Arab Street, Singapore

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    Take a walk down Baghdad street

    by trisanna Updated Jul 20, 2007

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    Looking back at the Sultan Mosque

    Arab Street or Kampong Glam area is a very interesting area of Singapore. Just a few blocks from the hustle bustle of Bugis Junction. This area has beautiful old shophouses that line the streets. The highlight of the area is the grand Sultan Mosque, which you can enter as a visitor if you are properly dressed. The mosque may be closed to visitors on certain days. This area is important in Singapore history, since the Sultan had his Istana (palace) here.

    Arab Street is now more known for the fabrics the vendors sell out of the old shophouses. A great place to go if you want or need fabric/silk. On Baghdad street-there are a lot of new restaurants/cafe houses opening up. Many of the restaurants have sheeshas or water pipes, which you can smoke. Across from the Sultan Mosque-is Zam Zam's, which makes great murtobaks and chicken curry.

    Recently they have created a wonderful pedestrian area on Bussorah street located right behind the Sultan Mosque. There are shops and cafes here. I highly recommend Alaturk for great turkish food. Ladies, if you need a spa treatment, i recommend wayan spa on bussorah street for Balinese treatments.

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    ARAB STREET

    by balhannah Updated Dec 8, 2009

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    Arab street

    Arab street is in the Muslim community area.....
    What a busy, bustling street this was with trafffic and pedestrians!

    Old shop houses, bazaar style shopping, heaps and heaps of beautiful fabrics for sale, a great place to buy from if you are a Dress maker.
    This area is also renowned for batiks from Indonesia and Malaysia, which have been hand-made and sold in sarong lengths. Machine-printed batik with traditional designs is also available by the metre or in ready-made clothing including shorts, sundresses, ties, etc and much more.

    There is quite a bit of caneware, rattan and straw products, trinkets, just a fun place to explore, and don't forget to haggle if you want to buy!

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    Arab Street

    by Hewer Updated Oct 21, 2004

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    Arab Street, Singapore

    This is the traditional centre for Singapore`s Muslim community. Along Arab Street you can find seemingly endless stores selling textiles, carpets and jewellery. You can also find money changers, prayer mats, camel skin products and a number of restaurants and cafes.

    The Sultan Mosque looms large from the adjoining block and this makes for a unique stroll in this district of Singapore.

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    Fabric Heaven and Much More

    by monaco05 Updated Jul 25, 2005

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    On a recent trip, I rediscovered the charm of Arab Street. Here you can find materials of every imaginable colour, lace, buttons...anything related to sewing. There are also a few shops that sell rattan products.

    When the seemingly endless number of fabric shops starts to make your head spin, take a break in one of the many cafes that have popped up in this area. One that I've been to and like is Ambrosia Cafe (19 Baghdad Street, just off Arab Street). This Mediterranean cafe envelopes you with its coziness the moment you enter. Great place to take a breather and enjoy a nice cold drink.

    A little further down Baghdad Street is Busorrah Street. This street is closed off to traffic and is lined with restored shophoses that sell ethnic jewellery, clothes and handicraft. Some of the items are not from Singapore, but still makes pretty good souvenirs.

    Don't forget to check out the Sultan Mosque at the end of Bussorah Street (well, it's kinda hard to miss it :).

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    Arab Street

    by stmlnyc Updated Oct 13, 2003

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    Sultan Mosque

    Singapore isn't as clean as you would think,
    especially in certain ethnic neighborhoods, although it is purportedly the cleanest in Asia (which may not be saying much!).

    But along Arab Street, it is especially clean with quaint textile stores and restaurants. The Sultan Mosque is the spiritual center of the Muslim community in Singapore made up mostly of Indonesians.

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    Silk. Sari. Batik. Material Galore!!!

    by manja13 Updated Sep 30, 2004

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    and Belly Dancing!

    If you are looking for cut material, this is the area to shop. BUT remember to BARGAIN!!!! The shops here sell French Lace, Thai silk, Brocade, India Silk and many more.

    There's a few restaurants here that serves mediterranean food and shisha, the Turkish pipe. If you walk down to Bussorah Street, a restaurant called SAMAR serves Arab food and belly dancing while you smoke away on your shisha.

    Further down the road, is the Sultan Mosque. A popular tourist spot. The Tengku and Sultan used to reside in this area, Jalan Sultan.

    Arab Street is one of the tourist spots.

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    Arab Street

    by savitha Written Aug 28, 2005

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    Mosque@Arab St.

    Arab Street has many muslim shops, from clothing to accessories, to food and yes, lets not forget, you can come here to smoke some sheesha....

    There also some Chinese decor shops and a Russian restaurant in of the corners...

    Nice place to buy trinkets...

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    Lots of Shopping

    by stappm Written Jan 22, 2006

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    Arab Street and Little India is a Great little area to walk around in the afternoon (it doesn't get moving till after 11am) Where you can buy fabric, have clothing made (for women mostly), buy carpets, Swarovski Crystals, Embellishments, baskets, Silk - plus it is a great stop to just walk around and see the ShopHouse architecture of Singapore!

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    Arab Street

    by fachd Written Jan 5, 2013

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    Arab Street is famous for textiles material like silk, Indian fabric and Indonesian batik but I wouldn’t know much about fabric but my partner does. You can haggle here till you are satisfied with the price.

    For me walking in Arab Street is pleasurable, smelling the aroma from many of the halal restaurants. For lunch we ate and experience in one of the authentic Malay cuisine.

    Around these areas is where the Malay ethnicity reside and most of them are Muslim. It is the center of the Islamic community. Many of the shops are influence by Muslim culture selling prayer rugs, jilbab, Muslim caps.

    The Sultan Mosque with its golden dome and minarets is also located in the area also in the area there are other interesting to see like the Malay heritage. I think it was worth visiting Arab Street.

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    Arab Street

    by Arjaree Written Nov 1, 2004

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    Arab Street

    Besides Little India, there is Arab Street. Its another area where you can find a difference in religion and architecture of buildings. Its a small community within this small sized country. Here you will also find a few mosques around.

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    Impressive details of the buildings

    by backpackerbaby Written Apr 16, 2004

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    Am I in the reality?

    As mentioned in my main page, you can't miss Arab Street and its neighbourhood if you like architecture. The colours and scruplture on the facade of the buildings are so nice. We are not in a movie setting, everyth' is real!!!

    Go and have a look!!!

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    A trip to la la land

    by screamcheese Written Oct 18, 2010
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    First thing I checked off my list was a trip to Arab street or what they call Haji lane. It is a little bit like the Philippines' Cubao X with a twist!! This street houses quirky shops and restaurants. Although a bit pricey, you will definitely see a lot of foreigners and locals walking along this street.

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    Half Day City Tour

    by AlettaCrofton Written May 10, 2011
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    Included in our holiday 'package' was a half day city tour which really orientated us and presented us with photo opportunities that we would not have had time for otherwise.
    A tour bus picked us up at our hotel and dropped us in Little China at our request, at the end of the tour.
    We saw among other things the Waterfront with the famous Merlion, Singapore's National Symbol; an old Budhist Temple; the Botanical Garden; a Gemstone factory.

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    Arab Street.

    by diageva Updated Nov 27, 2003

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    Arab street

    Very near Little India you will find Arab Street. There you will find Muslims' culture. There you can find textiles: batik, lace, organza, silk ... Most shops close after 5pm
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