Serangoon Central’s Nex Mall (More Shops & My Version of a Directory)

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Updated on 13 Feb 2011: Pretty furnishings and bridal decorations at King & King Wong, a furniture store at level 4 that extends to the rooftop. I wonder if the products are made in Malaysia or China. They would make great decor for a restaurant or boutique and not just homes.

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Updated on 28 Jan 2011: CNY at Nex

I found the Chinese New Year Decorations at Nex so pretty.  I love the floral and cute bunny theme for the Rabbit year.  Also headed to Freshness Burger for a bite.

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Updated on January 2011: This post is turning out to be a super long one with my latest updates that include the Directory of shops and food outlets. I truly hope you find it useful, and I can’t wait for the library to open. I know there is still loads of space so I wish a good bookstore like Kinokuniya would open here as well. In my opinion it’s the best bookstore in Singapore.

My original post on 29 Nov 2010:

I took so many pictures the other day, I have this compulsion to put them all up.  It’s annoying, but true.  Also I figure there are tons of people out there who want to know what this mall has since there is no directory at the official Nex website.  Even at the mall itself I saw so many people approach the customer service desk to ask where this or that shop was located.  In my opinion there are way too many security guards in this mall – it can get a little intimidating when they seem to be trailing you and breathing down your neck.  Sales people at boutiques already do that.

Ramenplay, The Icing Room, Toast Box and Bread Talk are all by the same group of people.  I think the pink uniforms at the Icing Room are really cute.  They do concepts well, although the food is not spectacular.

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The Ho Kee Dim Sim shop has a photo of a sweet little blonde boy and his mum in front of a plate of  steaming paos.  Maybe they want to appeal to the expat consumer.  Their chicken pao is pretty good.

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Rockery – a little cafe usually seem near office spaces.

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This was Food Junction.  Definitely not as attractive as the other food court, Food Republic which was packed to the brim.

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There’s a build a bear shop for kids. I have seen another branch of this at Habourfront, but it always looked so dismal and empty.

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If you hanker for Chinese food and steamed rice.

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Now a library is something that would attract me to revisit. A new library means new books.

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Beard Papa is open and I haven’t had their lovely Japanese cream puffs in years.

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A Japanese food court, although I find Ajisen very localized and not authentic enough.

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I love durians (the actual thorny fruit), but I loathe the smell like durian puffs. Don’t care much for the puffs either, although my family loves them.

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Presented with Tea Dot and Starbucks I would always opt for Starbucks. This particular Starbucks was just too crowded and too open.

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I love the orange scrub at Body Shop. Why does their stuff have to be so expensive?

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My sister will be happy to discover a new Manicure place.

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It’s no fight. Food Republic will win the battle over Food Junction.

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The Nex Logo decked up for Christmas. The displays all around the mall look dangerous though, with the high voltage signs on them.

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Inside KFC.

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Long John Silvers. Not my favourite place – everything seems to be fried to a crisp.

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My partner likes this place though, and the decor is nice.

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The huge NTUC supermarket was not open yet, but I think it would be by today.

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Great there’s Subway here. Finally a healthier fast food option.

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I wonder who came up with this prata man logo? All I have to say is – did they have to get so accurate with their mascot?

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My sister’s go to place for shoes. The heels break off easily but they are very affordable. I prefer sturdy comfortable shoes that last for years.

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Studio Tangs has pretty shoes too.

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Cotton On, the clothing store from Australia that caters to younger people.

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The pretty but dangerous looking, logo in fairy lights again.

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I like this Hong Kong chain store for beauty products.

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Here are all my latest posts about the Nex Mall at Serangoon Central.  Decided to link them all in one place:

Nex Jan 2011

Chinese New Year at NTUC Xtra

Green Pumpkin Japanese Cafe

Ichiban Boshi

SkyGarden opens at Nex

Green Pumpkin Japanese Bakery

Shimbashi Soba

Freshness Burger at Nex: We Liked the Spam Burger and Hot Cocoa

More Restaurants Open at  Nex

View from Nex Carpark

Grocery Shopping at Nex (NTUC and Cold Storage)

Grandma’s at Nex

Hokkaido’s Freshness Burger

Freshness Burger is My New Favourite Place at Nex

Texas Chicken at Nex

Checking out Nex

More Dining Places at Nex

Shokutsu10 at Nex

Nex Serangoon Mall: Carpark Jam and Charges

Singapore Daily Photos – More Shops at Nex (5th December 2010)

Singapore Daily Photos: New Mall  = Lots of People

Parking at Nex

Swiss Bake Cafe (Nex)

Braving the Human Crunch at Nex (Part 1)

Braving the Human Crunch at Nex (Part 2)

Braving the Human Crunch at Nex (Part 3)

Braving the Human Crunch at Nex (Part 4)

Braving the Human Crunch at Nex (Part 5)

Serangoon Central’s Nex Mall (More Shops)

Serangoon Central’s Nex Mall (The Outside)

Serangoon Central’s Nex Mall (Barcelos)

Serangoon Central’s Nex Mall (Cold Storage Supermarket)

Serangoon Central’s Nex Mall (Texas Chicken & Wendy’s)

Serangoon Central’s Nex Mall (Freshness Burger)

Serangoon Central’s Nex Mall (The Carpark Situation)

The Frenxy at Nex

Also thought I would attempt to put a Directory together featuring my favourite outlets, since there is none up yet at the official website.  I wish they would hire me already (just kidding…hmm not really)

Fast Food at Nex:

Freshness Burger #32-48/49

Wendy’s #B2-70/71/72 (it’s sort of located on the outside of the mall near the huge Nex Logo)

Barcelos #B2-50/51

Texas Chicken #04-18/19/20

Japanese Food at Nex:

Shokutsu 10 #B1-02/03/04 & B1-78/79/80 (it’s actually a lovely Food Court type place with little restaurants within)


Beard Papa #03-K15

Beauty Products:

Sasa #B1-21


Public Library #04-82/83 (opens in March 2011)


Shaw Theatres #04-64


Cold Storage #B2-44/45

Fairprice Xtra #03-42 (I love that it opens 24/7)

Cool, they have finally updated the official Nex site.

This is a fuller list of the places you can eat. Isn’t that mostly what we care about:

Siam Kitchen B1-76/77
Crystal Jade Kitchen and Crystal Jade Korean Ginseng Chicken & BBQ 01-01/02
Hong Guo B1-75
LuGangXiaoZhen – The Asian Kitchen B1-73/74
Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill B1-47
Long John Silver’s B1-45
The Cafe Cartel B1-41/42/43
Shabu-Sushi Buffet Restaurant B1-38/39/40
Yoshinoya B1-36/37
The Little Fish Shop 04-15/16
KFC B1-32/33
Lai Lai Casual Dining B1-30/31
Carl’s Jr B1-28/29
Mad Jack B1-27
Grandma’s Restaurant B1-15
Sweet Spring B1-13/14
Din Tai Fung B1-10/11/12
Andersen’s of Denmark Ice Cream B1-09
Laksania B1-08
Wang Cafe B1-07
Xian De Lai B1-05/06
Shokutsu 10 B1-K1/02/03/04/78/79/80
Wendy’s B2-70/71/72
Graffiti Cafe B2-62
Barcelos Flame Grilled Chicken B2-50/51
Freshness Burger B2-48/49
Rockery B2-47
Ya Kun Toastwich B2-46
Jia Xiang Mee B2-15
Men Men Don Don B2-10
McDonald’s B2-05/06/07/08
Broaster Chicken B2-02/03/04
Sushi Tei 01-08/09
Fish & Co. 01-10/11
EAT. 01-59/60
The Ship Restaurant 01-61/62
Spinelli Coffee Company 01-K4/K5
Lenas 02-01/02/03
MOF My Izakaya 02-04/05/06
Swensen’s 02-07/08
Dian Xiao Er 02-09/10
Subway 02-11
New Zealand Natural Cafe 02-12
Bali Thai 02-13
Soup Restaurant 02-15/16
Lleno Modern Bistro 02-17
PUTIEN 02-18/19
Starbucks Coffee 02-K1
Teadot 02-K2/K3/K4
Prata Wala 02-K5/K6
Ajisen Gourmet Town 03-06/07
Wan Chai HK Kitchen 03-08/09
Qi Ji 03-10
Pizza Hut 03-11/12/13
Paradise Inn 03-15/16
Dessertstory 03-17
Texas Chicken 04-18/19/20
White Dog Cafe 04-21/22
Jack’s Place 04-66
Doggiestyle Cafe 04-72 (SkyGarden)


Wine Connection B2-41
Fragrance Foodstuff 03-14
Dough Culture B2-09
Bee Cheng Hiang B2-11
Old Chang Kee B2-12
Ho Kee Pau B2-42
Drink Tea B2-52
Glacious B2-57
ToriGO! B2-60/61
Sweet Talk B2-67
Oriental Herbal Tea B2-68
Hong Kong Sun Kee Dessert B1-46
BubbleQueue 03-K1
Ooiki Taiyaki 03-K10
Lee Wee & Brothers’ Foodstuff 03-K11
Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks 03-K12
HappyVeg 03-K13
Four Seasons Durians 03-K14
Beard Papa’s 03-K15
Duan Pandan Rice Dumpling 03-K16
Nan Xiang Express 03-K17
Haato & Co. 03-K18
Fillings 03-K19
Herbal Tea 03-K2
Yoguru 03-K20
Fancy Delight 03-K21
Polar Puffs & Cakes 03-K3/K4
BBQ delights 03-K5/K6
Jollibean 03-K7/K8
75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup 03-K9
Sogurt 04-17


Swissbake 02-14
PrimaDeli B1-44
Bengawan Solo B2-69
BreadTalk Family B2-58/59
Four Leaves B2-43


Food Junction 04-36/37
Food Republic B2-63/64/65/66

After gorging I’ll probably need to head to the doctor or dentist.

Q & M Dental Surgery 04-25
OneDoctors Medical Centre 01-54/55
Raffles Medical B2-01
Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic 03-24

And yay for the photohub, money changer and DIY store

7-Eleven 04-62
The Pet Safari (Lower Floor) 04-03 03-04
Maxi-Cash 01-56
Selffix DIY B2-54
Kim Eng Investor Centre B2-39/40
7-Eleven B2-16
Fotohub B2-14
Al Thasneem Traders B2-13
King & King Wong (Lower Floor) 04-13/14

Places to have a hair cut and buy toiletries

Medical Kilter Biotech 01-57
DIY Beauty House B2-19
Jean Yip Hub B2-31/32
Mystique B2-35/36
Beauty Language B2-37
EC House B2-38
Nature’s Farm B2-53
City Nails B2-55
NK Hairworks B2-56
Grace Mask B2-K4
Sasa B1-21
Bella Skin Care B1-52
Premier Dead Sea B1-53
Guardian Health & Beauty B1-62/63
The Skin Pharmacy B1-69
The Body Shop 01-45
ApexHUB 01-46
Pink Parlour 01-47
Manicure Room 01-48
Etude House 01-63
Skin Food 01-64
Korres 01-65
REDS Hairdressing 01-73
Somang Cosmetics 01-77
Solemate Orthotics 01-K1
Jericho 01-K10
Y & S Beauty Bar 01-K7
Svenson Hair Center 02-24
Estetica 02-37
Kohong Fish Spa 02-40
OGAWA 02-47
Dazzling Naturals 02-48
Health & Beauty Traditional Chinese Medical Centre 02-56
Watsons 02-57
Phiten 02-K11/K12/K13
ZTP 03-01
Hockhua Tonic 03-03
OSIM 03-05
Aibi 03-25
QB House 03-30
Hair Inn 03-33
OTO Bodycare 03-35/36
Unity NTUC Healthcare 03-37/38
GNC 03-40
Eu Yan Sang 03-41
Beijing 101 04-08
V-Hay Tique Salon 04-09
Leonard Drake Skin Care & Health Spa 04-23/24
Supercuts 04-26
Chen Kang Wellness 04-27
Nail Air 04-29
TAB (Tins and Bottles) 04-39

For spectacles and sunglasses

Spectacle Hut B2-23/24
Northern Opticians B1-55
Nanyang Optical B1-64
Eye Bejewelled 01-72
Eyechamp Optometrists 01-80/81
Universal Optical 02-41
Better Vision 02-51
BlueEyes. USA 03-39

But I am mostly waiting for this to open:

Serangoon Public Library 04-82/83 (SkyGarden)

There’s a Facebook page too with an alphabetical listing of everything.

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14 Responses to Serangoon Central’s Nex Mall (More Shops & My Version of a Directory)

  1. lynnette-net says:

    NEX mall is bigger than the size of Bishan Junction 8 and Ang Mo Kio Hub combined! I haven’t been there, but i certainly must go this holiday!

  2. LL says:

    Thanks for your post and pictures! It reminded me of how huge the malls are in Singapore. The main reason why my Singapore posts are so vague is that I can’t recall which mall/mall area I was in at any given moment. And we were there quite often (usually passing through or just eating).

    I am sad to hear build-a-bear is so desolate. I remember when it first came out the lines would go out of the store. It was a pretty ridiculous hype that I’m glad is going away.

    Singapore also has so many yummy restaurants I’ve never even seen/heard of before! What is the icing room? It sounds like you can put the frosting on your own cake? Kind of like froyo toppings..

    • bookjunkie says:

      sometimes all the malls looks quite alike. unless you’ve been there a number of times it’s hard to tell them apart.

      you got it right…the icing room allows you to decorate your own cupcakes. Seems like a nice activity for kids or teens.

      I love the pink uniforms….they remind me of characters in Japanese anime.

  3. fuujin79 says:

    Hi, glad to know that someone is looking forward to the library amidst the massive amount of retail… And yes, the books will be new!
    Do keep in touch with us, we’ve just set up a facebook page:
    Jillian (Manager, Serangoon Public Library)

  4. fuujin79 says:

    Thanks for loving the library! Btw, I’m a fan of Murakami as well… Have come across this other Jap author – Yasutaka Tsutsui, that reminds me of a “darker” version of his works… 🙂

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