Singapore is known for its skyscrapers and city lights, but there is much more to this metropolis than what meets the eye. Singapore houses a diverse collection of neighbourhoods that surround the busy city centre, each with a unique charm. From the buzzing Orchard and the upmarket Marina Bay to the Bohemian Holland Village and the tree-filled Woodlands, this garden city offers a home for everyone!
Are you planning a trip to Singapore but don’t know where to stay? Here is an introduction to some of the best neighbourhoods in Singapore.
One of Singapore’s best-known districts, the lively and luxurious Orchard neighbourhood is located right in the heart of the city’s shopping and entertainment area. If you enjoy being close to all the action, Orchard is the perfect home for you! On top of its massive selection of restaurants, shopping malls, hotels, beauty spas, cinemas and the like, this neighbourhood is conveniently close to the CBD and other famous Singaporean landmarks such as the Botanic Gardens and Emerald Hill, easily accessible by MRT. We love Orchard so much that we have opened two coliving spaces in this area, the city-sleek Twilight located just off the bustling Orchard road, and the leafy green Meadow, an oasis in the concrete jungle.
One of Singapore’s heritage neighbourhoods, Chinatown is known for its incredible hawker centres and atmospheric rooftop bars. Everyone who travels to Singapore should experience the cuisine from the Chinatown Complex Food Centre, the People’s Park Food Centre and the Hong Lim Market & Food Centre! Also centrally located and conveniently accessible via MRT, Chinatown is especially popular among younger expats and budget travellers.
Plant lovers and green fingers will love staying in Tanglin! This neighbourhood is home to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which is the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful places to visit in the city. Tanglin offers quick access to the city centre and the shopping district in Orchard and hosts its own selection of atmospheric bars, cafes and eateries along with a range of art galleries and shops.
Singapore’s East Coast offers a different experience from what can be found in any of the neighbourhoods located in the centre of the city. The East Coast is a great choice for travellers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the CBD. This area promises a laidback way of life, but there are still plenty of activities to enjoy around here. The East Coast has a wide range of shops, bars, restaurants and outdoor sites like the popular East Coast Park. If you’re looking for a place to take things slower and enjoy outdoor sporting activities in the city, the East Coast is the best neighbourhood in Singapore for you!
Holland Village is a popular pick for expats living in Singapore, and with good reason! With its warm and inviting atmosphere, this neighbourhood houses a myriad of street-side bars, Bohemian-inspired cafes, art galleries and quaint eateries. Holland Village offers a range of accommodation options that fit all styles and budgets, including the coliving space, Earth, which is located in one of the city’s greenest areas just behind the magnificent Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Singapore’s waterfront neighbourhood, Marina Bay, features one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions, the stunning light and water show at Marina Bay Sands that draws hundreds of spectators each night. With its top-rated restaurants, magnificent water views and quick access to the CBD, the luxurious Marina Bay is a popular high-end area to live in Singapore.
Singapore’s River Valley neighbourhood is particularly popular among expats thanks to its proximity to the city centre and the riverfront Robertson Quay, which is loved by both locals and travellers for its amazing food scene and serene way of life. If you are interested in joining a coliving community in River Valley, Sky is a modern and homey coliving space situated in Oxley just behind Orchard Road.
Lastly, Woodlands is another popular choice for travellers looking for budget-friendly accommodation in a quieter part of the city. With its beautiful green surroundings, Woodlands lives up to its name and also offers plenty of recreational and entertainment activities with a large selection of shopping malls, restaurants and cinemas. Woodlands is particularly loved by American expats and families since it’s located near the Singapore American School. Woodlands also features a causeway link to Johor Bahru in Malaysia.
Do you want to explore Singapore’s neighbourhoods yourself? gnômadic is a premium coliving collective in Singapore that provides residents with spacious and modern sanctuaries along with carefully curated lifestyle events to inspire personal growth and community connections.
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