Novena and Newton are north of Orchard and Little India. This part of Singapore consists mainly of upscale suburbs where affluent locals enjoy easy access to the city’s commercial center. These neighborhoods are equipped with everything needed for daily life, from home furniture stores to comprehensive medical facilities.
The hotels in Newton / Novena are more affordable than those in the city center. While not centrally located, these hotels lie on key commuter routes that can quickly transfer guests to Orchard and other commercial areas.
Tourists visiting the Italian Embassy or Korean Embassy occasionally spend a night in Newton. There is also a small but growing group of medical tourists visiting the state-of-the-art hospitals in the district’s northeast quarter. The best facilities are Thomson Medical Centre and Goldhill Shopping Centre.
Newton and Novena is a great place for authentic dining. Hawker stalls near Newton MRT station serve cheap, local seafood and Chinese noodles. A few nicer Peranakan restaurants in the area feature dishes that showcase the best of Chinese and Malay fusion.
Accommodation in Newton or Novena isn’t the most convenient for commercial tourists who plan on sightseeing and shopping in city center, but these neighborhoods can be convenient for travelers on a budget or for business travelers who have work to do in the vicinity.