Is Arab Street the Most Colorful Neighborhood in Singapore?
Is Arab street the most colorful neighborhood in Singapore? For me, I think it is. I went there once during my trip – and boy – the street is as colorful as the rainbow!
It brought me back to the times I was in the souqs (markets) in Marrakech, Fez, Jeddah, Cairo, Beirut, and Istanbul.
Well, this street is not exactly what it’s like in the Middle East, but there are familiar scenes and things that reminded of getting lost in the souqs.
Arab street in Singapore is just a tiny neighborhood. In fact, if you go in there just for your Instagram photos, thirty minutes will be enough. That, of course, if you are that kind of traveler who came for the colorful shots and not for the destination.
But then, you can’t really blame tourists – the street is just too damn colorful and too perfect for Instagram, right?
A friend and I enjoyed our leisurely walk here until it rained. We found a place whose roof and walls were covered in art. It was a perfect cafe to be stranded while it was raining.
From Little India in Singapore, we followed our Google map all the way to the Arab street. It was not really far and was not hard to find.
Once we saw the glowing dome of the Sultan Mosque, we knew we arrived at the right place already.
Sultan Mosque is Singapore’s biggest mosque that can accommodate 5,000 devotees.
And as you might expect, the neighborhood has kebabs, falafel, stained lanterns, and many more.
We strolled on every corner and photographed every amazing mural (or graffiti?).
Our senses literally feasted on everything we saw, heard, smelled, and touched.
One of the things that will really catch the attention of the visitors is the variety of street arts here. Each wall is different from the other.
I’m not really a shopper when I travel, but I did see interesting boutique shops around.
A friend and I would have sat down and tried the food at the Lebanese restaurant, but we were already full. We had lunch at Little India before coming here.
Where to stay in Singapore
Singapore is an expensive country. Fortunately for me, I have a friend who offered one of the rooms in her apartment. Since staying in hotels are expensive, the best option for budget travelers is, of course, hostels. You can book them via Booking, Expedia, and HostelWorld.