When my sister told me she was moving to Singapore for her work, I was ecstatic for her. And for my benefit, this means I could come and see her in awesome Singapore without having to fuss around for a place to stay – we all know how pricey it can be staying in Singapore for a long period of time.
Her first apartment was an area called Tiong Bahru. I know “tiong” means “cemetery”, it was an ex-cemetery. I didn’t expect much of the neighbourhood, perhaps old flats rising high and the occasional hawker centres.
I couldn’t be more wrong! Tiong Bahru turns out to be a hip neighbourhood, thriving with cool cafés to hang out, delicious food to eat and shops selling unique knick knacks. Soon enough, every time I came to visit, I always put aside time to ponder around the area and found my “routine places”. The Thai stall at Tiong Bahru market with their salted fish fried rice, the quirky bookstore Books Actually and Tiong Bahru Bakery that gives my French patisserie fix. However though, I was overjoyed when I found Plain Vanilla Bakery.
The bakery is a small, cozy one. The little porch is decorated with old bikes with minty green paint and a wooden swing, how very vintage! The inside is split into two rooms: the hang out room with big wooden tables and the cake room where all the cakes are.
I love their cupcakes! They have many selections of flavour and I was seduced to the salted caramel one. They don’t only have cupcakes though but other cakes too.
The ambiance of the place was what made me stay there for way too long. It was just so cozy with cookbooks scattered neatly all over the place and fresh flowers that perfected the room. Ah the perfect place to get cozy!
On your next visit to Singapore, take your time to visit Tiong Bahru and you will sure be surprised at your findings.