Singapore's offerings for shopping almost rivals its fascinating culinary scene. When it comes to variety, this city is undoubtedly a shopper's paradise and Orchard Road is world's renowned boulevard flanked by iconic shopping malls, restaurants and hotels. Located close to Singapore's financial district is Chinatown, the one place where you will find a treasure of jewellery, clothes, food and lovely artefacts. Pagoda Street market and Trengganu Street are best for souvenirs, gifts and bargains, as well as stylish and cheap Chinese clothes. But if it is luxurious textiles, spices, and handicrafts that you are looking for, then a visit to Little India is a must!
Haji Lane a narrow alley Singapore's hipsters has funky popular, independent, designer stores, while Holland Village's bohemian air, with antiques, Asian arts and vintage clothes shops charm you with effortless ease. The night market at Bugis street, opposite Bugis Junction is equally fascinating. Also, when in Singapore, don't forget to visit Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Road on Sunday for one of the best flea markets in the city. From luxury boutiques to street-side flea markets, Singapore has something in store for everyone and every budget!
Haji Lane was once just a small alley off Arab Street or Kampong Glam. Today, it has transformed into a quirky shopping destination, and holds its own against Singapore's large shopping malls and retail chains. Flanked by independent boutiques, decor stores and cosy cafes, this side street is a hot favourite among the hip and trendy local crowd.
Haji Lane is highly recommended for those seeking unique and stylish pieces for their home, wardrobe, kitchen, office desk or living room. The stores offer merchandise that is often one-of-a-kind and won't be available at any of the countless malls in the city. The vast array of merchandise is usually hand-picked, designed or curated by store owners who are often around for a quick chat.
The stores, cafes, bars and restaurants of Haji Lane are chic and eclectic. You will find fast and edgy fashion, vintage apparel, designer stationery, unique home accessories, handcrafted jewellery and colonial antiques. The shops here will surprise you with their selection, stocking wares as varied as bamboo clothing and handcrafted bags made by Colombian tribes.
The boutiques often display an unusual mix of products-fashion accessories may be teamed with handicrafts, or stationery with home decor. Enter a fashion store, and you might end up discovering (and buying) home decor, and perhaps grabbing a cappuccino at the in-store cafe. The popular cafe Maison Ikkoku has two additional floors: one has indie menswear labels, the other has a cocktail bar.
The shophouses of Haji Lane (as buildings here are called) often host multiple businesses in a single building. So don't get confused by store fronts and window displays.
A shophouse may have a store on ground level and a bar on the floor above. The Scandinavian furniture store A Thousand Tales leads up to a second storey that houses Cafe Fables & Bar Stories (cafe by day, bar by night).
The store names are as eccentric as the products: Mondays Off (multi-label boutique), The Blog Shop and The Wicked Laundry (women's clothing), Pluck (fashion, furnishing and ice-cream parlour), Digby Duke (eyewear), Nail Social (nail salon with a social mission) and Salad Shop (home decor). The best way to decide which shop is right for you is to visit them all.
The hidden gems of Haji Lane are often masked by narrow storefronts and artistic, but easy-to-miss store names on windows. You might just walk past the store you're looking for. Keep your eyes open and peek beyond the large signs so you don't miss it.
Haji Lane is much more than a shopping street. It's a street with character and culture, as is apparent from the stylish storefronts, charming shophouses and attractive murals and graffiti. You need to explore Haji Lane with an open mind and a camera, because you never know what you are going to find in this picturesque part of the city. It's also a great place to window shop, get inspiration for your upcoming home makeover, relax with a cup of coffee or hang out with friends. The street is a delight for photography buffs as it provides an excellent backdrop for great social media-worthy pictures.
Haji Lane comes alive in the late afternoon, as people drop in after work to shop and socialize. The best time is after lunch so you can shop at a leisurely pace, sip gourmet coffee in the late afternoon, and wind up your day with drinks, dinner and perhaps a puff of shisha.