Moving to Kampong Glam, made easy

Get housing costs, school ratings, safety rankings, walkability scores,
and more with our ultimate Kampong Glam guide.

Steeped in history, today Kampong Glam is a trendy place to live, dine, and shop.

Good For
  • Couples without kids
  • Creatives
  • Professionals
  • Singles


What's around
  • 665 Restaurants
  • 15 Grocery stores/markets
  • 6 Banks
  • 129 Nightlife options
  • 32 Fitness options
  • 606 Shops




Kampong Glam has an above average crime rate for Singapore.


Originally a fishing village, Kampong Glam is an ethnic district steeped in Malay-Arab history. “Kampong” is a Malay word meaning “village”, and “Glam” is a reference to the “gelam” tree (or Paperbark tree) that grew indigenously in the area back in the day. In 1822, Kampong Glam was allocated to the Sultan Hussain Mohammed Shah and others in the Muslim community, including Arab and Bugis traders, and eventually became a bustling business quarter.

Today, Kampong Glam is identified by the historic shophouses that have been carefully conserved in their original forms. With a rich history, diverse blend of cultures and a trendy lifestyle vibe, old trade houses are now home to a range of modern businesses.

Shopaholics will be excited by the independent clothing stores and trinket stores that line the streets. Carpet and fabric stores are abundant for those searching for that little ethnic touch for home living. Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon at one of a number of hipster cafes in the area, or be spoiled for choice for bars and restaurants when the sun goes down. The area holds much character, complete with pockets of graffiti walls (unheard of in Singapore!) that call for mandatory Instagram photos.

In recent years, Kampong Glam has slowly evolved from being a historical and commercial zone to encompassing more residential developments. Several local Housing Development Board estates (or HDBs, which are government-subsidised estates) surround the area, with more modern condominium complexes being developed in the vicinity due to its close proximity to the city centre. This residents in this area are made up mostly of creatives and artists attracted to the indie vibes, families living in the local estates, and more singles, couples and young professionals trickling in with the new condominiums.

Kampong Glam is bordered on the north by Lavender, on the east by Crawford, on the south by City Hall and Bugis, and on the west by Victoria and Sungei Road.


CBD: 3 km / 10-25 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit
Changi Business Park: 15.9 km / 15-25 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit
Jurong International Business Park: 15.2 km / 20-40 minutes by car / 55-70 minutes by transit
One North Buona Vista: 11 km / 20-40 minutes by car / 35-40 minutes by transit
Tuas: 34 km / 40-60 minutes by car / 110 minutes by transit

Kampong Glam Singapore Neighborhood Photo


Local Flavor   Kampong Glam Local Flavor

Blu Jaz Cafe

A live music bar with a great ambience that offers both food and drinks. Usually packed out on the weekends, Blu Jaz hosts different music events every month including DJs, open mic nights, and especially Jazz bands.

Golden Mile Complex
Golden Mile Complex 5001 BEACH ROAD, SINGAPORE 199588 MAP

Known as the “Little Thailand” of Singapore, Golden Mile Complex is an aged commercial and residential property located on Beach Road. Home to a number of Thai eateries, supermarkets, and KTV clubs, you can find your favorite authentic Thai produce (yes, that means Chang beer too) and dishes to satiate your cravings.

Malay Heritage Centre
Malay Heritage Centre 85 SULTAN GATE, SINGAPORE 198501 MAP

Originally built more than 150 years ago by Sultan Ali, the son of Sultan Hussein Shah, the building was once known as the Istana (Malay for “palace) Kampong Glam. After careful restoration, the Malay Heritage Centre now houses exhibitions and galleries showcasing Malay heritage and culture in Singapore.

Piedra Negra
Piedra Negra 241 BEACH RD, SINGAPORE 189753 MAP

This bustling joint is a crowd favorite for Mexican cuisine. Occasionally, this place also organizes awesome street parties where food, drinks, music, and crowds overflow to the streets outside and promises a fun-filled evening.

Sultan Mosque

An iconic landmark in the Kampong Glam district, the Sultan Mosque has a long history dating back to 1824. With a prayer hall that can accommodate up to 5,000 people in mass prayer, this is one of the most impressive religious establishments in Singapore. The mosque is open for visits and guides are available in several languages.

Bar Stories
Bar Stories 55-57A HAJI LANE, SINGAPORE 189248 MAP

Bespoke cocktail bar hidden away on level 2 of an old shophouse on Arab street, this bar has a “no-menu” policy and insists on surprising guests with tipples to match their mood and tastes for the day.

Move here from anywhere.

Get free quotes from awesome international movers.
Compare all your quotes in one place. Book the right mover for you.

You might also like...
Or get personalized neighborhood recommendations from our Neighborhood Explorer
have anything to add? Are you a local expert? We're always looking for the best intel on neighborhoods, so send us a message if you have any tips
Desktop Version

© 2021 GoodMigrations LLC. All rights reserved.

The GoodMigrations logo and the Cost/Time/Condition metric are service marks of GoodMigrations LLC. Terms  Privacy Policy