New shops at KINEX mall, Katong
Every weekend, most malls in Singapore are filled to the brim with shoppers and people hanging out – all of whom obviously seek respite from the heat outside. The newly-opened KINEX mall isn’t any different, except that it also seems to be buzzing with people heading for dance classes, workouts and a good ol’ coffee sesh.
Previously known as OneKM Shopping Mall, the newly-revamped KINEX easily oozes community vibes with chill-out corners, lots of eateries, and spaces for pop-up stores and events that are ever-changing.
Here are 5 new shops at KINEX to check out:
1. Kith Cafe – brunch food and open concept
Big breakfasts, pastas, coffee and cakes – Kith Cafe has brunch vibes going strong. You can get a hearty Better Than Benny ($15.90) which comes with two jiggly poached eggs atop crispy bacon, kale and sourdough bread. For something sweet, head for their House-made Pancakes ($14.90) which has caramelised maple butter sauce that’s worth a try.
The cafe has a play corner for the kiddos
Brunch menu aside, they have an array of western staples, like pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and mains like Chicken Parmigiana ($24.90) and Fish & Chips (19.90). If you’re just here to wind down, check out their selection of Kith Blend speciality coffees (from $4) and indulge in some dessert like their House Made Tiramisu ($7.90).
The cafe isn’t hard to miss. It sits right in the middle of the mall’s atrium and is instantly noticeable with its bright yellow sign. There’s even a corner for the kiddos to play, and meeting rooms complete with white boards that you can rent with a minimum spend of $100.
Opening hours: 8AM-10PM
Telephone: 6214 3780
2. Mr D.I.Y. – affordable home improvement items
There’s more to Mr. D.I.Y. than its name suggests: not only can you find tools and home improvement items here, you can find nearly everything from electronic gadgets and toys to kitchenware and jewellery. All this plus low prices, and you’ve got yourself a convenient one-stop-shop for everyday items.
Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM, Daily
3. Tree Art – all-round art classes from $35/class
If your kids have a creative spark, Tree Art has a ton of classes to feed it. They have a variety of art programmes for children of all ages that aren’t just limited to typical drawing and painting classes. Pottery, sculpting, murals and art history are courses the young’uns can take.
Sign up for a single session ($59) or buy a package, and you’ll get to do your own painting while waiting for your child for free!
Opening hours: Sat-Sun 9AM-7:30PM; Tues-Fri 1.30PM-7.30PM (Closed Mondays)
Telephone: 9649 7716
4. Tonkin – authentic Vietnamese cuisine below $10
The first thing you’ll notice about Tonkin is its modern interior that’s decked out in woody tones and dotted with green accents. Their menu is whole-heartedly Vietnamese, and you won’t find any dish above $10 here.
Their Pho Tai costs just $8.80, for a bowl of rice noodles topped with soft medium-rare slices of beef. You can also get other classics like Tom Goi Cuon (shrimp rice paper rolls) for $3.90 and Bun Ga Nuong (lemongrass chicken vermicelli) for $7.90.
Don’t forget to try their authentic Vietnamese Egg Coffee ($5.80), made using traditional Vietnamese coffee filters. Its froth is made with egg whites for a rich, creamy finish.
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6909 8219
5. Distinct Creative Arts – dance classes from $10 for all ages
With an array of dance classes held throughout the day, Distinct Creative Arts has classes for adults and kids alike. The best part is, you don’t necessarily have to commit to taking weekly classes – you can attend single sessions from just $10 (student price). Non-students pay a reasonable $15/class (members) and $18/class (non-members).
Their open workshops include everything from hip hop to belly dancing, as well as K-pop and popping.
If you’re interested in other creative avenues, stay tuned for upcoming stores at KINEX like Drum Tutor and Yan Ballet Academy.
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6909 9753
Lock City 2019 qualifiers – dance competition happening in KINEX
Image credit: KINEX
There’s no shortage of creative avenues at KINEX, with lots of creative classes available. So it’s no surprise that international dance competition Lock City Singapore 2019 is making its way to KINEX on 28th July 2019. Participants will be judged by a panel that hails from Singapore’s dance scene.
Co-organised by Distinct Creative Arts, interested participants can sign up for 2 categories:
- Locking 1-v-1: Compete one-to-one in a pop and lock dance-off.
- Open-style 1-v-1: Compete one-to-one in any dance genre.
The winners from each category will move on to represent Singapore in the Lock City World Finals in Guangzhou for the Locking category, and Home Brand Jam Finals in Perth for the Open Style category.
Location: 28th July 2019
Opening hours: 12PM-8PM
Competition entry fee: $30 (1 category); $45 (both categories)
Head here to find out more.
KINEX mall new shops
Their pop-up store area is a haven for fashion accessories
Revamped from its former days as OneKM Shopping Mall, KINEX has taken on an array of new lifestyle outlets. Self-enrichment classes like art and dance are aplenty, while cafes and restaurants are there for your chill-out needs.
Take a pic for the ‘gram at the swing at the mall entrance
Look out for their dedicated pop-up store area at the ground floor, which is filled with fashionable trinkets and quirky home decor items. Don’t miss the little artsy accents around the mall either, like the staircase at the entrance that’s covered in colourful graphics. You’ll have plenty of activities to keep your days filled.
Location: 11 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 436950
Opening hours: 10:30AM-9:30PM, Daily
Telephone: 6702 3610
This post was brought to you by KINEX.
Photography by John Lim.
Lock City Singapore
Things to note:
Event entry: Free
One Category: SGD 25 (early-bird) ; SGD 30 (after 14 Jul)
Bothcategories: SGD 40 (early-bird) ; SGD 45 (after 14 Jul)