Beyond the creature comforts of home, it is the secret shortcuts, that familiar stray cat and your usual seat at the coffee shop that makes a neighbourhood your own. Longtime vendors at Holland Village ground the incoming wave of contemporary lifestyle concepts, while Katong makes a case for the food tour. Telok Ayer turns out to be a surprising contender for wellness.
Holland Village is regarded by many to be Singapore’s bohemian enclave with its eclectic community of creative studios and galleries, specialist shops, independent cafés and pubs. An endearing mix of old world charm and modern lifestyle concepts draws a young and expatriate crowd, turning into a hive of activity during the weekends and after sundown.
Katong has been shaped over the years by the Peranakans and Eurasians who resided there from the early 20th century. Today, it is known for being one of the country’s best destinations for food, and has in recent years drawn a growing creative crowd into its embrace.
Telok Ayer has developed a distinctive cultural language of its own. Modern and historical architecture and lifestyle concepts share the streets, bringing pre-World War II era shophouses and some of Singapore’s best hawker centres into close proximity.