Keong Saik afternoon

Keong Saik Road in Chinatown’s a collection of nice little eateries and boutique hotels. The URA calls it a conservation area, and in recent years, has stepped up the conservation efforts – by giving out awards – and of course, by letting the last licensed brothels remain in operation in between the new swanky businesses cropping up in the area, which, incidentally, is called the ‘Bukit Pasoh Conservation Area‘.

It is a nice but short stroll on Keong Saik Road, which is peppered with little establishments at which you can’t help but stop to take a peek (I’m not talking about the brothels). There was this little kids’ art gallery two doors down from a brothel, and an old shophouse with a signboard that read ‘Singapore Chinese Brass Musicians’ Association’.

Then there’s a newish place called ‘Whatever‘. At ‘Whatever’, you can buy most things as long as it’s got something to do with your wellness, from double espressos to Himalayan salt crystals.

It’s a pretty big business by the looks of it. Whatever takes up four units on Keong Saik Road, and includes a nice little eatery, where I had a decent vegetarian lunch of a 2-cheese onion jam and pesto sandwich with a mezze plate of dips followed by an apple crumble and a double espresso (wah lao, damned full, can?).

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Keong Saik afternoon Flickr set: Thanks Tym for telling me its ‘Road’, not ‘Street’

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  2. I’ve been to Whatever twice, first to just chill and check out the food and second to shoot a dish for my magazine; nice cosy place. The three cheeses pizza was excellent if slightly oily, and the quesadillas was great too. One of the few times I enjoy vegetarian food.

  3. I’ve been to Whatever twice, first to just chill and check out the food and second to shoot a dish for my magazine; nice cosy place. The three cheeses pizza was excellent if slightly oily, and the quesadillas was great too. One of the few times I enjoy vegetarian food.

  4. Hi,

    Just wanted to drop a note – if you liked Bukit Pasoh in the day, the night scene’s much better…Had a chance to pop out into the balcony of one of the old shophouses and hang out in the breeze once…could see the activity in kopitiam/karaoke lounges/clan associations all below you…Excellent place!

  5. Hi,

    Just wanted to drop a note – if you liked Bukit Pasoh in the day, the night scene’s much better…Had a chance to pop out into the balcony of one of the old shophouses and hang out in the breeze once…could see the activity in kopitiam/karaoke lounges/clan associations all below you…Excellent place!

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