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Oozing with the old-school charm, Tiong Bahru still lives up to its vibe as the oldest estate in Singapore despite the many makeovers that turned it to be the hippest neighbourhood today in the Central Region. Step into this housing estate within the Bukit Merah Planning Area, and you’ll most certainly be fascinated with the harmonious blending of the old and new.
Wasn’t always so unkempt and lively though, Tiong Bahru was once an unkempt and unhygienic region of the country. Furthermore, this is where several cemeteries were established even before the 1920s. Thus, came the birth of its name which originated from ‘thiong’ in Hokkien for the cemetery and ‘Bahru’ in Malay for new. Until 1925, it was designed for improvements under the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT). Hence, graves are moved, and grounds are levelled up.
A pilgrimage around Tiong Bahru will be of poor gratitude if you know none about its historical background. In the beginning, the blocks here were allocated mostly for civil servants. But in 1939 onwards, the settlers of this land are only for the rich ones who can afford which also became a place for them to keep their mistresses, labelling it as ‘Mei Ren Wo’, the den of beauties.
After many constructions of residential blocks were built, Tiong Bahru’s population tripled in size. Even though it began to flourish to be an extensive neighbourhood, it too slowly lost its exclusiveness. Nonetheless, Tiong Bahru had experienced a great number of gentrification and facelift which then brought a host of trendy tenants moving in. There are plenty of fancy coffee shops, cafes, lifestyle boutiques, bookstores and retail shops for you to enjoy.
With the extensive public Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) criss-cross the area and buses that scurry its lanes made Tiong Bahru easily accessible by locals and visitors. The nearest MRT station us Tiong Bahru station of the East-West Line.
Scattering across the area, there are numerous taxi stands especially at shopping centres and hotels. You are not allowed to hail taxis other than at the official stands. Booking beforehand is extremely a lifesaver especially during rainy days, festive seasons and daily rush hours which begin from 6.00am to 9.30pm and from 6.00pm to midnight. But bearing in mind, that booking fees are applied. If you are from an MRT station, rest assured as they too offer SMRT taxis services.
Keep it local with none other than the infamous hearty street food of Tiong Bahru Market located on the Tiong Bahru Road. This market was named after a Fujian merchant named Khoo Tiong Poh. Although had already occupied two house shops to build it, the space of the market was yet too small to accommodate the abundance of hawkers desiring a spot. Simply designed with wooden frame and zinc pitched roofs, the stalls here cater for residents of Tiong Bahru itself as well as Bukit Merah’s and Henderson’s. It is also a haven of hawker food selling cheap but delicious heritage street food such as Hokkien mee, pao, porridge, roast pork and Chwee kueh. Surprisingly, nestled in this busy market is a chicken rice stall, the cheapest food yet, awarded with the Michelin Bib Gourmand.
Located in the quaint neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru, Woods in the Books is an independent bookshop famous for its captivating picture books. An intriguing place to indulge yourself in fantasies and let your imagination runs a wild, as you flip through every pages and chapter that filled with fantastic pictures. The picture books are suitable for all ages. You aren’t too late to discover and be mesmerised with this hidden realm of fantasies!
Another one of the top-lister, old time favourite bookstores in Singapore is this super awesome Books. It shelves up a great number of classical literature, especially from local authors. Not to be forgotten, this is store indeed more than meet the eye with its quirky mix of antiques and vintage items alike. Isn’t that simply make your stay here more memorable?
Are you a big fan of cupcakes? Even if you aren’t, this so worth the shot to have a real taste of the best cupcakes in the country. Plain Vanilla makes use of only the finest ingredients, from French butter to bittersweet Belgian chocolate and pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla. The secret to those delicate tastes is just simply by them emphasising on quality, and the rest of it will be their heart and soul that they mixed into. Your afternoon tea won’t be the same anymore! Listing all of the attractions of Tiong Bahru wouldn’t be enough in just this brief description. Explore and uncover them all!
This 4-star property, Louis Kienne Serviced Residences is located in the vicinity of Clarke Quay. This hotel offers a splendid, top-notched in-room amenities. Just as a glimpse of what it offers, each room comes with an en suite bathroom complemented with shower and a spa bathtub! How awesome will that be? Enlighten your delicate palate with their Princess Terrace Cafe and IndoChili Restaurant which serve a good range of Indonesian cuisines, located in a walking distance from the hotel. And to spice things up, this hotel also provides an outdoor swimming pool, barbecue facilities, sun terrace and banquet facilities.
A budget hotel that is indeed comfortable complemented with warm hospitality is none other than Hotel 81 Osaka. For an avid traveller, this hotel is an excellent choice as it is conveniently located nearby to the town’s excitement. The room rate may even go as low as SGD99 per night only! So, what are you waiting for?