The trendy Singapore neighbourhood you cannot miss

The historic district of Bukit Pasoh blends culture, shopping and cool dining. Here are the best places to check out in the area.

  • Serene Lim
  • November 2018

Once home to Chinese clan associations, this hilly district bordering Chinatown now oozes a trendy vibe with headline-making restaurant openings, cool bars, and street art juxtaposing the historic architecture. We point you to the highlights of this colourful neighbourhood.

Art Porters Gallery

This intimate gallery showcases a rotating collection of works by up-and-coming Asian and European artists. The whimsical and wry contemporary pieces reflect the mission of Art Porters Gallery to inspire happiness through art.

Kew Organics

Beloved for its results-driven facials and the well-stocked apothecary area, Kew Organics beauty bar and health store is the place to indulge with organic, vegan skincare products.


Singapore’s hottest culinary opening this year comes from Swedish chef and restaurateur Björn Frantzén, who opens Zén this month. Serving only a tasting menu, the restaurant offers diners the same Frantzén experience of savouring different courses at various spots throughout the three-storey heritage shophouse space but don’t expect just his signature Nordic cuisine ‒ the menu will feature some Singapore-only dishes. Reservations open on the first of each month at 10am for the following month.

Straits Clan

What was once the boutique new majestic hotel is now Straits Clan, a private club offering exclusive perks for its members. Not a member? You can still visit clan café for tea, cocktails and dishes such as Spanish mackerel on brioche and kueh salat, a dessert made with steamed rice and coconut jam. The handsome heritage building, which has been refurbished by acclaimed Singapore-based design firm Takenouchi Webb, is also home to a collection of eclectic artworks curated by The Artling Gallery.

Straits Clan - brand new yet already a classic
Straits Clan - brand new yet already a classic

Grassroots Book Room

Set up by one of Singapore’s most prolific Chinese writers, Yeng Pway Ngon, this indie bookshop has a limited English selection but is noteworthy for its dedication to local literature and kids’ books. Grassroots Book Room also has cool knick-knacks and postcards by local illustrators that make for great souvenirs.

Humpback and Gibson

Sip cocktails and toss back $3 oysters during happy hour at seafood restaurant Humpback. A table on the outdoor terrace puts you in the exact spot where 2018 blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians was filmed. Or you could head to sister bar, Gibson, for craft cocktails like namesake the Gibson ‒ specially concocted with an exclusive Japanese vermouth.


Two of the most Insta-worthy murals by rising artists Ripple Root can be found on the walls of co-working building The Working Capitol, on Keong Saik Road. For more eye-catching street art, amble down to Neil Road just outside café Botanist before turning on to Everton Road, where heritage muralist Yip Yew Chong has left his stamp of a bygone Singapore.