The Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar starts on 8 March 2024! We can’t wait to check out all the food, shopping, entertainment, colourful lights and more at Wisma Geylang Serai!
This year the Geylang Serai Bazaar is set to run from 8 March to 9 April 2024. In past years we’ve all loved visiting the Geylang Serai Bazaar for all the delicious food and shopping – and we can’t wait to soak up the festivities again this year.
Ramadan begins on Tuesday 12 March 2024 and ends on 10 April 2024. For Muslims, that means going a month without food or water (yes, even water) from dawn to dusk, before Hari Raya Puasa or Hari Raya Aidilfitri which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, on Wednesday 10 April 2024.
The 2024 Geylang Serai Bazaar
Last year’s Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar was one of the biggest and longest-running Geylang Serai Bazaars yet! There were more than 700 stalls, with about 150 food stalls and 550 retail stalls. More details have yet to be released on the 2024 Geylang Serai Bazaar such as which vendors will be taking part and if there will be any kids’ carnivals like in previous years.
However according to BERITA Mediacorp, the 2024 Geylang Serai Bazaar will be smaller than last year with 500 stalls of which, 150 will be selling food and drinks. Every F&B stall will be required to be either Halal certified, have a Muslim owner or be approved by a halal certification consultant. F&B vendors must also offer two products priced at $3 each to provide visitors with affordable options.
Geylang Serai Bazaar opening hours:
*The Geylang Serai Bazaar will open from 10am to 11.59pm daily. On the eve of Hari Raya — Geylang Serai Bazaar will stay open throughout the night of 9 April till 6am the next morning 10 April.
Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar: Souq City and Street Bazaar
The Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar is usually split into two areas, Souq City and Street Bazaar. This info is unconfirmed for the 2024 Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar.
Souq City (derived from the Arabic word for market) comprises local entrepreneurs for F&B and retail stalls, plus there are usually community shelves for people to place donated non-perishable halal food and clothing for Hari Raya.
Street Bazaar stretching from Geylang Serai Market to the area beside Tanjong Katong Complex is where families can enjoy interactive art installations.
The Hari Raya Light Up usually coincides with the opening day of the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar.
Geylang Serai Bazaar
When: 8 March – 9 April 2024, 10am to 11.59pm daily*
Where: From Geylang Serai Market to the area beside Tanjong Katong Complex
How much: Free!
So stay tuned for more details!
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Here’s what went down at the past Geylang Serai Bazaar editions! ↓
Food at Geylang Serai Bazaar
If it’s your first time at the Ramadan Bazaar, you’re in for a treat. Food is among the main attractions and people come from all over the island to visit the fair for all the yummy delicacies it has to offer. The organisers have made sure that at least half of the vendors involved will offer traditional Malay cuisine, so you’ll find lots of classic bazaar fare like Ramly burgers, keropok lekor, percik style chicken wings, vadai (savoury Indian fried snacks, sort of like donuts), takoyaki, Turkish kebabs and air kathira (a sweet, milky drink best known for its cooling properties). We also spotted some stalls selling traditional kueh, perfect for stocking up for Hari Raya!
On the ‘hipster food’ front, as ever there’s a ton of Instagram-worthy eats (because going ‘viral’ on social media is everything) — like colourful decorated waffles, bubble tea-inspired pancakes and soft serves, gourmet meats and more. They still stock our faves though, like dendeng (beef/lamb jerky), otah-otah (fish cakes wrapped and grilled in banana leaves), churros and thirst-quenching Thai milk tea.
Shopping at Geylang Serai Bazaar
The usual suspects can be found here at the Geylang Serai Bazaar, like your traditional yet stylish Hari Raya clothing for ladies, men and kids, decorative lights, wall decor, carpets and curtains.
If you want even more, consider exploring nearby Joo Chiat on foot beforehand!
Geylang Serai Bazaar Tips
Make sure you go early! Stalls open as early as 11am. And let me just get this out of the way mama – it’s going to be HOT. Bring a portable fan if possible, and have a small towel ready to keep sweat at bay! With the monsoon season upon us it’s also worth packing an umbrella in case you get caught in the rain although the entire bazaar is sheltered.
Comfortable shoes are always a great idea, and if you’re too worn out from walking through the bazaar, get yourself a delicious drink or dessert to share with the hubs and bubs, and chill by any of the tables and benches available to take a breather. Crowds will begin to form from about 4pm, so be prepared to brave through it as everyone will be trying to get their hands on food for their evening meal!
How to get there to the Geylang Serai Bazaar: Alight at Paya Lebar MRT, go out the main exit facing Paya Lebar Square, turn left then turn again at Guardian. Walk in the direction of OneKM and Tanjong Katong Complex
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