Bukit Timah may not be the hippest area of Singapore, but it sure has a lot to offer. From markets and antique shops to fabulous food, Bukit Timah has plenty of attractions for people of all tastes – including kids. Of course if shopping and brunching isn’t your thing, you could always climb Bukit Timah Hill – the highest point in Singapore – or explore the area’s rich history at the various war memorials in the area.
Bukit Timah literally means ‘tin-bearing hill’ in Malay, but the origin of the name is contested. Some believe ‘Timah’ comes from the popular Malay girl’s name Fatimah, while others believe it originated from ‘Temak’, a kind of tree in the area.
It’s no secret that Bukit Timah, rich in greenery and with a varied landscape, is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods on the island. Centred around Bukit Timah Road, the area spans 25 kilometres, and as well as fancy designer homes and luxury condos features a range of activities for the whole family.
Though perhaps not as hip as the Tiong Bahrus or Jalan Besars of Singapore, where Bukit Timah excels is in the food stakes. Find a little slice of Greece – right down to the white-washed walled and beach-themed décor – at Blu Kouzina. For a range of cuisines in a pleasant atmosphere, you can’t go past Bar Bar Black Sheep. Elsewhere, the whole family an XXL 21-inch family special pizza at one of Peperoni’s two Bukit Timah locations, or if it’s a weekend brunch you’re after, don’t look pass The Missing Pan. And let’s not forget about the great local food that can be found at one of Singapore’s oldest hawker centres, the Bukit Timah Food Market & Hawker Centre.
If you’d rather do the cooking yourself, Bukit Timah is home to the mother of all markets, PasarBella, on Turf Club Road. This place is a little slice of heaven for those after fresh produce and cupboard staples, complete with live entertainment while you shop. Meanwhile, pick up all your accessories needs at ToTT (Tools of the Trade) nearby.
Food aside, there’s plenty of other shopping to be done in Bukit Timah. Bukit Timah is seeing a rise in lovingly curated boutiques, such as Little Man in Binjai Park (specialising in independent brand clothing, accessories and homewares). For a little slice of history, peruse the stunning range of antiques at The Past Perfect Collection at the Sime Darby Centre on Dunearn Road.
By CheckOut Singapore
Story courtesy of ANZA – The Australian and New Zealand Association’s Guide to Suburbs in Singapore