Exploring Singapore: Haji Lane and Arab Street
Haji Lane is hidden away in the heart of the Kampong Glam, but it has emerged since 2005 as a shopping and eating destination in it's own right. Lined neatly down the streets is a collection of colourful and narrow shop houses that have been transformed into a food and retail street. Filled with independent and entrepreneurial stores, cafes and boutiques, Haji Lane is also supported colourfully with its street art. Pop into Mod Parade for indie fashion pieces and accessories that are both edgy and chic. A few doors down, Monday's Off boasts a range of homewares, gifts, merchandise for the garden, tote bags and cushions. If you're feeling thirsty, pop into Shop Wonderland or even Cafe le Caire around the corner.
Arab Quarter is comprised of textile stores selling Persian carpets, weaved baskets and jewelry for sale. There is a mix of old and new shops selling local wears, various decorative trinkets and accessories and the Singapore Airlines kebaya dresses. The store owners often try to draw you into conversation and you might just be given the grand tour of the wares and materials in their shop - from silks, batik and leather. Bussorah Street has been turned into a pedestrian thoroughfare and you can visit the Sultan Mosque, an imposing and grand building, standing tall and high with its golden dome.