Having been designated as early as 1828 in Lt. Philip Jackson’s Singapore Town Plan, East Coast Road hugs the Eastern Singapore shoreline and is the main vein to the culturally rich neighborhoods in the area. Having one of the best views in the city, land in the East Coast area (consisting of East Coast Rd and Upper East Coast Rd) was highly sought after by rich merchants to build their seafront bungalows back in the day.
Today, the Upper East Coast area of Singapore is a mainly residential one. Modern condominium complexes are interspersed with large bungalow homes, giving you an array of housing options. The area presents many opportunities for outdoor activities with East Coast Park nearby for relaxing Sunday bike rides and picnics and Bedok Reservoir always at the ready for watersport lovers. Restaurants, cafes, pubs, and other local amenities are also conveniently dotted along this stretch of road.
With several schools within this neighborhood (Chai Chee Secondary School, Temasek Primary School, and Temasek Secondary School), this is a popular choice for families to call home. Older citizens as well as couples also choose this neighborhood for its suburban feel, giving you a more tranquil living space away from the hectic city life.
CBD: 13.6 km / 15-35 minutes by car / 50-60 minutes by transit
Changi Business Park: 5.2 km / 10-15 minutes by car / 40-45 minutes by transit
Jurong International Business Park: 26.5 km / 30-50 minutes by car / 75-90 minutes by transit
One North Buona Vista: 22.8 km / 25-45 minutes by car / 60-70 minutes by transit
Tuas: 44.3 km / 45-75 minutes by car / 130 minutes by transit
A highly popular place for people to unwind and relax with friends and family, the largest park in Singapore offers white sandy beaches for swimming or tanning, tall shady trees perfect for picnics, BBQ pits available for hire for a family gathering, permits for overnight camping, and sporting activities such as biking and wakeboarding. This beach is not short of seafront dining options with a Food Village serving up local hawker fare, and a Seafood Centre housing several seafood restaurants within a small compound.
A commercial building located on Siglap Road, Siglap Centre offers basic amenities such as a drycleaner, supermarket, restaurant/cafes, barber, and massage parlour.
Bedok Reservoir is a popular destination for water sport enthusiasts and joggers. You’ll find team of dragon boaters training hard on the weekends, kayakers taking relaxing rows on the water, and wakeboarders getting their adrenaline rush. The reservoir’s 4.3 km track sees its fair share of runners. Public benches and restaurants dotted along the reservoir provide places for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy some peace and quiet.
A large suburban shopping mall located in Bedok, Bedok Mall is an integrated residential and retail development home to 3-storeys of retail space and eight 15-storeys of residential towers above it called Bedok Residences. With the MRT station and bus interchange located conveniently within the building grounds, the mall is easily accessible and offers a convenient family shopping experience.
This little local eatery serves up a local Hakkka Chinese dish called Yong Tau Foo, consisting primarily of tofu and vegetables stuffed with a ground meat mixture or fish paste. Fu Lin’s specialty is in the way they fry the tofu and vegetables until they achieve crispy golden brown coats, and their secret meat sauce that adds a deliciously thick and satisfying texture to every bite.
Located opposite the Bedok Military training camp, Bedok Food Centre delights with an interesting array of Muslim food stalls, and is also known for the Chinese desserts on offer.
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