1. Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre
116 Upper Bukit Timah Rd.
This classic two-story market and food center is home to many hawker favorites both new and old. Chikuyo Japanese Cuisine, Chin Hock Mutton Soup, Peter’s Pan Western Food, Mien, Ann Le Xiang Rojak, BBQ Leng Kee, Tip Top Beef Brisket and Tom Kitchen are among the top picks. Every food center has those one or two stalls with a ridiculous queue and here it’s Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon and Cuttlefish Kang Kong.
2. Chocz. Chocolate Café & Boutique
#B1-01 Bukit Timah Plaza, 1 Jln Anak Bukit, 6462-1185
Bringing premium chocolates to Singaporeans since 2001, homegrown chocolatier Chocz imports fine raw materials from Europe, Africa, South America and Asia to produce innovative gourmet pralines.
3. Island Creamery
#01-02, 11 King Albert Park, 6467-1571
The ice-cream flavors available here are anything but ordinary; teh tarik, chendol, pulut hitam and durian top the list.
4. Ristorante Da Valentino
11 Jln Bingka, 6462-0555
This trattoria tended by an Italian family is ideal for a romantic dinner. Expect classics like parma ham with melon, rucola salad, porcini pizza and squid ink pasta. The adjacent Pearla’s Pastry Boutique is well worth visiting for their traditional Italian baked goods and customized cakes.
5. Wishbone Restaurant & Café
#B2-05 Bukit Timah Plaza, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit., 6733-3777
This cozy café in Bukit Timah Plaza’s basement has been serving up quality Western cuisine for as long as anybody can remember.
6. Hockhua Wine
#02-09/10/11 Bukit Timah Plaza, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit., 6462-3735
After making a name as a supplier of traditional health products (Hockhua Tonic is just next door), Hockhua added wines to its portfolio and now boasts a cellar with over 120 wines.
7. The PianoMan’s Shop
#B2-16 Bukit Timah Plaza, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit., 6465-4465
Fancy tinkling the ivories? The PianoMan’s Shop has new and used pianos that will lend character to any home; whether or not you actually play them.
#01-01A, Sime Darby Centre, 896 Dunearn Rd., 6219-7077
Recently opened in the Sime Darby Centre, ToTT (Tools of the Trade) is a kitchen wonderland. It stocks everything from pots and pans to appliances, kitchenwear, books, cutting boards, china, knives and serving trolleys. They also have a bistro and conduct cooking classes.
9. Attitude Performing Arts Studio
#01-15/29 Bukit Timah Plaza, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, 6467-9738
Specializing in dance (ballet, jazz, hip hop) for both children and adults, Attitude also conducts dance-based fitness classes like Latino Jam and Cardio Dance along with the Les Mills workouts BODYCOMBAT and BODYJAM. The adjoining Fringe Café serves boutique coffee and healthy meals.
10. Z Fencing
#02-23 Bukit Timah Plaza, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, 6295-1432
Z Fencing is Asia’s leading fencing club with over 17 years of experience behind the blade. Discover the chivalry and romance of the art of dueling.