Woodleigh’s a neighbourhood most Singaporeans have only heard of when passing by on the North East line. However, this neighbourhood is an undiscovered gem. It boasts a long history, and is home to 100 colonial era black and white houses hidden behind lush foliage on Woodleigh Park. Walking around, you will chance upon independent cafes and delicious local eats.
If you haven’t heard of Woodleigh yet, you probably will in the next few years. The quaint neighbourhood is being developed very rapidly, and will be home to the impressive Bidadari Estate master plan — which sees the addition of residential homes, a 10ha Bidadari Park, and a commercial development that will be built right next to Woodleigh MRT station.
One of the condominiums being built in the area is the up-and-coming The Woodleigh Residences, a development by Japanese property developer Kajima Development and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). The property will allow residents to enjoy Japanese zen at the city fringe, minutes away from the Central Business District — and just five stops from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.
Whether you’re planning to invest in a property there, or simply want to check out a new neighbourhood this weekend, we’ve rounded up the best places to wine and dine in Woodleigh.
Tucked away along a cafe stretch at Jalan Riang, this whimsical eatery is popular amongst the area’s residents for brunch or desserts — particularly its chocolate desserts, ice cream and waffles. It operates from a refurbished old shop house, flanked by a huge glass ceiling and a courtyard and makes the perfect place for a relaxing weekend brunch.
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This unassuming eating house located at the junction of Upper Serangoon House is known for its frog porridge. Its Kung Pao Claypot Frog Legs are succulent and tender, with a fragrance that complements the smooth texture of the porridge. If the thought of eating frogs repel you, the eatery is also famed for its BBQ sambal stingray and sambal sotong with lady’s finger.
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La Pizzaiola is an authentic Italian pizzeria in an intimate and cosy space on Jalan Riang. It serves delicious pizzas and pastas made with simple, hearty and fresh ingredients inspired by the owners’ hometown. Highlights here include the Parma and Rucola Pizza, molten chocolate cake, Pizzoccheri Della Valtellina, and risotto.
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This Australian bistro-bar in Serangoon Gardens is one of the area’s best kept secret. Sit back and chill out with a beer (or “plonk”, as they call it in Australia) while listening to the different live musicians on their upper deck. If you’re feeling peckish, try the coconut and lemongrass prawns, chicken schnitzel, iberico ham, mushroom and marinated artichoke pizza.
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This sports pub is aptly located at The Arena, a stylish new sports park with a wide variety of sports and fitness facilities. In fact, Cafe Football Singapore is the first franchise in Asia, partly owned by Manchester United greats Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville. It has become a locale for many residents living in the area.
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