5 historic neighborhoods
to visit in Singapore
Take the road less traveled.
Featuring a scenic sea view, this beachfront area was built on reclaimed land in the 1960s in an effort to accommodate the rapidly developing city. It is most famous for its park, which spans a 15km stretch of coastline, and offers an array of sporting, dining and recreational activities such as cycling. You’ll also find the East Coast Seafood Centre, with local institutions like Jumbo Seafood, No Signboard Seafood and Long Beach Seafood Restaurant.
Address: East Coast Park Service Rd. MRT: Dakota.
This quaint little space is home to several cafes and bakeries, including third wave coffee house Nylon Coffee Roasters and takeaway sandwich store The Provision Shop, making it a perfect area to hang out in if you’re looking to enjoy a quiet weekend with a nice cuppa and some light bites.
Address: Everton Park. MRT: Outram Park.
A culturally vibrant neighborhood known for its Peranakan heritage, Joo Chiat is teeming with hip new cafes, old school eateries and quirky furniture stores—and it is this blend of old and new that makes this area so special. Shop for unique knick-knacks, check out some modern art, sample nostalgic local confections or simply trawl the streets for authentic Peranakan food and hawker fare.
Address: Joo Chiat Rd. MRT: Dakota.
To the south of Chinatown, between the bay and the city, is this former center for dock workers and the flesh trade pre-WWII. The area was marked for conservation in the 1980s, kick-starting a rapid gentrification process. Now, it’s one of the city’s top dining destinations with everything from Korean fare in the subdistrict of Duxton Hill (where there exists a mini enclave of Korean dining options), to modern European molecular gastronomy.
Address: Tanjong Pagar Rd. MRT: Tanjong Pagar.
One of the oldest housing estates in Singapore, Tiong Bahru has an eclectic mix of public housing flats, Art Deco architecture and shophouses dating back to the '30s and ’40s. It’s a charming off-the-beaten-track neighborhood that consistently draws local food connoisseurs thanks to delicious Chinese hawker food in Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre and hip eateries, including Tiong Bahru Bakery and Japanese restaurant Ikyu.
Address: Yong Siak St. MRT: Tiong Bahru.