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Where To Eat In Singapore’s Hip Tiong Bahru Neighbourhood

Effortlessly mixing old and new, there’s nowhere quite as inspiring as Singapore’s Tiong Bahru neighbourhood.

This hip neighbourhood has it all: independent boutiques, heritage architecture and impressive street art. Be sure to check out incredible murals hidden down laneways; some of the best is by Yip Yew Chong including ‘Pasar and the Fortune Teller’ at Blk 73, Eng Watt Street and ‘Bird Singing Corner’ at 61 Seng Poh Lane.

But Tiong Bahru is also known for its bars and restaurants. To help you navigate your way around the area, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best:

Tiong Bahru Bakery

Tiong Bahru

Image: Tiong Bahru / supplied

The croissants at Tiong Bahru Bakery are hailed as some of the best in Singapore. The buzzing bakery is known for delicious baked goods and excellent Common Man coffee.

The secret behind their in-demand flaky treats is they only use 100 percent French flour and butter. Try the Kouign Amann, a sweet buttery pastry originating in Brittany.

Tiong Bahru Wet Market

Tiong Bahru Wet Market has some of the freshest produce in Singapore. It’s a popular market where you’ll find expats and visitors soaking up the cultural experience.

Here you’ll find fresh fruit and vegetables cheaper than the supermarkets and our hot tip is to arrive early for the freshest produce as the market closes around midday.

Merci Marcel

Celebrating all things French in the creative Tiong Bahru enclave, Merci Marcel is decked out in a chic mix of rattan, gold and pastel interiors.

Merci Marcel is a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city where you can sip a rosé and savour share plates at this inviting all-day dining destination. You won’t miss it, Merci Marcel is right next door to Tiong Bahru Bakery.

Tiong Bahru Food Centre

Above the wet market is the Tiong Bahru Food Centre, one of the best hawker centres in Singapore. This famous food court is home to plenty of wallet-friendly local foods such as the Michelin Hokkien mee, cooked to order from Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee or head to Tiong Bahru Pau and Snack for the best BBQ pork buns, dim sum and Siew Mai.

Bincho

Bincho is a hidden Japanese yakitori bar serving great cocktails and a range of Japanese whiskey and sake. A 70-year-old mee pok stall by day, the venue transforms into a copper-hued dining destination by night with a secret back entrance. A little tricky to find, but Bincho is worth the effort.

PS.Cafe Petit

PS.Cafe Petit is a little wine bar that offers a beautifully curated selection of wines and takeaway bites like pizza and homemade ice-cream. With limited seats, it’s an intimate hideout for the evening.

40 Hands Coffee

40 Hands is one of the original hipster cafes in the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood serving specialty coffee and tasty Australian-style brunch. On the menu you’ll find a mix of classic brunch dishes such as avo on toast and favourites like Coachella Fries, fully loaded with drool-worthy spicy crab claw and aioli.

The Butcher’s Wife

The Butcher’s Wife is a cosy eatery serving an entirely gluten-free, European-style menu alongside a great selection of natural wines.

Plain Vanilla Bakery

From humble beginnings and a simple ambition to create and share old-fashioned cakes with the local community, Plain Vanilla Bakery sells its baked goods across four outlets including their flagship Tiong Bahru store.

Favourites include moist red velvet cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream or apple pound cake drizzled with caramel.

Bakalaki

Be transported to a Mediterranean Greek Taverna at Bakalaki, an authentic modern Greek restaurant in the heart of Tiong Bahru. This hotspot offers the best from regional producers with traditional ingredients imported from Greece.

Try the Htapodi – grilled octopus with lemon, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. After you get your fix of fresh, flavoursome Greek cuisine, be sure to browse the deli section and choose from a wide selection of Greek-imported produce.

Drips Bakery

Known for having some of the best tarts in Singapore, humble Drips Bakery hits the sweet spot with a vast selection of tarts, cakes and savoury bites.

The meticulous creations of chef-owner Alfred Chan, a former pastry chef at Shangri-La, are served in the comfortable and relaxed surrounds guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.

(Lead image: Cured Salmon & Tuna at The Butcher’s Wife / supplied. Article image: Bakalaki)

Published 31 July, 2019