There were promises made to make Punggol
great again just as fabulous as the other mature neighbourhoods in Singapore, and those promises are being kept as we go along. The new Northshore Plaza, slated to progressively open come end October 2021, is just the continuation of the precincts development and there’s much to be excited about once it all rolls around.
The mall is divided into two sections — Northshore Plaza I and Northshore Plaza II — with the former scheduled to open from 29 October 2021 onwards, while the latter is said to open in the first quarter of 2022.
1. Chomp down on coney dogs @ A&W
As A&W expands across the nation outside of the airport, Northeasters will be glad to know that their ‘hood will soon smell like onion rings and root beer floats. Chow down on their signature burgers, coney dogs, hand-breaded chicken and crispy A&W waffles paired either with ice cream or butter and syrup.
2. Go on a mini haul @ Daiso
There’s a saying that goes, “give a man $20 in a grocery store and you’ll feed him for a day, give him S$20 in Daiso, and he’s set for life”. Okay so that’s not actually a saying, but very well could be. With everything priced at S$2, it’s hard not to go ham in the Japanese lifestyle store, especially when there are 15 things you don’t need simultaneously calling your name. If there’s anywhere to go on a haul though, you can be sure that doing it at Daiso promises minimal damage.
3. Shop for ingredients @ RedMan By Phoon Huat
I doubt RedMan or Phoon Huat are names that need introduction at this point — especially after the ordeal that was an island-wide shortage of vanilla essence last year during circuit breaker when everyone pointedly decided to become home bakers. Aside from baking ingredients, there are also plenty of other great finds that they’re less known for, like their White Truffle Oil, for example, I personally find is one of the best in the markets.
4. Gear up for your workouts @ Decathlon
Perhaps one of the biggest drawing factors to the mall, you may have already heard that Decathlon will be opening a 4,200 sqm, two-storey experience store. The megastore promises a selection of 5,000 products from over 60 different sports. And exclusively for its opening at Northshore Plaza, receive a S$10 gift card when you scan and pay in-store using the Decathlon app.
5. Snag a sweet treat @ Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream And Coffee
Some might argue that Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream And Coffee has some of the best gelato and waffles, and even as a non-believer of dessert, I might actually have to agree. Creamier started out from its single location in Toa Payoh and has since expanded to two more, making Northshore Plaza their fourth outlet. Catch some of their classic scoops like Blue Pea Vanilla, Earl Grey Lavender, and Roasted Pistachio on a scorching, summery afternoon.
6. Support local @ Sixth Floor Oyster Cake
Did I deliberately place Sixth Floor Oyster Cake on the sixth entry of this list? Yes, yes I did. And I’ve absolutely no regrets. What started as a humble home-based business in Punggol is now expanding into their first physical store in Northshore Plaza and don’t we love to see it. They serve up generously-stuffed oyster pancakes in original and kimchi flavours that look mouth-wateringly decadent.
7. Catch a zen day @ Masego – The Safari Spa
With all the WFH stress and poor posture catching up to us, it’s safe to assume we’re all overdue for some pampering to set our bodies straight. Masego – The Safari Spa has options aplenty for both facials and massages when you want a quick lunchtime pop-in around the neighbourhood. Lose yourself in the Jungle Fever Quick Massage, Empress Jade Facial, or The Earth Below Foot Spa which promise respite from the stressors of the day.
8. Shop sustainably @ The Source Bulk Foods
I often consider The Source Bulk Foods my person haven with kombucha on tap and pay-as-you-weigh ingredients and snacks. The most remarkable part is the no-waste, no-packaging policy that advocates only buying what you need, and only in reused containers with minimal wastage. It’s advised to bust out your mason jars and Tupperwares, and be prepared to radicalise grocery shopping as we know it.
9. Have a flippin’ good meal at Slappy Cakes
When Slappy Cakes‘ lease ended earlier this year in May, they closed their Plaza Singapura outlet for good, making it a sad, sad day for the pancake scene in Singapore. Now that they’re popping back up in Northshore Plaza, diners can once again look forward to flipping their own pancakes, shaping and decorating them however they please.
10. Tree Art
With creative art courses for all ages, there’s quite literally something for everyone at Tree Art. Take your classes indoors or outdoors, and even make a date out of it with your little ones with a good bonding session over the Family Art Workshop. There are even courses that cover the fields of art history, aesthetic theory, art psychology, curating, and art management for those who are more interested about the matters surrounding art rather than making actual art itself.
11. Eat clean over a vegetarian meal @ Grove 素林
If you’ve been looking for a sign to embark on those meatless Mondays, this may very well be it. Find vegetarian iterations of your favourite dishes like char siew and Hainan chicken, as well as try out Grove‘s all-new cold brew series which includes Cold Brewed Oolong Milk Tea and Cold Brewed Sea Salt Coffee. Going green doesn’t have to be all that daunting when tasty options like these exist.
12. Work out literally anytime @ Anytime Fitness
If “I work too late” is your excuse for not going to the gym, then congrats, you officially no longer have that excuse. With Anytime Fitness that’s open 24/7, you can clock those reps or runs in any time of the day. Apart from access to the equipment and amenities, personal coaching and training services are also available for sign ups.
13. Go on a grocery run @ Giant
Home to some of Singapore’s most price-competitive produce, Giant Supermarket is an absolute playground for shopping of all kinds. You’ll find cooked food, fresh produce, ready-to-eat meals, and almost everything else in between that you can think of.
14. Catch a taste of Malaysia @ Penang Culture Express
Seeing how we’re all travel-starved these days, even Penang seems so far away these days. Luckily for us, Chef Wong of the Penang Culture group is set on bringing the best of his hometown’s flavours to Singapore. With outlets already in other malls such as NEX and VivoCity, the Penang offerings have already garnered raving reviews from many far and wide who have come to love the wok hei-laden dishes.
15. Get a fresh blowout @ Kerluxe Hair Studio
Whether it’s a quick cut or a full mane revamp you’re looking for, the myriad of options at Kerluxe Hair Studio have you more than covered. Hair and scalp treatments, washing and blowing, perming, rebonding, straightening, colouring, and highlighting services are all available right here in your friendly Punggol neighbourhood mall.
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