920 East Coast Parkway
Remember the old Parkland Golf Driving Range at East Coast Park, and where Singa Inn seafood restaurant used to be? All that is gone, and in its place is a spiffy new hangout area called Parkland Green.
Located next to Carpark C1, the four-hectare space is spread across four connecting blocks and houses eateries, a convenience store- cum-local cafe and sports-centric outlets. It also has a one-hectare open lawn where visitors can have picnics, or where children can
run around. Parkland Green, which was completed last September, is managed by the National Parks Board (NParks).
"In deciding the tenant mix, consideration was given to the theme and the visitorship patterns at Parkland Green. This is to better serve the needs of our park visitors. A significant portion of the visitorship comes from residents living in the East, especially families
and young adults coming for recreation," says Tan Lai Kheng, director for lifestyle business at NParks.
Out of the 11 tenants at Parkland Green, eight are F&B outlets, mostly casual dining joints. With plenty of parking lots available, and not to mention the beachfront a stone's throw away, the place is packed on the weekends, F&B operators say. Parkland Green was buzzing too, when BT Weekend visited on a drizzly Wednesday evening.
Pick Me Up Cafe
Opening Hours: Mon to Thur, 3pm to 11pm; Fri, 3pm to 12am; Weekends, 9am to 12am
Pick Me Up Cafe prides itself on serving cafe food, but with a healthier option. "East Coast Park is all about healthy living, hence we want to cater to the health-conscious crowd," says Didi Gan, one of its founders.
The cafe serves all-day breakfast, fresh cold-pressed juice, artisan yogurt-gelato and hand-brewed coffee.
The artisan homemade yogurt-gelato has low fat content and is made with fresh yogurt with Greek yogurt probiotics. Ms Gan says that their signature yogurt-based gelato boasts a high count of live and active yogurt culture as a healthier option to store-bought ice- cream or gelato. Available flavours include Tiger Beer, Organic Honeycomb Nougat and Sourplum.
Another popular item to try is the Manuka Waffle, which are buttermilk waffles topped with Greek yogurt and organic honeycomb imported from Australia. The dish is plated with fresh seasonal fruits, drizzles of Manuka honey and completed with a homemade almond crunch. Honeycomb is the purest form of honey, and is said to be a strong antioxidant, and also boosts metabolism.