Singapore is always knocked for being a little too new and sterile, too Disneyland Asia. I think that's why I like Arab Street (and Little India too). There's still an authentic feeling here-- The restaurants and cafes feel "real"...they've less of a trendy atmosphere and are a lot more relaxed. Browse the fabric and rug shops, eat some middle eastern or halal Indian food, and make a point to come back at night to smoke some sheesha at a cafe. The latter is popular amongst the younger generation here, and the crowd makes for a fun experience. I've only been here a handful of times, but I think I'll make it a point to spend some wandering the streets on my next visit.
Rich in heritage, culture, and effortless cool, Arab Street is wildly different during the day from what it's like at night. Both versions are worth experiencing. The shops that sell carpets, turkish lamps, textiles, crafts, items of traditional commerce, interspersed with cafes, independent clothes boutiques, Malay and Arabic restaurants, and arts centres, museums and attractions like the iconic golden mosque that brings the area together. When the sun sets the area comes alive with bars, restaurants, and even jazz music (at Blu Jazz Cafe on selected nights), and stays awake till late.
I love Arab street, it has an authentic feel of old Singapore. A walk down Haji Lane and you can enjoy good Halal Food, smoke a Sheesha pipe and hear live music. Not your style? Awesome Mexican food awaits you at Piedra Negra located at the corner of Haji Lane and Beach Road across from the Parkroyal hotel!
fun place to walk though especially if you have a bit higher budget for curio. the carpets for sale here are really good quality.
Arab Street is such a lively and interesting street based in the Arab Quarter. Singapore has a gentrified feel to the city-state, so it's refreshing to see a genuine part of the city that feels unvarnished. Plus, there's a majestic looking mosque located here, and it's the oldest in Singapore.