Author: Dipankar Shukla 

Date: 27 January 2021

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From being featured in’ Crazy Rich Asians’ to being tagged as one of ‘Hippiest Part of the Town’ (Source: Visit Singapore), Tiong Bahru has earned its name among the best with its age-old charm and having the best places to shop and hang out.

Here are the top reasons why we think your date would love Tiong Bahru.

Enjoy the Free Art Gallery

One of the most unique features is the free art gallery that exists on the walls of Tiong Bharu. Dating back to the 20th century, these murals provide an interesting charm and give the whole ambience an artistic touch different than any other locality of Singapore.

A Mural of A Man Reading a Newspaper in his living room.
A Mural depicting Goats

Image Sources: Yip Yew Chong, Ernest Goh

You can literally spend hours with your date doing ‘Mural Hunting’ across Seng Poh Road and Eng Watt Street among many others and get lost in the intricate details of these carefully preserved masterpieces.

For more on this, check out Tiong Bahru’s Free Art Gallery.

Get Lost in the Architecture

For all of you who crave for aesthetics and want the perfect backdrop for your Instagram posts with your date? Don’t worry. We got this.

Tiong Bahru offers one of the most aesthetically pleasing architecture in all of Singapore. The architecture has that 1930’s vibe inspired by both English and local architectural style. The entire area boasts art-deco-style architectural structures that gives a charm unique to its own.  

A Building depicting the Art-Deco Style Architecture of Tiong Bahru

Image Source: Pinterest

The alleyways are what we think the hidden gems of the locality. These narrow and quiet streets are a complete contrast to the bustling streets of the main city. Hence when you’re the next time around with your date make sure you click an Instagram worthy photo. Please, for God’s Sake!

The Aesthetic Alleyways of Tiong Bahru

Image Source: Merci Marcel

For more on this, check out Architecture of Tiong Bahru

You had me at “Coffee” …

Amidst the mural hunting and clicking aesthetic photos you might crave a cuppa and some pastries. Well, Tiong Bahru has some of the finest shops for that. It’s a heaven for couples with a sweet tooth. Cherish yourself to the fresh aroma of the coffee beans and freshly baked breads and savour the taste with a meaningful and fun conversation with your partner. Make sure to visit the Plain Vanilla Bakery to try out the Lemon Meringue and Tiong Bahru Bakery for its heavenly croissants.

A Photo of Plain Vanilla Bakery
Photo of Croissants from Tiong Bahru Bakery

Image Sources: Plain Vanilla Bakery & Tiong Bahru Bakery

Win them with Music

An scene from '500 Days of Summer'

Image Source: Spinster Records

Not just Summer from 500 Days of Summer, but almost everyone loves music and talking about it. Impress your date with your excellent music taste and have a great conversation talking about theirs as well. Tiong Bahru has just the right place for you. Curated Records is an independent record shop having a carefully curated selection of rock, blues and jazz to get you hooked. A visit to this musical bliss is worth it!

Some Gifts to Remember

 If you wish to buy something memorable, Tiong Bahru has all the right places for you. Visit Cat Socrates to shop for some of the fantastic memorabilia and support the local artists and craftsmen. For those who love fashion, Nana & Birds is the ideal place which houses some best indie and international works. For those loving plants and everything green, check out Tumbleweed and become the ideal ‘plant parents.’  ?

Tumbleweed Store Photo

Image Source: Tumbleweed Plants

For the Love of Food

End the day with one of the most memorable food ever. If you both crave for some alcohol, head over to Coq & Balls (Yeah, we know :3).

Tiong Bahru has all kinds of eateries for almost everyone. If you’re in a mood for a quick bite and want to be a little more adventurous, Tiong Bahru has a selection with some of the best hawker centers. Special mention goes to Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee and Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice where you’ll be able to get a Michelin star rated food for under $10USD!

Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Mee – Prawn Noodles With Michelin Bib  Gourmand & Long Queue, At ABC Food Centre
Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice

Image Sources: Daniel Food DiaryMiss Tam Chiak

For couples looking for a fine dine, visit Ikyu for an authentic Japanese cuisine experience. Head over to Merci Marcel and savour the French delicacies especially the ravioli. Bakalaki is another one in the block offering lip-smacking Greek delicacies to relish and enjoy.

A picture of the Merci Marcel Shop

Image Source: So Chic

For more on this, check out 10 Must Visit Restaurants Tiong Bahru

Found this piece interesting? If yes, then head on to Visit Tiong Bahru to find out more fascinating things about the place and support the website.


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