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Chinatown ist ein Stadtteil von Singapur.


Map of Chinatown


Die größte Aktraktion von Chinatown ist die Stadt selbst, überall findet man kleine Geschäfte welche allerlei Dinge verkaufen von kleinen Plastik Buddas bis hin zu getrockneten Seepferdchen. Es lohnt sich einfach herum zu laufen und die Gegend zu erkunden!

  • Chinatown Heritage Centre. 48 Pagoda St, [7]. An excellent museum chronicling how Chinatown came to be and the privation suffered by early migrants. Admission charges S$8 (adult) S$4.80 (child); the centre is on the left if you walk straight from the Pagoda St MRT exit.
  • Sri Mariamman Temple. 244 South Bridge Rd. Singapore's oldest and most important Hindu temple and worth a visit for the intricately carved gopuram (statuary above the entrance). Entrance is free, just take off your shoes and don't disturb the worshipers.


Die wahrscheinlich mühsamste Aktivität in Chinatown ist das Meiden von Schneidern, die ihre Arbeit anpreisen; was übrigens illegal ist und der Polizei gemeldet werden kann.

  • Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble, [1]. Das Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble treibt kontinuierlich die free expression in Singapore voran.Vorführungen im Attic (21 Tanjong Pagar Rd, 4F) und im Theatrette (17A Smith St).




Zwei gute "Jagdgründe" nach günstigem Essen sind Smith Street, eine Reihe ausgefallener Essensstände mit dem besten Ambiente und anständigem Essen, und Maxwell Centre in 2 Murray Straße, direkt über der Straße und ein paar Minuten zu Fuß von der MRT Haltestelle Tanjong Pagar. Die meisten Gerichte in diesen beiden Orten kosten weniger als $5, obwohl Meeresfrüchte und Fisch deutlich teurer sein können. Die meisten Stände in Smith Street sind nur zum Abendessen geöffnet, während die im Maxwell Centre 24 Stunden geöffnet sind..

  • Ah Balling Peanut Soup, Smith St. Top off your meal with a bowl of Chinese peanut soup and rice balls (filled with your choice of peanut, sesame, yam or red bean paste) for S$1.50.
  • Akbar Restaurant, 2 Lim Teck Kim Rd. At the southernmost tip of Tanjong Pagar, this busy but friendly 24-hour coffeeshop (don't be fooled by the name) serves up a wide variety of Malay and Muslim Indian food, with the roti prata being the star of the menu. Most everything costs less than $5.
  • Da Dong, 39 Smith St. The dim sum in the restaurant inside are only mediocre, but the best eats here are the steamed buns (bao) from the stall outside. Most bao are 60-80 cents, but the aptly named Big Bao (S$2.50) stuffed with chicken, mushrooms, sausage and more is a meal in itself.
  • Day & Night Herbal Soup, Maxwell Centre #01-12. This is the place to try out the Chinese herbs sold by medicine shops nearby. If pig brain soup (S$5) is too Fear Factor-y, try the milder six flavour chicken (S$6), good for whatever ails you.
  • Mei Hong Yuen, 67 Temple St. Specializes in Chinese desserts, notable a whole range of soups and puddings. Try the mango pudding (S$3), which comes with chunks of fresh mango plus sprinkles of pomelo, tapioca and ice.
  • Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha, 7 Keppel Rd #01-05/07 PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex (At the edge of the Port of Singapore, near the KTM railway station). Closed Mondays. Popular bak kut teh specialist serving light, peppery Teochew-style pork rib soup. Figure on $10 for two.
  • Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Maxwell Centre #01-10. Described by the New York Times as a "chicken rice shrine", this humble stall is considered by many as the best in Singapore and is easily distinguished from its many imitators by the long queue snaking in front. Meltingly soft chicken rice $3, and don't forget to try their trademark chili sauce. Open 11 AM to 8 PM daily except Monday, but often sells out earlier.
  • Tong Heng, 285 South Bridge Road, [2]. Chinese bakery famed for its freshly-baked egg tarts (S$1), best washed down with a bottle of water chestnut juice. Tong Heng now has many other outlets, including one at Changi Airport, but this is the original.
  • Zhen Zhen Porridge, Maxwell Centre #01-54. Open 6 AM until it sells out (noon-ish) daily except Tuesday. Famous not so much for their rice porridge (from S$2.20) as for their raw fish salad (from S$2), served up with spring onion, sesame, ginger, garlic and a drizzle of lime. Prepare to queue.


  • Fatty Ox Hong Kong Roast Duck, 10 Murray Terrace. Open for lunch and dinner daily except Wednesday. Aside from the obvious roast duck (half/whole $16/32, or dishes with duck $8-10), this restaurant is also known for its claypot dishes and its daily-changing Chinese soups. The $5 lunches are good value, but even at dinner $20 for two is plenty..
  • Mee Doo, 26 Tanjong Pagar Road. Swish-looking two-floor Korean eatery that offers both expensive bulgogi barbeques and more reasonably priced rice and noodle dishes. Try the dolsot bibimbap (rice with toppings in a sizzling stone bowl) S$9/14 lunch/dinner.
  • OK Yong Tau Foo, 33 Mosque St. Specializes in homemade Hakka-style yong tau foo, basically all sorts of tofu products in broth. Pick your own ingredients, choose a noodle type to go with it, and the staff will do the rest. Sounds simple, and so is the sparse decoration of this overgrown hawker stall (no air con), but the taste is heavenly and the queues at lunchtime formidable. Expect to pay around $10 a bowl (3 times the going price elsewhere). Note that the food is not vegetarian (the broth has meat) and many of the ingredients contain fish or mysterious pig parts, so ask if unsure.
  • Qun Zhong Eating House, 21 Neil Rd. Well-known for its dumplings, above all the Beijing-style jiaozi, but the Shanghai-style xiao long bao aren't bad either. Large servings around $9, closed Wednesdays.
  • Soup Restaurant, 25 Smith St (franchises in Suntec City, Jurong Point, Changi Airport). Offers not only excellent soup, but plenty of traditional Singaporean Chinese fare as well including their trademark samsui chicken (slow-boiled chicken eaten wrapped in lettuce with garlic sauce). Eat a Chinatown Heritage Course ($50 for two) for lunch and take the leftovers home for dinner.


  • Da Paolo, 80 Club St, 62247081. Open daily for lunch and dinner (reservations recommended on weekends). An authentic and popular Italian restaurant known for its home-made pasta. Expect to pay around $50 a head for a full meal.
  • Korea Garden, 34 Tanjong Pagar Rd, 62217153. The decor is grungy, staff are harried and prices are steep, but the place is often packed with Korean expats hankering for authentic home cooking. Appetizers from S$10, mains from S$15 and throw in a bottle of ''soju'' for S$25.




  • A Travellers Rest-Stop, 5 Teck Lim Road, 62254812, [3]. No lockout/curfew. Dorms, doubles/twins. A/C. Internet, laundry, left luggage, kitchen.


  • Hotel 1929, 50 Keong Saik Rd (Outram Park MRT), +6663471929, [4]. TIME Asia's Boutique Hotel of the Year in 2004, this renovated super-stylish shophouse is best known for its extraordinary collection of chairs. All mod cons including free broadband internet in every room, but the 'superior' rooms are tiny and steeply priced at S$110; you might want to consider splurging S$180 for one of the rooftop suites complete with outdoor hot tub.


  • The Scarlet, 33 Erskine Rd, +6666511333, [5]. Beyond mere boutiqueness, this "personality hotel" in a stretch of converted shophouses is stuffed with more red plush and gold trim than a Parisian boudoir and does its best to encourage all 7 deadly sins with restaurant Desire, bar Bold, spa Sanctum and gym Flaunt. Rooms are small but comfortable, good location right next to Maxwell Food Centre and the heart of Chinatown. S$145.
  • M Hotel, 81 Anson Rd (Tanjong Pagar MR), +6664216120, [6]. Stylish business hotel in the commercial heart of Tanjong Pagar, a short walk from Club St. S$200.



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