Bedok Reservoir: Charming Park In The City With Obstacle Courses, Water Sports & Affordable Cafes

Bedok Reservoir Park

If you’ve never been to Bedok Reservoir, you may only know it by its spooky reputation; testified by the fact that “Is Bedok Reservoir haunted?” shows up as the second most searched item when Googling the place. 

But let’s not forget that this charming park is chock-full of things to do, whether for the adrenaline junkies or the ardent cafe-hoppers. Take it from me, I grew up here!

Things to do at Bedok Reservoir

It’s rare to find the 4.3KM gravel track that circles the reservoir void of cyclists and joggers alike. But if these activities are too mainstream for you, try your hand at fishing, available at any designated fishing spot, or for the adventurous, a treetop obstacle course and water sports.

Forest Adventure – Obstacle courses for all ages

Forest Adventure offers three different obstacle courses: the Grand course; the Junior course; and the Kids course, all of which include a variety of high elements suitable for all ages. 

With rates starting from $39, this may be the go-to place to unlock your inner Tarzan. You can also try their Buddy Package (from $180) for 4 pax and enjoy 10% off. 

If all the climbing, falling, and swinging isn’t enough for you, Forest Adventure also has The Big Zip, a 300M-long zip line that spans over the water. With a birds-eye view of the reservoir, sit tight and enjoy the exhilarating experience of flying through the air.

If you’re still sceptical about taking the plunge, you can always check out a more in-depth look into our own experience.

Note: No more than 12 participants will be allowed per session as per current Covid-19 guidelines.

Forest Adventure website

Water sports – Affordable kayaking sessions

Image credits: Ra Krishnan

Water sports enthusiasts will be pleased to know that PAssionWaVe@Bedok Reservoir offers kayaking rentals starting from $10 for 2 hours. PassionCard members can also enjoy a promotional rate of $9 for 2 hours! Both single and double kayaks are available so you and your kaki can try kayaking together. 

Note: Due to their HQ being revamped, rentals are limited but you can reserve the equipment through this form on their website.

Catch picturesque sunset views

I can’t be the only one whose Instagram has been filled with snaps and stories of the beautiful sunsets that have settled over Singapore lately. So, no better time to catch them than at Bedok Reservoir, where you can sit by the water and peacefully watch the sun dip below the horizon.

Grab yourself some snacks, relax by the dock, and just immerse yourself in the atmosphere.
Image credits: @rogergarcangel

The reservoir is full of quiet places to relax and catch the sunset, from the fishing docks to the benches peppered all around the park. 

With the cascading waves and lush trees lining the horizon, it’s easy to forget that just behind you is a bustling main road lined with HDBs, condos, and supermarkets.

Black-naped Oriole sighted at Bedok Reservoir
Image credits: @colouredmarkers_

A popular spot for photographers and bird-watchers alike, the park’s abundance of wildlife means that there is always something new to see at every corner. In fact, if you’re lucky, you’ll catch sight of otters too!

Grab a bite at Reservoir Village

You may be surprised to find that the park holds its fair share of quaint cafes and late-night dine-ins. A nearby McDonald’s and prata shop aside, Reservoir Village – parked just outside the reservoir – is home to hidden gems offering brunch fare, ice cream, and more.

Full Tank ($15.90) on their All Day Brunch menu
Image credits: @refuelcafesg

A popular spot for those living nearby, Refuel Cafe boasts fairly affordable prices for typical cafe food. With its air-conditioned interior and a generous variety of drinks that average at about $5.50, it’s a fantastic place to rest after clocking in some exercise. Just a warning that queues can get quite long so a reservation is always recommended.

Address: 744 Bedok Reservoir Road, #01-3029, Singapore 470744
Opening hours: 
Mon-Sun 9AM-9PM
6448 0015

Refuel Cafe website

Buttermilk waffle with single scoop Hazelnut Rocher ice cream ($11.90)
Image credits: @bellyoffood

For some late-night options, Haute and Cauld is an ice cream shop that’s open till 2AM. With both hot and cold options (get it?), this little ice cream place makes a well-rounded supper spot with its menu of charcoal waffles (from $7.90) and interesting ice cream flavours, like Yubari Rock Melon, and Bubbleyum Grape (from $3.80, +$1.50 for premium flavours)

Address: 740 Bedok Reservoir Road, #01-3179, Singapore 470740
Opening hours: 
Mon & Wed-Fri 2PM-2AM | Tue 6PM-2AM | Sat-Sun 12PM-2AM
8816 3179

Haute and Cauld website

Image credits: @wawawabistro

Wawawa is a bistro located within the park itself, and is often praised for its beautiful views. The menu consists of mostly Western nosh like pizza, burgers and fries, but does have some Asian options like their Spring Rolls & Samosa ($7.20) to satisfy all cravings. 

While there, you should also try their Wawawa Chocolate Lava Cake ($11.80), served with a scoop of ice cream to cool you down on a hot day. Food aside, the calming ambience and great view alone makes it more than worth the experience.

Address: 901 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 479266
Opening hours: 
Mon-Fri 5PM-11PM | Sat-Sun 11AM-11PM
6285 8038

Wawawa Bistro website

Getting to Bedok Reservoir

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For all the non-Easties out there dreading a long MRT ride just to head over, you’ll find that Bedok Reservoir is actually quite accessible. Tucked between Bedok and Tampines, the park is within easy reach from civilization via bus and train. Its many park connectors also make it easy for cyclists to visit.

Address: Along Bedok Reservoir Road
Park lighting hours: 7AM-7PM, Daily

Getting there:
Bus: Hop on any of the buses that go to Opp The Clearwater Condo bus stop
MRT: Alight at Bedok Reservoir MRT ( ~15-minute walk) or Tampines West MRT (~10-minute walk)
For those coming by car, take the PIE and exit at Bedok North Ave 3 before turning into Bedok Reservoir Road towards Carpark A.


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Cover images adapted from (L-R): The Smart Local, @zachagraphy, @calvin.hobbes.76

Charlotte Joy Lee

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