Forget the cookie-cutter stores for ordinary gifts – these treasure troves have surprises in store.
Spot the resident cat, Chestnut! This indie treasure trove carries a whole spectrum of knick-knacks, from homeware and tote bags to Singapore-themed gifts and greeting cards. And – it’s a given – kittycat merch. The only downside in our opinion: Chestnut not for sale.
#02-25 Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain St, Singapore 180231
NEXT: Monument Lifestyle →
American expat couple Dustin Ramos and Iris Sangalang decided to open a space filled with things that reminded them of various cities they’ve lived in, including California, New York, Kanazawa and Wakayama. And thus, Monument Lifestyle was born – a coffee-and-shop experience that’ll take you from appreciating a good cuppa joe to shopping hand-picked labels and quality mom-and-pop brands.
75 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089534
NEXT: Monoyono →
This independent bookstore means business with their books – peruse shelf upon shelf of local literature and rare titles; the staff, too, are book lovers themselves, so feel free to ask for recommendations. And even though it’s all business in the front, it’s a party at the back, with vintage collectors’ items that go from limited edition coke bottles to old-school typewriters.
9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645
NEXT: Shinnpark →
Shinnpark’s all about the element of surprise, and you can’t not walk out of the store feeling amused and cheery. (Is that why they say the joy is in the giving?) Pick up their cleverly designed products like adorbs self-watering planters, unicorn mugs and more.
#01-43 Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 059817
NEXT: Naiise →
A lot of Naiise is about getting people to appreciate design and to be educated on what it is, says founder Dennis Tay. And you’ll find lifestyle and novelty items from more than 1,300 independent brands, over half of which are under-the-radar local creators, at this design temple. They also conduct regular creative workshops, hosted by the designers themselves!
NEXT: Megafash →
This lifestyle marketplace is as much a shopping destination as it is a community of local craftmakers and designers. Their curation of original, well-designed products that range from edgy fashion and statement tees to quirky tech accessories to artisan coffee beans and tea leaves.
NEXT: K+ →
K+ started out as a gallery space, which might explain the multi-concept, curatorial retail showcase that makes your shopping experience, well, experiential. Brands here stand out from the bland, and some products are even exclusive to K+!
#03-11/12/13 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228209
NEXT: Muji →
Not just any Muji store, but the sprawling flagship emporium. This store stocks a more elevated range and bigger collections unavailable at its other outlets, from homeware to fashion to minimalist necessities. Bonus: The Found Muji exhibition (pictured), a seasonal curation of curios from around the world.
#01-10 to 17 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238839
NEXT: Cat Socrates →
By Pinky Chng, December 2017
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