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

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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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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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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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Bandar Seri Begawan
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201 reviews 201 reviews
39 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

In a city which is fast losing its cultural heritage, the low rise Arab neighborhood in the shadow of the Mosque, retains some of its Islamic character. With some outstanding Indonesian Nasi Padang restaurants, this is a pleasant area to walk around. However, there is a sleazy side with spas located in many of the side streets. Visit during the... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Arab Street is an interesting place to visit in Singapore as, along with Little India and Chinatown, demonstrates the many cultures existing within city-state. There are some neat shops you can check out and try get a bargain. Easy to access via the subway system and worth walking around for a few hours anyway.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Loved this place! Mum and I spent a bit of time shopping here - funnily enough she speaks Arabic and was trying to speak to people in the shops on Arab st but no one spoke it! All Chinese and Indian :) Still a great experience - lots of Pashminas!!!

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Fascinating place to visit. Lots of wonderful food. Watch out at the minute - the mosque is covered in tarpaulin and I understand they are renovating and installing a lift There are some wonderful fabric shops, but I was warned that if you have something made you need to allow 15 days. If you are on a short trip, they... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We found only three things interesting here: The Sultan Mosque, the food and the Arabian charm. Apart from this, there is nothing much to see or do here. You need less than 30 minutes to see the entire place. The Sultan Mosque is the main attraction and its beautiful. The path opposite the mosque is lined up with some interesting... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Motorcycles and a world wide range of dress is worth seeing as the Mosque empties out. Shops seem to be tired and ho hum. Humidity does sap energy!

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Kampong Glam
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.