1. Tried on running shoes from the entire rainbow spectrum
One would be hard pressed to mention the buying of sports shoes without someone bringing up Queensway Shopping Centre. Unassuming from the outside, this shopping centre houses floors after floors of sports apparel shops, with the choices of colours and designs for jerseys, shorts, shoes, balls, rackets easily putting any retail stores to shame.
For a window shopper, it sure looks overwhelming (or exciting). But when I got down to actually wanting to buy a pair of sport shoes, I realised that many of the stores are carrying similar items. That kind of killed a little of the shopping high but on the plus side, I was able to hop around until I find the best price, and if something is out of stock at one store, chances are I can still find it at the other stores.
Tip: head over to the bigger stores to try on the merchandise if you’ve yet to make up your mind. Once you’ve picked out your favourite, keep a lookout at the smaller stores for bargains and discounts!
2. Slurped down the real Katong Laksa
Once you’ve stocked up on your sports gear, it’s time to fill the stomach!
Did you know that the real Katong Laksa is actually not in Katong? Thanks to this extensive research, the real Katong Laksa is actually sitting on the ground floor of Queensway Shopping Centre. Located at the open space in the central atrium with its long tables and plastic stools reminiscent of old coffee shops, Janggut Laksa is a no frills eat-and-go food stop. The compact arrangement will have you knocking elbows with the people seated next to you but that clearly didn’t stop the hungry customers ceaselessly streaming in .
But don’t worry about long queues. It might be an old store in an old shopping centre but the efficiency is world class. Let any of the 2 to 3 helpers roaming around know the number of seats you need and they will find a spot to slot you in. Other than laksa, Janggut Laksa also serves chicken curry and chicken cutlet rice. The chicken curry is served with with rice or 3 slices of Gardenia white bread (just like how I would eat my grandma’s home-cooked curry when I was a little girl!). Though the chicken cutlet rice didn’t look too appealing by itself, I became rather tempted to try when I saw someone order it with curry gravy. All 3 dishes come in 3 sizes, small ($4), medium ($5) and large ($6).
Once the main dish is ordered, another helper would swap in to ask if you would like some otah. Please do! The otah here is the thicker, tender type that I love (who doesn’t?) and a great complement to any of the dishes you might have ordered.
Tip: if you are not a particularly big eater, order the small laksa (review here) and share a chicken curry and otah with a friend to get a taste of all the awesomeness.
And while I was chomping down my food, I was thoroughly impressed by one of the helper who explained the full menu in the Queen’s English to a family of tourists that was seated next to us, right down to giving recommendations for the 4 children (chicken cutlet rice and milo dinosaur). Speaks volumes about the service.
Queensway Shopping Centre – 1 Queensway, Singapore 149053
Tel: 9622 1045
Opening hours: 10am to 9.15pm | Daily
3. Overindulged in Japanese goodness
If laksa is not to your taste, head across the street to Anchorpoint and check out the Japanese selection. Whether you prefer to dine in at Gyu-Kaku or Ma Maison, or plan to pack up some Japanese goodness from Akari Japanese Natural Products or Fish Mart Sakuraya, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Besides Japanese food, this small heartland mall also prides itself on its collection of outlet stores featuring brands such as Billabong, Charles & Keith, Cotton On, TYPO, FOX, G2000 and Pedro. Useful if you’re on the lookout for some good bargains but I would rather hop over to Ikea than hang around to shop!
370 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159953
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm | Daily
368 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159952
Tel: 6479 4001
Opening hours: lunch – 12pm to 2.30pm | dinner – 5.30pm to 10.30pm | Daily
Price range: ~$35+++
Check out the review by ieatishootipost
Anchorpoint | #01-12
Tel: 6479 1670
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm | Daily
Price range: ~$25
Check out the review by asimplehappiness
Akari Japanese Natural Products
Anchorpoint | #B1-37
Tel: 6471 2314
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm | Daily
Check out the review by danielfooddiary
Fish Mart Sakuraya
Anchorpoint | #01-32
Tel: 6474 2495
Opening hours: 10.30am to 10pm | Daily
Price range: ~$20
Check out the review by thehungrybunnie
4. Soaked up the atmosphere of a hundred different homes
It is always fun to stroll through Ikea for your next house improvement idea or organising inspiration. Every August or September, Ikea would push out their new catalogues and new ranges of products. This would be the best time to get your favourite products at even lower prices and in new colours and designs.
And who needs interior designers when you can walk into so many professional designed and fully furnished rooms to pick what works for you. There’s nothing like going into a space to figure out the style you want to live in. Even if you are not planning on a complete overhaul of your home, sometimes you can even get some insights on how to repurpose on some of those old furniture to give your home a fresher look.
For those of you into DIY, check out the Ikea Hackers where you can find ideas on modifying and repurposing Ikea products to put on your own personal touch.
Tip: if you want to enjoy free parking, spend a minimum of $15 in Ikea and the first 3 hours are free. For IKEA FAMILY members, you just need to spend a minimum of $5.
317 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159965
Opening hours: 10am to 11pm | Daily
5. Chomped on the cheapest hotdogs in Singapore
Not only does Ikea’s restaurant and snack bar operates like a school cafeteria with the customers pushing trays on trolleys and queuing up in snaking lines, the prices are also easier on the wallet than most. From the Swedish meatballs to the fried chicken wings, no one seem to be able to resist chomping down these crowd favourites.
And with the snack bar strategically located at the exit, who can resist grabbing one of their $1 hotdogs before leaving? Or the curry puffs? Or the ice cream?
Date timer: ~ 4 hours
I love nothing more than to spend hours strolling through Ikea. Think I am crazy? Or are you just like me?
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