Need to trim your hair, get a wax, sort out that ramen craving or simply down some beers? Holland Village offers visitors all that and more
Holland Village’s plethora of entertainment offerings isn’t news, but if you’ve ever taken a walk down Lorong Mambong, the sheer number of bars, restaurants, stores and salons might just overwhelm you. We’ve put together this comprehensive guide on all the best digs in this hip and happening neighbourhood.
More than just a café, this extension of the Monocle magazine brand offers upmarket clothing, accessories and, of course, copies of the magazine. The cafe’s location in itself will attract the hipster crowd: It’s hidden away and could easily be mistaken for a residential apartment. Monocle Café currently only serves drinks, so you’ll have to grab a bite somewhere else.
Monocle Shop, 74 Jalan Kelabu Asap, Singapore 278267. p. 6475 1791.
Throw a stone anywhere in Singapore, and chances are it’ll crack the windows of a café serving all-day brunch. Holland Village is no exception, so if it’s a brunchy bite you’re craving, head down to Breko’s and tuck into a variety of waffles or their classic brekkie in a pan. Want something less brunchy? Not a problem; Breko also offers a broad selection of mains like burgers, steak and pan-fried salmon.
Breko Café, 38 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277694. p. 6468 4424.
If you’ve got a late night craving for something sweet, spare yourself convenience store candy and treat yourself to avant-garde plates of quirky dessert creations at 2am Dessert Bar. Chef Janice Wong has been taking the Singaporean dessert scene by storm with desserts like her Cacao Forest – an amalgamation of cherry chocolate, bergamot, vanilla and whisky. Sweet tooths who are tired of their favourite course being an afterthought will find themselves at home here.
2am:Dessert Bar, 21A Lorong Liput, Singapore 277733. Open 3pm-2am Tue-Sun. Closed on Mon.
The only thing harder than pronouncing acai correctly is finding restaurants specialising in healthy superfoods like the eponymous berry. Project Acai will whip you up some ‘tabao’-friendly super bowls and smoothies that are big on taste and low on guilt.
Project Acai, 27 Lorong Liput, Singapore 277738. p. 6463 1957. Open daily 11.30am-10pm.
Definitely the prettiest looking café on our list, Mu Parlour’s got not only style, but substance. You can nibble on all sorts of beautiful confections, or if you just want to stab into something big, sweet and covered in ice-cream, go for its selection of rich, satisfying pancakes.
Mu Parlour, 16A Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277677. p. 6466 9336. Open daily 11am-11pm.
Fatboys The Burger Bar
We love ourselves a good ol’ American style burger and Fatboys really hits the spot with staples like the royale with cheese ($12) and oddities like The Elvis ($11): a bacon stuffed pork patty with grilled bananas and peanut butter. Though definitely a burger place, the chicken mac and cheese and the fried chicken waffle sandwich are no slouches in the taste department either.
Fatboys The Burger Bar, 29 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277689. p. 6463 2312.
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Crystal Jade’s a household name, and the consistent hordes of hungry patrons stand testament to the franchise’s crowd-pleasing xiao long baos. Filled with hearty, rich broth and tender pork, Crystal Jade is the standard that xiao long baos are judged by.
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, Holland Avenue 241. Open daily 11am-10pm.
Everything with Fries
Not everything here comes with fries, but that hardly bothers us when we’re tucking into a slice of EwF’s Nutella tart, served with ice cream ($10). But you’d being doing them a disservice hopping right into desserts and skipping mains like the braised beef karubi ($23) and the miso baked king salmon ($23).
Everything with Fries, 40 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277695. p. 6463 3741. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-1am.
With a signature dish named “Fillet Fantastique” ($45), you know Foster’s Steakhouse isn’t even going to try to be modest. And why should they? They’ve been in the game since the ’60s, offering classic English steaks and letting the quality cuts speak for themselves, rather than drowning the meat in sauce. Their signature dish however, isn’t completely unembellished – the prime fillet comes on a bed of fried onions and topped with field button mushrooms, served with a side of garden vegetables.
Foster’s Steakhouse, 277 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278994. p 6466 8939. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Gaia Korean Grill + Bar
Hansang’s not your only choice for Korean style grills at this food paradise, Gaia Korean Grill + Bar will satisfy any cravings you have for Korean BBQ with their delicious marinated meats – but it’s not all about the BBQ here. Gaia puts just as much effort into their other Korean dishes like cold buckwheat noodles, seafood pancakes and their banchan appetisers.
Gaia Korean Grill + Bar, 17E Lorong Liput, Singapore 277731. p. 6339 3313. Open daily 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm.
Craving a hearty Australian feed and some crafty brews? Sink your teeth into meaty delights like the blue cheese steak burger ($24), Kurobata grain-fed pork rack ($28), and if you’re in a group, the rib eye tasting platter ($78) that serves three types of premium rib eye cuts. Archipelago beer is what’s on tap here, so wash all that down with the Summer Ale, Irish Ale or Bohemian Lager.
Barossa, 22 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277681. p. 6468 4688. Open Sun-Thu 12pm-2pm 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am.
Hansang Izakaya & Charcoal Barbecue
While Izakayas aren’t traditionally a Korean specialty, who’s complaining when you have beer, small plates and Korean seafood pancakes? Of course, if it’s something more substantial you’re after, the full selection of BBQ beef and pork dishes won’t leave you wanting.
Hansang Izakaya & Charcoal Barbecue, 20 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277679. p. 6464 5238. Open daily 11.30am-11pm.
Fans of ramen swear by Sanpoutei’s shoyu ramen ($14), and its rich umami-packed vegetable, chicken and pork bone broth. But if the spice seeker in you wants sizzling-not-soothing, opt instead for the rich tori x spicy-miso ramen.
Sanpoutei Ramen, #01-01, 253 Holland Ave. p. 6463 7277. Open daily 11.30am-11pm.
Yoshimaru Ramen Bar
Battling for the ramen crown in Holland Village is another ramen heavyweight, Yoshimaru. The speciality here is the Hakata ramen, a slightly different variety of ramen from the curly, springy ones you’d normally expect. If you’re going for lunch at Holland village with ramen aficionados, expect passive aggressive arguments between patrons of this restaurant and Sanpoutei.
Yoshimaru Ramen Bar, 31 Lorong Liput, Holland Village, 277742. p. 6463 3132. Open Mon-Fri 11am-3pm 6pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm.
Tuck into a hearty plate of phad thai at this popular Thai eatery. Originally a hole in the wall joint in Kovan, Nakhon has gone on to open its fourth branch in Holland Village. Other standout dishes include Thai green curry and the ever-popular pandan leaf chicken. Best part? It won’t burn a hole in your wallet.
Nakhon Kitchen, 27A Lorong Liput Holland Village, Singapore 277738. p. 6469 6862.
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar
It’s hip to be square (well, rectangular really) at Crust. Try unconventional combinations like Moroccan lamb ($29), salmon Benedict ($29) and the Philly wagyu steak pizza ($38). Crust delivers as well, so toss out those frozen cardboard-tasting pizzas in your freezer!
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar, 34B Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277691. p. 6467 2224. Open Sun-Thu 12pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am.
Da Paolo Pizza Bar
Da Paolo’s pizzas are thin, crispy – and best of all – loaded with heaps of your favourite toppings. If your tastes sway toward the more eccentric, try inventive pizza toppings like smoked duck, goat cheese and even oddities like pan-seared sashimi pepper tuna. Btw, this is our founders favourite pizza joint in the neighbourhood!
Da Paolo Pizza Bar, #01-46, 44 Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore 278116, p. 6479 6059.
Take a walk down Lorong Mambong, and you’ll quite literally run the gamut of culinary styles. El Patio is a rustic, homely eatery that offers fuss free and reasonably priced Mexican food. If you’re seated outdoors and the heat gets a little too much for you, cool off with a coronas or a couple of margaritas. El Patio also wins points for the free-flow nachos that go with drinks.
El Patio, 34 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277691. p. 6468 1520. Open Mon 1pm-3pm 5pm-11pm, Tue-Fri 11am-3pm 5pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm.
Cha Cha Cha
Good Mexican food isn’t easy to find, so we think it’s a little unfair that Holland Village gets two great Mexican joints right on the same lane! Like El Patio, Cha Cha Cha dishes out authentic Mexican food like burritos ($16), enchiladas ($14) and culaican ($26) – a dish of cheese stuffed King prawn wrapped in bacon and served with Mexican rice and sour cream.
Cha Cha Cha, 32 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277690. p. 6462 1650. Open Sun-Thu 11.30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-12am.
Savour a wide variety of Indo-Chinese dishes like freshly-made Gõi Cuõn (Vietnamese rice paper rolls) and spicy Khao Poon Nam Pa (Laotian-style laksa) at this contemporary East-meets-West styled bistro.
Indochine, 44 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277697. p. 6468 5798. Open Mon-Thu 3pm-1am,Fri-Sat 3pm-2am. Closed on Sun.
363 Katong Laksa
Like prata at Jalan Kayu, there are throngs of laksa specialists claiming to be the original Katong Laksa. We don’t know that for sure, but 363 Katong Laksa checks all the boxes for us with their chewy rice noodles (small enough to eat with just a spoon of course), rich, spicy broth, and a generous portion of prawns. It’s also one of the cheapest places to grab lunch in the area.
363 Katong Laksa, 29 Lorong Liput, Singapore 277740. p. 6464 9303. Open daily 10am-9pm.
There’s nothing like a steaming hot bowl of pho to get rid off last night’s pounding hangover, and Pho Hoa does up a bowl like no other. Piled high with tender beef slices atop chewy rice noodles in a rich, flavoursome broth, this American pho chain gets our pick for the best Vietnamese cuisine in Holland Village.
Pho Hoa, 18 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277678. p. 6467 3662, 11am-9.30pm daily.
Don’t for a second think Indian food isn’t represented in this food paradise. Kinara’s your go-to for tasty North Indian nosh like kebabs, tandoori, naans and keema. Kinara also offers quite a wide selection of wines that’ll pair delightfully with your meal.
Kinara, 24 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277683. p. 6467 4101. Open daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm.
Bar bites, beer and live music? If those are the three things you look for when you’re out for a good time, head down to Wala Wala and let your hair down with some good company and great music. On tap are brews like Tetley’s, Kronenbourg 1664 and both light and dark Asahi, and on the drinks menu are classic cocktails galore. When a couple of pints of Asahi’s got your tums rumbling, fill up with bar bites like the kielbasa sausage platter and a selection of pizzas.
Wala Wala, 31 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277689. p. 6462 4288. Open Mon-Thu 4pm-1am, Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 3pm-2am, Sun 3pm-1am.
Who needs posh when you’ve got good German nosh like pork knuckles and curry-wurst? The former comes tender on the inside, crispy on the outside. Proof that pub grub doesn’t always mean cheap fried frozen food. Of course, like any self-respecting Germanic pub, Baden offers a variety of classic German brews like Erdinger Weissbier.
Baden, 42 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277698. p. 6463 8127.
The Pit Restaurant & Bar
Like Barossa, The Pit Restaurant and Bar offers a range of Archipelago brews in a casual, laidback venue. Also worth noting are the buffalo wings if those beers get your tummy rumbling.
The Pit Restaurant & Bar, 21 Lorong Liput, Singapore 277733. p. 6468 3468.
If your brows are looking a little lush, the experienced stylists at Rupini’s will get them back in tip-top shape. Credited as one of the first salons to bring traditional eyebrow threading to Singapore, Rupini’s offers affordable, hassle-free threading and waxing services and has built quite a loyal following.
Rupini’s Holland Village, 34A Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277686. p. 6466 0629. Open Mon-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm.
Pool party invite in the mail and running out of time? Cecilia’s the one to look for. Known for being the fastest waxing specialist in town, the Cecilia Westberry Salon at Holland Village is great if you need a quick sprucing up in your nether regions. Bonus: she also provides home waxing service at your convenience – sweet! Quick, efficient, and no-nonsense; be ready to hit the beach in under 30 minutes.
Cecilia Westberry, Block 6 Holland Close, #01-02 Holland Village, Singapore 271006, p. 67740449. Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-7pm, Sat 8.30am-6pm.
Strip has become a household name for waxing in the years since they opened and they’ve only become more prevalent. In addition to the standard bikini wax, Strip also does boyzillians, so there’s no excuse for the men out there not to keep their hardware nice and neat.
Strip Village, 34C Lorong Mambong. p. 6467 7219. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Sweeney’s Hair & Beauty Corner
Popular with expats, Sweeny’s corners the niche market for dealing with Caucasian hair. Need a snip or a snazzy new perm? These guys have been in the business for 30 years, so your scalps are quite literally in good hands.
Sweeney’s Hair & Beauty Corner, 211 Holland Ave, Singapore 278967. p. 6468 1795.
Thambi Magazine Store & Money Changer
Don’t let the ramshackle appearance fool you, Thambi Magazine Store has a collection of international magazines that’ll rival the likes of Popular Bookstore and even Kinokuniya. Whether you’re looking for the latest chic fashion magazine or backdated copies of Marvel comics, Thambi’s will have something for you.