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Top 5 things to see in Arab Street/Haji Lane – Discovering Kampo Glam

Arab Street or Haji Lane are two neighbouring lanes in the Kampo Glam area. The nearby vicinity is a hotbed of activity where you can discover all sorts of things around each corner.

1

The murals

One thing that stands out about Arab Street and Haji Lane is the street art. There are so many wall faces that have been painted on with very elaborate, vibrant and sophisticated designs. These streets are truly an Instagrammer's delight – the photo ops are seemingly endless. You could easily spend an evening or morning (depending on your preference of light) wandering among the streets and getting absorbed in the art or you could sit at one of the many cafes nearby and sit back with a cup of coffee and take it all in.

2

Masjid Sultan Mosque

The Masjid Sultan Mosque is a national monument and a focal point for Muslims in Singapore. The beautifully crafted mosque is an ode to Islamic and Malay architecture and design. If you like taking photos this is one place you won't be disappointed. You can go inside and explore a bit as well if you like.

3

Malay Heritage Centre

The Malay Heritage Centre is the best place to go to learn a bit about the Malay people of Singapore, their history in the country and their culture. The centre is filled with various artefacts and many exhibits for visitors to enjoy. The centre is located quite close to the heart of the city just a short commute away from the best value hotels in Singapore such as the famous Destination Singapore Beach Road.

4

The food

Arab Street and Haji Lane are just full of amazing coffee shops and restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious beverage or meal. If you're visiting be sure to check out; The Hangar – a Melbourne themed coffee shop famous for its house-roasted Arabic Coffee, fusion foods such as Laksa Pasta and chempedak crème Brulee at Krave, the perfect prawn noodles at Blanco Court Prawn Mee and amazing Arabic food at 1001 of Arabia.

5

A little grooming

If you're in the mood for a little pampering after a day of exploring Singapore visit the amazing nail technicians at Nail Social or get a trim at the city's favourite Barber Shop – The A Street Barber Shop. You can even catch up on your handicrafts if you drop by Crafune – it's a small handicrafts studio where you can design, customise and handcraft a personal item such as a wallet out of vegetable-tanned Italian leather. Sifr Aromatics is a boutique perfume shop that has been open since the 1930s and is still run by the same family that started it.

6

Fabric Shopping

As you walk along Arab Street and Haji Lane you will come across a lot of amazing vintage shops selling vintage clothes and beautiful and ornate antiques and souvenirs. The clothes shops are always like little treasure troves where you can find amazing deals and stunning fabrics.

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