Newton doesn’t just have a myriad of attractions over its borders; it also has many gems of its own.
There’s no better place to start than the Newton Food Centre. A favourite with local residents and visitors alike, the hawker centre first opened in 1971, before going through a revamp and reopening in its present form in 2006.
It is characterised by the proliferation of flowering plants that decorate the centre, and its horse shoe design. This is to enable buskers and entertainers to perform for diners as they enjoy the fare from the more than 80 food stalls.
At the other end of the scale is the Goodwood Park Hotel. Located on Scotts Road, it houses 7 restaurants and bars, from a deli to Michelin starred fine dining. The hotel – the first in Singapore to have a swimming pool by the way, is also home to the annual durian festival.
Emerald Hill is one of Singapore’s most picturesque – and photographed streets, and is home to several bars and restaurants, just a stone’s throw from Orchard Road.
Places of Worship
Newton Life Church, though strictly in Novena, is just over a hundred metres from Newton Circus. There is a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Newton LDS) just north of the Circus on Bukit Timah Road. Gurdwara Sahib Sri Guru Singh Sabha, on Wilkie Road has been welcoming worshippers for a century and is one of the oldest Sikh temples in Singapore.
The Best of the Rest
The Istana throws open its gates five times a year on public holidays (Chinese New Year, Labour Day, Hari Raya Puasa, National Day and Deepavali). Open every day is the recently refurbished Cairnhill CC, over the road from Newton Food Centre.
It focuses on working adults as well as the younger generation, and holds many different classes including Zumba, cooking, Japanese and Korean language and martial arts. The Centre is also home to a mini-golf range, badminton and basketball courts and a cosy café.
Get the Guru View
UK expats craving a taste of home, or non-Brits looking to see what all the fuss is about, should head to Smiths Fish & Chips just up from Newton MRT on Bukit Timah Road.
Almost definitely the most authentic, if not the only truly English, bona fide chippy on the island. You can even enjoy them with a pint of bitter from next doors Red Lion Pub.