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Arab Street

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Address: 48 Arab Street Shophouse the Social Hostel, Singapore 199745, Singapore
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Visitors who enjoy a little bargaining will find it here among the historic...

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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Nice to wander

Really just a few small streets with shops and restuarants near the mosque. We got some good bargains though and not as frantic as Chinatown or Little India.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really just a few small streets with shops and restuarants near the mosque. We got some good bargains though and not as frantic as Chinatown or Little India.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As a Muslim it was nice to see a masjed (mosque) from far away as I was walking specially it was prayer time ,after prayer wae had lunch in a Turkish restaurant that I don't remember its name but their food deserve trying it . You can also buy some souvenirs from stores there in general you can have a... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great restaurants & and lovely place to hang out on an evening. Quaint old street of Turkish restaurants overlooked by the temple at the end of the road.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Immerse yourself in the exotic atmosphere with one of a kind dinning experience. Interested in carpets? This is your hood.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife wouldn't stop shopping up and down this whole place! It is quite incredible oops, she says "not shopping! Just a looking"

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some short streets with Arab colours, another culture you can see here, between mordern country and high buldings, the low-rise blocks like another food court, an entertaiment at night, some cafe bars with great singer. You feel relax!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Malay food from Minang Restaurant was delicious and reasonable. The souvenir still within budget! Two Singapore shirts only SGD5, keychain and tote bags only SGD2 each.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great lunch of murtabak opposite the mosque, so authentic with lime soda to wash it down. A great area to wander in and out of textiles shops, bought a silk kimono for $10!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got off the bus from Melaka with no Singapore $$. Was advised to go to Arab Street. Found out that I was given the very worst rate I was ever offered in Singapore. If you are looking for a souvenir, look no further than this street; there are lots of well-stocked places.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arab Street and surrounding Kampong Glam is a must during any visit to Singapore. It is a little different to the rest of the city and has a vibrant feel. The Sultan Mosque is very impressive, as is the eclectic mix of restaurants ranging from Swedish to Lebanese. The murals and wall art are wonderful!

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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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