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“Good for Culture and Food”
Review of Geylang Serai

Geylang Serai
Ranked #179 of 895 things to do in Singapore
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Owner description: Located in the eastern part of the island, Geylang is today a thriving residential, commercial and cultural district that is full of life and vitality with great food, great bargains and great sights.
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Historic architecture, cultural diversity and cult-status eateries are accolades not commonly associated with Geylang - which is frequently written off as the island's infamous nightlife zone. But take a stroll through its meandering lanes and bustling back alleys and you'll discover a buzzing neighbourhood lined with colourful shophouses, mosques, temples and more that puts Geylang firmly on the must visit tourist trail.

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Reviewed 19 August 2017

This place gets crowded really easy! Geylang is known for cheap and local food. If you cannot afford the dishes at Bugis or Orchard Road, then geyland is the perfect district for you. Also, there are some exotic food like frog pot.

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Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Our Singaporean friends took us to this amazing street, a lot of food ... local food from frog porridge to frog legs and nasi . you find best local food

There are also fruit shops where u can sit and eat some good local fruit. i loved dragon fruit

It is however red light area so tourists have to be careful

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Gonna preface this with I hate crowded areas, but if you're a fan of high energy and being at the center of the hustle and bustle of a city, I would check the market out around Eid. I went the night before and it was CRAZY CROWDED! The food was great and of course the street itself is beautifully lit, but it gets clustered and HOT which I'm not a fan of.

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Reviewed 7 July 2016

The annual Hari Raya bazaar that has been held in Geylang Serai during the month of Ramadan since the 1970s.

The bazaar in Geylang Serai remains a crowd magnet even though there are at least five other Hari Raya markets around Singapore in places such as in Kampong Glam and Woodlands.

Traditionally, during the holy month of Ramadan, the Night Bazaar was set up to sell food to Muslims after they had break fast for the day as most Muslims families would have just concluded the day's fasting at the nearby mosque. The bazaar offered home cooked, quick and affordable meals to the families.

As Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the bazaar starts buzzing only from 6pm. Fasting involves abstaining from consuming food and water, as well as observing additional religious obligations.

Nowadays, the night bazaar has evolved to include the cultural and ethnic influences of the other races in Singapore. Today's night bazaar has more shops selling and displaying colorful festive clothing, home decorations, flowers, festive motifs of the season.

However, the food stalls are still the main draws in today's night bazaar. And how the food offered for sale has evolved with the time. While most food stalls offer the bazaar staple of ethnic Malay food, such as the nasi padang (mixed rice, beef rendang, curries, vegetables) and Malay cakes and snacks. The local Muslim burgers such as Ramly and kebabs are increasely ever popular.

However, more recently, with the global influences, a more modern twists to the various new food are sprouting up. Such as the raindow bagels, rainbow colored pudding drinks, healthier salmon burgers, home made ice creams, new age deserts that have a Japanese twist, etc. These new food, are setup by enterprising stall operators, to cater for the Muslim crowds.

And the night bazaar attracts the other races in Singapore who just love great food.

If you do go to the night bazaar, be prepared for large crowds and long queues.

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