Good Places to Find Affordable Food & Clothing for a Muslim Expat Living in Singapore

Singapore has been the forefront of good economic growth and high standard of living. It owes part of its strong economic growth to foreigners who come here to work. From construction workers, foreign domestic helpers to employees, managers, executives and directors in small medium enterprises(SME) and multinational corporations(MNCs), foreigners have been a huge contributing factor to Singapore’s growth.

Therefore, if you are a Muslim professional aspiring to work overseas and increase your portfolio credentials, Singapore is definitely one place you should consider. But of course, before you head on over here to live and work as an expat, you need to know where you can find some of the best Halal and Muslim friendly places to eat and shop in Singapore.

Sultan Mosque Area

The Sultan Mosque is the oldest mosque in Singapore and has been around since the 19th century. It went through a reconstruction in the early 20th century but still maintained its historical and Islamic roots.

The area around the Sultan mosque is packed with loads of Halal and Muslim friendly eateries and places to shop. Many of them come at affordable prices and due to the sheer volume of places, you are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the best ones.

Just beside the the back entrance of the mosque is Rumah Makan Minang, a Halal eatery that serves up some of the best and most authentic Malay dishes. If you walk further down, you will be greeted with a wide array of shops selling Mediterannean dishes as well as some of the best Muslim fashion ware like nice hijab style, abaya designs, jubah, baju kurongs and even clothing accessories and  fragrances like oudh and attar. If you venture even further down Bussorah Street and Kandahar Street, you will see even more Halal eateries like Kampong Glam Cafe and other fashion shops.

Geylang Serai Market

The next area any Muslim expat should visit to dine and shop at is the Geylang Serai Market. This location has been rooted in the history of the Muslim community of Singapore since the 1960s and is still a favorite hotspot for many local and foreign Muslims till today.

This place is famous for its Halal shops lining up the second floor of the hawker centre. You can find literally all kinds of Halal food from Malay, Indian, Middle Eastern and even Chinese dishes. Once you are done eating, you can head on over to the vast array of shops selling all kinds of Muslim fashion ware, located just beside the hawker centre. All the food and clothings found at the Geylang Serai Market come at affordable prices and at the best quality.

Local Based Online Halal Guides & Muslim Fashion Shop

The next option is a convenient one for Muslim expats who are tech savvy and prefer to find out more about Halal food and Muslim friendly fashion online. There are numerous local based online Halal guides and Muslim fashion shops that offer some of the most updated curated content with some even allowing direct bookings or purchases from their websites.

Two such examples of these are HalalGo & HijabDressUp. HalalGo is an online guide for Muslim conscious travelers, offering some of the best content on Halal food and Muslim friendly hotels and places in Singapore and many more cities. On the other hand, HijabDressUp, offers some of the best Muslimah fashion ware from affordable hijab style, trendy jubahs, affordable abaya designs, elegant jilbab to even affordable burkini swimwear.


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