Serving as a haven for independent boutiques and yet-to-be-discovered hot spots, Haji Lane is one place in Singapore that appeals to the anti-mall crowd. Tucked away in the heart of the country’s bright and bustling Muslim quarter, Haji Lane stands out as a narrow atmospheric street lined with charming pre-war shophouses, many with their walls covered in creative murals and vibrant street art.
The place is home to a collection of hip and trendy stores selling clothing and accessories by local independent labels, eclectic furniture, and the quirkiest of knick knacks. You will also find a number of creative cafés, bars and Middle Eastern shisha joints. Shopping is best done in the late afternoon, when the heat of the sun begins to dissipate, and by evening, when the drinking holes start to open their doors, the district truly comes alive.