Holland V (as locals call it) is Singapore’s “Bohemian” enclave popular with both students from nearby schools and expats.
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Whenever I’m in Holland Village, it doesn’t feel like I’m in Singapore. It has a certain relaxed feel to it that instantaneously makes me feel at ease. Come on a weekday and you are sure to see students from nearby schools grabbing a quick lunch in between their classes. My friends and I were no exception! Being a proud frequenter of Holland Village, I can attest to the wide variety of good food available here.
I strongly believe that the best Mac & Cheese in Singapore resides here in Holland Village. This is not just your normal Mac & Cheese but TRUFFLE Mac & Cheese. The rich amalgamation of cheese and truffle is so mind-blowingly good, you’ll never want to eat another plain Mac & Cheese again.
Holland village is also home to several ice cream parlours such as The Daily Scoop, Sunday Folks and the Island Creamery, which are all awesome in their own right. For anyone who needs a quiet place to sit down and enjoy coffee or finish up on some work, a tip would be to head on over to Provence bakery instead of Starbucks. Not many people know that there is a cafe on the second floor, so you’ll probably be able to get some peace and quiet there.
Village with a rustic charm
When you enter Holland Village, you will realize that it is just another place in Singapore with lots of food places to choose from. I can never get why Holland Village is so popular.
The nearest MRT would be the Holland Village MRT (CC21). Although there are tons of food places, there are some which are really good. On your way to Holland Village, just beside Crystal Jade you will spot Churrosity. Churros crispy on the outside and soft in the inside coated with cinnamon and sugar. Prices start at S$2.50 each. It is good considering that I tasted worse ones. Choose from four different types of topping to go with your Churros.
One of the other highlights would be the Crystal Jade buffet there; they offer a free flow of xiao long bao. That should set you back at an estimated of slightly over twenty dollars per person. Call in and make your reservations in advance if you are looking for a specific date.
There are places for drinking and well as dining. Be spoilt for choice as there is a wide variety of cuisines to choose from.
Great for quiet weekend brunch
Holland Village is quite far from our place, but it is easily reachable by MRT (Yellow Line). We went here with friends for brunch one Sunday morning. While waiting for our friends, hubby and I walked around the area.
It is relaxed and quiet for Sunday morning, perfect for families. We saw this guy walking his dogs and letting them sit nearby while he had a meal with his wife. Most of the shops were closed (we were there around 10AM), but I assume its because these were open till late the previous evening. We didn't mind, as we only went there for brunch at Brekko Cafe.
The trademark windmill in the shopping area is nice enough to photograph.
Although it's not as extraordinary as some would describe it, I do like the relaxed vibe of the area. Would we go again? Definitely! There's still a couple of restaurants we haven't tried in this area.We'd also like to visit the place during nighttime.
I used to have this impression that Holland Village is a laid- back, slow- moving community. But of course, it’s not laid- back, but it has this certain languid feeling to it. It is felt especially when you go there at night on a weekend, where there are bars packed with people, lit in the warm, yellow light. It just has this sit- back- and- watch- the- world- go- by sort of feeling.
There are mostly eateries in Holland Village, like bars and restaurants, ranging from subway to Al Qasr, and ice cream places, like Cold Rock Ice Creamery. If you really can’t decide what to eat, there is always the hawker centre in Holland Village.
There is also a video rental shop, Video Ezy, and a pet shop there. The big windmill located in Holland Village used to fascinate me the first few times, but now, I think I've seen it more than a dozen times.
Loving the vibe
Also nicknamed 'The Foreign Land' by my family and friends.
Holland Village is where most Caucasians/foreigners spend their nights out during the busy weekdays or weekends. The winding roads leading into Holland V are closed once night falls and barricades are switched out for tables and chairs. A really good place to be dining alfresco under the blanket of stars.
Filled with bars, pubs and restaurants serving exotic cuisines, one would simply be at a loss of what to eat unless they came with only one place in mind. All the restaurants and cafes look so tempting!
When I last visited at night, the ambience given off by the crowds drinking together and some even dancing in the middle of the road created a sense of a vibrant, heartwarming community.
Nearby Makan place
Would sometimes go here with my friends after a tiring day at school, mainly to eat. If you're living/working/studying around the buona vista/dover area, holland V is quite a nice place to chill and eat.
It's main attraction are the variety of makan places- western, hong kong, thai, malay, chinese etc. They have it. Is it cheap though? Nah not really, which is why we go here sometimes only. I must say that it is very convenient though: very near CIrcle Line and you won't really get lost.
There isn't anything else to Holland V besides the food honestly. It's not like a local cultural place in that sense, but I do like the more olden feel of this place. Hopefully they don't modernise it. :S
Holland Road? Where are the dykes?
People rave about Holland Village. I don’t understand why. To be sure, it has some reasonable restaurants. Some of them are good.
People also rave about the shops in the decrepit un-renovated mall: sorry, shopping centre. Possibly there are a few things in some of the shops there that you won’t find in Orchard Road. Overall, there is nothing here but shops and eating places. To be exceptional it needs to be, and it isn’t.
If you do decide to go, take public transport. Parking is a nightmare. The streets are narrow. You can play dodgems with pedestrians spilling onto the car park access roads. Not worth the trip, really. Leave it for the locals.
But at night it comes to life. If you are a party person. But if you are, why come to Singapore? Might as well go where you are known. I admit, it is just not my scene.
Hip and youthful hangout place
Holland Village is the next best place to be at if you are sick of your usual town hangouts. At this place, you can find everything and any price point. There are many food choices in Holland Village. From affordable fare to mid-priced restaurant dining to fine italian dining, there is a choice for everyone and for any occasion. The stars of Holland Village would be the pubs and bars here. There are so many pubs and bars to choose from! I once patronized a German bar and they do serve good German beer and pork knuckles, albeit on the pricier side.
The bars usually have plenty of outdoor seating and occasionally, they would screen soccer matches for everyone to see. Nice atmosphere when everyone is cheering on the soccer teams! Although I don't watch much soccer, but I really enjoy being soaked in the atmosphere there.
I would strongly suggest you to take the MRT or a taxi here because parking is a NIGHTMARE. The lots are filled up all the time and the HDB parking areas are only allowed for seasoned parking holders. Otherwise, you would find yourself driving and parking at a further place and walking to Holland Village. Not very convenient. Just take the MRT to the Holland Village stop to save yourself from the hassle. Of course, if you are drinking, then it makes even more sense to not drive! :)
Cabbing there is a no no!
My friends and I frequented town so religiously till it became rather lacklustre several months later. Hence, we decided to venture further into foreign grounds; Holland Village.
I've heard optimistic tales involving this place. Many claimed it was a perfect venue for the nocturnals. Some said that this place brimmed with bubbly chaos every night. Our expectations heightened thanks to these proclamations. We sped off under the moonlight, towards Holland Village without further ado.
Slight disappointment. There was no hustle nor bustle. It was rather ordinary. The place wasn't spectacularly lit. However, we did notice how the architecture constructed there wasn't oozing any form of banality. Unfortunately, they were overshadowed. Literally. On the other hand, the food there was splendid. The restaurants located there managed to mysteriously encapsulate the vibe involving the Dutch, clogs and windmills.
Cabbing back to anywhere from there during the 'AM' period is monetarily mortifying.
Nightlife begins here
From cheap to expensive food, it's a food paradise with a variety of food and pubs! Katong laksa, ice cream from cold stone, sushi from sakae sushi, hawker centre food, western food from Everything with Fries, thai food and pubs with western or italian food all in one place! Holland Village!
At night it is bustling with people with most of the restaurants and pubs are opened and it is considered a tourist attraction as quite a few Caucasians can be spotted there. My most frequent routine there is eating and chilling at everything with fries followed by having dessert at Cold Stone to end the day with my favorite break the rules bubblegum ice cream.
If you are just looking to hang out and chill with friends, then come on down to Holland Village where the relaxing night atmosphere will relax your stressed minds and put your hectic schedule aside.