Emerald Hill

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Emerald Hill
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paul g
Brisbane, Australia818 contributions
Feb 2017 • Solo
While exploring Orchard Road colours on buildings up a 'side street' caught my eye. On venturing up there it was interesting to view the buildings close up. There were bars close to the bottom of the rising roadway but these were then replaced by terraced houses, each with individual touches added by residents (such as simple gardens) to make it worth the walk to see. It was also surprisingly quiet given the proximity to Orchard Road but I could imagine at night it may liven up with the bars trading.
Written July 8, 2017
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Isselerhof
Singapore, Singapore116 contributions
In the middle of the orchard tourist shopping madness, one calms down immediately when turning into this quaint little pocket of peace and quiet.

Nice little old style terrace houses give home to a number of bars/bistros.

For Bali Fans: there are two places who serve BinTang Beer ( relatively hard to find otherwise in SIN ) and most places have some tables outside for people watching.

Definitely worth a walk up from orchard for a drink or a bite to eat !
Written May 5, 2014
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Fiver75
Melbourne, Australia12,454 contributions
Dec 2011 • Solo
I got the feeling that this small area just off Orchard Road was a very old part of Singapore. Quaint old buildings housed nice little pubs for the most part. It seemed like a great spot to enjoy a drink in relative peace, just metres from the hectic Orchard Road. Emerald Hill is a nice area and a great spot to head to in the evening.
Written January 1, 2012
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Cathy S
Gold Coast, Australia75 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
Thanks to Trip advisor reviews my husband and I went in search of Emerald Hill when we visited Singapore last week.A charming oasis of renovated and beautifully decorated shop houses..a photographers dream.Its a residential area,so we tried to be discreet taking photos of people's houses..a few young mums with kids and puppies were chatting out the front of their homes...walk another couple of hundred meters down to Orchard road where there are a number of bars and restaurants...as much as its a little tucked away, Emerald Hill is mentioned on the commentary of the Hop on Hop off bus...so it's not exactly a secret.
Written June 14, 2014
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Anna R
Adelaide, Australia598 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
The only reason I went near Orchard Road on my last visit to Singapore was to see Emerald Hill Road. I learnt about it from an excellent book by Julian Davison "Singapore Shophouse".
It is a hidden gem: a street of beautifully renovated shophouses/terrace houses, many with informative heritage plaques. A few bars and small restaurants, but mainly a residential street - each house different, all very stylish and the colours are amazing.
If you are sick of traipsing through Orchard Road shopping malls and are suffering from commercial sensory overload, this will be the place to rest, relax and learn about Singaporean heritage architecture. And it is free!
Written October 20, 2016
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Terence S
Cairns, Australia39 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Wow! Just off Orchard Road with its modern skyscrapers is Emerald Hill. This is a short street of old shop houses that have retained their external character but have been internally renovated to provide up-market living. It is a quiet street, and not a steep hill, that provides an interesting, colourful and relaxing journey into old Singapore. Take your camera! It is hard to believe that this street is right off Orchard Road and that we missed it on many other visits to Singapore - one of our favourite cities.
Written October 30, 2018
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Zoe B
Cleethorpes, UK451 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Stumbled across this but not worth a special trip if you are short of time. A few very busy bars in the street then just rows of terraced houses with shutters, pleasant to look at but not really a tourist attraction in my book.
Written April 30, 2018
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John P
Brisbane, Australia1,087 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
As Emerald Hill was in the vicinity of our hotel on Orchard Road, in the morning of Friday 6th November 2015, my wife and I strolled up Emerald Hill Road. We had ventured there at night a couple of days earlier but were perturbed by the nightlife and the bars and restaurants that dotted the area. We could not see the full magnificence of the charming buildings in the dark either.

This morning was quite different. Nestled just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road, this was a tranquil, nostalgic and pleasant neighbourhood. The terrace houses on either side of the road, mostly Chinese baroque and some art deco in appearance, were each uniquely different in character. Interestingly, many of the houses had been designed by one architect, R.T. Rajoo, who was prominent in the early 1900s.

We spent a good hour or so admiring the architecture and imagining what life here would have been like in its heyday when the affluent Peranakan (Straits-Chinese) community resided here. Today, many of facades of the houses have some modern embellishments in keeping with restoration and conservation efforts. Most of them still have wooden window shutters, ornate friezes, coloured ceramic tiles, carved swing doors, and pastel coloured walls in keeping with the old-world charm. It is apparent that many of Singapore’s wealthy people live here judging by the marques (luxury cars) parked in the front courtyards. The old Singapore Chinese Girls School is now the Chatsworth International School.

Emerald Hill is a great place to stroll around - quite peaceful and evocative. As time was of the essence, we did not wander through Hullet and Saunders Roads which also had rows of heritage-listed Peranakan-style terrace houses.
Written December 3, 2015
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35yrdream
Perth, Australia259 contributions
Jan 2013 • Solo
Tucked of Orchard Road is a small street - Emerald Hill Road. If you want to see well preserved, Chinese Baroque buildings then this little enclave is the place. Chinese Baroque architecture is a blend of European Neo Classical shape but with Chinese embellishments like the windows, doors and tiled roofs. Most of the buildings have wooden shutters. The some of the buildings are painted in bright colours, others are white. Often the doors, windows and grilles are embellished or carved, some have original Chinese Lanterns hanging outside. Although this is only a small street when you stand in the middle of the area, you could be miles from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road which is only a few hundred meters away. The day I visited the area was so peaceful, I had the whole place to myself.
Written October 9, 2013
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silverbackscully
Darlington, UK44 contributions
A very pleasant find away from the throng on Orchard Street, just had a lovely meal at Big Bang Cafe, really pleasant staff and a surprisingly reasonable price!
Written October 9, 2012
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