The eclectic Holland Village shows there are more ways than one to living out a mosaic life in the sunny Singapore.

Quintessentially east meets west cum old meets new, Holland Village presents suburban living in Singapore at one of its best. Nestled in the heart of a high-end residential estate populated by expatriates, this dining and shopping paradise has transformed into a vibrant and top tourist hotspot not to be missed.

Sprawling with chic fashion and lifestyle boutiques, and quaint Asian antique and handmade handicraft shops to rows of international cuisine houses, al fresco cafés, snack bars and ice-cream parlours, even the most prudent shopper would be spoilt for choice here. Discovering this haven from the grand old dame – the Holland Village Shopping Centre – itself, you’ll be enthralled by its remarkable diversity of offerings. From ladies’ and children’s fashion, Asian antiques and furniture to beauty salons and nail spas to pet shops and a supermart, there is every reason to linger and shop to your heart’s content.

Travelling along its side alleys, more gems for your journey await. For the curious-minded, dosages of the latest happenings in Singapore and around the world are within arm’s reach at the mega newspaper stands where endless choices of magazines, newspapers, tabloids and journals are found. As for the insatiable shoppers, unearth the myriad of boutiques deeper into the village that carry every conceivable style and budget in mind. To catch a snack or rest the feet, stop over at Provence, the all-time favourite Japanese bakery-cum-café or chill out at any of the alluring cafés such as NYDC, Haagen-Dazs or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

But to truly seal that unforgettable impression of this suburban dream, you must make your way to any of the international cuisine restaurants for their gastronomic delights. Take your pick from the Italian Amici or the English FostersCafé in the village itself or hop across the road to Chip Bee Gardens where rows of posh restaurants like the Mediterranean vegetarian Original Sin, the French Au Petit Salut and the Italian-meets-Asian Michelangelo's beckon.

For all its enticing appeals, one of the more common grudges about Holland Village is the endless construction works that have kept traffic busy along its narrow and congested roads. Parking is also a major challenge for car owners – with limited spaces available within the village – who often have to find alternative parking locations for their vehicles. Rainy days also expose the village’s lack of sheltered walkways for its shoppers.

But these misgivings aside, Holland Village remains a truly must-visit local sight and holds its own as a uniquely Singaporean experience. Once inside, you’ll be enraptured within its arms and always coming back for more.