You may associate the name ‘Changi’ with the Singapore Changi Airport. But the coastal area is also home to charming eateries, an emotionally-charged museum and a boardwalk, that takes you past the beach. Here are some of the highlights in this eastern district.
SEE & DO
There are a clutch of malls in and near Changi, perfect for a day of retail therapy. Changi City Point, a factory outlet mall at the Changi Business Park, is where to go to pick up great bargains from fashion and sportswear brands such as Lacoste, Timberland, Nike and Esprit. Or, for your lifestyle needs, head to Bedok Mall or Tampines Mall. These two large suburban malls offer a range of goods and services, including hairdressers, skincare boutiques, bookstores and gadget shops.
Changi City Point
Tel: (65) 6788 8370
Opening hours: 10am–10pm daily
Tel: (65) 6788 8370
Opening hours: 10am–10pm daily
The Changi Museum
World War II prisoners-of-war (POW) of different nationalities were interned in Changi Prison during the Japanese invasion of Singapore between 1942 and 1945. This museum remembers their suffering through photographs, letters, and a replica of the Changi Murals, painted by British POW Stanley Warren to keep the prisoners’ morale up. Visit the museum and be inspired by the heroic stories that unfolded in Changi during the war.
Address: 1000 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
Tel: (65) 6214 2451
Fax: (65) 6214 1179
Opening hours: 9.30am–5pm daily (last admission at 4.30pm)
Changi Point Coastal Walk/Changi Beach Park
Changi Point Coastal Walk is a 2.2 kilometre boardwalk that takes you past Singapore’s eastern coastline, through lush forests and out to the sea. Built over the water on stilts, you can see hobby fishermen reeling in their catch of the day. You can also admire the sunset from the western end of the boardwalk. While there, do drop by Changi Beach Park which has a pristine stretch of sand. Start exploring from the main starting point located between the Civil Service Club (Changi) and the Changi Point Ferry Terminal.
Opening hours: 24 hours (Lights are turned on 7pm–7am daily)
Pulau Ubin is an island off the coast of Changi and one of the last few places in Singapore untouched by urban development. At Chek Jawa wetlands on the island, you can see marine life such as mudskippers, fiddler crabs and sea stars at low tide. A 1.1 kilometre boardwalk that runs past the coast and a mangrove area allows you to get up close to the flora and fauna without hurting them.
The island can be reached by a 15-minute bumboat ride from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal, 51 Lorong Bekukong, open from 7am–7pm.
This restaurant serves authentic food from the Chettinad region in India’s Tamil Nadu state. Try its house specials such as the boneless Chettinad chicken masala (spices).
Changi Village Hawker Centre
This food centre is packed with stalls selling delicious local food, and if you need help deciding what to eat, here’s a tip: Go for one of the most famous dishes here – nasi lemak, (fragrant coconut rice served with sambal chilli and fried anchovies), goreng pisang (fried banana fritters), satay bee hoon (vermicelli served with peanut sauce) and Ipoh hor fun (flat rice noodles served with thick gravy).
Address: 2 Changi Village Road, Singapore 500002
Jubilee Coffee House & Bar
Nestled in an old colonial bungalow set amidst lush greenery, this laidback, retro-themed café will transport you to Singapore in the 1970s. In line with its throwback to the good old days, it serves a mix of local food such as fried rice, laksa (vermicelli served in a thick and spicy coconut broth), and fried carrot cake (cubes of rice flour and radish with eggs and garlic) and Western food.
Address: 580 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508516
Tel: (65) 6543 0060
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, 10.30am–12am; Fri, 10.30am–1am, Sat & Eve of Public Holidays, 9.30am–1am, Sun & Public Holiday, 9.30am–10.30pm
Little Island Brewing Co
This microbrewery serves a wide variety of craft beers such as the Singapore Pale Ale, an oak-matured Pale Ale with a mild flowery and woody aroma, and piny resin notes. Its beers are unpasteurised and unfiltered, which mean they retain their complex flavours. Tip: Purchase a pre-paid card and tap your way to savour various craft beers, which are charged by the millilitre.
Address: Block 6 Changi Village Road, #01-01/02, Singapore 509907
Tel: (65) 6543 9100
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, 12pm–11pm; Fri, 12pm–12am; Sat, 11am–12am; Sun, 11am–11pm
The Coastal Settlement
This quaint and quirky café and bar is located among lush greenery, giving it a back-to-nature feel, while the retro and vintage interiors will leave you feeling nostalgic. Here, you can unwind and knock back a wide selection of wines and liquors while enjoying the alfresco setting. The bar’s signature drinks include espresso martini, lychee mojito and watermelon martini.
Address: 200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529
Tel: (65) 6475 0200
Fax: (65) 6472 0200
Opening hours: Tue–Sun, 10.30am–12am; Closed on Mon, except Eve of Public Holidays and Public Holiday
This laidback bar set up in 1979 in a corner of Changi Village Hawker Centre is still going strong. Here, you can enjoy a wide range of international beers and also Western fare, including buffalo wings and fish and chips.
Address: Changi Village Hawker Centre, 2 Changi Village Road, #01-70 Road, Singapore 500002
Tel: (65) 6543 1754
Opening hours: Tue–Sun, 12pm–12am; Closed on Mondays
Park Avenue Changi Hotel
A good place for those with meetings in the eastern part of Singapore, this hotel is situated in Changi Business Park. Its executive deluxe rooms and suites come with a fully equipped kitchenette, perfect for long stays. This hotel is just 500 metres away from Singapore EXPO Convention & Exhibition Centre and next to Expo station, which means it is just one station stop away from Changi Airport.
Address: 2 Changi Business Park Avenue 1, Singapore 486015
Tel: (65) 6830 8360 (Central Reservations) / (65) 6809 7300 (Park Avenue Changi)
Email: email@example.com (Central Reservations) / firstname.lastname@example.org (General & Sales Enquiry)
Capri by Fraser, Changi City/Singapore
Enjoy the comforts of home in Capri by Fraser, with facilities such as a fully equipped kitchenette, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a swimming pool and a gym that is open round the clock. Targeting the tech-savvy traveller, it also has a 24/7 laundry room with interactive games, a poolside bar and high-tech meeting rooms.
Address: 3 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486037
Tel: (65) 6933 9833 (Changi City) / (65) 6898 0800 (Global Reservations 24-hour hotline)
Fax: (65) 6933 9888 (Changi City) / (65) 6415 0519 (Global Reservations)
Village Hotel Changi
For a taste of local life, opt for this hotel tucked in a quiet corner of the charming Changi Village area. Some of its rooms offer beautiful sea views, and the hotel has a rooftop infinity pool. Nature lovers will also appreciate that the hotel is a short walk from Changi Beach and Changi Point Coastal Boardwalk.