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ChinatownSingapore

Take in the pretty architectural character of this area, before tucking into some exquisite Chinese cuisine.

It goes without saying that Singapore's Chinatown is less of an ethnic enclave than most of the world's other Chinatowns. At the same time, this is one of the world's oldest and most evocative Chinatowns. History can be found at every turn, while the eating scene is superb. The inhabitants of Chinatown actually refer to this area as Niu Che Shui. This translates as 'bull water cart', which was the main means of transporting this commodity back in the 19th century.

Take in Chinatown's extraordinary architecture while walking along the historic Pagoda Street. Once rife with slaves and opium dens, this is now a well-preserved stretch of the Chinatown Historic District. Visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre to find out about the first Chinese settlers. Then stroll through Pagoda Street's market, taking note of the Victorian architecture which was introduced by the Raffles Town Plan of 1822. Trengganu Street and Temple Street are further examples of Chinatown's pretty architecture – baroque and Italianate buildings with balconies painted in different pastel hues.

Next, head to the Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore's oldest Hindu place of worship, and marvel at its Dravidian-style architecture. The Al-Abrar Mosque is a less imposing, but a nonetheless attractive addition to your itinerary. Another impressive place of worship is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, which often hosts colourful ceremonies within its opulent red and gold walls.

Finding decent food in Chinatown is easy. Smith Street is particularly revered for its cuisine. Take your pick from pork rib soup, fish ball noodles and Char Kway Teow (noodles fried up with fresh cockles). Dine alfresco in the evening for the full effect – fairy lights, traditional Chinese music and locals eating with gusto.

Chinatown is in downtown Singapore and serviced by the Chinatown MRT station. Numerous buses pass through the area as well. Chinatown is open all the time and is free to enter.

Top hotels in Chinatown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Bliss Hotel Singapore
Bliss Hotel Singapore
3 out of 5
62 Upper Cross Street, Singapore
The price is SG$68 per night

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Masjid Jamae and Sri Mariamman Temple. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Clarke Quay Central ...

3.9/5Very Good! (938 reviews)

"The staff Evelyn was very nice! I picked the luggage back at mid-night on 1 Jan and it was incredibly hard to call a grip or taxi. She paid so much effort on it and this makes me very impressive overall the trip! Others in hotel were fine. The only thing is the TV is not work very smooth."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan,2020

Bliss Hotel Singapore
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
5 out of 5
9 Wallich Street, Singapore, SG
The price is SG$252 per night

Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Singapore City Gallery, Chinatown Heritage Center and Singapore General Hospital. Raffles ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (190 reviews)

"From the moment we walked in everything was perfect the staff were amazing"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar,2020

Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Ann Siang House
Ann Siang House
4 out of 5
28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Singapore City Gallery and Chinatown Heritage Center. Raffles Place and Boat Quay are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (166 reviews)

"Rooms were quaint and lovely, breakfast was poor but fortunately there are plenty of alternatives within the area"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb,2020

Ann Siang House
S Inn Chinatown
S Inn Chinatown
2 out of 5
52 Temple Street, Singapore
The price is SG$109 per night

Located in Chinatown, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Chinatown Heritage Center, Raffles Place and Clarke Quay Central. Clarke Quay Mall and Singapore ...

3.8/5Good! (68 reviews)
Great little spot in chinatown

"A little hard to find, though that could have been due to all the stalls on temple street for CNY. As you come out of the Chinatown MRT take exit À. The location was great for exploring Chinatown and generally Singapore. The hostel layout is a little strange but they have everything you need. ."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan,2020

S Inn Chinatown
M Hotel Singapore
M Hotel Singapore
4.5 out of 5
81 Anson Road, Singapore
The price is SG$168 per night

Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Shenton Way, Raffles Place and Merlion. Chinatown Heritage Center and Singapore General Hospital ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,772 reviews)

"The robot is cute! The hotel is a bit worn, can see some dark patches in the toilet. But overall, it’s pretty good for the price."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar,2020

M Hotel Singapore
Carlton City Hotel Singapore
Carlton City Hotel Singapore
5 out of 5
1 Gopeng Street, Singapore
The price is SG$199 per night

Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maxwell Food Centre and Chinatown Heritage Center. Boat Quay and Esplanade Theatres are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,011 reviews)

"It would be good if the hotel can inform the guest that the breakfast area is closed for renovation before hand. There one day the room was not clean up upon coming back in the afternoon. Overall the experience was good."…"

Reviewed on 3 Apr,2020

Carlton City Hotel Singapore

Popular places to visit in Chinatown

Chinatown Heritage Center
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Chinatown Heritage Center

4/5(136 reviews)

Discover the stories behind one of the world’s biggest Chinatowns at this important cultural museum.

Top things to do in Chinatown

Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

78% of travellers recommend
SG$57
Per adult
Private Crazy Rich Asians Car Tour
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Private Crazy Rich Asians Car Tour

96% of travellers recommend
SG$65
Per adult
Private Singapore Customized Tour With Driver
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Private Singapore Customized Tour With Driver

SG$165
Per adult
Private Michelin 1 Star Chicken Rice & Hawker Food Tour
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Private Michelin 1 Star Chicken Rice & Hawker Food Tour

96% of travellers recommend
SG$55
Per adult
Private After Dark: Local Street Food & Nightlife Tour
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Private After Dark: Local Street Food & Nightlife Tour

100% of travellers recommend
SG$305
Per adult
Tastes of Chinatown
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Tastes of Chinatown

SG$100
Per adult

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Little India

4/5Very Good!(35 area reviews)

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