Get to ABC Brickworks and try some delicious traditional hawker foods with this comprehensive article.
Welcome to the complete, step-by-step guide on how to get ABC Brickworks in Singapore!
Regardless of whether you live in Singapore or visit from abroad, by the end of this article, you should know how to reach this popular ‘hawker’ centre in Bukit Merah.
Fortunately, due to Singapore’s extensive public transport network, it’s possible to make it to ABC Brickworks by bus, private vehicle, or a combination of MRT and bus services.
Although it’s possible to drive directly to ABC Brickworks, it makes more sense to use public transportation to get there from an environmental perspective. We will outline which MRT lines and stations are the most convenient for getting to ABC Brickworks and summarize onward bus connections from those stations.
Once you are in the ABC Brickworks area, try to visit surrounding malls and points of interest. We will share some interesting itinerary ideas to ensure that you get the most out of Bukit Merah and neighbouring Alexandra.
Eating at ABC Brickworks in Singapore
ABC Brickworks Food Centre is considered to be one of the oldest and well-established hawker centres in Singapore. It is located in Bukit Merah, minutes away from several other food centres and shopping malls which are clustered around the Jalan Bukit Merah and Alexandra Road.
Although ABC Brickworks was first established way back in the 1970s, it recently underwent a renovation and opened to the public on June 16th, 2020.
One of the clear benefits of eating at hawker centres such as ABC Brickworks is the value for money. In other words, ABC Brickworks is known for affordable, delicious meals, and that’s why it has maintained such a strong reputation since the 1970s!
Eating here is way more affordable than dining at formal restaurants with full service.
The second clear benefit of eating at ABC Brickworks is the opportunity to sample numerous traditional dishes.
We have included a list of some of the most popular meals at ABC Brickworks for your convenience below:
Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
Fish Ball Noodle
Fried Kway Tiao
Char Siew Pao
Herbal Ginseng Black Chicken Soup
Gingko Pork Tripe Pepper Soup
Lotus Root Peanut Pork Ribs Soup
Old Cucumber Pork Rib Soup
Pork Ribs Soup
Chicken Chop and Chicken Cutlet
Fragrant Claypot Rice Cooked Over Charcoal Stoves
Taiwanese style porridge
Mee Hoon Goreng Puteh Ikan Billis
After you are done eating a few dishes here, try walking west along Jalan Bukit Merah. You will come across popular shopping venues such as IKEA Alexandra and Alexandra Central Mall. The closest hotel to ABC Brickworks is Park Hotel Alexandra. It is classified as a 4-star hotel and receives positive reviews from verified guests.
Getting to ABC Brickworks via MRT
Step 1: Access a convenient MRT station.
When you begin your trip to ABC Brickworks using MRT, you have to access a convenient station without wasting time in traffic or spending additional money on taxi fees.
The best way to save time and money getting around the city is to book a room near a station and walk to/from it throughout your stay. This strategy doesn’t apply to people staying long-term in Singapore.
If you are visiting for a few days, refer to the example hotels below that are strategically located near stations. You can walk from them to their neighbouring station in 3 minutes or less.
Marina Bay Sands (5-star, 9.0/10 review score, very close to Bayfront Station)
Hotel Bencoolen @ Hong Kong Street (4-star, 8.3/10 review score, very close to Clarke Quay Station)
Chic Capsule Otel (2-star, 8.5/10 review score, very close to Chinatown Station)
If your accommodation in the city is already taken care of, skip down to step 2 where we describe the best stations and lines for getting to ABC Brickworks.
Step 2: Plan your route. Identify MRT lines and stations.
Singapore’s MRT network is extensive, but it does not provide direct access to ABC Brickworks.
ABC Brickworks is actually located between two MRT lines (East-West and Circle). Therefore, most people go to their preferred MRT station and arrange an onward bus connection to reach ABC Brickworks.
Best MRT Lines and Stations ABC Brickworks
ABC Brickworks is located south of the East-West Line (green) and north of the Circle Line (orange).
It is closer to the stations along the East-West Line, so try to travel along the East-West Line if you have a choice.
The most convenient stations along the East-West Line are:
Tiong Bahru Station
Queenstown Station (EW-19) has two neighbouring stations:
Redhill Station (EW-18) is also located along Singapore’s East-West (Green) Line and east of Queenstown Station.
Tiong Bahru Station (EW-17) is on the Circle Line (Orange), south of Alexandra Village Food Centre.
If you are travelling along the Circle Line, Labrador Park Station (CC-27) is probably the most convenient for accessing onward bus connections.
Step 3: Purchase a ticket/card for your trip.
Since most people take a train-bus combination to ABC Brickworks, it is beneficial to have a card that works on both systems.
The three main types of tickets for the MRT system in Singapore are:
1) Singapore Tourist Passes
2) Stored Value Cards
3) Single/Multi-Trip Tickets
Tourist Passes are very convenient and potentially outstanding value for foreign guests. Once you buy one, you can use it for unlimited train and bus rides around Singapore. But if you are only doing a little sightseeing, you might not travel enough to warrant the cost – it’s your call!
If you are in the city longer than 3 days, then consider buying a stored-value card.
We used one of these while we learnt how to get to ABC Brickworks in Singapore. Once a cash balance is on the card, they are super easy to use and work on buses and trains.
You can buy single and multi-trip tickets right in the station on the way to ABC Brickworks. Try to avoid peak periods when ticket line-ups may be long and annoying!
Step 4: Travel to Queenstown, Redhill or Labrador Park Station using Singapore’s MRT.
Map out your expected line transfers in advance, and when you’re ready, ride the MRT to Queenstown, Redhill or Labrador Park Station.
Step 5: Get off the train at your station of choice.
Alight upon arrival at your station of choice. Collect all your stuff before you get off the train.
Step 6: Exit Queenstown, Redhill, Tiong Bahru or Labrador Park Station.
Once you are off the train, begin looking for exit information. Signs should be visible throughout the station.
Exiting Queenstown Station
Queenstown MRT station has 4 exits to choose from (A, B, C and D).
Exiting Redhill Station
Redhill MRT station has two exits on the north and south side of the station, A and B.
Exiting Tiong Bahru Station
Tiong Bahru MRT station has exits on both sides of Tiong Bahru Road. Exit B also connects to Basement 1 of Tiong Bahru Plaza (so don’t take that if you want to take a bus to ABC Brickworks).
Exiting Labrador Park Station
Labrador Park MRT station has just one exit leading to the ground level (A).
Step 7: Connect to onward bus services to reach ABC Brickworks.
Once you exit your Queenstown, Redhill, Tiong Bahru, or Labrador Park Station, it’s time to connect to bus services to ABC Brickworks.
Technically, it is possible to walk to the food centre from any of these stations, but with Singapore’s intense heat and afternoon showers, taking a bus is more practical (unless you want to burn some additional calories!).
Expect walking times to range from 15 minutes to 20 minutes.
Bus Connections to ABC Brickworks from MRT Stations
Bus from Queenstown Station to ABC Brickworks
Take Exit C to leave the station. Then, turn right when you exit the station, take the escalator and stairs down.
Find the bus stop and wait there for Bus 195 (A/B) or bus 51.
Get on Bus 195/51.
Stay on Bus 195/51 until you reach the bus stop in front of Alexandra Hospital.
Get off the bus and walk north along Alexandra Road until you reach Jalan Bukit Merah. Turn right (east) and walk along Jalan Bukit Merah until you reach the overhead pedestrian bridge.
Cross Jalan Bukit Merah and take the narrow road further north to ABC Brickworks.
Bus from Redhill Station to ABC Brickworks
After alighting at Redhill, use Exit A.
Turn right when you exit the station. Walk straight across the road, and then turn right.
You should see a covered bus stop design to provide some shelter in bad or hot weather.
Get on either Bus 120 or Bus 33A, which will bring you to Alexandra Road near IKEA. You can walk from there to ABC Brickworks along Jalan Bukit Merah.
Alternatively, get on one of these services to get to ABC Brickworks:
Bus #: 63, 14, 147, 196, 961, 120, 33, 64
These services drop people off relatively close to ABC Brickworks within short walking distance of the entrance.
Bus from Tiong Bahru Station to ABC Brickworks
Take Exit A from the station and walk to the bus stop directly northwest of the station along Tiong Bahru Road.
Get on Bus #63 and travel until stop Opp Blk 36. Get off the bus here and walk south 6 minutes to ABC Brickworks.
Bus from Labrador Park to ABC Brickworks
Use the pedestrian bridge at the station and walk north to Alexandra Road. Go to the bus stop beside Alexandra Retail Centre.
Then get on one of the following buses:
Bus # 100, 120, 51, 61, 93
Get off the bus at Alexandra Hospital bus stop, which is south of Queensway Shopping Centre.
Transfer to Bus 14 or Bus 197. Ride the bus to the bus stop south of ABC Brickworks along Jalan Bukit Merah.
Get off the bus and walk along the narrow road for 3 minutes north until you reach ABC Brickworks.
Public Bus Services to ABC Brickworks in Singapore
Instead of going to an MRT station and connecting to a bus, it’s possible to take a bus directly to a bus stop near ABC Brickworks.
There are two very convenient bus stops within short walking distance of ABC Brickworks. Refer to the list of bus stops below and note the buses that are servicing these stations.
Bus Stop #10139 – Blk 1
Location: South of ABC Brickworks along Jalan Bukit Merah.
Bus Numbers: 14, 123, 147, 153, 196, 197, 198, 855, 961, 961M
Walking directions to ABC Brickworks from Bus Stop:
Walk 50 metres west along Jalan Bukit Merah and take your first right turn. Walk north 1 minute, and you’ll see ABC Brickworks.
Bus Stop # 10599 – Opp Blk 36
Location: Northeast of ABC Brickworks along Jalan Rumah Tinggi
Bus Numbers: 63
Walking directions to ABC Brickworks:
Walk 400 metres/4 minutes southwest along Jalan Rumah Tinggi.
Private Shuttle Bus on Weekends and Holidays
IKEA Alexandra offered a free shuttle bus service on weekends and holidays before the COVID pandemic:
Buona Vista Station
Tiong Bahru Station
You could technically take the free shuttle bus from one of the stations listed above and walk or take onward bus services to ABC Brickworks. If you are wondering, it’s a 7 minute, 600-metre walk from IKEA to ABC Brickworks. Remember to buy a few things at IKEA to support the free service.
If you are interested, you can learn more about the free IKEA Shuttle Bus Service here.
Driving/Taking a Taxi to ABC Brickworks
The mall is positioned at the southwest corner of Jalan Bukit Merah and Alexandra Road with an official address of:
6 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 150006
The best road for getting to ABC Brickworks is Jalan Bukit Merah which is only 100 metres south of the food centre.
Other popular roads for getting to the vicinity around ABC Brickworks include:
Jalan Bukit Merah
Be cautious when driving here and check the driving route first to avoid traffic congestion during peak commuting times.
Should you stay at a hotel near ABC Brickworks?
There is one hotel about 7 minutes away from ABC Brickworks called:
Park Hotel Alexandra (4-star, 8.6/10 score based on 715+ reviews)
Unless you are doing business or shopping in this area of the city, you might want to stay elsewhere and then just commute here. There are many hotels to choose from in popular sites such as Chinatown, Sentosa, Marina Bay, Orchard, and Bugis.
Ideally, this guide on how to get to ABC Brickworks in Singapore has been detailed enough for you to make it there stress-free!
Public transportation in Singapore is quite affordable, so ABC Brickworks should be a cheap place to get to if you follow these steps. And, once you are there, meals and drinks are super cheap relative to most areas in Singapore.
ABC Brickworks is east of a series of other food centres and shopping malls that are scattered around the Alexandra Road and Jalan Bukit Merah intersection.
You can either walk or hop on a bus and be right in the middle of the action from ABC Brickworks in no time.
Consider adding the following points of interest to your day itinerary here:
- IKEA Alexandra
- Anchorpoint Shopping Centre
- Alexandra Village Food Centre
- Queensway Shopping Centre
- Dawson Place Shopping Mall
- Alexandra Central Mall
Alexandra Food Village is another famous food centre that is minutes away from ABC Brickworks. You might want to sample a few traditional dishes at both of them before deciding which one you like best!
Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about getting to ABC Brickworks or any other points of interest in this area!