Once a dusty industrial estate, Tai Seng now shines with cafés, shops and even an art gallery. Make a trip down to this neighbourhood for venerable char siew, go crate-digging and shop for vintage furniture. Read our guide to discover the things to do while you're in the 'hood.
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You’d be hard-pressed to find more good-looking furniture than at Noden. The independent store sources for mid-century and Scandinavian design pieces from the ’40s to ’70s, meaning you’re guaranteed a one-of-a-kind classic that could, for all you know, become a family heirloom down the line. Expect furniture not unlike the refinished Danish Bureau ($2,190) – the ’60s teak piece from Denmark comes complete with tambour sliding doors, drawers and a pull-out desk, plus sculpted teak handles. And stock’s replenished every two to three months, too, with prices starting from $200 – although that depends on factors like the condition, designer, year, maker and rarity of your chosen piece.
Red Point Record Warehouse
It’s a crate-digger’s wet dream: more than 10,000 vintage vinyls stack up at this out-of-the-way joint. Red Point is known among music geeks for its varied selection – you’ll find records from ’50s Chinese divas to the golden age of rock ’n’ roll to contemporary indie to bygone Singaporean hits. There’s no question here: if you own a player, you owe it to yourself to check Red Point out.
Hock Siong and Co
With attitudes loosening around lounging around on second-hand furniture, stores like Hock Siong and Co are suddenly top-of-mind to score home goods at a steal. (No one at the sprawling Tai Seng store is actually named Hock Siong – the name was coined by the company’s old-school towkay.) Yet, floor manager Brillyn Toh and the shop’s sales team do a brilliant job of infusing their cheery personalities and good eye for products into Instagram and Facebook updates, which send customers flocking to the space. In reality, though, the goods – tightly and neatly packed into three units – cover a wide range of styles, from vintage rosewood to mid-century to the downright opulent. 'We always tell our customers, "We hope your imagination brings you great adventures,"' explains Toh, who encourages them to bring a little eclecticism into their lives. The products are hand-me-downs from hotels and show flats, furniture shops that have closed down, and the occasional beautifully appointed home. Prices range from $15 for a minimalist desk lamp to $3,000 for a 3-metre-tall plaster statue of Stamford Raffles, and the 'tens of thousands' for two bronze sculptures by Chinese artist Liu Ruo Wang. Oh, and make sure to bargain – the staff will happily knock down prices. Talk about retail therapy.
Taste of Tradition
Wine importer and distributer Taste of Tradition carries wines from all the important wine regions. Wines are transported via Cold-Chain Logistics to keep the bottles chilled at at 12-15 degree Celsius from the winery all the way to clients. Taste of Tradition is a B2B company, so the shop is generally not open for walk-in customers, except during sale periods.
Little League Football Camp
If watching Ronaldo or Neymar on TV isn’t exciting enough, send your active tykes to Little League’s four-day-long football camp. This expatriate football coaching company, which boasts ex-international Australian footballer Darren Stewart and ESPN football pundit Paul Masefield as coaches, aims to create a fun environment where kids can build their confidence and make friends while fine-tuning their dribbling, passing, shooting, heading and teamwork skills.