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Arab Street

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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
Fee: No
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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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Although off the main tourist track I found the atmosphere here unique. There was certainly foods for all tastes, along with good shopping, especially for regular Middle Eastern... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although off the main tourist track I found the atmosphere here unique. There was certainly foods for all tastes, along with good shopping, especially for regular Middle Eastern items. I visited a few times as staying nearby and met some very interesting locals and found new things each time.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Eating or shopping. Many middle-eastern styled eateries here. This place is also located next to a Masjid. Or maybe a Masjid located next to it. You can also look for souvenirs here.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Like many of the ethnically themed streets, there may be one or two very good restaurants on this street but nothing you could not find elsewhere. The rest of the street is fabric shops which clearly dont do much business and there is not much for the tourist to see. Mainly for people who want to get a more manufactured... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This street was fascinating but it was too hot to handle so didn't spend much time there. Next time perhaps.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Nice calm and quite place. Near the beach road. All are old pattern low height building. Lots of food options are there. Many shops are there but not vibrant like others.

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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

AN entire lane of pop art, kitsch, street shopping and those amazinng colourful murals,, this place is an anti-climax to singapore's fast-paced life projected in myriad of skyscrapers and building. Both side of the road is lined with quaint shops selling pretty souvenirs to some authentic Arab stuff leading to the grand Sultan Mosque! And the best part..lpi-smacking local delicacies... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tucked away, but worth searching out if you fancy a change of atmosphere in Singapore. Great place for Turkish food and some great bargains to be found in the shops if you haggle!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are many small shops and restaurants. Its like you are a tourist in Istanbul or elsewhere in turkey. Its poorly and very heavily designed for tourists. Thats a pity If you are on a tight time schedule in singapore, don't go there.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When researching Singapore this area of town never came up. We ended up here by a total fluke and it was awesome. There are tons of shops, restaurants, and bars. I recommend eating Lebanese food somewhere here and if possible coming here at night for a drink.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking on Arab Street is a fun experience of exploring little shops and restaurants. Even for those who don't want to buy anything, it's fun to see the area. It's not too big of an area, but entertaining nonetheless.

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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 coloured 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 Centre 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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