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9 Places In SG That Look Straight Outta Stranger Things, Minus Vecna Coming After Your Butt

Places in SG that resemble Stranger Things

Stranger Things Season 4 recently obliterated Netflix’s record for the most watched English TV series premiere – and for good reason. Its unique storyline, sensational script, and loyal 80s aesthetic are what make the show, as Eleven would say, bitchin’.

For those of us who’ve compulsively binged the entire Season 4, and can’t get Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill out of our heads, here are 9 places to fuel our very real, very strange Stranger Things addiction.

1. Rink-O-Mania – Retro skating rink at Hi-Roller

Stranger Things Roller SkatingImage credit: Netflix

Stranger Things Season 4 did a good job featuring that roller skating scene, and giving us an 80s nostalgia most of us are probably too young to have. 

SG Stranger Things - Retro Roller Skating HiRoller

But that doesn’t mean you can’t experience it for yourself today. Cruise into the past at Hi-Roller’s indoor skating rink and get in a workout from the 80s – disco balls and funky music included. For those who live to dress for the occasion, you can look forward to Hi-Roller’s themed nights, like Disco Night, Indie Night, and even Emo Night.

Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Level 5 at E!Hub, Singapore 519599Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-6.30pm | Fri 12pm-10pm | Sat-Sun 11am-10pmContact: 9694 4094 | Hi Roller website 

2. The Palace Arcade – Level Up retro arcade bar

Stranger Things Arcade MaxImage credit: Netflix

Although Max was only introduced to the series in Season 2, fans quickly swooned for the tomboyish, skater-girl character – especially when she bested all the boys at the town’s arcade.

SG Stranger Things - Retro Arcade Bar Level Up

Channel your inner Max at Level Up, an artsy arcade bar that takes a Friday night out to the next level with its collection of old-school arcade machines and bar games. From the entrance to the toilets, Level Up’s interior design is a nod to vintage pop-culture and a unique photo op for anyone who visits.

SG Stranger Things - Retro Arcade Bar Level Up

Address: 3A River Valley Road, #02-04, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-2am | Fri-Sat 5pm-3am | Sun 2pm-11pmContact: 6266 2276 | Level Up website

3. The Upside Down – The deserted ruins of Fort Serapong

Stranger Things Upside Down WillImage credit: Netflix

While Fort Serapong does not have resident monsters like the Mind Flayer or the Demogorgon, it is teeming with dark and chilling history. Once a fortress for Singapore’s coastal defence, it safeguarded our flourishing ports from pirates and colonial enemies. Then come WW2, the fort was invaded by the Japanese and subsequently transformed into a POW camp.

SG Stranger Things - Fort Serapong

It has since been swallowed by nature and offered a new lease on life as a heritage site, which is only accessible to the public via a tour package. Attack at Fort Serapong! A Time Travel Adventure Tour is a history lesson, roleplay, and mystery quest rolled into one adventure, for the price of $150/pax

Address: 54 Lakeshore View, Singapore 098441Opening hours: 24/7, DailyContact: Beyond Expedition website

4. County Line Cafe – Classic American diner OverEasy

Stranger Things County Line CafeImage credit: Netflix

Ah, there’s nothing quite like having waffles and discussing the fate of the world at an American diner. 

SG Stranger Things - OverEasy DinerImage credit: @overeasysg

Besides a similar coat of pastel blue paint, OverEasy serves a throwback menu comparable to that of Stranger Things’ County Line Cafe, with a variety of waffles, coffee and milkshakes. If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, check out their famous Philly Cheesesteak Sliders ($14) or Texas Chilli Cheese Fries ($14)

Address: 1 Fullerton Road 01-06 One Fullerton, Singapore 049213Opening hours: Mon-Tue 12pm-3pm, 5pm-11pm | Wed-Fri 12pm-3pm, 5pm-1am | Sat 11am-3pm, 5pm-1am | Sun 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pmContact: 9129 8484 | OverEasy website

5. Starcourt Mall – 80s clothes & accessories at A Vintage Tale

Stranger Things Starcourt Mall Eleven and MaxImage credit: Netflix

Starcourt Mall was the locus of action for Season 3; a place for fashion, investigation, and finally, confrontation. 

SG Stranger Things - A Vintage TaleImage credit: A Vintage Tale

If you and your bestie are on the hunt for retro fits, stop by A Vintage Tale for vintage clothing, accessories, designer goods, and home decor. It’s a small boutique in Joo Chiat with a big inventory of items from the 1950s-1990s. 

Address: 277 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01, Singapore 427531Opening hours: Tue-Thu 11.30am-6.30pm | Fri-Sat 11.30am – 7.30pmContact: 9187 0410 | A Vintage Tale Website

6. Family Video – Mom-and-pop movie rentals at Rida Video Centre

Stranger Things Family Video SteveImage credit: Netflix

Remember when we would follow our parents to the neighbourhood movie rental and throw a fit when they wouldn’t add Shrek to the cart? These days, movie rental shops like Stranger Things Family Video are an endangered species, and Rida Video Centre is one of the last of its kind.

SG Stranger Things - Movie Rental Rida Video CentreImage credit: @tanjingren

Although it was founded in 1985, this cosy mom-and-pop shop keeps up to date with the latest Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows. The store’s owner, a friendly Madam Khoo, is also eager to help customers find films that would best fit their needs. 

Address: 587 Bukit Timah Road, #02-17 Coronation Shopping Plaza, Singapore 269707Opening hours: Sun-Thu 9.30am-8.30pm | Fri-Sat 9.30am-9.30pmContact: 6466 4600 | Rida Video Centre Facebook

7. Surfer Boy Pizza – Old-school pizza joint Proper Slice

Stranger Things Surfer Boy PizzaImage credit: Netflix

Are you pro-pineapples on pizza like Eleven? Or anti-pineapples like Mike? Whatever the case, Proper Slice serves a variety of authentic NYC-style pizzas for you to choose from, each slice guaranteed to be bigger than your palm.

SG Stranger Things - Proper Slice PizzaImage adapted from: @properslicebygb, @iris.nihao

The hole-in-the-wall restaurant has perfected its old-school aesthetic to a T, with tons of vintage decor and tiled walls. Do note that seating is outdoors, so plan your visit in the evenings for cooler weather.

Address: 110 Amoy Street #01-02, Singapore 069930Opening hours: Mon-Wed 12pm-12am | Thu, Sat 12pm-1am (Closed on Fridays & Sundays)Contact: Proper Slice website

8. Hawkin’s Lake – Fishing in the dark at Changi Beach

Stranger Things Night LakeImage credit: Netflix

If you watched Steve, Nancy, Robin, and Eddie row out to the middle of the lake in pitch darkness, and thought “that sounds fun” – you’re not alone.

SG Stranger Things - Night Fishing KayakingImage credit: Seek Sophie

Fever SG has fishing packages for adventure seekers who want to kayak at night and enjoy the serenity of the dark. You may even try your luck at reeling in some of the bigger fishes like barramundis, groupers, and even sharks off the coast of Changi.

Address: Meet at Changi Beach Car Park 7Opening hours: Depending on slots availableContact: Fever SG website

9. Sensory Deprivation Tank – Floating at Palm Ave Float Club

Stranger Things Eleven Sensory DeprivationImage credit: Netflix

While you might not be able to activate any “telepathic eavesdropping powers” from a sensory deprivation tank like Eleven, anyone can still experience an out-of-body relaxation like no other. 

SG Stranger Things - Float Pod Palm AveImage credit: @palmavefloatclub

Allay your mind and body in the quiet of a Palm Avenue Float Club pod with the help of some 600kg of Epsom salt. For a 1 hour session at $89, you can let your troubles float away – quite literally. There’s even a $15 discount for first-time floaters who sign up for packages.  

Address: 66 Kampong Bugis, #05-01, Singapore 338987Opening hours: Mon-Wed 10am-9pm | Thu 4pm-9pm | Fri-Sun 9pm-9pmContact: 9151 6004 | Palm Ave Float Club website

Visit these places for Stranger Things aesthetics

Friends don’t lie, and neither do we. These places in Singapore are guaranteed to launch you into yet another Stranger Things-crazed phase. Just remember to snap lots of photos for the ‘Gram. 

For more nostalgia, check out these articles: 

Stores in Singapore with 80s collectiblesOff / On exhibit at The National Museum of SingaporeNostalgic websites only millennial Singaporeans rememberOld-school snacks Singaporeans grew up with

Cover image adapted from: @hirollersingapore, @overeasysg


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