Whether you’re a foodie, shopper, or just out and about, you’ll be lingering longer at these multi-concept lifestyle destinations.
Local jewellery designer Choo Yilin’s eponymous, by-appointment-only atelier is more (much more!) than just your regular jewellery shop.
In an age where shoppers want to know the story behind the item they are buying – the jade bangles can range from $900 to more than $100,000 each – “jade sommeliers” walk customers through how to appreciate the precious stone and show them a curated library of jade pieces. In the dainty work area, watch artisans at work bringing your dream adornment to life.
You can also design your own jewellery, from choosing the specific shade of lavender right down to deciding how transparent you’d like your jade piece to be, or attend a jewellery-making or jade appreciation class; at the back of the retail area is an exclusive boudoir for private bridal parties, where guests are served a Choo Yilin house blend tea and Nonya kueh (pastries).
331 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427587
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American expatriate couple Dustin Ramos and Iris Sangalang, both 36, decided to open a space filled with things that reminded them of various cities they had lived in, including California and New York in the United States and Kanazawa and Wakayama in Japan.
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, ranging from surfwear to homeware to gift ideas.
Housed in a quaint shophouse, the space exudes a laid-back vibe – a factor that helped Ramos pick the location over a mall, which would have offered higher footfall. “It’s a charming space that many people walk by and unexpectedly discover.”
75 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089534
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This contemporary lifestyle space is quite a mouthful to spell out, and it’s also a whole ton to take in. In a good way, of course – pushing the boundary of spaces, it’s a coffee and tea room (Steamroom), a restaurant (The Pillar) and a retail and art laboratory (Stones) in one.
The retail space zooms in on heritage brands or products with strong craftsmanship, including grooming label Musgo Real and Japanese knife-maker Banshu Hamono. At the other corner of the Stones, enjoy an art jamming sesh inspired by the Stone’s naturesque theme – a glass-encased paludarium inspired by the Amazon and an edible green wall adorn the open-concept space.
Hungry? You’ll love the menu stars like the Lobster Fregola Sarda Pasta; pair this with the Steamroom’s Chinese teas, prepared using a special Steampunk machine that brews teas to acute precision.
#03-07/08/23-25A Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238896
NEXT: Knots Cafe & Living →
What would a cafe opened by a florist look like?
Something like this: a warmly-lit space with woody furniture accented by plants, and fresh roses, orchids, and sunflowers adorning the tables.
Opened by florist chain Xpressflower.com, the plants in the 2,600 sq ft cafe are changed every two days. But more than just being a cafe in a nursery, it also doubles as a furniture shop – diners can even buy the very tables and upholstered chairs that they’re sitting on.
On the food front, the options are simple, but offer the same homey comfort as the quiet atmosphere – think scrambled eggs on toast, mac & cheese, and simple yet satisfying cakes for dessert.
#01-07, 160 Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 409022
NEXT: COMO Dempsey →
This lifestyle quarter in the lush Dempsey enclave has got tons to boast about. For one, it houses Dover Street Market, the edgy concept store conceived by Comme des Garcons’ Rei Kawakubo.
After having your fill, browse Asian epicurean products at COMO Marketplace, from premium oils and vinegars to fine liquors imported from all around the world.
17 & 18 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249676
NEXT: In Good Company →
Fact: The fashion mavens behind In Good Company were formerly from the now-defunct Alldressedup, a successful local label that scored prestigious stockists like New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue.
With In Good Company, they’ve adopted a different model: Producing capsule collections three times a year (in January, May and August) that are all about modern, seasonless wardrobe essentials. From one collection to the next, each piece is designed as a relatable essential that can be easily added on to fit in with those that customers already own.
The aesthetic of flagship store exemplifies this philosophy – it’s elegant in its almost raw form, letting the clothes and accessories stand out.
What’s even more unique? They’ve also collaborated with Plain Vanilla to run a deli-style cafe within the store. The chic space to rest your feet while savouring a cupcake or sandwich bestows an even more exceptional shopping experience.
#B1-06 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
NEXT: Choo Yilin Atelier →
By Pinky Chng, adapted from The Peak Magazine, August 2017
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