Tanglin Road, the placid twin of bustling Orchard Road, is more than meets the eye. Formerly a spice plantation and European settlement, it is now a part of the infamous shopping belt in Singapore. Follow our mini itinerary to discover Tanglin’s quirky charm and historical identity.
It is interesting to note that street names within Tanglin bear Scottish and English references, as numerous British expats lived in this area years ago. From luxury hotels, to glitzy malls and beautiful architecture, Tanglin is a fusion of the old and new. As you stroll along the Tanglin trail, you will see the iconic Tudor Court; standing out with its prominent monochrome façade, the Tanglin post office which sits on its original pre-World War II site, and mansions with Pernarakan-Art Deco styled designs.
Visit Forum The Shopping Mall – A family oriented mall that offers a wide selection of trendy fashion boutiques, indoor play areas, activity centers and eateries. For a unique play experience, check out the newly opened Sandy Dandy; an indoor sand play haven for children aged 1 and above! Let your little ones stretch their imagination and creativity through sensorial play in this newly opened facility. The premises are routinely cleaned and the in-house café corner is an ideal rest area for parents or caregivers alike.
Sandy Dandy, 583 Orchard Rd #02-21 Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884, +65 6734 6806, firstname.lastname@example.org Opens Weekdays 10am to 7pm, Weekends/PH – 10am to 8pm.
There’s something about the earthy scent of clay which makes pottery-making so captivating. Channel your inner creative maestro at Boon’s Pottery at Tanglin Place for pottery making classes! Lessons and trial sessions are available for children and adults. Contact the studio in advance for more information on available classes.
If decadent milkshakes and desserts are up your alley, you've got to check out Benjamin Browns Bistro. Each milkshake is aesthetically prepared and overflowing with ingredients. Popular flavors like the Old School Candy Floss and Tokyo banana shakes sell out very quickly. Little ones will delight in the wide selection of sweet treats like, DIY Unicorn S’mores, dessert terrariums, classic cheesecakes and show-stopping bakes. The creative menu offers savory options as well.
Benjamin Browns Bistro, 583 Orchard Road #01-20/21 Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884, +65 6887 4117, Opens Sundays – Thursdays 10:30am to 9pm, Fridays & Saturdays 10:30am to 9:30pm.
With more than 180 restaurants worldwide, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is a successful chain resto, serving fusion pizzas, pastas and salads. CPK has crafted a strong international reputation in serving quality ingredients and inventive flavors. We love it that the service and menu are kid-friendly.
California Pizza Kitchen, 583 Orchard Road #01-23 Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884, +65 6836 0110, www.cpk.com, Open daily 11:30am to 11pm.
Renowned celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is no stranger to the culinary scene. Jamie’s Italian was founded by the former, together with his Italian mentor, chef Gennaro Contaldo. Many of the dishes are inspired by Jamie’s visits to Italy, as well as Gennaro’s childhood on the Amalfi coast. The restaurant prides itself in meticulously selecting the freshest ingredients and presenting them in their rustic and nutritious dishes.
Jamie’s Italian, 583 Orchard Road #01-01/04 Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884, +65 6655 7676, www.jamieoliver.com/italian/singapore/restaurants, Opens Mondays – Thursdays & Sundays 11:30am to 10pm, Fridays – Saturdays 11:30am to 11pm.
The SuperNature To-Go Café encapsulates the belief in holistic, healthy and organic living. The daily menu is thoughtfully crafted and prepared by their dedicated team. There are numerous kid-friendly options. The café strongly advocates the reduction of carbon footprint. It is evident in little details such as environmentally friendly wares, locally sourced produce and recycling initiatives. Adjacent to the café is a small but well stocked supermarket with organic and natural products. Families could dine and do grocery shopping at the same time.
Originating from Australia, Brunetti specializes in Italian-styled pastries, gelato and coffee. The premises exude classical Italian charm with its monochrome décor and and mouth-watering display of desserts and pastries. There’s something for everyone in the great assortment of delights. Overall, the prices are affordable and portions are generous. Definitely a great hangout for families.
Brunetti Café, 163 Tanglin Road #01-35 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933, +65 6733 9088, email@example.com, www.brunetti.com.au, Opens Sundays – Thursdays 8am to 9pm, Saturdays & Eve of PH 8am to 10pm.
One of the best places to enjoy a robust and fragrant coffee, Café Beviamo is a fuss-free place for families. The café specializes in Australian-inspired cuisine. Eggs and freshly baked focaccia bread are the hot favorites. Gluten-free options are available too. The service is brisk and friendly, food is simple and comforting, dining here is akin to visiting your family. We love the relaxed ambiance and casual atmosphere.
Café Beviamo, 163 Tanglin Road #02- K1 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933, +65 6738 7906, www.thebeviamogroup.com, Opens daily 9am to 9pm.
Serving hearty Texas-Mexican fare since 2009, Chili’s is a fun and energetic place for families to gather and enjoy a sumptuous meal. Kids menu is available upon request. Satisfy your cravings for classic Southwest American cuisine with a touch spice in this cozy diner.
Chili’s, 163 Tanglin Road #02-23 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933, +65 6461 7933, www.chilis.sg, Opens Mondays – Thursdays 11:30am to 9:30pm, Fridays 11:30am to 10pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11am to 10pm.
Established since 1889, Paul Boulangerie is the epitome of French panache passed through generations. All items on the menu are freshly prepared daily and presented with precision. The traditionally baked breads and French butter is a must try! Let your little ones have a taste of French cuisine at this delectable place.
Despite being known for it’s spicy Peri-Peri sauces, Nando’s is a good option for families. With the promise that absolutely no preservatives or artificial additives are used in its marinates, you can be assured that only the freshest ingredients are used in the food preparation. Non-spicy options are readily available for those with a milder palette.
Can’t make up your mind on what to eat? Dine at Tanglin Food Hall, a spacious and contemporary food court. The myriad of international cuisine will satisfy every craving. It’ the perfect choice for families who wish to have a taste of everything on a budget.
Tanglin Food Hall, 163 Tanglin Road #B1-17 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933, +65 6887 8277. Opens daily 10am to 10pm.