The Singapore Chinatown Street Market is a must-visit destination for any tourist looking to experience the city’s vibrant culture and heritage. With its unique shopping, delicious food, and rich history, there’s something for everyone here.
Planning Your Visit
This colourful market is in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown neighbourhood, within a five-minute walk from Ann Siang House, The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood. It covers Pagoda Street and several other streets too like Temple Street and Trengganu Street and can also be easily accessed via the Chinatown MRT Station. The market generally opens around 10:00am and stays open till around 8:00pm to 9:00pm.
The Chinatown Street Market is a shopper’s paradise, with everything from traditional Chinese medicines to unique mementoes, fashion accessories and much more. Located close to Telok Ayer-based apartment hotels in Singapore, this site is where one can also buy distinctive Chinese souvenirs like chopsticks, silk scarves, lucky cats, lacquerware, and decorative lanterns. Remember to haggle with the vendors to get the best price!
This street market is a foodie’s paradise too, with many hawker stalls offering mouth-watering dishes. One must-try dish is the famous Hainanese chicken rice, which is a simple but delicious meal of chicken served with fragrant rice cooked in chicken broth. Also popular is bak kut teh, a hearty pork rib soup, dim sum, sweets and more; once done, you can wash it all down with a refreshing glass of sugar cane juice or iced kopi (coffee with condensed milk).
For a cultural experience, make sure to visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre. This museum tells the story of Singapore’s early Chinese immigrants, with interactive exhibits that provide fascinating insights. You can additionally head to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum where you can learn more about the teachings and life of the Buddha; another key site would be the impressive Sri Mariamman Temple, the nation’s oldest Hindu temple.