Located near the Buona Vista MRT Station, near the Queenstown area, Holland Village (also known as Holland V) is described as the bohemian enclave of Singapore. Sporting a giant windmill on one roof, this district is a popular hang-out for young, trendy locals and hosts a huge expatriate community. HollandVillage has a wide selection of arts, crafts, carpets and valuable antiques in a village market setting. Known also for its discount clothing shops, snazzy wine bars and old world coffee shops, Holland Village offer the astute shopper ethnic boutiques, foreign shops and a large selection of movie memorabilia and some of the best food in Singapore.
HollandVillage is THE PLACE to find antique lamps and home furnishings, especially at places like Essential Crafts, Esteli Studio, Vista and Jessica. For your ethnic, bohemian style clothing and jewellery, you have to check out Angie’s Handmade Fashion, Espana and Shaw Sisters. Framing Angle and D’Artist Gallery will help you with your art and framing needs.
Found within HollandVillage, you will discover Holland Road Shopping Centre. This modest 4-story building hosts merchants of second-hand books, antiques and curiosities, Scandinavian Christmas decorations, jewellery, souvenirs and art works. There is a delightful alfresco café on the fourth floor that provides a peaceful respite from your shopping day.
Standard Singapore shopping is available at places such as Cold Storage supermarket, Guardian Pharmacy, Watson Pharmacy, 7-11 and Photo Finish. Banking and money changing services are also easy to find. Beyond this, it is the unique individualism of the merchants that will draw you to return to HollandVillage.
Culinary offerings and exciting night clubs draw huge crowds on the weekends. Cha Cha Cha Mexican Restaurant will delight diners with its flavorful Mexican dishes while “De Paulo la Terrazza” will calm your spirit and sooth your palette with delicious al fresco plates and a good wine selection. “Da Paolo Pizza Bar” will give you a taste of Italy and the culinary expertise at Michelangelo’s is legendary. For superb vegetarian dishes from Europe, “Original Sin” is a must-see. The ambiance as well as the food at “Sistina Restaurante” will bring you back again and again to enjoy their summer-fresh salads and the murals that adorn the walls.
After a day of shopping and a sumptuous meal, it’s time for a little respite and rejuvenation, easily found at places like aFOND, Esprit Spa, Strip and Xin Spa. Then it’s time for some drinks and dancing at many of the after hour clubs and cafes, like Tango’s and Baden. Harrys’ @ Holland V offers live music and a great place to watch the crowds pass. And no evening in HollandVillage would be complete without a stop at Wala Wala Café Bar, where everyone goes see and be seen.