What’s not to love about Singapore’s original hipster ‘hood? It’s got everything you’d want; from hole-in-the-wall boutiques to hip cafes, cool bars, and restaurants
Before Tiong Bahru, there was Haji Lane – Singapore’s original hipster neighbourhood. A buzzing, all-hours enclave in Kampong Glam peppered with charming boutiques, watering holes, cafés, and restaurants that rank high on the hip factor, it’s no wonder why we keep coming back to this gem of a neighbourhood.
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Eat & Drink
The Singapura Club
Impress your mates from out of town with a crash course on Singapore’s culture – bar-style! The Singapura Club serves eccentric and local-inspired drinks such as Milo Dinosaur cocktails and the Sucati, a sugarcane martini garnished with an orchid.
The Singapura Club, 26 Haji Lane, Singapore 189219. Open Mon-Fri 10.30-12am, Sat & Sun 9.30-12am.
A must-visit for audiophiles, LongPlay houses an impressive collection of over 3,000 vintage vinyl records. While you’re kicking back to old-school Motown or Jazz tunes, tuck into delish bar bites like buttermilk chicken, mac and cheese, and togarashi squid and drink up from their tipple menu of classic drinks like the Rock Island Iced Tea – their own rendition of the Long Island cocktail.
LongPlay, 4 Haji Lane/33 Arab Street, Singapore 199732, p. 6291 3323. Open Tue-Sat 12-3pm, 6pm-12am, Sun 2-11pm. Closed Mon.
For you health-conscious folks looking for a scrumptious salad bowl, you won’t regret giving Salastop! a go. Dig into one of their signature salad creations from the menu, or create your own dream salad from their range of delish toppings.
SaladStop!, 19 Haji Lane, Singapore 189212. p. 6291 5989. Open Mon-Fri 11am-4pm.
A quirky little watering hole tucked away discreetly corner on Haji Lane, Bar Stories is the perfect after-hours hideaway for you to de-stress over expertly mixed cocktails. There’s a menu of over 100 specialty drinks, but ask the bartenders and they’ll be happy to shake up a bespoke drink to suit your mood and preferences.
Bar Stories, 55 Haji Lane, Singapore 189248, p. 6298 0838. Open Sun-Thu 3pm-1am, Fri & Sat 3pm-2am.
This street side café regularly draws crowds on the weekends and it’s easy to see why: Inspired by Amsterdam, I Am… serves up hearty, delish mains like sandwiches, pasta, fish and chips and pizza in a so-hipster-it-hurts setting. The main draw? Their signature burgers – like the Charcoal Grilled Sloppy Beef Burger, complete with a house special messy sauce that’s worth getting your hands dirty for – and the oh-so Instagrammable multi-layer rainbow cake.
I Am… , 674 North Bridge Road (off Haji Lane), Singapore 188804, p. 6295 5509.
One of our favourite Mexican restos around Singapore, Piedra Negra is a buzzing neighbourhood gem that’s worth checking out – especially if you’ve a weakness for killer guac made fresh on the spot (who doesn’t?). Pair that with a steady supply of tortilla chips, hearty burritos, and washed down with potent frozen margaritas, you’ve got your night made. Ole!
Piedra Negra, 241 Beach Road, Singapore 189753, p. 6291 1297.
The Mad Sailors
If you’re a fan of the gourmet tacos from Afterwit, then you’re in luck! Brought to you by the same people behind the popular Mexican taqueria, The Mad Sailors is where you can get your fill of classic British-pub grub like chip butty.
The Mad Sailors, 24 Haji Lane, Singapore 189217. p. 8248 2853. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat & Sun 10am-11pm.
Equal parts healthy and delicious, Al’Frank cookies are flourless and made with quality oatmeal that’s freshly grinded by hand! We recommend the 71% dark belgium chocolate cookies, and don’t be afraid to reach in for seconds ’cos they’re guilt-free!
Al’Frank Cookies, 12 Haji Lane, Singapore 189205. p. 6341 7041. Open 11.30am-7.30pm.
Ciao@ Italian Risto-Bar
An Italian bistro through and through, Ciao serves a slew of authentic and oh-so-tasty Italian dishes like hand-tossed pizza and homemade pasta with artisanal bolognese sauce.
Ciao@ Italian Risto-Bar, 8 Haji Lane, Singapore 189201. p. 6296 9688. Open Tues-Sun 11.30-2am.
If climbing up two-storey shophouses has you working up an appetite, kick back and relax at BERGS where you can order gourmet burgers that will leave you chuffed and stuffed.
BERGS, 10 Haji Lane, Singapore 189203. p. 6293 3424. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm.
With tables that stretch out to the main road and themed live music nights, Le Kue provides the quittensensial late-night Haji lane vibes that you just can’t get anywhere else.
Le Kue, 20 Haji Lane, Singapore 189213. p. 6291 4110. Open Tues-Fri 2pm-12am, Sat 11-12am, Sun 11am-11pm.
Good Luck Beerhouse
A jaunt down Haji Lane isn’t complete without grabbing a cold one at its only craft beer bar. With their huge selection of craft beer bottles and rotating beers on tap, Goodluck Beerhouse is bound to satiate even the pickiest tastebuds.
Good Luck Beerhouse, 9 Haji Lane, Singapore 189202. Open Mon-Sat 4pm-12am. Closed on Mon.
This peaceful sanctuary hidden in the heart of the CBD is where hippies and cool cats go to unwind with friends. We recommend going down on a Friday night to catch the live music acts.
Going OM, 63 Haji Lane, Singapore 189256. p. 6396 3592. Open Mon-Thurs 12pm-12am, Fri & Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12pm-12am.
Blu Jaz Café
A place that needs zero introduction, Blu Jaz Café has established itself as the go-to amongst jazz connoisseurs and hip bar-hoppers looking for great live music and drinks. You’ll also find underground parties here, pushing out sounds like hip-hop, reggaeton and even drum & bass.
Blu Jaz Cafe, 11 Bali Lane (off Haji Lane), Singapore 189848. p. 6292 3800/9823 9059. Open Mon-Thurs 12pm-1am, Fri 12pm-2am, Sat 3pm-2am. Closed on Sunday.
Haji Lane holds the honour of being the location of Tokyobike’s first and only Asian flagship store outside of Japan. Here, cycling enthusiasts – or those with an appreciation for beautiful design – can get their hands on the brand’s signature minimalist bikes. If you like what you see, you can even take one out for a test-run around the hood – although we think they’re way too pretty to be ridden.
Tokyobike, 38 Haji Lane, Singapore 189231, p. 6299 5048. Open Tue-Fri 1-8pm, Sat & Sun 12-8pm.
It’s perpetual summer on our sunny island, which means it’s practically swimsuit season all year-round, so it’s high-time you look the part! Pay a visit to Bellakini and check out their vast collection of swimsuits and bikinis, where there’s something for every body type.
Bella Kini, 69 Haji Lane, Singapore 189262. p. 6291 6128. Open 12-8pm.
Adding a dose of Scandi-chic to the colourful Haji Lane stretch is a multi label boutique that’s sure to appeal to design aficionados and domestic goddesses alike. Brimming with all kinds of crafty goodness, Mondays Off is veritable Aladdin’s cave where you can find home accents, tote bags, art prints, stationery, indie magazines, and even jams from GSH Conserves in one beautifully appointed shop space.
Mondays Off, 76 Haji Lane, Singapore 189269. Open Tue-Fri 12-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-8pm.
The sister shop of Modparade, Grammah is where you can shop for stylish vintage-inspired pieces, that will get you reminiscing the good old days of black and white TV and jukeboxes.
Grammah, 66 Haji Lane, Singapore 189259. p. 6299 0384. Open 12-8pm.
Chances are, you’ll be able to spot this shop from a mile away. Chic Fever’s telltale sign is its blue subaru at the display window, but you’re gonna have to head upstairs to find their actual retail space that stocks accessories and knick-knacks.
Chic Fever, 56A Haji Lane, Singapore 189249.
Cat lovers and Haji Lane regulars alike would know of this eclectic boutique where three of the most adorable feline residents call home. Ampang, Jack and Estee may just greet you as you enter (provided it’s not their nap time).
Dulcetfig, 41 Haji Lane, Singapore 189234. p. 6396 5648. Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm.
Dudes, don’t think you’re are left out from the shopping experience at Haji Lane. Trek upstairs (Ninos is at level two) to finds racks of fashion-forward menswear that range from casual to corporate.
Ninos Singapore, 44C Haji Lane, Singapore 189238. p. 6299 0944. Open 12-8pm.
Shield your peepers with exclusive sunnies and eyewear at Mujosh! Since it first opened its doors in 2010, Mujosh has attracted the attention of fashionistas and hipsters for their cutting-edge line of frames and shades.
Mujosh, 53 Haji Lane, Singapore 189246. p. 6293 5046. Open
The Korean beauty craze isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon, so why not stock up on sought-after skincare products at marked down prices? You’ll find brands like Innisfree and 3CE here.
TWC Company, 76A Haji Lane, Singapore 189269. Open Tues-Sun 1-7.30pm.
Hamzah Lucky Store
Its always nice to see something constant amidst the ever-changing Haji Lane landscape. A stalwart of Haji Lane, Hamzah offers Muslim garb such as abayas, hijabs and the like.
Hamzah Lucky Store, 57 Haji Lane, Singapore 189250. p. 6293 5351.
Life By Design
If you’ve ever wondered where you can get an ouija board (for whatever reason) in Singapore, then this would save you the Google search. Life by Design carries all kinds of items from the weird and wonderful world of tarot cards, séance guides and even a literal book of spells.
Life By Design, 43 Haji Lane, Singapore 189236. p. 6884 9968. Open Mon-Sun 12-10pm.
To be the hippest boutique on Haji Lane is a feat, but this fashion retailer may just take the top-tier spot in our books. Browse through their minimalist fashion and accessories that won’t break the bank.
Modparade, 68 Haji Lane, Singapore 189261. p. 6296 4166. Open Sun-Thurs 12-8pm, Fri & Sat 12-9pm.
SSFW, or Spring Summer Fall Winter, specialises in handmade arm candy for stylish peeps. Step into their boutique, and you can have your pick of one-of-a-kind accessories like gem stone jewellery and even home décor.
SSFW, 75 Haji Lane, Singapore 189268. p. 6293-3068. Open Sun-Thurs 12-8pm, Fri-Sat & Eve of PH 12-9pm.
Now here’s where eco-conscious hippies would feel right at home. Zhair Eco’s garments are all made from natural fabric, so if you’ve never given much thought to the environmental consequences of your clothes, here’s the best place to start.
Zhai Eco, 82 Haji Lane, Singapore 189272. p. 6396 6865. Open 11am-8pm.
Get yourself inked by the skilled tattoo artists over at this tattoo parlour. Here, masterpieces come to life in the form of body tattoos in different styles – think geometric, abstract and even avant-garde.
Visual Orgasm, 2 Haji Lane, Singapore 189195. p. 6336 5884. Open Mon-Sat 2pm-9pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.
Haji Lane isn’t just a collection of hipster cafes and eclectic boutiques – it’s got a store for your tougher, rough-housing tendencies too. Knockout Gear is the one-stop shop for all things MMA and Muay Thai-related, with fighting gloves, Muay Thai shorts, boxing oil and more.
Knockout Gear, 64 Haji Lane, Singapore 189257. p. 6297 7422. Open Mon-Sun 12-8pm.
The ‘A’ Street Barber Shop
Gents, don’t forget to leave Haji Lane looking dapper and sharp with a haircut and shave at the resident barber shop!
The ‘A’ Street Barber Shop, 53 Haji Lane, Singapore 189246. p. 9236 7036. Open 12-9pm.
99 Percent Hair Studio
We get it: trusting a hairstylist with a dye job, especially a bleach and dye job is pretty risky stuff. But when you’re in the trusty hands of the hair maestros at this hair studio, you’ll be strutting out of there looking like #hairgoals.
99 Percent Hair Studio, 40 Haji Lane, Singapore 189233. p. 6396 3667. Open Mon-Sat 11am-8.30pm, Sun & PH 11am-7.30pm.
The Nail Social
There’s more to this nail salon than meets the eye. While ladies can relax and pamper themselves with a well-deserved mani-pedi, The Nail Social is also committed to giving back to charities such as Beyond Social Services.
The Nail Social, 42A Haji Lane, Singapore 189235, p. 6717 3221. Open Tue-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm.