Your Local City Guides - The Little List

Edmund Tay
Daddy blogger, Singapore
Edmund started to detail his parenting adventures with his 3 kids back in 2007. Since then, Edunloaded.com has been nominated for the Best Family Blog in the Singapore Blog Awards for 3 years in a row. He is a speaker with local charity Focus on the Family and has worked with organizations like Shell and Julia Gabriel.

The Little List

Go beyond the air-conditioned malls and explore the eclectic neighbourhood of Bugis with its array of distinct shop houses and ethnic cuisine! Located in the heart of downtown Singapore, PARKROYAL on Beach Road is perfectly located for business travellers and families. For a jolly good time with your family, let Edmund show you the Top Ten things to do with kids in town!

Dapur Jen’s

Dapur Jen’s

Dapur Jen’s simply means Jen’s Kitchen in English. Opened by Jen and her Italian husband Franck, this restaurant offers great food at affordable prices. The soups and curries are simply flavourful and my personal favourite is the fried drumlets. Opening hours: 11am to 9pm daily.

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Sultan Mosque

Sultan Mosque

Sultan mosque, also known as Masjid Sultan, was built in 1824. It was proposed by Sultan Hussein himself and funded by the British East India Company. The present mosque was rebuilt in 1925 by Denis Santry, an architect from the British architecture firm of Swan & Maclaren.


Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam

PARKROYAL Beach Road is located within the historic old city, and visitors will find many shops, buildings and structures that truly add character to this civic district. With many vibrant refurbished buildings, one can easily imagine early life when walking along rows of conserved shop houses.


Blanco Court Prawn Noodles

Blanco Court Prawn Noodles

If you are visiting Singapore for the first time, you have got to experience some of Singapore’s prawn noodles. The Blanco Court Prawn Noodles store located just opposite PARKROYAL Beach Road gets the “Thumbs up” from the locals as well. Expect long queues during lunch, so avoid going to the store from between 12-1pm. Opening hours: 7am to 4pm daily / Closed on Tuesdays.

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Sim Lim Square

Sim Lim Square

This is the electronics capital of Singapore and just a stone’s throw away from Bugis Square, this is where locals and tourist alike go to find the latest in electronics. For tourists, do be aware of prices before you head in, as Sim Lim is also the “Lions den” when it comes to exorbitant pricing, so this is not the place to browse!

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Istana Kampong Glam

Istana Kampong Glam

Built by Sultan Hussein Shah, this is the original palace of the Sultan of Singapore. Interesting fact: Sultan Hussein signed Singapore away to the British Government in 1819 and this house was given to him by the British (East India Company).


Arab Street

Arab Street

Owned by an Arab Merchant and located at the site of an Arab Kampong, this street is definitely an interesting enclave. Discover shops selling textiles, carpets and other interesting cafes, as you walk around this part of historic Singapore.


Haji Lane

Haji Lane

Located just opposite PARKROYAL Road Beach, this lane offers trendy young fashion pieces from local designers. If you like the street shopping in Korea and Taiwan, you will love what you can find along this street. You never know what to expect in Haji Lane; you might just stumble unto a sale and get a great bargain at these shops.


Bugis Street

Bugis Street

Venturing a bit further down the streets, you will find Bugis. This street has been transformed into another young trendy shopping market. From shopping malls to small little shops, this street offers much in variety. As a predominantly Chinese area, one can also find temples and other Chinese delicacies in this area.


Quaint Cafes

Quaint Cafes

Instead of the franchised restaurants that you find in Orchard Road, here you will find quaint cafes with authentic Middle Eastern fare that will satisfy your palate. This is also a popular area for sisha pipes, where flavoured tobacco is smoked via a long pipe connected to a vessel filled with water.