Similar to Ann Siang Hill and Club Street, Telok Ayer has transformed itself into a buzzing lifestyle district, teeming with hip cafés, restaurants and bars to feed the CBD office crowd. But before it became one of the coolest 'hoods in Singapore, it was the coastal road situated along the island's old waterfront (before land reclamation), which explains its name which translates to 'bay' and 'water' in Malay, respectively. The area was mainly populated by Chinese immigrants back in the day.
Today, it's a lively rendezvous for people from all corners of Singapore, as well as tourists. Pay a visit to one of the museums around the area or pop into the lean shophouses that dot the strip, where boutiques, fitness studios, and even speakeasies are tucked away.