Exploring 5 Singapore Neighborhoods

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1. Chinatown

Colorfully lit, fabric statues depict the history of Chinese life through the streets in Chinatown. Bright lanterns hang in the street surrounding the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Entering the noisy, bustling Chinatown Food Street, the smell of cigarette smoke, steamed buns, and noodles fill the air. Over 2,000 miles away, we feel as if we just arrived in China.

Chinatown Temple in Singapore

  • The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is 4 stories high with a roof garden, theater for cultural performances and films, and 2 museums.

Chinatown Offerings in Singapore at Temple

  • Morning offerings outside of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

Unlit Lanterns in Chinatown

Boat Lanterns in Chinatown

Lanterns in Singapore Chinatown

Lanterns at Night in Chinatown Singapore

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  • Din Tai Fung, dumpling heaven on earth, has several locations in Singapore. Diners order by checking boxes next to the item on a paper menu. Food is brought out as it is ready. There are many vegetarian and non dumpling options.

2. Marina Bay

We also visit Marina Bay, the neighborhood of luxury. Read about our lavish stay at Marina Bay Sands here.

Marina Bay

3. Kampong Glam

Haji Lane, tucked away in Kampong Glam, is a narrow, colorful street of handmade boutiques, hipster bars, crafts, and cafes. It reminds us of the many unique streets in Tokyo. This area focusing on Mayan culture has many Indian, Thai, Middle Eastern, and Chinese restaurants surrounding the central Masjid Sultan, Sultan Mosque.

Kampong Glam Street SpoilMarket

Streets of Kampong Glam Singapore

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#Selfie Coffee prints your favorite photo directly onto your coffee.

mad sailor

The Mad Sailor brings food from the United Kingdom to Singapore.

elephant parade sinagpore

  • Elephant Parade displays painted, life size baby elephant statues around the world to cause awareness of the need for elephant conservation. Smaller replicas of the elephants are available for purchase. 20% of all proceeds are donated to elephant conservation efforts. There also also blank elephants available to create your own, unique elephant in store.

Kampong Glam Chair Restaurant Building Singapore

Kampong Glam Chair Restaurant Singapore

Drunken Balloon Singapore

Kampong Glam Visitor Center Singapore

  • The Malay Heritage Center is a museum of Malaysia and Singapore culture. Free tours are available at 2:00pm Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Green Walls to Kampong Glam singapore

Masjid Sultan Mosque prayer hall
The Masjid Sultan Mosque prayer hall can hold 5,000 visitors. 

Masjid Sultan Mosque Singapore

4. Little India

Little India was first home to Europeans frequently gathering at the horse races. As cattle trading became more popular, the racetrack was replaced and migrant Indian workers moved into the area. Mosques and Hindu temples were built as the Indians took up permanent residency. Exploring Little India earlier in the day, many shops are still preparing to open, but it is not too early for the streets to smell of incense and spices.

clothing for sale in Little India in Singapore

Masjid Abdul Gafoor Singapore
Masjid Abdul Gafoor

little india singapore

5. Orchard Road

Once an unnamed, single lane road through fruit orchards, nutmeg, and pepper farms, Orchard Road or Shopper’s Paradise, is now Singapore’s luxury shopping central. Singapore’s first department store, Tangs, opened on Orchard Road in 1958. Tangs is among more than 5,000 stores and restaurants found on Orchard Road. The futuristic, 8 story ION Orchard is one of the most impressive shopping malls on the road. Inside the mall is the ION Art Gallery and The Grande Whisky Collection, a museum containing more than 4,500 of the world’s most rare and oldest whiskeys. 

orchard road greenspace

balloon animal art

Singapore has unique neighborhoods scattered throughout more than 20 districts. These 5 neighborhoods are extremely walkable or can easily be accessed by MRT stations. Be sure to carry a rain jacket or umbrella if traveling in September. 

September 2018

Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My husband, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over 6 years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours,  and experiences to maximize our time. We always try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. CREATION OF THE TRAVELING GINGERBREAD: In Tokyo, we smiled every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread offers realistic budget travel tips for full time employees, fun facts, and where to find the best craft beer.

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