4 reasons Kallang is now one of Singapore’s coolest neighborhoods

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.