what to do in balestier

When visiting Balestier, there are definitely some things you don’t want to miss. From traditional shop houses and markets to delicious food and beautiful scenery, this district has something for everyone.

Keep reading for a list of the top attractions in Balestier!

1. Have Your Fill at Whampoa Makan Centre

Whampoa Makan Centre is one of the most popular hawker centres in Singapore, and for good reason. From chicken rice to chilli crab, there’s something for everyone here.

The rojak (Malaysian spicy fruit salad) at Balestier Road Hoover Rojak – especially when coupled with century egg, is a must-try! Sing Hon Loong Bakery breads, done the traditional way, are also not to be missed.

Location: 90 Whampoa Dr, #01-06, Singapore 320090

2. Admire traditional shop houses at Balestier Heritage Trail

The architecture along Balestier Road is quite diverse and features two-storey shops with mixed styles that range from Early to Art Deco. The street corners have ornate Chinese Baroque style terraces like those at Kim Keat Road, Martaban Road, and Pegu Road.

You’ll find here the prominent Sim Kwong Ho Shophouse, which was built in 1926, and famous for its intricate Chinese Baroque style.

Location: 412-418 Balestier Rd, Singapore 329805

Opening hours: open 24 hours daily

3. Eat at Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah

Have a traditional tau sar piah (mung bean pastry) at Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah. The fragrant, crispy-crunchy crust contrasts nicely with the rich mung bean filling.

This bakery also accepts pre-order so you don’t have to line up for hours (literally hours!) to get delicious pastries back home with you. Just remember that if you’ve placed a pre-order, you don’t have to join the long queue.

Location: 639 Balestier Rd, Singapore 329922

Opening hours: 7:30AM–3:30PM daily, except Sunday

4. Dine at Founder Bak Kut Teh

You can find bak kuh teh (pork-rib soup) in Singapore! Imagine tender pork ribs in a steaming bowl of spicy, savoury, peppery, and garlic broth.

Though not cheap, this bak kuh teh is worth every penny with big chunks of pork. You can also ask for soup refills if you can’t have enough.

Location: New Orchid Hotel, 347 Balestier Rd, Singapore 329777

Opening hours: 11:45AM–12AM, except Tuesday

5. Buy Coffee at Lam Yeo Coffee Powder Factory

For coffee lovers, a visit to Lam Yeo Coffee Powder Factory is a must. This 60-year old family-run business knows their coffee.

You may pick from a variety of coffee beans, both local and international. If you’re unfamiliar with coffee, they’ll be happy to show you how to make it the most effective way. The prices are also reasonable.

Location: 328 Balestier Rd, Singapore 329760

Opening hours: 9AM–7PM daily, except Sunday

When visiting Balestier, there are definitely some things you don’t want to miss.  With so much to see and do, you’re sure to have a great time in this vibrant district!

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