Sago St, Pagoda St, Trengganu St
From rare antiques to traditional goodies like Bak Kwa, the bustling enclave of Chinatown is where you get to check off all your must-buy souvenirs before you head home. Some of these streets that you should never miss include Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Lane, Smith Street and Temple Street.
As you browse through a myriad of locally-themed items at the stalls, remember to check out some of the best tacky postcards, tea towels, punny pouches and tote bags! Tea lovers may want to make a stop at Enjoy Tea along Sago Street which offers tea demonstrations and tasting sessions. While you’re at it, you can also purchase one of their tea sets if you fancy!
Head over to Peranakan Tiles Gallery and be awed by some of the most beautiful tiles you can find. These tiles are prominently displayed in most shophouses in Singapore. If you have fallen in love with the shophouses during your stay with us, why not bring a piece of the shophouse home as a souvenir?
What about traditional Chinese fabrics and herbs? Yue Hwa, another landmark building at Eu Tong Sen Road has some of the most reasonably-priced quality Chinese products. Sometimes, you can also expect seasonal promotions around the time of Lunar New Year, so our advice for you is to plan ahead for your trip! Along the street, you may also come across Bak Kwa (肉干) which is a type of sweet, smoky pork jerky that is absolutely loved by the local Chinese. Being an important festive snack, its popularity always peaks during Chinese New Year. You can easily try one of the samples at any of these shops, and if you like one, don’t hesitate to buy some back to snack on.