The 10th Heritage Trail by the Singapore’s National Heritage Board is Tiong Bahru; one of Singapore’s most happening areas. Historically, the area was developed as a massive housing estate of over 900 units in the 1930s. While today most of the apartment blocks have preserved the Art Deco architecture; inside the spacious apartments have been restored into trendy homes, offices and shops.
With dozens of new businesses flocking to the area, Tiong Bahru is shaping up to be one of Singapore’s most eclectic and hippest spots. Numerous cafes, bars and restaurants have opened, making the where to eat and drink list long (and growing). The local market (83 Seng Poh Rd) takes our prize as one of the cleanest and freshest on the island; and remains to be one of our favourite places to get well-priced fresh flowers! And the number of boutique hotels is on the rise. In addition, with Tiong Bahru MRT station, Tan Boon Liat Building and Great World City all within walking distance, one really doesn’t need another excuse to visit this area.
However, resident or tourist, we strongly suggest you check out the local shopping scene in Tiong Bahru. With most shops opening late morning, set aside an afternoon to meander from shop to shop, as they are all within minutes from each other. You will be in awe of the uniqueness, diversity and quality of pieces. More often than not you will find the owners in store, be greeted with a smile and welcome to stay as long as you like – you’ll feel right at home in Tiong Bahru.
Bhutan Shop [Gifts, Books and Stationery, Home & Garden]
Did you know Bhutan is named after a landlocked state in South Asia where quality of life is measured by happiness? And for those living in Singapore you don’t need to go there to get a dose of it. The Bhutan Shop is dedicated to all things Bhutanese – art, bags, accessories, organic tea and other lifestyle products – they can even help you plan your ultimate Bhutanese adventure. What’s more, your senses will be overwhelmed with the beautiful aromas of burning lemongrass oil! 1A Yong Siak Street, Singapore 16864
Books Actually [Gifts, Books and Stationery]
BooksActually (est. 2005) is an independent bookstore specialising in literature (including obscure and critical works). In our bookstore, you can often find literary trinkets in the form of stationery and other lovely tchotchkes. We publish and distribute books under our imprint Math Paper Press. We also hand-stitch notebooks and produce stationery under Birds & Co. No. 9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645
Flea & Trees [Accessories, Women’s Fashion, Books, Gifts and Stationery, Home & Garden]
Flea & Trees brings women’s fashion, accessories, jewellery, and a great range of home décor pieces (lamps, plants, design magazines and books) from around the globe. 68 Seng Poh Lane, Singapore 160068
Jim & Jules [Home & Garden]
You’ll feel right at home as soon as you walk into Jules & Jim, no matter the occasion. An interior design atelier, full of fabulous furnishing materials (fabric – wallpaper – paint), who will work with you to turn furnishings into fabulous customised cushions, curtains, table cloths, or whatever else you may need. A must-visit for any home maker. 55 Tiong Bahru Road – 01-53/A Singapore
Nana & Bird [Women’s Fashion]
nana & bird started off as a pop-up concept store in Singapore in April 2010 because they did not want to be yet another retail shop selling clothes. They have stayed true to their original pop-up concept by creating a space that is dedicated to featuring designers, artisans from all over the world and continue to offer a different and unexpected experience every time you visit. 79 Chay Yan Street Unit 01-02 (entrance along Yong Siak Street) Singapore 160079
The French Bookshop [Accessories, Books, Gifts & Stationery]
The French Bookshop is the only exclusively francophone bookstore in Singapore. This quaintn store stocks a surprising 3,800 new and used books as well as many other little gift ideas. Unit 01/53C, 55 Tiong Bahru, Singapore 160055
two.o.ri [Accessories, Bags & Luggage, Shoes & Footwear, Men’s and Women’s Fashion]
“two” signifies two groups of people coming together, and “ri” the French word for having a good laugh and together they make a purveyor of the finest collection of emerging brands known for their design and quality. two.o.ri takes pride in a carefully curating emerging labels from all over the world. (two.o.ri is brought to you by Nana & Bird)61 Seng Poh Lane #01-05, Singapore 160061
We hope you get a chance to get to know the amazing local businesses of Tiong Bahru. Keep an eye out here as we will keep you up-to-date with changes and additions to the area plus you will find out more details about some of the great local shops, local brands.
Happy shopping wherever you may be!
the travelshopa team XX
Opening times. 11am-6pm (each store may vary)
Parking. Street coupon parking
MRT. Tiong Bahru
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