Top 8 Things To Do in Bugis
Point of reference: Ace Balestier
8 minutes by car, 40 minute walk, 30 minutes by train,
Point of reference: Ace Sims Avenue
12 minutes by car, 1 hour walk, 40 minutes by train
Bugis has always been known for its shopping however there are many cafes, picturesque architecture, and activities that tourists may enjoy. In addition to this, the famous street, Haji Lane is also a few steps away from Bugis. Here are the top things to see and do:
1. Bugis Street Market
Address: 4 Bugis Street
Opening hours: 11:00AM to 10:00PM on weekdays and 11:00AM to 11:00PM
With over 800 stalls, this is one of the biggest shopping places in Singapore. This is highly recommended for those who are looking for clothes, shoes, accessories, souvenirs, cosmetics, and the like at a bargain. Aside from shopping, there are also stalls that sell street food. Some of their delicious street food includes yakitori sticks, crepe, salted egg chicken, egg tarts, and other interesting delicacies.
2. Blue Jaz Cafe
Address: 11 Bali Lane
Opening hours: 12:00PM to 1:00AM (later on weekends)
This is a three-story restaurant/pub that showcases jazz artists, DJ’s, live bands, and other acts (depending on the day). The artsy interiors and ambience of this place is what attracts tourists to visit this café. In fact, their ground floor is where people may chill and enjoy al fresco dining. Their buffalo wings is a must try.
3. Hood Bar and Cafe
Address: 201 Victoria Street Bugis+ #05-07, Singapore 188067
Opening Hours: 5:30PM to 1:00AM
The concept of this place is similar to Hard Rock café wherein different live bands perform every night. This place is home to local musicians— definitely a good avenue for them to showcase their talents. In fact, audience members may join them on stage which makes it even more fun. Their seafood aglio olio spaghetti with XO sauce is a must try.
4. Albert Centre market and food centre
Address: 270 Queen Street, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 6:00am – 09:30pm
This hawker consists of many food stalls serving different types of cuisine and also authentic local food. Some of their must try stalls are Traditional Wanton Noodle, Wanton Mee, Yong Tau Foo, Tong Fong Fatt, Penang Fried Kway Teow, Fortune Food, and many more.
5. Fortune Telling
There are many fortune telling booths along Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple. However, there are many types of fortunetellers such as feng shui masters, tarot card readers, palm readers, and the like. It really depends on the person’s preference on how he or she wants to be read. Although everything should be taken with a grain of salt, this is still something worth experiencing. Minimum cost per reading is about 10 sgd.
6. Sim Lim Square
Address: 1 Rochor Canal Road, Singapore 188504
Opening Hours: 10:30AM to 11:00PM
This six-story mall is packed with all kinds of electronics such as laptops, mobile phones, cameras, tablets, television, and etc. Most gadgets sold here are inexpensive and sometimes people may haggle. Although, not all stalls sell products with warranty therefore you have to be smart with your purchases.
7. Kuan Yin Thong Hood Cho Temple
Address: 178 Waterloo
Opening Hours: 6:00AM to 6:00PM
This temple is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin. This beautiful temple is one of oldest structures in Singapore which was built back in 1884—pre World War II. This is where wishes are believed to be granted. This temple is always packed especially during the eve of Chinese New Year.
8. Bugis+ Mall
Address: 201 Victoria Street
Opening Hours: 10:00AM to 10:00 PM
This 10-storey mall consists of international brands such as Bershka, Uniqlo, Pull & Bear, and many more. In addition to this, Singapore’s first dog petting café called, “We are the Furballs” can be found there as well. In case shoppers get hungry, they have a variety of restaurants such as Coco Ichibanya, Genki Sushi, Yayoi, Wing Zone, and etc.