Geylang Serai Market
Geylang Serai Market is located just five minutes from MRT Paya Lebar. The two-storey building is Malay style and houses a variety of Malay and Middles Eastern products (all halal) such as spices, medicines, batiks, scarves, cosmetics, vegetables and fresh food. Here, you will also come across exotic products like snakes and turtle eggs. There is an interesting food court selling inexpensive Malay foods in the market, too.
- Opening Hours: Daily from early morning onward
- Location: 5 minutes from MRT Paya Lebar
Joo Chiat Street
Joo Chiat is named after a milliner, Chew Joo Chiat, and is one of the most interesting areas on the island. Joo Chiat Street reminds visitors of the rich history of the city-state. The historical and scenic Peranakan (Straits Chinese) shophouses and buildings are not only beautiful but are also very clever works of art styled in a mixture of early 20th century local and colonial designs.
- Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
- Location: The eastern part of Singapore
Katong is another nearby east coast area of Singapore full of rows of picturesque Peranakan homes and their traditional cuisine and products. Visit Katong Antique House (Tel: +65 6345 8544) for traditional Peranakan costumes and furniture, the Eurasian Heritage Center (on 139 Ceylon Road) presents Eurasian culture, from music to food, Rumah Bebe (Tel: +65 6774 3652) offers traditional embroidery and beadwork. And for those who like temples, try the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple. It is famous for its stunning architecture and murals.
- Location: East coast of Singapore
This cultural themed destination takes visitors back to the old lifestyle of Malays in Singapore around the '50s and '60s. It offers insights of a vintage Malay kampong, weaving tools, music instrumentals, arts and crafts and local coffee shop. Call to check their stage performance schedule at Tel +65 6748 4700.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10.00 – 22:00
- Address: 39 Geylang Serai, Singapore 409227, a short walk from the Paya Lebar Station on the MRT
- Tel: +65 6748 4700