The Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar starts on 17 March 2023 and will be the longest-running edition ever! We can’t wait to check out all the food, fun, and festivities
Ramadan begins on 23 March 2023! For Muslims, that means going a month without food or water (yes, even water) from dawn to dusk, before Hari Raya Aidilfitri which falls on 22 April 2023.
This year the Geylang Serai Bazaar is set to become the longest-running edition ever, starting from 17 March to 21 April – 36 days long! In past years we’ve all loved visiting the bazaar for all the delicious food and shopping – and we can’t wait to soak up the festivities again this year.
The 2023 Geylang Serai Bazaar returns bigger than ever
The Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar will be returning in full force this year, boasting some 700 stalls. A vast difference from the 70 stalls that were set up last year! More details have yet to be released, such as which vendors will be taking part in the bazaar and if there will be any kids’ carnivals like in previous years.
Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar: Souq City and Street Bazaar
The Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar will be split into two areas, Souq City and Street Bazaar.
Souq City (derived from the Arabic word for market) will comprise local entrepreneurs for F&B and retail stalls, plus there will be 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. Local graffiti artist, Slac Satu, will be spray-painting his artwork across different panels throughout the 30 days of Ramadan.
The Hari Raya Light Up will coincide with the opening day of the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar.
Geylang Serai Bazaar
When: 17 March to 21 April 2023, 10am – midnight
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! ↓
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.
Check out the vendors you shouldn’t miss below! Unlike previous years, this year’s collection of vendors is slightly smaller (which means more space!) and are all either halal-certified or Muslim-owned. We wanted to be as accurate as possible in case you’re looking out for your faves!
555 Thai Tea – Classic Thai Milk Tea with grass jelly toppings!
Apam Balik Wak Power
Ayam Geprek Bang Syakir
Bakes by NY
Beef Bro – Beef cubes and torched fresh lobster
Bill & Bell – Hungarian chimney cakes and soft serve
BOO:EH– Homemade butter beer
Broti – Milk tea in Taro, Gula Melaka and Masala flavours, served by the litre
Burgs by Project Warung
Burp Live Station Catering – Lobster rolls (endorsed by Ikhsan Fandi, son of football legend Fandi Ahmad!)
Charkoi – Char kway with sweet toppings like nutella, oreos…
Chulop! – Churros, cinnamon rolls and other delectable sweet treats helmed by Cool Dad Syarif and his wife, Malaque Mahdaly!
Farah Diana Catering & Wedding Services
Fooditude – Creators of the Praffle, a prata and waffle combo
Home of Sushi
House of Mandi
Mrs. Ikan Bakar – Grilled seafood on banana leaves with multiple sauce options
Katoshka – Spiced russet fries with various topping options like beef and cheese
Krumbz n Kraves – Known for their deep fried Argentinean squid tossed in spices
Kucina Italian – Cheese wheel pasta from the famous halal Italian resto at OneKM mall!
Loco Loco SG – Thai Milk Tea soft serve, churros and more
MAD BROS SG – Japanese-inspired street snacks
Meatmymeat – Cheesesteaks!
Mr Teh Tarik
MyLaksa – authentic Penang Asam Laksa straight from Malaysia
Naughtyboyz – mac ‘n’ cheese to go
Nazreen Catering – briyani dam
Pebbles – Belgian waffles on a stick with sweet, colourful cereal toppings
Rainbow Works – the minds behind the viral unicorn-themed drinks from past years now have black milo (dressed up with black feathers) and flavoured drinks in cute bear-shaped bottles
Ramly – home of the famous Ramly burger, roti john and fried snacks like keropok lekor
Ranor Tenggiri Fresh Otah
RUMI The Poets Cup
Take A Bite – Fried oreos, twist potato
The Mala Stop – Bringing the mala craze to the markets
Treasure Concepts – All things durian
WORD Cafe – Beef/mutton ribs and drinks in a bucket
If we missed any of your favourite vendors, let us know in the comments, mama!
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!
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: 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
Keep up to date on highlights of the bazaar and more Geylang Serai Ramadan and Hari Raya festivities on www.facebook.com/HariRayaLightUpSingapore, mama!
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