4 of the Oldest Shops at Serangoon Garden [Local Guide]

Serangoon Garden is one of Singapore’s most-loved enclaves, popular with a multi-generational crowd. It has been designated by URA as an “identity node”, one of the first five private residential estates handpicked for the government’s inaugural Estate Upgrading Programme (EUP) in 2001. It is one of Singapore’s oldest private residential estates comprising mainly landed properties, with a history stretching back six decades and counting.
With a rich heritage built on generations of families living in the district and its multitude of evolving stores — including myVillage mall at Maju Avenue, which opened in 2011 — Serangoon Garden exudes life and lore. It is one of our nation’s most-loved neighbourhoods, and like Holland Village, it is set apart from much of Singapore by virtue of its low-rise, charmingly dishevelled housing architecture.
Its shophouses are neat and spruce and have a most well-loved feel to them, despite the lack of homogeneity — or perhaps because of it. Serangoon Garden shophouses command some of the most impressive transaction prices within District 19. The most recent shophouse transaction took place last Christmas — at an extremely auspicious $8,800,088 for a 2,164 sq ft unit.
Much of the charisma of the village – as Serangoon Garden is colloquially known as among residents – lies in its unique features. Its circus for motor vehicles was highlighted as its most prominent landmark during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s 2001 speech to Serangoon Garden’s residents and leaders. Of course, Chomp Chomp is an undisputed household name among supper fiends. Its wet and dry markets, too, are a highlight of any visitor’s sojourn into this neck of the Serangoon woods.
Another facet of Serangoon Garden’s character is its fascinating shops, many with long legacies. The shophouses in Serangoon Garden flank the neighbourhood’s thoroughfare in fairly organised double-storeyed formation, but their uses are anything but homogeneous. Some businesses use both ground and upper levels of the same shophouse, while others are located on just one floor. Some shops have split a single level into two to create microstores, such as 4 Kensington Park, home to both the artisanal La Petite Boutique and Singapore Pools-authorised Gerk Chwee Trading.
The food available in this enclave runs the gamut from Japanese and Thai to Italian and French, with dessert places for both traditional Asian sweets and ice-cream with waffles. You’ll find pet shops,...