Pearl's Hill Terrace in Chinatown

Chinatown isn’t just a sightseeing attraction for tourists.

Neither is it just a place for the elderly to hang out. Instead, Chinatown is actually filled with interesting hidden gems. Whether you’re looking for a chill tea appreciation session, a cultural cooking class, or a fun craft workshop to showcase your creativity, Chinatown has it all.

Aside from visiting temples and walking along the streets, if you haven’t heard of all the cool things to do in Chinatown before, here are ten new reasons for you to head down this weekend.

What to do in Chinatown?

Chinatown attractions
1. Tea Appreciation at The Tea Chapter
2. Tiny Rabbit Hole
3. Kobo Jewellery
4. Pearl’s Hill Terrace
5. The Potter’s Guilt
6. The Art Nooq
7. Fara Designs
8. Laca Art Academy
9. Fashion Makerspace
10. Tuft Club
11. Food Playground

Best things to do in Chinatown

1. Tea Appreciation at The Tea Chapter

Tea Chapter Tea appreciation session at Chinatown
Photo: Tea Chapter

Visit Tea Chapter, a traditional teahouse in Chinatown, where you can immerse in a relaxing Chinese appreciation session.

There are two sessions to choose from; each session requires a minimum of two pax. “From Dusk till Dawn”, the basic package at $48 per pax, you can enjoy three types of teas and two snacks. Meanwhile, the “Shades of Tea” package, priced at $88 per person, extends its selection to six teas and three snacks.

Tea Chapter

Location: 9 Neil Rd, Singapore 088808
Opening hours: 
Mon-Thu: 11am-9pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-10.30pm
Sunday: 11am-9pm

2. Tiny Rabbit Hole

crochet workshop at tiny rabbit hole, art workshops in Chinatown
Crochet Workshops from $120. Photo: Tiny Rabbit Hole

Tiny Rabbit Hole offers bespoke amigurumi creations and workshops for all skill levels. Learn to crochet adorable plushies with their comprehensive classes and kits. The studio provides a wide range of materials, patterns, and tools to support your crafting journey. 

Their workshops are available from $120 per person. Check out the schedule and available workshops via their website.

Tiny Rabbit Hole

Location: Blk 4 Everton Park, #01-48, Singapore 080004
Opening hours:
Monday: 12pm-8pm
Tuesday closed
Wed-Sun: 12pm-8pm

3. Kobo Jewellery 

Jewellery workshop in Singapore - best things to do in Chinatown
Photo: Kobo Jewellery

For a more interesting crafts workshop in Singapore, trying making your own bespoke jewellery at Kobo Jewellery.

From wedding and engagement rings to unique gold and silver pieces, you can design your own personalised keepsakes. The customisation extends to adding textures, twists and even charms to your jewellery piece; all tailored to your unique preferences.

Sessions start at just $180 per piece, with add-ons depending on the materials you choose. 

Kobo Jewellery

Location: 277 New Bridge Rd, #03-01, Singapore 088751
Opening hours:
Mon-Tue: Closed
Wed-Sun: 10am-7pm

4. Pearl’s Hill Terrace

Pearl's Hill Terrace in Chinatown
Al fresco dining area of Lavi Taco

Enter Pearl’s Hill Terrace, a former police station turned into an indie arts enclave.

Here, you can find interesting things to do, mainly arts and crafts workshops if you’re looking for things to do in Chinatown. Otherwise, visit an underrated Japanese shokupan cafe — Paaru — or indulge in some hearty tacos and cocktails at Lavi Taco.

The fastest way to Pearl’s Hill Terrace is to walk out of Chinatown MRT Station exit c, walk through the food court, and up the stairs.

Location: Pearl’s Hill Terrace

5. The Potter’s Guilt

pottery classes in chinatown pearl's hill terrace
Photo: The Potter’s Guilt

Get your hands on pottery experience at The Potter’s Guilt, located at Pearl’s Hill Terrace.

Whether you want a fun one-time experience or in-depth learning on clay bodies, firing, and glazes, they got you covered with a variety of classes. Experienced facilitators will guide you through various techniques according to whether you’re a basic or intermediate potter.

If you’re just looking for a one-time thing to do in Chinatown, we recommend their one-time workshops. Pottery on the Wheel ($58) lasts for 1.5 hours, and focuses on spinning tableware on the wheel. Meanwhile, if you have a bit more time, Pottery Do-It-All ($88) includes hand sculpting as well.

The Potter’s Guilt

Location: 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, #01-03, Singapore 168976
Opening hours: 
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sat: 1pm-9.30pm
Sunday: Closed

6. The Art Nooq

art jamming in chinatown at the art nooq
Photo: The Art Nooq

Experience a private art jamming session at Art Nooq.

Join guided sessions for couples, friends, or corporate teams. Unleash your creativity on canvas or try unique experiences like macaron painting or tote bag painting. 

All skill levels are welcomed, each session priced from $35 per person for two hours duration.

The Art Nooq

Location: 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, #01-58, Singapore 168976
Opening hours:
Mon-Tue: Closed
Wed-Sun: 11am-9.30pm

7. Fara Designs

resin art workshops in singapore - things to do in chinatown
Photo: Fara Designs

Get crafty with Fara Designs art studio!

Offering a variety of art workshops, you can explore unique techniques from resin art to mould casting. Whether you’re bonding with loved ones or team-building with colleagues, these workshops provide the perfect opportunity to create lasting keepsakes.

The most popular workshops at the studio are the Resin Ocean Art ($89), Punch Needle ($59), and Tapestry ($69).

Fara Designs

Location: 1 North Bridge Rd, #02-06 High Street Centre, Singapore 179094
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 11am-8pm

8. Laca Art Academy

fine art painting class in chinatown at LACA
Photo: LACA

LACA is an Art Academy in Singapore that offers a range of Quality Fine Art Classes for all skill levels. They welcome hobbyists, art enthusiasts, and serious learners to dive into drawing and painting. Their courses include trial classes in oil painting, floral watercolour, and drawing, all designed to provide personalised feedback from qualified teachers. 

They also offer exciting workshops like outdoor painting, portrait drawing, and linocut printing. Additionally, flexible class options are available like long term programs and short courses spanning from three to four weeks. 

Laca Art Academy

Location: 333 Kreta Ayer Rd, #02-34, Singapore 080333
Opening hours: By appointment only

9. Fashion Makerspace

fashion makerspace, fashion classes and fun things to do in chinatown
Photo: Fashion Makerspace

Fashion Makerspace offers comprehensive fashion-making classes, including sewing, drafting, and pattern making. Learn to create your own fashion pieces from scratch in a supportive studio environment. 

Explore the creative process and develop your skills with hands-on guidance. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced, you’ll find courses tailored to your needs. They offer one-time session classes from $88 per person.

Fashion Makerspace

Location: 42 North Canal Road, Level 2/3, Singapore 059298
Opening hours: 10am-6.30pm

10. Tuft Club

tufting in singapore at tuft club, chinatown
Photo: Tuft Club

Join Tuft Club for fun and creative tufting workshops where you can make custom rugs and wall tapestries using tufting guns. Located in Boat Quay, it’s a perfect spot for dates, group activities, or just indulging in a new hobby. Rug tufting workshop starts from $110 per person.

The studio provides all the materials and guidance you need to craft your own unique pieces to take home. Do take note that the session for these workshops may take up to four hours and the artwork drying process up to six weeks.

Tuft Club

Location: 57 Circular Rd, #03-01, Singapore 049412
Opening hours:
Monday: 10am-7pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wed-Sun: 10am-7pm

11. Food Playground

Photo: Food Playground

Food Playground offers immersive cultural cooking classes, engaging team-building events, and wellness programs.

For their cooking classes, expect to learn and cook authentic local dishes recipes such as Char Kway Teow, Roti Jala, and Nyonya Laksa from scratch. On top of learning how to cook, and learning all about healthy eating, the cooking classes is enhanced through fun culinary challenges.

Classes are conducted by local instructors, with prices from $120 per person.

Food Playground

Location: 24A Sago Street, Singapore 059020
Opening hours: 24 hours

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