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Address: Arab Street, Kampong Glam, Singapore, Singapore
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: Visitors who enjoy a little bargaining will find it here among the...
Visitors who enjoy a little bargaining will find it here among the historic shops selling textiles, perfume and more. Along with traditional Muslim food offerings, some Western restaurants have settled into the area, creating a Singaporean blend of cultures. Make sure to stop at the island’s largest mosque, the Sultan Mosque, a landmark in the Kampong Glam Malay Heritage District.
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I was looking for things to do in an 8 hour lay over in Singapore that I hadn't done before. I had no idea why I hadn't visited Arab Street and nearby Haji Lane before, however... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Worth a short visit. Expensive. Avoid at night when the whole place turns into a drinking den full of drunks and loud mouths. Unfortunately the shops are closed in the evenings. Not at all impressive but if you are bored knock yourself out....

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Everything seems artificial and overpriced there. When you know the middle Eastern countries, you don't find this area to be very authentic.

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The whole Kampong Glam area around Arab Street is very interesting and well worth a visit. There are lots of interesting shops in the traditional shop-houses, as long as you look inside beyond the tacky souvenirs. There are also many dining choices.Look out for the interesting wall murals too

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The area was interesting for a look and see only. The Sultan Mosque was nice, even if the people weren't the friendliest. There were a lot of alfresco dining places that seemed to be overpriced. The shop-houses sold mostly overpriced mass-produced items, but nice arrangements though. The fabrics shops were nice and colourful. So overall, great for sight-seeing. The Malay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Great place with many shops and cafes to choose from. Spend a day along Arab street and the neighboring streets and explore the many charms. Great place to buy gifts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Try great food with very nice and clean restaurants. I recommend visiting it at night where you can site outside. Some restaurants offers shisha to smoke

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I was looking for things to do in an 8 hour lay over in Singapore that I hadn't done before. I had no idea why I hadn't visited Arab Street and nearby Haji Lane before, however they are well worth a visit. Loads of little shops to wander into and plenty of place to eat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

If you are looking for textiles, this is the place, and well priced as well. Unfortunately the mosque was closed for renovations.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

An interesting area to walk around especially if you are out to enjoy the cultural diversity of Singapore. There are many restaurents selling arabic food and shops selling arabic / islamic clothing items. Some shops carry interesting name boards such as "Aladin's Hardware Shop" (if I can remember it right), though not quite sure whether it sells the "wonderful lamps"!... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

As a Muslim traveller i was excited to come to Arab st. The highlight for me was hearing the call to prayer fill the streets from the Mosque. It was the first time i had heard it in a public place and it was very emotional. There are many halal palces to eat and lots of material, rug and souvenir... More 

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This traditionally Malay enclave of Singapore offers an alluring array of shops, cafes, and bars. A walk down Haji Lane offers quirky shopping, while one block over, Arab Street is a treasure trove of brightly colored fabrics, clothing, and Turkish rugs. Stop for a leisurely coffee or cocktail and watch local kids play traditional games along the lane. Also home to the Malay Heritage Center and one of Singapore’s most prominent mosques (Sultan Mosque), Kampong Glam is a must-visit for a tantalizing taste of Malay life in this city.