Explore Novena & Balestier: United Square

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#B1-56K/L, 6259-3320.
For those starved of good New Age music, you’re most likely to find that ambient CD here. Specializing in music to soothe our hectic lifestyles, owner Alan Tan stocks a multitude of New Age, jazz, classical and audiophile favorites, as well as regional titles. Expect to find a good selection of concert DVDs too.
#B1-17/32/33, 6356-5434.
For some wholsesome, home-made Peranakan-inspired and local dishes, look no further than Grandma’s. Must-tries include the nasi lemak, curry chicken and a sambal kangkong that will work up a sweat.
Jalan Kayu—The Prata Café, Explore Novena & Balestier: United Square
#01-12/13, 9237-9005.
You don’t have to travel all the way to Jalan Kayu to have your fix of hearty prata anymore. This is where all the office workers come during lunch hour for some cheese prata ($2), chicken murtabak ($3) and Milo Dinosaur ($2), or just a cup of teh tarik ($1) to get through the day.
Mandeville Music & Drama
#03-21, 6250-1911.
Mandeville stocks an assortment of violins, drums, guitars and pianos from the US and Europe ($190 upwards), and holds classes for those wanting to try their hand. Membership starts at just $10.
San Bookshop
#B1-56F, 6256-1184.
This beloved secondhand bookstore stocks anything and everything—from murder-mystery to romance to horror to non-fiction. Rental starts at just $2 per book.
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