Revisiting Haji Lane Singapore: Where To Eat and What To Do
Eclectic, chic and hip – these are but a few of words that describe Haji Lane in Singapore. This small alley neighbourhood boasts of shops, cafes, art galleries and so much more that defy the conventional concept of shopping and dining. Haji Lane is definitely not your ordinary shopping district in the Red Dot city. It’s a place that is full of history and character.
A Little Bit Of History about Haji Lane
Not all Singaporeans are probably aware of this street’s history. Its name comes from the Malay word “haji” which refers to a Muslim man who has completed a Hajj pilgrimage. In the 60s and 70s, this area played host to pilgrims and their families during the annual pilgrimage. It was also a community of Malay families.
In 2001, the area got a revival of sorts when Cafe le Caire, a Middle Eastern style cafe, opened its doors and became the only shop to open after hours. During that time, the old shophouses were either closed or being used as storage spaces.
Since then, Haji Lane has experienced quite a renaissance and is now one of the most popular areas for locals and visitors alike.
What To Do: Shopping
Shopping in Haji Lane is unlike any other shopping experience in Singapore. Because most the shops here are run by young, local fashion designers and artists, one of a kind items can be easily found. The place is also known for its avant-garde fashion which makes it a favorite shopping place for young and hip Singaporeans.
The mom and daughter online label Modparade has its brick and mortar shop at 63 Haji Lane. If you enjoy online shopping on their website, you will also enjoy looking through their latest collection of women’s wear and accessories. Exclusivity is guaranteed as each outfit only has a maximum of 3 pieces available.
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu, 12nn – 8pm; Fri – Sat, 12nn – 9pm
2. Soon Lee
Soon Lee at 73 Haji Lane has a collection of fashion and accessories from different local designers. Bag designer MISCHA has their latest collection here, as well as other independent brands from Hong Kong and New York.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 12nn – 9pm
3. The Alternative Shop
A testament to its hip fashion vibe is The Alternative Shop at 63 Haji Lane. The store carries curated fashion and accessories from India, Nepal, and Thailand. You can also get incense and crystals here. Operated by Going Om, the store also transforms into a cafe/bar inspired by the spirit of the Himalayas.
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu, 12nn – 8pm; Fri – Sat, 12nn – 9:30pm
4. Time After Time
This shop offers handcrafted jewelry and accessories, as well as carefully curated vintage dresses from Korea, Japan, and Thailand. One of a kind pieces, from jewelry to bags can be found here, perfect for women who are looking for not the usual fashion accessories. It is run by a team of two sisters and is located at 62 Haji Lane.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 8pm
5. Mondays Off
Eclectic is the name of the game at Mondays Off, at 76 Haji Lane. This boutique has unique Scandinavian pieces that will add character to your home. They also carry other labels of home accents, art prints, stationery, indie magazines and tote bags. As the name says, the store is open everyday except Mondays.
- Opening Hours: Tue – Sunday, 12nn – 8pm
6. Ninos Singapore
Guys, don’t despair. Haji Lane has some shops where men can buy trendy men’s wear and accessories. One of them is Ninos Singapore at 44C Haji Lane. Pick out the latest in shoes and eyewear, or ramp up your office wear with a few choice pieces.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 1pm – 9pm
Mujosh is a Hong Kong eyewear brand that made a splash in Singapore in Haji Lane. It now has several branches in the Lion City, including one at 53 Haji Lane where it all started. They have a wide range of sunglasses and glass frames that are far from ordinary, guaranteed to bring out one’s individuality.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, 11am – 9:30pm; Fri, 11am – 10pm; Sat, 10:30am – 10pm; Sun, 10:30am – 9:30pm
What to Do: Eating
1. The Singapura Club
If you are bringing some out-of-town friends for a night out, the Singapura Club (28 Haji Lane) is a must-go place. It’s bar-style ambiance makes it a good place to chill out and drink the night away. It also serves up Singaporean and Asian inspired dishes guaranteed to fill you up.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 12am
2. I Am Cafe
You won’t miss this cafe as it is the first shop you see upon entering Haji Lane. Light meals and snacks are on the menu, like burgers, fries, and pizza. It is their signature rainbow cake and rainbow crepes that make customers come back for more.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, 11am – 11pm; Fri – Sat, 11am – 1am; Sun, 11am – 10pm
3. Good Luck Beerhouse
Tired of your usual brews? Good Luck Beerhouse at 9 Haji Lane offers up over 50 kinds of craft beer, cider, and other alcoholic drinks. They also have 8 craft beers made by local Singapore craft breweries. Pair up your drinks with their Dim Sum menu as well as sandwiches and light meals.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, 4pm – 12am; Fri – Sat, 12pm – 12am; Sun, 12pm – 10pm
4. Bar Stories
If you are looking for out-of-this-world cocktails, head on to Bar Stories. Make sure to reserve your table beforehand as it can get packed. They have a menu of over 100 specialty drinks which go great with their Singaporean dishes. Or you can also the bartenders to concoct your very own customized drink which is guaranteed to be one of a kind. Bar Stories is at 55 Haji Lane.
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu, 5pm – 1am; Fri – Sat, 5pm – 2am
5. Blu Jaz Cafe, Piedra Negra, Muzium Cafe
Blu Jaz Cafe first and foremost is the place to be for jazz enthusiasts and lovers. Aside from live jazz performances, however, they also host underground music performances like reggae and world music. While enjoying the live shows, you can enjoy Piedra Negra’s guacamole with tortilla chips or mango ceviche. Muzium Cafe also serves up shawarma in chicken or lamb. You will find all these at 11 Bali Lane, which is just off Haji Lane.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, 9am – 1am; Fri – Sat, 9am – 2am; Sun, 12pm – 12am
6. Shop Wonderland
This cafe at 37 Haji Lane combines a coffee and pastry shop and a flower shop in one space. Brunch is something to try here but their cakes are not only beautiful but are also beautiful. Coffee is a must as well. Check out their floral arrangements and other similar workshops which they hold at the shop’s 2nd floor.
- Opening Hours: Tue-Wed, 8am – 6pm; Thu – Fri, 8am – 10pm; Sat-Sun, 10am – 6pm; closed on Mondays
7. Stateland Cafe
If you are looking for substantial breakfast fare, which is available all-day, try Stateland Cafe’s Statelander’s Breakfast menu. You can pair these off with their Homemade Lemonade. What most diners come back for which one should try at least once, is their Red Velvet Waffles topped with soft serve ice cream. Find them at 32 Bali Lane.
- Opening Hours: Mon, Wed-Sun, 12pm – 10pm; Tue, 6pm – 10pm
More Things To Do and See
1. Visual Orgasm
If you have gathered enough courage to get inked, Visual Orgasm is the tattoo place for you. With several skilled tattoo artists on board, you will surely get the kind that you want and is perfect for your personality. You can choose from different designs: geometric, abstract and avant-garde. Find them at 2 Haji Lane.
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 1pm – 9pm; closed on Sundays
2. Knockout Gear
Check out this one of a kind shop that sells everything Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts. From boxing gloves, boxing oil, Muay Thai wear, and gear, you will find it here. If you are not an MMA aficionado but know someone who is one, this will be a good place to take them for a special treat.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 12pm – 8pm
3. The Nail Social
The Nail Social at 42A Haji Lane is not your ordinary nail salon. It is a social enterprise that aims to help underprivileged women to get training and be employed at the salon. Coming here and getting your nails will not only be good for you but also for the cause the salon is advocating for. Enjoy watching your favorite movies or shows with your own personal iPad, and a glass of wine during Fridays and Saturdays.
- Opening Hours: Tue – Fri, 11am – 9pm; Sat-Sun, 10am – 8pm; closed on Mondays
4. 99 Percent Hair Studio
While you at it, complete your makeover by having a haircut or getting that perfect dye at 99 Percent Hair Studio. They are located at 40 Haji Lane and are known to have expert hair artists or maestros that will leave you feeling confident and beautiful.
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am – 8:30pm; Sun, 11 am – 7:30pm
5. The ‘A’ Street Barber Shop
With the ‘A’ Street Barber Shop, you make this day trip to Haji Lane a complete makeover day if you are going with your husband or boyfriend. He can get his barber cut or any other cut he fancies here while you have your nails and hair done. You can find them at 53 Haji Lane.
- Opening Hours: Tue-Sat, 12pm to 9pm; Sun, 12 pm – 6pm; closed on Mondays
You Can Find Everything At Haji Lane
This list of things to do in Haji Lane does not exhaust everything that this narrow street has to offer. The nearest MRT stations are Nicoll Highway on the Yellow Line and Bugis on the Blue Line. You can reach Haji Lane easily by walking less than 10 minutes from either of the train stops. The best way to find out what’s out there is to come and visit. Some locals swear by how things change so fast in the area so you may be surprised to discover something new every time you drop by.
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