The Best Day To Buy CNY Goodies is Actually 21 Jan 2023. Here’s Why

Last Updated on 2023-01-20 , 12:00 pm

Reality check: we’re very close to Chinese New year.

Over at Smith Street, Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street and Temple Street, the Festive Street Bazaar has begun, which is part of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration 2023.

This is the first time this bazaar has returned after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Looking to buy some cheap CNY snacks?

Well, we have a hack.

When to Buy Your Snacks

This year’s bazaar will run until 21 Jan (CNY Eve), and while the official opening hours for the stalls are 6 pm to 10 pm, most of them will open much earlier.

There are 280 stalls this year, which is much fewer than the previous years’ bazaars, but you’ll still be able to get what you want, so no worries.

Here’s the thing: there would be at least ten other stalls selling the same thing.

The best thing about it?

Think about it: the vendors are selling CNY goodies. If the street bazaar is going to end on CNY, how are they going to sell the remaining stuff after CNY?

They cannot sell them online because it’d be too late for delivery. They definitely can’t keep them for next year.

That’s why you can expect the prices to be slashed on the last day—which happens every single year.

According to our experience, some of them would even sell each jar at $1—a steal, considering that there are many advantages to buying them on the last day (which is 21 Jan):

  • If you buy them now, you might consume most of them before CNY as they’re always tempting you. Don’t lie; this happens every year
  • If you buy them too early, you’ll gain weight before CNY, and you can’t fit into the new clothes you just bought
  • You’d only experience the true CNY experience on that day

If you’re worried that the choices might be limited, don’t: based on experience, there would still be enough stock.

So yes: you’re welcome.

Opening hours of the Festive Street Bazaar: 6pm to 10pm (they’ll close later on CNY eve)

Venue: Smith Street, Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street and Temple Street 

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