Singapore boasts of amazing night markets! Singapore’s famed Pasar Malam (or night markets in local language), are the ideal places to shop, eat, and have an authentic local experience. Here are the 12 best night markets in Singapore that you should not miss –
1. Bugis Night Market (Bugis Street)
Bargain hunters’ paradise, Bugis Street is one of the best night markets of Singapore where you’ll find all kinds of trinkets at a dirt-cheap price. There are over 800 shops crammed in a compact space selling all types of products – shirts, t-shirts, ladies tops, jeans, watches, perfumes, footwear, bags, souvenirs, phone covers, stationery, home decor, and more. You could get products for as low as SGD 1, just that you will have to up your bargain game. And if all the shopping is making you hungry, don’t worry! Bugis Street has got you covered. Restaurants and food vendors are spread all over the place, selling fresh juices, fried snacks, authentic Singaporean cuisine, and more. Behind the market, head over to Albert Center, a large cafeteria selling full-fledged meals from SGD 3. If you are looking for something sophisticated, there are fine dining restaurants and cafes open till late just outside the market in Bugis.
Known for: Clothing, Electronics, Souvenirs, Accessories
Timings: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Location: 3 New Bugis Street
Nearest MRT Station: Bugis MRT Station
2. Chinatown Street Market
Chinatowns, all over the world, have something unique for tourists and locals alike. In Singapore, it is the Chinatown street market. Though this is one of the few night markets in Singapore that are open throughout the day, the best time to visit is after dusk. The incredibly bright lights make the place both alluring and Instagram worthy. You will find all kinds of Chinese goods at this place, from authentic Chinese art to second-hand Chinese cell phones. There’s only one rule- haggle all you can!
When at the Chinatown Street Market, don’t forget to grab the mouthwatering crispy duck and hog on freshly prepared dim sums which are especially famous in the market. There’s a designated food street on Smith Street for all kinds of eateries. Even if you don’t wish to purchase anything, just a stroll in the market during the night time would be worth the experience.
Known for: Clothing, Handicraft, Homeware, Souvenirs, Street Food
Timings: 8:30 AM to midnight. The shops might close around 9:00 PM but the food stalls are open till late.
Location: Terengganu Street, Outram
Nearest MRT Station: Chinatown MRT. Head towards Exit A
3. Little India Arcade
Like a home away from home for Indians, Little India is located in the heart of Singapore. This place is where you’ll see a lot of Indians residing and working. From authentic Indian restaurants, hotels, temples, and mosques to markets selling authentic Indian goods, Little India has it all. In Little India Arcade, you would find traditional Indian wear, herbs, Indian cuisine, Indian spices, and henna tattoo parlours. Little India is a perfect cross-cultural patronage that Singapore offers.
Known for: Indian Clothing, Accessories, Fabrics, Homeware, Herbs & Spices
Timings: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Location: Number 02-07, 48 Serangoon Road, Rochor
Nearest MRT Station: Little India MRT Station
4. Tekka Center
Formerly known as the Tekka Pasar, this night market of Singapore started in 1915. Today, Tekka Center has become the landmark of Little India, with its multi-cultural varieties of food, clothing, accessories and more. The plaza would invite you with an array of stalls hawking jewellery, accessories, precious stones and the like. After shopping, enter the dining area on the ground floor, soaking in aromas of traditional Indian, Chinese, Malay and Sri Lankan cuisines especially seafood. The first floor is the wet market selling a massive variety of seafood, fruits and vegetables. Further on, the second floor is the central shopping zone, with collections of Indian and traditional trends on sale.
Known for: Hawker Centre Food, Clothing
Timings: 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Location: Bukit Timah Road
Nearest MRT Station: Little India MRT Station
5. China Square Central Flea Market
This Sunday shopping market in Singapore gravitates shopaholics and tourists with its various items like vintage souvenirs, clothing, food to toys, accessories and as the name suggests, loads of Chinaware. Although budgeted prices, it is advisable to negotiate and purchase with finesse, especially if you are a tourist. Engulfing the flea market are other fascinating places you could drop by. Some of them are the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple and the Thian Hong Keng Temple.
Known for: Vintage chinese items, Antiques, Artworks, Toys, Books
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Sunday
Location: 18 Cross Street
Nearest MRT Station: Chinatown MRT Station
6. Katong Square Lifestyle And Vintage Market
The market for all vintage collectors, Katong Square Lifestyle And Vintage Market is set up multiple times a year at Katong Square in Singapore. It is no doubt the one true blue night market of Singapore, famous for its numerous booths that sell all things vintage- from watches and jewellery to haute couture and vinyl records. This night market pops up multiple times a year, and items are sold at a 50% discount on the marked price! Well known pop-ups at the market are also plenty, including The Retro Factory, Memory Lane and The Great Vinyl Exchange; while options for entertainment are also numerous here, in the form of old school DJs and local bands who never fail to engage the audience in an electrifying performance. After a long day of shopping, you can gorge on the katong laksa or kaya toast that is served here to end an eventful day on a perfect note!
Known for: Vintage items, Clothing, Accessories,
Timings: 7:30 AM – 12:00 AM, multiple times a year
Location: 86-88 E, Coast Road
Nearest MRT Station: CC Dakota MRT Station
7. Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar
Open only during the holy month of Ramadan, Geylang Serai is a traditional market with goods and cuisines of Malay and Hari Raya culture. This night market in Singapore is full of authentic Muslim and Indian delicacies, the best in the town. When compared to the 1990s, the market in the present time is said to be all commercialized and selling newer and more modern products. If you have a knack for Mughlai cuisines and Halal products, head over to Geylang Serai during the month of Ramadan. Try reaching a bit early as the market tends to get crowded as night falls.
Known for: Food, Clothing, Accessories, Rides, Carnival Games
Timings: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Location: 1 Geylang Serai, Geylang
Nearest MRT Station: Paya Lebar MRT station
8. Night Vegetable Market
This unique open-air vegetable night market in Singapore has only newly opened, but gained great popularity for itself over the past few years because of its unique ‘industrial estate by day, vegetable market by night’ concept. Truckloads of fresh produce come here every day from Malaysia, and hawkers start to arrive at around 10:00 PM to unload and sort out the goods. From chilis to lotus stem and cabbages, you will find a huge variety of vegetables being sold here at really low prices. However, since the market is frequented by restaurant owners and hawkers, goods are sold only in bulk, and only some hawkers would be willing to sell their produce to a homeowner in a small quantity.
Timings: 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM
Location: The vegetable market is located at the carpark along Ubi Avenue 3, right between The Frontier and industrial blocks 3005 to 3014.
Have a night time slot vacant in your itinerary? Go on a shopping spree at these night markets in Singapore.