Expatriates living in Singapore primarily feel drawn to congregate in Holland Village, as it presents both familiar names in retail and food and beverage from back home, as well as an eclectic network of boutique shops and stalls that urge further exploration. The most ideal way to absorb the offerings of Holland V, as it’s popularly known, is from a luxury Singapore serviced apartment such as the kind you’ll find at The Heritage Singapore. With its central location and elegant interiors, it remains a popular option for quality Singapore long stay apartments that expertly cater to leisure and corporate visits. Holland Village is an expat’s home away from home in Singapore and it is the perfect little enclave to catch up with friends, investigating the intriguing offerings of the boutique shops, before picking up some quality dinner to share over a premium bottle of wine. You’ll find popular brands such as The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, The Crystal Jade, Bread Talk, Subway and Haagen-Daaz here, which are perfect for grabbing a cuppa with a pal or delving into that new novel you invested in but just haven’t had the time to read. Holland V also offers a range of dining outlets, from foods courts and food stalls hawking local and western offerings to up-market ethnic restaurants. If you’re searching for quality watering holes in which to grab an after-work drink with friends, you’ll find Tapas Bar, Tango’s, and Baden and Harry’s Bar. Lorong Mambong street features Wala Wala, the primo selection of bar, as it draws a diverse crowd due to its chill atmosphere and its vibrant brand of nightly live music. Veg-friendly folk seeking some quality vegetarian dining will enjoy Original Sin, which gained fame during the 90s for turning out delectable Mediterranean vegetarian fare. A Holland V landmark is the Three Crowns Booze & Grub, which has earned rave reviews on its food. It is famous for its open air rave parties under the spins of DJ turntables held every Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s, which is a unique feature in the Village as most other joints feature live lands. Retail therapy is also presented in a variety of shapes and sizes, from large retail malls to a Bohemian network of arts stores, antique shops, theme party clothes stores, professional tailors, ethnic home décor outlets and more, which are well worth browsing. Dedicate at least an entire day if not more to soak in everything that Holland Village has to offer. It is easily accessible via the new MRT station of the same name, and there are ample parking structures onsite. 

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.