Nature Park
I can already expect some readers rolling their eyes at this. What can be so special about a nature park? Now, Bukit Batok Nature Park, besides its normal park trail, also has a separate trail with a mind-boggling amount of steps and plenty of uneven ground to walk. It leads to a WWII memorial and will definitely make for an interesting visit. Definitely worth the 10 minutes hike, I’d say.
Beans & Cream
This quaint little café serves ice cream made with natural ingredients. Their waffles, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside make a perfect accompaniment to the ice cream. Their flavour options are extremely attractive and they occasionally have mystery flavours, where you can make attempts to guess the flavours. If you managed to get it right, you’ll get the scoop for free!
Address: 347 Bukit Batok Street 34
Opening Hours: 1230pm-9pm daily. (Closed on Monday)
Home Team NS
Right across the road from Swiss Cottage Secondary and St. Anthony’s Primary, this country club definitely has something to do for everyone. Recently, it has opened a large row of trendy food joints, including Saizeriya and Milk & Honey. If you’re craving for a fun time, this club also has laser tag, air rifle, bowling and a karaoke lounge! Oh, did I mention the awesome massage chairs that you can beat the week’s stresses away at only $1 for every 16 minutes?
This newly opened mall adopts an outdoor concept and has plenty of shops for you to while your day away. Burger Up, which serves huge burgers that value for money, Burrito Boys, which serves great Mexican cuisine and cafes like Starbucks, Cedele and Dean & Deluca.
Alif, in my opinion, has one of the best pratas I have ever eaten. I fell in love with their curry, just like many others. The place is packed with customers almost every night and you’ll often have to wait around for an empty table. Remember to get a cup of their teh-tarik which strikes the perfect balance between being a fragrant tea and a sweet treat.
374 Bukit Batok Street 31
Opening Hours: Daily, 24h
Spruce @ Fire Station
This restaurant serves great food and you get to dine in an old fire station. You will definitely be coming her for the ambience, considering it’s steep prices, but the food doesn’t disappoint.
Address 260 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Opening Hours: Mon to Thu: 11.30am – 12.30am
Fri: 11.30am – 1.30am
Sat: 9am – 1.30am
Sun & PH: 9am – 12.30am
Old Ford Factory
The Old Ford Factory stands as a historical building; it was where the British surrendered to the Japanese in 1942. Now, an exhibition gallery showcasing life under the Japanese rule occupies the building. Admission is only $3, a small price to learn more about the country we live in.
Address: 351 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Opening Hours:Mondays to Saturdays: 9.00am – 5.30pm
Sundays: 12 noon to 5.30pm
If you belong to the faint-hearted, skip this one. Spook lovers and daredevils, read on. Many may not know of this but there is a haunted mansion along Hillview. Residents in the vicinity all It was in the midst of construction before being abandoned in the 1980s then demolished in the 2000s. You can’t enter the premises but look at the picturesque view in the background. It’s active paranormality was low-key discussed among the Bukit Batok residents but nothing significant ever happened.
No address for this one, all we know it’s the house at the topmost of the hill along Jalan Dermawan and you can see it’s precise location in this photo.