Toa Payoh, Singapore
I'm a Singaporean and I'd recommend a traveller to get out from Orchard and go to the heartlands! A good place to go would be Tampines or Toa Payoh. It'll only take around 10-20 minutes by MRT from City Hall Station (Central SG). They're the largest housing estates in Singapore and see where the locals live! You'll be amazed at the amenities that are available even in downtown. We also have a very unique way of hanging our clothes out to dry. Basically they're pegged onto poles which are hung outside the flats.
Toa Payoh is a suburb located in the Central Region of Singapore and is one of the earliest satellite public housing estates.
If you get the time and have the inclination I would recommend that you take a stroll around one of the many suburbs and experience the 'real" Singapore.
Most suburbs are easily accessible with the MRT with well marked stops. It's a fun way to explore Singapore and see things that are mostly missed on guided tours.
It also helps if you can find a friendly local to take you off the beaten path ;~) Many thanks to imstress for taking the time to show this angmoh around her suburb.
I grew up in Toa Payoh!
You may even catch me there over the weekend;)
Take a train to Toa Payoh MRT Station and you can start shopping once you step out of the MRT Station.
Clothings, shoes, mobile phones, optical shops, pharmacy can all be found. almost anything that you need.
You can find restaurants in Toa Payoh Central. Delifrance, Pasta Mania, Crystal Jade Kitchen, Kingsland Vegeterian Restaurant, Arts Bistro, KFC, Mc Donalds, MOS Burger, Sizzlers to name a few.
Walk to the Toa Payoh Library area and ask the local where is the famous Rojak stall in the nearby coffee shop.
If you would like to try cheap Japanese food, visit Bento just above Mc Donalds. it is located near the library.
If you are hungry try the Kofu Food Court. A lot of yummy food stall.
If you love fish head curry, take bus 238 to Toa Payoh Lor 8 for the Ocean Fish Head Curry near the Hawker Centre.