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Arab Street, Singapore

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Explore one of Singapore's key cultural hubs at Arab Street. As the name suggests, the district boasts a strong Arabic history and still displays that flavor today. Examine colorful textiles in cozy shops, stop for a chai in one of the many cafes, or take a quiet moment to appreciate the architecture of a serene mosque. Taste fragrant Middle Eastern foods or share a shisha--flavored tobacco smoked through a lavishly decorated pipe--with friends. Arab Street is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • The Arab neighborhood has plenty of activity and interesting things go on around it. The mosque at the head of the street is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. The street outside has very good....  more
    The Arab neighborhood has plenty of activity and interesting things go on around it. The mosque at the head of the street is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. The street outside has very good....  more »
  • A popular street for tourists filled with many light and lantern shops, carpet shops and clothing stores. There are a few restaurants to choose from but none of them seem to offer authentic Arab... 
    A popular street for tourists filled with many light and lantern shops, carpet shops and clothing stores. There are a few restaurants to choose from but none of them seem to offer authentic Arab...  more »
  • Avoid Arab street if you (or someone in your party) is a wheelchair user. It is completely unaccessible with junk for sale all over the limited available footpath. It was really dissapointing. 
    Avoid Arab street if you (or someone in your party) is a wheelchair user. It is completely unaccessible with junk for sale all over the limited available footpath. It was really dissapointing.  more »
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  • Arab street is a great place, if you enjoy walking through busy roads , filled with music, graffiti walls, art work and food culture. I truly enjoyed my evening walk through the street.
  • This entire area was known as Kampong Jawa (Java Village). Before the British colonised Singapura, this area was home to the Malay aristocracy of Singapura. Y’all may google “Kampong Glam” to know more about its rich history. I enjoy going here for the varieties of halal restaurants. You can find Middle Eastern restaurants, Japanese, Italian to Swedish. You need to have a go at the Bhai Sarbat along Baghdad Street which serves really good tea and has been in the business for ages! Positano Risto is an authentic Italian restaurant which I recommend you try. They serve good pasta and risotto. I did a separate review on them. Honestly, some of the restaurants here deserve a review on its own which I will do in time to come. Please contribute if you have experienced any of them, it will help review readers like myself :) There are pubs and bars along Ophir St. Pre Covid, that area attracts young diners and those who just wish to hang out with good mates. Best way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere and to have a good look around is on foot. During the month of Ramadhan there’ll be a food bazaar and this place will be bustling with people. If you are looking for good textiles for that wedding dress or for special occasion, just come here. You will be spoiled with choices from silk to laces. PS: Lunch time can be super crowded at some joints.
  • Strolling across Arab streets. Capture the ambience and noise. Colorful streets lined up with colorful fabrics, carpets, people and food. Tons of places to shop to visit and window shop about.
  • Quirky Arab Street. Offering anything from fabric to Oud. Easy to spend all day here. Such a fantastic mix of cultures in one area. Highly recommend a visit!
  • Filled wit many art forms while walking down this place. At any corner when you turn you will surely find a beautiful piece of handdrawn work.

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