Top 8 ways to chill in and around Hillview Avenue

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Hillview is a sweet spot for many Singaporeans to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate.

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October 5, 2015

THERE is a small pocket of land nestled in the heart of Singapore where many covet to live.

Hillview, which borders Upper Bukit Timah and Bukit Batok, is a sweet spot for many Singaporeans to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate. It is blessed with plenty of nature spots and surrounded by a host of both new and upcoming facilities.

Here are the top 8 ways to chill and live it up in this sought-after neighbourhood.

1) Loving life at new lifestyle mall

It’s spanking new and it’s the talk of town. HillV2 opened late last year to a warm welcome by residents in the Bukit Timah, Bukit Gombak and Bukit Batok areas. The upmarket retail and lifestyle mall offers sophisticated urbanites a place to call their own – away from the hustle and bustle of downtown city living.

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HillV2

This little piece of heaven offers shoppers many choices to de-stress. Mall goers can treat themselves to relaxing massage sessions with Spa by Traditional Javanese Massage Hut, or choose from other stress-busting options such as beauty treatments at Epi Treatz or a refreshing makeover at X’pect Gallery (Hair & Beauty).

2) International cuisine under one roof

Foodies will be spoiled for choice at HillV2, which has two levels of delicious gourmet options.

Italian tavern iO Italian Osteria is a hidden gem in the west part of Singapore. This family restaurant offers diners a wide array of authentic, hearty Italian dishes from 20 different Italian regions, enough to satiate the appetite of most discerning palette. Must-tries include Crispy Golden Seafood in Semolina Crumb, Garganelli, braised with lamb ragout and its Italian profiteroles.

If the crackling sound of crispy golden brown pork skin excites you, Starker is the right place for you. You will not want to miss the roasted to perfection pork knuckles, sauerkraut and the freshly brewed German beers at this restaurant pub.

3) Sweet treats

Get a taste of chic New York City living minus the long flight.

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Dean & Deluca

Enjoy a quiet afternoon tête-à-tête with your best friend over a piece of beautifully layered Rainbow cake at Dean & Deluca, the café and gourmet food retail store from New York City best known for its delicious bakes. Or if you prefer, pack some freshly baked cupcakes from Cupcake Engineer, a takeaway shop that prides itself on flavour. No colouring, fondant or marzipan are added to its cupcakes.

This is sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

4) For comfort food

When you are in the mood for simple fare, there’s The Rail Mall nearby.

EAT. by Fei Siong group is also available for local favourites such as Bak Chor Mee and Laksa.

For home-style Italian, get your fix of home-made pasta, Italian pizzas, cakes and pastries at Galbiati Gourmet Deli. Mouthwatering sweet treats include panna cotta, creme brulee and tiramisu cup desserts to Pavlova cakes, almond biscotti and sable cookies.

If it is good old true-blue American roadhouse dining you crave, there is BlooiE’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill. An all-time favourite is its oh-so-tender BBQ Beer-Butt-Chicken marinated with a special concoction of spices and seasoning, roasted with a can of beer inserted up the chicken butt.

5) At one with nature

Get away from civilisation and let yourself go.

The Hillview area possesses a sense of tranquility that is so often lacking in busy Singapore. Endowed with lush greenery and surrounded by several nature parks, this neighborhood offers the ideal sanctuary and get-away for nature lovers, avid cyclists and joggers alike.

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A jogger taking a rest at the Kruing Hut which overlooks the Hindhede Quarry at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

A bulwark of the area is the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which is the last primary rainforest in Singapore. The reserve has been undergoing several enhancements and was officially declared an Asean Heritage Park in 2011. Home to about 40 per cent of Singapore’s flora and fauna, the reserve is a favourite spot for those looking to get close to nature.

Aside from this, there are several other nature parks in the vicinity, including Bukit Batok Nature Park and Dairy Farm Nature Park.

Come 2016, a new 80-hectare Chestnut Nature Park will be opened, featuring a seven-storey Observation Tower with panoramic views, as well as a long cycling loop for cycling enthusiasts.

6) Bikers’ paradise

For the young and active, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve also hosts the country’s oldest mountain bike trail. The 6km Bukit Timah Mountain Bike Trail loops around the reserve with several steep climbs that offer challenges even for the most avid bikers. Along the trail, you will be rewarded with glimpses of the past. If you are lucky, you might even spot relics from past kampongs.

Access the trail at the visitors centre on Hindhede Drive.

7) Relive Singapore history

Uncover new things by taking a trip down memory lane.

During the war years, the area next to Bukit Timah saw some of the fiercest military battles in Singapore. This was not surprising, as the hills around offered strategic advantage to the combatants.

Along Upper Bukit Timah Road, a national monument now stands as a reminder of what Singapore endured. This monument and exhibition gallery is none other than the Memories at Old Ford Factory which, in Februrary 1942, served as the venue where then British Commanding Officer, Lt-Gen. Arthur Ernest Percival formally surrendered Singapore to the Japanese Commander, General Yamashita Tomoyuki.

8) New civic space

A new, eco-friendly civic centre – the Bukit Gombak Community Club (CC) – is currently being built. Expected to be ready in late 2016, the four-storey CC will feature open and interactive communal spaces, and offer residents in the area a host of lifestyle options where they can have fun and make new friends.

Some of the programmes being planned include photography, culinary classes, dancing, and dozens of home and gardening courses.

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Kingsford Hillview Peak

With all that it has to offer, it is clear that Hillview has undeniable potential for residential living. It is here that Kingsford Hillview Peak, a new luxurious condominium, will sit in new-built splendour.

Located just 250 metres to the upcoming Hillview MRT, this condominium offers residents an unparalleled living experience in the cosy Hillview neighbourhood.