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In supermodern Singapore, the neighborhood of Tiong Bahru offers a surprising mix of fresh (the first men-only salon) and classic (a noodle scene worth a trip). —Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
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57 Eng Hoon St, Singapore 160057
The scruffy GQ types loitering outside are a clear tip-off: We Need a Hero, a salon that looks like a set from X-Men, is the place to go for the sculpted moustaches and haircuts you’ll see around town. This appeared in the August/September 2014...
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1 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168641
Head down the alley, past a spiral staircase. There sits Nana & Bird, where you can browse handbags from Meli Melo, minidresses by Singaporean designers, and trippy necklaces made of thin strips of recycled bike tubes. This appeared in the...
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30 Seng Poh Rd, Singapore 168898
“I grew up in Singapore, and among the breakfasts of my youth, chwee kueh is the one that tugs at my heart most. It’s a steamed rice cake topped with an umami-bomb of crunchy preserved radishes that have been stir-fried with soy sauce, shallots,...
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6 Kim Tian Rd, Kai Fook Mansion, Singapore 169246
The funny rooster portraits and front-and-center foosball table inside Coq & Balls are as cheeky as its name. But the restaurant’s beer list—look for anything by Hitachino—and classic dishes, such as the prawn paste chicken wings, are no joking...
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78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-19, Singapore 162078
Café Hua Bee, which has served the same fishball mee pok (noodles) for 70 years, was recently saved from demolition by locals. The developer’s compromise? At night, the café shuts down to make way for Bincho, a modern yakitori-ya serving grilled...
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No. 3 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, Singapore 168642
Manga is big in Singapore, where even the government writes PSAs in comic form. Find the best at Woods in the Books, an all-ages bookstore with classic children’s tales and such graphic novels as Guy Delisle’s political Pyongyang: A Journey into...