It is full of traditional stores selling carpets, household wares and textiles. Its major landmark, the Sultan Mosque, sits in the heart of this enclave and is open to all visitors, as is the nearby Malay Heritage Centre, where you’ll learn about Malay history and culture.
The alleyways of this cultural precinct are filled with the smells, sights and sounds of spices, tourists, school kids, rattan furniture shops and oil-based perfumes. Take a walk down to Bussorah Mall to experience the rich delights and charms of the many cafés, eateries and street stalls here.
Foodies will also delight in the offering of the neighborhood’s culinary fixtures like Warung M. Nasir, Rumah Makan Minang, Salero Mundo and the iconic Zam Zam Restaurant. And true to Singapore’s reputation as a multi-cultural cosmopolitan city, there’s even a halal Swedish café called Fika on Arab Street.
If you are more of a shopper, then don’t forget to visit the many small shops on Arab Street that sell everything from Persian carpets, lace, batik, semi-precious stones and an assortment of handicrafts. Also, a street away from the Sultan Mosque, you’ll also find Haji Lane, a charming lane that’s a dream come true for fashionistas. Stocked with independent boutiques, stylishly cool second-hand clothes stores and quirky outlets selling a cornucopia of novelty knick knacks, this is one of the most pleasurable places for a spot of shopping in Singapore.
And when you’re done shopping, stroll over to Bali Lane to wind down – The Blu Jaz Café is highly recommended for its ambience, crowd, menu and jazz outfit. Uncover the history of old Malay royalty and take a break from your hectic holiday schedule while on your visit to Singapore. With so many eateries, pubs and more, unwind and relax for the evening while smoking a spot of shisha here in Kampong Glam.