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Top Places To Visit In Chinatown Singapore

Exploring Culture, Shopping & Food!

In the bustling streets of Chinatown, you will not only find tasty food stalls and good shopping, but it’s the perfect place to experience Chinese culture and the history of Singapore. So take a stroll with Little Steps and discover what this magnificent area has to offer!

  • THE COCONUT CLUB: ANN SIANG ROAD

    The Coconut Club is the place to go if you want tasty, local Singaporean food. While a little more pricey than what you may find elsewhere, the Coconut Club prides itself on cooking with real and specially sourced coconuts, which definitely makes a difference to dishes such as their specialty - Nasi Lemak. And the bonus is, “the kids set” (which comprises of coconut rice, anchovies, peanuts, and cucumber) is free for children age 5 and below!

    The Coconut Club, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708, +65 6635 2999, www.thecoconutclub.sg/home.html

  • LITTERED WITH BOOKS: DUXTON ROAD

    Littered with Books, is aptly named, as it is literally littered with books. Spanning across two levels you will be hard-pressed not to find what you are looking for. Stocking a great range of books of all genres for kids, through to young and older adults. Younger kids will enjoy the picture books, and coloring books, while the adults will appreciate the funky vibe of the shop, the friendly staff, and the regular rotation of recommended reads.

    Littered with Books, 20 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089486, +65 6220 6824, www.facebook.com/lwbsg

  • SINGAPORE CITY GALLERY: MAXWELL ROAD

    Singapore City Gallery lets you see how Singapore used to be, how the city is now, as well as the plans for the city’s future. It tells the story through a number of posters, videos, models and interactive exhibits making this a fun, yet educational place for the whole family. And you will be pleased to know, entry to Singapore City Gallery is free!

    Singapore City Gallery, 45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, Singapore 069118, +65 6221 6666, www.ura.gov.sg/Corporate/Singapore-City-Gallery

  • BALLETBODY: PAGODA STREET

    If you are looking for a way to destress from the day, then take a class at BalletBody. Combining ballet moves with fitness and weights, this class sure is a workout, and yet still manages to be low impact. Suitable for those 15 years and over, as well as pregnant mummas. Don’t worry, no prior dance experience is required - you will be pliéing and arabesqueing in no time!

    BalletBody, 24A Pagoda Street, Singapore 059186, www.balletbody.sg

  • CHINATOWN HERITAGE CENTRE: PAGODA STREET

    The Chinatown Heritage Centre is a great place for the whole family to gain some insight as to how Chinatown has changed since the 1950s. Recreations of shop fronts, personal accounts, and a multimedia guide (which is included in the price of admission) help tell Chinatown’s history. While there, be sure to capture those selfies in the insta photo booth, and also visit the onsite shop to pick up some charming Singaporean memorabilia.

    Chinatown Heritage Centre, 48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, +65 6224 3928, www.chinatownheritagecentre.com.sg

  • PAGODA STREET MARKET: PAGODA STREET

    If you are looking for inexpensive Singaporean souvenirs then Pagoda Street Market is the place to visit! From keyrings to magnets, chocolates, bags, pens, notebooks, and clothing, there is everything you could ever want, if you are looking for Singapore emblazoned items.

    Pagoda Street Market, various shops along Pagoda Street, Chinatown, Singapore 059188

  • THE TINTIN SHOP: PAGODA STREET

    Take a step back into your own childhood and visit the Tintin shop. There is a great selection of Tintin merchandise available in the shop from puzzles to bags, figurines, posters, t-shirts, collectibles and of course comic books!

    The Tintin Shop, 28 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059188, +65 8183 2210, www.tintin.sg 

  • FOOD PLAYGROUND: SAGO STREET

    Food Playground is a hands-on cooking school where you learn about Singaporean food, culture, and heritage. Learn how to make some tasty local dishes like laksa, satay, roti or curry (to name a few) and once you’re done, sit down and enjoy your meal. Suitable for adults and children (7 years old and above), this is a fun way to spend the day with the family. What’s also great is that Food Playground is a socially conscious organization, as it helps stay at home mums and seniors with employment opportunities.

    Food Playground, 24A Sago St, Singapore 059020, +65 9452 3669, www.foodplayground.com.sg/index.html

  • CHINATOWN FOOD STREET: SMITH STREET

    Chinatown Food Street is a great place to try a range of local foods. Showcasing specialty Chinese dishes in a collection of hawker stalls, restaurants, and kiosk-style shops. You will find tasty BBQ meats, noodles, dumplings and even some delicacies like stingray. What’s great about Food Street is that all the shops are in one spot and it doesn’t matter if it is rain or shine, you will be protected from the elements by the roof.

    Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Chinatown, Singapore 058953, www.chinatownfoodstreet.sg

  • BUDDHA TOOTH RELIC TEMPLE: SOUTH BRIDGE ROAD

    The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is an impressive Buddhist temple in the middle of Chinatown. The temple is adorned in gold and the first floor has 100 buddhas lining the wall each with a different pose. The fourth floor is the most sacred place and holds what is said to be Buddha’s tooth. Admission to the temple is free, and don’t forget to dress respectfully (pants below the knee and no bare shoulders), also, no pets or meat products are allowed inside the temple.

    Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, 288 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058840, +65 6220 0220, www.btrts.org.sg

  • SRI MARIAMMAN TEMPLE: SOUTH BRIDGE ROAD

    Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple and is dedicated to the goddess of the same name, who is known for her power to cure diseases and illness. The temple is filled with beautiful bright colors and intricate sculpting so it is worth checking out. Note, admission is free, but a donation is requested if you take photos. If you visit in October or November you may be lucky enough to see Theemithi which is the fire walking ceremony, where believers test their faith by walking on hot coals. Remember as this is a temple, be sure to dress respectfully.

    Sri Mariamman Temple, 244 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058793, +65 6223 4064, www.smt.org.sg

  • MAXWELL FOOD CENTRE: KADAYANALLUR STREET

    Maxwell Food Centre is one of the most popular hawker centers in Singapore and it’s not hard to see why. From fish soup to tasty BBQed meats, oyster cakes, dumplings, curry, and award-winning Hainanese Chicken Rice, there are some seriously cheap and tasty meals here, making it the perfect place to try a bit of everything. Note, lunchtime gets very busy, so it is best to visit outside the hours of 12pm to 2pm.

    Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184, +6225 5632

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