Singapore by district: Kampong Glam - Culture club

From food to culture, C&IT discovers the heart of the Malay community in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood.

Kampong Glam
Kampong Glam

Trendy cafes, colourful streets, great food and heritage sights make Kampong Glam a must-see on any visit. It's a great place to spend an afternoon or unwind in one of the many bars after a day of meetings.

Get a feel for Singapore's rich heritage and vibrant culture by wandering the lanes and shophouses on Arab Street, the centre of modern Kampong Glam, known for its textiles and handicrafts. Haji Lane, one of Singapore's narrowest roads, is home to quirky boutiques, including Mondays Off, an eclectic home decor and accessories store. Hounds of the Baskervilles is a barber shop and tattoo parlour rolled into one, and you can shop for high-end vintage bags and jewellery at Dulcetfig. Trendy cafes and eclectic wall murals along Haji Lane also make for great photos.

For Thai-Indonesian cuisine, head to Bumbu restaurant on Kandahar Street. The venue is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds, with dishes such as fried fish with house chilli. If you're short of time, fit your shopping and snacks in at quirky Maison Ikkoku, a cafe, boutique and after-hours cocktail bar.

Sultan Mosque, the oldest and biggest in Singapore, easily spotted by its golden dome, is well worth a look for its Indo-Gothic architecture.For more about the Malay heritage in Singapore, visit the Malay Heritage Centre, just beside the mosque.

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