Singapore’s PasarBella Market

  • Cheesemonger Syu Ai Ming at her artisan fromage stall The Cheese Ark.

    Cheesemonger Syu Ai Ming at her artisan fromage stall The Cheese Ark.

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    Self-explanatory.

  • This artisanal coffee shop updates its menu with newly imported beans weekly.

    This artisanal coffee shop updates its menu with newly imported beans weekly.

  • A merchant scans his wares.

    A merchant scans his wares.

  • A server scoops up fresh seafood paella.

    A server scoops up fresh seafood paella.

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By Brian Spencer
Photographs by Caleb Ming

Exposed piping and concrete floors set an industrial tone at PasarBella, a 2,800-square-meter indoor food market that recently opened in Singapore’s tony Bukit Timah neighborhood. The market’s open floor plan encourages leisurely browsing of its more than 30 specialty stalls, with these four outlets particularly worth sniffing out.

Dutch Colony Coffee Co. – This artisanal coffee shop updates its menu with newly imported beans weekly, and all but its house espresso blend are available in any of six brewing methods. Pair your cuppa with decadent cakes from health-minded bakery Frootkeyk (65/6467-0255).

Oceans of Seafood – Fresh supplies are flown in twice a week from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market to this seafood merchant, where you can have whole fish sliced into sashimi or opt for Western-style preparations of shellfish and crustaceans sourced from around the world (65/6466-1005).

The Cheese Ark – Rare European cheeses will leave turophiles swooning at this fromage stall, whose owner cares as much about the producers’ sustainable farming practices as she does their finished products. The handpicked selection includes cheeses that had previously fallen out of production, such as a Texel sheep’s-milk Montebore (65/9830-3368).

The Great Beer Experiment – The 120-strong  range of craft beers here includes bottles from five of the world’s eight Trappist ale-producing monasteries. On weekends, look for limited- supply draft brews and collaborative food and beer pairings with other traders (65/6469-7291).

This piece appears in the August/September 2013 issue as “Market Value”

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