Arab Street

Arab Street, Arab St, Singapore

Arab Street (Chinese: 阿拉伯街) was the name of a road and neighbourhood in Singapore. There are two explanations behind the name. The first one is that the area was owned by an Arab merchant, Syed Ali bin Mohamed Al Junied and that it was the site of an Arab kampong, hence the name Arab Street. The Chinese referred the street as jiau a koi Javanese, in the view of the Javanese who used to be the majority inhabitants of the area. Spices, textiles, basketry items and songkoks are sold along this row of shophouses with five-foot way at Arab Street. In Tamil, Arab Street is known as pukadai sadkku (flower shops street), because of shops selling homegrown flowers, lime and other goods sold by Javanese women. In 1889, a huge fire occurred.

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Arab Street

After filling your belly, make your way over to Arab Street, also known as Kampong Glam, for a relaxing night of hookah and tea. Arab Street is known for its shopping during the day and its many restaurants, bars, and nightlife at night. Make sure to try some Teh tarik (pulled tea) at a local tea shop. Pulled tea is made with black tea and condensed or evaporated milk. The mixture is then "pulled" or poured back and forth between two glasses in order to create its frothy top, cool the drink to a drinkable temperature, and aerate the drink for better flavor.