Arab Street

Arab Street, Singapore: Hours, Address, Arab Street Reviews: 4/5

11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
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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Ray
Staines, UK773 contributions
Apr 2021
Arab Street is part of the Muslim Quarter. Singapore's founder Sir Stamford Raffle did the town planning back in the day and allocated different areas in Singapore to all early immigrants and locals according to their ethnic background so that's how this area came to be.

The early Arabs to land on these shores were traders and merchants mostly from Oman and Yemen but Muslims from other countries followed later. Which is why all the streets in this area are named after cities from Oman, Iraq, Afghanistan etc.

Currently it must be the trendiest and hippest neighbourhood of the Lion City Singapore because other than the usual Persian carpets, fine fabrics, colourful textiles and handicrafts, it has funky cafes and exotic restaurants that attract all fashion conscious crowds. Shopping aside, there is plenty to choose from Lebanese food to Turkish delights, Middle Eastern style shisha/hookah to Indonesian leafy veggies.
Written April 15, 2021
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linfame
Singapore, Singapore608 contributions
Aug 2020
because of covid I thought it was appropriate to show places
in singapore... where it is fun to see and sketch... urban sketching
is a world wide wonderful thing to do... here it is .. Arab street
this place is the extension where you can enjoy your food alfresco
along the side street .. at the zam zam restaurant.
Written April 27, 2021
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Luvingmywine
182 contributions
Mar 2020
We went here twice in one week to enjoy the food (there was a Lebanese restaurant that was out of this world with such friendly and helpful staff).
There are a lot of places for nice housewares and we would have purchased more had we not had to fly back home. Enjoy!
Written March 29, 2020
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MLSingapore
Singapore, Singapore216 contributions
Oct 2020
The Arab Street is terrible in term of shopping for middle east or Turkish lighting or plates. All the shop did not have price tag and the staff see you as a tourist and give you a super unreasonable price, and then pretend to be friendly with you and sell you an items with "big"discount".Its not worth the trip and nothing really outstanding there. For people who been to Turkey or middle east, the people there are much honest than Arab street, the product quality are way better than Arab street, and most importantly the price are way cheaper. For those who did not been to Turkey, my advice is go there only look but don't buy anything which will regret 100%. My friend brought a Turkish light and the plug is two pin and light bulb is not LED. The light became so hot after switch on for a while...

If you looking for something reflects the Singapore's multi- culture, Go Chinatown, there is a lot nice and long history shop which you can get nice and meaningful items in a very reasonable price, including Turkish lighting...
Written November 6, 2020
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Lindsey F
Peterborough, UK92 contributions
Feb 2020
What a beautiful place if you want any household textiles from fabric to carpets. I was after cottons for summer shirts and use the offcuts for my patchwork. You HAVE to haggle it’s part of the fun but the first trader insulted me by starting at $60/metre, ridiculous! Got the rest of What I wanted for $10 approx. Was very tempted by the most glorious rug, might have succumbed if we weren’t moving house and need to clear out.
Written February 15, 2020
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Aslam_Sherif
London, UK739 contributions
Aug 2019
When you walk through the streets it feels like you are in middle east. Sultan Mosque is the big attraction in the area which brings many tourists to this area to pray in the mosque. There are many Arabic and Turkish restaurants and cafes near the mosque. There are shops selling rugs and clothes there are also many souvenir shops. Malay neighborhood very interesting as shops selling handicraft, Arabic and Turkish items. This is a must visit if you are in Singapore.
Written May 21, 2020
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Fred T
Reno, NV739 contributions
Feb 2020
I went to this area to eat lunch. I looked at the menus of many restaurants. What I was seeing was over priced (seemed like a tourist trap), so I got nothing (went to Little India instead). There is a nice view of the mosque. On the weekend, cars are not allowed, so it is a safe place to walk.
Written February 3, 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL14,184 contributions
Feb 2020
Arab Street is an entire street of shops. It is more fabric and rugs as you can go from one shop to the next. It is more shop and open with vehicles than the trinkets and narrow experience on neighboring Haji. My wife enjoyed her time and found a great place to buy scarfs for her friends. You will enjoy the shopping here. It is also the entrance to the Sultan Mosque
Written April 8, 2020
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Karin H
Minneapolis, MN448 contributions
Feb 2020
A fun place to walk around and get lunch. Lots of little souvenir shops selling cheap trinkets. Definitely explore the side streets to see some amazing street art.
Written March 21, 2020
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Ollerbarrow
Altrincham, UK1,610 contributions
Jan 2020
The whole area of Kampong Glam radiates out from the Sultan Mosque. It is a short walk from Bugis and provides a different shopping experience from many other places in Singapore, with local food/spice/carpets and textiles all for sale. Nice if you haven't seen this in a thousand other places around the world, but a much more homely iteration of the old city than many other places portray. It is certainly a lot more user friendly than little India, which is true to its home country roots!
Written January 19, 2020
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