Singapore's Little Thailand is known for its vibrant nightlife, amazing authentic Thai restaurants and occult stores. This Brutalist building is also an iconic landmark in the Singapore skyline and it definitely stands out with its garish yellow exterior. While the future of the building remains uncertain, there's so much we love about Golden Mile Complex where you can find cheese Mookata, fresh Thai basil, boat noodles, amulets for love and Thai discos (or 'siam diu').
So you’ve just watched a late-night screening at The Projector or you’re waiting for the bus to take you to Malaysia in the middle of the night – where do you go for a quick meal? Why, Diandin Leluk, of course. The Thai eatery is one of the largest in Golden Mile Complex and the menu is just as extensive. There are the usual suspects – pineapple fried rice, tom yum soup and basil chicken rice – and a host of other Thai favourites.
If you can handle your spice pretty well then the amount of red chillies in the dishes at BeerThai won't faze or intimidate you at all. Though hidden in the corner of the basement, the joint is a favourite with the crowds. Highlights on the menu include the handmade Thai fish cakes, rich green curry and more novel dishes like the raw crab and prawns – think of it as a spicy, tangy Thai ceviche – that are a hit with the loyal and regular customers.
If you're feeling really, really hungry, you would definitely appreciate the generous portions at Nana Thai. Order up a feast of Thai favourites like the basil chicken rice, pineapple fried rice, fried prawn cakes, tom yum and green curry (which comes in a traditional claypot) and the raw salads to start the meal.
Mookata (Thai barbecue and steamboat) is a must-do at least once when you're at Golden Mile Complex. Get ready to get your hands dirty grilling marinated meat, seafood and vegetables on a skillet (while letting your steamboat stew). As the name suggests, Cheese Story Mookata Buffet has a cheesy element to the mookata experience. On top of the buffet spread, you also get a compartment of melted cheese for dipping. Prices are really affordable too – adults pay from $29.90 per person.
SHOP & DO
Where else but Golden Mile Complex would be home to Singapore’s first Japanese-American inspired vintage and streetwear thrift store. What started as a passion project between Ryo Yamamoto and Paul Low, is now a physical store offering the dopest vintage streetwear like classic polo tees, colourful sports windbreakers and Hawaiian shirts.
If you're looking for ingredients for cooking Thai food at home, you will be able to get the whole range of it from this supermarket. Stock up on premium fish sauce, Thai basil, green curry paste, rice noodles and even toiletries (if you ever need whitening papaya soap) and ceramics from Thailand. On top of that, the supermarket also has a big range of Vietnamese products – if you're looking for a giant bottle of Sriracha or instant pho.
If matters of the paranormal interest you, Golden Mile Complex is also home to many occult shops. From ghostbusters to amulet shops, these occult shops dabble with everything unseen and unknown. You'll be surprised to know that the business of amulets is somewhat a lucrative one. Some people believe that amulets can bring in money, good luck, status and even love. There is also the darker aspect of amulets where black magic is involved... and we have no plans of trying that out.
Take your pick – this place is full of KTV lounges where you can easily spend more than four hours belting out song after song. But if you want a wilder night with lots of dancing and beer towers, hop over to a Thai disco (or affectionately known as 'siam diu') for a long night to remember.