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Kampong Glam: Hip Heritage

Experience a delightful mix of the old and the new at Kampong Glam.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  It's a strange paradox that one of the oldest precincts in Singapore--an important gathering area for the original settlers in... more »

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Points of Interest

From Bugis MRT station, walk down Victoria Street and make a right at Arab Street. At the junction of Arab Street and North Bridge Road, you'll see the impressive Sultan Mosque. Built in 1826 by the Sultan of Johor, Hussein Shah, it fell into a state of disrepair after a hundred years before a new one was built in 1928 to support the growing... More

Outside the entrance is Bussorah Street, a short pedestrian alley with two-storey shophouses filled with Middle-Eastern cafes, souvenirs and traditional clothing stores selling batik materials, as well as boutique spas and funky stores selling vintage curios. Jamal Kazura Aromatics is not to be missed here. A family business for more than 80 years... More

3. HJH Maimunah

Across North Bridge Road is the 20-year-old nasi padang stall HJH Maimunah. Famous among locals, it has been featured on celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's television show No Reservations. The beef in the rendang, a dry curry, is especially tender while the tauhu telor--fried beancurd coated with egg and drizzled with kechap manis, a sweet black... More

4. Arab Street

After lunch, head off to Arab Street where you can get some of the most exquisite fabrics like Malay and Indonesian batiks (intricately dyed patterns on fabrics) as well as Chinese and Thai silks. Ali Baba Fabrics, Royal Fabrics and Sheila & Co are some of the best and most affordable stores along the street.

A small, unmarked lane along Arab Street will bring you to Haji Lane, Singapore's narrowest street at approximately 3.5 metres across. Here, you enter the hip and trendy side of the area where you can find small, quirky shops that you won't find in established malls. One of them is Dulcetfig which sells vintage clothes for the modern girl, while ... More

6. Fika at Beach Road

As evening approaches, head to the corner of Beach Road and Arab Street and eat at Fika, an intriguing eatery serving home-style halal Swedish food like pickled herrings and meatballs in cream sauce, with lingonberry jam. -- Hours : Monday-Wednesday: 11am-10pm Thursday-Saturday: 11am-11pm Sunday: 11am - 10pm

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7. Bali Lane

For good music and drinks, head to Blujaz, an indie-style bar housed in a three-floor shophouse on Bali Lane. Populated with a casual and cool crowd, the live bands and DJs play anything from funk, soul to pop music and occasionally jazz. If you prefer something quieter, Twine, a stylish new wine bar, is a few doors down.

The other alternative is to walk back down Baghdad Street and head to Pasha on Aliwal Street. Though decked out in white modern interiors, the Moroccan food they serve is largely traditional, with well done favourites like kebabs, couscous and tajines. --

Restaurant: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 2pm, 6.45pm – 10.30pm
Bar: 5pm onwards daily

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9. The Studio at North Bridge Road

Finish the night round the corner at The Studio, a trendy cocktail bar, with a 'home away from home' vibe. Frequented by hip 20-somethings, their signature cocktail, a Bacardi 151 and grapefruit juice concoction called The Landlord, is satisfyingly moreish. --

Hours : Opens at 6pm

778 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198746

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On your way back to Bugis MRT Station, stop by the Bugis Street "pasar malam" or night market, Singapore's largest outdoor shopping street where you can find trendy streetwear and accessories, cafes and street hawker snacks. --

4 New Bugis Street
Singapore 188868