Haji Lane is the one-stop destination for anything hip and indie, from boutique shops to chic cafes and even a bustling nightlife.
This cult favourite indie street is home to the iconic colourful street art you’ll see on every corner. Haji Lane is also home to local quirky boutique shops that sell anything from clothing, jewellery, perfumes and other knick knacks. Not to mention, the food haven that surrounds the alley ways. And did you know Haji Lane was named one of the coolest streets in the world?
Haji Lane is situated in the Kampong Glam area, known as the Muslim cultural hub of Singapore. Nearby you’ll find the infamous Arab Street for great Middle Eastern and Mediterranean shops and restaurants. Check out what there is to do in this little indie haven of Kampong Glam, Haji Lane.
*Disclaimer: At the date of publication, dine-in is limited to 2 pax only due to the Phase 3: Heightened Alert restrictions. We’re doing our best to be accurate, but please double check with the restaurants before you visit.
Things to do around Haji Lane
1. Take pictures with iconic street art
Wall after wall, you’ll find crazy street art designs full of every colour. These artwork add the vibrancy and quirkiness that is so iconic to Haji Lane. One of the most famous art murals is the one pictured above done by Mexican restaurant, Piedra Negra, and artist Didier Jaba Mathieu. It depicts Aztec, the indigenous people dominant in Mexico before Spanish colonisation in the 16th century. Take out your cameras and snap away!
2. The Nail Social
Pamper yourself with a self-care day at this cozy nail salon. You can get a manicure, pedicure, and foot massages accompanied by drinks and snacks. Step up this spa experience with a personal iPad given to you where you can watch movies, play games, listen to podcasts or read books. Full Luxe mani or pedi starts from $70, or go for a quick polish for $18 (check out the menu here). Plus, as a “socially conscious salon”, The Nail Social promises to give back to charities such as Beyond Social Services. Tip: On Fridays and Saturdays, you can get a complimentary glass of wine along with your new nails. Alternatively, peruse our list of the best nail salons in Singapore for your next mani/pedi.
The Nail Social
Address: 42A Haji Lane, Level 2, 189235
Tel: 6717 3221
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Wed. to Thurs.); 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Fri. to Sat.); 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sun.)
3. Meomi Cat Cafe
Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by little feline friends? Cozy up to the lovely cats at Meomi Cat Cafe, and, if you’re lucky, you might even get to feed them treats during feeding time. The space is cozy and comfortable, with low cushioned seating that’s perfect for cat cuddling. If you’re bringing children under 12 years old (a minimum age of 6 is allowed to enter), they must be accompanied by an adult.
Meomi Cat Cafe
Address: 668 North Bridge Rd., 188801
Tel: 6296 0339
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (daily)
4. 99 Percent Hair Studio
Finding the perfect hair salon for the perfect balayage job, especially a bleach job, is no easy feat. But you can trust the hair and colouring specialists here at 99 Percent Hair Studio. They can do a natural ash brown balayage, or subtle highlights, or even a colourful pop from pinks to purples. A single shade colour can go from $109, whereas a double shade colour go from $179 (check out more services here). Leave the salon feeling confident with your fresh blowout and striking colour. Thinking of other places to get a good wash and bow or snip? Check out our full list of the best hair salons around the island.
99 Percent Hair Studio
Address: 40 Haji Lane, #01-01, 189233
Tel: 6396 3667
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (daily)
5. The Nail Artelier
Have all these Pinterest nails saved in your folder, but don’t know where to achieve them? The Nail Artelier specially takes your specific design in mind and creates stunning nail art. Think geometric designs, pearl stick-ons, shimmery polish and more! Remember to book in advance for customised nail appointments, as this nail salon fills up fast.
The Nail Artelier
Address: 666 North Bridge Rd., 188800
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (daily)
6. The ‘A’ Street Barber Shop
Looking for a fresh new cut or fade? This old-school barber shop is filled with banter from loyal customers and friendly staff with mad military precision skills (haircuts from $20). This barber shop attracts gents young and old, you don’t have to be a so-called hipster. Need a dye job for white hair? Check out the darkening dye treatment ($36) to achieve a natural black or brown hair tone. Looking for more places to get a good snip? Our list of the best barber shops around the island will get you started.
The ‘A’ Street Barber Shop
Address: 200 Jalan Sultan, #02-25, Textile Centre, 199018
Tel: 9236 7036
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Tues. to Sat.); 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Sun.)
Where to eat and drink at Haji Lane
1. Blue Jaz Cafe
Weekends are never blue at this hip bar during its pre-Covid days, attracting jazz lovers with great live music. Weekdays, too, are eventful with occasional slam poetry or stand-up comedy. But the show goes on in this soulful joint, with amazing food and drinks to spend the evening surrounded by the colourful street art. Enjoy a range of international foods like North Indian plates assorted Pakora ($9.90) or local delights like Sambal Fried Rice ($10.90). Cocktails and, yes, flaming cocktails go from $8 to $12, whilst beers are $7, and wines go from $18.
Blue Jaz Cafe
Address: 11 Bali Lane, 189848
Tel: 9199 0610
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (Mon. to Tues.); 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Wed. to Thurs.); 9 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Fri. to Sat.); 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Sun.)
2. Piedra Negra
This festive and buzzing Mexican joint is amongst Haji Lane’s favourite gems. Indulge in delicious Mexican cuisine and great cocktails to soak up the vibe. Start off with crispy tortilla chips with freshly house made guacamole ($10.90), along with a hearty burrito (from $13.90). Don’t forget a lovely frozen or shaken margarita ($15), or get a jug to share with a friend ($60) to make the night last.
Address: 241 Beach Rd., 189753
Tel: 6291 1297
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Mon. to Thurs.); 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Fri. to Sat.); 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Sun.)
This Instagram-worthy cafe, with its boho-chic decor, is Muslim-owned and offers delicious and wholesome meals. Limaa began with two women in 2017, Aidah and Zakiah, on a mission to offer healthy meals around the Kampong Glam area. From freshly pressed juices with no added sugar to hearty meals like Rosti with Pulled Beef ($9), you’ll be satisfied without feeling heavy.
Address: 51 Haji Lane, 189244
Tel: 8620 2041
Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)
4. The Mad Sailors
Craving classic British grub? The Mad Sailors offers your British comfort food favourites as well as fun and creative flavours in the mix. The storefront is hard to miss with its rainbow art mural and nautical themed interior, yet another picture-worthy opportunity. For brunch weekends, get a load of the English Fry Up ($23), complete with sausage, beans, a sunny-side up with veggies and potatoes. For the mains, there’s British classics like Fish & Chips ($25.90), or go for something from the sea such as the Grilled Whole Barramundi ($31.20).
The Mad Sailors
Address: 24 Haji Lane, 189217
Tel: 8768 0465
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 10 a.m. (Mon. to Sun.); 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)
5. I am…
Inspired by the ever so famous ‘I am’ sign in Amsterdam, this street side cafe serves heart warming Dutch inspired dishes. Plus, it is Halal-certified! Check out the signature dish, Bitterballen ($10.90), which are fried Dutch meatballs stuffed with juicy veal or ragout. On the side, go for the Fries & Mayo ($7.90), a Dutch favourite. I am… also has pastas, burgers, and pizzas as well as a great selection of beer.
Address: 674 North Bridge Rd., 188804
Tel: 6295 5509
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Tues. to Sun.)
6. Good Luck Beerhouse
A trip to Haji Lane isn’t complete without some fresh beverages. You’ll feel extra cool just drinking at this craft beer and dim sum bar with over 16 taps. Committed to the local community, Good Luck Beerhouse ensures at least half of the taps are exclusive to Singapore craft beers. Enjoy your beers with delicious local dishes like the Signature Char Kway Teow ($15), or opt for the Dim Sum bundle ($21.50). Even the pickiest of beer drinkers will find something they’ll love.
Good Luck Beerhouse
Address: 9 Haji Lane, 189202
Tel: 8028 4804
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (daily)
7. Going Om
Try out a cuisine you’ve probably never came across in Singapore: Nepalese cuisine. This hip cafe and bar is inspired by the spirit of the Himalaya mountains, aiming to create a harmonious sanctuary tucked away amongst the eclectic street of Haji Lane. Start with the popular Pani Puri, freshly mashed potatoes in kueh pie tee cups with bursts of flavour coming from the coriander, mint and tamarind juice. Also, check out the fun and colourful cocktails, namely Angel Drinks from $20. You definitely don’t want to miss this hidden gem.
Address: 63 Haji Lane, 189256
Tel: 9132 7270
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Tues. to Sun.)
8. Blanco Court Prawn Mee
If you’re a big fan of prawn mee, Blanco Court on Beach Road cannot be missed. Choose between bee hoon, yellow noodles or kway teow for a mouth-watering bowl that comes with pork lard, fried shallots, and, the stars of the show, fresh prawns. Add some chilli padi to your Signature Jumbo Prawn Mee ($15.80) for extra heat. The rich and fragrant prawn stock is what draws lovers of prawn mee back to Blanco Court every time.
Blanco Court Prawn Mee
Address: 243 Beach Rd., 189754
Tel: 6396 8464
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Weds. to Mon.)
9. Windowsill Pies
You’re in for a treat at Windowsill Pies with their legendary range of delicious pies. From Classic Pecan Pie ($65 for whole pie, $7.30 for a slice), or zesty Strawberry Lemon Meringue Pie, to decadent S’mores Pie ($67 for whole pie, $7.80 for a slice), you’ll be spoilt for choice. Can’t make a decision? Go for the Assorted Pies, where you can get 10 slices for $67. Pop in for a slice and enjoy the quaint interior with the smells of freshly baked pies wafting around the store. Don’t forget to check out the wonderful array of pastries and baked goods!
Address: 17 Haji Lane, 189210
Tel: 9772 5629
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tues. to Sun.)
10. Bar Stories
This elegant cocktail haven will have you trying out the most eccentric and creative drinks you can ever imagine. Following the art of customisation and theatrics, Bar Stories has never had a formal cocktail menu. You can order up a drink with no limitations by the friendly and highly talented bartenders. Think colours, smoking dry ice, dramatic displays and glassware – get your phones at the ready for an imaginative night.
Address: 55-57A Haji Lane, 189248
Tel: 6298 0838
Opening hours: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Tues. to Sun.)
11. Moosh Softserve
Looking for something sweet and cool to wind down the day? Moosh Softserve offers an eclectic array of soft serve ice creams from $4, in a cone, cup, or with waffles and pancakes! Check out unique flavours like Ondeh Ondeh and S’more, or go fruity and rich with Strawberry Cheesecake and Apple Crumble. A little treat for a hot day!
Where to shop
SSFW (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) founder, Hazel, started the business back in 2007 before opening her own store in 2010. SSFW is now the quintessential Haji Lane store, selling unique and dainty locally crafted jewellery. From everyday pieces and minimalist designs, to colourful gem stones and even mask straps, there is something for everyone. Not only are the jewellery great quality, but with reasonable prices too. Definitely worth stopping by.
Address: 75 Haji Lane, 189268
Tel: 6293 3068
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (daily)
The Danish word, Hygge, stands for a mood of coziness and charm. The indie store embodies this Danish spirit in the form of handmade crafts like potteries, sculptures and jewellery that can be perfect for home decor or gifts. Trust us, this store will have anything that is the definition of cute. Plus, you can customise your name or initials on some of the items for a personal touch!
Address: 37 Haji Lane,
Tel: 8163 1893
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sun. to Fri.); 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Sat.)
3. time after time
This modern bohemian store sells cool vintage brands from all over the world like Korea, Thailand and Japan. You can find all kinds of knick knacks and fashion items, such as hand-made accessories, swing dresses, throw pillows and more!
time after time
Address: 82 Haji Lane, Level 2, 189272
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (daily)
4. Life by Design Consultancy
This peaceful and holistic centre carries many spiritual and metaphysical items such as essential oils, meditation guides, and healing crystals. Besides being a retail store, they also offer services such as feng shui consultation, spiritual counselling and energy healing. Step into this wonderful and whimsical world and learn more about spiritual healing at Life by Design.
5. The Jia Shop
This convenient fashion enclave in Haji Lane offers versatile clothing from work wear, dresses, jumpsuits, accessories and more. The clothes are sourced locally and globally, so you’ll be able to see unique brands and build up a wardrobe no one else has. You can also shop online and get free local shipping with any purchase!
The Jia Shop
Address: 41A/43A Haji Lane, Level 2, 189236
Tel: 9297 9279
Opening hours: 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (daily)
Located the level above Blanco Court Prawn Mee, is this leather boutique store which aims to introduce the therapeutic experience of leather-craft. You can purchase their high quality leather products made of vegetable-tanned leathers from Italy. Get creative by customising your own leather wallets, passport holders, keychains, money clips and more with Crafune. You can even join workshops to really sharpen your skills, from bag workshops to small accessories workshops.
Address: 38a Haji Lane, #02-01, 189231
Tel: 8218 4223
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (daily)
Originally by Muneerah Bee, July 2016 + Additional reporting by Isabel Wibowo, June 2021