Tiong Bahru: Neighbourhood Guide

Singapore Nov 13, 2020

What to do in Tiong Bahru? We've got some top recommendations for dining, entertainment & culture 'round the coolest neighbourhood in Singapore.

Quaint shophouses, a spectrum of eateries, eclectic shops peddling to any impulse and breezy palm tree-lined avenues - what's not to love?

Team coffee & croissant or kopi & kaya toast?

When you're a Tiong Bahru native, you can have it all.

Tiong Bahru frequently tops people’s lists of most desirable Singaporean neighbourhoods to live in. A Tiong Bahru address is a carrying card of cool.

At Hmlet Yong Siak, we’ve given two blocks of heritage low-rise walk-up apartments a fresh facelift whilst preserving much of its original structure. Hmlet Yong Siak is located right in the heart of the throbbing creative pulse and spirit of the neighbourhood.

Take a leisurely jaunt around the neighbourhood and you will find respite in the surrounding laid back cafes, eclectic shops and lush greenery whilst staying mere minutes away from the CBD.

We believe in taking time to really get to know the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood. If you don't know where to start, our lightning roundup will send you on your merry way!

What to eat in Tiong Bahru

Due in part to the over-exposure from countless neighbourhood and Michelin guides, and also because of the genuinely excellent food, be prepared to queue or book ahead at these joints.

BigMama's Korean Restaurant  |  2 Kim Tian Rd

Image credits: Burpple

Authentic heartwarming Korean fare for the soul. This cozy (read: tiny) premise is beloved by locals, so be sure to book ahead.

Bakalaki Greek Taverna  |  3 Seng Poh Rd

Singapore is in no short supply of solid Greek restaurants but fresh produce, unfussy presentation, pronounced flavours and breezy vibes make Bakalaki one of the best.

Tiong Bahru Market  |  30 Seng Poh Rd

Chicken Rice from a Michelin star awarded food stall. Not the best chicken rice in the Singapore though :)
Photo by Nauris Pūķis / Unsplash

We're not listing any particular stalls  to avoid contributing further to the snaking queues. The Tiong Bahru Market Food Centre is a trove filled with plenty of  equally delicious food stalls that deserve your attention. Go forth and explore!

Where to find bakeries in Tiong Bahru

You don't need to travel to Paris for for your fill of gluten goodness. Tiong Bahru is blessed with world-class bakeries where you can live out your carb-laden fantasy. Let's get that bread.

Leong Sang Hong Kong Pastries  |  18 Jln Membina, #01-06

Find some of the best Hong Kong-style egg tarts in Singapore here. Also available are other sweet and savoury pastries baked fresh daily that would not be out of place in traditional  dim sum restaurants.

Tiong Bahru Bakery  |  56 Eng Hoon St, #01-70

Image credits: On The Grid

The self-proclaimed "Best French Bakery in Singapore" defends that throne fiercely with its impossibly flaky Kouign Amann and croissants.

Plain Vanilla Bakery |  1D Yong Siak St

A long-time favourite for a balanced diet of cupcakes, pastries and hearty salads. The flavour-of-the-month cupcakes are something to look forward to. We still dream of the black sesame miso caramel cupcake.

Where to shop in Tiong Bahru

Support your local! Ditch the high street in favour of supporting local shops that sell all sorts of craft, curiosities and experiences. Up your gift-giving game or take treating yourself to the next level.

Woods in the Books  |  3 Yong Siak St

Image credits: Woods In The Books

For the young and young-at-heart, this quaint bookstore specialises in stocking picture books that inspires the imagination.

OliveAnkara |  79 Chay Yan St, #01-02

Stand out from the rest with eye-popping pieces made from lively traditional African wax printed fabrics.

nana & bird  |  1 Yong Siak St

A multi-label store that thoughtfully curates independent designers of womenswear and children's wear.

Where to drink in Tiong Bahru

Watering holes are the epicentre of social interactions. Whether you're in the mood for a complex cocktail menu that requires a rocket science degree to execute, or a no-frills affair - you'll find it in Tiong Bahru.

Bincho  |  78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-19

Image credits: Bincho at Hua Bee

An unassuming 70 year old mee pok shop by day, and a vivacious yakitori joint by night, Bincho is also well-known for their inventive drinks menu. Their cocktails stand out for taking directions from Japanese ingredients and techniques.

PS. Cafe Petit |  41 Blk 78 Guan Chuan St

This tiny Tiong Bahru outpost of the beloved PS. Cafe  specialises in two things: an encyclopaedic selection of wines, and pizza that you can order for takeaway. Dine in or pick up a bottle and pie for a cozy evening at home.

Lee Tai Fu |  16 Kim Tian Road

This kopitiam-style bar offers craft beers and a fun hybrid menu that marries all your favourite comfort foods to create a new breed of deliciousness. Papachos (papadom nachos), curry fries and otah pizza?  Only a genius could think this up.

HmFam Recommends

Perfectly legal insider trading of Tiong Bahru tips from our Hmlet family.

"The flowers at the Tiong Bahru market are awesome!" - Lauren from Canada, Hmlet Portofino

"Flock Cafe has the best crispy bacon in town! Perfect for reading a book over a morning cuppa." - Omkar from India, Hmlet Principal Garden

"I love going to Tumbleweed for plants, also Foodie Market for fresh produce!" - Amy from Australia, Head of Marketing & Communications

With neighbours as cool as these, why wouldn’t you want to live in Tiong Bahru? Find your home with Hmlet. View fully-furnished, whole apartments and rooms for rent in Singapore.


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