Within 20 mins by public transport from city centre
|Rent starting from $3,000||Distance to city centre 6.68 kms|
With many landed properties and low-rise buildings, those living in Holland Village enjoy more space as compared to many Singaporean neighbourhoods. This makes it a popular area amongst expats, especially ones with families.
In the heart of Holland Village is a bustling drinking spot with a stretch of trendy bars and bistros. Though many of the buildings have gone through renovations, you can still see the European influences in parts of its design. The subtle familiarities will make your expat life in Singapore, a tad easier.
Distance from the CBD
While Holland Village is considered semi-central, it is zoned as part of the western region. Getting to the CBD directly by MRT alone may take approximately 35 to 40 minutes. You could go to Buona Vista and access the Green line, but expect a few more transfers ahead. Alternatively, taxis offer a more efficient commute as it only takes 15 to 20 minutes to get to the CBD by car.
Living in Holland Village: Morning, day and night
A day in Holland Village begins around Chip Bee Garden, where you can have a hearty breakfast at any of the alfresco type eateries. Fresh baked goods and ready-to-eat sandwiches are on display, drawing in early crowds on their way to work.
During the day, you can visit the Holland Road Shopping Centre, which features boutiques, antique shops, salons and more. The experience will give you a glimpse of Singapore in the 90s, as some of the tenants have been situated there for many years. If you’re starting to feel peckish, you could enjoy some afternoon Dim Sum at the Crystal Jade restaurant situated close by.
In the evenings, you’ll find many expats jogging around the housing estate. Because there are many low-rise residences, Holland Village offers one of the more interesting jogging routes in Singapore. End the day by inviting a few friends to any of the bars and eateries that continue to operate till late.
Holland Village may not be a shopper’s paradise, but what you will find are unique wares found in the Holland V Shopping Mall and Holland Road Shopping Centre. You’ll also want to check out the Thambi Magazine Store, which has been in existence since the 40s.
For fresh produce, seafood and meat, go to the Holland Drive Market and Food Centre. Aside from groceries, you’ll also find a treasure trove of mouth-watering local dishes.
Casual. Fancy. International. Local. Holland Village has it all. For an authentic Chinese dining experience, you can either dine at Soup Restaurant or Crystal Jade. For a more affordable experience, many of the coffee shops offer wok-fried dishes to go with rice.
If you’re keen on exotic flavours, there is Qasr for Middle-eastern or Ginza Soba Kamo Kydaime Keisuke that specialises in Duck Ramen.
Like many of the more affluent neighbourhoods in Singapore, there is no shortage of landed properties in Holland Village. Exploring the neighbourhood to appreciate the impressively designed houses would be a treat for anyone with an interest in architecture and interior design.
Although Holland Village may be a sufficient neighbourhood that covers most of your needs, it does not fully showcase the diversity of Singapore. To really immerse yourself in Singaporean living, you’ll want to explore neighbourhoods like Bugis or Tanjong Pagar.
Making the most of your move to Singapore
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