"Creeping Nostalgic Ghost Realms"
After you've polished off a bowl of pork noodles at Hill Street, pop over to Zerah Coffee Roasters for a fancy cup of caffeine, and then walk the covered pathways to this shop. The oldest coffee shop in Singapore is a grimy, scruffy affair, where hygiene goes out the window in favour of time old traditions. However, don't be put off by the lack of cleanliness and order yourself a coffee and toast, park yourself by a table and allow your eyes to roam the room for signs of the past.
Yes, the coffee resembles hot sludge but it tastes better than it looks. The toast is well browned and smeared with tons of butter and jam, a comforting escape from modern day faffings.
This won't be on most travellers itinerary to Singapore, but I do like the peculiar things in life, and it doesn't come much more nostalgic than Heap Seng Leong.
These recommendations are just personal opinions based on my palate, things change, chefs get fired or replaced, places open-close, relocate, so take it all with a pinch of MSG and discover your own gems too. But please do try a few of these, they have been researched exhaustively.
"Tastes are subjective, so take everything with a pinch of salty tears"