Boogie on down.
Named after an ethnic group of seafaring people from Indonesia, Bugis is often featured in tourist guides for its shopping options. However, the Bugis and Bras Basah area is also known for being Singapore’s heritage, arts and design precinct. Here are the spots you should not miss.
This place is shopping on the budget at its finest. With an atmosphere that resembles a night market, Bugis Street is full of cheap finds for clothes, especially women’s fashion, and more. It can get pretty packed at times so be prepared to jostle with the crowd to get to your best buys.
Come October, it is also one of the places to celebrate Halloween in Singapore!
Drop by the Design Centre for interesting exhibitions and other events, or shop at kapok located within the centre for unique and quirky items. (It’s also a great place to shop for Mother’s Day gifts!) We love this tote bag detailing various areas in Singapore.
Get something to eat while you rest your tired feet from all that shopping at Tanuki Raw @ Kapok known for its Japanese-inspired food.
Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple and Sri Krishnan Temple
At the end of Waterloo Street, you’ll find an Indian and Chinese temple standing next to each other. They’ve been there for more than a century and don’t be surprised find some worshippers offering prayers at both temples. Find out why here.
Take a walk a little further down the area, and try to spot the traditional fortunetellers and palm readers.
This place may not look like much from the outside but it’s a good place to get vegetarian food, including eggless pastries.
Here is how you can get your library membership in Singapore.
Connected by an overhead bridge, these two malls offer great places to shop and eat (as with most malls in Singapore). But here’s a fun fact; the pedestrian walkway within Bugis Junction used to be actual streets (Malabar Street, Malay Street, Hylam Street and the original Bugis Street) but they are now part of the mall. Keep a look out for the street signs indicating these streets the next time you’re there.
Party (supplies) central
In the corner of Middle Road and Queen Street, you’ll find not one or two, but three party supplies stores! They are right next to each other so you are definitely bound to find what you are looking for when you’re organising a party or celebration.
Did you know…
As recent as the 1980s, Bugis was well known for the presence of the transgender community there. Check out these photos.
By Muneerah Bee, May 2016
Photos by Muneerah Bee