The Central Business District (CBD) is not just Singapore’s financial hub, it is also a bustling food haven. Food and beverage businesses cater to busy executives and office workers grabbing a sandwich for breakfast, chowing down on poke and salad bowls for lunch, and kicking back with colleagues for after- work drinks and dinner – not to mention the multiple coffee runs throughout the day for a caffeine boost. And recent F&B openings continue to whet the appetite. A slew of food options has opened up in the new Tanjong Pagar Centre at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. These include Spanish restaurant Pura Brasa, ramen chain Ippudo and gastropub Starker Signature.
A stone’s throw away at Downtown Gallery, which is part of new integrated development OUE Downtown, there are more choices. F&B concepts make up 30 per cent of the tenant mix there. These include Lunar Coffee Brewers and Vietnamese restaurant Pho Stop. Ms Patrina Tan, senior vice president of retail, marketing and leasing of OUE Limited, wants OUE Downtown to be a “seamless communal ecosystem”.
The management is looking to boost traffic on weekends, when the CBD typically gets very quiet, with themed pop-up events called The Gallery Experiences. This weekend’s theme is fitness. At Tanjong Pagar Centre, 70 per cent of the tenants are F&B, catering to the estimated 30,000 people working or living in the surrounding area, says Ms Valerie Wong, 46, GuocoLand Singapore’s general manager, commercial.
She adds: “Foot traffic has been encouraging so far with month-on- month growth since we opened the retail element of Tanjong Pagar Centre in November last year. On average, 1.7 million people have visited the development every month.”