Colourful shophouses, shops, Sri Mariamman Temple, Chinatown Heritage Centre, troupe performance, trishaw ride, food centre, restaurants, wet market is what you can find in Singapore's Chinatown.
With the new concept of a night market, it would be a good place to shop and eat. You can avoid the heat during day time.
Chinatown is one of the interesting quarters of Singapore. Originally created by the British, who placed various Chinese immigrants, mostly by ethnic groups in defined areas. The British did this with all the Singaporean ethnic groups. Chinatown is a living breathing part of life here. They have a great wet market(wonderful fruits and veggies)-but just watch out for the turtles and frogs for sale (quite sad). Lovely architecture. One of the best times to witness life in Chinatown is a few days before the Lunar New Year or Dumpling festival. In the evening, there is a little night baazar (very tame compared to Bangkok), but still pleasant to walk through at night. On Smith Street-it is lined with hawkers, selling mostly Chinese food. Supposedly the government approached some of the best hawkers to set up shop here. Try the popiah-it's one of my favorites.
Primary atttraction is town itself, with little shops, open air markets. Nightlife is dynamic (be aware, if I understood correctly, that some gay bars are here, identied by a rainbow flag).
After little india, walking in Chinatown is also a good way to discover an other face of this city. This array is animated, with open air market and street-food everywhere. More tourists also and it could be a little crowed after 8:00 pm
Some good massage parlors also (40S$ for one hour, chinese massages)
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It`s pretty clean by `World Chinatown` standards, but definitely a Singapore experience not to be missed. The sights and scents of China are unmistakeable as you wander the streets here.
There are tea houses, grocery stores, enthusiastic vendors, restaurants and endless trinket shops. `$4 each or 3 for $10` is the most common sign you will see in Chinatown shopfronts. It is certainly one of the cheapest places to buy Singapore souvenirs, and bargaining is acceptable.
No visit to Singapore would be complete without a visit to Chinatown-the original site where Chinese immigrants lived, worked and played. This is where you can see the oldest Hokkien temple, Thian Hock Keng or experience a prayer session in progress at the Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapoore's oldest Indian temple. Pop by the wet market and haggle for best fresh produce, or Chinese tea appreciation session at Tea Chapter, Neil Road. Shop for Chinese antiquities and take in the smell of the array of Chinese herbs on sale. Food Street for alfresco meal and pastry shops for tarts and cakes. Rich cultural history of old Chinatown at Chinatown Heritage Centre at 48 Pagoda Street. Club, Smith and Trengganu Streets offer art galleries, F&B outlets, antique shops operas and plays. Don't forget to visit Chinatown Night Market in the evenings. Best time to visit 10am-10pm daily.
I loved ChinaTown here in Singapore, there are some wonderful restaurants, a great shopping centre and some beautiful temples.
Its as always in Singapore a very clean and safe place to wander around....I found a brilliant shop here that sold everything imaginable in Chinese Herbal Remedies...and so I stocked up on the brilliant "Tiger Balm"! Ive run our so I must go back soon!! Lol*
China Town is a very good place, as Little India, to spend a hole day, walking arround. Its also a very good place to look for a hotel. Everything is very save and clean, so ... as in this part of Singapore the streets are little and everything is near, you can find everything you nead for have a nice time. Many chinese shops and interestings antiques shops and the most nice Hindu temple and many many medical shops.
Chinatown near Singapore River, was the heart of the city's trading activity in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Restoration traditional shop-houses, full of colour, yellows, pinks, blues, greens.
Shops of souveniers, antiques along Pagoda and Trengganu Street.
Chinatown comes from the early British days where the city was partitioned into neighborhoods. Singapore is reportedly 77% ethnic Chinese so it’s a bit funny to have a neighborhood called Chinatown. Here one can see renovated Colonial era storefronts, a sharp departure from the modern buildings in Orchard Road and the Central Business District. Located here is the Sri Mariammann Temple, which isn’t in Little India. A separate entry/picture has been created for the temple. There are walks charting what you can see in Chinatown. In my opinion, if you are short of time, you might leave Chinatown for a subsequent visit. I did not see Chinatown until my third visit to Singapore. On the other hand, on a typical trip to Singapore, I might have only one day to sightsee.
Smith street is famous region for food hunting. The food stands are also highly recommended by Singapore government. The price and food are both good. The most dishes are Chinese and Nonya and local styles. Personally I recommend Laksa.
English is spoken; most everyone in Singapore is at least bilingual. It's a colorful mix of Chinese (all taught Mandarin), Tamil Indians, and Malays and there are a wide variety of foods to try. (Note: bring your own napkins/tissue paper, local eateries tend not to provide them, and try the ice desserts--shaved ice with various toppings).
The Chinatown is being developed and replaced by large shopping malls and restaurants. Temple Street, however, still retains some of the old world charm with outdoor bazaars and sidewalk eateries.
Suppose this is the most organized and cleanest Chinatown in the world. At least I know that its totally different from what its like in Bangkok.
This might be the best place to stay when you're in Singapore. Lots of food shops, hawkers, restaurants around. Surrounded with places to shop. Best place to buy gifts for your folks back home. Quite a few hotels. Everything you want I suppose is here.
My visit to China town was in afternoon. Once you are here you feel as if you are in China, in one of the shopping lanes of Guangzhou. From China Town you can shop lots of souvenirs, perfumes, etc which are really cheap. You can get good Chinese food here. Few of the stalls also have Thai food to offer. Most of these stalls are road side eateries hence it turns out to be cheaper than having lunch in a restaurant. After a tiring walk through the streets of China Town and doing a lot of shopping, I and my wife took a good authentic Chinese foot massage from the parlor which was managed by old Chinese uncle. It was absolutely relaxing and refreshing at the same time......try it.....
The name "Chinatown" speaks for itself. You can take a train and drop at Chinatown MRT station. Trying the dim sum there is a must. But do it sparingly--very fattening. The pic below shows a range of traditional chinese sweets and you can buy a packet that consists every kind for about SGD3 to try the taste. Bak Kwa (Chinese version of BBQ Meat) is worth a try too.
In my uncultured state of affairs, I had never been to a china town before and if they are all like this I would want to go to others. There were vendors of every kind including food, souvenirs, and antiques all mixed in together on the same blocks. I found gifts for everyone on my list. Do shop around if you wish to buy - many times you can find something for $5 more/less just down the street. My best buy to date was at an antique shop. The nice gentleman was selling old porcelain for 3/$10 obviously they were not worth a lot of money but they were very pretty and exactly what I wanted to decorate my Asian inspired room back home. Most of the salesmen were not too pushy.
Chinatown is a great area where you can get glimpses of how Singapore used to be. It is changing fast though. Even in one year since my last visit there has been a lot of 'cleaning-up' and development. It's all nice and clean and safe but there is a risk that the area will become like a Disneyland version of Chinatown.