A guide to local favorites in Tiong Bahru
- By Shibani Mahtani
- Photos by Ore Huiying
Built in the 1930s, Tiong Bahru is Singapore’s oldest housing estate, a leafy enclave packed with prewar Art Deco walk-up flats unlike anything else you’ll find in the city. They were awarded special conservation status in 2003, and the prices of apartments and real estate here have skyrocketed ever since. The quiet, walkable neighborhood — a favorite with expats and young couples — epitomizes how Singapore’s young artists, baristas and bakers are finding a growing space for themselves, yet it blends perfectly with the neighborhood’s rich history and heritage. There is economic sense in preservation, as Tiong Bahru’s bustling cafes and bookshops will show.
Meet Shibani Mahtani
Shibani Mahtani is the Southeast Asia correspondent for The Washington Post, covering countries that include the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia. She joined The Post's foreign desk in 2018 after seven years as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Southeast Asia and later in Chicago, where she covered the Midwest.
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