I don't know about you, but I'm always keen on finding the coolest hipster hideouts in Singapore. Despite the daunting economic gloom that's blanketing Singapore and her people, life still has to go on; filling our tummies and rejuvenating our fatigued selves remain as some of the important things that we can do to strike a better work-life balance.
With more and more brands leaving Singapore's increasingly vacant shopping malls, it certainly doesn't hurt to venture into the heartlands and explore what these cool, hipster establishments have to offer. For those who haven't been keeping up with the times or the news at least, more young enterprisers are opening shops in HDB heartlands. They cite lower rents and being able to stand out as important pull-factors for them to set up their shops literally close to people's hearts. Here, we at GET.com round up 7 super hipster establishments you can visit when you're exploring Singapore's friendly neighbourhoods.
7 Hipster Hideouts At HDB Blocks Around Singapore
Located under a nondescript HDB block in Toa Payoh, Creamier has some of the best handcrafted ice-cream and waffles in my opinion. You'll probably have to wait for seats as this quaint little place is perennially packed. Although they don't have a million different ice-cream flavours for you to pick from, most of them are pretty shiok. My favourite one has got to be earl grey lavender.
Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-835
2. Sin Lee Foods
Doesn't the name scream hipster already? Sin Lee Foods surely isn't the easiest place to locate but it is walkable from Tiong Bahru MRT station if you're armed with your trusty GPS. The raw aesthetics in the interior presents a refreshing change from the usual while their food is arguably quite unique in its own right. To be brutally honest, you'd either like or hate their fried chicken with waffles. Their aburi broccoli salad is possibly one of the best broccoli dishes I've had in my life, ever.
4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
3. Old Hen Coffee Bar
If you're into cold brew coffees, Old Hen Coffee Bar is one of the places you'll have to visit sometime soon. Nestled in the unlikeliest location near Farrer Park MRT station, this cosy little space is a joy for people to catch up, sip some full-flavoured cold brews and while the lazy afternoon away. I only got to try the white cold brew the last time I visited because they ran out of the black version. So, yes, that means I'll be back there soon.
88 Rangoon Road
4. Tolido's Espresso Nook
Image source: Tolido's Espresso Nook Via Facebook
For those who haven't heard, Tolido's Espresso Nook is a very well-loved casual, unpretentious cafe tucked away in the housing estate at Jalan Sultan that serves delicious artisan coffee and yummy grub like prawn laksa pasta, bacon and eggs with pancakes, pastas and sandwiches.
462 Crawford Lane
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If you're a fan of books, hand-stitched notebooks and all things pretty and quirky, BooksActually will probably be right up your alley. This vintage independent bookstore in the heart of Tiong Bahru specialises in fiction and literature and they also stock literary trinkets that take the form of stationery and other charming tchotchkes.
No. 9 Yong Siak Street
6. Este Bartin
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Guys who are looking to tailor your clothes can venture to Este Bartin in Toa Payoh for bespoke men's clothing ranging from shirts, pants to even suits. Expect nothing but friendly, personalised service and consultation before donning quality tailored apparel while you're at it. We all know the importance of a good fit, don't we? Something well-made that drapes flatteringly over your lines and curves will make a world of difference.
Toa Payoh Lorong 1
7. The Black Tie SG
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Which barber shop in Singapore do you get to go under the scissors and shavers of young men dressed in classy, old school bow ties and suspenders besides The Black Tie. This cosy, vintage barber shop is tucked away in Jurong West. Visit The Black Tie whether you are looking to experience a classic gentlemen haircut or shave.
Street 41 #01-748
More Hipster Places To Visit
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