For all its modern beauty and dazzling development in which even its old monuments feel brand new, Singapore
can feel like it is leaving something behind. The Geylang and Joo Chiat neighbourhoods more than save the day with squat old shop houses painted all the colours of the rainbow, local food that the locals will swear by, and even a little seediness thrown in for good measure. Book your Geylang and Joo Chiat accommodation with us to see the parts of Singapore they don’t – but should – put on postcards.
There is no other way to say it: Geylang is modern Singapore’s redlight district, but that doesn’t mean that the raunchiness is in your face every step of the way. Just don’t wander into the houses with big, red address numbers (code for brothel) if that’s not what you’re after! Wander into the many restaurants on Geylang Road and tuck into fantastic dishes like bee hoon (crab stewed with rice noodles) or Nasi Lemak while you soak in the grungy but charming local atmosphere. Whenever you want to return to the city centre, you can just hop on the trusty Singapore MRT and go one district west.
Further east in Joo Chiat, the charming lines of bright period architecture continue while the decadence is toned down a little. Here you can find nice pubs where the beer is cheap (by Singaporean standards) in a social atmosphere that isn’t as showy as the central districts. There are also boutique shops and antique stores that have some eye-catching trinkets and treasures, from old-school bicycles to grandfather clocks.
Whether you’ve stumbled upon this lesser-known part of Singapore and decide it’s the thing for you or just want to be near the city centre without spending too much, we’ve got the right flights to Singapore
and Geylong/Joo Chiat hotels for you. Book now!