Everton Park is a cluster of six old public apartment blocks in the Outram area opposite The Pinnacle@Duxton boasting an array of old-style shops and restaurants with an increasing number of hipster joints opening right along side them. Come for a coffee and browse and see an example of how old and new Singapore co-exist.
Despite it being close to great hawker fare and restaurants in Chinatown and Club Street, these six blocks of prime land feature iconic outlets which draw people from across the island on weekends. Ji Xiang sells traditional confectionary treats, while Lien Cheong Provisions still keeps its old signboard for its regulars who pop by for groceries. An old fruit stall is run by a friendly uncle and get a kopitiam fix at Everton Food Place.
Great, smooth and cheap coffee is brewed at Everton by Nylon Coffee Roasters, a new standing-room-only cafe that serves one of the best brews in town. Baristas take their beans seriously here and pour their milk lovingly – you’ll drink carefully so as to preserve that lovely foam flower until the last drop. Meanwhile, a top secret-looking roaster in a separate room with a glass door labelled ‘The Maillard Project’ with a laptop showing mysterious readings nearby tells you they mean serious business.
If your feet are tired, there’s Cozy Corner Coffee, Strangers’ Reunion, Batterworks and The Provision Shop while Happy Bites Cafe gets you up if you’re sad; there’s Just Want Coffee too. Dessert lovers with a environmental conscience should check out Grin Affair, which stacks mousse, sponge cake, fruits and other sweet treats into glass jars for you to spoon out.
Look up at Everton and you’ll see people hanging their sheets or clothes to dry on bamboo poles out the windows; you’ll see small doors too, which used to be central rubbish chutes.
Other shops include two long-running hair salons with their names printed in both English and Chinese in retro fonts; newer Jotterbook carries new classic-style vintage bikes while The Redundant Shop carries carefully curated magazines, books and imported stationery and wallets.
Residents and visitors alike may love Everton Park, but there’s really no telling when the government may choose to redevelop this precious land space. Pop by for a visit while you can!
How to get there
To get to Everton Park, take the train to Outram Park and leave the station via Exit G. Walk along Cantonment Road beyond the central police complex and you can't miss the beige and orange apartment blocks.
By Fen Chia
Last updated on 15th November, 2014.