A bordering district to the city center thus enjoying both the convenience of city living and residential suburban appeal, Tiong Bahru is gaining popularity for being a “hip” neighborhood, a contradicting image to what once considered an estate for the elderly.
Added much to the distinction are the two to five storey white facade houses built in 1930s by the British administered Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT). In fact these old-style residential building is actually what gives Tiong Bahru neighborhood the distinctive homey appeal particularly in a city where there are never-ending development of high-rise public housing buildings and condominiums.
Tiong Bahru is known as one of Singapore’s foodie haven, starting from the hawker center at the second floor of Tiong Bahru Market, to the Chinese Restaurants at the nearby bus stop and the variety of specialty cafes which include the famous Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier.
Like other places in Singapore, the view of the towering buildings of business district and the nearby residential building of The Pinnacle at Duxton Hill over the two-storey shophouses is Tanjong Pagar most formidable view.