Must-dos along the Singapore MRT’s Downtown Line extension.
The new extension of the Singapore MRT’s Downtown Line has made it easier to access the neighborhoods on its route. Here, a guide on what to do and where to eat around six new stations.
FORT CANNING STATION
Soak up the natural scenery and historic charms of Fort Canning Hill while going for a workout. Local fitness company UFit ( ufit.com.sg) offers a walk-in class where guests can expect to tackle lots of stairs on a sprint up and around the wooded parklands. Two nearby venues offer a post-exercise reward. At the foot of the hill, popular café The Fabulous Baker Boy ( 65/6694
-8336; thefabulousbakerboy.com) serves simple Western cuisine with a local twist. Baker-owner Juwanda Hashim is known for his mouth-watering cakes, but savory menu items like the chili crab mac ’n cheese are a must-try as well. A little ways down River Valley Road, Butterknife Folk ( 65/6734-7855; butterknifefolk.com) makes gelato with locally sourced ingredients. Flavors are decadent but balanced and include Life’s a Peach (white peach sorbet) and London Fog (Earl Grey tea with a hint of vanilla).
Crossings Café ( 65/6338-2669; crossingscafe.com .sg) is a humble social enterprise dishing up delicious local desserts (their pineapple tarts sell out by lunchtime) as well as a mean chicken curry. Nearby, Hotel G plays home to French wine bar and bistro Ginett ( 65/6809-7989; fb.com/ginett
Clockwise from below: Unagi foie gras donburi and a negroni at Tanuki Raw Kapok; inside Ginett, the high-ceilinged bistro and wine bar at Hotel G. Opposite: The Refinery’s third-floor studio hosts a variety of workshops throughout the year.