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PasarBella – Singapore’s First Indoor Farmers’ Market

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.

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PasarBella comprises of a huge market space that houses more than 30 traders from around the world that include a seafood market, grocer, fromagerie,Β deli, butchery, patisserie, floral studio, wine shop and more.

A quick tour of some interesting sights:

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I just love these pretty vintage looking floral pieces

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Live cooking of a humongous seafood paella

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Chill out with a bottle of beer

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Lol, I was just amused by the cute images

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This was the only shop that I was interested in – all household stuffs and kitchen gadgets!

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:

Mercat de Boqueria

Mercat de Boqueria @ Barcelona

Borough Market

Borough Market @ London

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
Website
Opens: 9.30am to 7.00pm (stalls), 10.00am to 10.00pm (restaurants) daily

8 Comments

  • Sam Han says:

    Hi Geri, did you change your website or anything? I just noticed that I am not “following” you. That’s strange as I have followed previously. Btw, Happy New Year! This place looks great πŸ˜€

    • Geri Tan says:

      Hello Sam, yep, I moved my site to a self-hosted server, that’s why you aren’t following me on wordpress.com anymore. Happy new year too! Hope you enjoyed your Macau trip πŸ™‚

      • Sam Han says:

        You should inform your followers πŸ˜€ Luckily I saw that on my “comment” box. We must meet this year for food and blogging, ok? My camera has slot problem and i am sending it for repair soon (hopefully it can be repaired). After that we go makan? πŸ˜€

        • Geri Tan says:

          Already did! Posted a notice regarding the move on my wordpress.com blog last month, you probably missed the message! Oh my, your camera is protesting cos of overworking :p Ok dokes, we will fix a makan date soon. Let me know when you are ready!

          • Sam Han says:

            Ya, I must have missed it. Haha, Michael writes on my post when he shifted so it was easy for me to locate him when he turn dot com. Yours is not under wordpress now? coz when i switch (using wordpress) i could still be located. Okie, prob late Jan if you can or after CNY.

          • Geri Tan says:

            Mine is under wordpress.org now instead of wordpress.com but you can still locate me on wordpress.com because I have not set it to private so anyone can still search for my posts via the reader. However, in order to get my blog updates on your reader, you’d need to add my blog URL on your reader (click Edit next to Blogs I Follow) because the .org is not linked to .com. Alternatively, you can subscribe to my blog via email via the follow button on the bottom right corner of my home page. After CNY is good. Space out the feasting , lol. Let’s go for lo hei together πŸ™‚

          • Sam Han says:

            i’ve clock follow on your blog itself. should be fine now. i stop going to reader now. there’s some spamming there and my dinosaur mac is lagging (2008 version). All my IT social media stuff are ganging up on me πŸ™ Okie after CNY. Kong Hei Fatt Choy! πŸ˜€

          • Geri Tan says:

            Ok! Same to you. Kong Hei Fatt Choy! Huat ah! πŸ™‚

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