Head to Seletar Aerospace Park for family fun! With Wheeler’s Estate at Seletar Oval and other Seletar cafes (including one in an aircraft hangar), the aeroplane playground and Seletar Airport for plane spotting!
Seletar Aerospace Park (pronounced ‘selita’ or ‘se-lay-ta’ in case you didn’t know) has something for everyone! The Oval at Seletar has a great aeroplane-themed playground for kids, plus there are family-friendly Seletar cafes and restaurants like Wheeler’s Estate, Wildseed Cafe, and an aeroplane-themed restaurant with robot waiters! Seletar airfield was originally a military airbase of the British Royal Air Force – the heritage black and white bungalows that were once the homes of Royal Air Force staff remain dotted around Seletar Aerospace Park. Kids will love plane spotting with Seletar Airport nearby, and then there’s cycling, kayaking, fishing and birdwatching around Seletar Reservoir. With a real off-the-beaten-track feel, Seletar makes a fun family day trip. Here’s our Seletar Aerospace Park guide to help you plan your day out!
Family Guide to Seletar Aerospace Park
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Restaurants & Cafes at Seletar Aerospace Park
The Oval at Seletar, Park Lane defines a sprawling cluster of black and white ex-Royal Air Force bungalows that have been spruced up and turned into lovely colonial-style restaurants and cafes, reminiscent of Dempsey. The surrounding streets conjure up old England with names like Oxford Street and Piccadilly Street. Here’s our pick of the restaurants and cafes in Seletar Aerospace Park and its surrounds.
1. Wheeler’s Estate
Wheeler’s Estate has a stunning expansive lawn overlooking Seletar Aerospace Park where the kids can play at the nearby Seletar Aerospace Park playground. There is alfresco dining over weekend brunch, plus dinners of pizzas, Australian-style steaks, fish and chips, and burgers. Check out if there’s a band playing if you fancy sipping on craft beer as you listen to live music while kids play on the lawn or playground nearby.
2. The Summerhouse and Au Balcon
The Summerhouse is a unique dining destination housed in an ex-RAF commander’s black and white bungalow in The Oval at Seletar Aerospace Park. It comprises of Au Balcon, a French farm to table restaurant, The Summerhouse Garden Domes, an immersive dining experience in air-con igloos and the casual cafe Wildseed (see below).
3. Wildseed Cafe
Wildseed Cafe opens at 8am for dog walkers and families and is another good option for brunch within Seletar Aerospace Park. This cafe is part of The Summerhouse and offers freshly-roasted coffee, floral cakes and pastries, hearty weekend brunches (Eggs Benedict and Big Pan Breakfasts), and casual, all-day fare.
4. Hangar66 Cafe
Looking for something different? Why not dine in an aircraft hangar? Hangar66 Cafe is an airplane-themed cafe within Seletar Aerospace Park. Here you can chow on casual Western fare while plane-spotting private jets at Seletar Airport. The floors look like a runway and the main dining area has a prime view of a working hanger where planes are kept. Look out for the gyroplane which makes for a great photo-op. Hangar66 Cafe is closed on Tuesdays.
5. Chow Cute Cafe
This cute very casual dog-friendly cafe within Seletar Aerospace Park is where to head if you are with your furkids! The menu is casual with a range of dishes from pasta to fish and chips and chicken wings. What’s super cute is the pet menu for your pooch! There’s also a groomer on site and an alfresco seating area overlooking the green where the house parrot usually perches.
6. Young’s Bar & Restaurant
Young’s Bar & Restaurant is situated at The Oval in Seletar Aerospace Park and offers laid-back Modern European cuisine; think truffle fries, mussel pots, buttermilk chicken schnitzel and steak with mashed potatoes as well as high teas.
7. Restaurant 5 by Sans Facon
French food seems the order of the day at Seletar Aerospace Park! 5 by Sans Facon is a French restaurant set in a black and white colonial building. Dine on Duck confit, open-face sandwiches, and steak frites in a tranquil alfresco setting. 5 by Sans Facon is closed on Tuesdays.
8. Cinder Steakhouse
Cinder Steakhouse is where to head for steaks in Seletar – signature cuts include 150 days barley-fed porterhouse and the massive 1.4kg grain-fed tomahawk steak. This steakhouse is in a building that used to house the Officer Commanding Flying Wing. Oyster fans note their promo from Tuesday to Thursday evenings for Irish oysters at half price at $3 from 6pm to 7:30pm.
9. Boh Geh Uncle Canteen
Looking for an affordable casual meal in Seletar? This old school eatery is slightly outside of the Seletar Aerospace Park and is known as Canteen 398 by Seletar locals due to its street address. Here you’ll find three stalls selling Malay cuisine, cai png AKA economic rice, and drinks.
Korean BBQ is the name of the game here. Chingu offers a smokeless, open-grill tabletop Korean BBQ experience! They have several platters available for sharing. Grill your own dry-aged beef, pork, USDA-Primes and rib-eye steak.
11. Di Wei Teochew Restaurant
Di Wei Teochew Restaurant offers Chinese food at Seletar. Think Teochew-style dishes including Cold Crab, Steamed Pomfret, Teochew Fried Rice Noodles with Preserved Radish, and Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts or Pumpkin.
12. Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Café (temporarily closed)
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Café is an ode to bicycles with hanging bicycles and assorted cycling paraphernalia. Head here for brunch with a chance of plane spotting as Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Café is right next to Seletar Airport. On the menu is a mix of Western, Japanese, and local dishes. Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Café is currently temporarily closed.
Seletar Aerospace Park: Activities & Things to Do
1. Play at Seletar Aerospace Park’s Aeroplane Playground
This wonderful Seletar Aerospace Park playground right outside Wheelers Estate features two play areas suitable for toddlers and older children.
From a colourful propeller plane play structure, to air traffic control tower slides to a helipad merry-go-round and swings; the Seletar Aerospace Park playground is bang on the theme, being next to Seletar Airport.
Seletar Aerospace Park playground also has a smaller jet plane structure that is suitable for younger kids and the swings have bucket seats. An interesting feature of this playground is the Giant Aeroplane floor game!
2. Go Plane Spotting at Seletar Airport
On the fringes of the Seletar Aerospace Park near the Hyde Park gate is the Seletar Airspace. The long stroller and wheelchair-friendly boardwalk, parallel to Seletar Airport is a lovely spot to watch private jets and hangers. With lots of little benches that look like origami paper airplanes placed along the manicured walkway, one can admire the airplanes from afar. You may be able to catch a few planes take off!
3. Explore Seletar Aerospace Park
Take a relaxing walk through the lush green estate of Seletar Aerospace Park. The beautiful black and white bungalows that dot the grounds were former RAF personnel residences but today mainly house restaurants and cafes.
Where: Seletar Aerospace Park, 2 Park Lane, Singapore 798386
4. Visit Hampstead Wetlands Park
Did you know there’s a wetlands right in the middle of the Seletar Aerospace Park? Hampstead Wetlands Park is a rustic green sanctuary of over three hectares located at JTC’s Seletar Aerospace Park. This former marshland area now has a garden and pond with observatory decks for birdwatching and wildlife spotting – look out for the White-throated Kingfisher and dragonflies.
Where: Hampstead Wetlands Park, 1 Baker St, Singapore 799977
5. Explore Lower Seletar Reservoir
Close by to Seletar Aerospace Park is Lower Seletar Reservoir. There are wooden viewing platforms and boardwalks for getting up close to the water. Take your binoculars and look out for birds and monitor lizards.
Where: Lower Seletar Reservoir, bounded by Yishun Ave 1 and Lentor Avenue
6. Water fountains for kids at Lower Seletar Reservoir
There’s a lovely water playground right next to Lower Seletar Reservoir called the Family Bay area complete with water jets and fountains for little ones to cool off. Enjoy the breeze coming off the water while the kids play, look out for performances at the new performance stage or just wander along the jetty to check out the views of the Lower Seletar Reservoir.
Where: Lower Seletar Reservoir, Family Bay
7. Go Kayaking or Fishing
Rent kayaks from the Lower Seletar Water Sports Centre. Camelot organises kayaking introductory programmes for $25 per pax on the weekends or there are single and double kayak rentals from $14. If kayaking isn’t your thing try fishing at the jetty for a chance to catch large snakeheads.
Where: Camelot at Lower Seletar Water Sports Centre.
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8. Rower’s Bay Park
Head north along Yishun Ave 1 to Rower’s Bay where you can stretch your legs along the lovely boardwalks. The lookout pavilion is where you’ll get a close-up view of the wetlands. Lower Seletar Park is a popular spot for kayaking and dragon-boating or you can just try your luck at bird spotting – we hear kingfishers and Grey Herons are often spotted here!
Where: Rower’s Bay Park, Seletar Club Road, Singapore 798273
9. Seletar Fishing Village
Singapore’s last fishing village is probably one of Seletar’s best-kept secrets. Bring your camera (it’s a popular spot for nature photographers at sunset) and look out for the kampung huts and the wooden jetty.
Where: Seletar Fishing Village, Seletar North Link, Singapore 797445
How to get to Seletar Aerospace Park
Car: It’s a 30-minute drive to Seletar Aerospace Park from town (or less if the roads are clear).
Bus: Take Bus 117 at the Bus Interchange from Punggol MRT. Alight at the Seletar Aerospace Drive for a short walk to The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park.
Where: The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park, 3 Park Ln, Singapore 798387
And there you have it – a little family adventure in Seletar Aerospace park awaits.