Emerald Hill is not only a hotspot for bars and nightlife but also a quiet neighbourhood off the busy Orchard Road showcasing some of the finest Chinese Baroque shophouses built in the early 1900.
We will start our tour with an overview of the area from the rooftop of Orchard Central which is where the Orchard market used to be. We will learn why Emerald Street was called Theatre Street and what Postmaster General William Cuppage had to do with the settlement of the elevated hill called Emerald Hill. We will also find out how nutmeg and gambier plantations transformed into a thriving upscale residential neighbourhood, home to wealthy Chinese merchants.
Our guide Sarah Lev will share with us about the various elements and styles of the shophouses, who lived there and what inspired playwright Stella Kon to write "Emily on Emerald Hill" in 1983.
Meeting point - Nutmeg Grove Sculpture - outside Orchard Central (corner of Orchard Road and Killiney Road)
Tour duration - 2 hours