Today I am hopping on the “To Market, To Market” blog train to take you to Pasar Bella Farmer’s Market.
Unlike the local wet markets that I used to frequent with my mom on a weekly basis as a child, PasarBella Farmer’s Market is my “adult version” of a modern marketplace.
These days, I buy most of my groceries online or through the local supermarkets like NTUC or Cold Storage. but I still like to frequent PasarBella because it reminds me of the marketplaces like Covent Garden in London, Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne and Pike’s Place in Seattle.
There are three entrance/exit points to PasarBella. Whichever entry you take to the market, you are bound to be fascinated by the products for sale at this market. It does not matter whether you come to PasarBella to shop for groceries or knick knacks, enjoy a drink with your friends or have a meal with your family, PasarBella always has something for everyone.
Other incentives to travel all the way to PasarBella Farmer’s Market are the plethora of kids’ activities in the neighbourhood. Just an escalator ride above PasarBella is the popular play-area Fidgets World @ The Grandstand. A short walk away from PasarBella are numerous kid-friendly activity hubs.
The atmosphere in PasarBella is one of communal festivity. People come to look and see what it is about, to taste the variety of international cuisines and to hang out and chill over food, wine and good conversation.
Let me take you on a pictorial journey of this modern market in the Western parts of Singapore.
To Market, To Market, To Buy Some Groceries
Is it my imagination or are the vegetables here much greener, brighter, fresher than the ones sold at the local markets?
Forget about the congested, factory-style farm eggs. If you want to buy fresh barn-laid eggs, you can get them for $3.90 per box (6 eggs). It is a tad expensive, but remember you are paying for freshness and quality.
The seafood here is really fresh. You can buy and have it served to you instantly for lunch or dinner, or you can have it packed for your own home cooking adventure later.
You can also find choice meat selection here at James Butchery & Co. The prices are a tad more than your regular supermarket, but remember you are paying for quality here.
Everything sold here seems to be organic. Even the spring water from Norway — sparkling or still?
PasarBella Farmer’s Market offers you a wide choice of gastronomy food fare to satisfy your cravings, depending on what you are in the mood for.
This is like an upmarket food court with cuisine from from Japanese to Spanish to Italian, Germany, Australian and Chinese. You won’t find any Singaporean local dishes here. The closest will be roasted pork and pork belly with rice. Do expect long queues at some of the more popular food venues.
Everyone stops and gawks at the huge pans of paella being cooked on the spot at Papito’s, famous for its paella and other Spanish delights like the Crepes.
Kids love the crepes ($9.90) here. Have it with mushroom, chocolate or combination of ham, egg and cheese. There is a stoop that the kids can stand on to watch while their crepes are being prepared.
If your kids are fussy eaters, there is always pizza and pasta to the rescue. At Cicely Kitchen, you have a wide selection of pizzas and homemade pastas to choose from among their other Italian offerings. Some dishes may take a while depending on how far down the waitlist you are and the cooking time of the dish. So, do check when you order especially if you have hungry kids.
I bring my visitors from Asian countries to PasarBella for a change from the local cuisine. For those with a more adventurous palate, they can venture a taste of the Spanish Suckling Pig ($12 for 100g) or Berliner Currywurst ($4 or $12 for a meal).
On the day I was revisiting PasarBella for this post, I was stopped in my tracks by the crackling sound of crispy pork belly at Keith’s Crackling Roast. The Asian in me simply could not resist getting the combo set meal of crispy honey roast strips and barbeque roast pork with fragrant rice and apple sauce on the side ($15). YUM!
In line with its communal atmosphere, the portions here are quite large, so you can get a few dishes and share with your partner or friends. PasarBella is a great place to have a good time. There is something for everyone in the family, no matter their age, interest or preference.
Sweets, cakes, macaroons and ice-cream! After a satisfying meal, you can sit and unwind over the mouth-watering desserts. Or have a chat with friends over a cup of coffee at Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
Hang out with friends over beers and wine at one of the many booths specializing in this art of unwinding…
If that is too much sitting, walk off your lunch with a bag of sweets or candies in your hand and explore the rest of PasarBella.
These are some of the most delicious macaroons – they are just the right amount of sweet and comes in plain and cute cartoon shapes. We love the oreo cookies macaroons.
To Market To Market To Buy Something Unique
Whether you need something for the house, or buy a gift for a friend, you can find something quaint and interesting at the PasarBella flea market stalls.
Walk around the variety stores within to unearth treasured finds in home furnishings, tailored wooden furniture or accessories for yourself, your kids or your house.
PasarBella Farmer’s Market is located 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994.
It’s opening hours are Sunday to Thursday (10am – 9pm) and Friday to Saturday (10am – 10pm).
There is a free shuttle bus service to take you to and from Clementi, Toa Payoh and Bukit Timah. If you are driving, there is more than enough parking lots behind the building and at The Grandstand open space parking lot.
This post is part of the ‘To Market, To Market’ Blog Train hosted by Life’s Tiny Miracles. If you want to read more about the local markets, click on the icon below
Till our next post, love yourself, love one another.