|I really like this architectural style. From the outside that is. We have been looking for an apartment here a couple of years ago, but we found the spaces small with very low ceilings. It felt dark and claustrophobic inside.|
Tiong Bahru is a very cute area. It has one of Singapore’s first housing estates, built in the 1930’s, with a rich history.
Since about 5 years there is a revival and gentrification going on, making the area hip and happening.
The neighborhood has art deco style conservation architecture: white blocks, red tiles on flat roofs, curved corners and balconies, lots of windows. It is one of the latest forms of art deco, called Streamline Modern.
|I adore the long, curvy lines.|
|The spiral staircases are cool features as well.|
Residents do a lot of city-gardening, by placing plants and flowers in pots along the sideways and in back alleys. It gives a cosy vibe.
Being seen as a ‘cool’ neighborhood since some years, means that you also find several small, original and cute eateries, shops and even an uber-cool barber.
|Sweets, coffees and a dozen seats to hang out, semi-outdoor.|
|It sure is a great neighborhood to bike around.|
|I adore Books Actually: books, magazines, curiosa and three residing cats; what’s not to love;-)?!
Their neighbors 40HandsCoffee and Strangelets are great spots to visit as well.
|Trendy Nana&Bird has not one, but even two teeny tiny outlets in Tiong Bahru. They sell clothes, jewelry and house decor items. This is the door of their officespace. Their main outlet is just around the corner.|
|You would easily miss it in this back alley. The name card in the birdhouse gives it away.|
|Yes, it is there, go in under the black and white striped little roof.|
|Yes, right there!|
|Inside their other outlet, a few blocks away.|
|This Nana&Bird outlet sells children’s stuff too.|
|With a cat inside;-)|
|Their ‘menu’ gave me the giggles.|
|Wines, italian food and coffee: PS Cafe has it all.|
But at the same time you can still ‘go traditional’ in this neighborhood, like at Tiong Bahru Market.
It is this eclectic mix that makes Tiong Bahru such an interesting and delightful place.
Have you visited Tiong Bahru? What’s your favorite spot in that area? Any insider tips? Please share!
Do you like a neighborhood like this? And this architecture? Is it your cup of tea?