Holland Village is a favourite haunt for the expatriate community in Singapore, owing to the laidback charm it exudes. It is the perfect place if you want to spend the entire day relaxing, catching up with friends or simply listening to music.
For vacationers who don’t have much time to explore every nook and cranny, Holland Village is a microcosm of Singapore, and provides an array of shopping and entertainment options that you can only find in Singapore, a mere 10-minute taxi ride from Orchard Road.
Along Lorong Mambong, you’ll find an eclectic mix of live music joints, ritzy restaurants and casual wine bars. Among these establishments, you’ll also find traditional coffee houses where you can sip a cup of teh tarik (“pulled tea”) and watch the world go by, a wet market (selling fresh meat and fish) and antique stores. Photo enthusiasts also flock here during the day to develop film, frame their best works and invest in the latest equipment.
Holland Road Shopping Centre is a treasure trove of ethnic-inspired arts and crafts. It houses Lim’s Arts and Living, a mammoth store that displays choice antiques and other wares such as Moroccan dinnerware, bird cages, African figures and shisha pipes. Besides home decor items, you may even find one or two stores selling vintage clothing.
Opposite Holland Road Shopping Centre, you’ll come to Chip Bee Gardens, an area teeming with activity with its trendy Italian restaurants, quirky fashion stores, gourmet emporiums and art galleries. Come down to the trendy Holland Village, and experience a whole lot of style, fused with a mix of ethnic goodness.