This is not your average cafe guide. This is a guide to the Tiong Bahru Market — a landmark most youths are blind to despite its looming stature in a neighbourhood teeming of both old and new wonders.
Through uncountable bowls of noodles, repeated lunchtime jokes and extended silences induced by food coma (or just our plain awkwardness), the Tiong Bahru Market has been a go-to lunch spot and food haven for the Bravo family, since moving into the neighbourhood 5 years ago.
For all the good food and fond memories it has fed us, this guide serves as a small gesture and insight to the building and vendors of the food centre, to all who are curious, lost and hungry.
Tiong Bahru Market
30 Seng Poh Road
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NEAREST MRT STATIONS
Tiong Bahru Station (EW17) - Exit B
Outram Park Station (EW16 / NE 3) - Exit A
Blk 1 Bus Stop (10149) - 5, 16, 33, 63, 122, 123, 195, 851, NR5
Blk 55 Bus Stop (06051) - 5, 16, 33, 63, 75, 121, 122, 123, 175, 195, 851, 970, NR5
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Tiong Bahru Station (EW17) > Exit B > Bus Stop 1 (10169) > 8min walk
Tiong Bahru Station (EW17) > Exit B > Bus Stop 1 (10169) > 1 stop down with Bus 5, 16, 33, 63, 122, 123, 195, NR5
Outram Park Station (EW16 / NE 3) > Exit A > Bus Stop 6 (06011) > 8 min walk
Outram Park Station (EW16 / NE 3) > Exit A > Bus Stop 6 (06011) > 1 stop down Bus 33, 63, 75, 121, 122, 851, 970
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Two shophouses along Tiong Poh Road in the Tiong Bahru vicinity were converted into a wet market.
The market attracted many vendors and hawkers. However, the space was small and most vendors parked themselves outside the market. Soon after, the hawkers decided to move to a bigger space, moving their stalls an open area at Seng Poh Road.
In 1950, the Municipal Commission constructed a new market called the Seng Poh Market which occupies the site of the current Tiong Bahru Market and Food Court. Seng Poh Road Market was a simple wooden structure with zinc pitched roofs.
Little has been changed at the market over the next 50 years although the roof was replaced.
The hawkers built huts with thatched roofs, the roof of the market was made up of palm leaves that were woven together, like a mat, and the lower part was made of a wooden structure.
In 2004, Seng Poh Road Market was shut down for a complete rebuild.
Stallholders were relocated to a temporary market at Kim Pong Road.
After two years, the market reopened in 2006 as a two storey building and was renamed Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre.