Holland Village Singapore – Expatriats & Locals Fav Hangout Place

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Street view of Holland Village Singapore
Street view of Holland Village Singapore

Holland Village Singapore Highlights

Holland Village Singapore might remind you of New York City’s Greenwich Village in the sense that both at one time or another have been considered “bohemian” in nature and both have faced gentrification.  Holland Village is popular for its restaurants and specialty shops, attracting expatriates and Singaporeans alike.

A genuine fusion of old and new, the Holland Road Shopping Centre is a great place in Holland Village to take a stroll and look through Asian arts, antiques, and crafts.  Holland Village might be a picture of historic “suburban life” in Singapore, but it’s also a contemporary attraction for some youthful night time fun!

Facts about Holland Village Singapore

  • Named after Holland Road (and Hugh Holland) in 1907.
  • A Singaporean TV drama series was created with the same name in 2003.
  • Located near the Buona Vista MRT Station and the Queenstown area.
  • Sometimes it is referred to as “Holland V”.

Food & Drink

There are several food chain establishments in Holland Village Singapore, such as BreadTalk, Burger King, Crystal Jade, Häagen-Dazs, Indochine, Subway, and The Coffee Bean.  Keep the following names in mind, Tango’s, Baden, and Harry’s, if you’re interested in Holland V’s most popular bars. It might not be recognizable from the name, but the Holland Village Food Court is also open at night for some good beer.

Holland Village Market & Food Centre
Holland Village Market & Food Centre

A much more prominent bar on the Lorong Mambong strip, however, goes by the name Wala Wala.  A lot of customers enjoy Wala Wala’s Happy Hour on two floors with live music; crowds grow at the Wala Wala Café Bar from university students to urban professionals looking to stomp their feet to contemporary rock and Top 40 tunes.

For a break from the party, Wala Wala regulars might order the Grilled John Dory Fish Fillet with White Wine Cream Sauce, the Pan-fried Breaded Pork Chops in Apple Sauce, or the Pizza Wala, for some alfresco eating downstairs.

Shopping in Holland Village

Holland Village offers a lot of shopping opportunities for shoppers. Holland V Shopping Mall might be the first place people want to see, since it does have the signature name of the village.  But Holland Village has many commercial branches to choose from, such as 7-Eleven, Guardian Pharmacy, Photo Finish, and The Dairy Farm Group’s Cold Storage supermarket.  There are also banking services (such as ATMs) and antique shops.

If you need a pick-me-up while shopping, there is a 24-hour coffee shop and a market.  Stalls sell Chinese and Western food, while visitors can make a switch, from the food chains mentioned above, to eat at Swensen’s, Thai Express, and various Japanese cuisine outlets.

There are also several franchises to choose from, marking the gentrification in the area, like Marmalade Pantry and Tapas Bar, and other ethnic restaurants.

What about the TV Series?

Produced by MediaCorp in Mandarin Chinese, with subtitles in English, the series was called Holland V because the main family operated a small restaurant in Holland Village.

The TV series focuses on the lives of the Mo family, several siblings and their significant others, and how they stay united despite obstacles.  The eldest sister is a leader, the second is always worrying about her husband, the third is portrayed as lazy and out-to-get-rich, the fourth as simple-minded and helpful to the eldest sister in the business, and the fifth sister who outdoes her twin brother through her educational background.  It was originally set to be 115 episodes long, but due to it’s popularity it extended to 125 episodes.

At the 2003 Star Awards, the program was awarded all 5 acting categories: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and the Young Talent Award.  It made history for receiving the most nominations in a single year, and it was the Highest Rated Drama.  Honored at the Star Awards 25th Anniversary in 2007, Holland V was one of the top 5 favorite dramas, the theme song was recognized as one of the top five favorites and the character Mo Wanwan was voted one of the five most memorable characters.

The popularity of the fictional show is definitely because of the actors and the plot, but some of it should be attributed to the atmosphere that the real Holland V provides.

Tips for Travelers

  • During peak hours, parking might be difficult.
  • Holland Village is usually reached by bus or taxi.
  • For now, you can take SBS bus 7 or 106 from Orchard Boulevard to Holland Road.
  • Holland Village is also a ten minute walk from the Buona Vista MRT Station.
  • Holland Village is equipped with movable street barricades for anti-terrorism measures.

Nearby Attractions

If you’re traveling to Holland Village then you might consider visiting the unique Haw Par Villa as well. You can easily catch a bus to Haw Par Villa from Holland Village. Another interesting place nearby is Dempsey Hill which is recommended for fine dinning & antique souvenirs shopping.