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Written by Alex on May 4, 2020 Share on

Tiong Bahru in Singapore – Chill At The Cool Suburb

Singapore is one of the countries where several cultures from all over the world come together. While it is known for eye-catching marvel, architecture and theme parks, there is another face to the Lion city. One such region is the Tion Bahru which is present in the central region of Singapore. Tiong Bahru is basically a housing estate and a very old one. It is a hotspot for cafes, culture and old-school appeal. 

Street of Tiong Bahru in SIngapore
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Tiong Bahru provides mass public housing and is the oldest housing estate in the nation. The history of Tiong Bahru dates back to the 1920s.  It is one of the most interesting destinations that tourists visit in. Dotted with cafes, boutiques, and iconic wall murals, Tiong Bahru in Sentosa is favourite among artists and people who are fond of culture.WIth various cafes, restaurants, stores and good-looking street art, Here’s your guide to know more about this lovely place.

Things to do in Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru is a mix of unparalleled architecture, charming boutiques and a solid portrayal of rich traditions and food in Singapore. There are a lot of places for you to enjoy and below are some of the best of them which you can’t afford to miss at Tiong Bahru.

Tiong Bahru Bakery

Tiong Bahru Bakery is the place to look out for in the region. It is popular for its French pastries. The selling stock here is the amazing butter croissant, but we never leave without the pain au chocolat either. You can give your taste buds a delightful ride by having one of the kouign amann.

A cappuccino at the Tiong Bahru Bakery in SIngapore
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Location: Tiong Bahru Bakery, 56 Eng Hoon Street.

House of Peranakan Petit

This is the go-to place if you want to treat yourself with authentic Peranakan cuisine. The restaurant serves you delightful Nyonya dishes such as ayam buah keluak,claypot crab soup and itek sioh. The people’s favourite dish here is the pulut hitam. It is a coconut milk tart on the black dessert. It looks so attractive that you won’t even want to disturb it.

Front view of the House of Peranakan Petit
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Location: House of Peranakan Petit, 42 Eng Hoon Street.

Tiong Bahru Market

Take a pitstop at the Tiong Bahru market for some antique shopping. It is one of the biggest markets in Singapore with around 80 stalls under one roof. The vendor market is colourful and lively with various chic shops and art accessories shops. You can come across a sea of stalls selling fruits, vegetables, chicken, fresh fish, and other seafood. Apart from all the stalls, the place also has some of Singapore’s best local food. The popular local food that you can get here are the chwee kueh, prawn noodles and roast meat.

A fruit stall at the Tiong Bahru market in Singapore
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Location: Tiong Bahru Market, 30 Seng Poh Road.

Tiong Bahru Park

The park is actually a bit away from the Tiong Bahru’s main region. But the extra distance is compromised by the presence of fun-filled activities for both children and adults. This place is an absolute stress reliever giving you a break from a routine day. The place has been recently renovated and has a playground with the iconic tiling train. If you have kids with you, Tiong Bahru Park is not to be missed.

Tiong Bahru Park in Singapore
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Location: Adjacent to the Tiong Bahru Road and Lower Delta Road.

Architecture and Murals

Tiong Bahru in Singapore is known for its stunning architecture. The presence of unique ‘horse-shoe’ shaped flats at Moh Guan Terrace and Guan Chuan Street is a testimony to the amazing architecture of the region. The place is filled with pre-war apartments which are designed in a late Art Deco movement known as the Streamline Moderne. You can see the houses with clean curves, rounded shapes, elegant and simple structures.

The region is so colourful especially due to the murals that are present around. The famous one is the “Pasar Tiong Bahru” which emphasises a stall named ‘Seng Kee’. The name is in the memory of the artist’s father. The details in the art include the nostalgia of Singapore’s thriving past merchant culture. Another one of the popular Mural in Tiong Bahru is the “Home”. It is a representation of the estate’s past and ambience. There are many such awe gasping arts that you can see throughout the district.

A mural in the streets of Tion Bahru
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Apart from all the above things, you also have the opportunity to have a look at the Singaporean literature at the bookshops present there. You can also visit the Qi Tian Gong Temple dedicated to the monkey God Sun. It has a history of over 90 years.

Tiong Bahru is a perfect blend of everything and you can have a different and fun experience. It is a perfect place to hang out with your friends and family. Tiong Bahru just adds a different flavour to your trip to Singapore. So start creating your own itinerary with a secret ingredient of Tiong Bahru with Pickyourtrail. Start Planning and Happy Travelling!!

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