Tanjong Pagar: Neighbourhood Guide

Singapore Dec 08, 2020

What to do in Tanjong Pagar? We've got recommendations for dining, entertainment & culture. This CBD neighbourhood is bursting with things to do!

[Note: Due to Covid-19, please bear in mind updated operating hours and social distancing regulations. Do check out the website, or contact ahead of your planned visit to avoid disappointment]

Tip-toeing into the CBD, Tanjong Pagar is a neighbourhood of counterbalance - old and new, fast and slow, expensive and economical, complex and simple - making it truly a neighbourhood with something for everyone.

Here are some of our favourite recommendations to make the most of your visit to this neighbourhood.

What to do in Tanjong Pagar

Bar-hop through Asia's best bars

A whopping five out of the eleven Singaporean bars which made it to 2020's list of Asia's 50 Best Bars are located in Tanjong Pagar. You're in fine company with the likes of Jigger & Pony, The Old Man, Tippling Club, D.Bespoke and Gibson serving up high quality cocktails in enchanting ambiances.

Get cultured at NUS Baba House

You can't miss this bright indigo blue three-storey townhouse. As part of NUS Centre for the Arts, NUS Baba House promotes research into architectural conservation and urban and social history.
Website | 157 Neil Rd, Singapore 088883

What to see in Tanjong Pagar

Take in the colours of heritage shophouses

Whether you're an architecture nerd or not, the charm of iconic heritage shophouses is irresistible. Each one more colourful and ornate than the next, go exploring along Everton Road, Neil Road and Duxton Hill where you'll be able to feast your eyes on well-preserved Peranakan shophouses.

See Singapore from atop Pinnacle@Duxton

Take in 360-degree views of the CBD and beyond from the top of Pinnacle@Duxton. This gargantuan project of public housing (it's the world's tallest public residential building) can be seen from a great distance. The rooftop skybridge at the 50th floor is open to visitors for a small fee of S$6.
Website | 1G Cantonment Rd, Singapore 085301

Photo by Isaac Matthew / Unsplash

Have a brush with history at Jinriksha Station

This historical landmark used to be the central depot for rickshaws. Today, this stunning building marks the intersection of Neil Road and Tanjong Pagar Road, housing restaurants, pubs, music lounges, KTVs and offices.
1 Neil Rd, Singapore 088804

What to eat & drink in Tanjong Pagar

Everton Park

The residential enclave of Everton Park nestled in Tanjong Pagar is a treasure trove of not-so hidden gems like the legendary Nylon Coffee Roasters, Ji Xiang Confectionary Handmade Ang Ku Kueh and The Better Half to name a few. Weave through the blocks to explore what's on offer and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Keong Saik Road

Keong Saik Road has come a long way from its chequered past as a red light district, but its boisterousness lives on thanks to the multitude of drinking and dining options that draw its crowds. You'll find world-class establishments like Burnt Ends, No Sleep Club , Thevar and Meta alongside local stalwarts like Kok Sen, Foong Kee Coffee Shop and Tong Ah Eating House.

Go alfresco at Duxton Hill

Make your way up the gentle incline of Duxton Hill and you'll feel transported to any postcard-pretty European town. Cobblestone walkways and alfresco dining (perfect for people watching) lends a convivial spirit to to this little enclave. You'll be hard-pressed to choose from cheap cava and excellent tapas at Bar. celona, inventive margaritas at Lucha Loco, humble Italian staples at Latteria Mozzarella Bar and hearty Greek fare at Fotia. We say, have it all.

Stuff yourself silly at a hawker centre

While technically sitting slightly over the Tanjong Pagar border, Maxwell Food Centre and Amoy Street Food Centre are not to be missed. Collectively, both hawker centres contain a concentration of Michelin recommended stalls that would send any fervent foodie into a tailspin of choice. If you're not one to fawn over titles and accolades, the stalls that have not been anointed with the Michelin touch are extremely worthy contenders in their own right.

Dive into K-pop and K-BBQ

Tanjong Pagar Road is a belt studded with Korean restaurants and watering holes. Find anything and everything like Korean BBQ, Korean Fried Chicken, sojurita and more. The choices can overwhelm, but we're loyal to the self-proclaimed "originators of Korean Fried Chicken in Singapore" Kko Kko Na Ra, the ballsy beverages at Don't Tell Mama, and Guiga for KBBQ. Alternatively, take the time to try them all and form your favourite lineup yourself!

Tantric Bar

The famed "Home of The Blue Spin" and Singapore's most beloved gay bar. What is a Blue Spin you ask? According to the lore of the land, an errant customer demanded for a cocktail to out-strength the Long Island Iced Tea, to which their bartender rose to the challenge and said cocktail was born. A great spot for cheesy music to dance to, good vibes and all-round warmth and love.
Website | 78 Neil Rd, Singapore 088841

Living in Tanjong Pagar

We've just touched the tip of the iceberg as far as what to do, see, eat and drink in Tanjong Pagar.

Why not live in the heart of Tanjong Pagar so everyday can be a new discovery?

We have units ranging from Small rooms all the way up to 2-Bedroom with Kitchen apartments to rent in Hmlet Cantonment, located in Tanjong Pagar. Check them out and book a viewing now.

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Yilynn Chan

Hmlet contributor. My Venn diagram is three interlocking circles.