Bugis Street, Haji Lane and Arab Quarter Singapore

Monday, September 28, 2015

Walk and Eat with ChaMike in Bugis Street, Haji Lane and Arab Quarter.

On ChaMike's last day, we opted to visit the 'hippiest' areas in Singapore. I've been hearing a lot of good shops in Haji Lane and Arab Quarter which are just in the same vicinity so early in the morning before we went to the airport we headed straight to Bugis MRT.

Bugis Junction
Mike and I started the day by having breakfast at Ya Kun Kaya Toast in Bugis Junction somewhere above the Bugis MRT Station. When you are in SG it is also a must to try their Kaya Toast especially during breakfast. Since we didn't avail breakfast in our hotel having our brekky here was just perfect.

Ya Kun Kaya Toast

Ya Kun Kaya Toast was one of the most popular restaurants that serves kaya toasts in Singapore. It is a staple food in the country where toasted bread is prepared with kaya or coconut jam & butter plus soft boiled eggs, soy sauce & coffee. YUM!

Kaya Toast with Butter Set for S$4.80 (P157)

After our quick breakfast we began our walk toward Haji Lane. Just a tip, it would help you a lot if you have a map where you can get at the airport and hotels. We forgot to bring ours so we had to ask numerous people for directions. 

Haji Lane

Haji Lane

A trip to Singapore wouldn't be complete without a visit to Haji Lane. About 10 minutes, we finally found this tiny lane and can you believe we almost missed this small alley? Good thing I saw the Pan Pacific Hotel that served as a landmark, it's directly adjacent to the street so you won't have a hard time looking for it. 

Haji Lane and Pan Pacific Hotel
Haji Lane is a popular place for finding quaint cafes and cute retail shops. It's colorful and has this young cool vibe so both Mike and I were completely in awe with this place.

Colors of Haji Lane
Singapore Outfit
Wore a chambray sleeveless jumpsuit, this kind of jumpsuit is easy to walk around. Sunnies and hat for sun protection and heels were just for me to look good on photos >.<

Hat | Soak Swimwear (@soakswimwear)
Chambray Jumpsuit | Forever21
Sunnies | Georgina Sasha (@georginasasha)
Bag | Lacoste
Neckpiece | from grand mom
Sandals | Hue Manila (@huemanila)

Chambray and Brown

Mike's OOTD

Tip: Visit this area between lunchtime to afternoon or until evening. We were at the street a bit early so most of the shops were closed! Even the ones we wanted to visit the most. As a result, we walked from end to end while waiting for the shops to open.

Shop Wonderland
Whimsical & rustic greatly describes this lovely place. It is a quirky shop of colorful floral arrangements and charming ambience. A cafe, flower shop, home accessories shop and creative class in one. 
Shop Wonderland

I completely fell in love with this place- the withered foliage, wooden furniture and floral themed lighting made this place even more charming. 

Whimsical & Rustic <3

Once in awhile they hold creative classes such as calligraphy and floral arrangement classes on the second floor.


We instantly fell in love with their dessert spread! Every dessert looked tempting and even looked rustic too.

OMG! Desserts!

Shop Wonderland's Menu

Of course we ordered our fave dessert- Molten Lava Cake for S$8.90 (P290).

ChaMike's ever fave

Yes, we definitely enjoyed

Selfie Coffee
Take your selfie photos to the next level by visiting the newly opened cafe. Our main goal in Haji Lane was to try the growing buzz of the #selfie coffee. I was in utter disbelief when I saw it first on Instagram so because of my curiosity I told Mike that we should try this when we visit SG, indeed we were more than amazed when we saw our faces on the coffee froth. (more of this on a separate post read - Selfie Coffee Haji Lane Singapore)

Selfie in a cup

ChaMike at #Selfie Coffee


Arab Quarter

Arab Quarters

Also known as Kampong Glam, it is a place known for the majestic Sultan Mosque that stands at the center of a vibrant mix of stores- rugs, hookah, diverse restaurants & souvenir items. You definitely won't get lost looking for this place.

Sultan Mosque

Shop at Arab Quarter

I never get tired of looking at Singapore windows

The sultan mosque kinda reminded me of the Disney animation movie, Aladin, don't you agree?

Shimmering golden dome

The obligatory pose

Of course, Mike too
This quiet street in the morning transforms into a bustling area when the bars open at night.

La Marelle
We only had one shop that we wanted to visit in this area, La Marelle. La Marelle is a french-themed cafe located on the second floor of a vintage house that has that colorful and enchanting vibe that serves halal dishes (or food for Muslim)

La Marelle

Second Floor

I was smitten by the cutesy interiors of La Marelle. The ethereal theme of vibrant colors, combo of clouds & raindrops and the whimsical art products on sale will make you feel you're in a different dimension, a fairytale like ambience. Every corner is picture worthy!

Ethereal <3

Cute & Vibrant

Every corner looks pretty

Raindrops keep falling on my head shoulders


This was where we had our last lunch in SG and because we already had our #selfie coffee and molten lava cake, we skipped the drinks and dessert and ordered pastas instead. 

Prawn Aglio Olio | S$17 (P555)
Tossed with garlic & succulent prawns

My order

Black Pepper Beef Macaroni | S$15 (P490)
sautéed macaroni topped with shredded cheddar cheese 

Mike's order

The pasta dishes were not really fantastic but dining here was all worth it because of the fantasy feel which brought be back to my childhood.

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