District 07: Beach Road, Bugis, and Rochor

Often recognized as the extension of the bustling CBD district, District 7 is a vibrant estate with an exciting mix of office buildings, public and private residential properties, and plenty of retail and commercial and F&B spaces. 

Situated in the southern region of Singapore, District 07 includes:

  • Beach Road: A district built entirely of reclaimed land, filled with popular tourist attractions, amazing food options, and office buildings all nearby.
  • Bugis: A neighbourhood best known for Singapore’s largest street shopping market, the newly revamped new Bugis Street, and hipster retail and dining options at Haji Lane – essentially lots of good food and good shopping for cheap.
  • Rochor: Home to many important Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist temples of worship, heritage centres, art schools, and design centres, Rochor is an undisputed cultural and arts center.

Nature and Sports Centres 

As a highly prized prime real estate location within Singapore, green spaces are comparatively fewer than the heartlands further inland, but there’s a strong upside – the proximity to the Kallang riverside and the Rochor Canal.

Residents in this district can enjoy a calming walk, stroll, or cycle along the revamped promenades of the Rochor Canal. For those seeking the peaceful ambience that comes with nature and a scenic waterfront, the nearby Kallang Park, Kallang Riverside Park, and Stadium Riverside Walk, offer just that.

For sports lovers, private fitness options are a dime a dozen due to businesses appealing to the working crowd. But if that’s not enough, there’s always Singapore’s largest sporting arena – just one MRT stop away at Stadium. There you can find Olympic-level sporting arenas from the OCBC Aquatic Arena, Water Sports Centre, Singapore Indoor Stadium, The Cage (for futsal), and even an ice-skating rink.

Heritage Attractions 

While District 07 has experienced a massive facelift over the years to transform into the thriving shopping, dining, and business district it is today, the government has also spared no effort to preserve many of the cultural and historically significant landmarks.

Some examples of important heritage landmarks in the district include the Sultan Mosque, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Sri Krishnan Temple, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Kampong Glam, House of Teng Niah, shophouses along Little India, Arab Street, amongst many others.

Schools, Libraries, and Other Public Facilities 

The nearest public primary schools within this district are Stamford Primary, Farrer Park Primary, and St. Margaret’s Primary, with the first two due to merge in 2023.

However, for youth interested in the arts, this neighbourhood is where you need to be. Thanks to popular art schools like LASALLE College of the Arts, and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) making their home in Rochor, a whole peripheral suite of private music, art, drama, and dance schools have also popped up in the vicinity.

When it comes to libraries, this district offers none other than the flagship national library of Singapore. At 16 storeys tall, it is also Singapore’s largest public library which also hosts exhibitions and stage plays. 

Food & Beverages (F&B) and Retail Options

With a good mix of shophouses, malls, traditional markets, and mega shopping streets, the residents in District 7 are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to good food and good shopping options.

For conventional retail options, there’s Bugis Junction and Bugis + for your convenience. For more specific needs, there’s Sim Lim Square for all your electronic needs, OG Albert for your old-school departmental shopping, Golden Mile Complex for all things Thai, Bugis Street for street shopping, Haji Lane for hipster retail, and more.

Well Connected Via Public Transport

With access to the Downtown line (via Jalan Besar, Bugis, Bencoolen, and Rochor stations), the East-West line (via Bugis, and Lavender), and the Circle line (via Nicoll Highway and Bras Basah), residents are well-connected to every part of the island.