The Monocle Shop and Cafe
With an urban village feel paired with laidback downtown vibes, it’s no wonder Holland Village has been quickly gaining recognition as Singapore’s bohemian enclave. Maybe it is the quaint shop houses at Chip Bee Gardens or the unpretentious vibes its two malls offer – this enclave attracts everyone from expatriates to the young crowd.
Though Holland Village is popularly known as a dining destination equipped with swanky restaurants, late-night bars and lively pubs, a small maze of charming boutiques, art, handicrafts, homewares local designer shops makes shopping in Holland Village a true gem.
True artisanal excellence
Much like its family-run business formerly known as Goy Liang Book-Making Company, Bynd Artisan continues its production of bookbinding with the advent of technology. Notebooks, stationery and accessories are created using FSC certified paper from forests that are environmentally harmonious and social beneficial as well as Europe-sourced leather that uses process-controlled machines and practices eco-friendly methods. Bynd Artisan also hosts bookbinding, handcrafting, modern calligraphy and monogram painting workshops for hobbyists and aspiring craftsmen.
A fine curation of gifts, home accessories and jewellery
Treat yourselves to a bevy of handpicked gifts, home accessories and jewellery selections at Kai Life. This gem of a boutique carries unique pieces that are both stylish and distinct – with items starting from under $50. One of the highlights at this boutique includes pieces from the multi-label jewellery store, Embrace Jewellery. Handcrafted in sterling silver with gold or rose gold accents, and featuring natural gemstones, the brand boasts of some of the best designers around the world and has been worn by A-list celebrities like Beyonce, Reese Witherspoon and Katy Perry.
Niché lifestyle and magazine brand makes its way to Singapore
If you adore lifestyle and magazine brand Monocle, you’d probably already know this niche brand has made its way to Singapore shores. Located at hipster enclave Chip Bee Gardens, and taking over a quaint 2-storey colonial shophouse, The Monocle Shop and Café offers a full range of merchandise, including bags, clothing, accessories and the latest issue of the magazine. If prices are too steep, simply grab a cuppa of Allpress coffee from New Zealand and people-watch in the garden space outside if the weather permits.
Blending traditional techniques into modern wardrobes
A proud advocate for the local fashion scene, Ong Shunmugam and its founder/designer, Priscilla Shunmugam has received numerous accolades locally and internationally for weaving traditional textile techniques, colours and silhouettes into modern wardrobes, while disregarding stereotypes and caricatures. Stellar examples include a modern take on the traditional Cheongsam in its Chinese New Year 2017 collection and a debut Hari Raya collection. Customised pieces for bridal and eveningwear are also available upon request – just make an appointment online and head down to its flagship store.
Modern Chinese ceramics
Spin was formed with the intention of reviving the state of Chinese porcelain design. The minds behind Spin wanted to marry the rich production heritage of Jingdezhen, China (the porcelain capital of the world) with its own unique design. The result is a collection of simple and elegant home accessories and tableware for minimalists. Spin now has nine locations around the world – including China, USA and Singapore.
Thambi Magazine Store
A true Holland V institution, Thambi Magazine Store has been around for over 20 years. Do not be deceived by the unassuming storefront – what it lacks in its aesthetic, it makes up for in its stellar curation of every magazine imaginable. From hard-to-find publications, foreign languages to specialist magazines from Australia, UK and US – name any magazine you want and Thambi Magazine Store probably has it tucked in one of its magazine racks.
Shopping in Holland Village
We all know that shopping with kids can be quite a challenge, especially with their short attention spans every now and then. Toddler or teenager, keeping the kids entertained throughout the day is essential for a full-filled family outing – that means including a little something for everyone in the family, like a variety of play areas to keep kids entertained, trendy fashion boutiques for teenagers, kid-friendly dining options and of course, plenty of diverse shopping choices for everyone!
As always at Travelshopa, we’ve carefully curated some of the best family-friendly malls in Singapore that fit the bill. Happy shopping with the family!
The up-and-coming mecca for families with kids
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM daily
The Grandstand is slowly but surely becoming a popular spot for families with kids of all ages. It comes as no surprise that The Grandstand boasts a cluster of fun-filled activities for your little ones. In fact, the whole of level 4 is solely dedicated to kids. This includes indoor playgrounds that will keep the kids entertained for hours, art schools for the little Picassos and kid gyms and enrichment centres to challenge the body and mind. What’s more, The Grandstand also features Singapore’s largest lifestyle market, Chillax Market, the ultimate family-friendly destination for fashion and apparel, children’s wear and toys, as well as furniture and home accessories.
For a fun-filled day with the teens
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM daily
Just a stone’s throw away from Buona Vista train station, the Star Vista is quite unlike any other. We suggest having the cameras ready to click away in this massive architectural design that depicts a ship. Though there isn’t an extensive range of shopping for the little ones, the Star Vista holds a spot on this list for teenagers, with ample book and stationery stores, themed restaurants and cafes, and fashion boutiques. Should your teens want some time for themselves, fret not, as the mall also houses an abundance of home and furnishing stores, gifts and souvenir shops and even spas and massage parlours to spoil yourselves! Finally, gather at the Star Plaza at Basement 1 for a movie screening on the big screen, under the stars. What a great way to end the night with the family.
A little something for everyone
Opening hours: 10AM-9PM daily
If you’re travelling towards Orchard Road with the clan, we suggest heading to The Forum. Just minutes away from Wheelock Place, this mall is a definite must for all families with young children. Apart from offering a wide selection of international and independent fashion labels for adults, the mall also carries a chockfull of children’s toy stores, books and stationery, enrichment centres, kid’s fashion boutiques and even kiddy hair salons. The cherry on top is the massive Toys”R”Us outlet that sits across the entire top level. Finally a mall where you can sneak a little shopping for yourself as you shop for your little ones.
The ultimate kid’s learning hub
Opening hours: 10.30AM-9.30PM daily
United Square is the numero uno shopping mall for all families with kids. A definite child’s wonderland, this mall is equipped with fun elements to entice your little ones, including colour theme levels, ‘kiddy’ toilets and various indoor and outdoor play areas. As you’d expect from a kids learning hub, United Square also includes various enrichment centres, toys, books and stationary shops, as well as children’s fashion and maternity wear. That’s not all; the mall regularly holds stage shows and events with special guest appearances by your kids’ favourite characters every now and then. A definite treat for the kids!
A splash of fun
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM daily
Apart from holding bragging rights of being the largest shopping mall in Singapore, the 5-storey Vivocity is quite the shopping enclave for the whole family. Right from the entrance to the rooftop, the young – and young at heart – will be thrilled at the plentiful interactive water features, outdoor mini train services, engaging play areas and open-air playgrounds, and the immensely popular rooftop water feature in the Sky Park, where you can steal some picturesque views of Sentosa island. On top of these fun elements, there’s endless shopping for kids, with the right section of level 2, featuring over 20 boutiques dedicated to kids fashion and maternity wear.
A wonderland for kids
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM
If you happen to tour the western region of Singapore with the kids, we recommend popping by Westgate. Situated right at the heart of Jurong Gateway, this 7-storey lifestyle and family mall does a sterling job at giving your little ones an unforgettable day. In addition to the plethora of kids fashion boutiques and dining possibilities, Westgate plays host to Singapore’s largest thematic outdoor playground in a mall, (we can already hear your kids cheering with joy!) at its Family Zone on the 4th level. The playground boasts dry and wet areas as well as special plays zones and interactive elements catered to children of different age groups.
Family-friendly malls in Singapore
Ask anyone about shopping in Singapore and all fingers will point to Orchard Road. With a surplus of iconic shopping malls located along the bustling streets, it is, without a doubt that this 2.2km-shopping belt is the shopping mecca in Singapore. Despite the dominating presence of international luxury designers and high street chains, there are countless local Singaporean labels dotting the popular shopping strip.
In this guide to shopping on Orchard Road, we zone in on noteworthy shopping malls that commemorate some of the best homebred and independent labels. Whether it’s the latest trends in fashion and lifestyle products or local standalone stores and locally-oriented multi-label boutiques, you’re sure to find something akin to your liking at one of these shopping malls.
Read on to find out who they are and which spots you should hit the next time you go shopping on Orchard Road! For a more detailed look at each mall… simply click through to get a tour.
For trend lovers
Just a stone’s throw away from Somerset MRT station, Cineleisure – or “Cine”, as the locals call it – features some of Singapore’s noteworthy local brands. Though the mall is renowned for its grandiose Cineplex (answers your question to the clusters of adolescents), levels 2 and 3 house an impressive range of indie and multi-label boutiques including popular menswear label Benjamin Barker, Rockstar by Soon Lee and Editor’s Market. A definite must-visit for all savvy shoppers who love to stay on trend.
For luxury fashion seekers
If you hold an acquired taste for luxurious, high-end fashion, you’ll feel right at home at Mandarin Gallery. Connected to the prestigious Meritus Mandarin Hotel, this mall features the likes of niche independent fashion boutiques and internationally acclaimed labels. Now though the lavish, all-glass storefront displays the latter, it is the array of indie fashion labels tucked away at levels 2 and 3 that piqued our interest. The mall also has ample rest areas should you need a breather.
For design enthusiasts
If soaring up twelve storeys – with outdoor escalators – don’t excite you then, nothing would. Orchard Central is Singapore’s first and tallest shopping complex and is home to some of the best indie boutiques around the globe. These stores offer up a slew of unique and contemporary designs ranging from women’s and men’s fashion, accessories and speciality gifts. The mall also boasts a selection of public art installations and pop-up stores every now and then, so be sure check them out. Forced to accompany your shopaholic friend? Head to the Roof Garden and take in the picturesque view of Singapore’s CBD.
The new kid on the block
A relatively new kid on the block, Orchard Gateway is located at a prime location, wedged between Orchard Central and 313@Somerset. The mall offers an interesting line-up of international high-street fashion brand names and an impressive number of multi-label boutiques as well as edgy indie fashion stores. If you’re little rushed for time, we suggest touring multi-label boutiques, The Emporium or Whole9yards for a one-stop shopping experience. A 2-storey library featuring over 100 000 titles is also available at the top levels.
For hidden vintage treasures
Sitting next to Shaw House and just off Orchard Road, Pacific Plaza may not be the first mall that pops into one’s mind when it comes to shopping in Singapore. Though rest assured, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what this mall has to offer. Pacific Plaza is famed for its hidden vintage treasures, second-hand designer outfits and niche designer boutiques. Nothing too showy but each unique on its own way. Venture further and you will come across personal and lifestyle products like styling and music as well.
Away from the hustle and bustle
Though many were disheartened by the closure of the crowd-pleasing Borders bookstore, its clever revamp has made Wheelock Place a fashion-centric spot for fashionistas. The improved mall has a lovely cluster of independent boutiques, niche fashion and speciality shops, spas and salons. Pop by the mall for a chilled out shopping experience, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Also worth snapping a couple of shots of its iconic conical glass roof design.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING ON ORCHARD ROAD
Small as it may be, Singapore definitely punches above its weight in all aspects, and its reputation as a shopping paradise is definitely not unwarranted. From the East Coast to the West, virtually every square inch of the city is dripping with retail candy. Neatly demarcated areas linked by a smooth and glitch-free transport system make unbridled shopping sprees much more than a fantasy. Given it’s size, many of the shopping precincts in Singapore are laid out side by side or only a few train stops apart – one of the major trump cards of living in this compact and efficient country.
Singapore’s ambitions towards a world-class city have culminated in massive malls bulking with couture offerings, high-street temples and trendsetting boutiques. But look to its off-centre locales and you’ll just as easily find unique independent labels and businesses with plenty of local character. For a complete picture of the vibrant local shopping scene, make a stop at all our favourite shopping precincts in Singapore!
BUGIS TO KAMPONG GLAM
One of Singapore’s prime cultural districts, Bugis/Kampong Glam is the epicentre of Islamic life in the city state. The golden gleaming domes of the Sultan Mosque lie at the heart of the Muslim enclave, beckoning both tourists and devotees alike. While steeped in history, the Bugis/Kampong Glam area has in later years been reinvigorated with a multitude of food, fashion and lifestyle options that bring renewed vigour to the Muslim and Arab quarter. Haji Lane and Bali Lane, two parallel streets on the outer edges of Kampong Glam feed the young and hip with an exciting and unrivalled shopping feast.
CHINATOWN TO TANJONG PAGAR
Try not to be fazed by the swarms of messy storefronts and street vendors peddling plush toy Merlions and faux silk robes, Chinatown’s atmospheric charm has to be seen to be believed. From old-fashioned teahouses to calligraphy and curio shops, Chinatown has plenty in store for lovers of Asian culture. Shoppers with more refined tastes will find happiness along the quaint and historical shophouses of Ann Siang Hill and Telok Ayer. These spiffy streets are home to posh men’s ateliers; independent multi-label boutiques stocked with cult-status brands and bespoke tailors for the distinguished set.
CITY HALL TO ESPLANADE
Flanked by towering skyscrapers and historical buildings, City Hall formed the crucible of Singapore’s fortunes as a young and independent nation. Many of the civic district’s landmark buildings have been transformed into commercial complexes that house a discerning breed of fashion, home and lifestyle purveyors. Stretching from Stamford Road to the banks of the Singapore River, the City Hall area is served by a number of premier shopping malls including Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade, Millenia Walk, and the recently refurbished Capitol Piazza.
Singapore’s East Coast is often more commonly associated with suburban leisure, but aside from a solid reputation as a foodie destination, the East Coast neighbourhood is also an up-and-coming area with a whole host of shopping and lifestyle attractions. Joo Chiat is a prime example. In recent times, independent craft shops, art and furniture galleries and design studios have made nest in cosy and bohemian Joo Chiat. Its proximity to East Coast Park, and the heritage-filled corners of the Peranakan enclave echo the free-spirited and bohemian spirit of Joo Chiat.
HOLLAND VILLAGE TO BUKIT TIMAH
With its urban village feel and laidback downtown vibes, Holland Village is extremely popular with the expatriate crowd. The vibrant low-rise neighbourhood is equipped with swanky restaurants, late-night bars and lively pubs for an agreeable night on the town. Holland V by day holds other charms, with little shops selling everything from antiques, art, home decor and other lifestyle goods. Mere minutes away by car, the residential enclave of Bukit Timah has everything you need within its leafy surrounds. Cluny Court is a small but delightful lifestyle haven for families and West-dwellers with no wish to brave the traffic snarls that guard the city. Another underrated venue in the West, Sime Darby Centre is the place to go for quality antique and vintage furniture.
LITTLE INDIA TO JALAN BESAR
One of Singapore’s most culturally authentic experiences involves navigating the feverish chaos of the streets and alleyways of Little India. Here, old disappearing trades find a rare respite amidst the heavily perfumed fresh food grocers and chatty textile merchants. Fortune-tellers and their parrots, kacang puteh sellers and sundry shops crowd the bustling main street of Serangoon Road and its inner pathways, adding to Little India’s unscrubbed charm. This cultural landscape attracts a unique species of artsy independent types.
ORCHARD TO DHOBY GHAUT
Singapore’s premier shopping street needs no introduction. Massive multi-story malls are lined up successively in an endless row, forcing surrender from even the most seasoned of shoppers. Non-stop shopping is a real possibility here with malls sweeping one end of the massive Orchard Road to the other. International designer brands are spread across several malls but to better capture a sense of the local fashion scene, make a beeline for local designer hotspots – Orchard Gateway, Orchard Central and Cathay Cineleisure. Lest you think that’s the end of it, the mall crawl stretches right up to Ion Orchard, Wheelock Place and Pacific Plaza as you approach Tanglin.
RIVER VALLEY TO TIONG BAHRU
Singapore’s unofficial hipster enclave has more than indie cafes and swanky diners backing it up. The trendy old-meets-new appeal of Tiong Bahru can be traced to a bevy of interesting shops and retail outfits with novel concepts. Quaint bookstores, design-centric home and décor shops and vintage-style florists add a degree of whimsicality to the art-deco theme of Tiong Bahru’s housing flats. A mere stone’s throw away from Tiong Bahru, Tan Boon Liat Building provides a furniture haven for all who shy away from the cookie-cutter. Little known to most, the affluent River Valley is also home to a sprinkling of luxe furniture showrooms with major lashings of style.
TANGLIN TO DEMPSEY
Within walking distance from the main Orchard Road shopping belt, Tanglin deserves a poke-around for its varied mix of lifestyle shops, fashion boutiques, premium toy stores and all-in-one kid’s stores. Find these and more at Tanglin Mall and Tudor Court, the latter recognisable by the pitched roofs and half-timbered facades of the black and white Tudor style house. Nearby Dempsey Hill offers a relaxed spot of shopping and dining away from the madness of the city. The former army barracks, then known as Tanglin Barracks, was reintroduced as Dempsey Hill, the popular dining and lifestyle haunt that we know today. Hugged by nature’s embrace, the verdant hilltop destination is filled with art galleries, antique shops, boutique furniture stores and shops offering fine rugs and carpets.
The West Coast of Singapore is still a largely undiscovered territory but Pasir Panjang alone is worth the trip out for a plethora of prime furniture stores with a tantalising retro feel. From pre-loved statement pieces, to replica retro and outdoor settees, to classic Asian homewares, Pasir Panjang offers it all.
Shopping Precincts in Singapore
Perhaps you’ve chanced upon a familiar albeit remade face while taking a stroll in the heart of Singapore’s civic district. Indeed, the much-loved Capitol Building is once more back in business! Fresh from a $750 million revamp, the Capitol development is set to reclaim its former glory as the “Grande Dame” of arts and culture in Singapore. But wait, there’s more.
Having undergone extensive renovation since 2010, the Capitol Building acclaimed as a luxury integrated development comprising the historic Capitol Theatre, luxury hotel, The Patina and upmarket retail mecca, the Capitol Piazza.
As you probably would have guessed by now, the Capitol Piazza is the meat of our concerns. The exquisite mall serves up a string of distinctive retail that steer clear of ubiquity, so you won’t be seeing any of the dreaded store repetitions that plague mainstream malls here. Now that your expectations have been sufficiently raised, here’s a quick look at the local brands you need to add to your shopping trip.
Dandy suitmaker for the discerning gentlemen
Benjamin Barker is getting its name entered into the male consciousness with eight stores in Singapore alone. Positioning itself as a lifestyle destination for the discerning gentleman, the dandy suitmaker offers up a great plethora of menswear options for any guy that needs smartening up. Spruce up your wardrobe instantly with its ready-to-wear collection of shirts, pants, blazers, ties, lapel pins, pocket squares and shoes. Think you’ll like to one-up your sartorial game? Give the custom-fitted suit a go.
Timeless and luxurious European brands
Luxury seekers are in for a treat thanks to the opening of Julie Nicole. The lavish multi-label boutique, presents a myriad of classy and timeless European brands like Manolo Blahnik, Le Silla, Serapian and Borbonese to the local market. Apart from a stunning portfolio of prominent labels, the design interior is apt for a calm shopping experience – think monochrome leather couches with chic white walls. Shopping is made easy thanks to its impressive open gallery where you can seamlessly scan through your top picks.
Cutting edge local and cult European brands
Making a first-time appearance on Singapore shores will be independent multi-label boutique, Manifesto. Helmed by French designer, Waalid Zaazaa, the progressive concept shop aims to introduce a wide range of cutting edge local and international labels alongside cult European brands like Costume National, Christophe Lemaire and Maison Kitsune. Look to this contemporary temple of cool to stay ahead of the fashion curve.
Multi-label accessory and jewellery boutique
Looking for a piece of gem or some wearable art that isn’t too heavy on the pocket? Well, look no further. The recently opened Mimento is the absolute accessory haven that carries a trove of pieces fit for every style – minimal cut silver/gold bands to chunky statement necklaces – the choices are endless. This multi-label accessory cum jewellery emporium carries international labels like GAS Bijoux, Les Néréides, Jet Set Candy, Lodis…the list goes on. We also envision visiting this place for some last minute gift shopping. Guilty as charged.
Singapore-based contemporary fashion label
From a humble rack space in a multi-label store to owning 4 standalone boutiques – and bragging stockists in New York, Washinton DC, Utah and Japan – SABRINAGOH has sure come a long way. The flagship store at Capitol Piazza is brimming with trend-setting contemporary fashion for both men and women including their celebrated ELOHIM and the recent LIGHT, fashion labels. Graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts, founder and designer Sabrina Goh draws inspiration from architectural form, sculpting strong yet sensuous silhouettes. The boutique also hosts various workshops for their guests.
A multi-label boutique for women, men and kids
The Reckless Shop homegrown label is a multi-label boutique that carries three in-house labels, Reckless Jersey and Still, and Reckless Ericka. You’ll have the liberty and absolute pleasure of choosing from functional, urban designs from Singapore made with luxe jersey (Reckless Jersey), sleek workwear outfits (Still) and off-beat pieces that cleverly balances the use of quirky silhouettes, colours and patterns for men and kids as well (Reckless Ericka). Need we say more?
Luxurious fragrances with delicate to intoxicating scents
Scent can be one the greatest ways to uplift your living and working environment. To Be Calm’s luxurious blend of fragrances help create the perfect atmosphere of positivity and calm, giving your mind the balance it needs for stimulation and rest. Ranging from the delicate to the intoxicating, scented candles, diffusers and natural scented oils can be bought in delicious-sounding concoctions such as Fresh Fig and Vanilla, Ginger White and Lemongrass and Citrus and Spice. Each candle even comes with a specially selected quote, making it that much easier to match your friends and loved ones to one of To Be Calm’s unique fragrances.
13 Stamford Road
Arguably Singapore’s jewel of the East, Joo Chiat is an area brimming with neighbourly charm and liveliness. Once teeming with coconut and cotton plantations, Joo Chiat used to be the preserve of wealthy city folk looking for a weekend getaway. With rapid urbanisation, Joo Chiat was transformed into a residential suburb populated by a burgeoning English-educated middle class – most notably, the Peranakans and Eurasians. Besides a solid reputation as a foodie destination, Joo Chiat is immediately recognisable for its row of well-dressed conservation shophouses with stuccoed facades and ornate Peranakan-tiled walls.
Not just a place to observe Peranakan traditions, Joo Chiat’s new breed of boutique establishments, ranging from cooler-than-thou cafes, art and furniture galleries and eclectic shops make Joo Chiat a fascinating place to explore. Here is our guide to shopping in Joo Chiat presenting our curation of must-visit local brands.
Vintage shopping kicks
For your vintage shopping kicks, make the trek to Bangku Bangku Art Gallery where a treasury of time-worn curios and collectibles awaits. Breathe in the sweet notes of nostalgia as you peruse the collection of old phones, cameras, typewriters and radio sets whose histories span the ‘20s through to the ‘70s. Lofty grandfather clocks stand amidst other vintage receptacles such as 1980s Raleigh bikes and old world signage. Be sure to browse through their wide range of Javanese-style furniture that’s inspired by Indonesian heritage and culture.
Eclectic lifestyle boutique
Mall snobs and indie-lovers will rejoice in the eclectic tendencies of Cat Socrates. This small but tasteful shop stocks all manner of paper paraphernalia, artisanal homeware, lo-fi cameras, toys, potted succulents, bags, small accessories and other curiosities. Artsy and creative types throng the store for its colourful and sometimes irreverent wares, which are mostly sourced from independent local and international designers and makers. Grab any number of quirky paper goods and Singapore-themed trinkets to quell your souvenir-hunting woes and don’t forget to offer an appreciative pat to the feline shop manager, ‘Lychee’.
Traditional jewellery with a twist
The location of Choo Yilin’s jewellery studio and boutique couldn’t be more apt, considering the luxe jewellery label’s focus on Asian heritage and conservation. A relative newcomer to the Joo Chiat scene, Choo Yilin artisan jewellery crafts modern heirloom jewellery while preserving traditional jewellery-making and craft techniques. A fierce supporter of Asian heritage, the jewellery label partners with artisans and social enterprises in Southeast Asia to create unique design-driven pieces. The label is known for innovative pieces such as the Choo Yilin jade bangle – a finely sculpted jade piece, framed in an intricate filigree of precious metals and gemstones.
One-stop lifestyle jaunt
Dig up some unique finds at Egg3’s concept store, which boasts a well-curated mix of interior, fashion, and lifestyle accessories that are not cut from the same cloth as your typical mall offerings. Sticking out like a sore thumb from the other store fronts at the family-friendly suburban mall, Egg3 serves up refined homewares, industrial-style furniture and other decorative items to personalize your space. The trendy boutique also brings in emerging local and international fashion and accessory labels such as Pearly Wong, making this space well and truly a one-stop fashion and lifestyle jaunt.
Timeless hat styles
From the late great Humphrey Bogart to the suave Gary Cooper, no dashing gent is seen without a stylish topper. Panama hats are the chosen head gear for summer for reasons aplenty, and there’s no place better than Hat of Cain for your Panama fix. The distinguished hat salon offers an astounding selection of authentic Panama hats, from the timeless fedora to the popular boater, pork pie and plantation styles. With a wide brim to shield the face from daunting sunrays and a breathable weave to keep your head cool, the Panama hat is a practical and charming essential for the tropics. Mosey down for some first-class treatment at a private fitting or to engage Hat of Cain’s bespoke services.
New, refreshing concept store
Housed in a two-storey conservation building on East Coast Road, Haus of Egg3 is not your typical lifestyle store, but rather, a new interpretation of what a lifestyle concept store should be like. Furniture, decor and fashion pieces are placed sporadically around the shophouse giving the customer a sense of being in a real home; letting them discover new pieces at every turn. Haus of Egg3 provides a different and more intimate experience compared to its other Egg3 stores. However, its wide array of handpicked products; which include furniture, home decor, fashion and gift accessories, still remain, and is definitely a treat for any shopper.
Child-friendly furniture selection
Whitewashed beds, cots, chests, bookcases and bedside tables provide the perfect scenery for your nursery or kid’s bedroom. Crafted from solid timber and painted in a child-friendly finish, Ni-night’s range of designer furniture promises to endure every child’s routine. Bed sheets and quilts dotted with fun-filled patterns and sugary motifs make the perfect accompaniment to the pint-sized furniture. If that isn’t enough to keep you entranced, there’s a limited range of clothing for babies and toddlers available, along with a treasure trove of accessories, games and decor you won’t easily find elsewhere.
Luxurious fragrance range
To Be Calm offers alluring fragrances to accompany life’s rainbow. Invite an atmosphere of balance and calm into your home with To Be Calm’s luxurious range of scented candles, diffusers and natural scented oils. If feelings and moods could be condensed and presented in a pretty little package, we reckon this is it. Its thoughtfully composed scents are capable of evoking the perfect ambience one seeks, whether it be one of inspiration, clarity or intimacy. We love the Celebration candles with joyous and uplifting notes of Native Floral, Citrus and Spice.
Sustainable bamboo clothing
It’s easy to preach about the benefits of Zhai’s bamboo clothing. In a breath, it’s environmentally sustainable, free of toxic dyes, anti-bacterial, absorbs moisture, odor resistant, UV-protective, biodegradable, durable and super luxurious to the touch. They’re also impossibly stylish to boot. Crafted from organic bamboo fibre, Zhai has mastered the art of simple, classic and versatile fashion. Expect loosely draped cardigans, basic figure-skimming tees and tops, waterfall maxi dresses and comfy stretch trousers in easy-to-match hues. A word of warning though…it’s hard not to get addicted to the second-skin comfort of bamboo!
Guide to Shopping in Joo Chiat