Mustafa Centre has sated many a random late night craving or retail urge, selling everything from watches and perfumes to American hot sauce and poppadum chips. The twobuilding complex even has its own pharmacy, travel agency and currency and gold exchange open all times of the day, allowing you to literally shop until you drop.
Tokyobike has been knocking out lightweight, attractive bicycles since the original shop opened in Tokyo almost ten years back. The concept is simple: comfort above speed. The minimalist brand has become a worldwide hit, and in addition to Japan, there are now outlets in London and Sydney as well as on our very own Haji Lane. The small shop has everything a brand enthusiast could hope for, from the complete range of frame designs and colours, right through to similarly designed flasks, pumps and adorable handmade wicker baskets.
In this day and age when brick and mortar booksellers are steadily making way for online shipping, independent bookshops like the charming Littered With Books deserves special mention. Browsing promises to be a fun affair in this spacious two-storey shophouse-turnedbookshop. Additionally, the curated selection of books on sale, ranging from bestsellers and literary classics to children's titles, is actually quite affordable, or at least cheaper than you'd expect from other bookstores.
Originating from Italy, Kilo Fascion Asia brings to town the new and unique concept of ‘fashion by weight’ – where you can grab outfits, shoes, bags and accessories (for men and women) from the store and pay for your purchases according to their weight. Depending on the label and the type of item, prices range from four-cents per gram to six dollars per gram, and discounts can come up to as much as 60 percent off the original retail price. They are currently at a temporary address while searching for a suitable store space.
In the quiet enclave of Everton Park, The Redundant Shop certainly lives up to its cheeky slogan: ‘Great s**t. Nobody noticed. Redundant.’ The eclectic store is artfully filled with goods you don’t really need but definitely want – so treat yourself to a reusable Keep cup or a moustache comb, because you can.
Peruse vintage in style Banish all thoughts of rummaging through stockpiles of pre-loved clothes. Shopping at Déjà vu Vintage is as classy as the boutique, which feels like a (glass)house on the prairie with a huge walk-in wardrobe. Check out quirky bags and chic cocktail numbers by muchloved designer brands like YSL and Oscar de la Renta, and browse through a curated collection of skirts – many with quirky prints like owls, postage stamps and leaping tigers.
Finally, a reason to throw away the now loose leggings you wore when you did your first chatturanga. Housed in an Arab Street shophouse, stylishly green co-venture Touch the Toes (TTT) brings in brands like Wellicious from London, Green Apple Active from California and Hanuman from Hong Kong. The easy-to-wear, ultra-stylish tops from Wellicious get our vote, as does the range of raw chocolate (available to ‘promote the cacao’s purest flavour’, they say) and accessories such as Manduka yoga mats.
Shop for a cause
The tiny New2U Thrift Shop is by far the best thrift shop in Singapore. Not only can you score a designer piece for less than $50 – we picked up a Chloé silk blouse for $35 – and spot on-trend jumpsuits for less than $10, but you can do your conscience a favour too. The place is run by the Singapore’s Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), to which all the profits go. Give yourself a good chunk of time to get a proper rummage – there are always bargains to be had.
96 Waterloo St (www.scwo. org.sg). Bras Basah. Mon-Fri 10.30am-2.30pm.