With a mixture of eclectic retail stores, hip cafes and epic street-art Haji Lane in Singapore’s Arab Quarter has become a hot-spot for travellers and locals alike. The narrow alleyways filled with old-school shophouses provide the opportunity explore an “alternative” side to the lion city. Art, culture, food, religion and commerce all intersect in this small pocket of Singapore and it really is somewhere worth checking out on your next trip.
If you need further convincing then here are 5 reasons to visit Haji Lane!
1. Independent and Fusion Boutiques
If you’re keen to stand apart from the crowd in new threads that aren’t Zara, H&M or Mango then Haji Lane is the perfect spot for retail therapy. From vintage stores to handcraft bags, indie clothing to hidden homeware treasures and handmade designer pieces there’s something for everyone. The other great thing is that many of the stores don’t just sell one thing, instead they fuse a florist with a coffee shop or a bar with a homewares store, it’s a fun new experience for those used to mono-product stores!
2. Hip Cafes and Restaurants
There’s no doubt about it, Haji Lane and Kampong Glam in general have some of the best cafes on the island. For an in-depth guide to cafes in the area head over to Cafehopping’s site by clicking here. This article is fantastic and really highlights some of the best places to eat and drink in Haji Lane and surrounding areas. There’s even a little map to pull out and use!
3. Street Art in Singapore
So street art in Singapore isn’t really a big thing, so we’re pretty lucky to have Haji Lane to inject a little bit of edginess into the city. A few years back the Singapore government did want to mandate all shophouses be coloured according to traditional hues (in line with the heritage status of the buildings), which would mean painting over the street art. Luckily this decision was changed to allow leniency for shop-houses with mural works.
4. Photography Lovers Dream
If you’re into photography then Haji Lane and Kampong Glam provide a colourful backdrop to take lots of pictures. Just see below 😀
From old shop-houses to a beautiful mosque Haji Lane and Kampong Glam is a feast for architectural eyes.
I hope you enjoyed this little post on Haji Lane! If you’ve been I’d love to hear what your favourite things about the area are! Until next time, ciao!