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By my queenstown on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 with 4 comments

McDonald's have transformed a quaint Japanese tea garden along Queensway into a unique location incorporating alfresco dining concept and a Japanese styled garden. A winding stream filled with turtles and gold fishes greeted MyQueenstown Team when we visited the tea garden on a Saturday evening. The cool and relaxing ambience could easily rival McDonalds in King Albert Park, West Coast Park, East Coast Park or Yung Ho Road. And that is the cool Ridout Tea Garden located in Queenstown!

Ridout Tea Garden Along Queensway

Ridout Tea Garden is located next to the Chap Lak Laos in Commonwealth Close. It is not easy for drivers to locate the tea garden because of the thick green canopy. With limited parking lots (or simply too many visitors), Ridout Garden is definitely a popular hangout place for residents and friends of Queenstown.

No Parking Lots left!

Ridout Tea Garden was formerly known as Queenstown Japanese Garden. There were rows of shophouses and a KFC. After a $500,000 makeover, Ridout comprises of a single-storey eating house pavilion and a garden that is landscaped to have typically Japanese ponds and bridges. The old garden was built in the early 1970s and was razed in June 1978, resulting in $1 million in property losses. It was one of the focal points of the Queenstown estate offering shopping and recreational facilities.

Japanese themed pavilions

Lushed greenery at the Park

Today, Ridout remained a popular hangout spot for students and residents alike. Every afternoon after school hours, students from St Margaret Secondary School (Temporary Site) and Queensway Secondary School would fill the seats around the site. At night, it remained a exotic chillout, no frills chill out spots for expatriates and residents.

Ridout's Main Attraction-McDonald's

April and Jamie are staffs working in McDonald's fastfood restaurant for the past four years. Jamie once lived in Mei Ling district.

April and Jamie are staffs at the McDonald's

Idiya and Dee are Queenstown residents living in Commonwealth Crescent ad visit Ridout Tea Garden once every month. They find the atmosphere relaxing and condusive for chats!

Idiya and Dee

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Anonymous said...
August 28, 2010 at 6:25 PM

another historical place in queenstown. hope pap dont demolish this too.

Anonymous said...
September 11, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Before Mac moved into its present location in Ridout Tea Garden, the premises was occupied by KFC. The layout was not an open concept as it is now, but enclosed walls resembling a Japanese house.

Anonymous said...
September 11, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Furthermore, a Japanese styled bridge linked the restaurant to the empty plot of land between the restaurant and Queensway Sec School . The empty plot of grassland between the restaurant and Queensway Sec School contains at least 6 blocks of 10 storey flats. But they were demolished in the 80s.

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