I just returned from my first time visiting Singapore and what an amazing city. The architecture, the cool flagship stores and how clean the city is. It’s so clean that you wonder how it’s possible when the city is ranked 3rd of the most dense living. After I learned you get fined for throwing small items like cigarette butts or chewing gums in the streets I understood why. Speaking of chewing gum is it also illegal selling it and smuggling gum into the country
It was actually my mom that told me about a small shopping alley she found accidentally when she visited Singapore doing sightseeing some years ago but she had forgotten the name of the street. Thank you Google for helping me locate the area and street name.
Haji lane is really a hidden shopping alley full of independent boutiques, vintage goods and local designers plus a few trendy cafés and restaurants. It’s refreshing to escape from the endless malls on Orchard rd and view unique pieces designed locally and from other Asian designers. Some boutiques combine café’s with clothes or home ware and most of them are two stories as well. You won’t notice it before you enter the boutique; small stairways that take you upstairs to more exiting cool things.
Here is a list of some of the boutiques you can view online in case you won’t be visiting Singapore in the near future:
What I really like about Haji Lane is you feel far away from the bustling city. Old buildings along the 200 meters long walking lane with colorful walls some filled with picturesque murals. It’s really unique in it’s own way and you won’t see anything like it in Singapore. The other bonus is the price tags are affordable. I ended up with a new pair of shoes and a white top made by a local designer but more about that in the upcoming blog post
Until next time