Did you know there’s a “new Chinatown”?
Singapore’s ethnically diverse population includes several communities that are often not acknowledged in the country’s official narrative. We show you where you can find Singapore versions of some neighbouring countries.
This commercial and residential building (which actually resembles a giant typewriter!) is Singapore’s Little Thailand with sundry stores and a supermarket selling Thai products. It is also known for its Thai disco and is a great place to get your Thai food fix for supper (or check out our round-up of the best Thai restaurants in the city here).
5001 Beach Rd, Singapore 199588
NEXT: Lucky Plaza →
Filipinos in Singapore flock to this mall along Orchard Road on weekends to get a taste of home from the 500 commercial spaces here. This is also where you will find Jollibee, a famous Filipino fast food chain.
304 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238863
NEXT: Tanjong Pagar →
Korean restaurants dominate the dining scene along Tanjong Pagar, from humble eateries to lively Korean barbecue restaurants to bingsu (Korean shaved ice) dessert cafes. This is also the place you want to come to stock up on your Korean groceries (we’re looking at you, instant noodles) at the supermarkets dotting the street.
Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore
NEXT: Peninsula Plaza →
You don’t know how big the Burmese community in Singapore is until you visit this old-but-gold mall. It is the place to go for authentic food from Myanmar, and betel nuts to chew on. On weekends, the crowds congregate near the mall all the way to The Padang.
111 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179098
NEXT: Geylang →
A part of Geylang is slowly becoming the new Chinatown due to the large population of Chinese nationals there. You can find supermarkets and shops selling China-made products and food, Northern Chinese restaurants and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinics in the area.
Geylang Rd, Singapore
NEXT: City Plaza →
This mall in Paya Lebar is popular with Indonesians here. We hear it is a great place for to shop for ladies fashion – in its heyday, this was the place where many local online fashion retailers got their stock; today, it’s still a wholesale haven if you’re down to dig for a bargain.
810 Geylang Rd, Singapore 409286
NEXT: Other expat enclaves →
Expats in Singapore have formed little pockets of enclaves all over Singapore including in:
- Bukit Timah
- River Valley
- Holland Village
- Woodlands (near the Singapore American School)
- Black and white bungalows near Sembawang shipyard
NEXT: Golden Mile Complex →
By Muneerah Bee and Pinky Chng, May 2017
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