One of the hidden gems along the East Coast Parkway is Parkland Green. This little plot of land is full of surprises. There you can find wholesome family fun activities from laser tags to bubble soccer. If you are driving, head for the car park C1 and if you fancy some exercise to work up the appetite, you can start from Parkway Parade Shopping Centre and make your way through the underpass to cross to the beach.
There are loads for eateries around the area ranging from Starbucks to Northern Indian and Mexican outlets.
My personal favourite is Atmosphere Bistro and Bar, just a stone's throw from the beach.
If you observe carefully from the photo above, the reflection of the beach can be seen on the glass pane.
The place is also kids-friendly and you can relax and enjoy your food while the kids play nearby.
The place serves a fusion of local Thai-style concoctions such as prata mussels and eggs benedict (nasi) lemak burger.
If you don't fancy travelling down to Chinatown, struggling through the traffic, paying ERP charges and searching for a horrendously difficult-to-find parking lot, then the good news is that Hawker Chan, Singapore's first Michelin One-Star restaurant in now available in the Eastern region.
Located at the slightly up-market 18 Tai Seng building, the Liao Fan Hawker Chan Hong Kong Soya Chicken and Noodle store is located on the ground floor and is only accessible from the outside. Parking is free from 5:00pm on weekdays and on weekends. Alternatively you can take the Circle Line all the way to the Tai Seng MRT station.
Prices are still kept reasonable and a plate of soya sauce chicken rice costing below S$4.00. The noodles version costs below S$5.00. If you are there with a party of more than two, then my recommendation is to separately order a half or full chicken and a combination platter of char siew and roast pork to share.
You can then individually order noodles or rice to your preference.
Liao Fan Hawker Chan Soya Chicken and Noodle
18 Tai Seng St, #01-02