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.

DestinAsian - - DEPARTMENTS - BY KAREN FONG

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).

BENCOOLEN STA­TION

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.

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