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Address: 48 Arab Street Shophouse the Social Hostel, Singapore 199745, Singapore
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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If you like cloth and wares - this is the place to be. They tout for your dining business here as well. I was looking for a truly lebanese food experience - but it comes at a... read more

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you make your own things and need material this is the place to visit. Shop 51 was just as good in life as it is recommended. Go look enjoy the fantastic material

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If you like cloth and wares - this is the place to be. They tout for your dining business here as well. I was looking for a truly lebanese food experience - but it comes at a cost. The meal we had was overpriced for what it was. No such thing as your food market and $5 for a dish... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited Arab street twice during our stay in Singapore. Once in the evening for a meal (lucky the restaurants are open late) and again during the day to see more of the area. Really, its average for an arabic part of town. The mosque is not as impressive as mosques elsewhere in the world - the plain colour is... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lot of Arab restaurant , shopping for Arab cloth ,fabric , lot of walking,this place is only for the people who are interested in eating and shopping

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So much culture jammed into a few city blocks! The fabric market is nothing I've ever experienced before!! So many bright colours, different fabrics, lace, bling, and so much more! The Mosque is ope to visitors as well! A must see....

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is known for it's Arab or Malay Culture at Bugis . Good place to have some Turkish food and for fabric shopping

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was a little hesitant to visit the Arab section in today's political climate. However the reviews were all very positive so we decided to go. There are many restaurants and nice shops, with Turkish and middle eastern wares. Beautiful lights and glass, carpets, textiles, ceramics. We picked up some nice things to take home. People were very friendly and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located north of the Singapore River, Arab Street is part of the Kampong Glam trail and is the heart of the Muslim quarter. The rich culture, vibrant coloured houses, ethnic cuisines and boutiques, it offers a souk style of shopping experience. Other interesting sites close by include the outstanding Sultan Mosque, Istana kampong Glam and the Malay heritage centre. We... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don't recommend going all the way to this road. Nothing worth it. I found a huge RAT on the pavement. Its really disgusting.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When we walk to this area we can see many people they wear traditional clothes to visit Kampong Gelam. That is a kind of Mystery and Fashion for me. Because this is their culture and their life. We use different view to know their culture. Traveler can easy to find a place to take a photo and find a restaurant... 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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