Living in Punggol: Food Scene

Lovers of local food can have their favourites in air-conditioned comfort in Koufu Foodcourt at Punggol Plaza. Fans of local dishes can also head to Waterway Point and tuck into some local delights such as Wanton mee and Laksa at Encik Tan or head to Crave for some good old Nasi Lemak. Familiar favourites such as Han’s, Mr Bean and Old Chang Kee can also be found at Waterway Point.

Besides local food, residents of Punggol can enjoy cuisines from the all parts of the world right at their doorstep. Fans of Japanese food can head to Waterway Point where they can enjoy sushi and udon at Ichinban Boshi, Kuriya Japanese Market and Umisushi. Those who prefer their food with a more fiery kick can head to Bali Thai or PappaRich. They can even round off their meal with something sweet from Cold Stone Creamery or Twelve Cupcakes.

Other than visiting the malls for your favourite food, those who prefer al fresco dining can visit the Punggol Settlement area. Enjoy seafront dining with a variety of cuisine available, including seafood, Thai Mookata, Japanese cuisine and European delicacies. It’ll make for a great place for date nights or family gatherings without having to go right to town.

In early 2019, HDB also launched Oasis Terrace, a seven-storey mall next to Oasis LRT station in Punggol. Touted as the first-ever new generation neighbourhood centre, the mall provides Punggol residents with yet another choice to fulfil their appetite.

Shopping

Punggol is a town with many young families so it is not surprising that there are numerous stores catering to the little ones. Waterway Point has many stores selling children’s clothes and toys including Kiddy Palace and Bove by Spring Materinity while Punggol Plaza has a number of enrichment centres such as Kumon, Mind Stretcher Learning Centre and Cristofori Music School.

However, shopping in Punggol is not totally skewed towards kids. The fashionable teenager can shop to her heart’s content at Cotton On, H&M, Owndays and Sasa in Waterway Point. While their teenager is checking out the latest fashion, parents can get their daily necessities from FairPrice Finest or pick up a bargain from Daiso and Valu$ at the same mall. Housewives can head to the wet market at Punggol Plaza and purchase the freshest fish and vegetables from their regular stalls.

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Health and Fitness

NSmen looking to score a gold for their IPPT can hit EnergyOne Gym at SAFRA Punggol for an intense and affordable workout. The gym is not just an official IPPT test centre, but also offers Physical Enhancement Programme (PEP) training. The gym has all the facilities to satisfy any fitness buff, including resistance training equipment, cardio machines and free weights. Personal trainers are also available to whip you into shape. Members of SAFRA can also use the swimming pools and badminton courts.

For those who prefer to work out in the wee hours of the day, there is an Anytime Fitness gym at Oasis Terraces. The 24-hour gym has state-of-the art equipment for cardio, functional and strength training. Ladies will be pleased to know that they can sign up for yoga and Zumba classes.

Parks and Nature

Residents of Punggol are spolit for choice when it comes to losing themselves in nature. They can head over to the 12.25ha Punggol Waterway Park located just minutes away from Punggol Town Centre. In addition, the 4.2km My Waterway@Punggol runs through the park before linking up with Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon to form a huge reservoir. Evenings and weekends will see many residents and their families enjoying fun activities such cycling, jogging, outdoor BBQ sessions and kite flying in the park.

Nature lovers living in Punggol can hop over to nearby Coney Island for a hike along rustic trails. The 50ha nature reserve is a dream destination for nature lovers as it houses a wide variety of habitats including coast forests, grasslands, mangroves and casuarina woodlands. Bird watchers also spend a day trying to spot the estimated 80 species of birds that frequent the nature reserve.

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A common grouse about Punggol is the lack of amenities. That may have been true in the past, but the opening of Punggol Plaza and Waterway Point have helped put that complaint to bed. Additionally, Punggol Plaza and Waterway Point are conveniently located near Coral Edge LRT station and Punggol MRT station respectively.

In addition, amenities in Punggol are expected to increase significantly in line with the government’s plans to develop Punggol Digital District. There is also a white site in Punggol that is up for sale under the reserve list of the current Government Land Sales programme. Savvy developers will look at this site as an opportunity to get a foot in this up-and-coming neighbourhood.