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Shop and dine like there’s no tomorrow at Balestier, one of the up and coming areas of Singapore,  quite famous for its unique mix of culture, urban, dining and retail blend.

We’ve uncovered some excellent shops, restaurants you can eat at once you’re done discovering, as well as some watering-holes. So come, let's travel through the colourful Balestier Neighbourhood right here, right now...

 

Viio Gastropub

Viio Gastropub

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Helmed by Chef Ronald Li, Viio stores crisp craft beers and offers an array of bar bites you’d simply love. Their Prawn Taco is packed with sour cabbage, sushi rice, tobiko & spicy aioli and is delicious. We also recommend their Wagyu Beef Slider, Kimchi Glazed Pork Ribs, Sawagani Crab Tempura and Viio Chips served with guacamole & cheese dip. For something more substantial go for their Saffron Paella with Clams or Kurobuta Pork Rack with an apple cider glaze and roasted vegetable of the day. Yum!

INFORMATION

a. [email protected], 520 Balestier Road, #01-01 329853

e. [email protected]

t. +65 6253 5752

w. viiogastropub.com/

s. www.facebook.com/viiogastropub/

 

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Velocity@Novena Square

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Velocity is your one-stop shop for all your sporting equipment and fitness wear. Think about the light-on-the-feet pair of Skechers’ you’ve always wanted or a yoga mat from Decathlon and even the right workout clothes from Adidas. You’ll find a lot of other popular non-sporting brands as well and plenty of options to grab a quick bite between shopping.

INFORMATION

a. 238 Thomson Rd, Singapore 307683

t. +65 6358 0700

w. www.velocitynovena.com/

s. www.facebook.com/Velocity.NovenaSq

 

Boon Tong Kee

Boon Tong Kee

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Boon Tong Kee dates back to 1979 and is quite the legend in Singapore. We’ve been thriving on their Signature Boiled Chicken for several years. The chicken is made with a white sauce and tastes homely and delicious. Plus, they have many sumptuous dishes on their menu - Braised Beancurd and Barbecued Pork Chops In Claypot, Thick Soup with Crab Meat, Fish Maw and Beancurd and Fried Hor Fun with Seafood.

INFORMATION

a. 425 River Valley Rd, Singapore 248324

e. [email protected]

t. +65 6736 3213

w. boontongkee.com.sg/

s. www.facebook.com/boontongkeesg/

 

Harry’s

Harry’s

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One of the coolest bar scenes on the island happens at Harry’s and you should definitely head out here for some chilled draft beer. They also serve kickass bar bites, and we love their tender and smoky Tandoori Chicken Bites with mint yoghurt dip, red onion and capsicum, and when we’re famished, Curried Lamb Shank with sauteed capsicum, haricot vert and basmati rice. If you’re sharing, go for their Wings Platter, a mix of wings with signature sauce, soy-glazed and sriracha.

INFORMATION

a. Novena Square, 238 Thomson Rd 60, #01-59 307683

e. [email protected]

t. +65 6253 2079

w. www.harrys.com.sg

s. www.facebook.com/harryssingapore/

 

Art Deco Buildings

Sim Kwong Ho Shophouse

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Experience the neighbourhood up close by taking in the gorgeous art-deco buildings housing myriad of shops in Balestier. One of the best things to do is to come with no serious agenda and take a stroll, a camera in hand if you prefer, and look at the most prominent, Sim Kwong Ho Shophouse with its unique Chinese Baroque architecture. You’ll find many such shophouses and buildings to admire in this neighbourhood so put on your walking shoes and start exploring.

INFORMATION

a. 292 Balestier Road (Sim Kwong Ho Shophouses)

 

Light + Form Concepts

Light-Pro

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Get the best lighting for your home in Singapore from Light + Form Concepts showroom in Balestier. Housing reputed brands like Swarovski, this studio can suggest the perfect lights for your home as well as make curtains, blinds and upholstery to compliment them. We absolutely love the stylish, unique lamps they have here.

INFORMATION

a. 341 Balestier Rd, Singapore 329773

e. [email protected]

t. +65 6898 2555

w. light-pro.com/

 

Climb Asia

Climb Asia

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If you love rock climbing or would simply like to give it a try, head to Climb Asia, a climbing gym of sorts with an enthusiastic staff. They’ll help you start off your climbing journey from a 9-metre wall to a 15-metre wall and then advance up to the bouldering wall to give you a feel of the real thing. So, go ahead and give it a try and if you like it, get a season pass.

INFORMATION

a. Frontier Building, 52 Ubi Ave 3, #05-31 408867

e. [email protected]

t. +65 6747 5473

w. climb-asia.com/

s. www.facebook.com/ClimbAsia/

 

Tandoori Corner Balestier

Tandoori Corner

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Get your tikka and curry fix at Tandoori Corner Balestier. Make sure all your shopping is done before you tuck into this food coma inducing feast. We love binging on their crispy Onion Bhaji, Tandoori Chicken or Fish Tikka while waiting for the mains to arrive. We recommend their Butter Chicken, Makhni Dhal and Bhindi Masala with Mixed Vegetable Raita and Garlic Naan. Their hot Gulab Jamuns are soft, sweet and worth every sinful bite.

INFORMATION

a. Balestier Plaza, 400 Balestier Rd, #01-12 329802

e. [email protected]

t. +65 6250 0200

w. www.tandooricorner.com.sg/

s. www.facebook.com/Tandoori-Corner-333078973565275

 

Balestier Bak Kut Teh

Balestier Bak Kut Teh

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The nip in the air pulls us towards a sumptuous bowl of bak kut teh and we’ve found one of the best places for you to try it. Run by a 28-year-old, Balestier Bak Kut Teh serves a spicy Pork Ribs Soup, and we think it’s wholesome and delicious. They make the soup with premium loin ribs, spare ribs, sliced pork, pig’s kidney, liver, tail and stomach and some vegetarian ones as well.

INFORMATION

a. 365 &, 369 Balestier Rd, Singapore 329785

t. +65 6951 4798

w. balestierbakkutteh.com/

s. www.facebook.com/365bkt/

 

Lam Yeo Coffee Powder Factory

Lam Yeo Coffee Powder

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For a different experience altogether, visit the Lam Yeo Coffee Powder Factory at Balestier. Standing strong since 1959, this family-run coffee roaster has amazing blends you must try if you live and breathe coffee. They bring in exotic coffee beans from Brazil, Ethiopia, Colombia, South Africa and India. You can buy what you fancy and get them grinded at the roaster itself before taking it home.

INFORMATION

a. 328 Balestier Rd, Singapore 329760

e. [email protected]

t. +65 6256 2239

w. lamyeo.com/

s. www.facebook.com/lamyeocoffeepowder/

 

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

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Get entrenched in the history of the Chinese revolution as well as the political history of the Singapore Chinese as you walk through this intriguing Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall to Dr. Sun Yat Sen. They have plenty of activities going on like a culture fest, travelling exhibition and lots of fun activities for kids and adults.

INFORMATION

a. 12 Tai Gin Road 327874

e. [email protected]

t. +65 6256 7377

w. sysnmh.org.sg/en

s. www.facebook.com/sysnmh/

 

Cavemen Restaurant & Bar

Cavemen Restaurant

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Not just a restaurant but an experience, Cavemen houses a butchery where you’ll find the freshest cuts, an exhaustive range of wines and amazing coffee. So, if you’re exhausted after your shopping, this is the place to be at. We love their cocktails especially Full Moon, a mix of vermouth, honey, chartreuse, fernet branca and absinthe; potent and lip smacking. If you come down on a weekend, do try their Cajun Chicken, Spicy Beef Ragu Pasta, Truffle Shoestring Fries and Orange Almond Cake from the lunch menu.

INFORMATION

a. One Dusun Residences, 1 Jln Dusun, #01-08 329363

e. [email protected]

t. +65 6250 1168

w. cavemen.com.sg/

s. www.facebook.com/CavemenSG/

 

Wheeler’s Yard

Wheeler’s Yard

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Intriguing in every manner, Wheeler’s Yard is a cafe with a cool decor, is built in an actual warehouse and houses a bicycle workshop. Come here for a terrific time and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of refreshing beer or wine. Their hand brewed coffees are amazing and their Pork Katsu Toast complements the brew. The chefs here also make a kickass Chilli Crab Pasta, Signature BBQ Pork Ribs and Ultimate Beef Yard Burger with a whopping 220-gram patty.

INFORMATION

a. 28 Lor Ampas 328781

e. [email protected]

t. +65 6254 9128

w. www.wheelersyard.com

s. www.facebook.com/wheelersyard

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20 November 2020
Climb Asia was born in 2002, when founding members Halil, Shannon and Philip decided to give back to the sports that they love dearly. Their grit, dedication and passion culminated in a small climbing gym in a shop-house along Rangoon Road. Climb Asia became the local Mecca for sports climbing and bouldering. After 4 years of beautiful memories in the rustic shop-house, they relocated to the climbing centre at Tessensohn Road. It is currently managed by a climbing partner, Ground Up Climbing. It has been serving the Singapore climbing community well ever since; inducting the uninitiated into our world of climbing. Our passion does not stop at indoor gym, it is our desire to get every climber acquainted with climbing in the nature. Our dedication brought us to uncharted territories across South-east Asia, to find more rock climbing areas for climbers around the world. The guidebooks we published are gifts to the climbers seeking adventure beyond the artificial climbing surfaces. Join us in our mission to spread the joy of climbing. We, the climbing professionals, are serious about journeying with you. Climb On!
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Built in 1926, this shophouse - commonly known as the "Sim Kwong Ho" shophouse due to the inscription on the front of the building - is best known for its Chinese Baroque-style motifs. The introduction of the Chinese Baroque style was due to a rubber boom, where the newly rich showed off their wealth on their new buildings by ornamenting it with European architectural styles and features, while retaining their distinct Eastern influence and local flavours. These shophouses are not only elegant aesthetically, they were also built to be incredibly functional. Since colonial times, these shophouses were built with stone and tiled roofs so the chances of the house catching fire were lower compared to houses made of wood, which were more commonplace in those days. When you're in the area, keep your eyes peeled for the combination of Western features such as glazed floral tiles and floral wreaths, with traditional Chinese motifs such as mythical beasts and carvings of bats, which are an ancient symbol of good fortune to the Chinese. Credit: onthegrid.city
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