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Tiong Bahru Estate

Tiong Bahru
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Address: Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore, Singapore
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A bit of the old world.

Great to visit here and look at the buildings and little shops in the side streets. Take the time to visit and talk to a local or two.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
Belinda H
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Singapore River, Singapore
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Gentrification is slowly eating away at the old-world charm of this estate, but I suppose it's irresistible. Instead of the old mom-&-pop shops, we now have too many chi chi cafes popping up. The market is still worth a visit, as is the food centre above it.

Thank HansiZhai
Darwin, Australia
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96 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a couple of hours or so up my sleeve and took a visit to this older area. So, so pleased I did. Very relaxed atmosphere with lots of coffee shops and cafes/restaurants. The market is worth a visit and so wished we visited sooner to shop for meat, fish and fruit & veg. Also wonderful flowers in the... More 

Thank JonandTracyBaker
Singapore, Singapore
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186 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Things tend to be slower, and the people more relaxed, in Tiong Bahru. Visit the quaint shops, the excellent BooksActually bookstore, or enjoy a cuppa at one of the several cafes that dot the estate. Most of the apartment blocks here pre-date the usual HDB ones you see elsewhere, and are of a unique design. Stop by the circular Food... More 

1 Thank stpnfz_fay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Great to visit here and look at the buildings and little shops in the side streets. Take the time to visit and talk to a local or two.

Thank Belinda H
Mount Claremont
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98 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This is an old wet market and food hall from the late 50's or early 60's, it is still possible to eat great local food for about S$7 per person. Some interesting menus that might not appeal to all, but there is enough range for everyone to find a dish to enjoy. You can also tour the wet markets below,... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Singapore is a busy place so it's nice to spend time quietly in the many eating places round the area. People move slowly, there's very little rushing traffic. A quiet backwater with a pleasant old world ambiance. Worth visiting!

1 Thank Paul218
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We wanted to see old Singapore. However at Tiong Bahru we got old and very new. The very new blocks of 30 and 40 storeys were only opened at the beginning of this year and are all clinically clean and starkly modern. Opposite these flats were the two storey sparkling white Art Deco buildings with shutters we had come to... More 

2 Thank RhondaMJ
Singapore, Singapore
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124 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

The 4 story flats from the 60s era are iconic. not many left. The nearby hawker center has plenty of good food too, just avoid Mondays.

Thank JimmyNg168
Singapore, Singapore
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383 reviews
335 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

When I was young, I stayed at Jalan Membina, a short distance walk to Tiong Bahru Estate. When our flat was demolished, we moved to Jalan Bukit Merah and our block of flat was overlooking the Tiong Bahru Estate. I remember during those days in the 70s, my father used to bring us to watch Chinese movies at King's Theater... More 

3 Thank soh_kien_peng
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167 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

Nice art deco buildings and lots of coffee shops and restaurants in this old area of Singapore. A great place to relax.

Thank fwmaur

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Tiong Bahru
Home to both local families and transient expats, Tiong Bahru is a fascinating mix of tradition and youthful creativity. Its status as a conservation area ensures that this little hub has charm and heritage on display at every corner, while the 1930s art deco architecture provides a glimpse of days gone by. Stock up on fresh tropical fruits at the wet market, browse high quality literature and children’s books, shop for interesting gifts and local fashion, or munch on bargain-priced hawker food as the aroma of frying noodles and fresh-brewed coffee wafts through the air. Cap your day with a massage and a latte, a glass of wine, or a pain au chocolat from one of the many busy bakeries. An afternoon in this vibrant and beautiful neighborhood is not to be missed.
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