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Ev­ery­thing old is new again in Sin­ga­pore – in­clud­ing its old­est coun­cil es­tate. Built in the 1930s, this con­stel­la­tion of low-rise art deco flats, a short am­ble from Chi­na­town, started out as one of the is­land’s most ex­clu­sive ad­dresses.

But when sky-scrap­ing con­do­mini­ums be­gan to shoot up in the 1970s, Tiong Bahru lost its A-list ap­peal – un­til around 2010, when 40 Hands Cof­fee (40hand­scoffee.com) opened onYong Siak Street, and stim­u­lated the neigh­bor­hood.

One of the first of a new wave of cafés to open in the city-state, 40 Hands lured lo­cal hip­sters back to the play­ground of their youth. There are now more than a

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