• In Tiong Bahru, visit an industrial-chic spa in a shipping container, garden included
• One of the greatest bookstores anywhere, find vintage prints and publications from local writers
• Enjoy lattes and almond croissants at a local bakery with stories in its walls
Head to Tiong Bahru, arguably Singapore’s most stylish enclave and the setting for Nimble/Knead, an innovative industrial-chic spa in a shipping container. They’re open until 10 p.m.—perfect for those with sightseeing- or meetings-packed days. If you can, though, we recommend booking during a weekday, when the body-and-foot massage or body massage-and-scrub packages are a steal. Our favorite of the massage options? Destination Bali, which incorporates the ginger-lemongrass aromatherapy oil. All the treatments use tropical ingredients like lime and luffa, and while the space is basic (don’t expect a hammam or oxygen therapy), the therapists are well-trained, and there’s a lovely little garden where you can sip ginger tea post-massage. Plus, you get the added bonus of the Tiong Bahru location. Make sure you arrive early enough to explore the Miami-inspired Art Deco neighborhood, which is home to Books Actually, one of the greatest bookstores anywhere; it publishes local poetry and novellas through its own imprint and hawks vintage wares in the back room. Sit down for respectable lattes and buttery almond croissants at Tiong Bahru Bakery.
Take the Central Expressway to Outram Road and make your way to Eng Watt Street to indulge in a spa treatment at Nimble/Knead. Two blocks up, on Eng Moon Street, stopover at the Tiong Bahru Bakery. A couple blocks south, check out the selection at Books Actually.
NIMBLE/KNEAD: 66 Eng Watt St.; +65-6438-3933; nimbleknead.com
BOOKSACTUALLY: 9 Yong Siak St.; +65-6222-9195; booksactually.com
TIONG BAHRU BAKERY: 56 Eng Hoon St., #01-70; +65-6220-3430; tiongbahrubakery.com