Lying off the southern tip of Malaysia, Singapore remains one of the most preferred holiday destinations among travellers from different parts of the world. While there’s a lot to explore in this island city-state in terms of history, culture, nature, shopping and food, Singapore has some terrific neighbourhoods as well that surely must be visited.
The centre of life for Singapore’s Indian community, Little India is a vibrant, ethnic district situated east of the Singapore River and is an ideal place to find affordable accommodation and delicious food. Be it multi-coloured shop-houses lining the streets, beautiful mosques and temples, authentic Indian restaurants or the traditional shopping centres, everything here will remind you of incredible India.
Reflecting a beautiful blend of old and new, China Town is a subzone and ethnic enclave in the Central Area of Singapore. It is here tourists can witness the colourful Chinese culture. With plenty of beautifully restored shop houses and incredible monuments and heritage emblems, this place is an ideal spot for history and shopping lovers. Besides, it is quite popular for its Chinatown Food Street on Smith Road, a haven for foodies with its endless variety.
One of the oldest and happening neighbourhoods in Singapore, Tiong Bahru is known for its art-deco architecture. Situated a few kilometres from the centre of town, this neighbourhood is a quaint community with an ideal mix of old and new. Home to picturesque art deco shop houses at every corner and some of the best food and lifestyle establishments, Tiong Bahru captures the attention of shopaholics and foodies from across the globe.
Snuggled away in lush environs close to Orchard Road, Demsey Hill is another quaint neighbourhood in Singapore. It is a food sanctuary with some of the hottest dining spots. Though it is a lesser-known lifestyle destination with a mix of old and new, it surely can impress you with its chi-chi restaurants, cafes and great restaurants along the river, and antique shops and exclusive boutiques.
Haji Lane and Bali Lane
A busy enclave in Kampong Glam, Haji Lane and Bali Lane are two narrow streets, known to be Singapore’s original hipster neighbourhood. Both streets are teeming with quirky cafes, cool bars and cute shops, drawing visitors with their unique rustic charm. Visit Bar Stories or Good Luck Beer House and enjoy amazing cocktails and beer or make way to the Juice Clinic to find a perfect cup of coffee or some fresh juices.