Guide to Kampong Glam: Jocelyn Chia on the best foods, attractions, and hidden gems in the neighbourhood

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There’s just no way you won’t have any fun in Kampong Glam. The charming neighborhood is doused with a myriad of old-new shops, local eateries, and steeped in Malay heritage. But apart from historical mosques (that are common sites of attraction) and seriously good nasi padang, lies a slew of narrow lanes that offer something different at every nook and cranny. In fact, it’s where Singaporean comedian Jocelyn Chia did her first standup, and now she’s a mainstay in New York where she lives.

During her recent (and rare) visit to Singapore, Chia took us around her favourite hideout — where she managed to eat her facial, a meal made out of chocolate, and well, her own face. Everything will make better sense once you’ve watched the video above, we promise.


1. Good Luck Provisions
12 Haji Lane

2. J Studios
31 Haji Lane
Tel: 9182 8565

3. Maison Ikkoku
20 Kandahar Street
Tel: 6294 0078

4. Blu Jaz Cafe
11 Bali Lane
Tel: 9199 0610

5. Selfie Coffee
11 Haji Lane
Tel: 6341 7213

6. Bugis Street

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Lifestyle Editor: Janice Sim
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