With dozens of new businesses flocking to the area, Tiong Bahru is fast becoming one of Singapore’s hippest and most eclectic spots. With numerous cafes, bars and restaurants, the ‘where to eat and drink’ list is long (and growing). In addition, with the Tiong Bahru MRT station, Tan Boon Liat Building and Great World City all within walking distance, one really doesn’t need another excuse to visit this area.
However, resident or tourist, we strongly suggest you check out the local shopping scene in Tiong Bahru. With most shops opening late morning, set aside an afternoon to meander from store to store (they are all within minutes of each other). You will be in awe of the uniqueness, diversity and quality to be found. More often than not, you will find the owners in store – greeting you with a smile and welcoming you to stay as long as you like – you’ll feel right at home in Tiong Bahru.
Independent specialty bookstore
Step into the literary recesses of BooksActually, an independent bookstore specialising in Fiction and Literature. Lose yourself within the stacks of poetry, essays and literary journals. The cosy nook also houses a delightful selection of stationary and desk objects that do a great job of sitting pretty. BooksActually is also one of the rare spots where you’ll be able to find an extensive range of Singapore literary publications and hard-to-find out-of-print titles.
Curated selection of versatile clothing
The Clothes Curator lives up to its name in a big way. Each item is thoughtfully chosen by their talented team of trendy and well-travelled curators. With a dislike for trawling through thousands of items in stores, storeowner, Iris Tan, prides herself on the store’s selection of 100 fashion items that can be mixed and matched to create the perfect outfit. Here you’ll find dresses, skirts, blouses, shirts, and accessories that complement them perfectly.
Vintage store and cafe
Cafe meets vintage store, Le Halo is a perfect fit for the hip neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru. Serving all day breakfast and delicious lunch time meals, the cafe is the perfect place to gain some shopping energy and be inspired by their deliberate mishmash of vintage decor, before browsing the shelves for some wares to take home. Selling items from online store Chair-Ish the Moments, this is one of those stores to keep revisiting to see what you’ll find next!
Chic homewares and premium quality bedlinen
20 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 169770.
Nestled within a cluster of breezy cafes and hip independent boutiques, Maissone is the perfect hunting ground for Scandi-chic homewares with an edge. Take your pick from a treasure trove of wonderfully eclectic home décor objects including tactile Moroccan leather poufs, handcrafted Verdelho stone vases and heaps of polished and elegant tableware. If you’re more of a no-frills shopper, zoom straight in to the quality bedlinen from New Zealand-based Thread Design. The simple yet stylish designs can be easily matched to your existing decor.
Exquisite bespoke jewellery
59 ENG HOON STREET, SINGAPORE 160059 | By Appointment only
Marilyn Tan Jewellery is a Singapore-based eponymous label, born out of a passionate pursuit for jewellery design. Starting out with making bespoke jewellery, Marilyn has been crafting individualistic pieces of a timeless quality for more than 18 years. Inspired by nature, architecture and her own environment, she creates collections that are exquisite with a quirky edge.
Bespoke floral services
One Olive is no meagre flower shop. Stocking creative floral arrangements as well as offering bespoke floral services, the experienced team celebrates the natural beauty of flowers and plants. In addition, you’ll find lovely additions to pair with your arrangements from vases of all sizes, to wooden boxes, birdcages, metal pots, wreaths, and vintage knick-knacks for the home proud.
The eclectic mix at Strangelets comprises design pieces, home furnishings and accessories, as well as tableware, jewellery and stationery. It’s not a boutique; so much as a micro-department store for things you didn’t know you wanted. New surprises come in all the time – these might be anything, from anywhere. The only prerequisite – that they make life a little more pleasurable.
Guide to Shopping in Tiong Bahru
Opening time: 11am-6pm (each store may vary)
Parking: Street coupon parking
Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru