If you and your friends happen to be in the vicinity of Upper Bukit Timah or Hillview Area and are looking to spend a couple of extra hours, it would be a good idea to spend them at The Rail Mall and Truss Bridge. If you’re not yet aware, The Rail Mall and Truss Bridge is a popular destination for Instagram and other social media posts. But if you’re not into posting in social media, it’s a great place to enjoy some famous prata. And if you’re not into prata, here are other interesting things to do that you and your friends will enjoy in and around the mall. Some of the developments near to Hillview area include Dairy Farm Residences located at Dairy Farm Road.

There are several undeveloped areas around The Rail Mall which are popular to fitness and nature lovers. Burn off calories walking or jogging along the Green Corridor. The green corridor is a walking trail situated along abandoned railway tracks. These tracks stretch from the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station up to the Woodlands. This is just one of several walking trails near The Rail Mall but this is also the most popular, often used as a setting for wedding pictures. After eating in the many dining spots in The Railway Mall, burn away the extra calories by strolling or jogging along this scenic walkway.

Not far from Green Corridor is the Dairy Farm rock quarry off Upper Bukit Timah Road. There is a natural rock formation which looks perfect for rock climbing. Climbing enthusiasts can put their skills to practical use here are there are even spots designated as easy, moderate and difficult.

Again, Green Corridor is a scenic place to take pictures, not just for Instagram and weddings but for other stuff like wildlife. Despite heavy urbanization, Singapore’s green areas are still teeming with wildlife such as a variety of birds, insects, snakes and the popular Long-Tailed Macaques.

Landscapes is another popular subject of photography. Along the Rail Corridor is the scenic Singapore Quarry. This area is no longer an active quarry and has been repurposed into a hiking area. It’s a great place to take pictures of rock formations and wildlife that gather around the man-made ‘natural lakes’. Snap pictures and learn more about pre-war Singapore at the Former Ford Factory at 351 Upper Bukit Timah Road. It’s now a museum that features several exhibits about Singapore before the country was surrendered to the Japanese in WWII.

Experience the foods and drinks at The Rail Mall before or after the aforementioned activities. As mentioned, experience the popular prata at the Springleaf Prata Palace, particularly the famous Ultimate Murtabak for less than $13. There’s also the famous chicken rice at the New Teck Kee Chicken Rice. For vegans, there’s SunnyChoice shop full of all-natural vegan dishes. Their famous Lion’s Mane Mushroom Rendang priced at less than $10 has been featured by CNN as one of the world’s delicious foods. For those with a riskier diet, there’s BlooiE’s Roadhouse and their famous BlooiE’s Bacon Mushroom Cheese Burger for less than $20. Lastly, there’s Sixteen Ounces and their variety of craft beers and The Straits Wine Company where you and your friends can taste a variety of wines.

With or without your phone, with or without an Instagram membership, these are things you need to experience with your friends and will always remember.