Whether you’re in need of something sweet and savoury, or a bit of shopping and pampering, sort out it all out at Holland Village…
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.
EAT & DRINK
Besides its gorgeous décor and visually stunning sweet treats (that look as good as they taste), the dessert-centric café offers a menu that features creations like the artfully plated Spring Medley, the Adzuki and Madagascan Vanilla ice cream parfait, and the Japanese winter-inspired KYOTO served with matcha white chocolate, Madagascan vanilla ice cream and a selection of handmade sweets. Need a cup of perk-me-up? Sunday Folks also brews seriously good coffee that’ll pair perfectly with the treat of your choice.
Sunday Folks, #01-52 Chip Bee Gardens, 44 Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore 278116, p. 6479 9116
Afternoons in this whimsical garden-themed café for weekend brunch will leave you wanting more. The two-story shophouse features four themed spaces – The Lawn, The Bar, The Attic, and The Balcony – and is inspired by the cafe founder’s extensive travel experiences. Menu-wise, you’ll find savoury options like the clam and kombu pasta, fish and chips, and a beef burger with foie gras, while those with some serious sweet tooth can look forward to treats like the eggy, buttery deutsch skillet pancakes.
D’Good Café, #02-01/02, 273 Holland Ave, Singapore 278992, p. 6219 9807
The Daily Scoop
Nothing beats cooling down in Singapore’s heat with flavoured ice cream. The Daily Scoop with takes pride in the fact its their sweet treats are made from local ingredients and seasonal fresh fruits. Unusual choices like chilli chocolate, wasabi mango, pur-pearl rice, and Thai chai are on offer, but word of warning: its menu rotates regularly for fresh updates. If you want to go ahead and really treat yourself, have your ice cream with a hot fluffy waffle; you won’t regret it! Check out what we think of The Daily Scoop here.
The Daily Scoop, #01-78 Chip Bee Gardens, 43 Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore 278115, p. 6475 3128
One for the herbivores, Original Sin serves some of the best Mediterranean-veggie plates in the city — meat, what? Don’t leave without trying their cheesy baked portobello mushroom with pesto and tomato basil sauce (aka the Magic Mushroom), and the pomelo salade with romaine, lettuce, crispy tosu, cucumber, capsicum and roasted cashew nuts in a sweet, tangy chili lime dressing.
Original Sin, #01-62 Block 43 Jalan Merah Saga, Chip Bee Gardens, Holland Village, Singapore 278115, p. 6475 5605
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
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
Fatboy’s 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 and oddities like The Elvis: 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.
Fatboy’s 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
With a signature dish named ‘Fillet Fantastique’, 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
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
Hansang Izakaya & Charcoal Barbecu
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
Fans of ramen swear by Sanpoutei’s shoyu ramen 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
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, salmon Benedict and the Philly wagyu steak pizza. Crust delivers as well, so toss out those frozen cardboard-tasting pizzas in your freezer for some hot, fresh slices!
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar, 34B Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277691. p. 6467 2224
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
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, enchiladas and culaican — 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
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
#WTF by IndoChine
Short for ‘wine, tapas, friends’, #WTF 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
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
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
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
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
AND THEN SOME…
Environmentally friendly equipment that saves energy? Heck yeah, we like the idea of exercising to help out Earth! Besides the latest gym equipment, its team of personal trainers are ace at guiding you through sets of workout for a killer bod. Keen on lunchtime workouts? Opt for the quick 45-minute sessions. But if you have more time, go on and enjoy the club’s cool facilities including sleep pods for quick power naps and Himalayan salt inhalation rooms.
Virgin Active Holland Village, Level 3, 118 Holland Avenue, Raffles Holland V, Singapore 278997, p. 6911 0300
Mention the name Ling Wu and images of luxury handbags immediately come to mind. The label’s collection of luxe bags and accessories is absolutely to-die-for – we’re talking cool clutches, stunning satchels, and très chic totes in butter-soft leather and exotic skins. Want understated luxury? This is it.
Ling Wu, 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #02-78, Singapore 278115
Besides serving coffee, this extension of the Monocle magazine brand offers upmarket clothing, accessories and, of course, copies of the magazine. The location in itself will attract the hipster crowd: It’s hidden away and could easily be mistaken for a residential apartment. Monocle Shop also serves Allpress coffee, but you’ll have to grab a bite somewhere else.
Monocle Shop, 74 Jalan Kelabu Asap, Singapore 278267, p. 6475 1791
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
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
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
This gourmet supermarket is a neighbourhood go-to for fresh bread, produce, an amazing butcher and cheese and charcuterie items and some vino to go down with it all. Warning: don’t go in hungry.
Taste Singapore; 118 Holland Ave, Basement 1 Singapore
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
Chip Bee Gardens
Recently transformed into an arts hub for Design District Dialogue, Chip Bee Gardens gives major throwback vibes with old-school bungalows like the ones above. More under the radar than the livelier Holland Village, the area has plenty of shops and restaurants to dine in sans the hustle and bustle. Alternatively, a stroll down Jalan Kelabu Asap to daydream about living in this little artsy community (minus the stalker mode) is worth a shot.