Hide & Seek: The Shopping Edition

Looking for shopping haunts where you can sniff out unique, one-of-a-kind finds? You’re in luck! If you know where to look, Singapore has a number of shopping enclaves that’s home to independent boutiques and quirky shops with carefully curated collections that you won’t be able to resist. Here’s a list of boutiques and shopping streets that are anything but run of the mill. Ready, set shop!

Ann Siang Hill

This area is well loved for its picturesque heritage shophouses that now house a plethora of dining and entertainment options. During the day, Ann Siang Hill and the adjoining Club Street are also quaint shopping destinations with boutiques by independent designers and cult brands.

Swing by Mythology for a well-curated selection of clothes and accessories from hard-to-find Asian labels including Anuj Sharma, Carmen Chan and Dresstronomy. The one-of-a-kind pieces are carefully selected by the boutique’s proprietors, to ensure you won’t run into another person wearing the same clothes as you are.

To stock up on beauty essentials, visit Aesop, an Australian skin care brand that is famed for its apothecary-style packaging. This design-centric store on Club Street features pared-down timber shelves and rattan furnishing that will leave you with a sense of calm the moment you step in.

There’s something for the guys too. On Ann Siang Hill, Truefitt & Hill is a branch of the oldest barbershop in London and offers a full range of shaving, hair, fragrance and bath products to meet every gentleman’s grooming needs. The barbers also offer a traditional hot towel shave if you’re feeling a little scruffy.

If you’re interested in taking travel photographs with a twist, check out the Lomography store at the adjacent South Bridge Road. These traditional film cameras have gained a cult following among photography enthusiasts who love the colour saturated and slightly soft-focus pictures produced by these cameras. 


Tiong Bahru

Thanks to the Instagram-worthy art-deco walk-up apartments in Tiong Bahru, Singapore’s oldest housing estate has become a hipster enclave in recent years. Mingle with the fashionable denizens hanging out at the neighbourhood’s many cool cafes, and browse the unique shops here for souvenirs.

BooksActually on Yong Siak Street is an independent bookstore that publishes a good selection of local literature and poetry. You can also pick up vintage stationery, notebooks and other writing paraphernalia at this cosy shop. Just next door is Strangelets, a quirky design store offering all sorts of unique home decor items to spruce up your home.

A short walk away along Tiong Bahru Road is Curated Records, one of Singapore’s newest vinyl record store. Fans of indie music will love browsing through the collection of over 1,000 records. Even if you do not own a turntable, swing by to listen to a track or two - or to find out from the friendly owners if any of the local DJs have any good gigs coming up.


Haji Lane

Another cool hangout to explore is Haji Lane. Do not let this narrow alleyway fool you - it is actually lined from start to end with vintage shops and tiny boutiques that will delight any treasure hunter.

For a special memento of Singapore, visit SSFW, which is known for its handcrafted jewellery made with gemstones and pearls. The shop is also stocked with accessories and clothing, just in case you need a few new items to go with your new bling.

Another interesting boutique to check out is Mod Parade, which features clothing designed with a modern minimalist aesthetic that will suit a whole host of occasions ranging from work to play.

Cycling enthusiasts will also want to check out Tokyobike, the Singapore outlet of the Japanese bicycle brand that is famous for its design-centric bikes. While you may not be able to bring a bicycle home, the store also stocks cool bike accessories such as helmets and saddle bags that can actually fit into your luggage.  


Did you know?

The old shophouses along Haji Lane once provided lodging for Malay pilgrims on their way to Mecca. This is how this road got its name - Haji is the Malay term for men who have completed their Mecca pilgrimage.


Essential Information

Aesop

  • 52 Club Street
  • Phone: (65) 6220 8789
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BooksActually

Curated Records

  • 55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-53
  • Phone: (65) 6438 3644
  • For more information, click here

Mod Parade

  • 68 Haji Lane
  • Phone: (65) 6296 4166
  • For more information, click here

Mythology

Lomography

  • 295 South Bridge Road
  • Phone: (65)  6223 8850
  • For more information, click here

SSFW

Strangelets

  • 7 Yong Siak Street
  • Phone: (65) 6222 1456
  • For more information, click here

Tokyobike

Truefitt & Hill

  • 9 Ann Siang Road
  • Phone: (65) 6223 5263
  • For more information, click here