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Address: Arab Street, Kampong Glam, Singapore, Singapore
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Personally I think this is a good place to visit in the early evening, when it is still light enough to see the impressive 100+ year old mosque behind it and also enjoy the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Personally I think this is a good place to visit in the early evening, when it is still light enough to see the impressive 100+ year old mosque behind it and also enjoy the activity as the bars and restaurants get busy..... but also before most of the shops shut. If you like meze style Arabian food then take your... More 

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Very unique, very little traffic and nice places to eat. The mosque was closed to visitors due to renovations, but I had a pleasant morning browsing the shops.

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Dortmund, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A great place to spend some time, for sight seeing, shopping or for a delicious bite. Plan some time for this cute place.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I spend a morning shopping here and got some amazingly beautiful wool scarves and pashminas that are not the usual street wares. I was also looking for fabric by the yard and there is an endless selection on this street, from sari fabrics to the most beautiful silks.

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Zürich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The mosque is really nice to see especially during night. When walking along the street in front of the mosque you will feel like in an arab country (Pakistan/ Libanon). Unfortunately, Shishas are now banned by the government.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Personally, this is my favourite section of Singapore, with beautiful little shop houses and a large white, gold and black mosque at the end of the street, it's an atmosphere I have never entered before. I recommended going at dusk (7pm) as that is when the mosque calls for prayer, sit and eat in one of the Turkish restaurants near... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you want to get a better idea of some of the subcultures or see a more organic side of Singapore, pop by here. Walk through Haji Lane for vintage shops, cafes and lots of drinking holes! Try to avoid the more stereotypical "expat" places such as Blu Jazz (great music but expensive drinks!) and opt for places like "Chevy's"... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

One of my favourite areas of Singapore - dominated by the golden dome of the Masjid Sultan, but a vibrant mix of middle eastern food, carpet shops and cafes, there's always lots going on here, it's a happening neighbourhood. Come during Ramadan around sundown and see the locals flock to the temporary food stalls as they break their daytime fast,... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

After having a free meal at the Sultan Mosque during the Ramandan I strolled around the Arab Street neighbourhood. Ho and behold I found a shop that catered to cat lovers. They have 2 ladies taking care of the 7 species of cats. One has to pay $13 to pet the cats for an hour. A free glass of juice... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Most of the shops don't open early but are well worth a visit especially for cloths. I got some great hand made leather shoes for under $30. At the end of Arab street is the the Masjid Sultan Mosque which has free entry only open from 10 – 12 most days. No just a mosque a real master piece (currently... More 

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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.
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