|Changi Village | Signapore Changi Village|
|Places in Singapore - Changi Point|
|Written by Singapore Guide|
Even before the British decided to develop the area as a military base, a small community of fishermen and plantation workers was already established in Changi Village as early as the 1840s. Changi Village was a hub of activities, especially during the period before and after the war as the British and other forces continued to use Changi as a base for various strategic purposes.
Today, the old shop-houses have been redeveloped by the Housing and Development Board (HDB) into four-storey shop-flats plus the Changi Village market and hawker center. Changi Village hawker center is famous for various food staffs, including the International Muslim Food Stall at #01-57. Singaporeans travel from all over the island for its famous Nasi Lemak, which does a brisk trade, especially during the wee hours on weekends. Other stalls to try out includes Wing Kee Ipoh Hor Fun & Wonton Meet (#01-04) and Jim Fook Dessert (#01-37).
At Changi Village, you will find a mix of shops to serve all your essential needs and a few extras. With a living community of fishermen and the Changi beach nearby, there are a number of fishing accessory shops here for the fishing enthusiast as well as the seasoned fishermen.
You can also pick up a bargain or two on vintage leather shoes and dresses from Fashion Shoe Shop (Blk 4 Changi Village Road, #01-2076), the Salvation Army Shop (Blk 4, #01-2076), and a more recent addition, Cat's Curios (Blk 1, #01-2032).
For a trip back in time, a visit to George Photo (Blk 1, #01-2000) is a must. Here you can see old photographs of Changi Village, some dating back even before the war in 1942. Another shop that has been around for a long time is Sincere Provision Shop (Blk 1, #01-2022), which sells drinks, magazines, provisions etc.
There are fine selection of wines, champagnes, brandies and whiskeys to be found at Mille's Bottle Shop across Changi Village Road (Blk 5, #01-2051).
You will find some bicycle rental shops where you could hire a bicycle for a cycling trip around Changi Village, or across the waters in Pengarang, Johor (Malaysia).
Most people come to Changi Village for food and drinks, and there is a whole range of eateries to cater to all tastes. Charlie's Corner (Changi Village Hawker Centre, #01-08) is a regular haunt for beer aficionados and fans of their top-notch chilli dogs and fish and chips. From fresh seafood at Tekong Seafood Restaurant (Blk 6) to sandwiches at Subway (Blk 4), XO Crab Bee Hoon at the coffeeshop (Blk 5), and Japanese cruisine (Blk 5), there is enough to satisfy everyone in Changi Village.