Cafe-hopping has become somewhat of a habit or pastime for most Singaporeans and one neighbourhood that is teeming with endless eateries and restaurants to explore is Tiong Bahru.
Aside from the incredible array of cuisines and eats that you can find in this neighbourhood, the rustic charm of Tiong Bahru is something that will always hit us with a wave of nostalgia every single time we visit.
Whether you are new to the Tiong Bahru area or perhaps you are curious to see what hidden gems this lovely neighbourhood holds, here are 23 Cafes & Restaurants In Tiong Bahru You Should Check Out.
As one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Singapore, Tiong Bahru is one that exudes charm like no other.
About a decade ago, Tiong Bahru was simply a tranquil neighbourhood with old school shophouses and local eats. It was not until the recent few years that modern cafes and restaurants started popping up in the area.
There is something about the marriage of old and new that boasts a very comforting vibe that is unique on its own. Here are 8 Things to Love About The Tiong Bahru Neighbourhood in Singapore.
Egg tarts are aplenty in Singapore, but real good ones are rare like eclipse.
There are a few types of egg tarts and we too have our preference. The ones that tug our heartstrings are the Hong Kong-style ones with flaky pastry and sweet egg custard filling. Now, those are pretty rare in Singapore, unless you go to a dim sum restaurant – which can be expensive.
Know where we always go to when we need our Hong Kong-style egg tart fix? We are about to let you in on one of the hugest secrets.
The enclave of cafes and eateries at Tiong Bahru has been expanding at full force and it does not seem to be stopping any time soon. Late last year, a new addition – Whisk Café – has joined the hipster neighbourhood and the rest is history.
White seems to be the new black for most up-and-coming cafes and we are sure that frequent cafe hoppers will agree with us. Whisk Cafe’s interiors are completely decked out in white; white walls, white pillars, white tables, white stools. You get the gist.
Updated: The Dispensary is no longer in operation.
Walk into this quaint little cafe at the far end of the trendy Tiong Bahru neighbourhood and you will be greeted with a unique interior and atmosphere that you will not be able to find anywhere else.
What used to be a traditional Chinese medicine hall is now The Dispensary, a one-of-a-kind cafe concept that preserved what was left of its former tenant, to weave it into their new and fresh old-meets-new concept.
Tucked away in a small corner of Tiong Bahru, it’s easy to walk past this gem of a stall at the Day & Night coffee shop along Eng Hoon Street. Ah Bong’s Italian shares the same space as a traditional Yong Tau Foo shop at the coffee shop, which transforms into a bar at night.
Packed with a steady crowd, it is no surprise that this humble stall has been gaining popularity ever since it opened as they churn out new surprises every day with no fixed menu. The prices of the pasta range from S$7 to S$10.
Tiong Bahru is every cafe hopper’s dream and also every foodie’s heaven. With the wide range of cuisine types and choices this trendy neighbourhood offers, Tiong Bahru has slowly and successfully become one of the most iconic food destinations in Singapore.
The formula is no rocket science – Tiong Bahru offers us a rustic charm like no other. With a neighbourhood as full of life as Tiong Bahru, it is no surprise that more and more people choose to open their cafes, restaurants or bakeries here.
If you are unfamiliar with the area or thinking about making a trip down to sample some delicious food, here is our Guide to Tiong Bahru’s Restaurants, Cafes & Eateries to assist you in picking the best place in the neighbourhood to dine in.
While it is relatively easy to find Korean restaurants in Singapore, it is difficult to find a truly outstanding place that will make you go back again and again to try everything else on the menu that you have not tried. Big Mama Korean Restaurant at Kim Tian Road is one of the few that belongs to this category. The food is generally good, and addictive enough to make you return on a regular basis.