These days, vintage styles are more popular than ever – and this is true even in modern Singapore, where old neighbourhoods are being injected with a new lease of life.
Whether you enjoy cafe-hunting for the best coffee, sipping custom-made cocktails or trawling boutiques that sell one-off creations by talented local designers, there's something for everyone and a surprise at every corner in these newly refurbished estates.
Tiong Bahru, one of our oldest housing suburbs featuring quaint art deco architecture, is an inspiring retreat for the senses. A popular hangout for the young and old alike, Tiong Bahru is home to many hip fashion stores, eateries and lifestyle shops that share their space with stalwarts who have been there since the 1940s.
Joo Chiat / Katong
Popularly known as the best place to find Peranakan food such as laksa and kueh since years ago, the Joo Chiat / Katong area today also offers many things to do in Singapore for those with a creative streak. Besides hip eateries and boutiques, there are galleries and design studios to explore.
Singapore's original industrial hub, Jalan Besar today is not only home to hardware suppliers and long-time culinary legends such as the Beach Road Scissor Cut Curry Rice; but is also the address for a new crop of quirky eateries, cool bars, creative offices and lifestyle stores like Tyrwhitt General Company.