Chinatown, Singapore



The central streets of Singapore's Chinatown (around the pagoda) are packed with stalls selling all sorts of Chinese trinkets and cheap souvenirs aimed squarely at tourists. There is also a cluster of (expensive) antique shops on South Bridge Road. For Chinese handicrafts, antiques, fashion items, home accessories and herbal medicine (aimed more at the locals), poke into any of the numerous shopping malls and small shops in the old shophouses.

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Street market in Chinatown, Singapore

Street market in Chinatown

Chinatown is made up of pre-World War II shophouses and home to merchants who have been hawking the same wares for years. Here you can find bales of fine silk, traditional handicrafts, and gold and jade jewellery. At the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street is a large Chinese emporium called Yue Hwa, which stocks an array of Chinese products including tea, medicinal herbs, food, household items, antiques and traditional Chinese clothes such as the cheongsam.

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In the shophouses on Ann Siang Road and Club Street, local designer boutiques such as Asylum and Style:Nordic can be found amidst traditional Chinese clan associations. The area of Chinatown is a popular haunt for hipsters, blending traditional Chinese heritage with trendy cafes and chic restaurants.

During the Chinese (Lunar) New Year festive season, the Chinatown Food Market buzzes with activities like lion dances and other street performances. A large variety of street stalls are set up on Pagoda, Smith, Trengganu and Sago Streets during the festive season, selling traditional snacks and customary decorations.

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