Singapore has always been one of the more popular business or vacation destinations in Southeast Asia. For the individual that focuses on shopping, there is no better location in this region of the world than this particular area, especially when it comes to the numerous street markets that are so popular with locals and tourists alike in Chinatown. From seeking authentic souvenirs, gifts and local art and crafts products, the street markets are colorful, vibrant and interesting for the millions of tourists that visit the mesmerizing city of Singapore.
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The following are the street markets of Chinatown in Singapore that are worth visiting.
Pagoda Street Markets – after departing from the Chinatown MRT station the first clue that you will have that you have arrived in this shopping district is the many street market stalls that line both sides of the street. Although these markets are less lively than those of Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Taiwan, these different stalls contain some excellent values.
Trengganu Street Markets – from Pagoda Street, make a right onto Trengganu Street where you will find more street markets. Electronics shops and numerous souvenir stalls dot the landscape on this street. As a heads up, you can actually find better values on electronics in other areas of the city but this is still a great place to shop for the typical Chinatown and Singapore souvenirs.
Temple Street (financial district) – once you reach the intersection of Trengganu and Temple Streets, turn left towards the financial district. The People’s Park Complex and the skyscrapers are worth viewing but you’ll only want to take a break from the action here. Get back on Trengganu Street until you reach the Chinatown Food Street.
Chinatown Food Street – this famous street food marketed is located along the left of Smith Street. It becomes a street for pedestrians only (no vehicular traffic allowed even bicycles). The street is lined on both sides with one food stall after another selling some of Singapore’s most popular local dishes. Just a word of caution though. The area is geared towards the tourist so it can get a bit pricey at times.
Regrettably, many of the food stalls have shut down in years gone by. Although it sounds like a lot to see and do, most of the Chinatown Food Street area can be covered within a couple of hours. Of course that depends entirely on you and how much time you spend shopping and snacking throughout your time in this popular shopping area of the city. Make sure you visit The Chinatown Complex and the Maxwell Food Center.
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