Sixth Avenue, Singapore: Guide to living, eating and shopping in this neighbourhood off Bukit Timah Road
9 May 2011
Why did you move to 6th Avenue?
My husband Elliott and I were looking for somewhere close to the places we like to visit regularly, like Dempsey and the Botanic Gardens, but not too far from Little India, which is where he works. We have a five-year-old boy, Harry, and an 18-month-old girl, Ruby, so we also needed somewhere a bit quieter and more suburban. My sister, Courtney, is living with us at the moment and uses us as a base for her travel through Asia, so the easy condo life with a pool suits her just fine, too!
Best thing about living in this area?
We aren’t too far away from anything; we hop on the PIE to get Harry to the Australian School, and we go walking in MacRitchie Reservoir Park. We are only a few minutes down the road from Orchard, yet there is more of a relaxed vibe here.
Why this particular home?
The Sixth Avenue Residences was a new development, and lots of families moved in last year. Condos can be a bit crazy at times, but it makes life fun for two small children to have a pool, a playground and lots of other kids around.
Which facilities were important to you?
Coffee! We need to be in close proximity to a great café at all times.
Is public transportation easily accessible?
Catching taxis is a nightmare, especially during peak periods. The bus is easy and not far from our door; however, there isn’t an MRT station nearby. An MRT line is being built, but I understand it’s still a couple of years away from being completed. I think my husband would appreciate better transport to and from work.
What is missing from your area?
While there are a few wet markets nearby, we go to Tiong Bahru every week to get all of our fresh fruit, vegetables and fish. It is one of the best wet markets in Singapore; it’s so fresh and clean. We also buy flowers there every week.
Are there any drawbacks to living where you do?
Only the inadequate public transport, but we have a car so we don’t notice it too much. We love the vibe of places like Duxton Hill, Chinatown and Haji Lane, and we love to explore new areas. This area doesn’t have that kind of personality, but that’s okay.
Favourite restaurant for special night out?
Blu Kouzina has great Greek food plus wonderful service and atmosphere. It’s perfect for a date night or for dinner with a large group of friends. They also sell really beautiful olive oil from their olive farm in Greece – ask for a tasting!
Preferred restaurant for a normal occasion?
We like Bronte on Greenwood Avenue. We go there almost every day for coffee. It’s also our go-to brunch venue, and the cool café vibe makes for a nice relaxing dinner, too.
Favourite “cheap and cheerful” restaurant?
The Sixth Avenue Hawker Centre, particularly the Chi Jia Xiao Chao stall for its dry beef hor fun and seafood fried rice. They are so friendly, and the food is really cheap!
For gorgeous Chinese antique furniture that you can have painted in any colour, we go to Jane’s Art & Craft. In fact, if you want any furniture painted, they can do that too.. And Cut the Mustard, just around the corner, carries fine specialty foods and gourmet items. If you have a special requirement, they will do their best to source it for you.
This neighbourhood is perfect for …
Young families – the kids are safe and happy, and Mum and Dad aren’t too far away from all the fun.
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