The choice of dining establishments in Thomson – Balestier is not as varied as along the Singapore River. Food courts and small restaurants in Balestier serve up a good selection of Singaporean dishes which include congee rice, Bak Kut The (pork bone soup), and chicken and rice. International fast food chains have outlets in the locality, with both KFC and McDonald’s represented.Shopping
Thomson – Balestier is not Orchard Road and people staying here need to get a bus to that location if they want to buy the latest designer clothes or electrical gadgets. There are a few small shopping centres in which visitors can buy toiletries, sportswear, jade, and jewellery. There are a few convenience stores dotted around, but stores selling lighting are more common.