geylang serai ramadan bazaar
The thing I love about Singapore is the union of various multiracial groups.

Everywhere in the world, Muslims are celebrating Ramadan. Right here in the little red dot, we have the yearly Ramadan Bazaars where Muslims can visit after breaking fast. In addition, they can purchase traditional festive goods at such bazaars to prepare for Hari Raya Aidilfitri. With many of them scattered around Singapore, the biggest and most buzzing Ramadan Bazaar has to be the one at Geylang Serai.

Believe it or not - this is my first experience at the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar! Previously, I used to look at the crowd in envy behind the car windows as my parents drove by, never stopping down to join in the festivities before.

This year, it's slightly different - I've finally decided to put an end to the curiosity in me. Since the bazaar was ending on 17th July, I quickly made my way down before I miss out on the talk around town. Armed with my wallet full of cash and my camera, I took the train to Paya Lebar MRT station where the fun awaits me.

geylang serai ramadan bazaar
Upon arriving at Paya Lebar MRT station, I took the exit headed towards the Singapore Post Centre. Following the crowd, it was hard to miss the bazaar that stretches down the road!

After double confirming that I was at the correct place, I aimlessly dived my way through the sea of people. Here is my experience and what you can expect:

BUSTLING CROWD

geylang serai ramadan bazaar
geylang serai ramadan bazaar
If you arrive after 7pm like I did, be prepared to rub shoulders with strangers and be a part of the long queues! Muslims have broken their fast then, therefore a huge crowd starts coming in. The more crowded areas are obviously where the delicious smells of food float from.

Nobody got out of their stuffy bazaar adventure without sweating at some point, therefore do yourself a favour by dressing light and preparing your tissues. In addition, I say bring a fan along as well!

FOOD

This is the main reason everyone is flocking here.

Brace yourself as you salivate to the kaleidoscopic food options that will bring out the heart shaped emoji in you! Trust me, you will want to come with an empty stomach as there are way too many things you want to munch on. You've probably already seen some pictures flooding your social media feed... However, mine's a little different - here's what I had!

geylang serai ramadan bazaar
This Grilled Squid was HUGE! It was impossible to give it a pass.

geylang serai ramadan bazaar
The must-eat at any bazaar. Ramly Burger stalls litter the bazaar, all with long queues. I waited roughly 30 minutes for mine.

geylang serai ramadan bazaar
Churros are one of the biggest hits at this year's bazaar. I waited 45 minutes for the Red Velvet Churros with Chocolate Sauce (you can make your own, read my Red Velvet Churro Balls recipe here), and an additional 20 minutes to finally have a taste of the Pandan Churros with Gula Melaka!

Though the texture was not to my taste, however if I had to choose 1 between the 2, I'd go for the Singapore special!

geylang serai ramadan bazaar
Cheese Chicken Kebab was another crowd puller. As I bought from 2 different stalls, I thought this stall was more generous with the servings.

geylang serai ramadan bazaar
Thai food is all the rage at the bazaar. Other than the Coconut Ice Cream that's circulating its way through social media, the Thai Iced Tea and Coconut Shake that's topped with ice cream from a drinks stall was also well-received! At the same stall, they also offer Nutella Milkshake.

Other interesting food choices to look out for are Fried Oreos, Fried Ice Cream RollsTraditional Snacks, etc.!

SHOPPING

geylang serai ramadan bazaar
geylang serai ramadan bazaar
Expect rows after rows of traditional and modern clothing, Persian carpets, toys, accessories, mobile accessories, artificial flowers, japalang stuff, etc. up for sale!

GAMES

geylang serai ramadan bazaar
I chanced upon this game stall out of the many there were at the bazaar and played for a round. Players had to burst balloons with given darts for $4. Prizes are given to those who manage to burst at least 4 balloons and above!

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Oh, what have I missed out all these years!? I see myself going back at Geylang Serai's Ramadan Bazaar soon as I haven't bought all that I wanted yet despite being there for 2 hours! Huge place is indeed huge.

Have you spotted other interesting bazaars around your neighbourhood? Let me know about your experience! :D

1 comment

  1. Dear Joey, I'm Li Ying and I write from Epigram Books: http://shop.epigrambooks.sg
    We're doing a book titled "We Love Geylang Serai" by Urban Sketchers Singapore and we're wondering if you'd be interested to contribute a quote to accompany the sketches.
    Let me know here: living@epigrambooks.sg and I could share more details with you.

    Best,
    Li Ying

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