Singapore // the houses of Emerald Hill
Emerald Hill is a charming residential area tucked behind one of the busiest neighborhoods in Singapore. just off the crazed Orchard Road shopping zone with its mile of mega-malls, you can find the gently sloping Emerald Hill Road.
I'm still reeling a bit from my recent food allergy revelations, so today we're going to take a nice quiet photo-filled stroll through this neighborhood.
most of these beautifully preserved and restored homes were built between 1900 and 1925. in case you didn't know, Singapore is stuffed full of this kind of gorgeous architecture. yes - there are skyscrapers too, but hidden in little pockets all around the city you can find colorful gems like these.
most of the buildings are still residential, with a heavy Chinese influence and obviously quite a bit of wealth. but a few homes closest to Orchard have been converted to shops and bars. don't you just want to curl up here with a bottle of wine and enjoy the scenery? that definitely would be my recommendation for a lazy afternoon. [unfortunately we visited around 10am and these cute cafes were not yet open.]
Emerald Hill makes for a quiet break from the bustle of the Orchard Road shops - and is a treat for architecture enthusiasts and color lovers alike. you can find this street just off Orchard, almost directly across from the Somerset MRT station.