Anouk van der EL, creator of the TimeCapsules and Little Quote Jar, lives with her husband and two sons in Singapore for a year now. Especially for UrbanMoms, she puts her favorite shops in a row.
If the big brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton fall outside your budget and taste -like with me-, then the neighborhoods Tiong Bahru and Little India (especially Haji Lane) offer a solution! In these neighborhoods you will find the smaller boutique shops and cheerful coffee and lunch hotspots. But where should you actually go?
Bloesem – 59 Eng Hoon Street #01-79
The first Bloesem concept store in Asia from the famous Bloesem Living and Kids blog. A mix of lifestyle and design; great for interior presents (or just one for yourself …). Remember to check the website, because in Bloesem studio around the corner regularly creative workshops -from screen printing to calligraphy to social media bootcamps- are given by designers and creative icons from around the world!
Nana & Bird – 79 Chay Yan Street #01-02 (ingang Yong Siak Street)
Fashion & Lifestyle shop. Also a store on Eng Hoon Street.
Strangelets – 7 Yong Siak Street
Nice concept store with bags watches, ceramics and stationery.
Books Actually – 9 Yong Siak Street
Lovely bookstore with a mix of international and Singaporean literature, poetry and journals.
Woods in the Books – 3 Yong Siak Street
Cheerful children’s book store.
Tokyo Bikes – 38 Haji Lane
Rockstar – 8 Grange Road, #03-08 Orchard Cineleisure
About the only nice clothing and lifestyle store on Orchard Road which does not belong to a large international chain.
Kinokuniya – Takashimaya mall – 391 Orchard Road
Mega big, but wonderful bookstore with books and magazines all around the world. Is in Takashimaya mall.
Mondays Off – 76 Haji Lane
Nice concept store with posters, party decorations and home decorations.
We need a Heroe – 57 Eng Hoon Street #01-86
For the men among us who need a haircut or shave on the go; the hipster barber from Singapore.