Bukit Timah Shopping Centre: The next place to visit



Bukit Timah is the highest natural point in Singapore. It has Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and is dotted with many unique cafes. It is regarded as a ‘posh’ area, known for great shopping and great food. With little government-funded public housing, it is one of the most densely populated areas with private housing. It also houses many elite educational institutions and since the completion of the Downtown Line, is now well-connected to the rest of Singapore.

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Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, as its name suggests, is located within the Bukit Timah estate. Located at 170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, this historical mall is located directly opposite Beauty World Centre and UOB Centre. Beauty World MRT is within walking distance, which makes it relatively convenient to get to.

The History of Bukit Timah Shopping Centre

Bukit Timah Shopping Centre has a lot of history. Designed by Mr Chee Soon Wah, the 22-storey building is one of Singapore’s first fully air-conditioned shopping complexes. It consists of a seven-storey podium, and a 12-storey tower block, completed in 1978 and 1981 respectively.

The podium once housed a Chinese emporium, a Gala cinema, and a carpark. The tower block used to house residential units, with a penthouse at the top floor. Now, the podium houses small businesses such as maid agencies and construction companies. The cinema has been converted into an auditorium that is owned by a church, and the tower now houses office spaces. The penthouse has been bought over by the church.

Repainted in 2005, the building’s playful pink, blue and yellow exterior was ahead of its time. The colours help differentiate the volumes of the mall, making it readily identifiable from a distance and helping it stand out from nearby malls like Beauty World Centre and Bukit Timah Plaza. Shoppers are generally fond of the architecture, and it was popular with Malaysian tourists due to the good deals found inside.

What can you find inside the mall?

The interior of the mall is almost labyrinthine in nature, with the staircases and escalators guiding shoppers around in a pleasant, meandering fashion. Inside is a wide mix of shops, offices and agencies. You can find employment agencies, maid agencies, and various business or accounting related services. There are also many centres for learning - art, music, training and tuition. In addition, within you may find design, construction and engineering companies.

There are also hair and beauty salons, boutiques, and printing/photocopying services. If you’re looking for new additions to your wardrobe, there are also a few clothing stores and tailoring services.

For food, there is the renowned Jew Kit Hainanese Chicken Rice, located at Basement 1 of the mall. They have a history of serving great chicken rice for more than two decades. If you prefer western food, there is Buddy Hoagies as well - a casual eatery serving up affordable steaks, with the vibe of a classic American family diner. It is also located at Basement 1.  

If you’re in the mood for dessert, check out One Thing Coffee Kids Café. It is a family-friendly café, with an indoor playroom and free Wi-Fi. Although they are known for their array of Korean bingsu (with the best seller being their matcha patbingsu), they have a robust lunch and dinner menu as well.

Bukit Timah Rail Corridor on a bright afternoon

Bukit Timah Rail Corridor on a bright afternoon

How do I get there?

One of the easiest ways is to take the Downtown Line and alight at Beauty World Station (DT5). If you prefer to take a bus, there are several bus stops in the vicinity - they are located before Upper Bukit Timah Road and opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre itself. These bus services include: 41, 52, 61, 66, 157, 170, 170A, 970 and 985.

What else is nearby?

Bukit Timah is a wholesome, family-friendly neighborhood. There is no shortage of established schools and amenities to choose from. If you are done exploring Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, fear not - the area has a lot to offer - from Holland Village or at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The Grandstand, formerly called Turf City, has a lot going on for it. It has free parking, and PasarBella, the indoor farmer’s market, has a dizzying range of gourmet goods. There’s also a Giant supermarket if you need daily necessities.

Of course, for those who want to get closer to nature, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a destination that should not be missed. The 163-ha reserve contains one of the few areas of primary rainforest left in Singapore, and is home to a high percentage of native flora and fauna. The reserve is open daily from 7am to 7pm.

Bukit Timah is mostly known for its low-rise homes, so most new housing projects tend to comprise of terrace houses, cluster housing, and smaller condo developments. It is also home to a good number of bungalows. Some new condominium projects you can look forward to near Bukit Timah Shopping Centre include Mayfair Gardens and Mayfair Modern.

If you are thinking of renting in Bukit Timah instead, why not check out some of the properties available for rent?

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