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Guide To Great World Mall – Japanese Supermarket, $2 Oyster Bar & Free Playground For Kids

Things to do at Great World

If you’ve been to Great World, then you’ll know it’s one of the most family-friendly malls in Singapore. There’s the swank selection of kids’ stores, the free playground, and the multitude of cosy restaurants.

If you haven’t been, then our list of things to do at Great World below might convince you to make a trip down there this week. Beyond the kid-friendly facilities, there are also ethnic supermarkets and spas with good deals for you to splash your cash at.

– Things to do –

1. Stock up on Japanese goodies at Meidi-Ya

You can never have enough Japanese snacks and drinks. So naturally, when there’s a Japanese supermarket like Meidi-Ya in the vicinity, you’ll want to pay a visit.

Japanese grocery store

Located at Basement 2, the store offers aisle after aisle of imported treats. There are Hokkaido cream sandwiches, grilled rice balls, rice crackers, soup packets, canned coffee – the list goes on. Not gonna lie, but you can literally get a taste of Tokyo here without the 7-hour long flight.

Besides Meidi-Ya, you can get your fill of fresh produce at the vibey CS Fresh (#B1-139) or stock up on organic goodies at Scoop Wholefoods (#01-148).

Location: #B2-111Contact: 6771 1111 | Meidi-Ya website

2. Let kids roam free at an arctic-themed playground

There’s always a steady queue of eager mini visitors outside the arctic-themed playground at Great World.

great world mallImage credit: Amazonia Singapore Facebook

Sprawling across 3,000 sqft, Amazonia features a variety of games for toddlers and tweens. These include basketball trampolines, ball pits, an impact wall, and giant slides. There’s also a toddler play zone for children below 3 years old that’s equipped with rocking horses and smaller climb structures that are less intimidating. 

Admission: $38.50/child | $28.50/toddler (Includes 1 parent)Location: #03-113Contact: 6836 2544 | Amazonia website

3. Hop on a wooden train at the free-entry Great World Playland

For an outdoorsy play zone where kids can break a sweat without leaving the mall, head to Great World Playland.

great world mallImage credit: Playpoint Asia

Nestled on Level 2, the free playground’s main attraction is the massive hot air balloon that’s made up of ropes and a metal tube slide. That said, younger kiddos might find it more fun to play hide and seek aboard the choo choo train or pretend to be pirates setting sail on the wooden ship.

Location: #02-00

4. Sign your kid up for an art workshop at Abrakadoodle

If your kid is a whiz at colouring and drawing, sign them up for an art workshop at Abrakadoodle.

art classes for kidsImage credit: @abrakadoodle.artstudio.sg via Instagram

The art centre has classes for children from 20 months to 12 years old. Sign the kids up for a trial session ($58) and let them dabble in arts and get in touch with their inner Picasso while you go get yourself a coffee in peace. There’s Starbucks (#02-K104), MAVRX Coffee Bar (#01-129), and Kith Cafe (#02-152) – among dozens of others.

On top of single classes and packages, there’s a series of 3-day art camps ($380) to keep the kiddos occupied for days.

Location: #03-104Contact: 6235 3631 | Abrakadoodle website

5. Shop for kids’ stuff at Toys “R” Us, Motherswork & ToysHunt

If you’re gonna be at the mall, you might as well shop. And that’s where the legit selection of kids’ stores at Great World comes in. 

great world mallStock up on baby essentials at Motherswork.Image credit: @iconsingapore via Instagram 

There’s an enormous Toys “R” Us with free toy samples for kids to play in-store and ToysHunt, a LEGO-focused haunt that has the occasional sale. There’s also a bazillion clothing stores for you to treat your mini divos and divas. Plus, find a handful of baby essential shops like Motherswork that stock imported goods.

6. Get 30% off a full body massage at Spa Esprit

Taking some “me” time is important, and 1 way to do it is with a spa treatment at Spa Esprit.

spasImage credit: @spaesprit via Instagram 

At this cult-favourite spa, there’s everything from full body massages and facials to energy healing rituals like a sound bath. If you’re tight on time, you can still squeeze in a 30-minute express massage ($90). For those visiting Spa Esprit for the first time, don’t forget to make the most of your new customer discount of 30% on any service.

Location: #03-107Contact: 6468 1292 | Spa Esprit website

– Things to eat –

7. Dine in a train-themed food court with a rooftop bar

The spanking new Food Junction on Level 3 is one of the most aesthetic food courts, complete with a train theme.

food junctionImage credit: @myfoodframes via Instagram

Besides the quality eats, what sets Great World’s Food Junction apart is its decor. You’ll find galaxy-inspired ceilings, railway track flooring, and food stalls that resemble train carriages. 

great world mallImage credit: Food Junction Facebook

Tuck into a hearty bowl of Vietnamese pho, sizzling stir-fried kway teow, or a sausage platter before heading to the rooftop bar for a tipple. 

Location: #03-00

8. Feast on donburi at an authentic Japanese diner

Singapore is swimming with Japanese food options, but when you’re at Great World, you’ll want to check out Okinawa Diner Nirai-Kanai.

great world mallImage credit: Eatbook

Over here, the light wood carpentry, rustic vibes, and colourful lanterns might make you feel like you’re in Japan. But if that’s not convincing enough, then the authentic dishes on the menu most likely will. Grab a seat and order yourself a bowl of udon noodles with simmered pork belly (from $7.60). It’s a classic Okinawa comfort food.

Location: #01-107Contact: 6339 4811 | Okinawa Diner Nirai-Kanai website

9. Devour juicy kimchi & grape ponzu oysters at Oyster Bank

Oyster Bank remains one of the best places to stuff your face with oysters on the cheap.

great world mallImage credit: Eatbook

I mean, it’s hard to beat the $2 price tag per naked oyster. Come by on weekdays between 5pm-8pm and all day on Saturday and Sunday to slurp cheap-as-chips oysters. The restaurant is also known for its flavoured oysters. So if flavour pairings like tangy kimchi cucumber and sour grape ponzu make you salivate, this is where you should be.

Location: #01-111Contact: 6235 5797 | The Oyster Bank website

10. Tuck into popular Korean oven-roasted chicken at Goobne

Granted, crispy Korean fried chicken is fire. But if you’re working on your summer bod and would rather not tuck into a plate of double-fried wings, then the oven-roasted options at Goobne can be a healthier alternative.

great world mallTry the Goobne UFO Fondue platter if you’re a fan of chicken and cheese.Image credit: @foodee.diaree via Instagram

The drummettes and wings at this joint are marinated in various spices and seasonings before hitting the oven. No oil bath, deep fryer, and breading are used in the process. The result? Bite-sized wonders that burst with flavours and carry half of the calories that you’d find in their deep-fried siblings.

Location: #01-115Contact: 8879 5898 | Goobne website

Spend the day at Great World for plenty of shopping & dining options

After getting a Tinseltown-worthy facelift from the former Great World City space, Great World debuted in 2020 with a more spacious layout, a wider range of entertainment for both kids and adults, and a whole lot of tasty food options.

So, keep this modern mall in River Valley in mind the next time you plan a Sunday fun day with the fam or friends. Plus, getting here is now much quicker and easier thanks to the new Great World MRT station on the Thomson-East Coast line. Just make sure you have this handy guide in hand so you know exactly where to dine, drink, and play.

More things to do in Singapore:

Must-see attractions for touristsBest indoor playgrounds in SingaporeScenic hiking trails around the island

Shop, play, and eat your way through Great World

Cover image adapted from: @foodee.diaree via Instagram, Food Junction Facebook.


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