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The ultimate guide to Everton Park

The colourful neighbourhood is lined with conservation shophouses, art galleries, pottery studios and cafes

Dewi Nurjuwita
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Dewi Nurjuwita
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One of Singapore's oldest residential estates, Everton Park was constructed in 1965 and housed the Singapore Harbour Board staff until its renovation in 1979. It's separated into two rows of flats, blocks 1-3 and 4-6. Today, Everton Park has transformed into an area with a charm of its own. The estate and the surrounding Spottiswoode area is brimming with character – with cafes, spas, boutiques, pottery studios and art galleries calling the area home. Not to mention the heritage street murals that can be found around every street corner.  

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Do

  • Art
  • Galleries
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At the back of a conservation shophouse, you'll find artist Alex Face's mural of two adorable characters dressed in traditional Peranakan clothing. It was commissioned by Guillaume Levy-Lambert and Sean Soh, founders of Art Porters Gallery. The gallery represents artists from Singapore and all around the world, showcasing works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and digital animation. Find established names like Jogja-based Mulyana and local mural artist Yip Yew Chong alongside emerging names like Chloe Manasseh, Jamie Tan and Jamie Teo.  

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Hidden amongst colourful conservation shophouses, Art Agenda @ 63 Spottiswoode is a three-month pop-up that features exhibitions, a shop and a series of activations. But first, get acquainted with Art Agenda S.E.A.

There are two exhibition spaces: 63 Upper and 63 Ground. On the first floor, 63 Ground brings to focus the medium of photography and related themes over a series of exhibitions, events and activations. The exhibition programme spotlights modern photographers such as Yip Cheong Fun and Lim Kwong Ling working in the post-war years to creatives today such as Dave Lim and Lavender Chang.

Once you're done, head upstairs. 63 Upper is a voluminous hall that takes over a formerly dormant second floor of a historical shophouse, hoping to give visitors a peek into an artist's oeuvre. It has since been activated as a curatorial space in collaboration with Art Porters, branching out into multi-coloured rooms that have been freshly painted in bright hues of blue, green, yellow and more. These chambers display a regularly changing display of artworks from private collections. 

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Studio Sands
  • Dance
  • Studios
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Embark on a dance journey with Studio Sands to escape from everyday routines or for pole dancers who are looking to grow in a more holistic way through this art form. With the promise of training both left and right arms, Studio Sands welcomes dancers to greater heights on 40mm stainless steel poles (easier for small hands!) and 45mm (international competition standards) stainless steel poles to suit your training needs.

Baba House
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Thought to be one of Singapore’s most authentic remaining Peranakan residential properties, this is not a traditional museum but a heritage house with a mission to provide education about Straits Chinese culture. Run by the National University of Singapore’s Centre for the Arts, it was restored and reopened in 2007 as the home to Singapore’s 108-year-old Peranakan Association.

Eat

  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
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Along Kampong Bahru Road, you get a taste of Japan – as if you're right there in the Land of the Rising Sun. Miz Japanese Restaurant offers traditional cuisine on the second floor of a shophouse hidden in the Spottiswoode neighbourhood. Order up the unagi rice bowl, garlic udon, rei shabu salad or chirashi – all at ridiculously affordable prices. Wash it all down with a pint of Asahi or shot of sake. 

Strangers’ Reunion
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Housed in a row of shophouses, this minimalist café boasts two-time national barista champion Ryan Tan at its helm. Regular flat whites and piccolo lattes with coffee art make up the drink offerings alongside the Magic latte, with two ristretto shots. Expect decent croissants and other pastries, plus more sinful cranberry rum muffins, generously frosted chocolate whisky cake and red-velvet cupcakes. WiFi access completes the picture at this narrow, industrial, slightly mismatched space.

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  • Singaporean
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Ji Xiang Confectionery has been making traditional handmade Ang Ku Kueh since 1988. Classic flavours include the coconut, yam, salted bean and peanut for $1 each, while the more adventurous can opt for more unique flavours such as durian.

Drink

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There's always a queue outside this cafe at 4 Everton Park. Since it opened its doors in 2012 as one of the earliest boutique roasters in Singapore, Nylon Coffee Roasters has remained a leading name when it comes to quality coffee here. 

Though the space is small, the joint has a loyal following of coffee drinkers who vouch that the coffee here is the best in town. Serving single-origin coffee, the brand is passionate about sustainability and transparency – don't be afraid to ask where your coffee is from. 

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Tucked in between a row of shophouses is a familiar yellow facade with "Kith" splashed across the storefront. Kith Cafe Spottiswoode is the go-to place for those living in the area for a coffee or afternoon pick me up. Grab an acai bowl ($14.90) sprinkled with pure acai berry, banana, toasted coconut shavings, muesli, blueberry, strawberry, orange, watermelon, and green apple or order up the brunch of the month, pulled pork and eggs ($18.90). 

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Bishan
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Tucked away on Blair Road, this cafe has been dubbed a secret hide-out by those living in the estate – away from the hipster cafes in the area. It's an irresistibly hip place to bend your arm, slow your bones and sample rare, imported and carefully selected brews from Germany and Switzerland. It carries an admirable selection of Belgians too, as well as being the only place in town to carry La Trappe from the Netherlands. On Thursdays, knock back $11 pints of draft beer for happy hour. 

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