Chinatown Street Market

Shopping Chinatown, Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street, Smith Street, Singapore 050005, Singapore Published on: 13-11-2015

07:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Chinatown Street Market is an interesting spot to shop, interact with locals and get a glimpse of culture of Chinese in Singapore.

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Why Chinatown Street Market is special ?

The Chinatown Night
Market
 stretches 200 stalls over four streets. Pagoda Street,
Trengganu Street, Sago Street, and Smith Street. This is a unique, memorable
shopping experience, a vibrant community and a popular touristic attraction.

The Chinatown Night Market is particularly popular during
the traditional Chinese holidays, when the streets fill with laughter, music,
dance and other forms of entertainment. Shoppers find here a bargain at any
time of the day, as well as Chinese food specialties.


 

What to explore at Chinatown Street Market?

The first thing you will see once you get out of Chinatown station is a whole stretch of touristy stalls selling souvenirs. This is the street markets surrounding Pagoda St. The market is definetly less lively than the ones you see in Taiwan, Hong Kong, or even Kuala Lumpur. You can get all your souvenirs from here cheaper than most other places. There is also a great food street selling good hawker food. The Chinese heritage museum is located within the market and is well worth a visit. Don't miss famous Chinatown Food Street, which becomes a pedestrian only street after 6pm on weekdays, and 12pm on weekends and public holidays. It is a street that is lined up with street food serving some of Singapore’s most popular local dishes. However it is quite geared towards the tourist crowd with prices slightly higher Exploring the street market and the Chinatown Food Street can probably be covered within 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on how much time you spend on shopping around in the street market area. So this is quite an easy itineary for everyone to enjoy! The following are the street markets of Chinatown in Singapore that are worth visiting.

How to get to Chinatown Street Market?

 You can take the MRT subway train to Chinatown station on the North East Line (purple line). Once off the train at Chinatown station, head towards Exit A, which will bring you right in the heart of Chinatown at Pagoda St.

Selling points

  • Highlight of any trip to Singapore
  • A very clean market and enjoyable experience
  • Lots of fun, colour and movement
  • An opportunity to experience local culture
  • a place for budget shopaholic
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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
115.19 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
10 places

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Chinatown, Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street, Smith Street, Singapore 050005, Singapore

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Tips for you

  • You can bargain whenever you can, so you should go around and compare the price before buying something.
    Shopping
  • You should be aware that t-shirts are extremely small, there is no western size at all
    Shopping
  • There is no restaurant offering halal food
    Food
  • You should try the GONG BAO CHICKEN. It's very delicious and not spicy
    Food
  • You should take your camera, there are lot of interesting photo opportunities
    Photography
  • It offers cheapest tiger beer in town
    Drink
  • you can visit The Chinatown Complex and the Maxwell Food Center nearby
    Experience
  • You should stop for a traditional Foot Massage at the Chinatown Heritage Center. 40 minutes for only S$26
    Experience
  • Finding a spare seat and table can be something similar to winning the lottery. Not always easy
    Experience
  • you will not get hassled by the stall holders to buy, just feel free to shop
    Experience
  • You should go early as it can get very crowded,
    Experience
  • You should be careful with your bags and your valuables.
    Safety
  • If it is raining though, you should be prepared for a wait for a taxi.
    Transportation

Reviews

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I went up to food centre and found new stall selling fried pumpkin cake very delicious and unique. Must try! stall no 65.

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Looking for best and tastiest pork pao? Look for Tiong Bahru siopao.

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Soak up the Chinese New Year atmosphere here every year. Super crowded but full of ambience.

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とても素敵な場所。彼のものも安いです。ここで食べ物も美味しいです。レストランに劣っていない。

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Decorative with plenty of food options. Bring friends and have a few beers outside. Try some liver, north central Chinese style!

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The Chinatown Street Market is a refreshing change from Singapore's high-end shopping. There are lots of small shops with a wide range of gift items. Prices are much less than in the malls.There are also quite a few restaurants which offer a relaxed atmosphere. Great place to grab a beer and some food and sit around for a while.However, it lacks the hustle and bustle of other larger street markets in Southeast Asia. I guess it's because it's rather a small area.If you're a fan of Tintin comics, there's a Tintin Shop in Chinatown. It has lots of Tintin memorabilia - from keytags and playing cards, right up to a lifesize replica of the ship 'Unicorn'. Items a little pricey, but it's a must-visit for Tintin buffs.Yet another place that one should visit in Singapore, just for the experience. But it's not a location I'd visit twice.

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Chinatown in Singapore is great place to do a bit of souvenir shopping while you are in the city.You can walk down Pagoda and Temple streets in particular and see the traditional street market scene. Compared to being in most other Asian cities, the area is very tidy, clean and well managed. The buildings in the market area are well painted and make for a nice environment while you doing your shopping and bargain hunting. In the end, the Chinatown streets along with the Bugis market area is one of our two favorite places to to shop in this manner while in Singapore.What we like about shopping on the streets of Chinatown is that there is much more available for you to see/taste in the area. Plus, you can see a multi-cultural aspect that isn't really present in other Chinatowns around the world. On South Bridge Street, you can visit Jamae Mosque, the Sri Marimman (Hindu) Temple, which almost right next to the Chinese temple by the name of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. This multi-cultural aspect of Singapore's Chinatown is very unique! The Sri Marimman and Buddha Tooth Relic Temples, in particular, are both very good attractions, two of our personal favorites in all of Singapore and are well worth making time to visit when in Chinatown. We'd suggest allocating 30 minutes for Sri Marimman and 45-60 minutes for the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, depending on how interested you are in seeing the museum located there as well.Dining is also quite good in Chinatown so after/during your shopping there you can taste all manner of classic Chinese as well as many Singapore specialities that originated from this area. In Chinatown you can find Hainanese, Sichuan, Cantonese and locally inspired dishes like black carrot cake and the ever popular toast breakfasts. In addition to the numerous traditional restaurants in the area, there is a large area setup for street side dining on what is called Food Street. Prices are generally higher here and many complain that quality is sometimes lower but it can be a fun experience. If you want to dine with the locals, two other popular options are the Maxwell Food Court and the Chinatown Complex where you can find the traditional hawker and stall food centers, cheap and good eats! Specialty foods round out the dining experiences in Chinatown. Our personal favorite is Bee Cheng Hiang and the succulent Bakkwa that is just so delicious.There is a popular Chinatown Heritage Tour that you can follow in between your shopping as well. Maps can be downloaded from the helpful Your Singapore website or they can be found in quite a few locations around Chinatown, including the Chinatown Information Center behind the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and at the China Heritage Center.Overall, Chinatown is a nice place to spend a few hours when visiting Singapore. The Street markets are easy and comfortable and there is much more in the area to enjoy (and taste)!

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With the time we had here, it truly was a flying visit but it was enough to wet the apatite for a longer trip next time. This place is a labyrinth of stalls,shops and people coming and going everywhere you look there are trinkets to buy, and at a very cheap price. We found a lady engraving names into crystal on cords and chains in Chinese as well as stamps, we found the name in the book and in a few minutes she had done it. 10 sgd cannot be bad. The rest of the things we saw were also very interesting like the temple old buildings and the market as well as the statues in the main street. We could have been here for hours and will be on another visit and at night it would be even better. It's a great way to spend some time . The sites are something to see and we found our own street Smith Street. Thanks china town.

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The Chinatown Street Market is a refreshing change from Singapore's high-end shopping. There are lots of small shops with a wide range of gift items. Prices are much less than in the malls. There are also quite a few restaurants which offer a relaxed atmosphere. Great place to grab a beer and some food and sit around for a while. However, it lacks the hustle and bustle of other larger street markets in Southeast Asia. I guess it's because it's rather a small area. If you're a fan of Tintin comics, there's a Tintin Shop in Chinatown. It has lots of Tintin memorabilia - from keytags and playing cards, right up to a lifesize replica of the ship 'Unicorn'. Items a little pricey, but it's a must-visit for Tintin buffs. Yet another place that one should visit in Singapore, just for the experience. But it's not a location I'd visit twice. Visited April 2013

Chinatown in Singapore is a pretty big attraction amongst tourist and few would leave without having a walk through Chinatown Street Market. Lined with tents that house small shops selling souvenirs, it screams tourist attraction all over. Well, can't blame them as there are probably more tourists going through the area than anyone else. There are a couple of food stalls lined up on one side and they tend to be a little pricier than the usual hawker fare. The only time I actually visit the market is during the Chinese New Year period, where I squeeze through throngs of people trying to soak up whatever atmosphere there is. Walking through the street market today, I could not help feeling that it has lost its authentic traditional flavour that makes it an attractive destination. Many stalls have swerved away from selling traditional chinese goods to retailing cheap knock-off fashion apparels and the food stalls there have modernized quite a bit too. While I quite enjoy the german bratwurst stall along sago street and had a nice cake from another patisserie on the same street, it spoils the whole traditional cultural experience that I used to love. Modernisation is quite a shame sometimes.

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