Singapore's famed Pasar Malam (or night markets in local language), are the ideal places to shop, eat, and have an authentic local experience. Scroll below to read more about the best night markets in Singapore that you should not miss.
1. 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.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Location: 3 New Bugis Street
2. Chinatown Street MarketChinatowns, 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 the market 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 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.
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
3. Lau Pa SatWhy cook ready-to-eat noodles to satiate your midnight hunger when you can head over to Lau Pa Sat, a 24/7 food night market for all kinds of cuisines to hog on. Surrounded by the tallest skyscrapers in the central part of the city, this market sets the right mood for midnight munchies. Choose from a wide range of dishes available at reasonable prices like chilli crabs, noodles, Hainanese chicken and rice. Different stalls have different opening and closing timings, but you are sure to catch many open at any time of the day.
Notable food stalls are Power Puffs (for several varieties of puffs), Kopitiam (for desserts), Mohamed Restaurant (for lip-smacking roti prata). Lau Pa Sat is the place to be for one of the best nightlife experiences in Singapore. Great food, chilled beers, and sublime views.
Timings: Open 24/7
Location: 18 Raffles Quay
4. Geylang Serai Ramadan BazaarOpen only during the holy month of Ramadan, Geylang Serai is a traditional market with goods and cuisines of Malay and Hari Raya culture. The 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. But 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.
Timings: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Location: 1 Geylang Serai, Geylang
5. Little India ArcadeLike a home away from home for Indians, Little India is a place 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.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Location: Number 02-07, 48 Serangoon Road, Rochor
6. Tekka Center
Formerly known as the Tekka Pasar, this night market in Singapore started in the year 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 which, you would 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.
Timings: 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Location: Bukit Timah Road
7. China Square Central Flea MarketThis Sunday shopping attraction 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, Sri Mariamman Temple and the Thian Hong Keng Temple.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Sunday
Location: 18 Cross Street
8. 409 AMK Market And Food Centre
This night market in Singapore looks like a mall, but a lot more reasonable. 409 Ang Mo Kio is a shopping complex as well as a food hub for the food lovers in the city. With a range of sizzling local cuisine, 409 AMK is a definite list if you want to take a bite from the Singaporean food culture. Although food is the main attraction here, there are various stalls and stores for apparels on sale.
Timings: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: 409 Ang Mo Kio (AMK) Avenue 10
9. The Shoppes at Marina Bay SandsOne of the top luxury focal points of Singapore, Marina Bay Sands houses dozens of stores for your perfect late-night shopping spree. From rich collections of international and local brands to affordable yet chic collections spread across five levels, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands hosts them all! Most stores here function close to midnight, some of which are; Armani, Chanel, Charles and Keith, G-Shock, Polo, Tiffany and Co., Gucci, Venchi and lots more. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands also offers tons of eateries on almost every level, that would undoubtedly seal the deal!
Sunday to Thursday - 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday and Saturday - 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Locations: 10 Bayfront Avenue
10. Bazaar KaratBazaar Karat is an open-air shopping joint, with numerous clothing, accessories and food stalls and is just 20 kms from Singapore. This night market is situated in the streets of Jalan Segget and may appear to be tiring and not so conducive under changing weathers. However, it does gravitate tons of shopaholics longing for the street-shopping vibe. With its pocket-friendly prices and exciting products on display, the mood may not be there in a typical mall.
Timings:Have a night time slot vacant in your itinerary? Go on a shopping spree at these night markets in Singapore.
Monday to Friday - 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Thursday to Sunday - 7:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Location: 26, 20, Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia