Chinatown Street Market, Singapore

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Get a glimpse into colonial Chinese life while you shop at Chinatown Street Market. Unlike many of the new shopping centers and modern architecture you'll find nearby, this market represents Singapore's history through its design and shops. Here you will discover the traditional trade scene as it existed for the Chinese community over a century ago. Browse from a number of artisans or pick up popular goods, including fragon candles, textiles, and calligraphy, to take home as a souvenir. To visit Chinatown Street Market and get the most from your holiday in Singapore, create itinerary details personal to you using our Singapore trip itinerary planning app .
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  • I was hoping for an interactive enjoyable experience. All the market stalls are full of cheap tourist bits and pieces. The stall holders were very arrogant and pushy. The alleys around the market were...  more »
  • The shopping scenario is changing with proliferation of Malls. This market retains the flavour of hawkers and costermongers from fixed kiosks or small shops along the street. The variety of items bein...  more »
  • The Market is behind the Buddhist temple, which makes the ride to Chinatown to visit various attractions on the same day. The kiosks and shops around sell products with best price and largest selection. In the basement there is a shop that sells organic rice of all kinds and colors. Tip: visit the temple and head to the market stopping in shops.
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  • Fantastic spot for inexpensive, silly, decorative, fun, colorful souvenirs! Do all your shopping in this one area and you're done. You can bring home stuff for the office co-workers, Aunt Margie, little nephews and nieces, Grandpa Joe and everyone else back home. Just remember that the farther you go from the MRT Station, the better the prices usually are. Postcards are 50 cents which is really nice. Get scarves, luggage tags, clothing, beads, etc. Or chat with the merchants. They are very friendly and helpful if you just ask them a few questions. Be sure to dress for the weather...hat, sunscreen, etc. Good thing is, cool beverages and decent meals are close by if you need a break. Oh! And remember to look up. The shophouse windows are rather interesting and colourful. Bring your camera, but please respect merchants' wishes when their signs say no photos. Most of all, have fun and enjoy this vibrant, close-in part of Singapore.
  • Good place to shop when in Singapore. You can get Chinese electronic items, clothes, lanterns and much more. Near by food street can be visited to eat, mostly hosts Chinese vendors. Though we found an Indian vendor also. Overall recommended if looking to shop for Chinese goods. And yes, one needs to bargain if it's not a fixed price shop.
  • Very easy to navigate around, lots of shops. If you walk to the adjacent street, there are more food choices like coconuts and sugarcane juice. Very scenic and great for even locals who would want to be tourists in their own country
  • Chinatown Street Market complex houses a wet market in the basement level and a huge hawker center on level 2 that serves a wide variety of local Singaporean food (mostly Chinese and a few Muslim food stalls). It's popular with tourist too as the surrounding area has many souvenir stalls and a covered food street (Smith Street).
  • When in Singapore, choose Chinatown as your base, not only those it have loads of affordable places to stay (see Trivago & AirBnB), everything you need is within walking distance. Shops, hawker centers, souvenirs, food, temples and museums.
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