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The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore

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Singapore's Chinatown is voted best in the world for it's food, rich history, beautifully placed lanterns and decor lining the streets, and colorful street art. If you're visiting Singapore alone, with a friend, with bae, or an expat like me and not sure what to see in Chinatown then keep reading below!

I had the chance to play tourist with some friends from New Zealand visiting me so naturally I had to take them to the infamous Chinatown as well as many other spots. I remember coming here for the first time too but surprisingly I never get tired of this awesome place! There's always so much to do, see, and eat! 

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore

Visit The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore
This temple is the classic icon of Chinatown. It's not just a tourist attraction but it is a real temple with real locals going there to pray at all times of the day. It's free admission and it you are wearing clothes that don't cover the shoulder or knees then they provide a scarf and skirt to cover up with as it is a sign of respect when going into the temple. During this time of year in the month of May you can see colorful lanterns and flower decorations surrounding the entire temple. This is absolute favorite time to visit because of this. Even more beautiful than the Chinese New Year season surprisingly!

Try the $2.50 Michelin Star Chicken Rice Dish

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore
Yes, you read that price correctly. Try a famous Michelin Star dish for less than $5???? Amazing! The term "Michelin Star" is a hallmark of fine dining quality and restaurants around the world proudly promote their Michelin Star status. See my reaction of eating it here and a behind the scenes with directions on how to get there here. If you want to cross this one off your bucket list, then be prepared to wait in a very long line. It took us an hour but we finally got our food and we were so happy!

Shop for Bargains & Deals

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore
Although there are many great spots to shop in Singapore, Chinatown has a lot of the best deals and things that you can find. I have bought a lot of stuff for the home, souvenirs for friends & family, and especially a lot of tech related things such as tripods, phone accessories, earbuds, and go pro accessories. Don't be afraid to bargain! Most of the time the prices aren't fixed and the sales associates are willing to negotiate with you. My tip for you is to always offer 30% less than you're willing to pay. Never be afraid to walk away either because sometimes they come running after you agreeing to your requested price and then you win!

Eat Local Street Food for Lunch At Maxwell Hawker Centre

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore
This is the place to go for some amazing food! No wonder that they call Singapore a heaven for foodies. You can literally find everything here from Thai, Steamboat, Vegetarian, Western, Salads, European, Chinese, Indian, Curries, Rice, Noodles, Congee, and everything in between! My favorite things to get here is a simple vegetarian green curry for $4, a sugarcane drink, and sometimes a tapioca cake if I'm feeling up for dessert. I often eat lunch here 2-3 times a week so if you ever see me here they please stop by and say hi!

Visit the Most Purr-fect Cat Cafe

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore
You've cat to be kitten me right meow. Singapore has a CAT CAFE?! Yes, this city is littered with them! Singapore isn't called "The Lion City" for no reason because this city is obsessed with cats! I had the lovely opportunity to check out The Company of Cats and hang out with my new furry friends! Click here for the address and prices.

 Try Durian

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore
Although I have never tried durian before, it is something that I still want to try. It's definitely for the adventurous people who want to eat something that not only smells disgusting but tastes like it as well. If you're ever walking by one of these stalls and thinking "who farted? ew." Blame it on the durian. These weird fruit things smell so terribly that they are banned on public transport. So don't you dare take one of these on the MRT! It's an experience that everyone should try at least once.

Visit the Sri Mariamman Temple

The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown in Singapore
Being the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore, this temple has a lot of history and intricate colorful details. Due to its architectural and historical significance, the temple has been gazetted a National Monument and is a major tourist attraction. It's free admission to the public they just ask that you lower your voices and be respectful of the religion within the temple grounds. Just make sure that you take off your shoes before you go inside!


Well, that concludes my post about Chinatown in Singapore! I never thought that when I traveled here as a solo female backpacker awhile ago that I would now be calling this place my home almost 2 years later. I hope you give Chinatown a chance if you're ever here!

Lots of love and happy travels!

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