What to do in Novena
Though it has MacRitchie Reservoir and the Botanic Gardens just outside its borders, there isn’t an abundant amount of green spaces in Novena. Instead, its attractions lay in the more hedonistic pursuits of shopping, eating and drinking.
There are two main areas in terms of going to places for wining and dining. The first is in and around the shopping malls clustered around Novena MRT station. There are dozens of choices covering all palates and pockets. Wee Nam Kee, many peoples’ favourite chicken rice restaurant is located in United Square. Two of the more interesting locations include the stretch on Thomson Road between Chancery Lane and Revenue House, and also around Goldhill Plaza. The latter is where you will find Da Luca Italian Restaurant Novena.
The other main area is along Balestier Road which serves up more local fare. This is also where you will find Whampoa Hawker Centre. One very cozy cafe that is just as notable for its location as the quality of its cuisine is La Ristrettos café Novena, which is tucked away in Novena Medical Centre.
Shopping in Novena
There aren’t many places outside the Orchard Road shopping belt that can compete with Novena. Novena Square, Velocity Novena Square and Novena Square 2 are all on top of or next to Novena MRT station, with Goldhill Shopping Centre and United Square Shopping Mall only a short walk away. The newest venue – Royal Square Novena – is not far away either, its just behind Tan Tock Seng Hospital. This mixed-use development is made up of retail and medical suites.
Places of worship in Novena
The most famous place of worship in Novena is Novena Church. Opposite that is the Seventh-day Adventist Chinese Church. Chan Chor Min Tong Temple is located on 2 Jalan Kemaman; Hakka Methodist Church is to be found on 1B Evelyn Road, and the Barker Road Methodist Church is at Number 48. Hoon Leng Yien Temple is at 116 Keng Lee Road.
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