Haji Lane is easy to miss. It is, after all, one of the city's smallest, and not to mention most hidden, shopping streets. Until recently, Haji Lane was an altogether abandoned area of old shophouses. That was until droves of young designers, artists and entrepreneurs moved here. Haji Lane quickly gained a reputation for its trendy shops, cool cafés and small art galleries. In particular, this area is rife with fashionable youngsters. Whether you fall into this category or not, Haji Lane makes an insightful addition to any itinerary. This is vibrant, happening Singapore in full swing.
Whether you're after a gift for yourself or for another trendy friend or family member, Haji Lane is the place to source it. You could fritter away a whole afternoon perusing the independent boutiques lining the street. Inside, you'll find everything from obscure fashion wear, to rarity vinyl, to local modern art, to kooky homeware, to vintage bikes. No two shops are the same, and there is a notably chilled, friendly vibe from shop staff. This is a very different experience from shopping in Singapore's other shops and markets. The pastel-coloured shop fronts make for some beautiful photos too.
As its name suggests, Haji Street has a Middle Eastern heritage. Refresh yourself in one of the excellent cafés serving exotic teas and delicious eastern dishes. Craft beers and home-made ice cream and cakes are the perfect way to round off your meal. Being the place that it is, Haji Lane is great for finding out about some of the more underground, esoteric events in Singapore. Don't be afraid to strike up a conversation with the locals and see where it leads you.
Haji Lane is in Singapore's Arab Street district, between Beach Road and North Bridge Road. Numerous bus routes pass through the area, and the Bugis MRT station is only a short walk away. Shops are generally open every day, but they open and close on whim.