Tampines is one of those far off neighbourhoods you instinctively would not think of visiting over the weekend, or even moving to. Considering its location and how inaccessible it was in the past; those assumptions would not be too far off 10 years ago. Now, Tampines is the premier town of the east, boating multiple malls and Singapore’s first integrated community and lifestyle hub! With new BTO site launches, like Tampines Greenvines, you can look forward to modern living with all sorts of amenities just a stones throw away.
If you live in Tampines, you would not be short of any shopping experience. Just outside Tampines MRT are 3 huge shopping malls just steps away. Tampines 1 is the first of these malls, with anchor tenants like Cold Storage, Uniqlo and Sephora your shopping spree starts right here.
Century Square is an older shopping mall which has just reopened in June this year after a 9-month long renovation. Century Square houses the likes of NTUC Fairprice Finest, a 24-hour gym and Gymmboxx (so you can get your gains any time of the day). If you’re looking for tuition centres for you children, The Learning Lab has also opened a branch in the mall. Food Junction has opened a new concept too, called “The Food Market”, where diners can choose their meal from the fresh produce available.
If you thought
this was not enough, there’s still a third mall for you to choose from if you
have (somehow) gotten bored of the other two. Tampines mall is CapitaLand’s
foothold in the east, with a mall sprawling with international brands like
H&M, Isetan, Courts and Golden Village, you have an almost unlimited
variety of shops and dining options to choose from in Tampines.
Our Tampines Hub
Our Tampines Hub is Singapore’s first integrated community and Lifestyle Hub. Another complex just a few minutes’ walk away from the MRT, the Hub combines the facilities of a Community Centre, Sports Complex, Healthcare facilities, shopping mall, and many more.
Some highlights of the sporting facilities include multiple indoor courts for games like badminton, speak takraw. It also has an indoor jogging track and swimming complex, letting you make use of them no matter the weather. If you are an Active SG member, you can maximize your membership by using the gym which is opened till late.
Hawker stalls sit between the rows of shops lining the inside of the massive complex
The first floor of the hub integrates a mall and a hawker centre, providing you a plethora of dining options. Whether you feel like getting a cheap meal to go, or you want to go café hopping in the hub, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. With the likes of Spinelli Coffee, Toko Burgers and Cheesesteaks and the popular Korean soft serve Sweet Monster, you’re bound to find something to tantalize your taste buds here.
Tampines Retail Park
Tampines Retail park has been around for years. Home to the Courts megastore, Giant Hypermart and Ikea, chances are you would have been here before. The retail park is slightly outside of the main Tampines area, but fret not, if you don’t drive, there are shuttle buses that will take you to and from Tampines MRT station daily from 8:45 am till 11 pm. If you’re coming from outside of Tampines, you may be able to catch a bus from Bedok, Pasir Ris and even Sengkang MRT station too.
If you’re looking for a new home appliance, or thinking of redecorating your home, the retail park is your one-stop solution. With so many choices from both Courts and Ikea, you are sure to find something that you like. If you’re looking to stock up on groceries, the Giant hypermart is the largest in Singapore and would have all sorts of groceries for your needs.
You don’t need to be buying something to visit Tampines Retail Park. The area is huge, with 3 mega malls, you can spend a day window shopping around Courts, looking at interior design ideas in Ikea or just seeing if there are any good deals at Giant (and sometimes you can get good ones here!).
You could always make a trip here and spend the day exploring the 3 different complexes. If you’re getting hungry, or just want to grab a meal before heading home, stop by Ikea’s restaurant for their mouth-watering meatballs and other affordable food options.
You may be thinking that Tampines is only convenient if you live in Tampines, but with improved connectivity, it’s a place you can easily travel to wherever you are on the island. With the opening of the Downtown Line, you have direct access to and from central Singapore. Getting from the CBD to Tampines is an MRT ride just over 30 minutes by the Downtown line. With the East-West line, you have access all the way to the other end of Singapore too, making it convenient for you to travel from all over the island to and from Tampines.
If you are driving, Tampines is between the TPE and PIE, making it easy for you to get in and out of the town. A simple 20 minute drive is all it takes to get into town, giving you no excuse why you should be late for any meeting!