The husband and I specifically made a trip down to The Grandstand (former Turf City) as I wanted to visit Singapore’s first farmers’ market, PasarBella. It is always interesting to explore somewhere new especially when Singapore is so small, sometimes we’d rather chill out at home than be out as we have nowhere else to go.
PasarBella comprises of a huge market space that houses more than 30 traders from around the world that include a seafood market, grocer, fromagerie, deli, butchery, patisserie, floral studio, wine shop and more.
A quick tour of some interesting sights:
We were here on a Saturday afternoon but obviously it wasn’t crowded at all. Barely half an hour being there, I was already starting to get bored.
I love visiting farmers’ markets when I’m overseas and love capturing stall shots whenever I’m there. Here are collages of my two favourite markets:
These authentic markets have a vibrant, lively atmosphere that is very welcoming. It just makes you want to explore further in case you can catch sight of something intriguing. Also, the stall owners are very interactive and obliging so even if you’re not buying anything, you’re still treated with smiles and respect.
The thing about PasarBella is that every stall looks too prim and proper like an allocated shop space and of course looks fake because it really isn’t so much of a market but more of an air-conditioned bazaar. Almost everything is overpriced. I noticed most of the shoppers here were expatriates instead of locals so that explained why.
If you’ve never been to a real farmers’ market, this is probably the closest you can get so if you’ve never been here, it’s still worth a visit just for that experience.
PasarBella @ The Grandstand Bukit Timah
200 Turf Club Road
Opens: 9.30am to 7.00pm (stalls), 10.00am to 10.00pm (restaurants) daily