Roche Bobois, the French worldwide leading brand in design and distribution of high-end furniture has proudly announced the grand opening of its Singapore showroom with a brand-new design concept. The new showroom spans over 5,300 square-feet and features an expansive floor-to-ceiling window to frame the beautiful selection of Roche Bobois’s best collections in a dynamic space; this elegant showroom opening also marks another milestone in the brand's significant expansion in the Asia-Pacific region.
Located at ground level of Boon Siew Building along Bukit Timah Road, the Roche Bobois Singapore Showroom possesses a wide store front to entice passers-by to peek into its luxe interior, which from a distance resembles a jewel box.
The new showroom of Singapore enjoys an incredibly large window that brings visibility and light to the showroom. The focus is indeed to highlight that advantage, and thanks to a mirror illusion, they have created a double exposure that makes the showroom look bigger. Inspiration has been found in the green space in the surroundings. The illusion of an outdoor space within the showroom has been created, giving the impression that indoor and outdoor spaces are a single and same place. The light wood flooring is chosen to go with that peaceful indoor garden ambiance and highlight the gorgeous green wall. While the geometric indoor partition creates an open space, the dark walls disappear to leave the eye attracted by the light, creating depth in the showroom.
Roche Bobois is a ‘story of people’, a ‘family saga’ which is still continuing with descendants of the founders acting as today’scompany directors. It all began with the fateful meeting of two families, the Roches, a family from France with a successful family furniture business since the 1800s, and the Chouchans, immigrants from Russia who in 1950 opened their own furniture showroom in Paris called ‘Au Beau Bois’ (‘beautiful wood’) - a brand name which would later evolve into ‘Bobois’.
Together, they formed a bond with a mission to offer customers high-quality and innovative designs relevant to the time. By theearly 60’s, they had already designed their first collection together. The first Roche Bobois showroom, designed by the visionary architect and designer Pierre Paulin, was opened at the same time on the Boulevard Saint-Germain.
Today, Roche Bobois has more than 265 showrooms in over 55 countries, a true mark of its ambitious, accelerated programme of international growth. After 17 new stores opened in 2017, this growth has continued in 2018 in vibrant cities such as HanoÃ¯, Washington, Tokyo and San Diego among others.
With a growing presence all over the world, Roche Bobois embodies the full diversity of French design. Thanks to its long-established network of European manufacturers and fruitful relationships with talented designers (such as Marcel Wanders, Kenzo Takada, Ora Ito among others) and also with prestigious fashion houses (e.g. Jean Paul Gaultier, Missoni Home), the brand has risen to the challenge of achieving an international presence by offering every client a personalised approach to home design and decor.
Tekka Place, the intergrated development located at the junction of Serangoon Road & Sungei Road in Little India, will have an emphasis on the arts and culture, with dedicated spaces to host exhibitions, artwork and performances. It is slated for completion in the later part of 2019.
Comprising a 10-storey Main Block and 7-storey Annex Block, their mixed-use development includes 320 serviced residences and an outdoor rooftop area for delightful F&B choices, along with a diverse mix of 80 curated retail outlets.
In partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board and local associations, Tekka Place will also celebrate the rich heritage of the area with a space dedicated for events and activities.
Located at the gateway of Little India, Tekka Place is at the crossroads of contemporary living and rich heritage. Because of its unique location, the area is assured of an ideal mix of international and local interests. Tekka Place’s accessibility from the Downtown and North-East lines and major expressways makes it well-positioned for success.
Sideways is nestled in the heart of one of Singapore’s heritage trails along Little India and Jalan Besar. The unassuming shophouse - once an education ground for under privileged children of migrant workers in the olden days - is now decked in famous street art, which starkly contrasts its bricked interiors.
Their service, food and drinks are inspired to the Mediterranean. The 21 countries along the coast are very different, but they all appreciate the same things. Olive oil, bread, wine, coffee, afternoon naps and having a good time. That’s what you’re going to find at Sideways.
62 years on, popular homegrown brand Old Chang Kee opens its first flagship store right at the original location of its very first stall.
Old Chang Kee has its humble beginnings in 1956 in a small stall in a coffee shop near the then Rex Cinema along Mackenzie Road. People from every corner of Singapore would travel to this stall to savor the perfect curry puff, then known affectionately as the "Rex Curry Puff".
The 50-seater heritage-themed setting flagship coffee house will not only serve the usual Old Chang Kee delights. Their new offerings like Flower Bread (seven fluffy buns with a choice of curry or stew) and Beef Stew Rice are both exclusive to the Rex outlet.
The Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, a 164-year-old national monument and one of the oldest temples in Singapore, was recently re-sanctified in a consecration ceremony called the “Maha Samprokshanam” which is done once every 12 years.
Major redevelopment works at the temple, costing S$4.5 million, were recently completed.
The temple had to invite foreign experts to help in the restoration as certain specific skills were not available here. A team of 20 highly-skilled artisans, known as sthapathis, were flown in from India for the job.
In 1978, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple was declared a National Monument by the Preservation of Monuments Board. The temple also underwent major facelifts in year 1987, 1992 and 2005.
The history of Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple dates back to the late 1800s. Read more about its rich history here.
Wander up the side entrance of Meat Smith at Little India and you'll find a little bar known as 'Rogue Trader'.
With colonial Indian accents, this sophisticated gem welcomes thirsty travellers and restaurant patrons alike. Think tea time and tonics, think adventure tales and spice trade; all while embracing the ingredients readily available in the area.
Sprawled across the lobby of The Great Madras Hotel, The Great Mischief lends a playful Catalonian twist to the vintage setting of the hotel and rich heritage of Little India.
This fifth installation from The Black Hole Group is inspired from the gastronomical culture of Catalonia - with much emphasis on sharing good foood and time with family and companions. The Great Mischief offers their own rendition of Catalan delicacies, an open concept and good vibes - the rest of the story is for you to pen down.
Jalan Besar has a lot of cool new Food & Beverage kids. Newbie Seven & Ate is one of them. They love food and puns, but mainly food.
Taking over the space from Bao Makers, Seven & Ate is an all-day gastro pub which serves decadent sandwiches, burgers and quiona bowls.
Eggcited about Spam? One of their signatures is the Spam and Egg sandwich which will definitely satisfy!
The people at Seven & Ate based all that they do around the fact that they are food lovers themselves and their goal is to share with others this love and passion. Visit and leave with a heavy belly with smiles all round.
Their Fala-Falafel Burger is made up of all things delicious. Think 180g of chickpeas, tzatziki, kale, tomato compote in one burger with sweet potato fries on the side. Taste the goodness of the Middle Eastern flavours in one bite that will keep you going back for more.
Join Meat Smith on their exploration of all things fire, smoke, char and the essence of the barbeque culture in their new location - 21 Campbell Lane.
An eclectic mix of Indian spice and @meatsmith_sg grunge, Meat Smith Little India is American barbecue from the south, with an accent of Indian flavour.
With its colourful façade and street artwork, Meat Smith Little India fits in perfectly at its home, on Campbell Lane, Little India.
The concept originated from the Wanderlust Hotel, as a pop up taking over the space formerly known as Cocotte. The kitchen helmed by Chef Andrew Baldus, of Meat Smith on Telok Ayer, who created a masterful menu combining the technique of slow cooking and barbecue, with his interpretation of Indian spice, rubs and sauces.
Since the invention by Levi Strauss in 1873, Levi’s® jeans have been capturing the imagination and loyalty of people for generations. The newest outlet is now at City Square Mall and attributes to the brand's strong retail presence in Singapore.
Their range of leading jeanswear and accessories is available in more than 110 countries, allowing individuals around the world to express their personal style.
Santap is The Black Hole Group's inaugural foray into the Little India enclave. It fits in seamlessly as the in-house café of boutique hotel, The Daulat.
With indoor and al fresco spaces which are perfect for lounging or dining, Santap's offerings are also good for those on-the-go too. With the local market at their doorstep on Madras Street, they forage the locale daily for the freshest produce – ensuring a wholesome and visual feast before you.
Once the heart of horse racing and precinct for the first plane to fly over Singapore in 1900s, Farrer Park has since evolved into a buzzing commercial community with plenty to do, see and eat. Park Hotel Farrer Park, is a brand new 300-room hotel situated in this vibrant enclave.
Park Hotel Farrer Park enjoys a prime location atop Farrer Park MRT station, providing unbeatable accessibility around the vicinity, to the city and Central Business District. Standing tall amongst surrounding shopping complexes, quaint restaurants and historical shophouses, the 20-storey new-build hotel with its sleek glass exteriors offers panoramic views of the vibrant district.
It is home to a mix of 300 contemporary guest rooms, Sky Loft and Premier Loft rooms coupled with modern amenities, the hotel also features three dining outlets, a swimming pool and gymnasium ideal for business travel or family holidays.
Opening soon, Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon is located in one of Singapore’s most vibrant enclaves, Little India. The hotel is steps from a cultural extravaganza – spectacular temples, heritage sites, restaurants, and shop houses selling clothes, jewelry and Indian spices.
Join them for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Garden Grille & Bar, their casual restaurant serving hearty and healthy dishes. Relax under the sun in the sparkling outdoor pool. The hotel also has a fitness center and business center, both open 24 hours to suit your schedule.
Every guest room has plush beds, blackout curtains and adjustable air-conditioning for a great night’s sleep. Feel at home with comforts like complimentary WiFi, a 43-inch HDTV, mini-refrigerator, coffeemaker, laptop-sized safe, a walk-in shower and deluxe bath products. Relax in cozy seating at the bay window, and work at the desk with ergonomic chair and universal plug points.
Launching soon, Trio @ Sam Leong (formerly Sam Leong Mansion) is a new freehold commercial development at Sam Leong Road. Just a 5-min walk from Farrer Park MRT station.
Trio comprises of 43 strata titled shops and Food & Beverage units in a 4-storey building with 2 basements.Trio is a unique commercial launch that features retails, restaurants, and entertainment. In addition to being a favorable commercial development, it also comes as a rare freehold when most of other developments come with 99-year leasehold, making it perfect for business or investment purpose.
Located on top of the Farrer Park MRT Station, Park Hotel Farrer Park is Park Hotel Group's fifth property in Singapore.
The hotel is located in the vibrant shopping and entertainment district of Little India with the famous 24-hour Mustafa Centre, Tekka Centre, and The Verge, all located within walking distance. For convenience, the new hotel will also be connected through an underground pedestrian walkway to City Square Mall, Singapore’s first eco-mall.
Joining the cluster of cool boutique hotels, cafés and restaurants at this gritty part of Little India, Jalan Besar is now home to a new wellness concept. Launched by Prime Group International, the company behind Prime Supermarket, Mahota Commune is a trendy space at Kitchener Complex.
The store aims to promote healthy living through a grocer offering organic produce and health food products, a restaurant and café and a traditional Chinese medicine clinic, all located within a shared space. Besides shopping and dining options, there are wellness activities such as yoga sessions, free weekday meditation classes and free Sunday morning walks around the neighbourhood The store also hosts wine tasting sessions as well as symposiums and pop-up markets.
GRT Jewellers (GRT), India’s renowned jeweller celebrates its 50th anniversary by launching its second international showroom in Singapore, unveiling its spanking new 4,800 sqft outlet in Serangoon Road.
GRT has flourished in India, boasting 38 stores across Asia including the recently launched showroom in Dubai with its exquisite jewellery and exemplary customer service. As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, GRT is embarking on a new chapter by stepping outside India into Singapore and Dubai and soon in Malaysia. This big step sees this rich-in-heritage leading Jeweller and a household name in India, tapping new territory.
GRT also takes great pride in its well-trained staff. It is part of the company's ongoing retail commitment to provide a world class shopping experience to its consumers. The new showroom will allow customers to browse the glittering beauties with ease in an exclusive ambiance complemented by excellent service. For those who prefer shopping from the comfort of their home, GRT Live Video Shopping is also an option where customers can view GRT jewellery collections across the globe through a live video. The GRT Live Video Shopping experience allows customers to view any jewellery collection they desire with the assistance of its attentive sales representative online.
Continuously evolving as it crosses its 50th year mark, GRT has seen itself transform from a traditional Indian jeweller to a household name that meticulously crafts jewellery that is not only of high quality but current and in trend.
GRT offers the rarest and finest collections from India thanks to its own manufacturing unit. Its 360 degree service deals not only with Gold and Diamonds but Platinum, Silver, Precious and Semi-Precious stones as well. The brand also has an active presence in the ecommerce platform to cater to customers the world over.
Roots Kitchen Bar has opened its doors at 30 Dickson Road for brunch, lunch and dinner, serving fine European food at casual dining prices.
Fresh ingredients, hot pans, and sharp knives are Derek, David and Andy’s beliefs in bringing delicious food to the table.
Diners are eating top table food at accessible prices. They are often delightfully surprised by the juxtaposition of seriously good food served in a relaxed no-airs restaurant and a $$ menu.
With its chef trained and grounded in fine cuisine, soups are mirepoix-prepared from scratch, as with the sauces, stocks, and jus where roasting, sautéing and blending are de rigueur in their preparation.
Whether it is the medium done London Broil Flank or Poached Egg Pancetta Carbonara, multiple techniques are used to retain the original flavours of the ingredients, fragrance of the vegetables, and to deliver the desired texture of the dish.
These made from scratch, no pre-mix approaches are what brought the chef and three partners from different backgrounds together. Alvin Tan hailed from 8 years cooking in fine French and European kitchens; Derek Ong has F&B management experience, whilst David Lim and Andy Li are from Design, IT & communication worlds respectively. A common thread runs in their diversity: they all love food, honest unpretentious, delicious food at decent prices.
A space became available in the relatively untapped but emerging nosh locale of Little India, especially with the much anticipated opening of the Rochor MRT Station.
The three foodies saw the potential for a landmark restaurant, firmed up the restaurant concept and exactly one month later, the new generation eatery, Roots Kitchen Bar, was born.
Behind the scene, renovations began immediately. With a classic brick & mortar decor, walls were peeled at the corners and lined by iron grills and edgy lighting frames. The undressed tables and service evoke a casual, friendly atmosphere. With rustic cellar vibes, the place beckons ‘Welcome’ to diners where they can feel right at home having a meal or drinks.
Roots serves fine European fare at casual dining prices, sans service charge or GST. On the menu, the star starter is the Mushroom Leek Fondue Soup which has diners asking for seconds. The Crabmeat Linguine in Lobster Bisque has very quickly become diners’ favourite pasta order. The Nagano Pork with Braised Cabbage side fights nose to nose with the London Broil Beef Flank in winning over meat lovers’ hearts.
For dessert, the Banana Bailey is the Chef’s unique take on the humble bread and butter pudding which has invariably garnered ‘must try’ recommendations from guests.
At the helm of the kitchen, Chef Alvin Tan, began his culinary career in the fine dining kitchen of Les Amis au Jardin, on to the Boathouse at the Fullerton where he started as chef de partie and quickly rose to be chef-in-charge. He was then headhunted out of Singapore 2 years ago to Velassaru, Maldives, where he was in charge of a signature restaurant.
Ukulele Movement (UM) is an initiative launched to increase the awareness and appreciation of ukulele in Singapore and beyond. This movement connects ukulele enthusiasts through regular events (performances, concerts, workshops) and activities like open mic, uke outings/meetups etc.
UM is also the first music retail shop in Singapore specialising in all-things-ukulele, offering a wide selection of high quality ukuleles imported from reputable brands, instructional materials and lessons, catering to people of all levels and ages.
Desker Road, once Singapore’s oldest and notorious red-light district, is now home to old-time shopkeepers, adventurous backpackers, migrant workers, small modern offices and a myriad of back alleys.
A key inspiration to Creatures’ debut at Desker Road is to be an atmospheric dining enclave in the heart of this culturally rich conservation area. Desker Road, with its whiff of old-world charm, beckons one home.
For over 20 years, the owners of Creatures reinterpreted favourites, jazzing them up with an Asian flair. When they moved into their new home, they combined their love for cooking and tasteful interiors, and began inviting families and friends for intimate home dining experiences.
With a passion for bringing out flavours through natural ingredients and experimenting with texture, the owners amassed a menu of their own creations after decades of thoughtful cooking. CREATURES brings that cosy home dining experience to all, with an aim to make the café a habitat of creature comforts.
Savour comfort on a plate at CREATURES, a modern-day café set in the culturally rich conservation area of Desker Road. Our hearty east-meets-west nosh comes with a twist – and without the MSG. We dish up irresistibly soothing comfort food with an Asian flair while staying true to the origins of the dish – all to make you feel both at home and in Eden.
Amongst the hustle and bustle at the heart of Little India’s Syed Alwi Road, a Chindian restaurant is spicing up the vibrant Indian food scene with a new chef and a new menu.
Copper Chimney, the 10-year-old Syed Alwi flagship which prides itself in its distinctive North Indian and Chinese Indian cuisine, has gotten a fresh new interior and a revamped menu since F&B industry veteran and now Copper Chimney CEO Vikram Natarajan took over the reins two and a half years ago.
Manchurian sauces and momos or Nepalese dumplings may be the more well-known Chindian staples, but if you’re looking for a crisp start to the meal, the Salt and Pepper Baby Corn is a crunchy surprise on the menu. Expertly stir-fried with a healthy dose of garlic, peppers and soya sauce, this dish goes well with a cold glass of beer.
Another interesting starter is the Chicken Lollipop, juicy chicken fried in crisp batter and served with a spicy szechwan sauce on the side.
The Chicken Manchurian and Chilli Chicken are two of the most popular Chindian dishes on the Copper Chimney menu. The Chicken Manchurian, in particular, is a combination of chicken and freshly sautéed vegetables served in a sweet and sour brown sauce.
The ubiquitous fried rice dish will never be the same again once patrons have tried the spicy Szechwan Fried Rice, which can come served with prawns or chicken or as a vegetarian option. Another of the restaurant’s more popular dishes and made with 100% Basmati rice, the Szechwan Fried Rice has a fiery, rich depth of Indian and Chinese spices.
Each dish is carefully prepared with a selection of high quality spices. Szechwan peppers are brought in from China, and green chilli paste flown in from Calcutta to recreate the authentic flavours that Copper Chimney offers.
Workhouse is a coworking space located in the heart of Little India. Designed with startups and small businesses in mind, Workhouse aims to be a platform that fosters creative collaborations between community members by promoting entrepreneurship, diversity and work with a social directive.
Workhouse shared office space features unique steel structures created to give teams a sense of belonging with an open working space. These structures are further dividable with moveable panels as required by your preferences.
All Co-Working members will also have access to below business facilities giving you the platform for presentations, fund raising, collaboration and relaxation.