We all know that the National Day Parade (NDP) is one of the most anticipated events in Singapore, but every year, only a fraction of balloters score passes to view the spectacle live. Well this 9th of August, lobang-loving Singaporeans are in luck! No need to spend your hard-earned dollars on a bayside set menu for a glimpse of the fireworks and fly-bys because Deliveroo has curated five hangouts to enjoy the festivities at FOR FREE. And yes, we know that tabaoing food can be leceh, so we’ve made it our mission to deliver some of your favourite foodie picks straight to your picnic mat.
First on the list is The Lawn @ Marina Bay (S018984). An oasis of greenery in the new downtown, the polished picnic spot is perfect for catching the NDP live broadcast on huge LED screens. Order in savory snacks like Chir Chir Fushion Chicken Factory chicken wings, or Tacos from Mex Out, and enjoy them all from the comfort of your picnic blanket. For some Singaporean shiokness, try the Laksa Pizza from PizzaExpress with a cool $5.30 discount.
Next up, SAFRA is pulling all the stops to make us one united people by holding live screenings of the NDP at not just one, but five of their clubs! We say what better way to celebrate our independence than with the sons of Singapore who protect it. And while you’re at it, treat a brother to some manly munchies from WOLF Burgers at the Tampines clubhouse (S528882) or cool off from the excitement with some post-party Udders ice-cream at the Toa Payoh education and entertainment hub (S319387).
Everyone knows that the highlight of the NDP is the dazzling fireworks display, and Bay East Garden (S437440) at Gardens by the Bay is guaranteed to give you the most chio view of glittering silver showers in the sky. Bonus that admission to this part of the park is completely free! Perfect for al fresco dining, order in some kid-friendly Vietnamese subs from Sandwich Saigon, or rock and roll with some sumptuous sushi from Maki-San.
While fireworks might be a rare sighting at East Coast Park (S449876), the urban getaway promises some spectacular sky action with parade planes and helicopters soaring to and from the air base. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the 15-kiliometre stretch of beach or engage in wild water sports, before settling down with a bowl of clean greens from Harvest, or some hearty Hokkien Mee from Kim’s Place Seafood Restaurant. Sedap lah!
Rounding up the list is of course, Merlion Park (S049213), just a stone’s throw away from the floating platform action. Sure to be loaded with loyalists, do head down early to chope seats in true blue Singaporean fashion. We recommend some easy-to-eat nibbles like curry puffs and ngoh hiangs from Tip Top, or find relief from the crush of the crowd with some refreshing froyo from Yolé.
Because ordering out is the new ordering in, count on Deliveroo, Singapore, and gather your kakis to celebrate the 53rd National Day with these legit Lion City lobangs.