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Guide on What to do in Tiong Bahru Singapore

what to do in tiong bahru

Situated in the central region of Singapore, Tiong Bahru is a housing estate located within the Bukit Merah Planning Area. The area has since undergone rapid gentrification and the neighbourhood has become livelier with trendy cafes and indie boutiques amid pre-war architecture. Here is a guide on what you can do while you are in Tiong Bahru:

Go cafe hopping

There are countless cafes that are located in Tiong Bahru, be it those that are colourful and Instagram worthy or chill and minimalistic ones. They are definitely worth visiting, especially the well-known ones like Creamier Handcrafted Ice cream and coffee as well as Merci Marcel. These two are some of the most famous around the Tiong Bahru area and will definitely not disappoint you. 

Bring along your loved ones to explore the multiple cafes and the different menus that they have. Do not forget to take some pictures and post them on your social media! 

Creamier Handcrafted Ice cream and coffee
Address: 78 Yong Siak St, #01-18, Singapore 163078
Business Hours: Closed on Mondays, Opens from 12 – 10 pm on Tuesdays – Sundays 

Merci Marcel
Address: 56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68, Singapore 160056
Business Hours: 8 am – 10:30 pm daily 

Appreciate the unique architecture around the area

It is known by many that the majority of Singapore is filled with towering blocks of flats that are called Housing Development Board (HDB). However, you will notice that some of the blocks found in Tiong Bahru are different from any other in Singapore. Well, these are actually one of the first blocks in Singapore that was constructed back in the early 1930s. The silhouette and the design of these blocks are extremely unique and you can tell that great attention was paid to the little details of these buildings. 

Feast on local food

Tiong Bahru is home to a few of the best local foods in Singapore with many people going to and leaving to come back again for more. One of the more well-known ones would be Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Mee at ABC Brickworks Food Centre and Sin Hoi Sai Seafood Restaurant which is the oldest restaurant in Tiong Bahru serving mouth-watering zi char-style seafood. 

Trust me, the long queues for these foods are definitely worth it! They will not disappoint you. 

Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Mee

Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-13, Singapore 150006
Business Hours: Closed on Saturdays and opens from 3 – 10:45 pm on the other days

Sin Hoi Sai Seafood Restaurant

Address: 55 Tiong Bahru Rd, #01-59, Singapore 160055
Business Hours: 4 pm – 4 am daily 

Look for beautiful murals 

When loitering around Tiong Bahru, one can definitely spot at least one mural around the area. These murals all around the area were actually done by Yip Yew Chong, a local, who grew up in Tiong Bahru. They simply depict his memories of the area when was growing up and how times have changed. 

Be sure to snap some pictures of these beautiful murals for your social media!


Tiong Bahru has an interesting selection of spots and activities that you can explore while visiting Singapore. It’s a must-see when planning your itinerary! Need urgent cash? Bugis Credit is a licensed money lender near Tiong Bahru offering fast cash to those in need of emergency loans. They offer fair interest rates and flexible repayment terms so you can get your financial needs taken care of quickly! Fill out the quick form to get started.

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