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Like all the best places, Tiong Bahru has always had a reputation that precedes it.

Some call it Singapore’s hipster capital, while others admire it as a heritage gem, miraculously preserved in our modern city. The iconic neighbourhood even has a new film named after it.

But the real magic of Tiong Bahru, which is one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates, is in how it hasn’t yet faded away into nostalgia. Amidst streets lined with Art Deco flats and pre-war buildings, you can still find something exciting: an independent gallery spotlighting local art, a homegrown fashion boutique that marries different cultures, or a charming restaurant that changes its concept depending on the time of day.

It’s there that you’ll get to really see that melting pot of cultures that Singapore is famed for; no wonder that tourists and locals alike flock to the hip, colourful neighbourhood every chance they get. Add to that the fact that Tiong Bahru offers a myriad of local-flavoured dining and shopping experiences that you can’t find anywhere else in the world, and one thing becomes clear: there’s no other place quite like it.

Looking to discover (or rediscover) Tiong Bahru and see for yourself what all the fuss is about? Take notes from our guide to the district’s coolest retail stores, fashion boutiques, dining spots and more. Go forth, explore and maybe take home a slice of Singapore with you, too.

Header image: Jason Knott / Alamy Stock Photo

This story was first published on Lifestyle Asia Singapore and presented by Singapore Tourism Board

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