Popular Shophouse Locations


  • Chinatown shophouse is located within the Central Area of Singapore. It’s a perfect mix of heritage and contemporary, where five-foot-ways line the streets but newer roads with hipster bars are nearby.
  • It’s a perfect place to invest because of the blend of tourism, regularly visitors and residents in the area. Chinatown is one of the busiest places in Singapore.
  • Chinatown has plenty of sub-areas that are possible to invest in, each of them worth an investment in their own right.

Pagoda Street

Pagoda Street has echoes of Chinatown’s historic past, the Chinatown Heritage Centre is located there, drawing on visitors every day. The street has been listed as a district for conservation, meaning that the five-foot width walkways are set to stay and Shophouses will remain a prominent part of the area. In terms of footfall, this street is one of the busiest in Singapore
Smith Street runs through the heart of the Chinatown district. It bustles in the afternoon and evening. Today, it is an area for outdoor eating and drinking, so investing in this area could be worthwhile if your shop is F&B related.

Temple Street

Temple Street is a one-way road in Chinatown. At the south bridge road end of the street is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. This attracts hordes of visitors to the street, taking photos and sightseeing.

Trengganu Street

Trengganu Street links Pagoda Street and Sago Street, positioned behind a temple. Many of the surrounding area was turned into the Chinatown Shopping Complex and now Trengganu Street operates as the beating heart of the tourism industry within Chinatown. Plenty of people come all day for the different shops, and the number of visitors really aren’t slowing down

Tanjong Pagar

  • Tanjong Pagar is a historic district actually positioned within the Central Business District, PRIME DISTRICT 2 Traditionally working class, it was one of the first towns to be known for frequent travelling to work in Tanjong Pagar.
  • Now, Tanjong Pagar has become a district that is full of contemporary delights. It is fashionable with its thriving businesses, eateries and cafes. Not only that, but the town was e gifted conservation status by the government. Due to this, many of the buildings in the town have been restored back to their original shophouse appearances.
  • There are plenty of points of interest in Tanjong Pagar that make it an interesting area to invest.

Tras Street

Located in Tanjong Pagar and today it is lined with a plethora of shophouses, many of them in the conventional 2 or 3-storey format. It’s a place for nightlife thanks to a string of bars and exquisite dining experience. But even away from the evenings, the day time is a thriving area thanks to shops, eating places and offices, making it a perfect place to invest in a shophouse.

Duxton Hill

It is an area of Singapore well known for it’s privacy and beauty. Enclave and nested with it. Many favorite for restaurant goers, it lies within the Tanjong Pagar Conservation Area. Many of the shophouses are now exclusive working offices, clubs and fine dining restaurants , meaning it’s a thriving area in the evening as well.

Peck Seah Street

Located right on the boundary between the Downtown Core and Outram Planning Area. Situatied near many hotels plus the recent opening of the Tanjong Pagar Centre, currently the tallest building in Singapore making the street extremely vibrant. It also has plenty of activities. This is a great place to lookout for.

Craig Road

Craig Road was historically a residential area for the working class. But with the conservation project restoring plenty of shophouses, eateries, , hotels and condominiums, the area is now thriving and a perfect place to invest in.

Telok Ayer Street

Telok Ayer Street is within the CBD district of Singapore. It’s another one of the areas that are being protected under the government’s conservation plan, and the project allowed most of the area’s shophouses to be restored to their original appearance.

Nearby, you’ll find Amoy street foodfood Market, an indoor food hubt that is an extremely popular place to go for locals, expats and tourists. There’s food selection for everyone and makes the Telok Ayer Street a great place to think about investing.

Amoy Street

Amoy Street is one of the one-way wide streets within the Telok Ayer Street area and at the end of the road is a pedestrian mall. The shophouses are highly popular with an abundance of food eateries and cafes for people to stop by.

Boon Tat Street

Located in downtown Singapore, Boon Tat Street is near to LAU PA SAT, the street closed to traffic in the evenings that allows stalls and hawkers to set up and sell their satays and many local favourite foods. This attracts both tourists and locals in their hundreds, making it a busy and vibrant area of Singapore and therefore potentially, a great location to invest in.

Stanley Street

Situated in the Telok Ayer area of Chinatown, the street is lined with Shophouses and is a link from McCallum Street to Boon Tat Street. It has a lot to offer for the hungry boasting an international line up of eateries that offers everything from Sushi to BBQ Chicken. Located in a bustling area of Singapore it’s an attractive investment opportunity.

River Valley & Holland Village

  • Running from Robertson Quay to Alexandra Road, River Valley and Holland Village offers real proximity to the hustle and bustle of the heart of the city but with a little more emphasis on family focused activities.
  • With a host of restaurants, malls and well known schools nearby, this is a great location for investing in a Shophouse.

River Valley Road

The heartbeat of River Valley, River Valley Road connects the boisterous city centre with the relaxed suburbs of Bukit Merah and Alexandra. It offers a range of pubs, clubs, restaurants and small businesses to make it a lively street and a very strategic investment option.

Holland Village ( Lorong Mambong, Lorong Liput)

Holland Village, often called Holland V is a really popular area for young Singaporeans and expats thanks to it’s central location, shopping and dining opportunities. The crescent shaped area is just full with malls and Shophouses and with its youthful clientele, it’s an investment opportunity that offers a positive long term outlook.

Little India

Little India is a vibrant little district that shows off the ethnic diversity of the city with great shopping and culture. This historical area of Singapore boasts a mix of mosques, churches and temple that attract locals and tourists making it one of the better locations to invest in a Shophouse in Singapore.

Kampong Glam

As the name suggest, this area of Singapore is one of the more glamorous . With the landmark Sultan Mosque a tourist attraction that draws in visitors to the area, coupled with the historic Malay origins and heritage it’s a charming and popular area of Singapore and a serious option for Shophouse investment.


There are plenty of historic and iconic places in Singapore that are attractive to a potential buyer / renter. If you’re looking for shophouses then this article has highlighted many of the places you should look into whilst making a decision.


Singapore Shophouse

Shophouses first appeared in Singapore when the Town Plan of Sir Stamford Raffles dictated the subdivision of the land into smaller regular lots. They were narrow, long terrace houses with varied facades, creating an attractive unified streetscape. The shophouse was built to be flexible, either to be used entirely as a home, or a home upstairs with a shop downstairs. It can be thought of as the original
‘home office’!

What are shophouses?

They were built by Singapore’s pioneers and showcased the many cultural influences of the early builders who bought land from the East India Company. They were built for sale or rented to new immigrants seeking their fortunes. From the 1840s to the 1960s, shophouses moved through many different styles, from the Early and Late Shophouse to the Art Deco and Modern Shophouse. These traced Singapore’s evolution from a trading port into a city as they moved from their glorious early days to a deteriorated congested state.With the conservation efforts of owners, many of them have been rejuvenated today.


The conservation guidelines for shophouses and terrace houses relate to the key elements of the typology of the building. Constructed between 1840 and 1960, these simple buildings are two- to three-storeys high, built in contiguous blocks with common party walls.The design and material of the shophouses and terrace houses vary according to the architectural style of the building. Singapore shophouses fall into six styles.

They are the Early Shophouse, the First Transitional Shophouse, the Late Shophouse, the Second Transitional Shophouse, the Art DecoShophouse and the Modern Shophouse.

The Key Elements

The quality restoration of a shophouse requires an appreciation and understanding of the architecture of the building. The key elements that need to be respected in the restoration of a typical shophouse are:


Key Element of Shophouse



Key Elements of the ShophousesDescription
Party WallsThese are principle load bearing walls that separate a shophouse from its neighbouring shophouse.
Timber Structural MembersThis refers to the main and secondary timber beams, that span from one party wall to the other and supports each floor. .It also includes the timber floor boards, and timber rafters that support the roof.
AirwellsAirwells are courtyards that are exposed to the sky, they provide natural ventilation and lighting to the interior of the shophouse They facilitate a comfortable indoor environment in our tropical climate.
Rear CourtAn open courtyard located at the back of the shophouse. It is bounded by the rear boundary wall, service block, rear elevation of the main shophouse and the party wall. This area was traditionally used for functional needs such as the kitchen and the toilet.
Timber WindowsTimber framed windows that are designed in the French or Casement style. Some have solid infill panels while others will have operable timber shutters/jalousies to allow for air and light.
Timber StaircaseThis refers to the staircase inside the shophouse, which are often of timber structural construction In some houses, the timber balustrades can be of ornate design.
Front FacadeThe front ‘face’ of the house that faces the street. Facades from different architectural eras will have different aesthetic approaches.
The Upper FloorThis projects over the five-footway to form a covered pedestrian arcade.
The ColumnsLocated at the front of the building. They support the upper floors and form five-foot way colonnades.
The Five-FootwayThis provides pedestrians with a sheltered environment for passage away from the hot sun and torrential rain. This feature was mandated by Raffles since the first Town Plan for Singapore.
The RoofThe roof is usually of a ‘pitched’ construction on a timber structural frame and laid with natural coloured, unglazed V-profile terracotta roof tiles. Shophouses from the 1900s onwards tend to use natural coloured, unglazed flat-interlocking tiles (also commonly called ‘Marseilles’ tiles).


Signs in Conservation Areas
Two types of signs are common in conservation areas.

Traditional Signs
These take the form of carved timber panels with gold-painted Chinese characters sometimes combined with English translations, and
letterings/characters formed in plaster relief or painted onto timber boards or metal panels. The degree of embellishment varies considerably. Traditional signs are not self-illuminating. Owners are to retain existing traditional signs that have acquired significance e.g. plaster relief signs on the outer face of columns, beams, friezes and pediments. They are part of the cultural history of the building and cannot be removed. However, they can be covered over with a new sign panel, if necessary, without damaging the original plaster reliefs. The original building date on the facade or pediment cannot be removed or replaced.

Contemporary Signs
These are made usually of plastic with characters or words formed in contrasting colours, and can be lit from within their casings, i.e. selfilluminating. Some contemporary signs include painted metal panels and cloth banners to publicise events or promote sale.

Design, Location and Size of Signs
Business signs are useful, interesting and attractive when thoughtfully and tastefully designed, and compatible with the character of the building and streetscape. As such, care is to be taken when designing such signs. Signs are to be carefully positioned so that they are clear and easy to read from the street level and do not visually dominate the building. Most important of all, they do not cover or block any key architectural features. A sensitively planned and designed sign will complement a building’s heritage. The incorrect use of signage can severely compromise the character and unity of a building and its setting.

The following guidelines are applicable to business signs which also have to comply with the requirements of the relevant technical departments. Variations can be considered based on the merits of each case.



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