10 Aug '15, 12pm

Exploring Singapore's gentrifying Art Deco enclave Tiong Bahru #travel

He had a point. In this most multicultural of cities, Tiong Bahru, with its French boulangeries and Australian-style coffee shops, is edging towards becoming a western enclave. They come for its architecture: low-rise, sinuous Art Deco apartment blocks. West of Chinatown, Tiong Bahru is one of the few low-rise areas remaining in this land of skyscrapers; the only things inching towards the sky here are the palm trees shimmying their way around housing estates that could double as the set of Poirot. Built in the 1930s as Singapore’s first public housing project, then known as the place where businessmen would put up their mistresses, Tiong Bahru has always been a little different. Its popularity has come at a cost. Traditional shops are being replaced by trendy boutiques; kopitiams – corner coffee shops, filled with individual food and drink stalls – are being taken over by...

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