Historically a neighbourhood associated with Indians, the vast majority Tamils who were immigrants into Singapore during the colonial era, this cool little place has maintained much of its classic look and integrity more than any other place. The area has plenty of restaurants and hawker centres for the foodie to enjoy and you will constantly meet lots of interesting people here.
A nifty little neighbourhood with some old residential areas, this place has been transformed into a cool little stomping ground with great cafes, one of the more unique bookstores in Singapore and other such niche items you can spend your entire day exploring. The great thing about Tiong Bahru is that it’s very near a lot of other popular spots but is itself a warm and cosy place, an enclave amidst the vibrant life encompassing it.
An extremely popular spot for fashionistas and nightlife aficionados, Haji Lane has built quite a reputation for itself for being the place to be, if you wanted something unique and different. If you love music but prefer the underground scene, this is the place to check out and it probably has something that might pique your interest. If you’re into clothes but want something not mass manufactured or a common sight on every other person, the entire lane and beyond will have something to your liking.
Keong Saik Road
Famed for being a red light district in the past, this neighbourhood has become a beacon for some of the hottest spots to hang out in Singapore. It still has a lot of its traditional vibes like cool coffee shops and the ubiquitous shophouses, but they now host some famed international restaurants and swanky bars. This area particularly blossoms at night so consider this spot for some late adventures.
Famed for being a center of Peranakan culture, Joo Chiat also had a reputation for being on the edges of the brothels found in Geylang that had a transformative effect on the area, with bars and low-cost rooms sprouting. It is Singapore’s first Heritage Town and this has helped maintained its integrity with classical architecture found in early Singapore history. Now you’ll find some cool dining spots, both Asian and Western, and it is also peppered with watering holes with some unique offerings.