Bukit Timah covers a large swathe of land, stretching from the fringes of Little India in the south, trailing through the perimeter of the city centre before ending in the north west of the island. Nature convenes right on its doorstep, with the Botanic Gardens, Bukit Batok Nature Park and the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve being its focal green points. Eclectic shops, cafes and restaurants give the whole stretch a distinct relaxed, bohemian vibe.
The Grandstand is a family-friendly mall housing Pasarbella, Singapore’s only dedicated indoor market as well as the fabulous new Chillax Market for lifestyle, homewares, fashion, food, art and beauty. It also features an unbeatable curation of child-centric stores such as Piccolo House, indoor play areas, Fidgets and Kiddy Fun and restaurants such as VeganBurg and Treehouse Café.
The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994, +65 6463 4610, www.thegrandstand.com.sg
There's something for everyone at Horse City stables! Ride a pony, feed the donkeys or for a rustic staycation, book into Riders Lodge. Once tummies start rumblin’, treat your crew to a scrummy meal at Roundhouse. Little Miss Twinkle Toes can brush up on her ballet, jazz or tap at Tanglin’s Art Studio while you gain some inner calm at OmShiva Yoga next door and Sylvia's Secrets.
Horse City, 100 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287992, +65 6463 6012, www.horsecity.com.sg
Living Deli & Café, is one of Singapore's few raw food restaurants and a popular meeting spot for Bukit Timah locals. You won't find any red meat, dairy, white sugar, additives or preservatives here! Instead, tuck into wholesome and waist-friendly versions of pizzas, sandwiches and burgers. And don't forget to bring a little goodness home from the shop upstairs!
Living Deli & Café, 779 Bukit Timah Road. Singapore 269768, +65 6468 4482, www.balancedlivingasia.com
Though small in comparison to other malls in the vicinity, Cluny Court is a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind shops and eateries, some of which cater to mums and bubs. Our picks include The Children's Showcase, for toys and kid's clothes from Europe; Ellyloves, a purveyor of high-quality kidswear; and Abrakadoodle Art Studio for Kids, a superb creative outlet for arty farty tots.
Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760, +65 6467 6077, Facebook page
One of our old family-friendly favourites, Pictotin is back in Bukit Timah, in a new but just as great location at the Champions golf course at Fairways. Enjoy a relaxed, family meal of popular handmade pizzas and classic bistro fare while you look out over the lush greenery of the golf course. There's mini-golf and a playground to keep the kids occupied and live sports on tv to keep everyone happy.
The Bukit Timah Saddle Club is nestled deep within the green expanses of this sprawling neighbourhood, offering lessons for children in show jumping and dressage. Camps are held during school holidays and children over seven can join the Pony Club to learn to ride. Fun pony rides are available on weekends when the brunch crowds hit The Marmalade Pantry and Rider's Cafe.
Bukit Timah Saddle Club, 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965, +65 6466 2264, www.btsc.org.sg
This gorgeous cafe, housed within a quaint shophouse, The Missing Pan is great for brunch. Find freshly baked goods on the ground floor and a bistro on the second. It serves a plethora of familiar favourites, such as Eggs Benedict and Pot Pie - but with a twist. To top it off, there's a kids menu as well as a sizeable range of UK ciders and beers for mum and dad.
The Missing Pan, 619D Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269724, +65 6466 4377, www.themissingpan.com
Surrounded by lush greenery and extensive landscape, the former Bukit Timah Fire Station is an enrichment hub especially catered to kids. It houses places such as Bambini Atelier, Kidz Party Store, Kidspace Learning Place, Wizkids and City Ballet Academy. The modern American diner, Spruce is here too with a kid-friendly menu so they can grab a bite after class.
Bukit Timah Fire Station, 260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-01, Singapore 588190, +65 6578 9966, Facebook page
Residents of Upper Bukit Timah have long been privy to this tranquil and rustic hangout, Rail Mall, located on the edge of Singapore's colonial rail corridor. Filled with casual restaurants including chains Cedele, renowned for its healthy grub, as well as Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf alongside independents such as Chinese outfit Home, this is a great chill-out spot for a lazy Sunday afternoon interlude.
The Rail Mall, 392 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 678046, www.railmall.com.sg
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