It was a hazy week and also the last week that LuttiSparrow was in Singapore before she whisked back to the U.K. for school. So where else to spend the time but to explore the interesting streets of Haji Lane (a Arab Street enclave): with colorful graffiti peppering the walls with lots of eateries from Persian, Turkish, Mexican, to Thai-Chinese and quaint little cafes surrounding the area, it makes a pretty good stop if you ever are in Singapore.
|... where modern buildings and individualism meet ...|
Besides graffiti and food, there are also a lot of individualistic shops selling all kinds of quirky things.
|The colorful allies|
|and interesting shops|
And I have to say, it’s all thanks to LuttiSparrow that I got to explore a little of Haji Lane, a place that I’ve known but hardly ever visited. Haji Lane gives off am off-bit, slightly bohemian, vibrant vibe, with huge colorful murals on the street walls; it is certainly a place to visit if you are looking for a different side of Singapore.
|Imaginative and whimsical|
After walking for a bit, we stumbled upon Piedra Negra – a Mexican Restaurant right in the heart of this hipster neighborhood. We were taken in by the vibrant music blasting out of the restaurant and the colorful decorations of the restaurant and so we entered the restaurant with anticipation.
|Piedra Negra during the daytime|
There were both indoor and outdoor seats, thankfully there was space inside (to avoid the haze). We weren’t really that hungry and so we only had the appetizers, but the portions were more than enough; good for 3-4 people!
|All the food!|
Beef Nacho (top left): The beef was fresh and perfect with the nachos, melted cheese, jalepeno peppers. It was something that was different for a change.
Service-wise, the waitress(es) who greeted (and seated) us was friendly and prompt. They were also attentive when we signaled for ordering and when it came to payment; enhancing the dining experience. For the portions of the food and the alcohol that we ordered, the bill came up to S$50, which wasn’t that expensive (of course it would have been better if we had more than 2 persons haha). Definitely recommended for (lively) group gatherings!
Address: 241 Beach Rd, Singapore
Operating Hours: Weekdays (Sun-Thurs) 12pm-12am, Fri 12pm-2am; Sat 5pm-2am
Nearest MRT: Bugis