This once quiet, residential neighbourhood of 1950s Art Deco apartments has morphed into a cool and trendy hot spot with a batch of independent retail shops and coffee houses opening up. New condominiums are opening up nearby, with expatriates and yuppies diversifying the usual scene of elderly people from the nearby HDBs. Yong Siak Street at Tiong Bahru is a tiny, hidden quarter away from the bustle of the city.
Open Door Policy
What: Open Door Policy or ODP is a modern bistro with a rustic twist that focuses on great food, gourmet coffee and wines. This open-plan restaurant commits to using only the freshest ingredients and if you want to make sure, take a peek into their kitchen through the glass window. One thing for sure, the food looks good!
Where:19 Yong Siak Street
When to visit: Lunch: 12noon to 3.30pm; Dinner: 6pm to 11pm; bar opens till midnight on Friday and Saturday. Wednesdays dinner only. Closed on Tuesdays.
What:SocialHaus is a great addition to Tiong Bahru. On the menu are contemporary Western foods like burgers and a well-stocked bar.
Where 11 Yong Siak Street
When to visit: Monday: 11am to 12 midnight; Wednesday to Saturday: 11am to 12 midnight; Sunday: 11am to 11pm
What: The story behind the name: an average of 40 hands are required in the production of coffee, from plant to cup. Founders of this café are not only passionate about quality coffee but have a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of coffee growers in poor and developing countries. 40 Hands carefully select skilled roasters and stocks certified Fair Trade coffee beans, seeking to support Direct Trade wherever possible. Lunch and dinner available.
Where:#01-12, 78 Yong Siak Street
When to visit:Tuesdays: 8.30am to 6.30pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays: 8.30am to 10pm; Fridays and Saturdays: 8.30am to 11pm; Sundays 8.30am to 6.30pm. Closed on Mondays.
What: Centre P’s, pronounced “centerpiece”, was founded in 2007 by renowned pastry chef, Steven Ong and veteran luxury products marketer Tan Kim Boon. Visit for exceptional pastries such as macarons, cupcakes, croissants and muffins.
Where:#01-43, 78 Guan Chuan Street
When to visit:Monday to Saturday: 10am to 8pm. Closed on Sundays.
The Orange Thimble
What: Located further down the road is The Orange Thimble, a place where art meets café. It’s dubbed as a spot for creativity fuelled by passion and espressos.
Where:#01-68, Blk 56 Eng Hoon Street
When to visit:Tuesday to Thursday: 11am to 9pm; Friday and Saturday: 9am to 10.30pm; Sunday: 9am to 9pm. Closed on Mondays.
What: Founded by a group of interior designers and architects, Strangelets sells quirky, one-of-a-kind items. Stock includes Saipua soaps from New York and a surfboard-inspired coffee table designed by Mark Product.
Where:7 Yong Siak Street
When to visit:Monday to Friday: 11am to 8pm; Saturday to Sunday: 10am to 8pm
What: is an independent bookstore specialising in literature and fiction including poetry and literary journals as well as antique and rare editions. BooksActually hosts public dinner gatherings, workshops and a Well-informed Wednesday event.
When to visit:Monday: 11am to 6pm; Tuesday to Friday: 11am to 9pm; Saturday: 10am to 9pm; Sunday: 10am to 6pm
What:Owner Tan Tiong Pin’s aim is to teach the public about sustainability and the meaning of life through organic products and the Bhutanese concept of “Gross National Happiness”. The Bhutan Shop carries quality organic products ranging from personal care to home décor and plants for environmentally and health conscious consumers. Items include Bhutan contemporary art paintings, Bhutan pure honey and organic lemongrass oil and mist.
Where:1D Yong Siak Street
When to visit:Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 4pm. Closed on Monday and public holidays.