Toa Payoh might be Singapore’s second oldest satellite town, but it’s precisely the rich heritage and history of this district that makes it so charming. Of course, the good food that you can find at every turn doesn’t hurt either!
- Make believe you’re overseas at this romantic and picturesque town park
- Make a wish at the wishing well located at Singapore’s oldest Buddhist monastery
- Get your seafood craving satisfied at this well-known zichar place
- Dig into the creative Chendol-inspired desserts at this heartland cafe
- Snack on the irresistible muachee from this stall which is 60 years old and still going strong
Make believe you’re overseas at this romantic and picturesque town park
Not all town parks in Singapore were made equal – and Toa Payoh Town Park is testimony to that. This highly Instagrammable park features a hexagonal bridge, the iconic Toa Payoh tower, and even a stone arch bridge (pictured above). Come in the evening for a romantic tete-a-tete with your significant other – for an hour or two, you’ll feel like you’ve temporarily escaped Singapore.
Make a wish at the wishing well located at Singapore’s oldest Buddhist monastry
Even if you’re non-religious, you can’t miss out on a trip to the Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery, which is the only monastery in Singapore that’s gazetted as a national monument.
The monastery has recently completed 11 years’ worth of restoration work, and is a sight to behold. If you’re exploring the compounds, you’ll chance upon the seven-storey Dragon Light pagoda which will marvel with its many intricate carvings, as well as the wishing well, where you can make a wish!
Get your seafood craving satisfied at this well-known zichar place
Ask any foodie worth his salt about great zichar in Singapore, and Melben Seafood will definitely feature on his list. A word of caution, though – queues here are insanely long, and you might have to wait up to half an hour to get a seat even if you arrive before they open.
Once you’re in, the must-try dish is the Crab Bee Hoon. We’ve heard countless rave reviews about the milky, flavourful broth that’s been infused with the sweetness of the crab meat. If you have space for more, the Chilli Crab also comes highly recommended.
Dig into the creative Chendol-inspired desserts at this heartland cafe
Can’t decide between getting chendol and getting waffles? Now you can have both!
If you think Shrove Tuesday’s waffles are lighter and crispier than most, it’s because they were specially engineered to achieve this texture. The secret is in a yeast-raised batter, which releases carbon dioxide during the cooking process. This puffs up the batter, and makes it fluffier and crispier.
Chendol gelato, vanilla soft serve, your usual Chendol ingredients, plus an unbelievably fluffy waffle. What’s not to love?
Snack on the irresistible muachee from this stall which is 65 years old and still going strong
Hougang 6 Miles Famous Mua Chee is a force to be reckoned with. The owners of the stall, an elderly couple, have been selling mua chee since 1952 – that’s a whopping 65 years dedicated to the hawker trade. In this time, they’ve amassed a loyal following who proclaim their hand-cut sesame and peanut mua chee to be the best in Singapore.
Want to stay around Toa Payoh?
Other than the parks, monasteries and great food around this area, there’s one more factor that makes Toa Payoh a great place to live – its fantastic location!
If you think that Toa Payoh is the neighbourhood for you, check out this table of average resale flat prices in the past!
Want to get a condo instead? Here are some great options in Toa Payoh:
Oleander Towers – $1,190 average psf.
The Verve – $1,243 average psf.
Casa Fortuna – $1,290 average psf.
Trellis Towers – $1,401 average psf.
Sky @ Eleven – $1,544 average psf.
Skysuites 17 – $1,699 average psf.