Everyone who travels to Singapore is usually sure of what they want to see and the attractions they want to visit. It’s usually a mix of the tried and tested attractions like Sentosa Island, Universal studios, Orchid Road, Singapore Flyer etc. etc. Well you can’t really blame anyone for this as one would want to cover all the famous places first before exploring the lesser known but not less interesting places. In this note, we want to talk about 5 such places that one can explore once they have evolved beyond the usual.

1. Tekka Market

 Jump into a whirlwind of colour, noise, smells and spices at Singapore’s largest indoor wet market. Not for the faint of heart, Tekka’s vibrant atmosphere and abundant fresh food stalls make for a truly authentic experience. This foodie paradise offers everything you could possibly want, from exotic fruits and vegetables to live seafood and high-quality meat — all at amazingly affordable prices. Where else could buy premium Australian goat meat while sampling delectable Indian street food? Just remember to bring cash!

Tekka Market
665 Buffalo Road
Nearest MRT: Little India

(Image: Tekka Market)

Tekka Market - Singapore

 2. Visit a vintage toy museum

Unleash your inner child as you explore the delightfully quirky Mint museum, which houses a unique collection of vintage toys. Geek out over the Batman, Popeye and Tintin collectibles, or swoon over cuddly teddy bears dating back to the early 1900s. With over 50,000 toys from 40 different countries, this is the perfect place to relive the wonders of childhood. Once you’ve finished your trip down memory lane, head upstairs to discover the museum’s best-kept secret: a lovely rooftop bar.

Mint Museum of Toys
26 Seah Street
(Image: Mint Museum)

Mint Museum

3. Chill out on an organic farm

If you’re longing for a slice of blissful rural life, head over to Bollywood Veggies. Tucked away in the Kranji countryside, this organic farm reveals a more rustic, charming side of Singapore. Bask in the fresh air and lush greenery as you tour the grounds; the farm is known for its wide range of home grown fruits, vegetables and herbs, so there’s plenty to see. Don’t miss the Poison Ivy Bistro, which serves mouth-watering (and healthy!) dishes like Warrior’s Chicken Curry and Jack Fruit Lemak.

Bollywood Veggies
100 Neo Tiew Road

(Image: Organic farm – Bollywood veggies)

bollywood veggies farm

4. Explore the Green Corridor

How did an abandoned railway line become a haven of lush, untamed beauty? Thanks to the many residents who fought to preserve the Green Corridor, you can now enjoy a hike, jog or bike ride along this wonderfully peaceful nature trail. As you listen to birds chirping overhead and wind your way through wild forests, you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore.

For maps and walking guides, check out the Green Corridor website.

(Image: Green Corridor)

green-corridor-run

5. Indulge in a retro tea party

What better way to wind back the clock than with a decadent Vintage High Tea in Dempsey Hill? Available on Thursday and Friday, the whimsical atmosphere and mismatched crockery will warm every hipster’s heart, while the scrumptious buffet spread is in a class of its own. Tuck into a Snickers tart, or if you prefer savoury treats, head straight for the devilled eggs. One important tip: come dressed in 1920’s fashion and get 10% off your bill.

House Restaurant, Dempsey Hill
8D Dempsey Road
http://www.dempseyhouse.com

(Image: Retro Tea Party – Dempsey Hill House Restaurant)

tea party