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What you should know about Tiong Bahru Estate

Tiong Bahru is one of modern Singapore’s first housing estates, dating back to before the Second World War when it was a popular home for the upper classes. Its architecture is reflective of this period, made up primarily of genteel shophouses with beautifully decorated facades. After losing its chic reputation in the period directly following the war, Tiong Bahru has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years. The neighborhood is now a buzzing hub again, filled with indie bookshops, hipster cafes, and trendy boutiques.

Hotels in Tiong Bahru Estate


Hotels in Tiong Bahru reflect the area’s chic reputation, with a number of beautifully maintained 5-star options available. The unique style of Tiong Bahru’s luxury hotels is perfectly demonstrated by the golden elephants that decorate the lobby of the Hotel Vagabond and the heritage feel exuded by Nostalgia Hotel. Decent options for budget accommodation in Tiong Bahru are also plentiful, including local favorites such as istay.inn and the Lotus Hostel. Sparsely decorated but clean, they offer a warm welcome to travelers and prices are impressively low as long as you’re happy to share a dormitory.

Things to see in Tiong Bahru Estate


One of the best ways to get to know this rather trendy area is to spend a few hours wandering around the historic streets and indulging in a spot of window shopping. Tiong Bahru hotel reviews mention a range of cafes, bakeries, and bookshops where travelers can easily while away a few hours, or even a whole day! Keep an eye out for the traditional coffee shops, known as kopitiams. These are where local bird lovers gather each morning, bringing their songbirds with them for a chat over steaming cups of tea and coffee. Another place that’s not to be missed is Tiong Bahru market on Seng Poh Road. The first floor houses a wet market selling fresh produce, while the upper deck is dominated by hawkers selling everything you could possibly need. Be sure to leave some space in your bags to take home the treasures you pick up here.

Good for couples


The inherent romanticism of Tiong Bahru Estate makes it an ideal destination for couples. Check into a delightful Tiong Bahru boutique hotel and relax for a few hours by the pool, before heading out to explore the delightful sights and sounds offered by the nearby shops and cafes. Breakfast to the sound of the neighborhood’s famous songbirds and grab lunch in one of the traditional dim-sum shops or trendy modern cafes which sit side by side in the nearby streets, before jumping on a bus to the nearby Gardens in the Bay and enjoying the view across the Singapore Strait.

How to get to Tiong Bahru Estate


The main point of entry to Singapore is Changi airport on the eastern coast. From here, it is possible to get a taxi directly to your hotel. If you don’t have too much luggage however, it’s well worth considering using the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) train network. The East-West line will take you from the airport to Tiong Bahru MRT station in less than a half hour and it provides a great starting point for exploring the island. The bus network is also a good option. A number of bus services stop along the main street, taking passengers to all the island’s other major neighborhoods.

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