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Holland Village Area Guide

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Holland Village
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Endearingly referred to by locals as ‘Holland V’, this bohemian neighbourhood is a hub for fashionable restaurants, arty boutiques and independent shops. With its casual, friendly atmosphere, Holland Village is a favourite with expats and a great place to meet and socialise with other families. Students from the surrounding schools and universities hang out in the many trendy coffee shops, mums shop at the organic food stores, and nine to five-ers from the nearby science parks pop in for lunch.

Located close to Bukit Timah and Queenstown, Holland Village was named after architect and amateur actor Hugh Holland. The neighbourhood’s Dutch and British history shines through in its English colonial architecture, which adds a distinctive charm to its busy streets. Popular hangouts for family get-togethers and child-friendly dinners include the Chip Bee Gardens strip, which is lined with great restaurants and gourmet food stores, and the large hawker centre. Dempsey Hill has a high concentration of fine dining restaurants but, while there are plenty of stylish bars playing live music until the early hours, Holland V does not have a particularly lively nightlife.

Looking for someone to live in this cosy neighbourhood? Located in the prime District 10, there are plenty of condominiums and a small selection of landed properties. Sought-after rental areas include Eleven@Holland and Chip Bee Gardens, but these can be highly-priced due to the area’s popularity.

Transport links
The Holland Village and Buona Vista MRT stations (Circle line) provide good links to the city, the Pan Island and Ayer Rajah Expressways (PIE and AYE) offer motorists easy access to the West and North regions, and many condos offer private shuttle services for work and school trips.

Schools
There are several international schools in the Holland Village neighbourhood, including Anglo Chinese School (International), Nexus International School, Tanglin Trust School, United World College South East Asia, and Dover Court Prep School.

Healthcare
The Raffles Holland V Medical Centre covers a wide range of healthcare services, including family medicine; for emergency services head to Raffles Hospital, which is 9km away

Shopping
Holland Road Shopping Centre is a treasure trove of stores and Holland V Mall, with its distinctive windmill, is both a local landmark and a trendy suburban shopping centre. There are also plenty of independent stores, beauty salons and galleries along the four main shopping streets: Holland Avenue, Jalan Merah Saga, Lorong Liput and Lorong Mambong. And, if you’re still hankering after some retail therapy, the retail mecca at Orchard Village is just a short drive away.

Attractions
There are sandpits and leafy green play areas in Watten Heights Playground, while Singapore Botanic Gardens and National Orchard Garden are easily accessible. The Cage Sports Park is nearby, with plenty of sports facilities, a paintballing park and The Rainforest sports hub inside.

Bars and restaurants
Looking for some of Singapore’s best eateries and coolest bars? Head to the main strip on Lorong Mambong and you’ll find a wide variety of international restaurants serving everything from traditional Singaporean fare to American classics.

Who lives here?
Expat and local families, young professionals.

Holland Village Ratings

Schools

5

Entertainment

3.5

Family Friendly

4.5

Transport Links

4.5

Holland Village Pros & Cons

Pros

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Everything on your doorstep
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Choice of international schools
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Variety of shops, cafes and restaurants
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Easy access to healthcare services
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Close-knit community feel
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A dining destination

Cons

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Expensive rents

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