Woodlands, the Northern most region of Singapore was a heavily-wooded area as its name suggests. Rubber plantations and poultry farms dotted the landscape. The development of Woodlands began in the 1980s with the construction of public housing, transport facilities, military bases and neighboring towns. Now it has developed into a bustling heartland, with nature at its feet and close proximity to Malaysia right at its doorstep! Check out our top friendly-friendly picks in this Northern heartland.
Woodlands Waterfront is a coastal park which features a refurbished jetty, views of the Straits of Johor and verdant trails ideal for cycling or a stroll with the family. Spend an idyllic day fishing, or simply enjoy the floral and fauna and have a picnic at the promenade.
Woodlands Waterfront Park, 6A Admiralty Road West, Singapore 759956. Opens daily 24 hours.
As the Northern most town, Woodlands shares close proximity with Malaysia, which is just across the straits! Purchase a train ticket online and catch an old school KTM train to Johor Bahru for a family day tour! Ticket prices are SG$5 for a one-way trip there and 5 Ringgit for the return trip. Book the tickets in advance before heading to the station as the tickets are sold out rather quickly. Remember to pack your passports too!
Woodlands Train Check Point, 11 Woodlands Crossing, Singapore, 738108.
The newly opened Admiralty Park boasts of an exciting all-terrain playground with 26 custom-designed slides! Within the park, there is play area specially designed for younger children and even a wheelchair friendly swing! It is certainly a fun destination for your next family outing!
Admiralty Park, 31 Riverside Road, Singapore 730000. Opens daily 24 hours.
Truly a hidden gem in Woodlands, Citrus By The Pool is a delightful café located beside Woodlands Swimming Complex. The Asian-fusion menu is affordably priced and the decadent desserts are highly raved! The chef recommended Grilled Free Range Chicken, Da Burger Bomb and Chilli Chicken Fries will not disappoint. Kids menu is available as well!
For guilt-free family dining, head to The Crowded Bowl at Republic Polytechnic. The café serves wholesome all-vegetarian salad bowls, offering a medley of fresh and aromatic ingredients. For just $3, you could select up to 3 different toppings for the Signature salad! It is an excellent place to get your little ones to eat their greens!
The Crowded Bowl, 9 Woodlands Avenue 9, The Lawn Foodcourt Block W4 Level 3, Republic Polytechnic, +65 6364 7566, www.thecrowdedbowl.sg. Opens Mondays – Fridays 9am – 6pm.
Nestled in the heart of Woodlands Waterfront Park, Rasa Istimewa is a family friendly dining place with a beautiful view. The restaurant is Halal-certified and serves tze-char style cuisine. Signature items include the BBQ Stingray, Salted egg prawns and hot plate tofu. The spacious interior is perfect for large family gatherings.
Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant, 6A Admiralty Road West, Singapore 757445, +65 6884 6884, www.rasaistimewa.com.sg. Opens Monday – Friday 2pm – 12am, Saturdays & Sundays 12pm – 12am.
Geláre is an old time favorite ice cream cafe in Singapore. With its origins from Australia, it specializes in gourmet ice cream made with fresh Australian produce and dairy. The bake-to-order waffles are immensely popular! Beyond a place for desserts, a selection of pastas, gourmet sandwiches and beverages are available too.
The iconic Nan Xiang Steamed Bun Restaurant located within the premises of Shanghai’s Cheng Huang Temple has been serving steamed buns and dumplings for more a century. Check out the Singaporean branch located at Ten Mile Junction. The Xiao Long Bao and King-sized Nan Xiang Crab Roe Bun are tantalizingly good! The steamed red bean buns shaped like little piglets are popular with little ones.
Located within one of Singapore’s pilot retirement community hub, Kampong Admiralty Hawker Centre has more than 40 hawker stalls for diners to choose from! From chargrilled Ayam Panggang (grilled chicken), wholesome soups, flavorful carrot cake to healthy Yong Tau Foo, there’s something for everyone in the family.
Kampong Admiralty Hawker Centre, 672 Woodlands Drive 71, Singapore 730672. Opens daily 5am – 11pm.
This restaurant specializes in Hainanese cuisine. The talented culinary team created unique dishes are different from the usual Hainan fare but retains traditional cooking methods and ingredients. The signature items include the Coconut Chicken Hotpot, Stir-fried Beef with Pineapple sauce, Claypot yam rice and Crispy Pork Collar. It is a great place to dine with the family for some hearty and healthy comfort food.
Yeh Ting Restaurant, Woodlands Civic Centre, 900 South Woodlands Drive, Singapore 730900,+65 6363 2315, Facebook Page. Opens daily 11am – 10:30pm.
Nasi Lemak is a hawker staple in Singapore. It is hard to resist a plate of fluffy coconut rice, served with Ikan Bilis, Sunny-side eggs and other side dishes! The infamous Boon Lay Nasi Lemak opened a kiosk stall at Causeway Point. There’s a perpetual queue and the aroma of spices is hard to miss. This stall only does takeaways and might be a good option for your next family gathering at home!
Experience authentic and traditional Vietnamese cuisine with your little ones at So Pho! Find traditional favorites like Banh Mi, Pho, Spring rolls and wholesome bento. The food is halal certified, with numerous healthy options. We love the convenience of the delivery option too!
The hawker centre was reopened in mid-December 2017. The Five Star Fast Food Mee Goreng and Ye Lai Xiang Laksa are highly-raved by local food critics. Many stalls are helmed by hawkers from the Old Woodlands Town Centre market. Check out this hawker gem with your little ones during your next outing at Woodlands!
Marsiling Mall Hawker Centre, 4 Woodlands Street 12, Singapore 738623. Opens daily 9am -9pm.
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