Compass Point is situated in the heart of Sengkang and is integrated with the MRT, LRT and the bus interchange. It is also easily accessible by the Tampines Expressway (TPE). It is Singapore’s first thematic suburban mall based on the theme of learning. It also organizes “Fun Ahoy! - Learn Thru’ Play and Craft”, a monthly kids’ programme. Anchor tenants are Best Denki, Cold Storage, Kiddy Palace, Kopitiam Spectrum, Metro and POPULAR Bookstore. In 2003, Compass Point won the prestigious Maxi Award, an international award that is given out yearly by International Council of Shopping Centers to shopping centres, which have successfully implemented marketing programmes. Nursing rooms with diaper-changing stations are located on Level 4 (near Kopitiam). Kiddy toilets are located at Basement 1 and Levels 1 to 3. Kiddy toilet with diaper-changing station is located at Level 4. Shoppers can enjoy free Wi-Fi access with Wireless@SG
It lacks the generic entertainment like a cinema or KTV. However, that does'nt make it anywhere less decent as a hangout place.
There's much to eat. Fast food includes both KFC and Macdonalds, as well as subway, mos burger and burger king too. Burger King allows studying, so there's a study location! Another study location would be Starbucks, though it's kind of small. It'd be a good place for work if you manage to get a seat though. Of course, if you dont't mind the lack of air conditioning, there's always the tables outside.
Restaurants include Sakae Sushi, Jacks Place and also Swensens. Of course if you're trying to prevent the hole in your wallet, there's always the Kopitiam at the top floor. So if you're looking for food, there's no need to worry!
There's also an arcade (timezone) at the basement as well. Great place to entertain the little ones. There's not much shopping to be done at Compass Point though. The shops are very standard, not much of a variety.
The library could keep you entertained as well. Compass Point caters to all your basic needs (there's a supermarket at the basement by the way) however if you're looking for entertainment of greater value, it's not the place to go.
But we are not here to talk about my nostalgia, so moving on!
Compass Mall is a beautiful place. Stand in the atrium one day and look up. I cannot stress how much I love the intricate painting of an actual compass on the ceiling. Not only that, they have exquisitely handcrafted ships on their upper pillars. I am a small-time art appreciator and I love the thoughtful architectural touches -- makes me feel inspired.
While they do not have a cinema, they have a very extensive Kopitam. Everything here is top-notch and in the classiest setting. I love their drink stall's bread and butter breakfast set. It would be a far stretch, but it feels like I'm no longer in Singapore having a meal, I'm in a more exotic place enjoying my blessings.
The McDonalds here has been a study date rendezvous for a good year at least and I'm forever thankful that the cashier cordons away from the sitting tables, leaving you to do your work in absolute peace and quiet. I do not like their Starbucks though, much too squeezey and full usually anyway.
My favourite shop here would be Hallmark. I love buying unnecessary things so Hallmark is my wallet vacuum. I have bought more cards than I can count, for more occasions than my friends can scratch their head over. Thinking back, I would be so much richer without all that overpriced cards.
Come here to immerse in this unusual mall's atmosphere.
Moving on, Compass Point seems to have almost everything a mall should have - restaurants, fast food chains, cafes (they have Starbucks!!), Kopitiam, a library, Valu$, a supermarket, etc. Although most of their food places are leaning towards the 'common' side, I'd say the mall picks good choices of such restaurants and eateries like Pizza Hut, Toast Box and Swensens. Students can come here for lunch because majority of these restaurants have good student meals or value-for-money lunch deals. All they need is a cinema and the mall is pretty much all-rounded.
Of course, with every mall, there is definitely room for improvement, and I hope to see Compass Point include more popular shops in the future. Till then, I'd drop by this mall every now and then for a meal or to settle any necessities like groceries and dailies.
Common group of shoppers will be students and residents who live near-by. There is a big Kopitiam at the top level. This place is always crowded whenever I visit this place and was hard to find seats during meal times.
My mother and I love the claypot chicken rice. It was generously served with the chicken meat and rice. Also, the seasoning sauce used makes the dish fragrant.
For grocery shopping, there is a cold storage at the basement level. Fashion wise, the stores are mostly geared towards styles that suit older woman. If you want clothes that are more streetsmart and trendy, Metro has a small section dedicated to that.
There is also a library on the top floor, but I don't like going to the Compass Point's branch because it looks and smells old. It kind of smells like feet, which is very off putting.
Many events and promotions are often held at the Atrium of Compass Point. It could be a Body Shop sale one week and an automobile event the next. It keeps the mall abuzz with activities and livens things up quite a bit. If you are around the area and looking to fill your stomach or buy some necessities, Compass Point will be an ideal place to visit. It is however, a very heartland sort of mall so don't expect to be able to find anything too unique there.
One crowd puller for this mall is definitely the anchor tenant, Metro Departmental Store. It covers 2 storeys and basically sells everything from women wear to kids’ toys to men’s wear to cosmetics to bed sheets and pillows. Apart from Metro, Compass point also houses a decent number of food chains such as MacDonald’s, Jack Place, Subway, Burger King, Yoshinoya, Mos Burger, KFC, foodcourt, Mr Bean etc.
Though mall is pretty small, it covers pretty much everything that you would look for in a neighbouring mall. As for me, this mall is a perfect place to run errands – from paying bills, to banks (POSB/OCBC), to grocery shopping(Cold Storage), to pick some medication etc
Personally, one highlight of the mall is the atrium area. It uplifts the mood in the mall with the regular events held there. Events include kids’ show, home appliance sales, celebrity appearance, clothing sales, etc. I feel that such events are really essential in bringing in crowds for a heartland mall like Compass Point!
One of my favourite eat-in place would be Ya Kun Kaya Toast. It’s not an extravagant meal, just a simple one with toasts and drinks but with the right company, that’s good enough. After all, the toasts are really good!
There is also Ajisen Ramen! My favourite ramen!
If you need to grab some bread and pastries for breakfast the next day, there’s also Four Leaves at the basement. For affordable meals, you can visit Long John Silver, Subway, Toast Box, or Yoshinoya. There’s also a Kopitiam. For a better meal, there’s Soup Restaurant, Sakae Sushi, Olio Café and of course, Ajisen Ramen!
Having said all that, the selection of food places isn’t good though. There are too many random and unnecessary shops. Compass point is like a mall with all the very different shops but does not have a specific area that it provides a wide variety for. It does not have any special shops too.
Another plus point is the library at the highest floor. Many students and families can be seen on a weekend. It is big but not very easy to find what I want. There is also a big Kopitiam at the top level. This is always crowded when I go and hard to find seats during dinner time. We had to wait around for people to finish up their meals or share tables with other people. The claypot chicken rice is not bad I must say. And the staff are generous with the chicken meat.
Other than Kopitiam, there is not much choice of food if one is not a fan of fast food. There are quite a few bread shops though so one can get some for supper. Bread Talk and Crystal Jade My Bread give promotion when it is night time.
Aside from that, Compass Point is pretty accessible by public transport as it is just right above Seng Kang MRT/LRT station and literally just right beside a bus interchange. I would say that Compass Point is a good place to get your grocery shopping or errands done. It has a pharmacy store (Watsons), a supermarket (Cold Storage) and a bookstore (POPular) amongst many others.
In addition, because of its strategic location and its proximity to neighbourhood schools like CompassVale Secondary School, there will be many school students in the mall on weekdays. On weekdays, the more common group of shoppers would be families as CompassPoint is a relatively family-friendly mall.
Although this mall has quite a wide variety of shops, it cannot hold a candle to gargantuan shopping malls like VivoCity! Hence, if you are looking for a real shopping experience, head on down to Vivocity. On the other hand, if you are just looking to get your errands done, Compass Point would be good.