Earlier this April I went to Singapore for Coldplay Concert. Though only a short stay, it was eventful as I stayed and spent most of my time in a new neighborhood – Arab Street.
My friend and I stayed in Five Stones Hostel which is located at 285 Beach Road. It was packed (probably because of the concert goers), however, my stay was still relatively comfortable. I liked the colorful yet clean interior, the staffs were friendly, simple bread/cereal breakfast was provided and I could get a good night’s sleep after the concert. All good for me!
The hostel is located just in the corner of Arab Street and Haji Lane. Now my Indonesian readers might already familiar with Haji Lane because it has gained popularity nowadays as an instagrammable photo spot.
We went exploring the neighborhood the next morning before we checked out and spent a good time there. Too bad some of the small shops were closed – not sure if it’s always the case on Sundays or if it was too early and they were not open yet.
However, since it was still early, we could get the benefit of having the place (almost) to ourselves! I mean there were still some tourists (mostly Indonesians… haha), but it was not too packed. Judging by social media posts when I checked the geotag, I believe the area will be swarmed with tourists later in the day.
After our short walk around the neighborhood, we came across a small cafe called All Things Delicious. The cafe looked cute from the outside so I walked in and asked if they served coffee. They did, and we were intrigued to see their selection of pastries and cakes so we decided to sit down for a while.
As usual, I had a cup of latte and decided to try their Sea Salt Brownie (pictured above in the middle). To my surprise, the brownie was really, really good it made me want to cry! Hahaha I might exaggerate a bit, but seriously it was one of the best brownies I’ve had in my lifetime. The texture was so smooth, it has just the right amount of sweetness, and the sea salt icing on top made it unique.
We also managed to chat with one of the owners who was very friendly and seemed very passionate about his little cafe. Too bad that we already had plans for a bigger meal that day so I did not get to try their food selection, but I will definitely be back to try more. It’s always nice to come into a small cafe with good food that gives you a warm feeling, which I believe is getting rare in Jakarta’s cafe scene.
And that concludes my short visit to Arab Street. Have you explored the neighborhood? What cafes/stores do you think is a must visit there?
41 thoughts on “Arab Street, Singapore”
Aku belum sempet ke Haji Lane nya, next time deh
Boleh banget dicoba! 🙂
Muralnya bagus! 😀
Iyaa bagus2 banget dan sangat instagrammable loll
Christa, ga kepengen bikin cafe yang seperti itu di Jakarta?
Mau banget, itu salah satu dream buat masa depan hehehe
kalau begitu, selamat ya Christa ada satu calon pengunjung
Noted. Aku booking hotel di Chinatown nanti di Singapore. Hotel unik, black and white doang haha, makin lama makin seneng nyobain yang unik2
Oyaa apa nama hotelnya? menarik, aku dan R akan kesana lagi bulan November jadi siapa tau bisa jadi referensi juga Va 🙂
Hotel Mono, Chris.
Aku pernah nginep di Five Stones Hostel itu, emang recommended banget!
Aku gak sangka kalo lokasinya sangat strategis, kemaren booking disitu karena deket Stadium aja buat nonton coldplaynya. Jadi sekalian bisa jalan2 deh!
Love the murals on Haji Lane ❤
They are pretty!
Very interested in that brownie lol! I haven’t been back to Arab St in a long time, would love to go back there but perhaps in the morning when it’s not too crowded
Perhaps you can ask your sister to bring home for you Gy, to kill off the curiosity lol lol .. yes I think it’s getting more and more popular esp for Indonesians so it’s better to come early in the morning 😀
Yes, but it was morning. Everything was closed, so we just took a bunch of pictures 😁
Good timing right.. not that many people in the morning!
Kaya apa brownies yg membuatmu mau menangis? 😂
Hahahaha lebay yah :p tapi enak bangeeetttt hahahaha
kalo boleh berapa penginapannya semalam Mba?
Waktu itu saya sekitar 300 ribu semalem per orang, tapi siapa tau rate nya berubah, coba di cek lagi di webnya aja 🙂
Oke… makasih ya infonya…
sama sama 🙂
Oh, now I’m curious about the brownie! 🤤 I’ve never been to Singapore apart from the occasional airport transit when visiting Indonesia, but would love to 😀
Hihihi sorry to make you drool! :p Perhaps you should spend 1-2 days transit next time and explore the city, it’s small but interesting 🙂
Oh, don’t be! Yes, I’m considering the possibility now. Biasanya mau langsung cepet sampai Jakarta soalnya penerbangan yang >20h itu bener2 bikin capek…
mural nya lucu2… asik buat foto2… 😀
Instagrammable banget man 😀
At a glance, the mural looks like cartoon picture on a comic
aaahh, harganya terjangkau banget yaak, tengkiuu for sharingg 🙂
Sama sama 🙂
I love Arab street,in my 2 weeks stay in Singapore last year that was the best area,the Mosque near by was just stunning
Agree, that area is quite a gem! 🙂
I love the vibes and it has personality,next time I going back I will try to find an accomodation in the heart of the street
If I have a chance I would love to live in Singapore
Seems like a such a cute and neat place. I’m going to Singapore in November so I will check this place out! Thanks for posting.
I am on my way to the Arab street. Your pictures helped in making my decision ☺️👍