Everton Park – Laid back and charming
Ella Tan | On 30, Jan 2015
It’s been written about, but Everton Park is still unfamiliar to many Singaporeans. Hipsters, foodies and the nearby office crowd might know it but say ‘Everton Park’ to the rest of Singapore, and you’re likely to get a blank stare.
All photos: Marion Ang, 2014
A short walk away from Outram Park MRT station and bounded by Everton Road, Neil Road and Cantonment Road, Everton Park is a hidden gem sprouting homegrown cafes, salons and boutiques between old businesses. While this sleepy 50-year-old HDB estate is located within the Central Business district and surrounded by office blocks, it remains distinct. Shady and cozy with covered walkways on ground and higher levels bridging the 7 blocks, residents and visitors can comfortably weave between blocks.
Take time out to savour a cup of freshly brewed blend of Ethiopian coffee, discover niche lifestyle products at The Redundant Shop or find out more about organic foods from Eden’s Kitchen.
Batterworks, a take-away bakery and Eden’s Kitchen are some of the new concept stores.
Dubbed as the next “hipster enclave”, Everton Park has seen a growing following of mostly young professionals who pop by the cafes for lunch or coffee for takeaway. On the flipside, you can also find your resident mama shop, fruit stand, tau huey and kopitiam just around the corner. With an eclectic mix of the old and new, has the influx of larger, “hip” businesses negatively impacted the mom-and-pop shops?
When we popped by during weekday lunch hour, we saw a healthy crowd milling about.
Actually, we think this heartland-hipster juxtaposition works in Everton Park’s favour. While Gen Y and Z are leaning towards premium and imported products such as organic foods, supermarkets and cafés for their wider variety, stylish ambience and convenience, other Singaporeans are more at home in regular supermarkets, wet markets and neighbourhood grocers.