Whether you are new to Singapore or not, there are a lot of places worth staying. If you do not want to constantly move, you should get the right neighborhood – the first time. The right neighborhood should make your daily living a breeze.
To help you get started, here’s a neighborhood guide:
Along Singapore River
Back in the day, areas along the Singapore River like River Valley, Clarke Quay, and Robertson Quay were popular spots among wealthy Chinese and European merchants for trading.
These neighborhoods are appealing to people who work in the CBD (Central Business District) with one MRT station in the vicinity and many city-bound bus lines. These areas are also close to Fort Canning Park.
Outram is located within the Central Area. Outram is bordered by Singapore River (to the North), Downtown Core (to the East and South) and Bukit Merah (to the West). You must know that there are many properties like One Pearl Bank Chinatown being developed.
It is an ideal neighborhood because it is home to many municipal buildings from the Police Cantonment Complex to the Central Narcotics Bureau, Singapore General Hospital and several health centers administered by Singapore Health.
Little India is an ethnic neighborhood where you can find the cheapest Indian spices, restaurants, jewelry, and clothing. It is also home to Mustafa Centre where you can find almost anything – 24/7.
Tiong Bahru is remarkable because it saw the first public housing estate – even predating the HDBs. Tiong Bahru is an ideal place because of its charm without sacrificing convenience. In fact, the tiny streets of Tiong Bahru are filled with hawker centers, cages, and traditional shops.
Bukit Timah area
In the Bukit Timah area, you will find neighborhoods like Holland Village, Clementi, Commonwealth, and Dempsey. Although these neighborhoods are close to each other, you can find different demographics. For instance, Bukit Timah is home to the wealthiest residents because of private housing.
The Holland Village is popular among Western expatriates while Clementi and Commonwealth are preferred by locals because of its proximity to the East-West MRT, which goes through the CBD. As for Dempsey Hill, it is now dubbed as a lifestyle destination.
Back in the day, Toa Payoh was a squatter district. The residents during that time were engaged in pig farming. It even reached its notoriety for vice. However, it was transformed into a bustling town center with residential developments as well as commercial properties in the later days.
Geylang district is known for being a red-light district, which means the neighborhood comes to life after dark – not only for brothels but also for the bustling hawker stalls. The concentration of durian sellers is here.
Joo Chiat and Katong
The government conserved many heritage houses around Joo Chiat and Katong. Many nationalities live in these neighborhoods because of its proximity to the beach. There are also many modern bars and restaurants here.