You cannot be considered a tourist unless youâ€™ve bought some of the many cheap fashion items at Bugis Street Markets (open from 10am â€“ late every day) or bought a snack from one of the many local takeaway places. Fortunately, Bugis Street MRT is in the centre of it all, and thereâ€™s a smaller markets selling cheap t-shirts and food directly outside the MRT in the park.
Opposite the markets is Bugis Junction, home of a large BHG store (similar to David Jones or Myer) and a plethora of smaller trendy shops. Bugis Junction is also home to a great Japanese restaurant, Ajisen, where Meredith and I had dinner one evening (200 Victoria Street, Ph (65) 6333 9512).
A few minutes walk from Bugis Junction up North Bridge Rd will take you to Kampong Glam, also known as the Arab Quarter. At the centre, lies Singaporeâ€™s Sultan Mosque and this is surrounded by narrow streets with shop houses selling everything from auto parts to used Japanese clothing to Beads and fabrics.
Itâ€™s also home to our favourite lunchtime spot, an Arabic cafÃ© with hip black and white dÃ©cor, Samar CafÃ© (60 Kandahar St (65) 6398 0530). Also look for Quaint Secrets, Haji Lane, for all your beading supplies (just ask Meredith!)
Photo: Haji Lane, Kampong Glam, Singapore.