Loves: The architecture and vibe of the area that is filled with hidden gems, e.g. Dancing Girl – created by Lim Nang Seng who sculpted the original Merlion (find it in Seng Poh Garden!).
Our Advice: Grab a meal at Tiong Bahru Market (2nd level), you will not regret it!
Tiong Bahru is, perhaps, one of the best kept secrets in Singapore. In the early days, it was the site of a large Chinese cemetery – the name is a combination of words from the Malay language and Chinese dialect which means “New Tomb”.
On the face of it, the area is a historic residential cluster with pre-war public housing design and Art Deco style shop houses. Tour the streets, and you will be surprised at the quaint collection of shopping boutiques, bookstores, and cafes that pop up among the traditional shops in the neighbourhood.
To get an authentic taste and feel of the real Singapore, drop down to the Tiong Bahru Market that lies at the very heart of the residential suburb.
Address: Tiong Bahru (area bound by Seng Poh Road, Outram Road and Tiong Poh Road)
District: Bukit Merah, Central
- Alight at Tiong Bahru MRT Station (EW17) and take Exit A or B
Estimated walking distance: 50m
Operating Hours: All day
Recommended Duration: 4 hours