So far, my favorite neighborhood in Singapore is Chinatown. The colors, the perfectly strung red lanterns, the bustle, the hawkers and the odd things for sale always make for a fun visit. There are some great sites in and around the area too, like the Singapore City Gallery and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple which I plan to visit next week.

Even better is an enclave of  shops and restaurants we discovered just south of Chinatown on Club Street. The color and scale of the shop houses seem more akin to a European street like Portobello Road than a neighborhood in Asia. According to friends, this area seems to be experiencing a flurry of development with new bars and restaurants making weekly appearances.

We stopped in at 83 last week and enjoyed some beers, Wagyu beef bites, lemongrass shrimp kebabs and a tuna steak app. It’s a little “70s disco meets Asia” with its mirrors, shiny textures, striped floors and eclectic furnishings – here’s what I’m talking about as seen on 83’s website. We were siting in the back on a low couch covered entirely by branded jean labels (Lee included) sewn together into upholstery fabric. Overall, a pretty fun little place in a neighborhood I look forward to getting to know better.

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