Generally thought of as a place to watch football or concerts (and that place where you decided to take up dragon boating that one time), Kallang has been reinvented as a hip, indie-inclined part of Singapore. If you haven’t gotten acquainted with its lesser-known attractions, here are four reasons to visit ASAP.
It’s got a cool new BBQ joint
Renovating the entire first floor of their building, the Kilo/Grain Traders people are about to launch Camp Kilo Charcoal Club
. We don't know too much yet, but the place seems to be inspired by those semi-outdoor pig-roast parties they've had in recent months. Preliminary sleuthing on their FB reveals a hipster-industrial, tile-covered open kitchen, corrugated metal fronting, outdoor grills, etc. Your typical BBQ-chic aesthetic, but we're extremely excited for yet another place for legit, smoky grilled meat in a perpetual BBQ party atmosphere.
The Projector keeps upping its game
The go-to place for non-mainstream films, independent cinema The Projector
has already made a name for itself among cinephiles. Recently though, they’ve been taking their film program even further beyond the ordinary, hosting a rare screening of A Clockwork Orange
, the first uncut screening of Japanese horror classic Audition
, and 20th anniversary screenings of Eric Khoo’s iconic Mee Pok Man
(complete with post-screening dialog sessions). Coming soon – controversial film 1987: Untracing the Conspiracy
will be shown again on Jun 1 and 12.
Singapore’s favorite parking lot bar has reopened
Speaking of The Projector, The Great Escape
, aka the parking lot behind the cinema, has finally reopened after it was closed for "renovations" back in March. If their reopening party with DJs Bhayology (of Tropical Temple dance-awesomeness) and Mr Assin (of Beats from Beneath fame) was anything to go by, you’re going to love it more than ever.
It has an onsen
While there’s nothing quite like a trek to a far flung corner of Japan to relax at a hot spring resort, you’ll at least have a local option between your trips with the opening of Yunomori Onsen & Spa
at Kallang Wave Mall. Combining traditional Japanese onsen therapy with Thai spa treatments, you get the best of both worlds here. Prices start at $38.