A fresh look at Bugis Cube

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Bugis Street is a pretty famous place. It is where one can score deals on the latest fashions, and indulge in some good eats. In 2013, Bugis Cube joined the shopping and dining options at Bugis Street. It has a grand total of 97 units for both retail and F&B options. Modern and contemporary, this sleek building is located at 470 North Bridge Road, opposite Bugis Junction.

Check out the talk on sites at Bugis to know more about the area’s desirability.

Bugis Cube is just 10 to 15 minutes drive from the Central Business District and Orchard shopping belt. Nearby, there are the financial hubs in Marina Bay and Raffles Place. It is also well connected via public transport, with the MRT providing access to areas such as Telok Ayer, Chinatown and Promenade. This ease of accessibility and its prime location makes Bugis Cube an attractive option for businesses and start-ups.

How do I get to Bugis Cube?

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Bugis MRT station

Bugis Cube is about four minutes’ walk from Bugis MRT station. The Esplanade MRT station and Lavender MRT station are also within easy access.

If you prefer taking the bus, the available bus services are 100, 175, 851. These will pass bus stops located in front of Bugis Cube, before Beach Road and Middle Road.

If you are driving, major expressways like CTE and ECP can lead you to Bugis Cube.

What is in Bugis Cube?

A majority of the current tenants inside Bugis Cube specialise in wellness and beauty - they comprise of hair and nail salons, massage centres, and spas. If you need to kick back and relax after a long session of shopping, Bugis Cube is the go-to destination to get yourself pampered.

There are no shortage of dining options as well. Ming Tang Jiu Gong Ge Hotpot, located at #01-02, is a wonderful option if it has been a cold, rainy day. Their speciality includes a massive hotpot, which is called the Nine-Grid Hot Pot. The pot is divided into nine sections, and each diner can cook their favourite meats and seafood without mixing food. It is perfect for communal dining and getting together with your family and friends.

Another highlighted dining option is My Favourite Café. If you are familiar with Lucky Plaza’s popular “meatballs” yong tau foo stall, they have opened their second outlet in Bugis Cube. They are well-known for their signature Korean-style mushrooms and handmade meatballs. The latter sells out extremely quickly, so be sure to go early to avoid the crowds.

Other businesses within Bugis Cube include tuition centres, language schools, and recruitment firms. Once you are done with Bugis Cube, you can explore Bugis Street with its dizzying array of shops and dining options.

What is the history of Bugis Street?

Bugis Street is a haven for shopaholics - PropertyGuru Singapore

Bugis Street is a haven for shopaholics.

The street originally got its name “Bugis” from the people of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The Bugis people frequently journeyed through a canal in the area before the 1950s.

Bugis Street is part of a large area that used to be called “Xiao Po” by the Chinese. It ranges from Tanjong Pagar down to Chinatown, and Jalan Sultan. People commuted from Bugis to Chinatown via a tram.

Bugis Street has a colourful history. Back in the 1950s to the early 1980s, it was quite prominent internationally due to the prevalent outdoor eateries, marketplace ambience and nightly gatherings by transvestites and transsexuals. The street attracted huge crowds, cultivating the rise of many businesses.

Shows featuring transgender women became its main attraction. These were controversial at the time, with provocative performances such as the “flamingo dance” and beauty pageants. These women would compete against each other for the title “Queen of Queens”. These sensational occurrences lead to the street being dubbed as “Boogie Street” among westerners.

In the mid-1980s, Bugis Street underwent major urban redevelopment. It slowly became a retail complex of modern malls, restaurants and nightspots alongside regulated roadside vendors. Underground works to construct the Bugis MRT station led to the termination of the nightly transgender bazaar culture, which marked the end of a fascinating and unique era in Singapore’s history.

What else is nearby Bugis Cube?

There are numerous malls nearby Bugis Cube such as:

Bugis Junction

950m to 1km (3 to 4 minutes)

400m (5 minutes)

Bugis Street

450m (2 minutes)

400m to 450m (6 minutes)

Bugis Plus

280m (1 minute)

280m (4 minutes)

Shaw Towers

450m (2 minutes)

270m (4 minutes)

Bras Basah Complex

230m (1 minute)

210m to 250m (3 minutes)

Fu Lu Shou Complex

700m to 1km (3 to 5 minutes)

500m to 700m (7 to 9 minutes)

Suntec City Mall

800m to 900m (2 to 3 minutes)

750m to 850m (10 to 11 minutes)

OG Albert Centre

750m (3 minutes)

600m to 750m (7 to 10 minutes)

Is Clarke Quay nearby?

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Aerial view of Clarke Quay at night

If you are someone who enjoys partying or just lounging in a mesmerizing atmosphere, then Clarke Quay is the place to be. In the daytime, Clarke Quay is calming and tranquil, a place of high historic value. But when the sun sets, it transforms into a vibrant and energetic hotspot for nightlife. Clarke Quay is easily accessible from Bugis Cube via MRT, and by car, it only takes about 6 to 7 minutes.

I want to live here, what are my property options?

If you intend on living a lifestyle revolving around local food and retail bargains, then a home near Bugis Cube would be ideal for you. Bugis Cube sits between District 06 and District 07. District 06 comprises of Clarke Quay and City Hall. District 07 is an area stretching from Beach Road to Bugis and Rochor.

Various types of residential properties enclose Bugis Cube. Some modern condominiums nearby would be City Gate and Sturdee Residences. Another newer condominium development that you could anticipate is Martin Modern. However, if you prefer renting, you could always check out some of these properties here.

 

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