Not all of Queenstown’s British past has been demolished, some black-and-white colonial houses still exist in scenic Wessex Estate. Stroll past blocks of apartments and semi-detached houses that were previously occupied by non-commissioned British officers and soldiers. Today, these houses are mostly residential, with some transformed into studio spaces for artists.
Besides hawker haunts, budget buys and hidden gems, Queenstown is also home to a couple of firsts in Singapore – think satellite town, public library and housing estates. Named after Queen Elizabeth II, the area was formerly a swampy valley that Hokkien, Teochew and Hakka settlers called home before the British military set up camp at Alexandra Road. During the 50s, it was cleared to make way for housing estates. And with that brought plenty of things to eat, drink, see and do.