Ahh yes, the Far East. The place nobody heads to unless they’re rushing to catch a flight or having a nice BBQ by the beach. Yeap, that’s pretty much it.
If we can come up with hangout places in the barren north, we can do more for the often forgotten lands of the Far East. So for the extreme east-siders, fear not! We won’t leave you guys trapped in the no-place-to-hang-out-after-dinner pit. From Tanah Merah to Pasir Ris, we bring you eight hangout spots you can take your latest gossip and catching up sessions to.
1. Fartz Tartz
With handmade tarts that have fortunately nothing to do with the name of the café, Fartz Tartz is a cosy garden themed café best suited for fuss-free hangouts. Besides its signature dessert, Fartz Tartz also offers handcrafted jar desserts ($6.80) with flavors ranging from lychee to Bailey’s. In the mood for something savory? Fartz Tartz offers tapas such as nachos and grilled hot wings. Located near the Expo, Fartz Tartz is definitely one of the to-go chill out spots after a day of bargain hunting.
Address: 1 Expo Drive #02-04, S486150
Email: [email protected]
Operating Hours: Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-8pm
2. Time Table Café
Quiet ambience aside, Time Table Café offers a pretty extensive dessert menu with Chocolate Crepes ($8.80), Macadamia Tart ($6.80), Rainbow Cakes($6.80) and more. Sip away at a good ol’ cup of Cappuccino ($5.60) as you exchange the latest gossips. Did we also mention that the café offers free WIFI and power charging stations? Looks like you guys are going to stay at Time Table longer than expected.
Time Table Cafe
Address: 430 Upper Changi Road #01-01, S487048
Tel: 6335 6960
Operating Hours: Mon-Thu & Sun 11am-11.30pm, Fri & Sat 11am-2am
3. 5 Drunken Rabbits
If you’re looking to chill with a couple of drinks, we’d say to give 5 Drunken Rabbits a go. Not only does the bistro & bar offer an extensive drinks menu with reasonable prices, its alfresco seating also allows you to enjoy the comfort of the sea breeze. Contemporary and comfy, we think 5 Drunken Rabbits pretty much nailed it as a chill out spot.
5 Drunken Rabbits
Address: 201 Pasir Ris Road, S519147
Tel: 6581 0842
Email: [email protected]
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri 3.30pm-1am, Sat & Sun 11.30am-1am
4. Bark Café
Though a somewhat secluded café, Bark Café’s tranquil ambience, lip-smacking food and beverages will do more than compensate for its location. From Sambal Nasi Goreng ($13.90) to deliciously crispy fries ($8.90), this café takes care of all your eating needs. Not looking for food? Pamper yourself with some signature cocktails, draft beers and wines as you’re serenaded to by the bar’s live band till late. Yes, live bands.
Address: 1000 Upper Changi Road North, S507707
Tel: 6545 4118
Email: [email protected]
Operating Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 11am-1am, Fri & Sat, 11am-2am
5. Slackers Bar & Café
Looking for a bar that’s located somewhere more convenient? Located near Tanah Merah MRT station, Slackers Bar & Café is a great spot to unwind and catch up. With its surrounding lush greenery, friendly staff and a varied drinks menu, this bar may just be your next favourite watering hole in the extreme east.
Slackers Bar & Cafe
Address: 4 Changi Business Park Avenue 1, S486016
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-11pm
Tel: 6543 6442
6. Lagoon Snooker Centre
Instead of lounging around, you’re looking for a laid back after-dinner indoor activity. At SAFRA’s Lagoon Snooker Centre, you get to do just that. Indulge in a few rounds of billiard with your homies and reminisce the countless hours you spent in snooker clubs as little bengs and lians. Rates at the Centre are relatively cheaper ($7.80/off-peak hour $9.80/peak hour). So if you haven’t tried billiard, there’s no better time than the present.
Lagoon Snooker Centre
Address: 1/A Tampines Street 92, S528882
Tel: 6377 9889
Operating Hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-1am
7. D’Best Fishing
For the more outdoorsy ones, we recommend some fishing. It’s D’Best (geddit? D’best? The best?).
Okay but seriously, night fishing is a pretty great catch up activity. At D’Best, not only do you get to literally lepak in a corner, but you also get to feel the adrenalin rush as you reel in a catch or have a good laugh as your friends snap their lines. The best part? You can hangout till dawn if you want to. That’s assuming you’re an east-sider and heading home isn’t a hassle.
Address: 94 Pasir Ris Central S519637 (right next to Pasir Ris MRT station)
Operating Hours: 24 Hours
8. Changi City Point
If the best way you and your friends bond is over shopping then you’ve come to the right place. Filled with outlet stores that include Nike, Adidas, Hush Puppies, Timberland and more, put on your best walking shoes and embark on a bargain-hunting journey! All shopped out? Head to Five Izakaya Bar for some drinks or grab a cup of Gong Cha and chill at the mall’s garden area before calling it a day.
Changi City Point
Address: 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, S486038
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-10pm
We’re pretty sure that some of you extreme east-siders out there know of better and more discrete hangout spots. We understand if you wish to keep those spots a secret, but at any time you wish to share something with the rest of us, you know who to call!