5 Little Shophouses All in a Row
Updated on September 10, 2014
This hilly row of charming shop houses on the edge of Singapore's Chinatown oozes class with a side of swagger. Melanie Lee ambles its sweet streets in search of the coolest places to eat sea urchin pudding, drink Asian-inpired cocktails and indulge in the ultimate spa experiences.
Published on Mar 21, 2014
Ann Siang comes aiive at night
1. A new kid on the block is Ding Dong (23 Ann Siang Rd.; +65 6557 0189; dingdong.com.sg), which opened in June. Its Southeast Asian small plates dining concept is the brainchild of Chef Ryan Clift (of the much-lauded Tippling Club) and the Spa Esprit Group, and fuses creative cuisine with an unmistakable chill-out vibe. Don't miss the scallop ceviche with fresh coconut or the cross-cultural Vietnamese Scotch eggs.
Ding Dong's Vietnamese Scotch eggs
2. The world's oldest barbershop, Truefitt & Hill (9 Ann Siang Rd., +65 6223 5263; truefittandhill.com.sg) opened its first branch in Singapore in March and has become popular with businessmen bromancing their gentlemanly associates in a manly black-and-white grooming establishment that also serves (masculine, we promise) cocktails.
Shave and haircut at Truefitt & Hill
3. Zui Hong Lou (8 Ann Siang Hill; 65/6423-9562; zuihonglouxinjiapopteltd.com.sg; drinks and dim sum for two around S$60) is a concept dim sum bar that exudes a nostalgic vibe with old-school backlit posters hung on its ceilings—a fitting tribute to an area that was once a gathering spot for Chinese coolies. Try the Flower Song, a vodka-based cocktail with chrysanthemum and lychee, served in a Chinese teapot.
4. The Club Hotel (28 Ann Siang Rd.; +65 6808 2188; theclub.com.sg) is a 22-room boutique heritage hotel in an elegant building from 1900. Don't be fooled by its pristine white façade, for there are plenty of fun, artistic touches such as stenciled tree branches adorning the walls and i NEED TRANQUALITY do not disturb signs. Its rooftop bar, Ying Yang, offers stunning views
of the city.
Snazzy Interior at The Club Hotel
5. A sea urchin pudding? Not just a quirk of the menu at tapas bar Lolla (22 Ann Siang Rd.; +65 6423 1228; lolla.com.sg), but considered legendary by foodies in this town, and far beyond. Lolla made waves when it opened a year ago with its Mediterranean-influenced bites, and was named to Zagat’s 2013 list of "The 10 Hottest Restaurants in the World." So book early.
Note: On Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., the Ann Siang area is closed to traffic and becomes pedestrian-only.