The changing face of MacPherson

Located between Aljunied and Paya Lebar, MacPherson in District 13 is one of five sub-zones in the Geylang planning area based on URA’s planning boundaries. Often overshadowed by Paya Lebar, MacPherson is slowly being rejuvenated with new F&B and lifestyle options as well as HDB redevelopment.
New to the neighbourhood is Wishes Café at Block 36 Circuit Road. Since its opening four months ago, the ice-cream parlour has been increasing in popularity among students and young adults living nearby. Offering 12 flavours of freshly-churned ice-cream, the café also has savoury treats on its menu such as buttermilk waffles, truffle egg mayo croissants, and Mala wings.
With its sakura-themed interior, Wishes Café stands out among a row of provision shops and clinic. The shop unit was previously a stationery store. The owners of Wishes Café took over the shop space when their relative decided to wind up the stationery business and retire. Today, the store draws a sizeable crowd even on weekdays.
With its sakura-themed interior, Wishes Café stands out among a row of provision shops and clinic (Pictures: Albert Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)
Down the road, MacPherson residents would be familiar with Circuit Road Food Centre at 79/79A Circuit Road. Residents can find some 10 vegetarian food stalls at the food centre to choose from. Other popular eats include Briyani by Hamidah Bi, Soon Lee Lor Mee and Circuit Road Fried Kway Teow.
Over at 81 MacPherson Lane, Pasta King offers authentic Italian fare at reasonable prices. Run by an Italian couple, the small restaurant uses fresh ingredients from Italy. Located in a two-storey shophouse and adjacent to a park and playground, the restaurant is great for young families to dine in.

Lifestyle and amenities

Aside from F&B, MacPherson is also home to The Fragment Room, Southeast Asia’s first “rage room”. Previously located in Balestier, the room moved to 490 MacPherson Road recently.
The “rage room” encourages visitors to release their stress and inner frustrations by breaking objects with a baseball bat. These objects include cups, plates, radios and television sets.
Elsewhere, a tributary of the Kallang River called Pelton Canal cuts diagonally through the MacPherson estate. The 2.52km Pelton Canal Park Connector links Kallang Park Connector to Balam...