A short hop and skip away from Orchard Road is this chic neighbourhood frequented by expats.
Named after its architect, Hugh Holland, the expat hangout has evolved into one of the coolest residential estates. Stretching across Chip Bee Gardens to Lorong Mambong, the trendy enclave today offers wine bars, restaurants in vogue and hipster cafes to unwind at.
Project Acai (27A Lorong Liput)
Pronounced as ‘ah-sigh-ee’, Project Açaí is the pioneer of superfood cafés that dish out berry bowls packed with nutrition. You won’t go wrong with the classic original flower bowl (from $6.80)—topped with fresh fruits, granola and superfoods like goji berries on a bed of smoothly blended berry base. Embrace the guilt-free calories and have a ‘beach body to-go’ smoothie ($8.50) for seconds.
363 Katong Laksa (29B Lorong Liput)
Why travel to the East when you can have one of Singapore’s must-try local delicacies here. Warm your stomach with a ‘lemak’ bowl of laksa ($4)—especially if you love the strong taste of shrimp paste in thick coconut gravy and cockles. You can also order via iPads at the entrance and pay after. Tel: 6464 9303
Yee Cheong Yuen Noodle Restaurant (31 Lorong Liput)
Tossing silky strands of hor fun since the 70s, Yee Cheong Yuen Noodle Restaurant is known for their Ipoh-style shredded chicken hor fun ($4.80) and extensive local fare—think assorted roast meats, claypot rice and stir-fry vegetables. Psst… go crazy on the chilli for added flavour. Don’t worry too much about the lunch crowd as al fresco seats are available. Tel: 6468 7737
Tai Cheong Bakery (31 Lorong Liput)
Just like cha chaan tengs in Hong Kong, the brand’s first dine-in concept boasts a cosy space lined by the modern interior of tiled green walls and cushioned booth seats. One-dish meals are served in generous portions with no service charge—don’t miss the three-egg macaroni soup with luncheon meat ($8.50) or scrambled egg toast stack with chicken chop ($9.50). Apart from the famous egg tarts, exclusive to Singapore is their durian & cheese tart ($3.60). Pressed for time? Takeaways are available for baked goods in a separate, shorter queue. Tel: 8233 1954
Ritual (17B Lorong Liput)
This 30-minute gym focuses on HIIT giving you no excuse not to get your #WOD (workout of the day) done. The funky mod space is fully equipped—from training attire to towels and multi-sized lockers to shower cubicles. You don’t even need to wear shoes to train! When you’re done, head to the in-house café for a post workout smoothie (from $8.50) such as a vanilla or chocolate protein blended with peanut butter, nuts and fruits. Tel: 6463 4690
Holland Village Food Centre (1 Lorong Mambong)
Holland V. Fried Bee Hoon (#01-11)
Start the day right with this daytime legendary stall. Top your noodles (from $1) with a variety of ingredients like fried chicken wing, luncheon meat and a sunny side-up at pocket-friendly prices. While the queue builds up fast during lunch, the aunty manning the stall works at the speed of lightning, so you never have to wait for more than 10 minutes.
Claypot & Stewed Soup (#01-29)
Marrying the fragrance of smoky rice, chicken and lup cheong, their signature traditional claypot rice ($5) is not to be missed. If you love charred and crusty rice bits, allow the rice to cook for a couple more minutes before stirring in dollops of black sauce to taste. Expect to wait 15 minutes on normal days.
The party begins at this avenue of watering holes when night falls and the road gets shut off from cars. Chug like a boss at tables and chairs that flow out from the bars into the pavement.
Barossa (22 Lorong Mambong)
From wines and Champagne to cocktails like frozen margarita ($14) and sangria ($16), Barossa will leave you spoilt for choice. Known as the bar that dispenses Archipelago beers (from $12) on tap, beef things up with the rib eye tasting platter for two ($78) made up of three premium rib eye cuts, or Barossa wings ($14) and naughty nachos ($14) for snacks. Tel: 6468 4688
La Nonna (26 Lorong Mambong)
Just like how grandma would, La Nonna dishes out traditional Italian country cuisine in an intimate rustic ambience. Line your stomach with their risotto alloz afferano ($27) or gnocchi ($24)—homemade potato dumplings in pomodoro sauce. While 1-for-1 lunch deals are available on weekdays from 12pm to 2.30pm, be rewarded with an assortment of Italian sausages with a bottle of prosecco ($35) during happy hour from 6-8pm. Tel: 6468 1982
Wala Wala Café Bar (31 Lorong Mambong)
This well-established two-storey pub has been in Holland Village since 1993. Bask in the live music scene with local artistes such as The Trella Trio, an acoustic group covering top 40s to well-loved classics, or rock and roll to the beat with Reverie. While you tuck in to the pizza ribeye ($28) or Wala buffalo wings ($14), look out for happy hour deals before it ends at 9pm—think wide range of spirits (from $7 per glass), beers (from $9 per bottle) and wines (from $8). Tel: 6462 4288
Sanpoutei Ramen (253 Holland Avenue)
The location is perfect—just turn right from exit C Holland Villave MRT. Get your fix for Niigata ramen with the classic shoyu ramen ($14)—you’ll be surprised by the fine broth boiled with pork bones and sardine. The Butariki niigata rice mini don ($5) won’t disappoint. Tel: 6463 7277
d’Good Café (273 Holland Avenue)
Decked with vintage décor and whimsical garden themed corners, this quirky two-storey space is a popular hideout among students. You may even dine on a swing. Order the signature deutsche skillet pancake ($8) or portobello mushroom eggs benedict ($14.50), along with a D’White ($7.50) cold brew coffee and let the clouds roll by. Tel: 621 9807
Fosters (277 Holland Avenue)
Experience the warm-heartedness of dining in a country home at Fosters, an institution since 1960. Surrounded by the outdoor greenery, its rustic charm runs through this cosy space with a mock-up fireplace and alfresco dining area on the porch. Sip the afternoon away with their Devonshire cream tea set ($11.50)— comes with freshly baked scones and finger sandwiches. Come nightfall, go for their robust signature steaks (from $39). Tel: 6466 8939
Raffles Holland V
Have you noticed the sleek new building facing Holland Road Shopping Centre? Raffles Medical Group is the backbone of the multi-disciplinary establishment. With not only easy-access to healthcare facilities, residents can expect a decent range of food & beverage outlets to dine at—they steer towards healthier dining options too.
Haakon Superfoods and Juice (#01-03, 118 Holland Avenue)
Jumping onto the bandwagon of healthy living, Haakon introduces the Scandinavian lifestyle through our bellies—wholesome, nourishing and flavorful. Have the best of both worlds with the creamy smashed avocado & feta toast ($14.90) laid with slices of avocado on one rye bread and a poached egg on the other. Gym rats will like the sound of the Viking protein bowl ($13.90)—three types of meat served with quinoa, tofu and egg on a bed of greens. Forget about ice cream or cakes, the star is Haakon’s classic açaí bowl ($7.90) topped with a garden of fruits, nuts and granola for crunch. Although stuffed, walk off feeling energized, satisfied and guilt-free! Tel: 8399 2450
Patissez (#01-16, 118 Holland Avenue)
The original creators of this extravagant milkshake have finally landed on our shores. Most of their ingredients are house-made from start to finish. Fans of Nutella will love the Pretzella ($16), where the sweetness of Nutella is counter-balanced with salty pretzels and an airy vanilla mousse that’s so delicate you won’t feel any guilt finishing it. The refreshing Mint Condition ($16) is another must-try. Get your hands messy and enjoy the mint ice cream sandwich that’s gracing the top of the milkshake. Tel: 6262 3616
Chip Bee Gardens (44 Jalan Merah Saga)
Used to identify roads such as Taman Warna and Jalan Merah Saga, Chip Bee Gardens today rests on a forested area that was also once home to members of the British Armed Forces.
Sunday Folks (#01-52)
Known as Creamier’s little sibling, Sunday Folks serves up its own take on waffles with their soft serve ice cream, that comes in a charcoal-coloured cone as well. Look forward to six unique soft serve flavours from earl grey lavender to sea salt gula melaka, and an eye-popping number of toppings that can be added on (almost overwhelming the soft serve!), including lavender konnyaku, soufflé cheesecake, and caramel pearls. Tel: 6479 9166
Phoon Huat (#01-48)
The one-stop grocery store to grab all you need for the next hazelnut feuillantine or pineapple tarts. Forget about pacing the aisles at the supermarket. From bake ware to ingredients such as dried fruits, pie fillings and varying chocolate couverture, they got you covered. (Psst… baking classes are also available at their outlet along Sims Lane). Tel: 6654 4333