10 Fun & Delicious Things To Do And Eat At & Around Newton

Located a train station away from ST Residences Novena and Balestier is Newton, formerly known as Syed Ali Road, before being renamed after Alfred Howard Vincent Newton, an Assistant Municipal Engineer, in 1914. It was renamed to avoid confusion with Syed Alwi Road, which is located in the Little India district.

In 1933, Newton was famous for a 12m wide circular carriageway called the Newton Circus, which was constructed for gyratory traffic linking several roads converging together, such as Scotts Road, Clemenceau Avenue, Bukit Timah Road, Kampong Java Road, Keng Lee Road, Newton Road, and Dunearn Road. In fact, Newton Circus still exists even today.

Yet despite its bustling highways and streets, Newton still is one of the most popular neighbourhoods to be in. If you are looking for affordable, quality serviced apartment rental within and around Newton, ST Residences has a variety of long- and short-term whole-unit rentals to choose from.

Top 5 things to see and do

1. National Museum of Singapore

Completed in 1849, the National Museum of Singapore is the oldest museum in Singapore and one of the largest in Asia. It houses various archaeological finds, drawings, paintings, objets d’art, and sculptures, providing insights into Singapore’s history.

2. Fort Canning Park

There are many parks in Singapore. However, Fort Canning Park is unlike any other. From housing the British army headquarters during the Second World War to palaces dating back to the 14th century, Fort Canning Park holds rich historical significance.

3. Clarke Quay

Located a stone’s throw away from Newton is Clarke Quay, one of Singapore’s hottest nightspots. Initially one of Singapore’s key trading ports in the 19th century, it has since been converted into a hotspot for clubs, restaurants, and bars.

4. The Istana

Down the road from Newton is Orchard Road, one of Singapore’s most famous attractions, a 2.5km long stretch of shopping malls, department stores, and eateries. However, one famous and historically significant building located at Orchard Road is the Istana, a huge gated colonial building that houses the President of Singapore. While it is not typically open to the public, you can get a glimpse of it during certain public holidays.

5. Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens was built in 1859 and is the only UNESCO-listed world heritage tropical botanical garden among other UNESCO-listed botanical gardens. In there, you may find many heritage trees, flora, buildings, and landscape features that have been there since the beginning.

Top 5 things to eat and drink

1. PRAIRIE by Craftsmen

Located opposite Botanic Gardens, PRAIRIE by Craftsmen is known for its decadent duck confit and coffee. Not only that but its interior and food are Instagram-worthy, making it the ideal date spot.

2. Newton Food Centre

First opened in 1971, it was made famous internationally, having featured in Crazy Rich Asians in 2018. Housing more than 80 stalls, you can find local cuisines, from fried oyster omelette and satay to barbecue seafood and laksa.

3. Smiths Authentic Fish and Chips

As Singapore was once a British colony, we simply cannot miss out on their local favourites, fish and chips. What better way to enjoy a taste of England than an authentic British fish and chips? At Smiths, their ingredients are sourced and imported from England. They offer truly authentic sides, from English farmhouse sausages to mushy peas. Pair your order with a pint of Guinness, and you are good to go!

4. No. 5 Emerald Hill

This cocktail bar is located in a Peranakan-style shophouse that can be dated back to 1910, making it a unique hangout spot with your friends. From retaining its old unpolished flooring to the antique carvings on the walls, No. 5 Emerald Hill is the place if you are looking for Chinese-inspired cocktail options.

5. INDOCAFE – The White House

Located just a walk down from Newton Food Centre is 2019 Michelin Bib Gourmand, INDOCAFE. It specialises in serving modern Peranakan cuisines, such as Kueh Pie Tee, Ngoh Hiang, Babi Pongteh, and Ayam Buah Keluak.


Newton is more than just the places to see and the food to eat. For many working professionals, living in Newton or the surrounding neighbourhoods like Novena and Balestier means being near the CBD where they work.

For those with families or engaged couples, being in these areas means being in close proximity to medical facilities and schools, such as Anglo-Chinese School (Junior), KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and Novena Medical Centre.

So, if you are looking to stay in Novena, Balestier, or Newton, why not consider one of our affordable serviced apartments? Not only are they conveniently located, easily accessible to the rest of Singapore, but they are also fully furnished and offer superb amenities, facilities, and services, such as weekly housekeeping, gym, and pool access. Contact us today to find out more.

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