One of Singapore’s well-loved spaces, East Coast Park, has been sporting little pockets of new. An ideal destination for cycling, skating and water sports, the family-friendly park will soon feature more greenery and places for playtime with Parkland Green and Marine Cove (to be rolled out mid-2016), and, of course, more foodie finds. BiTES mall-crawls through Parkway Parade and strolls down East Coast Park for these sunny discoveries.

PARKWAY PARADE (80 Marine Parade Road)

Overview
This suburban mall has served families and the office crowd well for over two decades. It houses a comprehensive range of shops and F&B outlets alongside Isetan, Marks & Spencer, Best Denki and Giant.

Din Tai Fung (#01-15)
Peek through the glass windows as the chefs expertly craft their signature 18-folds xiao long baos ($7.30 for six pieces) in their open-concept kitchen. The Taiwanese chain has also earned a mention in the Michelin guide. Daily 11am-9.30pm. Tel: 6345 7077

PappaRich (#01-17A)
Step into this cosy Malaysian chain for hearty and authentic Malaysian delights. Tuck into familiar favourites such as chicken rice ($10.90) and curry laksa ($9.90). Daily 10am-10pm. Tel: 6344 6323

Sakae Sushi (#B1-84B/C)
Feast with no limit on the homegrown brand’s little rice rolls. Prices start from $28.99 (adult) and $18.99 (child) for their sushi buffet. Mon-Fri 11.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. Tel: 6348 6218

ThaiExpress (#01-17)
The menu hits the spot with their offerings served conveniently in individual portions. Check out their special dishes (available till 19 April), like their pla muk khi khem—the Thai take on our fave salted egg calamari—in celebration of Songkran. Prices start from $10.30 for mains. Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Tel: 6346 4178

Toby’s The Dessert Asylum (#02-68/69/70)
Hidden gem alert: come for its extensive range of main courses (from $13.90), but we suggest starting with dessert first. Have a decadent mud pie (from $10.90) for lunch. We won’t judge. Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm. Tel: 6346 2435

 

BIG SPLASH (902 East Coast Parkway)

Overview
Many will remember Big Splash as the huge playground with tall water slides and swimming pools. Now it has made way for a lifestyle hub which counts a childcare centre, yoga studio and numerous F&B establishments as its tenants. We love the free parking (30min) and the shuttle bus service which traverses Parkway Parade, I12 Katong and One Amber (daily 8.30am-11pm). www.bigsplash.com

Fish @ Big Splash (Block H #01-30)
This 24-hour fishing and prawning ($18/hr) pond is possibly the most bustling area at Big Splash—even on lazy weekday afternoons. If you haven’t experienced longkang fishing, do so here ($12/hr). At the fish spa ($10/15min), dip your feet in for a tickle and smooth skin after. Tel: 8338 6530

The Seafood International (Block A #01-01)
Enjoy the catch of the day with the gorgeous view of the beach at this 32-year-old seafood dining destination. For your viewing pleasure too is the open-concept kitchen, and pair your sea gems with their wines (from $44). Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5pm-12am. Tel: 6345 1211

Mookata House (Block B #01-11)
If you’re up for a hearty, meaty dinner, settle in at Mookata House for Thai BBQ and steamboat. Enjoy premium cuts such as kurobuta and wagyu slathered in their traditional Thai homemade sauces. Set prices start from $39.90 (two pax). Tue-Sun 5.30-11pm. Tel: 6348 1275

BRUSSELs SPROUTS (Block F #01-27)
Have your hearty mussels and clams ($20 onwards) fix in one of 12 fabulous styles—our vote’s for the laksa and tom yum flavours. All pots come with all-you-can-eat frites. On weekend mornings, stop by for brunch from 10am-12pm. Tue-Fri 5-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 10am-11pm. Tel: 6346 4344

 

PARKLAND GREEN (920 East Coast Parkway)

Overview
This newly revamped area looks set to be the next hip place to see and to be seen at. A five-minute walk from Marine Parade Central via the underpass, Parkland Green features an eclectic mix of F&B establishments and a one-hectare open lawn where you can picnic and play at.

Pick Me Up Café (#01-02)
This cheery cafe aims to do what their namesake claims: to give you a “pick-me-up”. Dine in with their extensive offerings which include all day breakfast, cold pressed juices, and homemade yogurt gelato ($4.50/scoop). Their beer with ciambella gelato was one of the 16 flavours vying for the World’s Best Gelato title! Mon-Thu 3-11pm, Fri 3pm-12am, Sat-Sun 9-12am. Tel: 6348 1909

SandBank (#01-28/29/30/31/32)
Hop into their dipping pool with an ice-cold beer (from $12 nett) and bar snacks (from $6 nett) for some chill summer vibes. After working up an appetite, feast on their handmade pizzas, char-grilled meats and seafood—we hear they have an in-house bakery as well. Tue-Fri 4pm-12am, Sat-Sun 11-12am. Tel: 6247 7988

Hvper (#01-14/15/16)
Established in 1999, Hvper stocks a range of sporting goods that you can use right away at the park; and if you need skating lessons from the pros, pop in here too. Lessons start from $60 onwards (Tel: 8444 6638). We also spotted mini skateboards going for $39. Mon-Fri 12-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9pm. Tel: 6342 0280

Tag Team (#01-03)
Looking for a great family activity away from the scorching sun? Bring your troop down to Singapore’s largest indoor laser tag arena to battle it out. Rates start from $12 per person (15 mins) onwards. Wed-Fri 3-9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9pm. Tel: 6348 2696

 

Dos & Don’ts at ECP

Do:

  1. Stay in your lanes!
    There are designated lanes for cyclists, skaters and joggers; be considerate for the safety of other park-goers.
  2. Show our parks some lovin’
    Dispose of your litter, keep the park facilities in great condition and refrain from smoking and spitting to keep ECP pollution-free.
  3. Pet etiquette
    We love bringing our pets to ECP for their walks, but remember to keep your furry friends on a leash and keep them on their best behaviour. Don’t forget clean up after them as well—no one likes to step on poo!

Don’ts:

  1. Don’t swim alone
    It’s always great to have a companion to look out for you. Also, double the splashing fun!
  2. Don’t pluck out the plants
    Some of them look so pretty that you’ll be tempted to.
  3. Don’t approach any wildlife or animals
    If you feed them, you may adversely affect their health and behaviour.

 

How to get a camping permit at East Coast Park

It’s easy peasy to get ready for an outdoorsy weekend! But note: no barbecuing and open fires. Leave the campsite as it was: clear of rubbish!

  1. Head over to an AXS machine
  2. Key in the particulars of all occupants
  3. Print out the camping permit
  4. Set up your tent within the designated campsite.

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