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Neighbourhood guides: 5 unforgettable places to visit in Sembawang

March 23, 2017
If you think that Sembawang is boring, think again

If you think that Sembawang is boring, think again

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Is it just us, or do people often gloss over Sembawang when they talk about neighbourhoods located in the north of Singapore? Sembawang might not be as close to JB as Woodlands is, and it might not appear as frequently in the news as Yishun does, but there are still tons of memorable, unforgettable places that this humble neighbourhood has to offer.

  • Check out the one and only natural hot spring in Singapore
  • Explore this park which houses conserved buildings formerly used by the British Royal Navy
  • Get your durian fix at this dessert house which serves durian waffles
  • Check out what’s new at this baking studio cum cafe with no fixed menu
  • Let the flavourful roast duck at this restaurant transport you to Hong Kong

Check out the one and only natural hot spring in Singapore

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Here’s one activity you should try over the weekend – immersing yourself in Singapore’s one and only natural hot spring! Located deep within the grounds of Sembawang Air Base, this place is as no-frills and as authentic as it gets.

At the Sembawang Hot Springs, three different stations spew out boiling hot water thick with the smell of sulphur. Loan a bucket or two from the caretaker, fill it up with water and indulge in your very own, one-of-a-kind foot bath.

The Sembawang Hot Springs is located at Gambas Avenue, and admission is free.

Explore this park which houses conserved buildings formerly used by the British Royal Navy

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If you ask us, Sembawang Park is an ideal place to spend a leisurely weekend at. Apart from a battleship-themed playground, a fishing jetty, and a beautiful beach, the park is also home to Beaulieu House, an old colonial building which dates back to the 1920s. Whilst the charming black and white mansion was previously a workspace for the British Royal Navy, it’s now a seafood restaurant boasting a gorgeous view of the straits of Johor!

Get your durian fix at this dessert house which serves durian waffles

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Durian lovers, rejoice! There are now more ways than ever to enjoy your favourite fruit – such as the Waffles With D24 Durian and Durian Ice Cream at Something Sweet. The creamy, pungent fruit that we all know and love is truly the star of this dish – and for those who aren’t a huge fan of waffles, Something Sweet’s D24 Crispy Durian Pancakes are equally good!

Check out what’s new at this baking studio cum cafe with no fixed menu

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If you’ve got a problem with commitment, and you’re a sucker for novelty, you’ll love baking studio cum cafe concept Baker’s Brew Studio. This place doesn’t have a fixed menu – so what you get is dependent on what the bakers are inspired by on a day to day basis. If their past creations (such as the Earl Grey Lavender cake, Red Velvet Cake, and Hazel Cheesepresso cake) are anything to go by, you’re likely to be delighted by whatever they put out!

Let the flavourful roast duck at this restaurant transport you to Hong Kong

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Although crowd favourite Sembawang White Beehoon is located just down the road from Sum’s Kitchen & Hong Kong Roasted Meat, the latter manages to hold its own pretty well. Diners flock to Sum’s Kitchen for their tasty zi char dishes, and especially the roast duck, which is as tender and succulent as they come. If you’re ordering this, make sure you sample it with the accompanying plum sauce for maximum effect!

Want to stay around Sembawang?

Sembawang is a laidback gem of a neighbourhood which would make an excellent place to settle down in. Think that it might just be for you? Check out this table of average resale flat prices in the past.

4-room 5-room

Executive

2016

$363,000 $415,500 $490,000

2015

$368,750 $421,500

$499,667

2014 $396,625 $453,750

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Source: HDB

Want to get a condo instead? Here are some great options in Sembawang:

Skypark Residences – $759 average psf.

Parc Life – $761 average psf.

The Visionaire – $762 average psf.

The Brownstone – $800 average psf.

Sun Plaza – $830 average psf.

Canberra Residences – $938 average psf.

D’Banyan – $978 average psf.

The Nautical – $1,074 average psf.

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