We look forward to seeing you!

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a first-timer or an afficionado, the Aliwal Arts Centre has something for you.

F&B choices

Thyme at Aliwal

Opening Hours:

Mon, Wed & Thu: 11am - 9pm
Fri & Sat: 11am - 10pm
Sun: 11am - 9pm
Closed on every Tuesday

THYME @ ALIWAL

Thyme@Aliwal is the latest new addition to THYME family. Nestled in the heart of Bugis/Arab Street, this whimsical cafe will make anyone easily fall in love with it at first sight with its decor, and a cozy and unpretentious vibe. An interior filled with vintage and nostalgic items, the adults too will find themselves taking a trip down memory lane. 

Enter this ocean-hued café for a place suited for children and family to dine in. With a crafts corner for the kids as one of its main attraction, one can also indulge in our European & Asian-inspired menu. Spend an afternoon with a playdate and while the day away with our endless crafting possibilities while whetting your creativity. Who wants to grow up anyway?


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About Kampong Gelam

Kampong Gelam (c.1830 Campong Gelam) estate covers 56 ac of land set aside for Sultan Hussein Mohamed Shah and 600 family members in 1823, a few years after the Sultan and Temenggong Abdu'r Rahman signed a treaty with Sir Stamford Raffles and the British East India Company in 1819. The road names in the area, ­­­such as Bussorah, Muscat and Kandahar streets ­­­– named after places in the Muslim world ­– were approved by the Municipal Commissioners at an Ordinary Meeting held on 15 April 1910. In Malay, the word Kampong means "village or settlement", while Gelam is the name of a particular tree, which grew in abundance in the area in early Singapore.

Throughout the nineteenth century, Kampong Gelam was known as a district with a strong Malay-Arab influence as the main place for trade of traditional Arab-Muslim food and merchandise. In the 1822 Town Plan drawn by Sir Stamford Raffles, Kampong Gelam was officially allocated to the Malays, Bugis and Arabs.

In 1840, the Istana Kampong Gelam was built by Sultan Hussein's eldest son, Tengku Ali at Sultan Gate. He was later recognised as the Sultan of Singapore by the British in 1855. The Istana Kampong Gelam, along with Bendara House (Gudung Kuning) is now the Malay Heritage Centre - a vital heritage institution for the Malay community in Singapore.

On 7 July 1989, Kampong Glam was gazetted a conservation area, and it is preserved as a historic part of town. 

What we see today in Kampong Gelam is a variety of rich heritage passed down from generation to generation. Some of these long enduring traditions are in the form of monuments, trades, cultures and practices. Conservation of places of worship, old school, old dwellings, some of which are still in their original form while others have been refurbished. These rich remains give a hint of the architecture and life style of the early days. Such diverse rich heritage can only come about through a sense of tolerance, sharing and bonding, all encapsulated in the Kampong Gelam spirit.

Tours

Kaw Kaw SG

Discover Kampong Glam and the Civic District

2D1N Singapore Heritage Highlights

Trafalgar has launched a unique “Near Not Far” staycation tour itinerary to allow Singaporeans and local residents to reconnect to the joy of travel, with a highlight experience being its 2D1N Singapore Heritage Highlights tour. The itinerary consists of an exclusive tour of Kampong Glam, The Arts House (TAH), and Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall (VTVCH), an experience enhanced with a climb up the VTVCH clock tower.

This staycation tour package is a part of Trafalgar’s Near Not Far Series is designed to provide travel-lovers around the world the opportunity to enjoy deeper, richer experiences in their home country.

Prices for this 2D1N itinerary are from S$528 per person for an Orchid Club Deluxe Room (35 sq m) at PARKROYAL on Beach Road (Fri /Sat) and S$628 per person for a Stamford Suite Room (58 sq m) at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel (weekday only).

Prices include guided tours, a ‘Be My Guest’ experience with Violet Oon, one-night hotel accommodation with breakfast and coach transportation. Prices are based on twin-share and solo travellers can pay a single supplement from S$200.

For the full itinerary, click here

Rent Our Space

These are the spaces that we have at Aliwal Arts Centre:

  • Multi-purpose hall
  • Music Studio
  • Multi-purpose studios
  • Project Studios (artists only)
  • Co-working space

For more details and images of our spaces, follow this link. For enquiries and bookings, please contact aac@artshouse.sg *.

* Please note that business hours are between Monday and Friday, 9am - 6.30pm, and we will respond within two business days.

Abundant activities
here for the kids!


We love kids and there is always something
ready for them to participate!


What’s happening for kids at the House? We’re here to say; There’s squillions of fun to be found, every day!

Discover music, creatures and laughs, we’ve got so much to give. Inside your shiny, beautiful big house, where inspiration lives.

 

Kid-friendly Dining Choices


To allow our visitors to plan their joyful trip to Aliwal Arts Centre, we constantly research and find choices of meals for you and family.

We have something for everyone with different dietary limitations and preferences. See our findings:

 

Transportation
& Parking


We recommend our visitors to come by convenient and accessible public transport so that they can soak in the nice and culture-rich environment on the way.

There are several train options as well as buses to hop on from various routes and location to reach Kampong Gelam.

For driving visitors, we have parking spaces in front of the centre and nearby malls and commercial buildings. For exceptional busy events and day of the week, we foresee heavy traffic and crowds, thus, do look out from our website of any notifications.

Centre Information

What is Aliwal Arts Centre?

Aliwal Arts Centre is a multi-disciplinary arts centre with a strong focus on performing arts located at the former Chong Cheng and Chong Pun Schools at 28 Aliwal Street within the Kampong Glam conservation district. It offers a conducive environment to support the artistic development of both contemporary and traditional arts groups, drawing inspiration from the rich cultural heritage in the area.​

Aliwal Arts Centre also aims to tap on the rich cultural heritage of the site to bring together arts enthusiasts, the arts community and the general public to explore new frontiers in performing arts.

In Aliwal Arts Centre, our spaces are versatile and can be used innovatively for range of events, performances, or exhibitions. Apart from venue-for-hire, we also provide artist housing and co-working spaces for individuals. For more images and information, follow this link. For enquiries and bookings, please contact aac@artshouse.sg *.

* Please note that business hours are between Monday and Friday, 9am - 6.30pm, and we will respond within two business days.

Around Aliwal Arts Centre

Where can we eat around Aliwal Arts Centre?

There is great food everywhere you go in Kampong Glam. From old eateries to minimalist cafes, we have a list of all the sweet spots you should look out for if you are in the area. Also take a look at our staff picks if you are interested in a more locally curated guide to food and culture in Kampong Glam.




BUDGET EATS | LOCAL FARE | INTERNATIONAL CUISINE | WATERING HOLES | COFFEE | DESSERTS
Budget eats:

Blanco Court Fried Fish Soup
The popular fried fish noodle soup, Blanco Court Fried Fish Noodles has moved a few doors down Beach Road from a small stall in a coffeeshop to its own space.
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Blanco Court Prawn Mee 白兰阁街大虾面
Serving traditional Prawn Noodles since 1928.
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Happy Chef Western Food
Happy Chef Western Food is located at Tai Hwa Eating House and serves Western Food. There’s a huge menu that spans across the entire wall near the stall, so take your time to choose your meal.
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Kampong Glam Cafe
A very warm welcome awaits you at Kampung Glam Café. Delicious local cuisine with efficient and friendly service, which is perfect for those who wants to go for quick meal as well as those who want "chill-lax"( chill-out and relax) after a hard days work.
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Local fare:

Happy Crab
Happy Crab Seafood offers some of the best Chinese and Seafood Cuisine serving a tantalising collection of dishes that are suitable for family, large groups, catching up with friends and colleagues.
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HJH Maimunah Restaurant
A meal at Hjh Maimunah Restaurant will indeed bring you back to the good old days of the rustic origin. Known for our fine selection of Signature Dishes - one must try the delectable and Juicy Sundanese Grilled Chicken, the tempting Lemak Siput and the wide varieties of barbecued fish.
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Malayan Council
Charming Halal Restaurant that sits within the oldest street in Singapore. Perfect spot to kick your shoes off. TMC, when west meets Malaya.
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Nam Hwa Chong fish head steamboat
Singapore’s original creator of fish head steamboat, Nan Hwa Fishboat has been delighting guests with its charcoal fish head steamboat since 1927.
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Tish Tash Tosh
Located on Kandahar Street, Tash Tish Tosh prides itself on serving classic American food with a local, halal twist, at no GST or service charge to boot.
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International cuisine:

Alaturka
Alaturka opened in May 2005 and is located in famous Kampong Glam. Since then, Alaturka has been serving both quality interpretations of classic dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of food. Awarded Bib Gourmand in 2016, Micheline Guide Singapore in 2016.
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Box & Sticks
Japanese Kitchen located in a rustic cultural enclave that promises a whole box of surprises! Box & Sticks is a home-styled Japanese Izakaya 居酒屋.
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Bumbu
An antique-theme restaurant serving quality Thai-Indonesian cuisine at affordable prices. All three of Bumbu's outlets are HALAL-CERTIFIED!
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Chix Hot Chicken
CHIX Serves you passionate Nashville Fried Chicken made fresh with some of the most hottest peppers in the world.
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Cicheti
Cicheti are the signature small plates served in Venice's bàcari, or wine bars. The term cicheti fosters the idea of traditional everyday impromptu meals into an inviting ‘high-street-food' concept to reflect the mouthwatering diversity of Italy's foodscape.
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Mrs Pho
Mrs Pho is a tribute to all the Vietnamese mothers, grandmothers and aunties that we affectionately crown best cook in the family , best cook in the neighborhood, best cook.
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Tolido's Espresso Nook
Tolido’s Espresso Nook breaks the norm of sub-par, overdone brunch offerings and forgettable coffee. Keeping up with local trends their menu features dishes with local twists on your classic brunch offerings.
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Watering holes:

13% Gastro Bar
13% Gastro Wine was created by a group of wine lovers who enjoy European gourmet food in the company of great friends. Enjoy curated wines from a favourite vineyards, together with a menu of comfort food, home-made terrines and imported cheeses, all made from fresh quality food produce.
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Coffee:

Arabica Singapore Arab Street
% Arabica is about my love for coffee, design, and seeing the world. Our mission is to grow % Arabica across unique lands and cultures of the world, so that young baristas can “See the World Through Coffee.
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Teh Sarabat Stall
Teh Sarabat Stall has been around since the 1990s. Best known for its Teh Halia and Teh Tarik.
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Desserts:

Fluff Bakery
Fluff's cupcakes are well known for being one of the most delicious in town! Each cupcake is lovingly cored and filled before we frost them and this gives our cupcakes an added flavour dimension.
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Mother Dough
At Mother Dough, their breads are entirely handcrafted with artisanal techniques, and baked fresh daily.
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Rich and Good Cake Shop
Serving mouth-watering Swiss Rolls and bringing home-baked goodness to everyone since 1997.
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Twenty Grammes
Twenty Grammes is a local dessert boutique that serves curated desserts that uses fresh and quality ingredients.
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Keeping Up with Aliwal Arts Centre

Are there any available business opportunities?

Periodically, contracts will be awarded by Arts House Limited for various services, including facilities management at Aliwal Arts Centre. Please check this page for updates.

Aliwal Arts Centre
28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918

Getting here

Aliwal Arts Centre is located in the heart of Kampong Glam at 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918.

From Nicoll Highway (Circle Line): 6 minute walk

Take Exit A up the escalators which will lead you to the overhead bridge.

Walk to the end of the bridge and take the stairs down to the nearest pedestrian crossing.

Cross the intersection in front of you towards the restaurant Verde Light, and follow the path down the block.

Once you reach Ya Kun Kaya Toast, turn right onto Aliwal Street and follow the path until you arrive at an open-air parking lot on your left.

Aliwal Arts Centre will be directly opposite the parking lot on your right.

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From Bugis MRT (Green and Blue lines): 10 minute walk

Take Exit A to Victoria Street.

Facing the main road, turn right and follow the path until you reach Arab Street.

Take a right into Arab Street and make a left turn into Muscat Street, walking past Sultan Mosque with its iconic golden dome.

Arriving at Kandahar street, cross the road and take the path in the same direction located slightly to your left which will bring you to the Malay Heritage Centre.

Cutting through the lawn, exit through the large gates located ninety-degrees from where you entered, and make an immediate left.

You will arrive at an open-air parking lot on your right. Aliwal Arts Centre is located across the road, directly opposite the parking lot.

From North Bridge Road - Bus numbers 7, 32, 51, 63, 80, 145, and 197.

From Victoria Street - Bus numbers 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 63, 80, 130, 133, 145, and 197. 

From Beach Road - Bus numbers 10, 14, 16, 70, 100, 107, 196, and 401.

Head towards North Bridge Road via Crawford Street/Jalan Sultan and turn left at Aliwal Street.


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Parking Information

There is an open-air public carpark in front of Aliwal Arts Centre.

There are also parking lots around Kampong Gelam along Aliwal Street, Kandahar Street and Pahang Street.

However, spaces are limited, and we recommend parking at The Concourse, Textile Centre, Sultan Plaza or DUO.

 

One Kampong Gelam is committed to representing and supporting the interest of the numerous stakeholders in Kampong Gelam. It curates a variety of activities and events to engage the public, and position the neighbourhood as a choice lifestyle destination. Visit the One Kampong Gelam website for richer and more immersive content!

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