Shopping in Kampong Glam & Arab Street

Arab Street is the main thoroughfare through Kampong Glam, in the Bugis Street shopping district. This area has a rich history which has not faded in the least over the years. Walking Arab Street will make you feel as though you have been transported back in time. The architecture, the sounds and smells all work together to make this traditional bazaar come to life for locals and tourists alike. Arab Street is known for its silk and batik fashions and a delicious Muslim food.  Kampong Glam is a place where bargaining skills are mandatory.

Step back into this Arabian open market bazaar and dig through baskets overflowing with unique treasures and exotic fabrics and textiles. Baskets, floor mats, shawls, serving trays and hanging chairs clamor for your attention. Imports from Malaysia and Indonesia tumble onto the sidewalk at your feet. Fashion designers from around the world search Arab Street for ostrich feathers, gold threads and unique accessories. This makes Arab Street a perfect place to look for gifts & souvenirs in Singapore.

Carpets, crafts, boxes and bangles, exotic herbs and spices are everywhere you look as the sound of competing voices challenge each other over the value of the wares. The shopkeepers at Molkan Fabrics are known for being friendly and helpful as they assist you in selecting from their luxurious textiles. Carpets and mats are brought in from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Persia.  Inexpensive T-shirts, gifts and souvenirs make this a great place to shop for the folks back home. Summer dresses, table linens and sarongs can all be found as you wander down Arab Street.

Kampong Glam is the place to go for traditional Malay food. The Bohemian atmosphere holds true with dozens of stands and shops offering sumptuous delectable’s. If you prefer a more European meal, The Next Door Café is a great place for a glass of wine or a beer with your food.

The walking tour is highly recommended as a way to discover the rich history of Arab Street and to see what is available. The colors of Arab Street are brilliant and rich, the textures as varied as shells washed up on an ocean shore. Stroll the brick and tiled walkways, take the time to dig through the shopkeepers’ offerings and find your own unique treasures on Arab Street in the Kampong Glam.

The best way to reach Arab Street is to alight at Bugis MRT station and follow the board signs that will lead you to Arab Street.

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