In this three-part series, we take a look at Tiong Bahru's next-generation offerings and how the estate has evolved from being a pre-war housing estate to one of the most charming and sought-after districts in Singapore. This week, we take a look at how its creative history has attracted some of the most exciting and entrepreneurial talents the island has to offer.
From its colourful history and architecture to the vibrant, modern enclave it is today, Tiong Bahru has always been one of Singapore’s most creative neighbourhoods. Take a walk along its streets and alleys and you’ll discover pre-war buildings with rounded balconies and spiral staircases that were designed to resemble parts of cars, trains, ocean liners and airplanes. Explore further and you may find yourself at the doorstep of a hip bakery or coffee joint, vinyl record store, seasoned tailor, or even a workspace for aspiring and practising artists.