Tiong Bahru has always been a place of secrets. Whether as a place for rendezvous in the past, or the preferred place for hipster cafés to set up shop in the present, the neighbourhood has plenty of surprises to offer. Here, we reveal the five best-kept secrets of Tiong Bahru.
We start the list with Secret Fine Food, which deserves a mention not just for its name but for its use of exquisite ingredients, which are used in some of the top restaurants in Singapore.
Ever since it opened its doors in November 2015, the gourmet store by French national Stephanie Duriez may have attracted hordes of loyal (and hungry) fans, but it curiously still remains under the radar – which is just the way we like it.
Grab your epicurean essentials, such as the luxuriously creamy burrata found at Osteria Mozza, the hand-churned, lip-smacking French Bordier butter at Les Amis, the intense, seasonal jams of Christine Ferber that complement the cheese platters served at Joël Robuchon… the list goes on.
Here’s another secret: Order your goodies online. Delivery is free for orders above $120.
Secret Fine Food
55 Tiong Bahru Road
This is not quite a secret – not for locals anyway. But for at least one tourist, the Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre has earned the title of “Best kept secret in Singapore” by an Australian visitor who gave the popular eatery a five-star rating on Trip Advisor.
The Melbourne native described the food as “ffffffrreesshh and yummy”, a compliment locals are sure to endorse. Some of the popular dishes here include chwee kueh (Jian Bo Chwee Kueh, #02-05), wanton mee (Zhong Yu Yuan Wei Wanton Mee, #02-30) and handmade fishballs (Teochew Fish Ball Noodle, #02-13).
You may not think of this food haven as a secret. But did you know that it was the first modern market built within a housing estate in 1955?
Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre
30 Seng Poh Road