Hidden Gems and Hipster Finds
With brick and mortar bookstores becoming an increasingly rare find in many cities, The Moon is a sanctuary for bookworms and literary types. The space holds both a bookstore and a coffeeshop, making it a great place to hang out with fellow lovers of literature and take a load off your feet.
The selection of books here places special focus on the works of female authors and writers of colour, ranging from local literary gems like Ponti to international bestsellers like How I Became A North Korean.
The Moon. 37 Mosque Street, Singapore 059515
Odds ‘N’ Collectables
Hoping to channel your inner Indiana Jones or Lara Croft (without the venomous snakes and treacherous temples)? Be sure to drop by Odds N’ Collectables for a bout of treasure hunting. This quaint shop is filled with vintage posters, rugs and other antiques, making it the perfect place to find a piece that shows off your impeccable taste.
If you’re looking for something specific, the store’s owner—Juzer Saiffee—will be more than willing to help you scour through the treasures on display.
Odds 'N' Collectables. 128 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068597
Tel: +65 9662 4461 Tue-Fri: 09:00-17:00
The Social Space
The Social Space. 333 Kreta Ayer Road #01-14, Singapore 080333
Tel: +65 6655 0221 Mon, Wed-Sat: 09:00-19:00; Sun: 09:00-18:00
If the timeless fashion of yesteryear has a special place in your heart, Dustbunny Vintage’s selection of apparel is bound to enchant. The store stocks a stellar range of fashion options that will bring you on an exploration of the past, ranging from 1950s fit and flare dresses to vintage designer bags and costume jewellery.
Dustbunny Vintage. 2-A Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089110
Tel: +65 6222 0116 Mon-Fri: 12:30-20:30; Sat: 13:00-19:00
HULS Gallery Singapore
HULS Gallery Singapore. 24 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089607. Tel: +65 6225 6331 Mon-Sat: 10:00-18:00
Eu Yan Sang
Eu Yan Sang. 269 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058818. Tel: +65 6223 6333 Mon-Sat: 09:00-18.30
Lim Chee Guan
A treat that you’ll often see at Chinese New Year dining tables, bak kwa (barbecued meat slices) is a favourite among local foodies. Bring home a taste of Singapore to your loved ones by visiting Lim Chee Guan. From its humble origins as a pushcart during Singapore’s pre-World War II era, this family business has become one of the most popular stores on the island.
Do note that if you’re buying this treat home for families and loved ones, you’ll want to store it in an airtight container or freezer, and consume it within three days of purchasing.
Lim Chee Guan. 203 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059429.
Tel:+65 6933 7230 Daily: 09:00-22:00
Chop Wah On
Chop Wah On. 34 Upper Cross Street, Singapore 058340. Tel: +65 6223 4349 Daily: 09:30-18.30
On Cheong Jewellery
One of Singapore’s most esteemed jewellers, On Cheong Jewellery is a heritage jewellery brand that has roots predating the second World War.
The exquisitely-designed pieces here range from pink sapphire earrings to jadeite pendants. Add a dash of the Orient to your wardrobe, and bring home a sparkling treasure that’ll be cherished for generations.
On Cheong Jewellery. 251 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058800. Tel: +65 6223 4788 Mon-Sat: 10:30-18:15
Yue Hwa Department Store
An emporium of wondrous wares, Yue Hwa Department Store sells a variety of goods and apparel from China. Whether you’re looking to flaunt a qipao (traditional Chinese dress), bring home gorgeous porcelain wares or sample Chinese rice wine, this establishment is bound to stock what you seek.
Yue Hwa Department Store.
70 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059805.
Tel:+65 6538 4222
Mon-Fri & Sun: 11:00-21:00; Sat: 11:00-22:00