Chinatown
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
About
For a fascinating peek into Singapore’s Chinese culture and history, Chinatown is good place to start. Here, you’ll enjoy a mix of heritage visits to museums, shopping as well as a good variety of food options, sure to leave a traveller happy and satisfied at the end of the day.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Outram
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  • Telok Ayer • 7 min walk
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  • WanderingRooster
    Seattle, Washington232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Location
    We very much wanted to be in Chinatown for our trip and thus chose to stay at the Park Royal on Pickering on the edge of Chinatown. The area is full of night markets, hawker markets, restaurants, shops, temples, and other interesting sites. We were really glad we chose to stay in this neighborhood. It's an easy walk or MRT ride to other popular areas of Singapore as well. It felt very central for our purposes.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 20 May 2023
  • Cynthia P
    Melbourne, Australia119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Chinatown Experience
    Great places to eat and shop, Temple and Pagoda Streets are great for strolling. Also of interest is old Hindu temple and a Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. We went there on a morning when it was very quiet and most ships had barely opened. The place really comes alive at night.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2023
  • bcheong
    Shanghai, China44,597 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Attraction
    One of the key attractions of singapore. Busy enough during normal days , and packed to the gills during chinese new year. Mix of old and new here. You’ll see new modern shops and cafes, plus traditional and old shops and restaurants
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Vaidehi15
    Mumbai, India482 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourist Place
    So if you at singpoare, this is one of the well known place included in every singapore itenary. It makes u feel as if u are in China itself. Food, Shopping, Monuments, Buddhist temples all resemble as china around
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Anco M
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom662 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great in the Evening
    We decided to visit Chinatown around 7-8pm. The temperature was just fine, the dusk/dark made sure all the lights were nicely visible and the area was bustling. A great atmosphere with many shops, stalls and restaurants open with both cheap souvenirs and more quality stuff for sale. A great evening out.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • CanuckJames
    Nishinomiya, Japan1,685 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's Chinatown
    While the feel and vibe of Chinatown are very similar to every other Chinatown around the globe, Singapore's Chinatown is really clean and safe. Lots of hawker markets (Maxwell, Chinatown Complex), a Buddhist temple, and the regular shopping stalls that make up the Chinatown feel. We found that Chinatown was a very convenient place to stay while saving on the astronomical hotel prices near the downtown core. Cheap food options are plentiful, as are coin laundry facilities.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • buttons81
    Perth, Australia228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delicious hawker centre meals and fun markets
    Sixth time to Singapore and we come to Chinatown for a shop at the markets and food at the Hawkers centres every time. Cheap, authentic meals if you go out from the most touristy areas, friendly market stall owners that don't hassle you. A really safe place for everyone day and night!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Matthew B
    Sydney, Australia196 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    People’s Park and Chinatown Complex Market are better to visit
    Maybe we went at the wrong time of day but there wasn’t a lot going on here. The mall/street area was pretty dirty and there was a handful of stores selling the same souvenir stuff. The shopping centers around here were more interesting.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • AZCasualTraveler
    Mesa, Arizona2,439 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Singapore's Colorful Chinatown District
    Singapore has a large, colorful Chinatown district that is located to the west of the Singapore River. This district was created in the mid-1800's for the Chinese immigrants, but today this area is served by people from other nationalities. Today, Chinatown Singapore consists of several modern Asian shopping malls, old European styled buildings from the 1800's, colorful temples, and many more Asian building and businesses. As for public safety, this Chinatown area is very safe to walk around in and there are hundreds if not thousands of tourists who visit this interesting area. Singapore is famous for modern and fancy high-rise buildings, and it is quite different here in Chinatown with its many old, but interesting and colorful buildings. Singapore Chinatown is definitely a worthwhile place to visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Steven R
    Kingaroy, Australia1,957 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shop, shop, shop
    A great place to visit in the evening. Go to the Hawkers Market for local food then walk it off by checking out all the shops that are ablaze with lights. Some great bargains to be had. Access is easy via the MRT. Get off at Chinatown MRT Station.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
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betty l
Brampton, Canada10,554 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Among the shophouses of Singapore’s’ Chinatown, we were surprised to discover the district’s colourful street art and iconic Chinese and Hindu temples. We were amzzed by the new art works you can find around the area
Written 2 May 2024
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Rooombiter
Isle of Wight, UK772 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We love wandering around Chinatown, when in Singapore, it’s relaxed, nobody really hassles you to buy anything, even the guys trying to measure you up for a suit seem to have disappeared and that is quite sad!
Anywhere that has a Tintin shop has to be a special place…Chinatown is so different at various times throughout the day too and the MRT is right there.
Lots of shops and stalls to browse and places to eat that are not crazy pricey.
We are looking forward to returning already.
Written 26 April 2024
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prinny01
sydney15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Fantastic place and our grandson loved it there. Great shopping atmosphere and great prices too. Will definitely be back.
Written 25 April 2024
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PriscillaF
Perth, Australia1,885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
We caught the train to Chinatown and straight away we went into a shopping complex where prices were reasonable and in fact quite cheap compared to other places we had been. An hour foot massage was only $25. Loads of massage place, beauty, jewellery etc. we also went across the street to another mall. Overall our view of Chinatown is everything is affordable and you will find What you are looking for here. Highly recommended.
Written 30 March 2024
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R THREE L
Doha, Qatar65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Business
Nice place to spend time, Nice View Nice Weather, Nice People, Metro is nearby and easy to access, Must visit Chinatown in Singapore.
Written 29 March 2024
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wtandy
Launceston, Australia1,157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A busy Chinatown. Lots of colourful buildings, temples & people. Didn't end up dining here, though certainly not for lack of options. Worth a stroll.
Written 24 March 2024
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Hitcher84
Eureka, CA1,403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We stayed nearby and loved walking around the neighborhood checking out sites, stopping for drinks, and eating. Some nice drinking spots on Neil Rd. Several food centers worth checking out. Just scratched the surface.
Written 21 March 2024
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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We found a very good self guided walking tour online, followed it for a while to catch all the interesting sights, some will be reviewed separately. To mention a few: the Chinatown complex, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, the City Gallery.

Saw some really unique buildings, like ones with bridges connecting the towers. Some with great roof top green spaces. We even went up to a roof top park for a good view to the temple.

It is a typical Chinatown vibe: yes, it smells a little funny. It is often very crowded and alleys are narrow. That is part of the charm. So many restaurants and cafes, mingling with endless cheap souvenir stalls. We found some cheap gifts to bring home.

Don't miss the wonderful bakery: Tong Heng. Best egg tarts ever, and delicious wife's pastries & curry puffs. Suggest go in the morning to beat the mid afternoon heat. We grabbed lunch here.
Written 12 March 2024
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hideotsuki
Nagoya, Japan20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I was able to enjoy affordable meals at the food court in Chinatown Complex. The congee I had was delicious, with plenty of chicken in it.
Written 7 March 2024
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Excellent area which has lots of shops and restaurants. It feels safe wandering this area day or night. The shops have lots of interesting souvenirs etc
Written 29 February 2024
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