Hidden Gems Across Singapore: A Trip To Lesser-Known Neighborhoods

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There is something for everyone in Singapore. Past the famous destinations like Orchard Road and Chinatown, Singapore’s different neighborhoods hold lucky finds to make your trip more worthwhile. See Singapore through the eyes of a local, whether you are old or young, trendy or obscure, a shopaholic, or searching for experiences. From heritage tours, retail therapy, gastronomic treats, and eccentric discoveries find the neighborhood that speaks to your lifestyle.  Immerse yourself in a vibrant multicultural experience and treat yourself with exciting offerings one can only get from the Lion City.

Get a richer, more unique experience out of your next Singapore trip with these colorful and historic neighborhoods.

Underrated Hidden Gem Spots in Singapore

Tiong Bahru

Saunter down to the swanky lifestyle destination for the hip and trendy, Tiong Bahru! Filled with cafes, boutiques, murals, and interesting architecture, this neighborhood is a favorite for creatives as a source of inspiration. 

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Tiong Bahru is the oldest housing estate in Singapore, where the old and new come together in an enchanting mix. Visit this quaint community for a window into the past, where the old residents have lived for decades, and where the younger generations visit for the shops, food, and culture.

Some unique must-tries: Tiong Bahru Bakery, Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffee, Monument Lifestyle Retail Cafe. Then, catch some dinner and drinks in a cool hole in the wall, like Bincho.

Joo Chiat/Katong

For those seeking a more refined visit with retro aesthetics, the heritage area of Joo Chiat/Katong is waiting for you. The streets are lined with colorful shophouses showing off the Peranakan culture, where Singapore’s history is carefully maintained. Yet once you step past the historical facade, you’ll be surprised to find yourself in a modern Singapore home to suit all your contemporary needs.

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Peranakan Shophouses in Joo Chiat/Katong Credit: Singapore Tourism Board

This historical hub is also fused with the hottest hang-outs loved by both newer and older generations, such as Awfully Chocolate’s premium quality desserts and Chin Mee Confectionary’s traditional kaya and kopi, which has been perfected in the very same spot it has been since it opened 40 years ago. Pick up quirky and locally made goodies at Attaby Collective and Cat Socrates, both act as go-to spots for local artists and are perfect for one-of-a-kind garments, books, trinkets, and other finds.

Kampong Gelam

Culture meets cool in Kampong Gelam. One of the oldest neighborhoods in Singapore and is as vibrant as it is historic. Filled with the coolest murals and decorated shops along its intimate streets, Kampong Gelam is a true feast for your eyes. Take a Vespa Tour and find out why this quaint hang-out spot is frequented by those with a penchant for the obscure.

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Murals in Kampong Gelam Credit: Singapore Tourism Board

Filled with hidden gems for inimitable experiences such as the likes of Sifr Aromatics, where a custom scent will be made for you based on your mood, personality, and preferences. You may also appreciate The Vintage Camera Museum or the analog audio at Curated Records if you are looking to grow your vinyl collection.

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Exploring Beyond Tourist Spots in Singapore

Explore the exciting possibilities in these emerging hotspots and reimagine Singapore’s neighborhoods. Whether you are the type to catch local trends or lean into the unknown, Singapore’s rich legacy and passion will guide you through its streets for your own personal adventure. Just take the leap!

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Want to learn more about these hidden gems? Singapore Tourism Board has released the “VicTour Singapore” video series with comedian Victor Anastacio, where each episode explores a different Singaporean neighborhood. Rediscover famous destinations like Orchard Road and Chinatown and uncover more about the neighborhoods above in the YouTube series. Watch out for the finale episode on August 29 and decide which neighborhood is for you.

Check out the “VicTour Singapore” and watch our series on YouTube to see what else Singapore has to offer: http://go.gov.sg/victoursingapore

For comprehensive updates on Singapore travel, entry, as well as departure guidelines and requirements, visitors can refer to https://www.visitsingapore.com/travel-guide-tips/travel-requirements/

Rediscover Singapore at visitsingapore.com. Like their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/VisitSingaporePH.

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