Tanglin Mall has just undergone a much needed make-over. Anchor shops and restaurants like The Market Place (supermarket), British India and Spageddies are still there, but others have disappeared, while some have moved to better spots. Gymboree and Kindamusic are as popular as ever.
Barang Barang has gone, however, to be replaced by more glamorous home wares and furniture at Iwannagohome! Organic shop Brown Rice Paradise has moved downstairs, and Starbucks has replaced Delifrance.
With four floors of mid-range boutiques and speciality shops selling everything from scented candles, CDs (That CD Shop), sports and leisure ware to children's toys, shoes and clothes, there is something for everyone here.
Caffe Beviamo is always worth a visit. Although their coffee is overpriced at $4.80, it is always delicious, and comparable to the coffee I had at Jones the Grocer not long ago. The sandwiches are massive, but can be ordered in half portions, and the milkshakes are a hit with the kids.
Strategically located on the junction of Tanglin Road and Grange Road, Tanglin Mall has long been a favourite for expats and locals alike. For any expat aching for a bit of home this Mall will let you forget you are in Singapore for a bit. There are more Caucasian faces here (most pushing strollers) than most places around. The shops definitely cater to an affluent Western market, and there are plenty of people shopping.
Not the first place for tourists to visit perhaps, but an interesting and useful mix of shops and a pleasant walk through the air conditioning.


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