Hello everyone! Sharing a little closer to home this post. Haji Lane is one of my favorite spots in this bustling garden city. If you visit Singapore and have some time to spare (I know, there’s a lot packed into a tiny island and you can’t NOT go to Gardens by the Bay and get your pictures) take a stroll down this vividly painted, narrow street of shops and cafes.
Haji Lane rests not too far from the iconic towers of Marina Bay Sands, but deals out a totally different vibe. Vintage shops, art stores, cafes, tattoo parlors, and hipster hangouts are nestled among the brightly painted shophouses. You’ll be hard pressed to find many flashy brand names here, but if you are looking for something unique, this is your place. You can find simply yet beautifully crafted city bikes from a Tokyo-based boutique. Handmade leather goods and vintage clothing. Funky gifts and hippie trinkets. Or get a new tattoo. You can even get a selfie coffee. Yes, you take a selfie, and your picture and social media handle are printed on the cover. This is a hipster haven. #SelfieCoffee
If you want a more permanent piece of art than a cup of joe, there are a handful of tattoo artists along Haji Lane. One of my favorite shops is ttwins tattoo, run by twin sisters Tracy and Teresa. I have a piece from Tracy and I love her incredible work! If tattoos aren’t your thing, next door you can find a little retreat from the city in Going Om cafe. Two steps off the street and you are transported to the tranquility of the Himalayas. Have a glass of wine, a cold beer, or a Chakra drink while listening to the enchanting music.
Haji Lane is also home to some fantastic food spots. From western food to traditional Muslim food, Turkish cuisine, and pizza, there really is something for every mood.
There are some easy-going bars on the side streets off Haji Lane and on the neighboring streets too. For the famished, I highly recommend Zam Zam for their traditional Muslim and Indian menu. Their murtabak is filling– it will be a challenge to stay awake after this carb-heavy meal, but well worth it. A must try is their Air Katira drink– like a sweetened soy milk drink with cinnamon and spices. Zam Zam is also very affordable and quite busy!
If you’re looking for something to do after dark, check out Blu Jaz cafe. Grab a table outside and some drinks with friends while listening to live bands sing the night away. Blu Jaz is also a top spot for those who enjoy people watching!
Perhaps the best part of Haji Lane is the street art. Various artists have made their mark on these rows of shophouses. The art truly makes this narrow street so lively and full of zest. The bold pops of color and distinct artistic designs lure you in, the variety of foods and unique finds will keep you there.
Have questions? Comments? Something you’d like to see? I’d love to hear from you 🙂 Especially if you know how I can buy those mosaic lamps and ship them back to the US without damaging them!