West Coast Plaza
Nestled in the idyllic western part of Singapore, nothing captures the free spirit of the west like West Coast Plaza, the Oasis in the West. West Coast Plaza is a unique composition of both retail and residential living. The retail building is a 3-storey development totaling approximately 160,000 square feet of retail space. With close proximity to West Coast Highway, Ayer Rajah Expressway, Singapore University of Singapore and industrial developments such as Science Park II, Mapletree Business City & One North, and complimentary shuttle bus service to nearby Clementi MRT station, West Coast Plaza enjoys good catchment from West Coast, Pasir Panjang, Clementi, Jurong and Bukit Timah. Positioned as a contemporary suburban lifestyle mall, West Coast Plaza provides shoppers a one-stop mall experience with a wide array of shopping, dining and services. Its mix of shops includes anchors such as Cold Storage, Nike Factory Store, Mothercare, Buy & Fix and POPULAR bookstore and several popular brands such as Dian Xiao Er, PastaMania, Starbucks, Paradise Inn and many others. Get ready for the West Coast lifestyle.
I also have fond memories of the Starbucks. It's a rather conducive environment for one to study in, and I have spent many an hour mugging for my polytechnic exams here. Though merely an ordinary mall, I feel that it's homeliness makes it stand out amongst the tons of neighbourhood plazas we have in Singapore.
There's a tze char restaurant called West Coz Cafe at the second level that has really good fish head curry. It's also halal so the queue can be quite long at dinner time. All in all, a good place to dine at. You can also do your grocery shopping there after dinner.
West Coast Plaza is the most homely place in the West. It is stocked on very family-vibe stores. Piano classes, preschool classes, family restaurants and a lot of kiddy rides everywhere. There are no arcades (it seems to be always closed, it's either invalid or under contrsuction anyway) or cinemas or any pool/ billiard places.
It's a very relaxed place and would be someplace you'd go with a lover or your family, not anywhere you'd go with a group of friends and for that same reason, it's why I love this place. No loud and obnoxious teenagers trying to smoke underage while holding a cue stick in their hands, only little kids running around with balloons and goodie bags from any atrium event that happens to be going on.
A nice place.
I think West coast plaza is kind of boring if you are looking for places to shop but it's quite a nice place to chill.
They have shops which I've never heard of (kind of like a sub standard shopping mall in malaysia sort of thing) but they also have nike factory outlet where everything is on sale as well as different cafes! I don't know if it's because of the time and day which I went there (weekday noon) but there weren't many people in the shopping centre and it was quiet. Which is what you would look for in a cafe, right?
Right! So I really like West coast plaza because of the human flow (which is almost none at all) but I don't think the shops here will last.
Recommending it for the cafes.
Seeing it being demolished and replaced with West Coast Plaza, I told myself not to judge this superficially. I went to the place when it first opened and I was happy for a few reasons. The first was which it added on Coffee Beans and Starbucks on different level, turning into a place to chill for the west coast people. However, it didn't have any entertainment locale which would turn this two booming business into a success. It became a smoking hang-out for staff who ended work late and for residents around the area to come for a short gathering.
Next thing which I was happy they had was Mahattan Fish Market. Being mesmerized by it once at Dhoby Ghaut, it had my expectations of the best fried seafood chain I have tasted. Sadly, this was disappointing with poor food portion and quality.
As for shopping itself, it has become like a little brother of Clementi Mall. For those who have read it you would know it lacks originality and the ability to speak out for itself. Being a small shopping centre, I find that it is key for them to aim to be specialized which sadly it has ditched to replicate what the rest of the bigger stores are doing.
Even during weekends, not many people were seen at the mall. My guess is they're tired of it. There's nothing to shop around, unless it's groceries. Cold storage's located at basement 1. One thing I realized is that the mall doesn't have a foodcourt, which is incredibly rare and odd. So you can see, there's a limited choice in terms of dining.
Like City Square Mall that I reviewed earlier on, this mall is equally quiet and uninviting. Everything is the same as City Square. Lack of attractive stores, overly quiet for comfort etc. It is safe to say this is a smaller version of City Square which is worst because it doesn't have the spaciousness as City Square! Food wise, as the reviewer below me had mentioned, it comes in very limited selections. What you can get elsewhere, you also can get it here. No special restaurants or food outlet worth a bus or train ride here. I guess the main purpose is to serve as a place for the residents nearby to get their daily essentials since there aren't many other such places around there.
If you are looking for somewhere away from the crowd and don't mind having generic food, this might be the place you are looking for. You are definitely able to have your meal in a quiet and calm environment. If you are a student looking for a place to study at, this is the best place to do so. If you are a shopaholic then do stay away from here.
When I stepped into West Coast Plaza, I was greeted with unfamiliarity. The place was really dull and quiet. There is a lack of activities going on there. The food selection is pretty average. They have fast food like BBQ chicken and subway, japanese food like Ichiban, sakae sushi and a couple of other restaurants. However apart from food, there is nothing much in the shopping centre. There are not much clothes shop and other different kinds of shops. It gets really boring after awhile.
West Coast Plaza is more for a chill-out place. There are many students who would usually visit the coffee bean or starbucks to study. Occasionally, there would be fleas going on in West Coast Plaza but somehow, there is still an element of inactivity.
It would be a good place to hang around at if you prefer a quiet and empty mall. It would also be a good place if you are patronizing for food or to chill or to buy some groceries at the Cold storage which is quite huge. Otherwise, I would consider West coast plaza is shopping mall which provides alot of entertainment.
PS: A bonus: There are shuttle buses!