The expat enclave of Holland Village is home to some of the most acclaimed and family-friendly bars and restaurants in Singapore. A 15 minute bus ride from Orchard Road, this junction of streets gets crowded on weekends and weeknights with nearby residents chowing down cheap hawker eats and seriously stylish restaurants. Lim’s Arts and Living has everything a culture vulture requires for ethnic and Asian-inspired crafts and home décor. Framing Angie, the self-proclaimed ‘celebrity framer’ is the go-to place for your framing needs.
Dining options center around two roads, Lorong Mambong and Jalan Merah Saga. Restaurants Sushi Tei and Cha Cha Cha Mexican Restaurant 'n' Bar can be found on the former, alongside family-favourite Cold Rock, where ice-cream gets beaten and broken atop a block of ice. Wala Wala Café & Bar is a popular haunt with 30-something locals and expats with their impressive line-up of live music. The latter is a quiet street opposite a residential area with acclaimed restaurant Original Sin, the first and only vegetarian Mediterranean restaurant in Singapore. French and Italian fare can be found down the road at Bistro Petit Salut and Michelangelo’s.
For cooking and baking buffs, Pantry Magic is where it is at, with a collection of cookbooks and novelty cookware and bake ware. And if you are tight on your budget, try the Holland Village Food Court.
From Orchard MRT, go to exit B and take bus 7 from the bus stop at Orchard Boulevard, opposite Orchard MRT station.