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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
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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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An iconic area

Early Arabs came to SINGAPORE and settled in this area. This is also the area where the Sultan Mosque is situated. Walk around to see what those merchants sold , anything to do... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Early Arabs came to SINGAPORE and settled in this area. This is also the area where the Sultan Mosque is situated. Walk around to see what those merchants sold , anything to do with Arab culture as well as Malay cultural items including clothes , cloths, and tailoring. Many restaurants are available.

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Perth, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Also known as Kampong Glam, we really enjoyed this little area. This is the original Malay quarter of Singapore and houses a great deal of middle eastern influences. There is a great atmosphere to the area and lots of little quirky shops, cafes and restaurants. Well worth a trip to stroll around and experience.

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Unfortunately we did a visit a bit rushed in Arab Street (which, as it is known, also designates the entire neighborhood, as well as the road with this specific name). Not quite rushed, however, to prevent us from appreciating the charm of Bussorah Street. With its pedestrian space, the two rows of tall palm trees that line it, plenty of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This shopping district is known for it's Arab or Malay Culture at Bugis. Rolls of shops and eateries along the rolls of shophouses. Good place to taste some local cuisines or drinks.

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a very different area and well worth half a day to stroll around. Friday is not a good day as it is Muslim holy day so some things not open.

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Katoomba, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An interesting walk through these streets. Shopping for fabrics, eating good Turkish food, great Turkish coffee and viewing shophouses.

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Karachi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not up to the expectations based on hype created in attraction reviews. Two lanes basically with small shops, bars and restaurants. A tattoo shop is also there. If you expecting more , you will be disappointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was staying in Hotel boss on jalan sultan road , the arab street is close to it (walking distance ) the place is quiet with some arab restaurants there . Did not explore a lot but seemed a decent place for a walk and venturing out the restaurants and shops there

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Gorakhpur, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing Spectacular. Just an average 'Market Street' with some cafes and restaurant here and there. A bit racist I felt.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arab street does not retain much original feel although the food available is different from most other parts of Singapore, so that makes for a good change. It is interesting to look at the mosque and there are some clothing and home deco stores that can be very interesting although not cheap! Parallel we also have Haji Lane and Bali... 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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