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Chaina Town
- klapsons, The Boutique Hotel
- The Club
Geylang
- Regin Hotel
- Home Suite Hotel 6
Orchard Road
- Grand Hyatt Singapore
- Singapore Marriott Hotel
Sentosa Island
- Moevenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa
- Resorts World Sentosa - Beach Villas
Quays Along The River
- Fraser Place Robertson Walk
- Somerset Liang Court Singapore
Arab Stree & Little India
- The Daulat Hotel
- Wanderlust Hotel



   

ETHNIC DISTRICT SHOPPING

Shopping in any of Singapore's ethnic quarters is always an adventure. It is here that, amidst the modern developments of a cosmopolitan city, you can still be immersed in the past. There are the centuries-old shophouses and places of worship. Antique furniture, curios and collectibles. Refrains of traditional music wafting from a temple or a stage in an open field.The aroma of freshly-ground spices or medicinal herbs. Shopkeepers running the family business handed down to them through generations, selling goods and providing services that have changed very little across the passage of time. And of course, there is the delicious, authentic 'down home' cuisine. A visit to the ethnic enclaves will be a highly rewarding assault on your senses.

Chinatown
Nearest MRT station: Outram Park (EW 16) or Chinatown (NE4)
This predominantly Chinese district is steeped in traditional Chinese culture. Unearth unexpected delights such as spittoons, old opium-smoklng pipes, opera face masks, wooden dogs, waxed-paper umbrellas, porcelain dinnerware, traditional furniture, jade and a variety of local arts and crafts at bargain prices. Or tall a bite out of some popular local snacks, likeTong Heng eggtarts or Bee Cheng Hiang bak kwa (waxy red slices of barbequed pork). Chinese medical halls also sell bird's nest, ginseng and other Chinese herbs, some of them pre-packed in the right proportions so you can brew a nourishing tonic soup with no fuss at all. Medicated oils made locally by Chop Wan On and Fong Moon I<ee are favoured by many generations for relieving aches and minor ailments. Along South Bridge Road, you can find several renowned Chinese goldsmiths which are the oldest in Singapore. Look out for trusted names like Poh Kong Chye, On Cheong and Tin Sing.Try the Tanjong Pagar area for traditional teashops, dog and kite makers, painted masks, lacquerware from China, and handicrafts and artefacts from all over Asia. Shopping complexes in the area include Chinatown Point,Yue Hwa, People's Park Complex and Chinatown CompIex.These are good places to go for electrical and electronic goods, luggage and textiles, bargain-priced clothes and cosmetics. The Singapore Handicraft Centre in Chinatown Point has a good range of
local souvenirs.The stylish restaurants and lifestyle shops on Club Street are a favourite with the expatriate crowd.

Geylang Serai
Nearest MRT station: Paya Lebar (EW8)
Soak in the colourful sights of this Malay endave.The Malay Village, located in its midst, has a potpourri of shops trading in handicrafts, rugs and fabrics, furniture and antiques. Drop by the wet market and take in the aroma of freshly-ground spices. In the 'dry' section, shop for CDs of both traditional and modern Malay music, fabrics and fashion accessories. The Joo Chiat Complex opposite the market sell a dazzling array of textiles, clothes and jewellery.

 

Kampong Glam and Arab Street
Nearest MRT station: Bugis (EW 12) A focal point of Muslim life in Singapore, Kampong Clam is the place to find traditional Malay clothing, Muslim prayer rugs, skull caps and other pilgrimage items. Arab Street is famous for its basketry, caneware, straw and pandan leaf goods woven into functional objects like baby cradles. serving trays, handbags and floor mats. Here is also where you can find unusual camel skin bags, cloisonne boxes and sewing kits. The real glory of Arab Street is in the textiles. Be it chiffon, cotton, silk, georgette or tafetta, shops here stock the entire range, all at unbeatable prices. Check out the exquisite hand-dyed Indonesian batik fabrics, typically sold in sarong lengths. Anglers will appreciate the fishing tackle shops here carrying an amazing array of items.

Little India
Nearest MRT station: Little India (NE7). Alternatively, take SBS buses 64, 65, I 11, 106 or 139 from Orchard Road.
Here, where the locals shop, you can buy almost anything Indian, from handicrafts and Kashmir silk to peacock feathers and flower garlands. Glittering silk-threaded saris, brassware and Indian-designed jewellery are particularly good buys. Check out the spice mill along Serangoon Road for ready?made packets of spices for fish, meat or vegetable curries that can be easily packed into a suitcase. Be charmed by jewellers selling silver amulets, bridal ornaments as well as inexpensive, colourful bangles, ankle chains and other adornments. Look, too, for luggage of every description. Indian bedspreads and giant photographs of Indian movie stars.

TheTekka Centre on Buffalo Road, known locally as KK Market, is a bustling wet market full of fresh vegetables, fish, meat, spices and flowers. For small souvenir items, check out the brassware shops. At the other end of Serangoon Road is the mega Mustafa Centre (Tel: (65) 6295 5855) along Syed Alwi Road. This Aladdin's Cave of sorts has a mind-boggling array of items at some of the lowest fixed prices in Singapore. Plus it is open 24 hours everyday.

ETHNIC DISTRICT SHOPPING

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