C and I headed down to Pasar Bella the other day for dinner, and to see for ourselves if this place evoked memories of the European markets/bazaars we had been to. Pasar Bella is located at The Grandstand (formerly Turf City) in Bukit Timah, and is easily accessible by car. For those of us who don’t/can’t afford to drive, there is a free shuttle bus service that has pickup points at a few MRT stations (Toa Payoh MRT, Botanic Gardens MRT & Clementi MRT). The free shuttle bus service runs hourly, so do wait at the pickup points earlier haha. Timings can be found here.
The shuttle drops you off right outside Pasar Bella, and if you’re taking the shuttle back out, do check the timings beforehand, and remember to return back before the stated timing! 🙂
The founders of Pasar Bella envisioned a marketplace that channels a European market vibe, and there are many stalls in Pasar Bella that offer fresh produce for sale daily. It is kind of like an upscale version of a pasar malam (local night market in Singapore), as the items and food available are generally more expensive than what you can find at a pasar malam.
A list of stalls and restaurants located in Pasar Bella.
There’s a gourmet supermarket (The Providore) there as well, selling items that aren’t normally stocked in local supermarkets.
The Providore also has a cafe/bakery/deli on the same premises, so do check it out if you have time. We didn’t have time to unfortunately.
A novelty balloon shop, with a dizzying array of balloons available for sale.
Cute cows that can be found as you walk around. Some kids were even playing with them and trying to clamber on top of them hahaha.
There are restaurants dotted around the place as well, and they serve a variety of cuisines! 🙂
There are many seats available, and it is free seating, so it doesn’t matter where you bought your food & drinks from. Just remember to clear your rubbish after you’re done! 🙂 Alright, enough random pictures about the place, let’s get down to the food hahaha.
Steak fries (S$4) from James’ Butchery & Co. The nice guy gave me a larger portion than usual hehe. The fries are thick, taste great, had just the right amount of salt, and aren’t too oily. Loved it.
Pork quesadilla & salsa chips (S$16) from Sea Salt Caribbean Deli. The quesadillas were very filling, and it’s probably because they were super generous with the fillings. The amount of pork inside was really a lot compared to some other Mexican places we’ve been to here. The salsa chips were rather disappointing though, as they were rather ‘laohong’ (a local term for crackers becoming soft and losing their crunchiness). I’m not sure what brand of tortilla chips they use, but they could have opened a bag of Doritos chips and it would have been much better than this.
I got a coffee latte (S$6) from Arteastiq. It was supposedly special and ‘different’, as it was supposed to contain volcanic sea salt. However, I didn’t really find it very much different/special, so yeah I was slightly disappointed.
Salted caramel cake (S$7.50) from Dutch Colony Coffee Co was good though, and I really liked the firm cake, and the cream which was at the right sweetness level. The salted caramel was great too! 🙂
A Russian dessert shop we stumbled upon. The desserts looked really yummy, but we were too full to try anymore haha.
A good thing about Pasar Bella is that although it is quite huge, it is still easy to navigate around. A possible downside was that I didn’t really get the feeling of being in a bustling European market. It does feel rather empty and quiet at times, especially outside of the regular mealtimes (lunch & dinner). What I really liked was that you can find a good variety of cuisines at Pasar Bella, and it is not too expensive to have a meal there. Of course, The Grandstand is not that easy to get to if you don’t have a car or if you don’t take a taxi. The free shuttle bus service is good, but a bit infrequent, which means you really have to plan your time down to the minute to avoid missing a shuttle bus. Overall, I’d still recommend a visit to Pasar Bella, if just to check out the stalls and restaurants there, and give the food and drinks a try. 🙂 Afterall, it IS something different, and you won’t find something quite like this anywhere else in Singapore. At least for now.. :p
Pasar Bella @ The Grandstand Bukit Timah
200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994
9.30am-7pm (Stalls*) & 10am-10pm (Restaurants)
+65 6887 0077
*Some stalls operate beyond 7pm, do check the website here for more details.