Written by: Marissa Saini
Clementi is a mature west-side neighbourhood that never seems to lose its luster, attracting home seekers time and time again. Wonder why? Over the years, Clementi has grown from its humble beginnings as a relatively quiet town into a vibrant and bustling estate.
The town is known for the many tertiary educational institutions located there, including Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, and the National University of Singapore. Recently, this charming west-side town was abuzz with the highly anticipated launch of Parc Clematis.
That said, here are the top 4 hidden gems that make Clementi truly one of a kind.
1. Cafe hop without the crowd
With a concentration of restos that could rival Haji Lane and Keong Saik Road, Sunset Way is your ideal weekend brunch destination that’s located right in the heartland. Get your prata and teh tarik fix at Springleaf Prata Place before feasting on rustic Asian cuisine at the cosy Yassin Kampung. If you’re true-blue cafe hoppers, be sure to spend an afternoon at the brunch-friendly Baker & Cook before indulging on unorthodox ice cream flavours at The Daily Scoop.
How to get there: Alight from Clementi MRT Exit A. From there, take bus 189 and alight after three stops. It is a nine-minute walk from there.
2. Try the famous rojak at 449 Clementi Hawker Centre
If you’ve been looking high and low for tasty rojak that will make your tastebuds sing, your search is over! Clementi is home to Brothers Rojak, a humble stall tucked away in the corner of 449 Clementi Hawker Centre that serves up arguably the best rojak in Singapore! With different portion sizes indicated solely by price (the price of the rojak ranges from $3 to $8), rojak-lovers who brace the long queue will be rewarded with a mouthwatering culinary experience.
How to get there: Alight from Clementi MRT Exit A. From there, it is a five-minute walk to 449 Clementi Hawker Centre.
3. Take the kids to the sprawling playground at West Coast Park
Give your kids a playdate they’ll never forget down at West Coast Park! The park boasts plenty of nostalgic childhood fixtures such as the exhilarating zipline, the pyramid-shaped rope obstacle and of course, the Viking ship playground to reenact nautical fantasies of navigating a ship at sea. After a long day at play, you and the little ones can dine at McDonald’s located within the park.
How to get there: Alight from Clementi MRT Exit B. From there, take bus 183 and alight after seven stops. West Coast Park is a three-minute walk away.
4. Get your eyebrow threaded for only $5
Ask any Clementi resident and they would tell you of this wallet-friendly beauty parlour in Clementi Central that provides quality eyebrow threading service for only $5! Walk by the shop after office hours or at the brink of any holiday season and you’ll see a long line of people waiting to get primped and pampered at Rimpy Beauty Art.
How to get there: Alight from Clementi MRT Exit A. Walk past Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre. You’ll spot Rimpy Beauty Art on your right.
Clementi is filled with quirky charm that could only come from a neighbourhood with a rich history that dates back to its development in the seventies. Considering the onslaught of new neighbourhoods that pop up year after year to accommodate more BTOs, Clementi offers a refreshing dose of nostalgia you won’t find anywhere else.
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