Picture this: you’re on a bicycle gliding down the beautifully paved roads of Singapore under the bright moonlight, only stopping for pedestrians and some of the best supper dishes in town. A breeze comes and goes, and the sights keep changing.
Not only is night cycling fun, it is also healthy. According to an article published by the Health Promotion Board, the sport is a good way to exercise. Cycling, especially at night, helps you avoid the sticky heat and humidity our city-state is so famously known for.
Plus, with Singapore known as a food paradise, there’s no reason why you can’t regain all the calories burned with some late-night supper!
Here are 5 night cycling routes you can take, complete with great food options nearby!
City on wheels
You know all of Singapore’s most well known tourist attractions — Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer, and the ever-thorny Esplanade — but do you really know them? This is a great chance for you to admire the buildings under the soft warm glow of the moon while at the same time seeing them in a different light… literally.
Food options nearby include Golden Mile Complex and Lau Pa Sat, where you can enjoy a variety of cuisines at an affordable price. If you will be stopping by Golden Mile Complex, check out Nana Thai – a no-frills Thai restaurant that will leave you wanting to visit Bangkok the next day. On the other hand, Lau Pa Sat, which is open 24 hours, has everything that you can ask for, from satay to beef noodles to Indian naan.
Route (around 1 hour): Lavender MRT, Kallang River, Singapore Flyer, Marina May Sands, Merlion (One Fullerton), Esplanade, Singapore River.
Address: 5001 Beach Road #01-51/52/66C, Golden Mile Complex Singapore
Tel: +65 62978498
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 10 PM daily
Lau Pa Sat (also known as Telok Ayer Market)
Address: 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582
Opening Hours: 24/7
Nature in the North
If you’re a nature lover, have no fear — the CBD may not be for you, but this will do the trick. Escape to North Singapore with a group of friends and your bicycles, and explore this grassy route teeming with wildlife. And no, you won’t be needing your passports for this route.
Food options nearby include Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant, where you can get to eat the freshest of seafood by the water and Al Ameen Eating Corner, where you can fill your tummy with lots of prata goodness.
Route (1 hour): Lower Seletar Reservoir Park, Mandai Park Connector, Ulu Sembawang Park Connector, Woodlands (SLE) Park Connector, Admiralty Park, Woodlands Waterfront
Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant
Address: 6A Admiralty Road West, Singapore 747445
Tel: +65 6366 9339
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 2 PM – 12 AM, Saturday to Sunday 12 PM – 12 AM
Al Ameen Eating Corner
Address: #01-11, 35 Marsiling Industrial Estate Road 3 (Along Woodlands Ave 5), Singapore 739065
Tel: +65 6891 0893
Opening Hours: 24 hours
East Side, Beast Side
Let’s admit it: The East has one of the best cycling paths, especially after hours. If you haven’t checked out East Coast Park, Changi Beach Park or Changi Village in the dark, now is the time. Plus, if you hang around, you may even catch a sunrise or get to admire the underbelly of a plane as it flies by.
Food options nearby include Bedok Food Centre and Changi Village Hawker Centre which are both home to many local delights from hokkien mee to oyster omelettes.
Route (2 hours): PCN Pitstop Pasir Ris Town Park, Bedok Reservoir Park, East Coast Park, Bedok Jetty, Coastal Park Connector, Changi Beach Park
Bedok Food Centre (also known as Bedok Corner)
Address: 1 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469572
Changi Village Hawker Centre
Address: 2 Changi Village Rd, Singapore 500002
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 6 AM – 2 AM
A Myriad of Parks
Singapore is indeed a green city with indoor and outdoor gardens, trees planted by the sidewalks, and parks — lots of them! If you ever have trouble trying to find your way around this island nation, just keep a lookout for parks and the PCN — Park Connector Network — that links them all into one single cycling or running route.
Food options nearby include pigging out at chicken rice restaurant Boon Tong Kee at Balestier, having a prata or two at Upper Thomson’s The Roti Prata House, or a burger at Fatboy’s The Burger Bar available at Balestier and Upper Thomson. Probably the best eat-and-cycle route ever.
Route (2 hours): Toa Payoh Town Park, Whampoa Park Connector, Kallang Park Connector, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West, Punggol Waterway Park, Punggol Park, Pelton Canal Park Connector
Boon Tong Kee
Address: 399/401/403 Balestier Road, Singapore 329801
Tel: +65 6254 3937
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11 AM – 4.45 PM, 5.30 PM – 4.30 AM, and Sunday 11 AM – 4.45 PM and 5.30 PM – 3 AM
The Roti Prata House
Address: 246M Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574370
Tel: +65 6459 5260
Opening Hours: Friday to Saturday 24 hours, Sunday to Thursday 7 AM – 2 AM
Fatboy’s The Burger Bar
Address: 187 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574335 / 1 Jalan Rajah #01-01 Singapore 329133
Tel: +65 6252 8780 / +65 6268 8690
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 4 PM – 12 midnight, Friday to Sunday 12 PM – 12 midnight
The Bay Watch
This has got to be one of the most underrated cycling paths in Singapore, especially if you don’t happen to live in the neighbourhoods mentioned in the route. Not only will you get an insight into what each estate is like, from the changing architecture to late night food options, you might even get to see various animals, from otters to roosters, going about their day in the concrete jungle.
Food options nearby include Alexandra Village Food Centre and Zion Riverside Food Centre. If you’re hitting up the Zion Riverside Food Centre, make sure to reach by 1030 PM to dine like royalty. Famous stalls there include Noo Cheng Adam Road Prawn Noodle and Zion Road Fried Kwayteow.
Route (45 minutes): Holland Village, Commonwealth Crescent, Margaret Drive, Alexandra Canal Linear Park, Alexandra Park Connector, Zion Road, Gardens by the Bay
Alexandra Village Food Centre
Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Singapore 150120
Zion Road Fried Kway Teow (Stall 17)
Address: 70 Zion Road, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 12 PM – 2.30 PM, 6.30 PM – 11 PM (Closed every other Monday)
Noo Cheng Adam Road Prawn Noodle (Stall 4)
Address: 70 Zion Road, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 12 PM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 11.30 PM, Saturday to Sunday (as well as PH) 12 PM – 1 AM
So, which route will you go for? Whichever path you choose, just don’t forget to follow Singapore’s PCN etiquette guide. If you’re cycling at night, ensure that your bicycle lights are turned on, and keep a safe distance from others on the road, even when there’s no traffic! It’s time to work out… and enjoy some good food while you’re at it.
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