Arab Quarter, now known as Arab Street, it is the centre of the local Islamic community. Situated in “Kampong Glam”, an area with its origins in a thriving port town that is also Singapore’s oldest urban quarter.
In 1822, Sir Stamford Raffles allocated the area to the Malay, Arab and Bugis communities. The area subsequently became one of the seats of Malay royalty in Singapore.
Today, the grounds of the Istana (palace) are home to the Malay Heritage Centre, where you’ll get many insights into Malay history and culture. Many shops are influenced by Muslim culture and tradition. They sell prayer rugs, antiques, Jilbab and head caps. Arab Street is also known as a place to buy textiles like silk, Indonesian batik and Indian fabrics.
The nearby Sultan Mosque, appearing with its unique architecture and its famous golden dome is also popular among tourists and locals alike.
Arab Street is the place in Singapore to go if you’re looking to dine on authentic Middle Eastern flavours .
There are also many other cuisines here to try, from local delicacies such as Nasi Padang (steamed rice served with various dishes) and Malay kueh (bite-sized desserts) to American, Italian, Japanese, Swedish and even Mexican.
Shopaholics can head to colourful Haji Lane, a row of multi-label stores, quirky boutiques as well as hip bars and nightlife. You can pick up traditional wares such as Persian carpets, Kebaya (traditional Nonya dress) dresses and handmade perfumes from Arab Street and Bussorah Street.
This vibrant area has so much to offer, so make time to relax with us and take in the experience with your favourite cup of % Arabica coffee.