Marine Parade serves as a buffer between the Central and Eastern regions of Singapore. In the early to mid-20th century it was home to the wealthy Peranakan community. Today, Marine Parade is a largely residential estate consisting of housing flats developed in the 1970s after land reclamation projects in the East Coast.
Marine Parade is served by a town center, also known as the Marina Parade Promenade, which consists of local food centers, local businesses and shops, and a large suburban shopping mall called Parkway Parade. Parkway Parade offers plenty of retail and dining options, as well as other services including banks, money changers, medical centers, opticians, and more.
The Marine Parade Public Library housed in the Marine Parade Community Building is a great local library for bookworms. This area is filled with plenty of good food options, ranging from local food centers such as Marine Parade Food Centre, to groups of eateries along the nearby East Coast Road, to restaurants serving a style of Thai BBQ called Mookata, to Western pubs, to modern Indian kitchens.
Marine Parade is also close to East Coast Park, providing a quick escape into nature for a quiet retreat. With a direct underpass built near Marine Parade Central that gives you direct access to East Coast Park on foot, East Coast Park can be conveniently reached on foot as well as by car.
Marine Parade is not directly serviced by any MRT station yet (Marine Parade MRT station is planned but has not been constructed), with the closest station being Eunos MRT station. The area is directly connected to the ECP expressway, making it convenient for drivers and those commuting by taxi or bus. There are numerous bus lines that service the area as well and are a convenient option for residents to commute to the nearest MRT stations.
Being close to the city center of Singapore, Marine Parade is popular with professionals working in the city. Older residents still occupy apartments in the older HDB estates in the area and families are drawn to the area due to the great combination of having modern comforts and convenient amenities available in the nearby shopping malls, as well as the close proximity to East Coast Park.
Marine Parade is bordered on the north by Katong-Joo Chiat and Frankel, on the east by Siglap, on the south by the Straits of Singapore, and on the west by Mountbatten.
CBD: 9.6 km / 15-30 minutes by car / 40-50 minutes by transit
Changi Business Park: 9.8 km / 10-30 minutes by car / 50-60 minutes by transit
Jurong International Business Park: 23.7 km / 25-50 minutes by car / 75 minutes by transit
One North Buona Vista: 19.3 km / 20-50 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit
Tuas: 42.3 km / 40-70 minutes by car / 130 minutes by transit
Located in the “town center” of Marine Parade, also known as the Marine Parade Promenade, Parkway Parade is a suburban shopping center with a 17-story office building and a 7-story shopping mall. You’ll find abundant retail and dining options here, including other services such as banks, medical clinics, opticians, money changers, and more.
An iconic landmark in the area, the Marine Parade Community Building is a postmodern structure with highly distinguishing features. The exterior of the building contains a mural cladding titled “Texturefulness of Life” designed by a local architectural firm, and is the largest piece of installation art in Singapore. The Community Building contains the Marine Parade Community Centre, the Marine Parade Public Library, as well as a performing arts group.
Roxy Square is an integrated residential and commercial building conveniently located between the Marine Parade and Katong neighborhoods. The complex only contains one-bedroom condominium units of approximately 603 sq ft each. The complex has many small shops and businesses on its ground floor, including beauty salons, spas, stationery shops hairdressers’, employment agencies, jewelry stores, and music shops.
A great hawker center beloved by many residents in the East, this food center has resisted two renovations thus far with stall owners liking things just the way they are. Sample a variety of local foods here, with some recommendation being the D’Authentic Nasi Lemak, and Katong Chicken Curry Puff.
Located across the ECP expressway from Marine Parade, Parkland Green is a fairly recent development in East Coast Park, featuring a pocket of restaurants, cafes, bars, sports shops, and even a laser tag arena by the beach. With sprawling green lawns, the beach on the horizon, and many options for outdoor play and family fun, this is a great spot to spend a weekend with family. This dining and recreational area can be accessed most conveniently by car, by foot using the underpass located near Marine Parade Central, or by a bus service (Bus 401) that operates from Bedok Interchange on weekends and public holidays.
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