20 Best Things to Do in Chinatown Singapore - 2020 (Updated)
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There is no dearth of things to do in Chinatown Singapore as this wonderful place is filled with an interesting mix of food joints, shophouses, places of worship, parks, residential and commercial complexes. Chinatown is the main cultural hotspot of Mainland Singapore and this vibrant area fascinates tourists as well as locals alike.

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Chinatown, Singapore offers some really unique experiences; from museums to parks to food courts to traditional medicines and trendy lifestyle stores. Chinatown is famous for its multi-cultural harmony and eclectic mix of various cultures and communities. This amazing district holds the oldest Sri Mariamman Temple and Masjid Jamae mosque in Singapore.

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The streets of Chinatown are a riot of colors; the Chinatown Food Street is filled with Chinese restaurants, souvenir shops, and indie boutiques and the Club Street gets dynamic at night with peppy bars. Although the area has changed a lot over time, the people here have managed to retain its original charm and Chinatown is one of the must visit places in Singapore as it assure to enthrall you!



Here are some of the best things to do in chinatown Singapore:

01

Experience the Authentic Food at Chinatown’s Maxwell Food Center

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Experience the Authentic Food at Chinatown’s Maxwell Food Center

Chinatown’s Maxwell Food Centre is a popular food joint loved by tourists and locals alike. It is a great place to grab a meal. The food here is mainly influenced by Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisines and there is a wide variety of flavorful food from satay to nasi goreng to dumplings and roast pork.

The flavor is authentic and mostly inexpensive making a visit to this place one of the best
things to do in Chinatown Singapore. 

Location:
1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184

Timings:
Daily 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM

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Visit Sri Mariamman Temple

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Visit Sri Mariamman Temple

This beautiful Hindu Temple dedicated to Goddess Mariamman is one of the oldest shrines here and the most significant places of worship for Tamil Hindus in Singapore. The Temple was also an asylum for immigrants belonging to the South Indian Hindu Tamil Community.

The Temple is built in traditional Dravidian style with a beautiful Gopuram filled with elaborate sculptures depicting Hindu mythology. Visiting the Temple in the evenings when the rituals are held is one of the best
 things to do in Chinatown Singapore. 

Location:
244 S Bridge Road, Singapore 058793

Timings:
Daily 7:00 AM to Midday and 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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04

Learn the Peranakan History at NUS Baba House

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 Learn the Peranakan History at NUS Baba House

A visit to NUS Baba House is one of the most interesting things to do in Chinatown Singapore. This magnificent heritage house once belonged to the Wee family of the Peranakan community. The Peranakans go way back to the 15th century when the first Chinese immigrants settled in the Malay Islands and most of these became traders.

The NUS Baba House belonged to one such shipping tycoon, Mr. Wee Lin and it showcases the lifestyle and culture of the Peranakan community of Singapore at the time.

Location:
157 Neil Road, Singapore 088883

Timings:
Heritage tours Monday to Friday at 10:00 am
                Self-guided visits on Saturday.

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05

Visit Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

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Visit Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a relatively new addition to the many attractions of Chinatown Singapore. This exquisite four storey structure houses the sacred Buddha Tooth Relic. The main highlight of this Temple is the solid gold Stupa where the relic is kept.

The roof has a beautiful pagoda with a giant prayer wheel. Religious rituals are held daily and visitors can view or partake in these ceremonies. A point to remember would be to dress appropriately as this is a religious place. 

Location:
288 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058840

Timing:
9:00 AM to 6:30 PM

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06

Explore the Largest Hawker Center - Chinatown Complex

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 Explore the Largest Hawker Center - Chinatown Complex

Chinatown Complex is a busy hawker center in the heart of Chinatown and it is a place favored by the locals to eat and socialize as well. The Complex is filled with hawkers serving a variety of dishes and a menu as diverse as one could find in a place like this.

The aromas and scents that float around are enough to whet anyone’s appetite. The dishes are authentic and flavorful. Fusion dishes and Vegan versions of most dishes are also available at the Chinatown Complex. 

Locations:
1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184

Timings:
Daily 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM

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07

Watch the Sunset at Pinnacle @ Duxton Skybridge

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Watch the Sunset at Pinnacle @ Duxton Skybridge
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One of Singapore’s architectural wonders, the Pinnacle @ Duxton Skybridge is one of the tallest public residential complexes in the world. The views from the top is spellbinding and watching the sunset from here is one of the most enthralling things to do in Chinatown Singapore.

However, there is a cap to the number of people who can visit this marvelous architectural wonder. Only 200 visitors are allowed each day so as not to disturb the residents living here.

Location: 
1G Cantonment Rd, Singapore 085301

Timings:
Daily 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Saturdays till 1:00 PM

Price:
S$5.

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08

Learning Chinese Culture at Chinatown Heritage Center

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Learning Chinese Culture at Chinatown Heritage Center

If you are looking for interesting things to do in Chinatown Singapore then a visit to this Heritage Center is a must. The Center was built to document and showcase the lifestyle of the earlier residents of Chinatown.

It has six galleries, preserved living spaces and features multi-sensory experiences such as craft workshops, multimedia guides and story-telling sessions. There is also a range of postcards, books, and prints by local artists that can be bought as souvenirs.

Location:
48 Pagoda St, Singapore 059207, Singapore

Timings:
Daily 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Price:
S$15 for adults

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09

Shopping at Chinatown Street Market

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Shopping at Chinatown Street Market

Chinatown Street Market is all sights, sounds, and scents that represent what a real Chinatown is. This busy street is filled with a variety of stalls selling all kinds of items from silken scarves to ‘Made in China’ items to pets and lucky cats.

The street also has several street food carts. Shopping here is an experience in itself and one of the most invigorating things to do in Chinatown Singapore. The Market is at its best at night with the beautiful lights shining and the brightly colored lanterns swaying above. 

Location:
335 Smith Street, Chinatown, Singapore

Timing:
Daily 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

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10

Chill at 1927 Rooftop Bar

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Chill at 1927 Rooftop Bar

If you are looking for some relaxing things to do in Chinatown Singapore then a visit to the 1927 Rooftop Bar is just the thing to do. This magnificent lounge featuring tropical charisma is a great place to unwind and sip on some luxurious cocktails.

Enjoy the view of the skyline while taking a dip at the infinity pool or just lounge around in the comfortable cabins for a relaxing evening.  The menu features an exotic blend of old recipes mixed with local ingredients to add zing to age-old cocktails. 

Location:
35 Robinson Rd, Singapore 068876

Timings:
Daily 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM

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11

Visit the Singapore City Gallery

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Visit the Singapore City Gallery

The Singapore City Gallery is a magnificent portrayal of Singapore’s journey of urban development. It showcases the growth and development of Singapore from a trading port to a world-class metropolis. This journey is represented in ten thematic areas and interactive exhibits spread over three floors of the Gallery.

The highlight of this Gallery is the Central Area Model which gives the visitors a bird’s eye view of the central district of Singapore. The Model is brought to life with a light and sound show that depicting Singapore’s urbanization.

Location:
45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, Singapore

Timings:
Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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12

Visit Michelin Star Hawker Chan

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Visit Michelin Star Hawker Chan

Chinatown Singapore is where you will find the cheapest Michelin-star meal in the world. This is not a fancy restaurant but a humble hawker in Chinatown Food Complex. The world famous Soya Sauce Chicken and Rice, a signature dish that won this humble hawker the first Michelin-starred meal in the world is a mere S$2 here.

If you are planning to get a bite of this signature dish then make sure you reach on time and be ready for some queuing up.

Location:
78 Smith St, Singapore 058972

Timing:
10:30 AM to 8:30 PM

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13

Click Instagrammable Pictures at People's Park

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Click Instagrammable Pictures at People's Park

People’s Park is a bustling residential and commercial complex that was the first of its kind in  Southeast Asia when it was started back in 1970. It started as a shopping complex then later the residential tower was added. The 25-floor tower was the tallest residential structure then, and pictures shot here offer panoramic views of the city below.

The bustling atrium of the mall is a perfect place to mark your visit the place with some random Insta pictures clicked here. Click as many pictures as you can while you shop and dine at People’s Park! The lively pulse of the city is found in every corner of People’s Park. 

Location:
People's Park Complex, 1 Park Road, Singapore 059108

Timings:
7:30 AM to 10:30 PM

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14

Visit Thien Hock Keng Temple

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Visit Thien Hock Keng Temple

Thien Hock Keng Temple is the oldest temples in Singapore dedicated to Ma Zu Po the Goddess of Heavenly Sages and also the protector of sailors. The temple is built based on South Chinese architecture and is an architectural wonder -the temple was entirely built without using any nails.

When the Temple was built, it was right at the shoreline and sailors would visit the Temple to offer prayers to the Goddess for a safe journey at sea. 

Location:
158 Telok Ayer St, 068613

Timings:
7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

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Eat at Chinatown Food Street

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Eat at Chinatown Food Street

Authentic flavors, a delectable selection of local and Asian food and quaint surroundings is what makes Chinatown Food Street a must try in your list of things to do in Chinatown Singapore. The area is covered and even has a unique cooling system which makes it a great street food destination at any time of the day.

This is a great place to try out authentic Malay, Chinese, Thai and Indian dishes served with a smile by the friendly staff of this awesome Food Street. 

Location:
Smith St, Singapore 058938

Timings:
Daily 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

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16

Explore Bars and Restaurants at Ann Siang Hill

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Explore Bars and Restaurants at Ann Siang Hill

This erstwhile spice hill is a popular hangout for many tourists and locals looking for great restaurants and bars to spend some relaxed time. This interesting street is filled with a cornucopia of rooftop bars, cozy restaurants, boutique hotels and entertainment centers.

The variety of restaurants and bars can be daunting but this lane is one of the most fascinating things to do in Chinatown Singapore. The streets are lined with interesting shops and well maintained green spaces The boutique theatre is a great place to cozy up and watch some timeless classics. 

Location:
Ann Siang Hill, Outram, Singapore

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17

Visit Red Dot Design Museum

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Visit Red Dot Design Museum

The Red Dot Design Museum is the first museum of contemporary design in Singapore and the first of its kind in Asia. The museum showcases some futuristic designs and prototypes from various disciplines such as product development, communications, research works, etc.

There is a permanent collection of award-winning design works on display which visitors can view. The Museum also has a great Cafe Bar serving some authentic and mouth-watering local snacks.

Location:
11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940

Timings:
Monday–Thursday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
                Friday–Sunday 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

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18

Pray at Masjid Al-Abrar

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Pray at Masjid Al-Abrar

The Masjid Al-Abrar is one of the oldest mosques in Singapore built by early Tamil immigrants which started off as a thatched hut and later was replaced by a brick and mortar structure. This masjid is also popularly known as Chulia Masjid after the Chulia people who were the first immigrants of Singapore.

This Mosque was honored as a National Monument in 1974. The structure follows Indo-Islamic architecture framed by minarets at the doorway and the traditional crescent and star. Despite the numerous renovations the Mosque still retains its original quaint splendor.

Location:
192 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068635

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19

Visit Telok Ayer Green

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Visit Telok Ayer Green

Telok Ayer Green is located in one of the most colorful parts of Singapore. It is a beautiful park with many sculptures that narrates the story of the festivals celebrated by the Chinese immigrants to Singapore. These sculptures also tell the tales of Singapore’s culture and history in the most expressive ways.

The park also has a variety of trees such as the yellow rain tree that folds up before a rainstorm, breadfruit trees, cinnamon trees, tamarind and nutmeg trees. It is a nice place to visit and enjoy the greenery and the sculptures. 

Location:
Telok Ayer Street, Singapore

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Watch Theater Show at Drama Box

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Watch Theater Show at Drama Box

Drama Box is a non-profit group that showcases theatre that expresses inspirational dialogues, thoroughly researched social issues and many such inspiring subjects. The theatre group also features plays that relate the history, culture and the glorious past of Singapore to make the public better understand their roots and heritage.

The Drama Box started off as a community performance targeting domestic violence with a humorous twist. Over the years the Group has produced over 16 original pieces and reaching out to many people through community theatre.

Location:
14A-C Trengganu Street, Singapore 058468

Timing:
10:00AM to 6:00 PM

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21

Have a Coffee at Everton Park

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Have a Coffee at Everton Park

If you are a coffee enthusiast then Everton Park is a must visit place in Chinatown, Singapore. This exquisite park is a colorful collection of old fashioned shophouses, cafes and stores with beautiful murals and street art decorating the walls surrounding the area.

The Park is more than just a residential complex. It is a great place to indulge in some fusion food, Asian snacks while you sip on your cuppa. The murals and street art depicts the life of the people living here before the urbanization of Singapore.

Location:
Everton Park, Bukit Merah, Singapore.

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