Bugis and Kampong Glam Shopping

Where to Shop and What to Buy in Bugis and Kampong Glam

The original home of the Malay aristocracy during the time of Sir Stamford Raffles, Kampong Glam, named after a tree, is the Malay-Muslim enclave established centuries ago. Attracting traders and immigrants from Malaysia, Indonesia, India and the Middle East in those days, the area has grown into a rich cultural and flourishing hub. Browse around quaint shophouses restored on streets named after exotic Middle Eastern cities such as Baghdad, Bussorah and Kandahar.

By day, the streets teem with shops selling Islamic books, textiles, batiks, sarongs, handwoven baskets, oil-based perfume scents, indigenous art and craft. By night, out comes the carpets, cushions, kebabs, and shisha or hookah (water pipes filled with aromatic tobacco) and one gets the feeling of being transported to a Middle Eastern hub. This area is easily accessible by public transport and the nearest MRT stop is the Bugis station.

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Haji Lane

Haji Lane is one of Singapore’s most well-loved alternative shopping streets, specialising in boutique stores selling locally designed pieces. This small lane draws in all of Singapore’s cool kids, as well as some in-know tourists wanting to spice up their shopping experience in Singapore.

The colourful and cute road, which is also famed as being one Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Most shops from midday to 8pm
  • Location: Haji Lane, Singapore
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OG Albert

A 3-minute walk from the Bugis MRT station lies OG Albert, a household department store in Singapore. A store for fashion, jewellery, cosmetics, watches, toys, furnishings, and food, OG is popular with families for generations.

Wander around the pedestrian mall in front of the Complex – it’s constantly buzzing with vendors selling knick-knacks, streetwear, foodstuff and religious items.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 9.30pm
  • Location: 60 Albert Street, #01-00, Singapore 189969, Singapore
  • Tel: +65 6210 2222
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Street Shopping

The charm in shopping here lies in the streets adorned with picturesque shophouses converted into retail outlets and food outlets specializing in delicious Muslim cuisine. Shop for Malay, Indonesian and local souvenirs at Bussorah Street Mall – antiques including the keris (Malay dagger) at the Malay Art Gallery; Peranakan slippers from Little Shophouse, scents from Jamal Kazura Aromatics and more.

On Arab St, view the rattan and willow basketry at Rishi Handicrafts and San Marco Collection for funky fashion, costume and jewellery. Need to find fabrics for a wedding or a grand occasion? There are some gorgeous chiffon, silk, cotton georgette and other luxurious fabric finds from Bobby’s Fabrics.

Try your luck at haggling at some of these stores. Parallel to Arab Street is Haji Lane, believed to be Singapore’s narrowest lane with some also surprising finds offering from carpets to classic bags and vintage wear.

  • Location: Bussorah Street, Arab Street and Haji Lane, Singapore


Tangers stocks the latest Korean designed-and-made clothing and accessories which they get shipped directly from Seoul. The draw here is definitely in the simplicity and design of the capsule collection which includes not only great basic shirts and dresses but also items with enough flair to make you stand out in the office and at after-work Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from midday to 8pm
  • Location: 73 Haji Ln, Singapore 189266, Singapore
  • Tel: +65 6298 0023
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