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Bugis Street Shopping District is celebrated throughout Asia as a destination for bargain hunters. Redeveloped in the 1980s, the area had been a well-known nightly meeting spot for transgender people, but has now been renovated into a premier shopping port of call. Given the wide range of shops here, it's no surprise that everyone is catered for: luxury shops and literature, music and food. This is also an excellent place to bring the whole family.
The charming cobbled streets will need a few hours of your time to explore. Follow the locals' example, and avoid the street-level shops aimed at tourists – instead, head upstairs for affordable buys and a choice of genuine goods. Traditional art, famous brands, the latest tunes, books and films: all are available here.
After you've experienced Bugis Street in the daytime, make sure to come back in the evening to see a whole new side. As dusk falls, join the crowds as the street throngs with street food vendors, along with those selling artisan crafts and one-off souvenirs. Of the local specialities on offer, braised duck or a bowl of laksa are highly recommended, and you should also try a drink of one of the scores of juices available.
The shopping area is in the city centre and is easily walkable from hotels in this area. Parking on the street is available in the surrounding area, and Bugis Street can also be reached by bus or MRT. Open every day, but individual shops have varying opening hours.
Get the most out of your visit to Bugis Street Shopping District. Here's a list of the top things to do:
Taken you forever to visit this popular attraction? Then you mustn't leave without trying out a Best of Orchard, Bugis & Bras Basah City Tour.
For even more activities, peruse our Downtown Singapore things to do page.
Located in Kampong Glam, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bugis Junction Shopping Center, Bugis Street Shopping District, and Sultan Mosque. Haji Lane and Suntec City are also within 10 minutes. Bugis Station is only a 2-minute walk and Esplanade Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Downtown Singapore, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Raffles City and Suntec Convention & Exhibition Center. Orchard Road and Marina Square are also within 10 minutes. Esplanade Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Hall Station is 4 minutes.
Located in Kampong Glam, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Haji Lane, Sultan Mosque and Golden Mile Complex. Bugis Street Shopping District and Suntec City are also within 15 minutes. Nicoll Highway Station is 7 minutes by foot and Bugis Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Orchard, this luxury hotel is steps away from Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Orchard Road and The Paragon. ION Orchard and Lucky Plaza are also within 10 minutes. Somerset Station is 8 minutes by foot and Orchard Station is 8 minutes.
This family-friendly Singapore hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Suntec Convention & Exhibition Center and Raffles City. Marina Square and Singapore City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Esplanade Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Hall Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Rochor, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Orchard Road, Haji Lane and Suntec Convention & Exhibition Center. Merlion and Singapore Flyer are also within 2 mi (3 km). Bras Basah Station is 6 minutes by foot and Bugis Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Bencoolen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bugis Street Shopping District, Orchard Road and Fort Canning Park. Sultan Mosque and Haji Lane are also within 15 minutes. Bugis Station is 7 minutes by foot and Bras Basah Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Kampong Glam, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sultan Mosque, Mustafa Centre and Haji Lane. Bugis Street Shopping District and Golden Mile Complex are also within 15 minutes. Lavender Station is 5 minutes by foot and Bugis Station is 9 minutes.