The heritage-rich, kitschy tourist-chic spot has pretty much everything you can think of, from fascinating temples and souvenir shops to local food hawker stalls and cool bars. If you’re in town during the month of February, this is where to soak up Chinese New Year festivities. Plus, stay connected with free Wi-Fi available in the area.
All venues are near the Outram Park and Chinatown MRT stations
1. Kong Chow Wui Koon
One of Singapore’s oldest Chinese clan associations, 1 Kong Chow Wui Koon was founded in 1840 to promote the traditions of Chinese culture.
2. Chinatown Food Street
Get your hands on signature local dishes in one spot at 2 Chinatown Food Street. Try chicken rice, char kway teow (stir fried rice noodles), and roti prata (South Indian flat bread).
3. Mei Heong Yuen Dessert
Sweeten your day with traditional Chinese food at this heritage establishment, 3 Mei Heong Yuen Dessert. Order the bird’s nest soup, or pick something from the snow ice range.
4. Enjoy Tea
Pick up tea and tea accessories at this retail store 4 Enjoy Tea on Sago Street, which also offers tea demonstrations and tasting sessions. Choose from a range of Chinese teas alongside agarwood tea from Vietnam.
5. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
Learn about Buddhism at this majestic temple 5 Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, which also houses a museum, as well as the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic that is placed in a giant gold stupa.
6. Tong Heng
It doesn’t get more authentic than 6 Tong Heng. Since the 1930s, this renowned bakery is best known for its traditional handmade Chinese pastries and desserts such as egg tarts and mooncakes.
Pop into this multi-label fashion boutique 7 MYthology for one-of-a-kind items by both established and up-and-coming Asian designers such as Shanghainese accessory brand, Josie Chen.
8. Sri Mariamman Temple
Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple 8 Sri Mariamman Temple, built in 1827 and now a national monument, is a beautiful sight to behold. It’s dedicated to the goddess Mariamman, whose power is to cure illness and disease.
9. Utterly Art
Art gallery and exhibition space 9 Utterly Art hosts a diverse mix of works by local and regional artists. Most exhibits are free of charge, and shows change every fortnight.
10. Spring Court
This time-tested dining spot 10 Spring Court is known for its amazing Peking duck, but don’t forget to try other items like the steamed garoupa and double boiled prawn dumpling soup.