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The Best Up and Coming Neighbourhoods in Singapore

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Updated: 17 August 2017
Brimming with concept cafes, busy bars and tech innovation, these up and coming neighbourhoods in Singapore are popular with the local tastemakers and expats and are a worthwhile visit on your next trip.

Everton Park

Everton Park has climbed up the ranks of hipsterdom in the last few years and is popular with people working in the Central Business District looking for a quiet spot for coffee. With cafes like Nylon Coffee Roasters, Just Want Coffee and Marble Bistro offering specialty coffee and quality bites, this once quiet neighbourhood is now synonymous with the local food scene.

Punggol

Situated at the northern tip of Singapore, Punggol would not have made the list if it wasn’t for the recent boom in affordable housing, which has attracted many younger couples to reside in the area. Along with new housing estates, are throngs of cafes along Punggol Waterway Park like Whisk & Paddle, and Punggol’s first container park, which features unique eateries like Big Fish Small Fish, Pump Station Bar & Bistro and more.

View of Punggol Waterway Park
View of Punggol Waterway Park | View of Punggol Waterway Park

Keong Saik

Formerly a red light district, Keong Saik Road is now one of Singapore’s most prominent culture destinations with exciting eateries, bars and wellness boutiques. While its charming outlook is a pull factor on its own, upscale F&B options like Neon Pigeon, Burnt Ends and 31 Bar & Kitchen keep the locals and expats coming back for more.

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View of Keong Saik Road | View of Keong Saik Road

Jurong East

Often the butt of jokes for being situated too far away from other parts of Singapore, Jurong East is shaping up to be Singapore’s second Central Business District, with the opening of the Genting Hotel and the announcement of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project that once completed, will make it easier for locals to shuffle between the two cities within shorter periods.

View of Office Buildings and Malls in Jurong
View of Office Buildings and Malls in Jurong | View of Office Buildings and Malls in Jurong

Tai Seng

Take a quick glance of Tai Seng and you’ll be surprised to find hipster joints amidst dated and dusty industrial buildings. Venture deeper and you’ll find enclosed cafes like 23 Jumpin, Carol Mel Cafe and The Flame Cafe giving the busy industrial area a modern boost, much to the delight of coffee and dessert lovers working around the area.

View of Industrial Buildings in Tai Seng
View of Industrial Buildings in Tai Seng | View of Industrial Buildings in Tai Seng

One North

While other neighbourhoods have become trendy areas for food and lifestyle, One North has quietly established itself as the hotspot for the tech and media industry in Singapore. Infamous start-up incubators like Blk 71 and JTC Launchpad have made One North a strategic location for innovation. But make no mistake, One North is also home to Timbre+, a container park with over 35 hawkers and vendors serving up both traditional and artisanal nosh amidst live music, for that extra oomph.

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View of Fusionopolis Towers | View of Fusionopolis Towers