Things to do at Sengkang Grand Mall
You don’t need to do the math to know that Singapore has a lot of malls. But in case you’re now curious, the number of shopping malls in Singapore is 207 at the time of writing. While that’s already plenty, it seems that a lot of us still can’t get enough. After all, rain or shine, they’re the perfect space to find yummy nosh and enjoy a bit of shopping.
It’s no surprise then, that we welcome the 208th with much fanfare. The snazzy new mall of the Northeast, Sengkang Grand Mall, has been all the hype, with an aesthetic interior and convenient location right above Buangkok MRT – not Sengkang MRT, as its name might suggest.
New heartland mall above Buangkok MRT
We all stan a trendy new mall along Orchard Road. But for the lot of us that reside in the heartlands, nothing gets us more thrilled than a poppin’ new mall that’s a stone’s throw away from home. North-Easties are in luck as Sengkang Grand Mall is the newest hangout spot in the ‘hood, easily accessible via MRT.
The mall is currently only partly open, with a handful of stores and amenities still under construction. Once fully completed, there’ll be more than 90 stores to explore, a hawker centre, an alley of enrichment centres, childcare centres, a community centre, and even a bus interchange that will be opening within the mall in Q3 this year.
Kids’ playground in front of McDonald’s.
Currently, there are already some things that excited visitors can head down to explore. Expect a small playground which students of nearby schools have quickly discovered and loved, as well as an array of restaurants, bubble tea chains, and a high-tech supermarket you can now visit. Here’s the lowdown:
Food options including affordable restaurants & snacks to-go
Sukiya, a popular beef bowl chain from Japan.
Some of us visit shopping malls because we’re bored, but most of us head down because it’s meal time and our tummies are growling for good food. Whether you’re looking to dine in or dabao, Sengkang Grand Mall doesn’t disappoint when it comes to offering affordable nosh.
Collins, a crowd-favourite for affordable Western mains.
Some of the eateries that you can already visit include the Japanese beef bowl chain Sukiya which serves affordable Gyudon from $4.20. You can also find the popular Collins here, with reasonably-priced Western fare and a Sengkang Grand Mall-exclusive menu with pancake Stackers ($15) and a Farmers’ Omelette ($16).
This rainy season, you can also defrost on cold nights at City Hotpot, or slurp on a warm bowl of noodles at Le Shrimp Ramen.
As for snack monsters, you’ll have plenty to feed your addictions with 2 bubble tea stores – KOI and The Alley. For those still obsessed with Mr Coconut, you can also find that here, alongside snack stalls like CROLO by Swee Heng, Jollibean, and KAZO.
Those are just the tip of the iceberg, with the following stores coming soon:
- Fong Sheng Hao
- Kenny Rogers
- Sanook Kitchen
- Sushi Express
Go grocery shopping at a next-level supermarket
A “playground” for adults in its own right, supermarkets are where many of us can spend hours on end just wandering around. Down in the basement, you’ll be able to find the latest FairPrice Finest with 13,400sqft of space filled with rows of organic and special dietary products, as well as themed corners.
Apart from your usual groceries, fans of Korean food can find a ready-to-eat section filled with Fresh Kimchi ($12/750g), as well as a variety of packed Pork, Chicken, and Beef Kimbap from $9. Much like a street food stand in Korea, this corner also sells Eomuk Tang – Korean Fish Cake Soup – and Tteokbokki.
Don’t worry, you aren’t the only person who arrives at a supermarket for rice and leaves with potted plants. Aspiring chefs can find a shelf of healthy and pesticide-free potted herbs ($3.95) like basil and lemon balm, waiting to be taken home and incorporated into your next Masterchef dish.
But those aren’t the only plants you’ll find here. For last-minute gifts, swing by the florist section which is filled with affordable and fresh flower bundles. We even spotted large bouquets at $49.90 which you can surprise your other half with.
Image adapted from: FairPrice
Best of all, you can even make payments here using the new Scan & Go payment system which allows you to scan your products and make payment online. There’s no longer a need to wait in line – a huge time-saver, especially if you’re grocery shopping during peak periods.
Other stores that are now open include Guardian, Watsons, 7-Eleven, Bossini, and Singtel.
Expect the following soon:
- Japan IPL
- Hock Hua Tonic
Swing by the latest mall in town, Sengkang Grand Mall
The Northeast is surely brimming with life with the recent opening of Northshore Plaza I and II and now, the chic 3-storey Sengkang Grand Mall. The crowds were coming in hot when we visited on a weekday afternoon, so prepare for a bit of jostling if you’re coming during the weekends.
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Photography by John Lim.
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