Bugis

A shopping haven with its many trendy cafes and close proximity to various places of interest, Bugis is a popular location frequented by locals, expats and tourists alike. It is conveniently located along the East-West and Downtown MRT lines and is easily accessible from many locations in Singapore. In particular, it is simply 2 MRT stops away from Singapore’s financial and business hub in Raffles Place.

Shopping and entertainment

With its 2 large shopping malls and street fashion pushcarts, Bugis is truly a shopping haven. Well equipped with a cinema and a plethora of clothing and fashion boutiques, along with karaoke and billiard rooms, you can spend hours at Bugis without feeling bored.

Right next to the new malls lies Bugis Street, the epicentre of Bugis’ shopping scene and the true fashion lover’s shopping paradise. It has more than 600 shops offering trendy fashion clothing, shoes and accessories at very reasonable prices. At less than $20, you can easily get a nice top or dress, or a pair of shoes.

The bustling Bugis Street Market. Image credit: Singapore Guide.

The Bugis area also has a bustling and vibrant nightlife. Nearby Bugis, Haji Lane and Bali Lane house a cluster of pubs and bars. After a busy day at work, wind down with your friends over a cocktail and some finger food in a hip cocktail hangout, amidst the vibrant bustling night owls who frequent these joints.

Culture

Apart from being a shopping haven, Bugis is also in close proximity to various places of interest in Singapore, such as the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore River and Kampong Glam. Head to Kampong Glam in the evening and you will see Sultan Mosque, which was formally a royal mosque of the Sultan of Johor. A Malay enclave, Kampong Glam also serves various local Malay delicacies such as nasi padang (steamed rice with various spicy dishes) and Malay kueh (bite-sized desserts).

Some mentioned that Kampong Glam means glam (a local term meaning glamorous). The area has an eclectic blend of history, culture and a super-trendy lifestyle scene. Kampong Glam has its origins as a thriving port town and is Singapore’s oldest urban quarter. In Malay, the word kampong means “compound”, while glam is often attributed to the gelam (long-leaved paperbark tree), which was found and used locally for boat-making, medicine and even as a seasoning for food.