Geylang

Tags:
Food paradise
Night life
Durians
Chilli Crab
MRT Stations:
CC7Mountbatten
CC8Dakota
EW8CC9Paya Lebar
EW7Eunos
EW9Aljunied
Situated to the east of the Central Region of Singapore, Geylang has long been infamous for being the country's red-light district. Despite this, the neighbourhood is still regarded as a popular residential area due to it being a stone's throw away from the Central Business District. Geylang is losing its notoriety and becoming more attractive as a place of residence, especially for young couples and families looking at the new condominiums that have popped up in the area.

Summary

Situated to the east of the Central Region of Singapore, Geylang has long been infamous for being the country's red-light district. Despite this, the neighbourhood is still regarded as a popular residential area due to it being a stone's throw away from the Central Business District. Geylang is losing its notoriety and becoming more attractive as a place of residence, especially for young couples and families looking at the new condominiums that have popped up in the area. 

Stay

As mentioned earlier, many new condominiums have cropped up within the neighbourhood; this has resulted in majority of the available houses being private apartments. 
Nevertheless, there are a few HDB blocks in the district, and many of these flats are for sale or rent.
Landed properties are as scarce, or even more so, as HDB flats. These landed properties are varied; some are terrace houses, others bungalows, and still others are conservation houses and shophouses. 

Eat & Drink

Another thing Geylang is famous for is its food. While it has long been touted as a supper destination, there are many good eats to be found there during the day as well. Check out the following list of places to eat in Geylang, and continue to explore on your own to find hidden gems in the area!

Perhaps the dish most associated with Geylang, one must definitely try the Frog Porridge there. Though some may be squeamish at the thought of eating frogs, it has long been part of Chinese cuisine, and honestly, tastes like chicken, though it has its differences. Head to G7 Sin Ma Claypot Live Frog or Eminent Frog Porridge to try it out! This is also a favourite supper food, as the first eatery mentioned is opened til the early hours of the night. 

Another exotic delicacy would be turtle soup, which is said to be tasty and nourishing; try it at Turtle House, which is open until 12am, and so is also a possible supper destination!

The less adventurous need not fret; Geylang's food scene is not well known only for its exotic dishes. Try out some amazing and authentic Penang food at Penang Seafood Restaurant at Lorong 25A Geylang, or stop by Geylang Claypot Rice for a pot of piping hot, fragrant rice. 
Kwong Satay at Lorong 29 Geylang Road is mouth-wateringly addictive and a definitely must-try!

Don't feel like local food? Treat yourself at Italian Restaurant La Barca, located at Goodman Arts Centre. The intimate, quiet setting leads to an enjoyable dining experience. 

Shop

Geylang has two small shopping centres, City Plaza and Tanjong Katong Complex. Unlike modern shopping centres, which feature fast fashion outlets and glaring fluorescent lights, these shopping centres offer a glimpse into the '90s, with more boutique stores than international brands. Walking around in them is an interesting experience, and there are many bargain buys to be found.

Residents head to Geylang Serai Market to buy their groceries from the first floor. The second floor of the complex is a maze of fascinating stores selling local goods: spices, delicacies, and traditional Malay outfits. A similar mix of stores can be found at Joo Chiat Complex, in addition to stores selling fabric, household tools, and more.

Play

Geylang hosts the island's largest indoor climbing gym, Onsight, which would be great for thrill-seekers and sports enthusiasts who embrace heights.
In addition, many residents tend to meet and gather at one of the many coffee shops at night to have a beer and chat - the Singaporean version of hanging out at the pub.

Move

The closest MRT stations to Geylang are Aljunied Station, Kallang Station, and Paya Lebar Station. Aljunied and Kallang Stations run along the East-West Line, while Paya Lebar runs along the East-West and Circle Lines.
As such, the neighbourhood is easily accessible by public transport, especially when including the many bus services that run through the district.

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