Chip Bee Gardens, a creative bohemian enclave with 389 homes and 20 commercial business has seen a wider diversity of local craft-smiths who live, work and exhibit in Chip Bee Gardens. Singapore Land Authority (SLA) assistant manager, business planning & development, Sim Sze-wei shared with us SLA’s intention to enhance the estate’s character by introducing a wider diversity of commercial and residential tenants. “We wanted an inclusive community for Chip Bee Gardens where local craft-smiths would live, work, and exhibit yet where the everyday Singaporean can participate through workshops or classes.”
Rare in the busy modern city, Chip Bee Gardens is a unique flavour of local retail and quaint community. Take a stroll along the shophouses lined with fashion, retail and food brands built by Singaporeans. Attend a workshop at leather-craft atelier, Bynd Artisan. Make an appointment to pick up a guitar from Bernard Godfrey. Visit Our Second Nature or Ong Shunmugam for a designed in Singapore dress. Have a local-flavored soft serve at Sunday Folks.
Bynd Artisan’s founder James Quan said, “In Shanghai, you have Changle Road in the former French Concession. In Tokyo, you have Cat Street. Both are quiet backstreets off the main fanfare, with limited car traffic and lined with funky, local designer shops and cafes. Chip Bee Gardens is that location in Singapore.”
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