This tiny lane of pre-war shophouses in the Kampong Glam area is a treasure trove of indie boutiques, bars and cafes. Multi-label store Soon Lee stocks local and international independent labels such as clothing brand Aijek and cult shoe brand Irregular Choice, while design and homeware enthusiasts will want to stock up on all manner of lifestyle knick knacks at Mondays Off and Shop Wonderland. For a well-deserved break after all that shopping, pop into LongPlay for Motown tunes played on vinyls and a cocktail, or Honeycomb for Korean-style soft serve topped with real honeycomb. Do head to Haji Lane in the late afternoon when most of the shops are open and take the time to look through every nook and cranny – you might just stumble upon a design from Singapore’s next big thing.
Kampong Glam is an ethnic district with a strong Malay-Muslim influence that today reflects Singapore’s mix of old-meets-new. Alongside traditional stores selling rattan furniture and Malay food is an ever-evolving mix of hip cafes and shops, bespoke cocktail bars and upmarket restaurants.