Visitors to Singapore’s historic Arab Street district might spend all afternoon in the area without stumbling across this tiny, hidden lane. But for those in the know, Haji Lane is an ultra-cool place to be, and in just a few years has become one of the trendiest spots in the city. This is where you’ll discover hard-to-find fashion labels, independent retailers, galleries and chic cafes. Likened to New York City’s Meatpacking District or Tokyo’s Shibuya, Haji Lane is a hidden gem and will be a favorite among the younger generations looking for Singapore’s underground culture.
Spend an afternoon shopping along the colorful strip. The shops on Haji Lane are small and specialist. Great selections of independent fashion labels are located here and it’s a good place to pick up a unique piece from a local designer, or a hard-to-find item from the international market. Lose some time trawling through albums and DVDs at one of the city’s best record stores or check out local artists at some of the coolest galleries in the city. Known for its short-lived stores and temporary gallery spaces, Haji Lane is a rotating door of fashion, music and street culture.
Grab a coffee or a beer and rest your feet while you do some people watching. This is where the younger scene in Singapore hangs out, and it’s a great place to soak up the contemporary cosmopolitan culture. Meet the locals to find out about the best places in the city to eat, drink and dance; the regulars of Haji Lane have their fingers on the pulse.
Haji Lane is located within Singapore’s Arab Street district and runs between Beach Road and North Bridge Road. The area is well-served by bus and the Bugis MRT station is just a few minutes’ walk away. Visitors staying in downtown hotels can easily reach Haji Lane on foot, while drivers will find ample parking in the area for a fee. Shops maintain their own hours.