THINGS TO DO
Chill out at Kampong Glam Kampong Glam was already a site associated with Malay royalty when Stamford Raffles arrived in the early 1800s, and today this former forest of gelam trees remains the centre of Singapore’s Muslim community. A short walk from Bugis MRT, the area also has rows and rows of vibrant shophouses hiding quaint cafés, trendy boutiques, laidback bars, Middle Eastern restaurants and more. There’s some excellent shopping to be done on Haji Lane – it’s one of the narrowest retail thoroughfares on the island, and among the most popular (not least for its vibrant street art). For a more traditional taste of Malay culture, take a look at the stately Masjid Sultan Mosque with its striking gold domes, and browse some of the old fabric and trinket shops nearby. Wander around Little India This cultural enclave has lots of interesting lanes to explore. Start your wander by savouring an Indian dessert at the famous Moghul Sweet Shop in Little India Arcade; from there, you can visit some colourful and ornate temples, find out your fortune from a street-side parrot astrologer, or try a selection of traditional curries served on a large banana leaf. Ladies will also love Little India for beautiful saris, cheap eyebrow threading and intricate henna tattoos. If it’s a unique late-night experience you’re after, try shopping at Mustafa Centre; this 24-hour shopping mall sells everything you could possibly want, and then some!
Head up to Dempsey Hill The former nutmeg plantation turned army barracks and now lifestyle enclave is a hugely popular haunt both day and night. With its black-and-white heritage buildings set against a lush jungle backdrop, Dempsey is a great place for a stroll. There are also tons of places to eat and drink for any taste and budget, along with plenty of shops – particularly if you’re on the lookout for antiques or carpets. Grab a coffee from one of the many cafés and explore the whole area on foot. Not only will you find bars, restaurants and shops, but art, hairdressers, a spa, a women’s fitness studio and even a luxury pet hotel.
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