CHILL BY THE WA­TER

➵ You might ar­guably get a bet­ter sun­set view from a high rooftop, but there’s some­thing about hang­ing near the wa­ter’s edge that makes ev­ery­thing more laid-back and nat­u­ral.

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There’s some­thing about hang­ing near the wa­ter’s edge that makes ev­ery­thing feel a bit more laid-back and nat­u­ral. Here’s where you can go to get away from the scen­esters.

1. DUSK RESTAU­RANT & BAR Level 2 Faber Peak, 109 Mount Faber Road The panoramic view is worth the cable-car ride (or the drive, for the less ad­ven­tur­ous). The hill­top restau­rant is 100m above sea level and di­rectly over­looks Har­bourfront and Sen­tosa. Dusk does have a spa­cious shel­tered area, but choos­ing it over the al­fresco din­ing area would mean miss­ing out on the view. Bring a friend, or sev­eral, as the Eu­ro­pean menu is all about com­mu­nal din­ing with tapas and shared plat­ters. Clink glasses with the nitro-frost sig­na­ture cock­tails stirred up at the 9.6m-long bar. Ni­tro­gen is in­jected into the cock­tails through an aer­a­tor, which helps the drinks stay chilled for a longer pe­riod of time. Strangely, it feels less hu­mid here than else­where in Sin­ga­pore. 2. BAYSWA­TER KITCHEN 2 Kep­pel Bay Vista Kep­pel Is­land is Sen­tosa’s over­shad­owed lit­tle sis­ter. But if you’re tired of Sen­tosa’s buzz and fin­ery, just a 15-minute walk from Vivoc­ity (across Kep­pel Bay Bridge) is a qui­eter ma­rina lined with bob­bing yachts. Nat­u­ral light floods the in­te­rior of the nau­ti­calin­spired restau­rant, with its blue and white decor, fun car­toon mu­rals on the wall, and seafood so fresh that the menu changes daily. There’s even a ping­pong ta­ble for you to work off the lob­ster rolls. If you don’t want to be in­doors, you can sit al­fresco by the bay.

For a fam­ily-friendly Sun­day, the brunch has fish and chips to sat­isfy the chil­dren, and Pimm’s and wine to sa­ti­ate the adults. 3. FOC SEN­TOSA 110 Tan­jong Beach Walk FOC’s Sen­tosa it­er­a­tion es­chews dark walls for breezy open decks and ca­banas. The two-storey build­ing on Tan­jong Beach fea­tures floor-to-ceil­ing glass walls so din­ers can look out at rau­cous beach ac­tiv­ity in the day, or en­joy the sun­set in the evening. Tapas is on the menu, but with an em­pha­sis on seafood, given the restau­rant’s Mediter­ranean sea­side aes­thetic. Span­ish favourites run the gamut from hot and cold plates to the more sub­stan­tial bar­be­cued meats and paella dishes.

PIC­NIC #1 Mar­sil­ing Park Good­bye, Wood­lands Town Gar­den with the back­ward de­sign. Hello, re­vamped Mar­sil­ing Park. Since its 22-month makeover was 5. com­pleted in April this year, the park has been given a new name, new fa­cil­i­ties, and a new look that in­cludes bet­ter light­ing, new board­walks along the large lake, a fit­ness cor­ner and a play­ground.

For the sen­ti­men­tal, some favourites re­main – the view­ing tower, quaint stone bridge and charm­ing Chi­nese pavil­ions that used to ap­pear in many a wed­ding photo of the older res­i­dents.

PIC­NIC #2 Up­per and Lower Sele­tar Reser­voir Park Ei­ther power through the wa­ter in a kayak, or em­brace the #slowlife by cast­ing your line at the fish­ing jetty. Bring your DSLR or phone bat­tery packs to cap­ture views of the reser­voir from the board­walks.

If you can be­stir your­self after eat­ing, shake off the food coma by tak­ing a 10-minute drive to Up­per Sele­tar Reser­voir Park. A hotspot for na­ture trails, it’s also where you can find the view­ing tower that’s af­fec­tion­ately named Rocket Ship, thanks to the spaceage ar­chi­tec­ture that was in vogue in 1969. 8. CONEY IS­LAND Pung­gol Prom­e­nade Na­ture Walk Loads of din­ing and chill­ing op­tions along the prom­e­nade, most no­tably the White Restau­rant, fa­mous for its white bee­hoon (and now, also its prawn ce­real). After din­ner, grab a drink to go and head to Coney Is­land (aka Seran­goon Is­land) for a walk­a­bout. It’s a bi­cy­cle ride away via the bridges that link to Pung­gol Prom­e­nade and Pasir Ris Coast In­dus­trial Park 6, but we say you should just walk the walk.

The is­land’s five beaches are se­cluded and au na­turel, though you might have to deal with mon­keys pho­to­bomb­ing your self­ies. On the hori­zon are Pu­lau Ubin and Jo­hor. 9. THE COASTAL SET­TLE­MENT 200 Nether­avon Road The Coastal Set­tle­ment may have “coast” in its name (and right­fully so, given its prox­im­ity to the wa­ter), but what you ac­tu­ally get is a kitschy homage to nos­tal­gia 6. SEA­SON LIVE SEAFOOD 59 E Pu­lau Ubin No air-con­di­tion­ing, cush­ioned seats or table­cloths here (frankly, all that’s a bit of an ask if you’re ven­tur­ing to Ubin), but you do get won­der­fully fresh, un­com­pli­cated seafood. The restau­rant is at the edge of a jetty, so the seafood is caught straight from the wa­ters be­fore get­ting the wok­fried zi char treat­ment. The restau­rant is just as stripped down as the food (no dinky gar­nishes, just straight­for­ward Chi­nese com­fort fare), with its fold­able ta­bles, plas­tic chairs and hang­ing lights. But with its view of the sea, Ubin Jetty and main­land Sin­ga­pore, it’s a slice of is­land life in its true, un­spoilt form. nes­tled in lush green­ery. Sur­rounded by trees, with a for­est at its back door, this is more get­away­is­land life than water­front, and quintessen­tially hip­ster with its vin­tage para­pher­na­lia. Eclec­tic wooden Chi­nese pan­els line a room lit by crys­tal 7. LIT­TLE IS­LAND BREW­ING CO #01-01/02, 6 Changi Vil­lage Road This mi­cro­brew­ery is so far out (it’s near the Changi Point Ferry Ter­mi­nal) that you’re al­most on your way to Pu­lau Ubin. And you can def­i­nitely taste the sea breeze here. The in­te­rior is min­i­mal­ist, with its steel fer­men­ta­tion tanks, but the al­fresco area is lined with rus­tic wooden benches and kitschy strung-up lights. The crowd comes for the hand­crafted beers – brewed in small batches on-site to en­sure their qual­ity, and they’re un­fil­tered and un­pas­teurised. Wash the slow-cooked meats (like crackling pork knuckle and slick grilled ribs) down with 30 self-pour draft taps. It’s a do-it-your­self sys­tem where cus­tomers help them­selves – drinks are sold by vol­ume, us­ing an EZ-link-like pay­ment­card sys­tem. chan­de­liers, and vin­tage scoot­ers are parked in cor­ners. Sit al­fresco for balmy re­sort vibes, or stroll along the nearby Changi Board­walk, a coastal scenic walk that takes you past a ke­long and has a des­ig­nated sec­tion for sun­set self­ies.

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