From where to eat durian to coffee and pastries in Geylang Serai, and even the best markets and nasi padang in the neighbourhood; this guide will fill you in
Geylang’s great for a whole lot of things. Food in Geylang is always abundant – whether you want more traditional Singapore food or fancy grub you can find in cafes; fresh food and produce is cheap at the wet markets daily; culture is alive and kicking in the ‘hood; and if you want to do some shopping, many options await you. We tried going out and about in the iconic neighbourhood, and here are our top picks.
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Posted by Honeycombers on Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Although it is a modern, lifestyle concept store located in the heritage quarters of Singapore, it seems to serendipitously fit into the vibe of the neighbourhood. Stocked with craft goods, books, magazines, zines, stationery, and more, it’s worth a browse – and we promise you’ll walk out buying something.
Cat Socrates, 448 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427661, p. 6348 0863
Geylang Serai Market
One of the biggest and busiest wet markets in Singapore, the Geylang Serai Market has undergone quite a few changes, yet it remains a pillar of heritage in the precinct. Head here early for fresh produce, a trusty cup of teh halia (ginger tea), and even fashion.
Geylang Serai Market, 1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001, p. 6589 8494
Hjh Maimunah Restaurant
If you like traditional nasi padang dishes that pack a punch, Hjh Maimunah Restaurant is a must-visit. Sample dishes like rendang (beef curry), gulai ayam (chicken in coconut gravy), and tahu telor (a crispy tofu omelette).
Hjh Maimunah Restaurant, 20 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427357, p. 6291 3132
Located on the fringes of Joo Chiat that sits beside Geylang, this Peranakan heritage home-museum is filled with rare historical artefacts. Owner, Alvin Yapp, runs the place and also lives there. He provides personalised tours of the place and will pepper it with personal anecdotes along the way. If you want a primer on Peranakan culture, this is one place to check out.
The Intan, 69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231, p. 6440 1148
Sure, Geylang’s a great place for all things cultural, but there’s also some space for retail therapy here. Refash at City Plaza is a thrift store where you can browse through second-hand clothes, shoes and bags. Everything is priced between $5-$15, and if you have unused stuff to off-load as well, bring them along!
Refash, 810 Geylang Road, #03-130, Singapore 409286
Brawn & Brains
In a quiet part of Guillemard Road, Brawn & Brains is a refreshing respite from the bustle of Geylang. The minimalist cafe is every bit magazine-perfect and serves up a good cuppa. You can’t go wrong with the coffee here, but tuck into the daily selection of pastries they have here.
Brawn & Brains, 100 Guillemard Road, #01-02, Singapore 399718, p. 6348 0501
Ah Hung D24 Sultan Durian
The king of fruits and the unofficial national fruit, the home of good durian is in a lorong (a street) in Geylang. The best way to enjoy durian is to buy the fruit, plop yourself on a plastic chair in the shop and start eating. Watch out for the spikes!
Ah Hung D24 Sultan Durian, 109 Sims Ave, Singapore 387433