Bukit Timah Plaza
Bukit Timah Plaza is the destination mall for families, offering a wide range of products and services; from fashion and beauty to education, F&B and supermarket. There is always something for everyone in the family. Household names such as Fairprice Finest, DBS Bank, Popular Bookstore, Pizza Hut, KFC, Subway, Jollibean and many more will cater to just about every shopping whim and need. Parents should not miss the second floor that houses schools, training and education centres which provides extensive enrichment programmes for your children.
This is not a crowded heartland mall. Most people who come here come only to do their grocery shopping. There isn't much really. The building is old and it shows.
Once, I walked past two security guys holding a large bag of cash in a small corridor coz I entered by another less known door, and they kinda stared at me in anticipation! Most interesting thing that ever happened to me at the mall
NTUC Finest took up about two levels of the shop space and I had never gone out of NTUC to visit other shops in the mall. The few times I had gone out of NTUC was to bring my children to the toilets. The few shops that we passed along the way did not look especially interesting to me. From NTUC, we would take the travellator back to the car park so if I had not gone to the toilet, I would only have known there was NTUC Finest in this shopping mall.
I always only visit because they have NTUC finesse, which i adore. This supermarket carries more expensive and rare brands and labels and sells sushi too. Covering two levels, shopping here is much more interesting than in the whole mall. Fast shoppers can take just a mere 15-20 minutes to finish shopping here.
The visitor flow isn't great here and I actually find it amazing how some of the shops are still surviving given the small amount of visitors. Formerly, there used to be a LAN centre on the top floor and was the main reason I visited it regularly. It has since closed down and thus a lot less teenagers now go there.
The only reason I go there after that was to have a meal after trainings. If not, most people will not have a particular reason to come here as there really is nothing much to offer. Perhaps it is time for a makeover since King Albert Park will be closing down.
There are quite a few corners in there that are literally dead. The complete lack of activity makes it a little eerie to walk nearby there as the whole place in general looks rather dilapidated and dirty. I think this place is more of a lunch-time haunt for students rather than regular shoppers.
The prices here are alright, given that Bukit Timah is known to be a high-end area. but there is a severe lack of variety. I was bored after less than an hour and I don't think i'll be coming back again.
Residents around the area would not miss the chance to do some grocery shopping at FairPrice Finest, which sells some of the higher quality groceries like the cube watermelon large assortment of cheese and ham. This place housed many maid agencies and families could be spoilt for choice. Besides maid agencies, one could not miss the local pet shop which sells a large variety of pet stuff.
Other than the usual fast food restaurants such as Pizza Hut and KFC, there is a home-made korean food stall located in the Ground level of the mall. This stall is operated by a Korean lady who cooked all the food herself. Treat yourself to some of the most authentic home-made Korean food in Singapore.
Do pay this mall a visit sometime and you will never know if you can find a hidden jewel there.
If not for NTUC, I wouldn't go to the mall as I find it rather dimly lit. I don't really like dimly lit public places.
Traffic here is rather minimal; I believe it is due to the rather awkward and inconvenient location. However, there is pretty much everything here that you would expect a mall to have, be it a fast food joint, bookstore, or supermarket. A quiet place, no doubt, but do expect some wear-and-tear. After all, it has been around for quite some time.
It's within walking distance and I guess the food here isn't too shabby. $10 could get you a good experience in Bukit Timah Plaza. You could play pool with the 45 and spend the other $5 on a filling KFC meal. Not too bad for students like me on a tight budget after exhausting all my money on tidbits to eat in class to stay awake.
The billiards and pool tables here are of a commendable quality, they are regularly maintained and the member's table has the smoothest finish, guarantees a better pool time. I used to come here with my friends and find a table with a cushion seat and proceed to drink while the rest played.
A chill place.