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Clementi is most commonly known as the area where tertiary educational institutions are located such as Singapore Polytechnic and Ngee Ann polytechnic.
However, do you know that there is more to Clementi than tertiary educational institutions? Here are 10 places you can explore while in Clementi:
Ang Chee Sia Ong Temple
Located in between a few HDB blocks and a hawker centre is Ang Chee Sia Ong Temple. This temple can be traced to 1918 when it was brought to Singapore from China by Mr Wang Dong Qing. Previously the temple was located at Pasir Panjang village but the present site was consecrated in 1997.
Some of the highlights you can spot in the temple are the Green Dragon Pond, Longyun Bridge, Green Dragon Fountain Pond and wall carvings depicting the ‘Twenty-Four Filial Exemplars’. The carvings are based on a Chinese classic about filial piety.
Location: Ang Chee Sia Ong Temple, 131 W Coast Dr, Singapore 128014
Escape from the heat at MIXUE, a Chinese soft serve chain, at Grantral Mall. MIXUE serves S$1 creamy ice cream cones and the affordable bubble tea selections at their outlet. Some of their must-try drinks include Strawberry Shake-Shake, Mango Sundae and Lemongrass Lemon Black Tea.
Location: MIXUE, 3151 Commonwealth Avenue West, #01-09 Grantral Mall, Singapore 129581
Clementi Woods Park
Get close to nature at Clementi Woods Park. This park is a welcoming retreat for nature lovers who are looking to slow down and appreciate nature in their neighbourhood. From a sandpit playground to a community garden, this expansive park stretches across a sloping hillside.
You can also spot a “secret” dog run at Clementi Woods Park. It has a large grassy field and steep slope for the dogs to expel their energy. You can refill your dog’s water bowl at the tap near the entrance of the park.
Location: Clementi Woods Park, West Coast Road, Next to West Coast Plaza
Consume traditional bakes at Balmoral Bakery, an old-school bake shop at Clementi. This hole-in-the-wall bake shop offers traditional tea time snacks such as egg tarts, chicken pies and fried donut hotdogs. They also retail individual, whole and customised 3-dimensional cakes.
Location: Balmoral Bakery, Sunset Way, 105 Clementi Street 12, #01-06, Singapore, 120105
Wonderful World of Whimsy
Have fun at the Wonderful World of Whimsy, an arcade in Singapore, where the tokens are only S$0.16 per piece. From old-school games like spin-and-win to slam-a-winner, the Wonderful World of Whimsy is the place to be for a fun time.
Besides Clementi, you can also find the Wonderful World of Whimsy at Sembawang Shopping Centre, JCube Shopping Centre, and E!Hub.
Location: Wonderful World of Whimsy, 321 Clementi Avenue 3, #03-01A/B, Singapore 129905
Turn your portrait into a funny cartoon at Caricaturist.SG. More commonly seen roving around carnivals or pop-up events, Caricaturist.SG brick and mortar shop could be found in NEWest Mall. There, they can turn your portrait into a comic-style like portrait in a few minutes. Do make an appointment before heading down.
Location: Caricaturist.SG, 1 West Coast Drive, #01-K19, NEWest, Singapore 128021
Chin Huat Live Seafood
Before Sunset Way was a hive of cafés and ice cream, Chin Huat Live Seafood was the sole reason people flock to the vicinity. Chin Huat Live Seafood offers an impressive selection of seafood such as lobsters, Alaskan king crabs and bamboo clams.
Today, Chin Huat Live Seafood is still a highly rated restaurant that’s often flocked with customers.
Location: Chin Huat Live Seafood, 105 Clementi Street 12, Sunset Way, #01-30, 120105
Jurong Railroad Tracks
Travel back in time and explore the Jurong Railroad Tracks that are located near Clementi Road. Snaps some photos with your friends at the disused tracks at Sunset Way as you can consider trekking along the line and immerse yourself in the lush scenery.
Take note that there were two sets of tracks, one a northbound line towards Malaysia (North-South Line) and the other heading westwards to Jurong (Jurong Line).
Location: Jurong Railroad Tracks, 48 Sunset Way, Singapore 597074
This hole-in-the-wall homebrew shop is one of Clementi’s best-kept secrets. iBrew is Singapore’s premiere homebrew supplier that supplies the ingredients and equipment for all your beer and wine home brewing needs. That means, if you are looking to get any brewing equipment to create your own bar, iBrew is the place to be. iBrew also offers brew kits, brewing guides and more.
Location: iBrew, Clementi Ave 2, #01-195 Blk 354, Singapore 120354
Unwind at this sleek monochromatic café at Clementi. Filled with industrial decorations, Glass Roasters offers a variety of coffee that “puts a pause in your step.” They used the best roasting technology to create the best cup of Joe.
If you are bringing your four-legged best friend there, you can even treat them to a puppuccino – a small cup of frothed milk.
Location: Glass Roasters, 108 Faber Drive, Singapore 129418
What’s Happening in Clementi
From purchasing brewing equipment at iBrew to getting your old school bakes at Balmoral Bakery, there are plenty of things to do while in Clementi.
If you want to explore other parts of Singapore, check out six exciting things to do at Punggol, learn what’s happening at Tanjong Pagar, 10 places to visit while in Bedok, and find out what’s happening at Katong.