Those colorful and market-inspired areas. With tasteful food from India and the Middle East.
You get on the metro from the modern, business busy central parts of the city…
… and you get off close to a hawker center with prata-bread and curry to die for.
We had a nice trip to these areas of Singapore the other day.
Here you can find saris, get your Indian spices freshly mixed, listen to your favorite Bollywood music and buy the movies, buy fresh fruits and vegetables, eat real Indian food and get lost over and over in a rather small area.
It’s certainly different from the stylish modern buildings in our area of town.
And then, a walk in the heat of the day, and you reach Arab street and the Kampong Glam area.
I had gotten my eyes on Haji Lane via Instagtam. With lots of colorful pictures and inspiring cafés, I couldn’t wait to see it.
It’s become one of those streets that’s rather part of a movement than being just a street. Where it feels modern, yet the houses are old, the hipsters and Instagrammers love it with the colors and little different shops.
It’s a great area for taking pictures, and you will see people snapping photos everywhere.
So, the Middle Eastern part of Kampong Glam, or the area of Arab street and Haji Lane? It’s there too. Maybe not exactly on those two streets, but in the area.
What started as a living and shopping area for people from the same part of the world, has become a modern picture and coffee favorite. Kampong Glam certainly is a lot different from what we saw in Cairo and Istanbul last winter, but we recognize some things and the sense is there. And of course the food. It’s always a lot about the food in Singapore.
Kampong Glam reminds me of Södermalm in Stockholm, or some of the streets in Malmö in southern Sweden. Going back here another time? Certainly!