Pasarbella: a modern farmer’s market in Bukit Timah

Those who have ever had the opportunity of living on the island of Singapore can all agree on one thing: we are spoiled with an amazing variety of gourmet foods on a daily basis. But one experience that you cannot duplicate in Singapore is visiting a farmer’s market, filled with fresh produce and a warm community. That is, until now.

Anyone who considers themselves a foodie has to make their way down to Bukit Timah, because hidden behind the roads of Turf City lies Singapore’s first permanent farmer’s market, Pasarbella. Named after the local word for “market” and the Italian word for “beauty,” Pasarbella is a gourmet take on a farmer’s market, priding itself with providing top quality products from various brands.

Its main location at The Grandstand in Turf City currently occupies 30,000 square feet of space with over 35 working vendors. These vendors provide a variety of products, including luxury foods, flowers, fresh produce and incredible art. Simulating the style of a farmer’s market, vendors are sorted into sections based on what they sell.

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Map showing their various “traders” taken from pasarbella.com

Eateries

One of the best aspects of this farmer’s market is its wide range of eateries located throughout the area, particularly ones focusing on gourmet food at relatively good pricing. The best part is that the wide variety of cuisines are covered all within walking distance of each other. From Italian food at Rocky’s Pizza to the rich cuisine of Latin America at Sea Salt Caribbean Deli, all members of a group can be satisfied when coming to this location. For those who enjoy Mexican food, Sea Salt Caribbean Deli would be the perfect place to go if you want to further send your taste buds on a similar yet new journey. Other places in this area that are perfect for meals include Maan Farang, Papito’s and Thai Affair.

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Unique street-like displays fill the area. Photo credits to google.com/maps.

Sweet Stuff

Lining the small “streets” are displays filled with intricately detailed cakes and pastries, particularly at Bonheur Patisserie. Known for combining extremely contrasting tastes, Bonheur Patisserie takes risks by creating one-of-a-kind macaroons that are known to be “the Best in Singapore.” Popular flavors include Thai Iced Tea, Chocolate Banana, classic Rose and Earl Grey Milk Chocolate. Not only are the flavors absolutely delicious, but the designs of the macaroons are absolutely beautiful, with famous characters individually handpainted onto each macaroon. Other popular places to get your sweet tooth fix include Laman’s Delight, Victoria 1938 and Marble Slab Creamery.

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Unique macaron designs found at Bonheur Patisserie. Photo credits to burpple.com.

Groceries

If you are a foodie who’d like to give cooking a try yourselves, give your dish a head start by using the most delectable products in Singapore. The majority of the produce you will find here is organic and healthy, especially at The Organic Grocer, Tangy Tangerines and SG Organic. Mimicking the aura of a real farmer’s market, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables are packed into crates and fill the aisles of each of these outlets. You can also find fresh seafood chilling in the massive ice boxes of Oceans of Seafood.


Be sure to check out this Singaporean landmark if you’re a health freak, foodie or just bored on a lazy weekend.

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