You know how it got its name, but do you know what other secrets it holds?
The boundaries that make Paya Lebar are rather uncertain. At times, it bleeds into Geylang and Tanjong Katong and for the sake of convenience, some western parts of Joo Chiat are also sometimes referred to a Paya Lebar due to its proximity to the MRT station.
What’s for sure though, is that there are plenty to discover in this district. We bring you some of our fun finds.
It’s not huge by any means but this mall has plenty of interesting finds within its three floors. Try some traditional Swedish cuisine at Fika Swedish Café and Bistro (pictured) or get some unique Japanese furniture at Ki-mono. (We noticed they are a little smaller compared to regular furniture — perfect for studio apartments and shoebox units.)
Kids of all ages will also love Happy Willow — a special indoor playground with a garden theme.
11 Tanjong Katong Road
One of the icons on Singapore’s food map, this is a popular option for authentic local hawker food, and there is a wide range of halal food stalls there too. Don’t miss the Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring here. It has been around since the 1950s, and still attracts long lines of eager customers.
14 Haig Road
Ladies, City Plaza is the shopping haven no one wants to tell you about. Don’t be fooled by its humble exterior — this mall has plenty of ladies fashion at good prices. (You might come across some gaudy looking pieces but keep looking, there’s a bargain waiting for you.)
And while you’re there, don’t miss the chance to try Arnold’s Fried Chicken but be prepared to have to stand in line and wait for a seat during meal times. Yes, it is that good.
City Plaza also gets really lively on weekends; find out why here.
810 Geylang Road
Tucked away inside the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI), the LLiBrary is a special library with materials and resources on career development and skills upgrading to support working adults in Singapore in their professional development.
There’s also a nice little outdoor lounge area for you to catch up on your reads.
Never been to a library here? Find out how you can sign up for a library membership in Singapore here.
11 Eunos Road 8
Need an outfit for Racial Harmony Day? Attending a Malay wedding and looking to wear something to match the occasion? Head down to Tanjong Katong Complex for a fuss-free find for some beautiful ethnic Malay clothes.
If you’re really new to this and not quite what you’re looking for, we suggest making the beeline for First Lady (pictured) on the first floor to simplify your search.
845 Geylang Road
By Muneerah Bee, Updated February 2019
Photos by Muneerah Bee