Lose yourself in Singapore's majestic Chinatown
Discover an alluring mix of old and new in Singapore’s Chinatown precinct. This vibrant neighbourhood is a hub of Chinese culture in the city, packed with a unique mix of traditional shops, busy markets, modern stores and trendy cafes. Visitors can experience the energy and excitement of Chinatown first-hand within walking distance of Pan Pacific Singapore. Al fresco restaurants, upscale wine bars, bustling clubs and award-winning restaurants are all at home on Club Street, offering cuisines from around the world and drawing visitors from every corner of Singapore. Whether searching for a signature cocktail at a fashionable watering hole or an intimate meal with friends at an Asian-fusion restaurant, Club Street offers delights for every traveller.
Explore the attractions of Chinatown Singapore
The Chinatown Heritage Centre is a perfect place to begin a tour of the area; 19th and 20th century homes have been meticulously recreated inside, offering a glimpse into Singapore before the days of gleaming skyscrapers and major global trade.
The nearby Asian Civilisations museum continues the theme of tradition, taking visitors on a historical journey through hundreds of years of Asian history. Amongst the incredibly rare artefacts on show are silk robes and bronze statues from far-flung corners of the continent.
Visit Chinatown’s Temples
For a more reverent experience, the beautiful temples of Chinatown are not to be missed. Dating back to 1827, Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and is still a prominent place of worship – the ornate landmark is now a national monument and is covered with colourful sculptures of Hindu deities.
Nearby, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum is no less impressive; built in 2007, this Tang-styled Chinese Buddhist temple is home to dozens of sacred relics of the Buddha, including bone and tongue relics dating back hundreds of years.
Gastronomic delights in Chinatown
An array of delectable dining options is one of the draws to Chinatown for many visitors and locals; from elegant restaurants to fast and delicious street food stalls, the winding streets of Chinatown offer countless possibilities for indulgence.
Street food is an important part of culinary culture in Asia and Singapore’s street food vendors are famed around the world for their creativity, diversity and innovation. Chinatown is the perfect place to experience it first-hand, with hundreds of stalls all serving up delicious food at reasonable prices.
Start a Chinatown food tour with a visit to the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre. Home to some of the best street food in Singapore, visitors can indulge in everything from Thai delicacies to delicious Chinese mooncakes. Alternatively, to sample an array of the best local delights under one roof, the nearby Chinatown Food Street on Smith Street is a great option.
Chinatown bars, restaurants and nightlife
Street food is only the beginning in Singapore's Chinatown, with plenty of more indulgent dining options lying in wait as well. To experience a snapshot of the true vibrancy of the area, visit Chinatown’s bars and restaurants at night; this is when the bustling streets are buzzing with locals and visitors who come to enjoy a post-work meal or unwind at a local watering hole. The bars and restaurants around Ann Siang Hill and Club Street in particular should not to be missed; from Cuban bars to Asian fusion restaurants, the charming traditional Chinese shopfronts give way to exciting concepts and elegant dining rooms inside.
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