Vadivu is writing a travel book about Singapore and asked if I was free to tag along with her to explore the newly opened Pasar Bella. I asked a few friends if it was vegan/vegetarian friendly and they told me it was not that ideal. Strangely, the trip ended up more fruitful than I expected and I cannot wait to return again.
First stop we visited was Mekhala, a thai inspired vegan friendly grocery shop selling vegan curry paste and sauces. They even have a skin care section selling coconut creams and their best selling tamarind honey cleanser. The prices were definitely higher compared to the supermarket but it was great to see vegan curry paste sold there.
Next, we visited The Organic Grocer and boy was there a huge selection of organic products for the family. I was more interested to stock up on cruelty free home care products so I zoomed in to that corner. I loved the mini kids corner using recycled cardboards shaped into sofas and the television stand. I heard they were on sale too and I will be doing a review on the products I bought soon.
Opposite The Organic Grocer was the SG Singapore Australian Organic Grocer shop where a huge display of specially flown in fruits and vegetables were on display. We were wondering what is the big fuss about organic products from Australia and understood from the staff that when people talk about organic products, they are referring to the land and ground where the produce are grown. Sad to say, our land in Singapore may have organic farms but the roads along the farms are not organic friendly hence the shop claims that theirs is the real deal. They also give out cardboard art frames for the kids to doodle on and we thought it was a brilliant Eco-friendly idea!
Just beside SG Organics facing a coffee joint, I found one of my mum’s favourite olive oil shop CARIA. I cannot stop recommending the amazing Egyptian Dukkah which is super yums! It goes superb well with bread and olive oil dips. We had it for the first time in Melbourne Australia during a wine trip and we were searching high and low for this product and finally found it here in Singapore. They used to have a shop in Great World City but have now moved to Pasar Bella permanently. They also serve set meals of pita bread with an assortment of dishes made specially by a Turkish Chef. This will be the next food place I want to visit with Hubby Ro as we both love mediterranean food.
The whole set up of the farmer’s market was lovely. It was not crowded when we visited on weekdays and I can see why everyone is talking about it. They have almost everything under one roof for someone with deep pockets! Sadly, in the food section there was hardly any shops catering to organic vegetarian or vegan friendly bakery products or meals.
PasarBella is located at The Grandstand (formerly Turf City), which sits right in the heart of Bukit Timah. Easily accessible by car or public transport, there is also the added convenience of free parking on-site.
PasarBella @ The Grandstand Bukit Timah Singapore
200 Turf Club Road Singapore 287994
Phone: +65 6887 0077