Neighbourhood guide: Holland Village

Neighbourhood guide: Holland Village
April 02 10:29 2016 Print This Article




Where exactly is Holland Village?

The most lively spot of this European-influenced area is set around the rows of shophouses along Lorong Mambong and Lorong Liput. Also considered as part of the hood, businesses are springing in expansion of Holland Road and Holland Avenue like Chip Bee Gardens and Holland Close’s HDB estate. With a preceding reputation of Western expatriate district, it now serves as a popular dining and drinking spot for Singaporeans as well.

History of Holland Village

Holland Village used to cater mainly to the needs of foreigners – middle and upper-class expatriate families in particular. As the name suggests, the Dutch was the first community to make its presence felt in the area, although members of the British Army also used to stay in the houses at Chip Bee Gardens.

The strong European influence has clearly left a mark on this once upscale neighbourhood where time seems to pass a little slower.

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Whether you visit during the day or night, enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in a laid-back environment.

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Must Try – A craft workshop that teaches the fundamental techniques of working with leather at BYND Artisan Atelier. Prices start from SGD$78. You can also pick up some calligraphy skills as well!
Must Eat – Dessert! Choices are endless, from pocket-friendly to luxury chef d’oeuvre. Try specialities below S$10 at Bakers & Cook, or beautifully constructed sweets for S$20 at 2am: Dessert Bar.
Must Do – Enjoy a great dinner with drinks and live music at Wala Wala Café Bar.

Where to Eat in Holland Village

Holland Village Market and Food Centre

One is spoilt for choice when visiting a hawker centre. Known as the most affordable dining place in the expatriate area, Holland Village Food Centre also offers the widest range in cuisine. 

Start your morning with the necessary grocery shopping at the wet market at the back. Move on to the prominent indoor dining area that is always kept cool from our temperate weather. The great ventilation within will not leave you smell like the lunch you just had.

Definitely don’t miss:

  • #01-11 Holland V Fried Beehoon
  • #01-12 Chang Sheng Western Food
  • #01-14 Ming Fa Fishball’s Bak Chor Mee
  • #01-22 Xiang Ji’s Roasted Duck Noodles

1 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277700
Open daily, from 6am to 10pm

363 Katong Laksa

Being one of the oldest businesses around, 363 Katong Laksa has enjoyed a much appreciated revamp. To help with its endless queues, they now have an automated ordering system on iPads- specially for its signature Peranakan laksa and its one-of-a-kind Nasi Lemak.

Served in thick spicy coconut broth, laksa is one of Singapore’s local favourites. This is a satisfying and inexpensive meal to have in Holland Village, not to be missed!

29B Lorong Liput #01-02, Singapore 277740
Open daily, from 8am to 10pm

Barrosa

Located in the heart of Holland Village, this Australian-inspired restaurant and bar features ‘outback meets chic’ from down under. Famed for its beef, burgers and beers, it makes the best comfort food after a long day. Be sure to beef it up with Barossa’s rib eye tasting platter. Get comfortable in the alfresco seating area and enjoy specially handcrafted lagers and ales.

22 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277681
Open Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3pm & 6pm to 1am
Saturday, from 12pm to 2am
Sunday, 12pm to 1am

El Patio Mexican Restaurant

Mi casa es su casa! If you are looking for classic Mexican fare, El Patio makes every guest feel at home. With the colourful signboard and dynamic music in the background, the dining experience here is fun, warm and relaxed. Their salsa and guacamole is freshly made every day, and be sure to try their famous Lamb Tacos and Enchiladas!

34 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277691
Open Monday to Friday, from 1pm to 3pm & 5pm to 11pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11am to 11pm

Nahkon Kitchen

Nakhon Kitchen serves delicious Thai food along Holland Village

Nakhon Kitchen

Since its first outlet opened in Kovan 5 years ago, Nahkon Kitchen continues to win the hearts of both locals and foreigners.

With pocket-friendly prices, they offer authentic Thai cuisine without GST or service charges. Come alone or in a big group to try its wide range of hearty dishes. Try their Tom Yum soup with coconut milk, Pad Thai noodles, Pandan leaf chicken and delightful sweets like Thai ice milk tea and sweet tapioca.

27A Lorong Liput, Singapore 277738
Open daily, from 12pm to 3pm & 5:30pm to 10pm

Bakers and Cook

Bakers and Cook has amazing food and a chill atmosphere

Bakers and Cook

With more than 25 years of baking experience, Baker & Cook is an artisan bakery and food store chain founded by New Zealand TV personality and celebrity chef Dean Brettschneider. A perfect one-stop destination for breakfast supplies, this store offers varieties of European breads (even gluten-free), pizzas and cakes. Their warm Hot Cross Buns will make you forget about your daily carb intake!

Other than selling their own brand of condiments like jams, chutneys and cookies, they also offer a wide range of wines. Spend your afternoon chatting away in the chill-out spot of Chip Bee Gardens.

44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-56 Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278116
Open daily, from 730am to 8pm
Friday & Saturday, from 730am to 10pm 

2am:DessertBar

Chef Janice Wong’s dessert restaurant is the ideal place to pamper yourself. As its name suggests, it opens till 2am to satisfy your sweet tooth and midnight appetite.

This luxury spot is set in a dark, cool and industrial site. Combining unique flavours, asian-inspired ingredients and interesting techniques, 2am is the perfect location to impress your romantic date.

21A Lorong Liput, Singapore 277733
Open daily, from 3pm to 2am
Saturday & Sunday, from 2pm to 2am

Sunday Folks

At Sunday Folks, every moment should feel like a laid-back Sunday. This independent dessert café handcrafts all their desserts with pride and love. Paying homage to freshness with their creations, their photogenic creations gather a continuous crowd. Serving six flavours of soft serve ice cream on top of their famous crispy eggy waffles, each plate delivers goodness to the table.  

44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-52 Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278116
Open Tuesday to Friday, from 1pm to 10pm
Saturday & Sunday, from 12pm to 10pm 

Project Açaí

Who says healthy food is bland and tasteless? If you don’t mind paying more for consistent quality, great service and health benefits- Sambazon organic açaí is right up your alley. Açaí is packed with antioxidants and loaded with iron, calcium, fiber and vitamin A. It also helps to control cholesterol. Small portions are enough to satisfy any dessert hunter’s cravings.

27 Lorong Liput, Singapore 277733
Open daily, from 1130am to 10pm


Where to Drink in Holland Village

PARK

A café by day and Gastrobar by night, PARK is made from reconstructed container parts. With a strong belief in sharing, their full-day brunch selection will switch to a bistro menu when night falls. 

Great comfort food can be accompanied with the wide selection of alcohol choices. Check out their daily promotions – Tuesdays’ Whisky night, Wednesdays’ Ladies Special, Networking Thursdays, Fridays’ Craft Brewlicious, Saturdays’ Wine Bonanza and Sundays’ Moscato Night.

281 Holland Avenue #01-01, Singapore 278996
Open Tuesday to Thursday, from 10am to 12am
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, from 10am to 2am

Wala Wala Cafe Bar

Happy Hour till 9pm every day! Is there a reason not to visit Wala Wala?

Despite all the constant renovations in the area, this iconic spot in Holland Village remains the same. With games on screens, music gigs and comedy acts, there is entertainment for everyone. Joining the crowd for a mass sing-along session is irresistible! Don’t leave without indulging in their popular Walapenos (fried, cheese-stuffed jalapenos).

31 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277689
Open Monday to Thursday, from 4pm to 1am
Friday, from 4pm to 2am
Saturday, from 3pm to 2am
Sunday, from 3pm to 1am

Tango’s

With the perfect laid-back atmosphere, this open concept spot allows you to watch the world go by. Enjoy 1-for-1 beers until 9pm daily with piping hot bar bites- we loved the sautéed mushrooms. Situated at the tail end of Lorong Mambong, have a peaceful dinner while looking down the stretch of eateries and bars. Having a drink or two at a wine bar is also a great date idea!

35 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277692
Open daily, from 3pm to 1am
Friday and Saturday, from 3pm to 2am

What to See & Do in Holland Village

BYND Artisan Atelier

Workshops are held frequently at BYND Artisan Artelier

BYND Artisan Artelier

Being the newest kid on the block, BYND Artisan Atelier has officially made Chip Bee Gardens the hippest neighbourhood spot. Aside from its own supply of ready-made leather and paper products, the open workshop area within the shop is what makes it something special.

BYND’s spirit of artisanal excellence allows anyone to learn from their master craftsman on the weekends. You can also enjoy sweets and coffee from Petit Fours cafe while learning a new skill.

44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-54, Singapore 278116
Open Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 9pm
Saturday & Sunday, from 10am to 9pm

Ilies Soma Pilates & Gyrotonic Studio

Iiles-Soma (‘sacred body’ in Greek) is an ideal platform for people to learn about fine body movement training. Through Pilates, Gyrotonic expansion and a suspension system you can learn about core strengthening, weight loss and rehabilitation. This regime is catered to help you merge your mind and body in a harmonious way with increased flexibility and confidence. Come in for a private session or ask your friends along for a tailor-made group class!

Jalan Merah Saga #01-68, Singapore 278116
Open daily, from 8am to 10pm

Taksu Gallery

TAKSU gallery houses some of the most notable contemporary art pieces

TAKSU gallery

Established in 1989, TAKSU is one of Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary art galleries. Curating cutting-edge works from emerging talents to critically acclaimed names, Taksu forms a platform for everyone to share their creativity and knowledge. Taksu continues to be a key player in the art industry.

43 Jalan Merah Saga #01-72, Singapore 278115
Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 7pm
Sunday, from 12pm to 6pm

Academy of Rock Music School

Never too early, never too late! Academy of Rock’s programs are not only for children, adults are welcome to give the guitars, bass, vocals and drums a try! Dedicated to teaching pop and rock music, this music school educates through an exciting learning methodology. They strive to provide students with skills to inspire creativity and develop an individual’s potential. This alternative music school will set your inner rock star free!

24C Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277683

How to get to Holland Village

Nearest MRT: Holland Village
Nearest Bus Stop:  11261, Holland Village

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