Things To Do, Places To Visit: Serangoon — A Guide


With neat rows of low-rise houses, small eateries in rows of shophouses, and a little town center, the quaint neighbourhood of Serangoon can’t help but evoke a scene from the American film Pleasantville (1998). Formerly a residential estate for British soldiers and airmen, the colonial influence is still prevalent in the naming of the roads at Serangoon Gardens, with more than 40 of them named after places in Britain. 

Neat rows of shophouses form the hub of activity here. /  Photo: Christy Chua

While locals would cross the island in a heartbeat for supper at the renowned Chomp Chomp Food Centre, this guide spotlights some of Serangoon’s hidden gems that are best explored in the day. For those with a penchant for all things unique – you’ve got them all here. From antique shops, ice cream joints to hands-on crafts, there’s so much more to admire in Serangoon.


Your day is off to a great start at Serangoon Garden Food Centre. Join the winding queue which begins as early as 7am (they open at 6am) for Serangoon Garden Bakery & Confectionary, an old-school bakery selling fresh buns with luncheon meat, yam, coconut, otah, peanut and kaya from just $1 a pop. The uncle’s recognisable voice shouting “再来” (come again in Mandarin) never fails to warm hearts everytime they walk out of the market with a box of piping hot soft buns.

Come as early as 6am to catch an rows upon rows of fresh buns out of their ovens. /  Photo: Christy Chua
Their buns are filled with local flavours, including kaya, coconut, and yam. /  Photo: Christy Chua
Aliff Nasi Lemak is well-loved by residents for their basmati rice and accompanying sambal chilli. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Another crowd pleaser here is Aliff Nasi Lemak, which has received high praises for their fragrant and fluffy basmati rice and their well-balanced sambal. Mix and match your favourite fried accompaniments such as chicken wings, ikan kuning (deep-fried fish), otah (spicy fishcake), tempeh (fermented soybeans), begedil (potato fritters), and snag a piece of golden brown goreng pisang (banana fritters) while you’re at it.

Take your pick when it comes to fried accompaniments. Apart from the usual fare, they also offer fried fishcake, tahu, and tempeh. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Serangoon Garden Bakery & Confectionery

Address: Serangoon Garden Market, 49A Serangoon Garden Way, #01-45 Singapore 555945

Operating Hours: Daily except Mondays, 6:30 am  – 3:00 pm

Aliff Nasi Lemak

Address: Serangoon Garden Market, 49A Serangoon Garden Way, #01-27 Singapore 555945

Operating Hours: Daily except Mondays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, 8:00am – 2:00 pm on Wednesdays


Be greeted by the two-storey bungalow and workshop of Just Anthony at 379 Upper Paya Lebar Road. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Take a bus down to the outskirts of Serangoon and be greeted by a two-storey bungalow graced by a perimeter of stone statues and ceramic vases. Climb up a short flight of steps and open the doors to Just Anthony, a realm of vintage furniture and antiques. Established in the 1970s, they offer a blend of traditional and contemporary oriental designs to cater to diverse tastes.

The antique and oriental furniture shop is a haven for those who love knick-knacks and one-of-a-kind pieces. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Just Anthony

Address: 379 Upper Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 534972

Operating hours: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm daily

Cheong Ann Watch Maker has been in the neighbourhood of Serangoon for over 70 years. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Be transported to another time, literally, as you step into the narrow aisle of Cheong Ann Watch Maker, a third generation clock/watch repair family business. Marvel at the clocks of every shape and size which they have amassed and refurbished over the years and share a laugh with the amiable father-son duo on your visit.

They fix all kinds of clocks and watches, and have even taken a liking to gramophones. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Cheong Ann Watch Maker

Address: 4 Lim Tua Tow Rd, Singapore 547714

Opening hours: Daily except Sundays, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm


From Lam’s Noodles, 8 Degrees Taiwanese Bistro, Yaowarat Seafood, there are many restaurants to dine at along Teck Whye Terrace. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Head down the street for a plethora of lunch options along Teck Whye Terrace. Japanese sushi, Taiwanese braised pork rice, Thai fried rice, Singaporean chilli crab and abalone noodles – over here, you get a range of international cuisines at a glance.

Nic & Tom Eatery’s signature Cheese Bee Hoon is the brainchild created out of the owners’ fondness for Chinese and Western cuisines. /  Photo: Christy Chua

For an innovative take on flavours closer to home, Nic & Tom Eatery in the heart of Serangoon Garden is a casual eatery which deserves a thumbs up for their reasonable pricing. One of their signature dishes is their Cheese Seafood Beehoon, which may sound like a cardinal sin in any Chinese restaurant, but we would gladly reassure you that this pairing is extremely satisfying for anyone who guns for savoury over sweet. 

Nic & Tom Eatery

Address: 55 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555951

Operating Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm daily


Cottontail Creamery offers plenty of homemade ice cream flavours to choose from. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Find a cosy respite from the scorching afternoon sun at Cottontail Creamery, a humble cafe under a HDB block at Serangoon Avenue 2. The folks here churn their own ice cream in-house and offer a remarkable range of experimental flavours, including Sicilian Olive Oil & Blackcurrant and Black Sesame Single Malt Whiskey. 

The Sicilian Olive Oil & Blackcurrant ice cream has a surprising light mouthfeel and is laced with blackcurrant compote. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Cottontail Creamery

Address: 326 Serangoon Ave 3, #01-378, Singapore 550326

Operating hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm (Tues to Thurs), 11:00 am – 11:00 pm (Fri), 9:00 am – 11:00 pm (Sat), 9:00 am – 10:00 pm (Sun)

For handcrafted chocolates, lemon meringue pies, ice cream and waffles and more, Wimbly Lu is one of the oldest dessert and brunch cafes in Serangoon. Opened in 2011, its flagship outlet sporting the brick-wall aesthetic of European cafes, still remains as a cosy spot nestled in the residential estate.

The waffles are crisp and flavourful, paired with house-made vanilla bean ice cream on the side and a generous drizzle of maple syrup. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Wimbly Lu

Address: 15-2 Jln Riang, Singapore 358987

Operating Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm (Mon to Fri, closed Tue), 9:00 am – 10:00 pm (Sat to Sun)


Common Touch Craft Unit is a spacious studio at Burghley Lifestyle Hub. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Slow down and enjoy an evening at Common Touch Craft Unit, which offers one-time sessions for novices to try their hand behind the potter’s wheel. Learn the techniques of hand-building and wheel-throwing in a three-hour session and craft 2-3 pieces of pottery that you will be able to take home after the firing process which takes at least 2 months.

Common Touch Craft Unit

Address: 45 Burghley Dr, #01-08 Burghley Lifestyle Hub, Singapore 559022

Operating Hours: Daily except Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm


The history of Chomp Chomp Food Centre dates back to the 1960s. /  Photo: Christy Chua
Owner Mr Ng Hock Chuan (right) is the 4th son of Ng Seng, one of the two brothers who started frying this style of noodles along Rochor Road in the 1950s. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Enjoy a feast of Singaporean street food at Chomp Chomp Food Centre, which currently stands at the same spot where hawkers used to peddle food in the 1960s. Some popular stalls to check off your hawker bucket list include Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Mee, run by the fourth generation of hawkers, and Ang Sa Lee Oyster Omelette.

Ang Sa Lee Oyster Omelette serves up both fried oyster and fried oyster omelette dishes in various sizes. /  Photo: Christy Chua
Their fried oyster has a thick and chewy potato starch base with a generous heap of fried egg and plump oysters. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Chomp Chomp Food Centre

Address: 20 Kensington Park Rd, Singapore 557269

Opening hours: 4:00 pm – 12:30 am daily

Claypot frog legs with a side of porridge and a small portion of BBQ sambal stingray make for a meal good for two. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Frog leg porridge is a comforting alternative for a cosy, rainy night in Serangoon. Hong Chang Frog Porridge and BBQ Fish serves a variety of seafood dishes including sambal stingray, stir-fried squid, clams, prawns and more, alongside their signature frog legs served in a claypot in a dark soy sauce gravy.

Enjoy their claypot frog legs with ginger and garlic, dried chilli, or mixed together with the porridge. /  Photo: Christy Chua

Hong Chang Frog Porridge and BBQ Fish

Address: 2 Braddell Rd, Singapore 359895

Operating Hours: Daily except Mondays, 3:00 pm – 2:00 am

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