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When it comes to where to go in Tampines, most people will recommend shopping in the three malls surrounding the MRT station. However, do you know there is more to Tampines than shopping? Check out 10 places you can go in Tampines.
Our Tampines Hub
Loaded with a wide range of arts and sports facilities, Our Tampines Hub is the best place to be if you are looking for an adventure. As Singapore’s largest integrated community and lifestyle hub, Our Tampines Hub hosts various facilities such as a rooftop garden that’s filled with edible vegetables and a huge library that occupies five storeys.
The refurbished library is filled with amenities such as maker spaces, an exhibition gallery, and a study lounge which is just perfect for readers of all ages.
Location: 1 Tampines Walk, Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 528523
Tampines Round Market & Food Centre
Tampines Round Market & Food Centre has been a mainstay for Tampines residents over the past few decades. This food centre is filled with a multitude of food options such as chwee kueh and curry rice. Some of the recommended stalls include Nasi Lemak Specialist @ Street 11 and Rajarani Thosai.
Location: Tampines Round Market & Food Centre, 137 Tampines Street 11, Singapore 522137
Sun Plaza Park
Located at Tampines Avenue 7 and 9, Sun Plaza Park is a place for families to bond with their young ones.
Engage your senses at their Sense Discovery Garden where there are 10 interactive stations available. This zone is a fun and interactive play spot for families and children. Some of the plays include textured walls, talking tubes, chimes, a tumbler, and an organic texture walk.
On top of that, there is also a Woodball Course in the park. The Woodball Course consists of twelve fairways, built to comply with internationally accepted standards.
Location: Sun Plaza Park, Along Tampines Avenues 7 and 9
Kenny Rogers Roasters Singapore
Known for their specialty chicken dishes, Kenny Rogers Roasters is a household name for comfort Western food. This restaurant chain offers various specialities such as their Kenny’s Quarter Meal and Kenny’s Chicken & Pasta Meal.
Location: Kenny Rogers Roasters Singapore, Century Square, 2 Tampines Central 5 #02-20/27, Singapore 529509
Tampines Eco Green
Hidden away between the expressway and Tampines Avenue 12, is a 36.5-hectare ecological park called Tampines Eco Green. Immerse in nature as you stroll through open grasslands to observe the flora and fauna of the area. Watch the lively biodiversity in the freshwater wetlands and secondary rainforest. You can capture beautiful photographs of birds and other wildlife whilst in the area.
Location: Tampines Eco Green, Tampines Avenue 9 and Tampines Avenue 12
IKEA, Giant Hypermarket and Courts
Located a stone’s throw away from each other at Tampines North Drive 2, this mega shopping trinity is the best place to be if you are looking for food, fun and furniture. Fulfil your Swedish cravings at IKEA before heading over to Giant Hypermarket to grab your weekly groceries. If you are looking for the latest home appliances and gadgets, simply cross over the road and you will reach Courts.
The best part is, the Giant Hypermarket is open 24 hours so you can grab your essentials at any time of the day.
IKEA, 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764
Courts, 50 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528766
Giant Hypermarket, 21 Tampines North Drive 2 #03-01, Singapore 528765
Tampines Changkat Butterfly Garden
Venture through the tranquil garden filled with greenery and butterflies at Tampines Changkat Butterfly Garden. This garden is filled with greenery and information about the different butterflies. There are also various wooden seats around the garden for you to rest your feet. This may be a small garden but it is one that butterfly lovers will enjoy.
Location: Tampines Changkat Butterfly Garden, Tampines Street 11, Singapore 521137
Tampines Chinese Temple
Opened in 1992, the Tampines Chinese Temple brings together 12 Taoist temples that once stood in Tampines before it was developed. During development, those temples must make way for the development of Tampines Town.
Earlier attempts of grouping the temples together did not take off smoothly. However, with help from the government’s resettlement officers, the Tampines Chinese Temple organising committee was formed in 1985.
Today, you can find a 270-meter-long dragon sculpture around the perimeter of the Tampines Chinese Temple. Within the temple are nine altars enshrining deities of its constituent temples.
Location: Tampines Chinese Temple, 25 Tampines Street 21, Singapore 529394
Watermelon & Mangosteen Playgrounds
Built in the 80s, these fruit-themed playgrounds are the last few concrete playgrounds remaining in Singapore. Designed by HDB architect Ms Lee-Loy Kwee Wah, the watermelon and mangosteen playgrounds were inspired by the fruit farms of rural Tampines before the town was developed.
Presently, the playground is part of the Tampines Heritage Trail.
Location: Watermelon & Mangosteen Playgrounds, Tampines Central Park, Tampines St 83, Singapore 520858
Get some ice cream in this ice cream café located at a stand-alone glasshouse building in The Alps Residences in Tampines. This ice cream café has a clean and minimalist interior with about eight tables indoors. The café offers 16 ice cream flavours ranging from Yakult Oreo to Pistachios. Around Café is open till 2am most of the days.
Location: Around, The Alps Residences, 115 Tampines Street 86, #01-51, Singapore 528537
What’s Happening in Tampines
From having ice cream in a glasshouse to observing butterflies in Tampines Changkat Butterfly Garden, many things are happening in Tampines. 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, explore Bedok, and find out what’s happening at Katong.