Don’t rush when you’re passing through Armenian Street which is around the corner from Masjid Kapitan Keling. Opt to stay in one of the charming boutique hotels housed in heritage buildings such as Muntri Mews (high end), China Tiger (mid range) or Yeng Keng Hotel (mid range) because anywhere you turn within five-street radius, there is always something to discover. Don’t be shy to poke your head into a second-hand or antique store. Chances are, an engaging conversation with the proprietor will enlighten you to the history of the building he’s in, if not the area itself.
Look out for: Also, notice walls on the side of old houses or buildings to spot a mural or five within the heritage area. Some are from the artist Ernest Zacharevic. At the beginning of Armenian Street, there’s the Thieves Market, Yap Temple’s further down in the middle, and towards the end, the uncle who plays lovely melodies on his antique string instrument in a little souvenir shop. And do stop for a drink or two at the refurbished Edelweiss café.