Located in the Tanglin planning area in the Central region of Singapore, Nassim is an exclusive and sophisticated neighborhood in the midst of the city. Entering the Nassim area lends you the illusion of being somewhere other than the modern, trendy, and bustling heart of Singapore. Here lies a rare pocket of Singapore’s city center where lush greenery is abundant, beautiful tall trees line the roads, and grand bungalows sit along quiet streets, providing a stark contrast to the towering skyscrapers and constant traffic that lie right at its doorstep.
The iconic black and white bungalows that line the streets of Nassim were originally built as accommodation for civil servants around the early 1900s. Today, these buildings are home to a number of foreign embassies, local businesses, and private residential properties. With Orchard Road at its doorstep, Nassim offers residents a peaceful home with easy access to the city center.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens are located nearby, great for a day out or morning run. A number of unique restaurant concepts are dotted around this area, with many of them drawing inspiration from nature and their surroundings in the development of their food menus.
Living in this neighborhood offers expansive space coupled with serene natural greenery, with the convenience of having the city center right at your doorstep. There are minimal choices available for condominiums and apartments, with most of the residential property here being occupied by houses.
Public transportation is less convenient in this area, with minimal bus routes and no MRT stations available. Residents here tend to own cars or use other transportation such as taxis. For shorter distances, residents also own bicycles to get themselves around the area. Due to the high prices of living in the area, the community is considerably smaller than other neighborhoods. The large land spaces available and privacy of gated residences is great for families and attractive for nature lovers and those seeking a tranquil haven from modern day living.
CBD: 6.3 km / 15-40 minutes by car / 35-45 minutes by transit
Changi Business Park: 21.8 km / 25-50 minutes by car / 80-90 minutes by transit
Jurong International Business Park: 11.5 km / 20-40 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit
One North Buona Vista: 7 km / 15-35 minutes by car / 40-50 minutes by transit
Tuas: 30.4 km / 35-70 minutes by car / 120 minutes by transit
Founded in 1859, this tropical garden is over 150 years old and is nestled to the West of Singapore’s Orchard Road district. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Botanic Gardens is home to over 10,000 species of flora spread over 82-hectares of land. Within the Botanic Gardens sits the National Orchid Garden, an institution pioneering the cultivation of orchid hybrids.
Located in the Tanglin Post Office Building, Nassim Hill is a bakery, bistro, and bar under one roof. A favorite spot for a casual meal and/or cheeky pint (you can tap your own draught beers here!), the bistro serves up extensive menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an equally impressive beverage menu of draught beers, wines, boutique malts, champagne and more. The bakery offers freshly baked bread daily, and the bar is also known to have the longest Happy Hour in town, running for 12 hours from 9am to 9pm.
Halia – the Malay word for “ginger” – is located in the Ginger Garden on the grounds of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Offering Modern European cuisine in the midst of stunning foliage, colorful flowers, and majestic towering palm trees, The Halia offers a truly relaxing natural ambience for you to enjoy a decadent meal. Taking inspiration from its name and surroundings, the menu at Halia uses ginger as an element in many of their dishes as well as some of their drinks.
The main retail and entertainment hub of Singapore, Orchard Road lies at the doorstep of the Nassim neighborhood and offers residents easy access to the heart of the city whenever they wish. A major tourist attraction, Orchard Road receives a constant flow of traffic and people, being particularly photogenic in the evenings as when decorative lights and features are turned on.
A treat for nature-lovers, Open Farm Community (or “OFC”) is a restaurant dining concept spearheading local farming, and connecting the local community to nature. Sitting on 35,000 sq ft of land, the restaurant offers a menu comprising locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients, including home-grown produce, prepared in creative fashion by award-winning Chef Ryan Clift. With sprawling green land, OFC also takes the initiative to organize various activities for the public to enhance awareness and education on sustainable farming and help grow positive relationships with food.
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