My trip to Tiong Bahru was quick but memorable. I get to see a different side of Singapore, visit some cafes, check out Books Actually which I’ve been dying to go to circa 2009-2010 when I saw it somewhere on Tumblr and finally eat lunch at the popular Tiong Bahru market.

tiong bahruWe got off at Tiong Bahru station half passed 9 and made our way out of the mall, to which it is connected. Tiong Bahru is different from other tourist spots around Singapore. it’s a quiet neighbourhood where life is a bit slow compared to let’s say, Chinatown or Bugis.  I actually liked the chill vibe TB gave. The streets are filled with buildings and art deco-styled houses with rounded balconies and spiral staircases painted in white.

Here are some trivia about Tiong Bahru or TB:

Did you know that it means new cemetery? TB road was formerly called Burial ground road. I know, creepy, right?

It was once called Mei Ren Wo or den of beauties where mistresses of upper classes were kept. Interesting.

We walked for about 10-15 minutes and finally reached Yong Siak Street where the hip cafes and stores are located. books actually yong siakThe sight of this book store made me giggle and I immediately went inside after taking a photo

Books actually 

9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645

I bought a book here for 20 SGD that would serve as a memorabilia for the trip

books actuallyThere are cats lounging on top of the books. So cute!

plain vanilla bakery yong siakNext stop, Plain Vanilla bakery where we had red velvet and chocolate cupcakes 

Plain Vanilla bakery

1D Yong Siak St, Singapore 168641

How cute are these? Made me want to bake cupcakes again! 

Drips bakery cafe

#01-05, 82 Tiong Poh Rd, Singapore 160082

drips bakery cafe tiong bahruThey are famous for their tarts

I wasn’t able to buy one though but bought a banana bread instead. Tiong Bahru Bakery

56 Eng Hoon Street #01-70  Singapore 160056

Based on the recommendation on other blogs, you should try their croissant. I bought the smaller version for to-go as the place is pretty jampacked at the moment we got there.

Tip: Try to go here maybe early morning or after lunch so that you can find a seat inside. 

View from the Tiong Bahru Market

After having our lunch at TB Market, it was time to go. The beauty of not having to try all the stuff that’s on your itinerary is that you always have a reason to go back. Tiong Bahru, it was a short trip, but I’ll see you soon! x

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