Can anyone suggest the itinerary for the places mentioned in the subject line.. how should we plan our day?
There isn't any itinerary. If you aren't willing to plan it, then probably just take a MRT to these areas and walk around the areas.
I would go to Chinatown first. Then to Little India and last to Kampong Glam.
The touristy places at Chinatown, namely Buddhist Tooth Relic Temple and Museum opens early in the morning around 7am. There is no preferred time to visit Little India. If you want to stop by at Mustafa, they are open 24/7. Kampong Glam is best visited in the evening where the streets come alive with el fresco dining.
My $0.02. Hope this helps.
What do you want to see in each area ? That can make a difference because if it is to shop then Little India as SingaporeNancy has already said has the Mustafa Centre that is open 24/7 where as Chinatown market doesnt come alive to about 10am.
Use google map to plan your route
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Cheers.
There have been some great suggestions on the order of places to visit, so I'll just focus on some interesting things to see/do at the three areas mentioned.
- Chinatown Heritage Centre (it's near the street market)
- Chinatown Street Market (Pagoda Street and surrounding streets)
- Buddha Tooth Temple
- Sri Mariamman Temple
- Ann Siang Hill/Club Street for trendy bars and restaurants
- On Sundays, there is also a flea market in China Square, which is just at the fringe of Chinatown
- Sultan Mosque
- Haji Lane with its trendy eateries and shops
- Bussorah Street -- one of my favourite perfume oil shops is there (Jamal Kazura)
- You may not want to go inside, but there are a couple of book shops in the area. I mention this because Kamping Glam was once a hub for publishing, with books from all across the region being published here. It was a place where intellectuals gathered as well.
- Malay Heritagel Centre (and air conditioned gift shop to escape the heat)
- If you like cats and want to escape the heat, there is a cat cafe in the area called Meowmi Cat Cafe. Your entrance "fee" is a drink (soft drink, coffee, tea) and you can sit there for 30 mins, playing with the cats. The Cafe faces North Bridge Road.
- Arab Street is famous for its fabric shops. This is also the place to find Turkish lamps and persian carpets.
- Start at Tekka Market and explore, explore, explore. The little lanes are rather fun.
- At this time of year, you can find Christmas decorations for cheap at the Verge (opposite Tekka)
- After The Verge, pop into Little India Arcade. Lots of cute little shops
- Look out for Jothi Store and Flower Shop. The owner's son was recently featured on local tv :-) It's supposed to be one of the oldest garland-making shops in Little India
- Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple -- this is one of the oldest Hindu temples in SG
- Mustafa -- others have mentioned this. The streets around Mustafa are a hive of activity.
- After Mustafa, there really isn't very much else except maybe City Square Mall
- OH! You MUST look for The French Stall. It's a dinky little french food place in Little India. Address is 544 Serangoon Road. Pop that address into google maps.
Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip!