Beach Road lies just inside Singapore 's Central Business District (CBD). Unlike the other areas within the CBD, however, Beach Road is not laden with skyscrapers and office buildings. Instead, you find shopping centres, markets, hotels and residential areas within the district. Like everywhere within the CBD, Beach Road is cosmopolitan and is known today for being the Thai enclave in Singapore.

Located near the sea south of Singapore, Beach Road was a residential district for the Europeans during the colonial era. It was developed in 1822, based on “City Plan” Beach Road that was proposed by Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore. Prior to colonial development, Beach Road consisted of Malay fishing villages and was known as Campong Glam, or Kampong Glam. A portion of Beach Road still retains the old Malay name. Along with the development of colonial bungalows, Sir Stamford Raffles also commissioned the building of a palace for the Malay royal family in Singapore, as Singapore was at that time a constitutional monarchy. This palace was known as Istana Kampong Glam and is still there today, although it has been converted into the Malay Heritage Centre.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Beach Road grew to comprise more than just colonial bungalows. A cinema was built in 1907 and was named New Alhambra Cinema. Later, the cinema was bought over by Cathay Organization and was renamed Gala Theatre. Another cinema, Malborough Cinema, was constructed beside it. The area became a hotspot for relaxation and entertainment, with the old Satay Club providing fresh satay for hungry cinema-goers. The Satay Club closed down in 1955 and was relocated to the old Esplanade.

Today Beach Road no longer has colonial bungalows, but it does have apartments that are equally posh. Aside from a few blocks of Housing Development Board (HDB) flats near the Arab Street area, most of the residences in Beach Road are lofts or service apartments. A designer loft that can be found in Beach Road is literally, and aptly, called The Loft. There are also service apartments in Beach Road, known as The Concourse Executive Suites.

Where To Go

  • Golden Mile Complex
    Beach Road, as mentioned above, is Singapore 's Thai enclave. At the heart of this enclave are Golden Mile Shopping Centre and Golden Mile Complex, the latter being completely occupied by Thai tenants. Golden Mile Complex allows you experience Thailand in Singapore – there are Thai supermarkets, Thai department stores, Thai groceries and spices, Thai magazine stands, Thai music stores and Thai moneychangers. You can also have a taste of authentic Thai cuisine in one of the many Thai restaurants in the basement of Golden Mile Complex. Beside Golden Mile Complex, you can find a plethora of Thai Karaoke Pubs.
  • Beach Road Market
    This market is across the road from Golden Mile Complex, but is at the same time a world away. There is nothing Thai about this market that is located in the centre of a HDB estate. The market comprises a hawker centre, a wet market and, on the 2 nd floor, small shops that sell army gear and equipment. The food in the hawker centre is excellent. Upstairs, you can get all geared up by purchasing cheap windbreakers, tents, canvas bags and anything else you need if you're going to the army, or going camping.
  • The Concourse
    The Concourse provides service apartments, but it is also a shopping centre. A relatively quiet place, The Concourse is a place for small businesses, offices, travel agencies and tuition agencies.

Beach Road is also lined with shop-houses. On the ground floor of these shop-houses are eateries, shops, small firms and pubs.

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