We came across these shophouses while wandering the Tanjong Pagar neighborhood today. They reminded me of the Painted Ladies in San Francisco with their bright colors and ornamentation. Most shophouses have a shop on the ground level and a house on the second and third levels, with a sidewalk along the front. As we learned in Vietnam last year, shophouses were once taxed based on their amount of street frontage so they’re usually very narrow at the street but extend deep into the block — sometimes all the way to the next street.
Walking along Bukit Pasoh Road we stopped for a photo, a beer and a pretzel at a little German restaurant called Magma. Looked pretty good so maybe we’ll go back for the Nuremberg sausages. Prost!