Geylang & Joo Chiat Shopping

Where to Shop and What to Buy in Geylang & Joo Chiat

Located east of the central area of Singapore, Geylang Serai has been the centre of the Malay community since the mid-19th century. ‘Geylang’ means ‘mill or factory’ named after the many processing plants in the old days. Today, one can browse around the markets and shops there selling wares catering to the needs of the Muslim community. During the Ramadan month of fasting, the district is turned into a colourful fairyland of lights and bustling festive stalls. 

Across the road is the Joo Chiat area. Formerly a coconut plantation, Joo Chiat was developed by a wealthy Chinese businessman in the early 1900s and subsequently, became popular with the rich Straits Chinese who built homes in the area. This precinct is known for its interesting architecture. 

From Joo Chiat Road, head south towards the suburb of Katong renowned for its historical appeal. A prominent suburb with fine architectural elements rooted in the Peranakan or Straits Chinese culture, Katong was known for its villas by the seaside in the past. Land has since been reclaimed for highways and urban development. Its main thoroughfare, East Coast Road, is a fascinating cultural jaunt. The nearest MRT Station to Geylang/Joo Chiat is Paya Lebar.

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Geylang Serai Market

A visit to the Geylang Serai Market is an intriguing experience. There are shops and stalls displaying a miscellany of items from handicrafts, rugs, rattan, fabrics Malay attire to spices, herbs, seasonal tropical fruits and more. Jostle with the  local crowds as they go about their daily shopping and trading chores  whilst you sip a cup of the local ‘teh tarik’ or pulled tea.  Meander through the narrow lanes off Geylang Road for a glimpse of everyday life.

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Joo Chiat Complex

This multi-storey complex offers a broad variety of home furnishings, housewares, jewellery, Malay traditional costumes, textiles and bridal services.

  • Address: 1 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 420001
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Katong - East Coast Road

In view of its rich Peranakan or the Straits Chinese heritage, strolling along East Coast Road is a delight. Besides absorbing the architectural legacy, visitors will be enthralled by proliferation of eateries, shops and other local businesses.  Shops worth a visit are Rumah Bebe for its Nonya kebayas, beaded slippers and accessories and the Katong Antique House, a 25-year-old shop filled with antiques, wedding costumes, crockery and furniture.

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Malay Village

Directly opposite the Market is the Malay Village, a recreation of a Malay kampong or village from the 1950s. Here you can find traditional Malay items like handicrafts, batiks, kites, musical instruments prayer rugs, furniture and antiques.

  • Location: 39 Geylang
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