City Sprouts urban farm on Henderson Road

For most of us, our Secondary school days are a time that we look back on fondly. Oh, what we would give to be able to go back to the times of running into friends along the hallways, playing games during recess, and of course, stuffing our faces in the canteen.

City Sprouts, an urban farm tucked away in the former Henderson Secondary School, is the next best thing.

An open dining space with 6 different F&B merchants

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More than just for humans, the dining hall is open to pets as well.
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Like any school, the canteen is where it’s at. It’s no different at City Sprouts – the open dining space is the heart of the building, housing 6 different food and beverage stalls. The benches that once seated hordes of hungry children are now gone, with comfy rattan chairs and wooden tables in their place. 

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Though the food is served out of a canteen, it’s certainly not canteen food. Here, the food is plated beautifully and made with fresh, tasty ingredients. Still, like a canteen, prices are relatively reasonable – a drink, like a warm cup of joe will only set you back $1.50, while mains generally cost less than $10

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Hakka Yong Tau Foo Noodles from Pang’s Hakka Noodles (left), Uni and Salmon Rice Bowl from O-Kome (right).
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The variety of different cuisines served here means there is something for pretty much everyone – go for a Japanese rice bowl (from $10) from O-Kome if you’re looking for something fresh and light, or go all out with a hearty Steak Sandwich ($12.80) from PARK cafe

Those who prefer more familiar local delights will enjoy the Hakka Yong Tau Foo (from $4.80) from Pang’s Hakka Noodles, while kids and those with a sweet tooth can get fresh bakes from Pyroast

Ordering works much like any food court – order at the stall directly, collect your food and find yourself a seat. The space, although revamped, still retains the communal warmth of a bustling school cafeteria. Cheerful chatter fills the air as hungry diners munch on their grub.

An urban farm with monthly farmers markets

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City Sprouts is also an urban farm that leases out parts of its farm space to local agritech partners. In simpler words, City Sprouts is all about sustainable farming and agricultural practices.

Tenants occupy the space on a rotational basis. Currently, the 3 tenants are Singrow, a vertical strawberry farm, The Little Rice Company, Singapore’s only rice grower, and Bewilder, a green design studio that’s all about mushrooms. More than just growing them and displaying them, they even sell them as bouquets, which you can buy to surprise someone special.

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There’s also a farmers market with a variety of fresh produce up for sale – think crunchy, seasonal fruits and greens, fragrant small-batch homebakes, ornamental plants, and other cute crafts and trinkets. The farmers markets take place on the first Saturday of every month, and entry is free.

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Other than farmers markets, they regularly organise events like this sundown party.
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If you’re looking for something a little more hands-on, they even have a number of farm tours, composting classes, and craft workshops starting at $25 per session. 

Visit City Sprouts urban farm

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When the weekend rolls around, it can be tough to fill up the 2 short days with activities that don’t involve screens or lazing around. With June holidays now in full swing, you’ve got your work cut out for you to find fun, stimulating activities to keep the kids entertained. With plenty to see, do and eat, City Sprouts is certainly a place worth visiting. 

Find out more about City Sprouts urban farm here

102 Henderson Road Sprout Hub, Singapore 159682
Opening hours: 9am-6pm, Daily
Telephone: 6468 6772

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Cover image adapted from: @iamrecneps, @city_sprouts, @city_sprouts