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Located just beside Buona Vista MRT station, The Star Vista is a different mall than those usually visited. It is more of a cultural and civic place rather than a shopping mall. Being open space and non-airconditioned, the hub is also about 5 levels high. Uniquely, the highest level is an auditorium that seats 5000 people. There are over a hundred retail shops and many offer items that are simply one of its kind in Singapore.
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I would never come to The Star just for a wander around, it’s always for one of 3 reasons, a haircut, a meal, or to watch a show. The Toni and Guy is brilliant, one of the best cut and colours I’ve ever had, and there are actually quite a few hairdressers there which I would like to try out another time. Food wise - I’ve had some really good meals here. Nandos is always a favourite, but there’s a burger bar which I loved and also a surprisingly large food court. When it comes to the performance venue, I was really impressed. Large, clean and good views, the only issue were the tiny seats.
I was surprised to learn that there’s no air conditioning, yet it makes sense when you look at the size of the place. I love how they hold public Zumba lessons in the large open space on the ground floor, and how practical it is to get to, literally a stone's throw from Buona Vista Station. The amount of choices for food is immense, but shops wise there isn’t the largest amount of choice.
Whenever I’ve visited the Star I’ve always left happy, whether it’s because of the peri-peri chicken I just devoured or if it was watching hundreds of people dancing to Zumba. A beautifully designed space with many food orientated reasons to visit.
Dine and Chill
In a country with a tropical climate that stays humid all year round like Singapore, it would be no easy feat to do away with the air-conditioning in malls. These malls are places for relaxation, where people shop and dine. The Star Vista – one of our first naturally cooled malls located a short distance away from Buona Vista MRT (EW21/CC22).
If you are looking for a place for retail therapy, this is definitely one place you may want to reconsider. The Star Vista has plenty of places for food; there is practically a dining place at every turn. The wide variety of food choices will leave those who are indecisive in a dilemma. You can easily find food, ranging from a few dollars to tens of dollars or more.
After meals, if you are looking for a cost-free place to chill and chit-chat, especially those long conversations. The Star Vista is the place. There are plenty of seats around amphitheater, located at the basement near the water feature. The latter provides a cool ambience to its surroundings.
This is not just another other amphitheater. Every Monday from 7.30 P.M to 8.30 P.M., there will be trainers conducting free cardio workout sessions. This is a joint initiative with Health Promotion Board (HPB), available till the end of the year. If you are looking for a workout to release some endorphins after a long day at work or school, feel free to join! There used to be mass Yoga and Zumba sessions conducted as well. Join in the fun and not to worry, all of the sessions are free of charge. You can check out their website for the latest events. http://www.thestarvista.com/en/happenings/events/
Chain Of High-Class Eateries
The Star Vista homes to many high-class eating outlets from the basement all the way to the 2nd level. Many of the eateries are owned by local celebrities. A dessert shop is owned by Zhang Yang Dong while the Porn's outlet is owned by Pornsak.
One can never decide over what to eat for lunch or dinner when at The Star Vista. Korean, Japanese, Peranakan, Western and Seafood. These are some of the variety you get to choose from.
However, you don't get your typical fast outlet or cafe at The Star Vista. You can't find any McDonalds or Coffee Bean Cafe like in the shopping malls. Nevertheless, it is still a convenient place where you can settle your meals.
In Singapore in particular, the architecture of malls are mostly plain and boring. However, The Star Vista's architecture is brilliant and hence helps it stand out among other shopping malls in Singapore.
Upon entering, I could feel a nice cooling breeze and the high volume space makes the mall feel very welcoming. Personally, I found navigating around the mall very pleasant as most of the shopfronts are visible from the escalators. The mall's layout invites you to explore it more, and as I did so I chanced upon their outdoor theater. Though there was no events held there that day, the view from the platform was quite a sight.
Retail outlets are close to none, so if you're intending to do some shopping, do not go to The Star Vista and expect a whole lot. Instead, the place is filled with a wide variety of F&B outlets. So if food is what you want, this is the place worth exploring.
only for those in the surrounding area, other than that, not noteworthy
Star Vista resembles the shape of Noah's Ark, a biblical reference to the flood scene in Christianity. This is also linked to New Creation Church that uses the Rock Auditorium, as it is named, there. Religion aside, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes available, as well as a famous grass jelly dessert franchise, BlackBall from Taiwan.
Getting to Star Vista is convenient, with a sheltered walkway leading from Buona Vista station. Upon entrance, the mall's size took me aback, and hygiene standards are high.
However, after entering, I felt there was nothing much to offer. I wouldn't travel to eat here, unless for lunch during work hours or school hours. Perhaps this is what the mall mainly caters to, with crowds usually from nearby junior colleges and universities, as well as mainly the working crowd.
I ate at a japanese restaurant, itacho sushi if I recall, and food was so-so. I prefer outlets such as Ichiban Boshi instead. Staff were also not helpful... was dissatisfied with service ):
Attas Makan Mall
Because I study near Star Vista, I occasionally go there for lunch or dinner. I love the texture of the floor and walls, as well as the design of the place including the mini-gardens and water-works. Everything links to provide an atmosphere of serenity: I feel like I'm in a world far away from the chaotic urban areas. It's a good place to hang out with your friends to relax.
The only highlight of this mall is the food, which is generally not bad. Definitely a wide variety to keep you coming back. But! Take note of the prices, because they are pretty high. The mall is quite 'attas'.
Other than the food, there is nothing in Star Vista that will attract. I advise you to go there only if you work, live or study near the area.
Could have been better
I have been to Star Vista a few times since they opened to the public, and I have to admit that I didn’t even realise the place was not air-conditioned till I read other reviews. Having said that, it could be because there were other things that were bugging me which made the no air-con surroundings unnoticeable.
One of the biggest problems I have with Star Vista is how bad the construction of the place is. I was supposed to dine at Morganfield’s one day, and when I went to the second floor I saw that it was just across me. One problem though, there was no way to get straight across. We either had to walk one big round, or use the escalators to go down the first floor and use another escalator which lead us directly to Morganfield’s.
I do like how spacious and sleek the place is, but I do not like how inconvenient it is to get about there. Do note that there are mainly only eateries in Star Vista, so I would recommend it as a place to grab a bite but not to shop.
No aircon but it's okay
The concept of Star Vista is pretty novel here in Singapore because it isn't fully air conditioned. Also, it isn't fully sheltered. There is a lot of space in the middle of Star Vista and not as many stores as I would have thought it to have so I would think Star Vista is more of a resting place than a shopping place. The range of food items being sold there is good though. From fast food like Texas Chicken to higher end courses like Watami, the food that can be found there is pretty varied.
Even though as a mall there is no air-conditioning, there is still air-conditioning inside the shops itself. It would be too stuffy otherwise because the stores are all enclosed spaces. I think more fans can be installed in the mall if anything. The concept of such an eco-mall can and should be further explored in Singapore since it also opens more room for new environmentally friendly ideas.
Only for the food.
I just visited this mall not too long ago, hearing that it's new. When we entered from the hot sun outside, we hoped for a gush of cold air blowing from the inside, but to our dismay, the mall wasn't air conditioned. It took us some time to realised that, the whole time we thought we hadn't entered the mall themselves. That said, the individual shops do have their own air conditioning, so shopping won't be more pleasant.
Majority of the shops were all food shops, like restaurants, supermarkets, snack stalls etc. As for the retail shops, there were nothing much. Don't know where to have for dinner? Just hop over here and try each restaurant every week, they have cafes, fast food, and even food from different cultures.
Many choices for eateries!
I was shocked to see that there was no air con at all for the whole mall! Thankfully, on the day of my visit, it was pretty cooling. The christmas tree there is pretty and the lightings at night are really colourful!
A pity that there are practically nothing to shop for there. It is just eateries, restaurants and cafes. It was a great place to go for dinner because I was really spoilt for choice there. The place is also not very crowded which makes it nice to hang out. There are also quite a number of bars to try out there.
I did not have a chance to view any exhibition or whatsoever upstairs but I feel that the concept of Star Vista is an interesting one because it merges arts together with dining. A pleasant experience in a unique mall.