Singapore’s East Side Gem: Places to Explore in Paya Lebar
The sleepy district of Paya Lebar is getting a facelift with the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s masterplan focused on transforming the district into Singapore’s newest commercial hub. What if you lived here? What if you worked here? Here are some great spots you can explore at this up and coming neighbourhood:
Haig Road Market & Food Centre
A friendly hawker centre offering authentic local fare (including a good range of halal options) at affordable prices. The traditional Haig Road Putu Piring is a must-try here. This establishment has been around since the 1950s and continues to attract long lines of eager customers.
For a quick dose of the local Peranakan culture, take a stroll around the Joo Chiat area and silently revel in the mix of colourful two-storey shophouses with ornate facades and quaint local shops, surrounded by the cackling of school children from Tanjong Katong Primary, Tanjong Katong Girls’ School and the Canadian International School in the close vicinity. Listen intently and you might even hear the travelling sounds of the talented Tanjong Katong Secondary school band hard at practice most weekday afternoons.
The LLiBrary is a special public-accessible library hidden inside the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI). It offers resources on skills upgrading and career development. Access to these resources is made available to enhance the professional development of working adults in the country. While a National Library Board (NLB) membership is required for the lending of materials, you are free to walk in to do your private reading within the library.
East Coast Park is one of Singapore’s most treasured urban getaways, with a scenic coastline stretching over fifteen kilometres of the southeastern coast of Singapore. One of the largest in the island city, the park offers a diverse range of sporting activities (both on land and sea), and recreational options set amidst sun, sand and sea all year round. Facilities such as bicycle rentals and barbeque pits dotted along the coastline make it a breeze to enjoy an active lifestyle outdoors within a 5-minute drive from Paya Lebar.
With a wide array of sights and sounds to explore in close proximity, you’ll surely find something to suit your taste if you are thinking about moving to the area. Fun and exciting adventures await you in the exciting East of Singapore.