Cool and quirky Keong Saik Road is close to Outram Park MRT, and within easy reach of Chinatown, and there’s a good swag of dining and shopping options.
The Spot: Oriole Coffee Roasters
The Buzz: The third Oriole outlet is dedicated to experimenting with new beans and methods. There’s a training lab on the second level where coffee appreciation classes are held. Customers can dine on latte and poached eggs on toast for breakfast or have an afternoon snack.
The Location: 10 Jiak Chuan Road
The Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm; Closed on Saturday and Sunday
6224 8131 | www.oriolecoffee.com
The Spot: Esquina Tapas Bar
The Buzz: Modern Spanish tapas with Michelin star chef Jason Artherton, protégé of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, leading the kitchen. The place is rather small (19 seats), so make sure you come early as they don’t take reservations.
The Location: 16 Jiak Chuan Road
The Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 1pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm; Saturday: 6pm – 11pm; Closed on Sunday
6222 1616 | www.esquina.com.sg
The Spot: Rose Citron
The Buzz: A specialty boutique featuring exclusively designed handmade bags, children’s wear and soft home furnishings such as table runners and cushions. The designs are a unique fusion of French and Asian influences.
The Location: 23 Keong Saik Road
The Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm; Saturday: 11am – 6pm
6323 1368 | www.rosecitron.com.sg
The Spot: Hotel 1929
The Buzz: 32 individually designed rooms decked in a mix of classic designer and retro vintage furniture. No two rooms are alike; everything from the furnishings and beds right down to the clear glass bathrooms are unique. Dine in Restaurant Ember while you are there.
The Location: 50 Keong Saik Road
6347 1929 | www.hotel1929.com
Restaurant Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays, lunch 11.30am – 2pm; dinner 6.30pm – 10pm; Closed on Sunday.
The Spot: New Majestic Hotel
The Buzz: Each of the New Majestic’s 30 rooms is unique, from the mix of vintage and designer furniture to the customised baths. Overlooking the pool, the Premier Pool Rooms feature unique art installations by different Singapore artists, queen-size beds, and rain showers with hydro-massage jets.
The Location: 31 Bukit Pasoh Road
6579 2026 | www.newmajestichotel.com
The Spot: Magma
The Buzz: Aside from their extensive menu of authentic German starters and mains, Magma offers various brunches including Magma’s Hangover Brunch. This German wine bistro, deli and shop has a range of excellent German wines from 30 of the best German wine estates.
The Location: 2 Bukit Pasoh Road
The Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, lunch 12pm – 3pm; dinner 6pm – 11pm. Friday, lunch 12pm – 3pm; dinner 6pm – midnight.
6221 0634 | www.magmatc.com
The Spot: Indigo Art
The Buzz: Established in 2004, this showcase of contemporary Indian art includes folk and tribal art, high calibre works by the fabled masters and senior artists, and emerging new talent. With a passion to create a wider audience for Indian art and to help further develop an artist’s career, a series of mixed and solo exhibitions are held throughout the year.
The Location: 33 Neil Road
6372 1719 | www.indigoblueart.com