Location / Nearby Toko Aljunied
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My favorite shop in Singapore
A nice day of shopping ( & learning) along Arab Street - Shop owners are so nice that it’s like meeting old friends!!!
After 3 stops, we alighted at Jalan Besar Station & exit going to Weld Road. If you dislike the heat and humidity walking the streets of Singapore, just take a taxi or Grab (ride-sharing).
We noticed, as we ambled along the midday heat, Arab Street is also the location of some buses going to Malaysia and that the city-nation is really small. We saw the same tall buildings from our hotel vantage point earlier!
Arab Street is dotted with shops that sells various goods from Malaysia, Indonesia, the Middle East, Morocco as well as other countries with, well, Arabic influence. And, if you’re shopping for ‘batik’ goods, this is the place to be.
At the corner of Arab Street & North Bridge Road, you’ll see a glimpse of the big Masjid Sultan Mosque whose main entrance is actually along the next block-- Muscat Street.
Toko Aljunied is a small shop nestled among other stores selling similar batik fabrics and other souvenirs. We had been directed in the area by a store owner that sold cheaper fabrics when we asked for a ‘batik’ design similar to one used by Singapore Airlines stewardesses.
The store has a small façade but rather deep & filled with goods. What amazed us were the design and quality of the ‘batik’ fabrics or, was it just because of good lighting throughout.
The prices, specially the ‘batik shirts’ were a bit higher than the first store we had inquired from. But the owner, who I later learned had their roots in Yemen, patiently explained that the ‘batik’ fabrics they sell used better dyes imported from Germany and that the fabrics won’t stiffen and, most importantly, the designs won’t fade even after several washings.
The owner and his beautiful wife were so patient to look up the correct fit for my shirt while trying their best to answer our many questions about some of the items they sell.
They even sold honey imported from their hometown in Yemen and even shared a brief story -as well as pictures- how their family had started the business in that part of Singapore --when the country was still part of Malaysia.
Overall, I would gladly recommend to visit this quaint shop if looking for anything “batik’ while in SG. Not only there was absolutely no pressure to buy but the owners will also make sure that you get what you really like – in the correct size, fit and how much you need (in case of fabrics).
A simple trip to buy ‘batik’ fabric for a brother back home had turned out to be a special day as well as a brief lesson in the city-nation’s history.
Lady attended to us - even though I did not buy anything, she displays total patience, professionalism and was very very helpful
I probably come again next time but trust me - service is tip top n non racist
House of Batik - great choice and quality
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