Finding pockets of subculture in fast paced, business oriented Singapore may seem like a tall order, but the city state has really transformed itself in recent years. Granted, everyone already knows Singapore is a foodies paradise, but the Lion City has rapidly become an eclectic, artistic hub with sensational, off the charts watering holes. One such area currently doing the business is hip new hood Telok Ayer.
Telok Ayer is a historic district part of Singapore’s Chinatown area and was, in colonial days, primarily occupied by Chinese immigrants.
Less than a year ago the somewhat gentrified business area, filled with old shop houses, transformed into a total yuppie-infested district with lots of hipster-proof cafes, bars and restaurants, all oozing original entrepreneurial spirit. A fantastic way to mix with the local business crowd in stylishly decorated haunts.
My top picks for a stellar time in this hot new hood are Chinese restaurant Bee Heong Palace for their finger licking Bak Bao (a stewed pork belly bun) and the smoothest Chinese tea ever. My awesome café for some industrial chic, fancy lattes and French style lunch cuisine and Sarnies, what’s in a name, serving delicious sandwiches by day and dinner and drinks by night. Lastly, don’t leave without visiting the terrific row of Italian owned establishments called No Menu. From hip bars to Chinese and Italian restaurants and an original gelato parlour. All equally fabulous.