If you are ready to get out of the malls of Orchard Road then head to Arab Street where there are lots of old shop houses to marvel at and small shops selling hajibs, fabrics and souvenirs. There is a really cool shop selling aromatics called Sifr on Arab Street - you can blend your own aroma with the help of their resident perfumier. Their perfume bottle collection was mind-boggling! Running parallel to Arab Street is Haji Lane. It's a charming pedestrian thoroughfate lined on both sides with charming shop houses which were an eclectic mix of small boutiques selling street fashion and quirky accessories. The street is also filled with Arab tearooms where you can have coffee, tea or hookahs. The aroma of apple tobacco perfumed the air. There are small cafes as well where you can get a bite to eat. My favourite shop on the strip is called Pluck - they have nice gift items and an ice cream parlour on the side.