Bendemeer Shopping MallHot
Bendemeer Shopping Mall is located between the busy Serangoon Road and Bendemeer Road. It is within 5-minute walking distance from Boon Keng MRT Station. It is easily accessible from major expressways like the Pan Island Expressway (PIE), the Central Expressway (CTE) and the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE). The shopping mall consists of 69 shops selling a wide range of goods and services. There are cake shops, hair salons, beauty salons, provision shops, fruit shops, mini-marts, medical and dental clinics, eating outlets, banks and ATMs. The covered pedestrian mall between Block 25 and Block 27 provides convenience to shoppers, protecting them from the sun and rain.
Now this place has been renovated and is no longer as shabby as before. The hawker centre and the stretch has all been upgraded with new furnishings. The place as still as crowded as ever, and it was still really difficult to find a place to sit.
Although I can no longer remember what stalls were still present from 10 years ago, I had a plate of really fragrant chicken rice from one of the old and traditional looking stalls there. It was so good that I had an extra serving of rice just to get more of the rice. There are many more stalls that looked like there have been there for a long time, and usually these are stalls that I liked to visit when I am at such older hawkers, as the food would usually taste much better.
The prices of goods sold there are also quite affordable. The downside, however, is that the mall's cleanliness is not properly maintained. The seats at the mall are often littered with used tissue paper, and the bins seem to be always full. The seats also have brown stains (probably from a drink), which might disgust a cleanliness freak. The floor, though, is mysteriously clean.
Despite all the problems, the mall offers products and services that are economic. Take a trip there and you might like it!